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Lots in the current auction catalogue with 96-100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate Points

BILLECART SALMON Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008
Brut Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 97+ points

Disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Ros� Cuv�e Elisabeth Salmon is one of the finest wines I've tasted from Billecart in recent years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, mandarin oil, warm bread, red berries and petals, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with lovely mid-palate amplitude, terrific concentration and bright girdling acids. In what is quite a tightly wound vintage and from a house whose style is rather understated, this is a dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish.

ACC
15599
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $329
XDW
2046
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $794
XDW
2048
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $794
XDW
2051
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $794

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 1999
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 11000-12000

Rating: 98 points

One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish. Louis Roederer does not display a disgorgement date or consumer friendly lot number on its non-vintage Brut. This is regrettable as it has consistently been one of the finer bottlings in this category.

PET
0001
1 JEROBOAM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $8000

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Rose 2013
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

A candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors in Champagne, Roederer's 2013 Cristal Ros� is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, red berries, stone fruit, freshly baked bread and tangerine oil. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, the vintage's bright girdling acids are amply cloaked in exuberant, expressive and notably concentrated fruit; so while this Cristal is as tensile and age-worthy as one would expect, it's also impressively fleshy and generous given the year. Concluding with an intensely sapid finish, the 2013 isn't as overtly structured as the muscular, tightly wound 2012: rather, it's the 2013's alliance of cut and flesh, precision and charm that's so compelling this year. This is another banner vintage for what I consider the reigning champion of the region's t�te de cuv�e bottlings, and it will be worth an effort to acquire.

XBW
2910
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2909
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2905
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2904
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2903
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2902
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2008
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 99 points

Picked before the heat and weighing in at a reasonable 14.5% alcohol, the 2008 Astralis Syrah (tasted from magnum) is singing. Showing no bricking at the rim, scents of cracked pepper, mint, bay leaf, thyme, lavender and blueberries pour out of the glass, adding meaty notes and hints of espresso and black olive with air. Full-bodied, creamy-textured and supple on the long finish, this wine shouldn't be missed. If you've got one, open it and see for yourself.

JEL
0455
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $499

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2017
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 390-400

Rating: 97+ points

The 2017 Astralis Syrah is a very fine wine. It is not a big wine. Perhaps its reputation for being a big, extracted wine is a misnomer these days. It has intention and drive and clarity and length�and the length of flavor is so long that it allows reassessment over and over again. It has cassis and blackberry, raspberry pip and salted licorice. It is perfumed and balanced, and it takes time to develop. Unctuous. Satisfying. Supple. Attractive. Beautiful. Eminently balanced. A beauty.

XWA
2309
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $314
XWA
2311
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $314
XWA
2310
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $314

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2018
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 98 points

If you could drink this 2018 Astralis Syrah all day, by god you would. I mean, I would. The oak feels imperceptible, which I discover is adapted depending on the concentration of the year. This 2018 was matured in 40% new oak, and you wouldn�t know it. The tannins are chewy and pliable, and the fruit that resides within it is striking. A wine of poise. Clarity. Delicacy.

XWA
2252
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $429

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 97 points

The 2012 Chardonnay offers up a gorgeous nose of ripe peaches, honeyed toast, cashews, yeast extract and orange blossoms with a hint of clotted cream. Full-bodied and packed with savory and stone fruit flavors that are beautifully complimented by a satiny texture, it has just enough freshness to lift the long, rich, multi-layered finish. Superb.

LEE
0062
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $800

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 98 points

The 2013 Chardonnay has a youthfully reticent nose of ripe apricots, grapefruit and crushed cashews with ginger, cedar, struck match and orange blossoms in the background. The palate is a medium to full-bodied powerhouse, possessing a satiny texture, many layers

LEE
0063
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $800

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 97 points

Deep brown-brick in color, the 1991 Hill of Grace offers intensely scented notes of warm black fruits, Chinese dried plums, dark chocolate-covered cherries and licorice. It is very pure, full-bodied and rich in the mouth, with profound and seductive flavors, a great backbone of crisp acid and firm, finely-grained tannins through the long finish. It is mature now but no rush to drink.

XBW
3743
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214
XBW
3741
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214
XBW
3742
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1994
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 98 points

Deep brick-colored, the 1994 Hill of Grace offers notes of stewed plums, dried berries and baking spices with nuances of aniseed, vanilla and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has great concentration and structure in the mouth, with crisp acid plus firm, grainy tannins, and is packed with layered, dried berry and spice flavors before finishing long with tons of remaining fruit. This wine still has many years to go. Drink it now to 2030+.

STO
0073
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640
STO
0090
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640
ROB
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet in color, the 2002 Hill of Grace has an entrancing nose with profound aromas of warm black cherries, crushed blackberries and mulberries plus a touch of wild blueberries and hints of allspice, violets and toast. It is full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, and yet it has lovely poise with a crisp acid line and a medium to firm level of fine-grained tannins plus great length. Delicious now, it will reward the patient and should drink to 2040+.

XBW
3731
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1069
XBW
3730
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1069

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-225

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it's ripe and velvety textured, with a long, licorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth.

ACC
12171
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $174
ACC
12172
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $174
ACC
12173
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $174
ACC
10082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $174
ACC
10081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $174
ACC
10080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $174

KILIKANOON Oracle Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 50-60

Rating: 97 points

Very deep garnet-black. Tons of warm blackberry and cassis aromas with a wonderful undercurrent of fragrant cinnamon and clove spices. The palate is rich, full bodied and concentrated with some savoury marmite and yeast flavours. Medium+ velvety tannins and medium+ acidity. Long fruity finish. Drink now to 2013. Tasted February 2009.

KRY
0145
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $41

MOLLYDOOKER Carnival of Love Shiraz 2006
Shiraz McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 97 points

The 2006 Shiraz

SIR
0154
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $110
SIR
0155
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $110

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 98+ points

A wine that flirts with perfection, and should rival the 1986 as one of the legendary Granges produced, the 1998 has one of the highest alcohol contents (nearly 15%) as well as one of the highest percentages of Shiraz in the blend (97%). Its stunning purple color is accompanied by exceptionally sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed with barbecue spices, an endearing, smoky earthiness, pepper, roasted meats, and coffee. Huge, massive, unctuously textured, and extraordinarily youthful, this impressive wine is a candidate for perfection. It should continue to evolve over the next three decades.

DMU
0035
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $575
BJP
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $735
LAN
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
RAN
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

Rating: 98+ points

It is always a treat to taste Australias most famous wine, Penfolds Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.

106
0830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $703
BRE
0095
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRE
0096
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRE
0097
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRE
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRU
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $584
DMU
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $506
KEL
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $491

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 98 points

Last but not least is Australias most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz �Grange�. The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!

106
0833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $679
BRE
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $850
BRE
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $850

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; Id be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.

BRE
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0103
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0104
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1700-1800

Rating: 100 points

Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesnt detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.

ADR
0013
1 MAGNUM BOXED Slight rear label damageCurrent Bid: $1360

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.

DEB
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DBA
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $632
DEB
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PHO
0001
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 99 points

The 2012 Grange comes from just two sub-regions of South Australia this year: Barossa Valley (the majority) and McLaren Vale. This makes a lot of sense since 2012 was a cracking year in both of these areas, producing a number of extraordinary wines. As usual, this Grange contains a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, just 2%. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savory notes, soon giving way to baked blackberries, plum preserves, hoisin and Chinese five spice with dabs of sandalwood, licorice, menthol and vanilla. The palate reveals a surprisingly open, rich, full-bodied expression exuding a powerhouse of velvet-lined decadence. Still, it characteristically possesses that rock-solid

MDW
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
MDW
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
LAN
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $550

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2015
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 98+ points

The nose of the 2015 Grange features the wine's characteristic lifted aromas, joined by pronounced American oak influence and bold blackberry fruit, plus hints of red meat, raspberries, asphalt and vanilla. It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Dont expect great complexity at this stage-it's much too young to show much more than the primary fruit and oak elements-but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades.

It's always a treat to sit with Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and taste through the latest releases from Penfolds. Despite losing one of his suitcases (thankfully, not the one with the newly bottled 2019 Bin 51 Riesling), he was in good humor, having just gone on a Manhattan clothes-shopping spree. The bulk of this year's wines come from the challenging 2017 vintage, but with the wide net Penfolds casts to source fruit, the winery seems capable of maintaining a remarkable degree of consistency. There are always a few wines from years on either side as well. Standouts this year include the dense, age-worthy 2016 St Henri Shiraz. This is a wine that never sees new, small-format oak, as it is aged in large oak vats. The 2017 RWT Shiraz (all Barossa Valley, all French oak) is a perennial favorite of mine, and it is reassuringly excellent. These wines differ stylistically from one another and from the flagship Grange, which is aged in new American oak hogsheads. This year's Grange release is the 2015, another strong effort. The biggest splash among this year's lineup is the debut of a new $1,700 Shiraz. The 2016 Bin 111A Shiraz is a blend of Clare Valley and Barossa Valley fruit previously ticketed for Grange, aged 18 months in new French hogsheads. It would be easy to dismiss it as another cynical marketing ploy, but it's yet another unique expression of Shiraz and the quality lives up to the lofty price tag. For the one-percenters lucky enough to snare a bottle or two, it'll provide immense pleasure for decades to come.

ADR
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
ADR
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
ADR
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
ADR
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
ADR
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
ADR
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2017
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

Strongly marked�as always�by its 100% American oak elevage, the 2017 Grange backs up the cedar and vanilla notes with ample blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, ripe and almost decadently creamy in the mouth, it's loaded with substance, concentrated and rich, yet�in the context of Grange�relatively light and elegant-seeming on the finish. Only the seventh-ever Grange to be exclusively Shiraz, it originates from Barossa Valley (86%) and McLaren Vale (14%); Shiraz from other growing regions in South Australia failed to make the grade this year.

MIC
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $605

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

Rating: 96 points

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors � supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. Its a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.

NIK
0068
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1440
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1440

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1976
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

Rating: 100 points

Production: 9,380 cases Blend: 89% Shiraz/11% Cabernet Sauvignon

KRY
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1400
KRY
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1400
KRY
0010
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1400
NIK
0164
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged label, handwritten notes on labelCurrent Bid: $1280
RAN
0016
1 BOTTLE Into neck & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $900

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

Rating: 97 points

The 1981 stood out as slightly superior. Winemaker John Duval always felt this was a tannic style of Grange, but the wine has shed its tannins, and this is one of the few vintages where the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was above 10%. Sweet notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood, charcoal, and barbecue spices are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine displaying heady amounts of alcohol, glycerin, and density in its full-bodied, skyscraper-like texture. I was drinking this wine with great pleasure in the mid-nineties, yet here it is nearly 15 years later, and the wine does not appear to have budged much from its evolutionary state. This is a testament to how remarkably well these wines hold up, and age at such a glacial pace.

SYN
0033
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $440
CAT
0004
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $556
KRY
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $800
KRY
0002
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $800
KRY
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
MAH
0004
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $480
MAH
0005
1 BOTTLE Into neck & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $381

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 97 points

The 1982 is another superb example of that. One of the jammiest, most precocious Granges when it was released, it has never gone through a closed stage and continues to drink beautifully. A full-bodied, opulent Grange, it reveals an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a beautiful nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries, smoke, toast, roasted herbs, and road tar. This dense, plush, expansive, seamless, seductive 1982 has not changed much since I had it nearly a decade ago.

STO
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
RAN
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2200-2500

Rating: 98+ points

One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and its hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but dont believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesnt make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate, and it appears to still have 25-30 years of upside.

SYN
0051
1 MAGNUM BOXED Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2010Current Bid: $1200
RAN
0023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800
RAN
0024
1 BOTTLE Into neck & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $660

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 96+ points

The 2012 Shiraz St Henri is very impressive with its elegant, sophisticated and well-crafted expression of this superb vintage. As always, there is no new oak employed here, simply 50+ year old large oak vats. This vintage has a dollop (3%) Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing a lovely cassis lift to the heady perfume. Deep garnet-purple colored, it displays a gorgeous nose of commendable purity and intensity with notes of red and blackcurrants, freshly crushed blackberries, menthol, cinnamon stick, bacon fat and cloves. Rich and already expressive on the palate, it is nonetheless built for the long haul with firm, ripe and grainy tannins carrying the fruit to a long and layered finish. This should be a long-lived St Henri that should cellar gracefully for at least 2 decades.

TER
0090
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2013
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 97 points

This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit sources are far and wide, including a real mix of terroirs: McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway and Port Lincoln. It spent 12 months in 50+-year-old casks. Deep garnet-purple colored, the youthfully reticent nose is complex, offering loam, aged meat, licorice, tar, scorched earth, fenugreek and cloves over a cherry cordial, blueberry pie and dried mulberries core. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals lovely, understated elegance and depth with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and many fruit and spice layers emerging on the finish. This is one for the long-long haul and, at a fraction of the price of Grange, should be where the smart money goes for stocking the cellar.

TER
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112

POWELL & SON Kraehe Marananga Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 99 points

From a tiny, one hectare, 110-year-old vineyard in Barossa Valleys Marananga subregion, the 2015 Kraehe Shiraz (pronounced kray) has a deep garnet-purple color and profoundly scented nose of blackberry and blueberry preserves, dried plums and mulberries with salami and fertile earth undertones, plus hints of marmite toast, asphalt and licorice. The full-bodied palate packs in the flavor layers with the voluptuous fruit superbly framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with epic length. Give this sexy Shiraz another 2-3 years in bottle and drink it over the next 25+ years. 155 cases were made.

XPO
0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

POWELL & SON Steinert Flaxman's Valley Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97+ points

Coming from a small (two=hectare) single vineyard with more than 120-year-old vines in the Flaxman Valley area of Barossas cooler Eden Valley, the 2015 Steinert Shiraz offers a deep garnet-purple color and very pretty red currants, black cherries and black raspberries notes, with touches of pepper and spice box plus fleeting wafts of roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is seriously intense, delivering ripe red berry and spice layers with a very long, perfumed finish. 200 cases were made.

XPO
0671
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0670
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0668
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0672
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

THISTLEDOWN Where Eagles Dare Shiraz 2020
Shiraz Eden Valley Barossa
Estimate Per Bottle: 65-70

Rating: 97 points

The fruit for the 2020 Where Eagles Dare Shiraz is from the Matchoss Vineyard in the Eden Valley. One assumes the title refers to the great elevation at which this vineyard is situated; 550 meters above sea level is a commanding perch. The dirt up there is pink quartz pressed into ironstone, and it's compacted into all the dirt roads you care to drive down. It's a beautiful thing, actually. Aromatically, the wine offers up sumac, biltong and mulberries with a graphite, crushed lead-pencil character. The wine is minerally and layered with black tea, spring flowers, red apple skins and a raft of forest berries. Really smart, and a decant is going to open this up untold.

ACC
14181
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $50
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14182
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $50
ACC
14642
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49
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14643
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49
ACC
14644
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49
ACC
14645
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49
ACC
14646
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $50

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2017
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 96 points

Consistently one of my favorites in the Torbreck lineup, this year's version, the 2017 Descendant, was co-fermented with 8% Viognier and spent 18 months in barrel. It's full-bodied, rich and decadent, delivering what Torbreck lovers expect in its dark-fruited layers of opulence. Suffused with hints of Mexican chocolate, it finishes long and softly dusty.

MEM
0018
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $53

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2018
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 98 points

What a lush, charming, wonderfully drinkable wine. The 2018 Descendant, made by fermenting Shiraz on Viognier skins, is a terrific effort, starting from its intriguing spicy, peppery aromas. Those notes are seamlessly intertwined with impressively ripe fruit scents evocative of blueberries and cherries, while the full-bodied palate is plush, creamy and supple without being unstructured or overblown. Softly dusty tannins ground the finish, lending a sense of savory balance to this beauty. Descendent is one of my favorite Torbreck bottlings year after year, and this may be the best one yet.

MEM
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
MEM
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
MEM
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Torbreck's 2015 The Laird boasts explosive aromas of Christmas spices, ripe plums, vanilla, hickory smoke and maple syrup. It's a big wine, loaded with fruit and oak, full-bodied, rich and velvety, adding hints of toasted coconut and cinnamon streusel on the long, almost dessert-like finish. For a more savory experience, age it a decade or so before pulling a cork.

ACC
12298
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.

ACC
11950
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1074

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

The wine of the vintage is the Perrin�s 2012 Ch�teauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it�s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It�s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

XNE
0141
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0136
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0084
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2013
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 96+ points

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that�s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

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10638
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $747
XNE
0143
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0142
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0146
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2014
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: (94 - 96) points

Probably the wine of the vintage (I feel like I say that every year for this cuvee), the 2014 Ch�teauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a substantial, full-bodied, shockingly concentrated 2014 that gives up classic notes of blackberries, blueberries, forest floor, beef blood and licorice. Mouth-coating and rich with building tannin, it will be approachable at an earlier age than most vintages, yet will still need 5-6 years of cellaring.

XNE
0170
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0149
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0147
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 97 points

Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance and complexity than power, with those floral, herbal notes leaving a long, silky impression on the finish.

KEV
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
KEV
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2018
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: (96 - 98) points

Classy hints of pencil shavings accent the pear, nectarine and melon fruit in the full-bodied, voluptuous 2018 Ermitage de l'Or�e. Despite the wine's ample richness and weight, it's surprisingly fresh and zesty, with hints of citrus zest and brine lingering on the finish.

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12702
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 96 points

A killer wine (Im so sorry I didnt buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black currant jam, ripe cherries and subtle toast emerges from this extravagantly rich, voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion. Just coming in to full maturity, it is pure, rich and full. Drink it over the next decade or more.

XDW
0065
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2000
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 2500-2600

Rating: 98+ points

Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000.

JOH
0035
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1548
JOH
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1548
JOH
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1548
JOH
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1548

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2006
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, the 2006 Ch�teau L�oville Las-Cases has a very complex bouquet with heady scents of blackcurrant, kirsch, crushed violets, rock salt and just a hint of cassis. It is backward and can barely contain its energy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very symmetrical and poised, a fine line of acidity interwoven through the black fruit, touches of citrus fruit developing towards the poised and tensile finish. This is a beautiful wine from Jean-Hubert Delon, but it needs several years in bottle. Tasted April 2016.

DAR
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $391