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

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98 points

Roederers 2002 Cristal is a fabulous wine! Originally released in 2009, it was re-released in March this year—and was sold out in a very short time. The Cristal I tasted at Roederer in May 2018 was disgorged in 2010, after seven years sur lie. Its amazing richness and concentration makes it a forerunner of the 2015 and follows the 1999. Only two times—2002 and 2015—the fruit from all 42 plots reserved for Cristal was used for the Cristal. "I couldnt do any better blend than the one assembling all the 42 plots," says Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, stressing that at that time only two hectares were farmed biodynamically. As a result of the conversion to biodynamic farming, Lécaillon promised himself the production of even more beautiful, vital and balanced wines, and you can feel his satisfaction whenever he speaks of the cuvées that are yet to come such as 2012 and 2015, the latter of which he calls "the new 2002." Back to history: the nose of the 2002 Cristal shows a deep, ripe and elegant fruit with aromas of white chocolate, wet chalk, wild vanilla and pepper (typical for 2002) as well as terroir-driven truffle notes. Intense and very elegant in the mouth, this is a ripe, rich and concentrated yet also pure and vital Cristal with great finesse, elegance and mineral complexity. Its a sublime Champagne right now, although its more wine than Champagne. Tasted in Reims in May 2018.

XBW
0375
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $535
XBW
0380
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $535

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2015
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 100 points

The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. Theyre followed by a full-bodied yet impeccably ripe palate thats dense and concentrated yet supple, leading into a velvety, nearly endless finish. Wow.

JEL
0394
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $310
JEL
0395
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0396
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0397
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0398
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0399
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $314
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $314
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $314
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $314
EDD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $314
EDD
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $314
DOC
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $283
DOC
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $283

CULLEN Kevin John Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 96+ points

The 2012 Kevin John Chardonnay reveals a savory and nutty nose with aromas of crushed cashews, baking bread, yeast extract and struck match enveloping a core of spiced apples and peaches. Light to medium-bodied, the palate is very tightly knit with a lively acid backbone to support the intense apple and toast flavor layers. It finishes long. Drink it 2015 to 2020+.

HOL
0541
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
HOL
0542
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90
HOL
0543
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $92

GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Amon-Ra displays aromas of pure black currant cordial, dark chocolate, violets and toast with a hint of raw meat and touch of Indian spices. Full-bodied with a taut and muscular frame defined by firm grainy tannins, it is still very youthful and offers fresh, crisp acid that retains nice vibrancy through the long finish. Drink it now until 2020+.

TOP
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75

GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 96 points

Dramatic, intense and powerful, the 2016 Amon Ra Shiraz recalls the 2004 in its youth, crammed with layers of fruit, complex, savory elements and rich, velvety tannins. Its full-bodied, characterized by notes of grilled meat, espresso, black olive, cassis, vanilla, baking spices and an undercurrent of loamy earth. Yes, its unapologetically big and bold, the product of a warm, sunny climate and ripe grapes, but it does show a sense of decorum, restraint and elegance on the long finish.

XBW
0227
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0232
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0234
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0238
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0245
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0246
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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.

PRE
0106
1 BOTTLE Into neck, label damageCurrent Bid: $312
POP
0712
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $392

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

Medium garnet in color, the 2010 Shiraz Hill of Grace reveals a slightly reticent yet beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with youthfully taut, mouth-filling perfumed berry preserves and exotic spice flavors, the fruit is well framed by rounded, polished tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible length. It could still benefit from 2-4 years in bottle before entering its drinking window but is already stunning.

WIL
0023
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $700
WIL
0021
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $799
WIL
0022
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $650

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Mount Edelstone Shiraz is spectacular. Its dense, opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a big, smoky perfume of roasted meats, creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice, and barbecue spices as well as a fabulously long finish that lasts nearly a minute. This flamboyant, exotic, full-bodied, rich, unctuous 100% Shiraz was aged in 80% new American and French oak for 18 months. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. This cuvee often possesses impressive aging potential as evidenced by the 1990 (rated 94) and 1979 (rated 92), both drunk in July, 2005.

MIC
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 97+ points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Mount Edelstone is a single-vineyard Shiraz showing a little reticent at this youthful stage, though it gives delicate black and red fruit aromas that fan out with air to reveal kirsch, red currant jelly, mulberries and Chinese Five Spice notes alongside hints of dusty earth and potpourri. The palate is led by its commendable structure at this stage, with firm, grainy tannins and very lively acid to support the tight-knit fruit. It finishes long and layered. Consider drinking this 2016 to 2026+.

JEL
0159
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 98+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Shiraz The Armagh offers a gorgeous perfume of baking spices, violets, Sichuan pepper and fragrant earth. More earthy and savory in the mouth than on the nose, the palate is superbly structured and taut—built for the long-haul—with a long, complex finish. Still very youthfully, forget this wine for 3-5 more years and consider drinking it over the next 20+.

XSA
0030
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0024
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0025
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0003
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0022
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0021
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96 points

Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savory classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. Its dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff.

XSA
0084
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $279
XSA
0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $279

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

One of Margaret Rivers (and Australias) iconic Chardonnays, Leeuwins 2014 Art Series Chardonnay continues that proud tradition. Never shy on toasty, nutty oak or bold fruit, the 2014 features both seamlessly woven together in perhaps greater harmony than in past vintages. Hints of white peach, Bosc pear and citrus appear on the medium-bodied palate and linger on the elegant, finely textured finish.

XLE
0436
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $85
XLE
0437
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0445
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0446
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 65-75

Rating: 96 points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Reserve Shiraz reveals intense notes of crushed blackberries and black cherries with underlying wild blueberry, aniseed, chocolate box and Szechuan pepper hints. With a wonderful vibrancy to the fruit in the full-bodied and concentrated mouth, it displays a harmonious interplay of firm, rounded tannins and well-balanced acidity before finishing long. Drink it now to 2024+.

NEV
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $57

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

Rating: 99+ points

The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought Id add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond.

SLK
0411
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $544
JCL
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $550
JCL
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $550
POP
0658
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $615
JCL
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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+.

KJG
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $451
KJG
0032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $451
KJG
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $451
JML
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

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!

CON
0019
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $480
DAV
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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.

DAV
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $501
GRA
0011
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $441

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

Rating: 97 points

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.

CHA
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $386
CHA
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $386
CHA
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $386
CHA
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $386
CHA
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $386
CHA
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $386
CON
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $528
CON
0014
1 BOTTLE Signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $440
CON
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $528
CON
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $528
CON
0017
1 BOTTLE Signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $440
CON
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $528

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

CHA
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
CHA
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $542
CHA
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
CHA
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
WIL
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
WIL
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
WIL
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
WIL
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
WIL
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
WIL
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
DAV
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2014
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 98 points

Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

WIL
0030
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
WIL
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
WIL
0032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
WIL
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
WIL
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
WIL
0035
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2100-2200

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.

BEN
0054
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2012, severe label damageCurrent Bid: $1000
SKO
0029
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1600
TER
0001
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $824
JAN
0005
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & severe label damageCurrent Bid: $452
JOE
0003
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulderCurrent Bid: $480
JOE
0004
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $480
JOE
0005
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $712
JOE
0006
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $712
JOE
0007
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight label damage, slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $832

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

DAV
0004
1 BOTTLE Low shoulder, capsule damage, weepy capsule, signs of past leaking, cellar damaged label - No Sterling shipping insurance for this lotCurrent Bid: $250
DAV
0005
1 BOTTLE Low shoulder, capsule damage, weepy capsule, signs of past leaking, cellar damaged label - No Sterling shipping insurance for this lotCurrent Bid: $232
DAV
0006
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, capsule damage, weepy capsule, signs of past leaking, cellar damaged label - No Sterling shipping insurance for this lotCurrent Bid: $264
DAV
0007
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, capsule damage, signs of past leaking, cellar damaged label - No Sterling shipping insurance for this lotCurrent Bid: $264

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-120

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.

JEL
0435
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0436
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0437
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0439
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0440
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0441
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Run Rig opens with a bang, delivering intense fruits of the forest and blackberry preserve notes with hints of sandalwood, cardamom, dried Provence herbs, Indian spices and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and oh, so satisfying, the beauty ticks all the great Barossa Shiraz boxes and then some. It is still relatively primary, so Id recommend giving it another 2-3 years at least in bottle and drink it over the next 20+.

XTO
0135
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0086
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0085
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0082
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0075
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0062
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 225-275

Rating: 98 points

Who wouldve thought that in the context of Barossa Shiraz, the 2015 RunRig would seem like a relative bargain? Its certainly much less expensive than Grange or Hill of Grace will be when theyre released. Its also more approachable in its youth, with enormously appealing aromas of grilled fruit, savory complexities and rich, velvety tannins. Of course, its full-bodied and concentrated, with the stuffing to age for up to a couple of decades, and it has a long, licorice-tinged finish. Winemaker Ian Hongell, who joined Torbreck from Peter Lehmann, may not have made this wine, but he deserves a lot of credit for the blending and finishing of this tour de force.

XTO
0140
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0162
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0139
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0136
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0137
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0138
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $214

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 100 points

A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier made just prior to bottling, the 2016 RunRig is a complete masterpiece. It kicks off with elegant notes of pencil shavings accenting blueberries and blackberries on the nose, then shows incredible, palate-staining intensity of fruit in the mouth. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety without being unstructured and manages to be fruit-forward yet savory on the long-lasting finish, where it picks up hints of mocha and black olives. This should be drinkable with pleasure throughout its entire two-decade life (it may live longer from cold cellars or in larger formats), but if I were lucky enough to have a bottle or two, I'd try the first one about 10 years out. Scheduled for June 2019 release.

ACC
6259
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $253
ACC
6262
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $253

FELSINA BERARDENGA Fontalloro Sangiovese 2015
Sangiovese Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97 points

The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months. Some 30,000 bottles were produced.

MUL
0715
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $86
MUL
0716
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100
MUL
0707
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
MUL
0708
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
MUL
0714
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
MUL
0709
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80

GAJA Sori Tildin Nebbiolo 2008
Nebbiolo Langhe
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96 points

The 2008 Sori Tildin is impressive. I confess I wasnt quite prepared for the assault of fruit and tannins here. Sori Tildin is so often a graceful, elegant wine, but that is not the case in 2008. Thats not to say elegance is missing, but this is a big, big wine with tons of intensity and richness, all woven together beautifully. Its tough to find a comparison with a previous vintage, as this is a singular Tildin. The flavors are familiar if a touch on the dark side, but the structure is closer than that of Sori San Lorenzo. Flowers, tar, leather and licorice wrap around the palate. This is a fabulous showing and a great wine in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

XNE
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
XNE
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

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.

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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2009
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1350-1375

Rating: 100 points

Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 2009 Chateau d’Yquem is one showstopper of a wine and perhaps it is only in a vertical that you realize this is up there among the legendary wines of the past – the 2001 included. It has a wonderful nose that expresses the Semillon component majestically: heady aromas of lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and honeysuckle that all gain momentum in the glass. The oak is supremely well-integrated. The palate is extremely well-balanced with an unctuous entry. You are immediately knocked sideways by the palpable weight and volume in the mouth, which is almost “bulbous,” with layer upon layer of heavily botrytized fruit. It builds to a spicy finish with hints of marzipan and pralines in the background that lend it an untrammeled sense of exoticism. The 2009 is utterly fabulous and decadent, a star that will blaze brightly and undimmed for many years. Drink now-2060+. Tasted March 2014.

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DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 99+ points

With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintages top wines. Jump on it if your means allow, as I suspect this wine will be a candidate for perfection once it sheds some tannin. Its perfumed on the nose, concentrated on the palate and amazingly long yet also elegant from start to finish. And amid the power, oak and massive cassis and blackberry fruit, it also manages to include hints of crushed stone evocative of its granitic terroir. Its breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lovers face.

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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
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1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $584

CHATEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2009
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 2100-2150

Rating: 98+ points

A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthiers 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple color along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks and wild blue, red and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249

CHATEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2009
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 100 points

The inky/blue/purple-colored 2009 Bellevue Mondotte offers aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice, white flowers, forest floor and candied cherries. Extremely thick, rich and full-bodied, it is nearly overwhelming in its textural richness, colossal concentration and mind-blowing finish that lasts nearly a minute. Undeniably massive and over-sized, but perfectly balanced, it is made for those looking for something to put away for 30-50+ years. One has to admire a proprietor who is making a wine for the history books, not for near-term gratification.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2006
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1450

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? Thats for sure. Tasted January 2016.

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CHATEAU GAZIN 2009
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 96 points

A big, powerful, masculine Pomerol with a style not dissimilar from Le Gay, the dense purple-colored 2009 Gazin exhibits black currant, black cherry liqueur, coffee, roasted herb, an exotic Asian spice component, vanillin, creme caramel and toasty oak in its aromatics and flavors. From a vineyard near Petrus, Le Gay and La Fleur Petrus, it is full-bodied with licorice, earth, truffle and creme de cassis in the mouth. Give this powerful, backward 2009 an additional 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.

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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $150
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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $125

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2016.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2009
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1450-1475

Rating: 100 points

What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.

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CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classe 2009
Cru Classe Graves
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1350

Rating: 100 points

The 2009 was not part of this vertical tasting, so I am repeating the tasting note published in issue #199 of The Wine Advocate from a tasting done in January, 2012.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $882

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 540-550

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.

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2051
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496

CHATEAU LAFLEUR 2010
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1550

Rating: 99 points

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2010 Lafleur put in an absolutely no holds barred astonishing performance. Lafleur is wont to improve in bottle and this is certainly the case apropos the 2010. It has a boisterous ripe blackberry, cranberry, sous-bois and graphite-scented bouquet that is an absolute beauty. Power mixed with quite brilliant precision, you almost want to laugh at its sheer audacity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin; there is immense depth and wonderful cohesion. Mineral-drenched black fruit, a slightly chalky texture and outstanding energy and tension on the finish - this is a magnificent Pomerol from the Guinaudeau family. Tasted December 2016.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
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CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2me cru classe 2010
2me cru classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 96+ points

A splendid showing, much stronger from bottle than it was from barrel, the Leoville Barton is one of the spectacular wines of the vintage. Inky purple to the rim, its huge tannin gives this wine real potential for 30-50 years of longevity. It is a classic, powerful Bordeaux made with no compromise. A superstar of the vintage, the wine has notes of pen ink and creme de cassis, good acidity, sweet, subtle oak, and massive extraction and concentration. I thought it was one of the most backward wines of the vintage two years ago, and nothing has changed in the ensuing upbringing of the wine in cask except that the wine now seems even richer, denser and fuller than I previously thought. The beautiful purity, symmetry, and huge finish of nearly a minute make this one of the all-time great classics from Leoville Barton. Anticipated maturity: 2028-2065+.

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CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2006
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, the 2006 Château Léoville 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.

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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515

CHATEAU PAVIE Decesse Grand Cru Classe 2010
Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 320-340

Rating: 96 points

A Blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% natural alcohol, the higher percentage of Merlot in this wine than in the Pavie gives it a stunning opulence, thickness and luxuriousness. Opaque purple, with notes of mulberry and kirsch liqueur leaning toward blacker fruits, subtle smoked meats and some lead pencil and vanillin, this is another brawny, full-bodied, yet remarkably precise and fresh style of wine despite its sensational extract and power. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30-40 years.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classe 2010
Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 98+ points

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $273

CHATEAU TEYSSIER Le Dome Grand Cru 2005
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 98 points

From the famous flagship estate of Jonathan Malthus, this wine normally has about 75% or more Cabernet Franc in the blend and the rest Merlot. With the great aromatic expression of the vintage, the 2005 Le Dôme offers up a smashing fireworks-like display of spring flowers, blueberries, forest floor, raspberries and cherries. Dense purple in color, medium to full-bodied, light on its feet, but super-intense and rich, this wine performed fabulously well, and is one of the superstars and profound efforts of the vintage. It is actually somewhat approachable, which is not always the case with many 2005s. Drink it over the next 20 years.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $297
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $297