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

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2012
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 375-425

Rating: 98+ points

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices.

ACC
1472
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $268

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2005 Hill of Grace offers a wonderful perfume of kirsch, red currant preserves and raspberry coulis with hints of cinnamon stick, cloves and orange peel. Medium to full-bodied, it is very elegant yet intense in the mouth with a lively acid line, medium-firm, very finely grained tannins, and a very long finish. Approachable now and should drink to 2040+.

JNE
0092
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $366
JNE
0093
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $356
JNE
0094
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $355

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 97 points

The 2005 Mount Edelstone is a 100% Shiraz cuvee sourced from a vineyard planted in 1912. Yields are a meager 0.3 to 0.5 tons of fruit per acre. In combination with a near ideal growing season, this has resulted in a great edition of Mount Edelstone, one of South Australia's iconic wines. Purple-colored, the nose gives up notes of mocha, chocolate, smoked meat, pepper, leather, blueberry, and blackberry. Elegant, already complex, layered, and thoroughly satisfying, this superb Shiraz has enough baby fat to be enjoyed now but will amply reward 5-7 years of cellaring. It will drink beautifully through 2025.

Henschke, one of Australia's oldest and most renowned wineries continues to perform at a high level.

SEL
0187
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104

JOHN DUVAL WINES Eligo Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

Rating: 98+ points

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2013 Eligo has an intoxicating nose of creme de cassis, blueberry tart and violets with underlying menthol, cloves, fenugreek, licorice and dark chocolate hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is youthfully restrained, with taut, muscular blackberry and exotic spice flavors supported by fine-grained, firm tannins and lively acid, finishing with excellent length. This is a very classy 2013 Shiraz!

ACC
1466
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $63
ACC
1467
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $63

NOON WINERY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 98 points

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from a 35+-year-old vineyard and aged for 18 months in small French and American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers textbook Cabernet aromas of wood smoke, pencil lead, scorched earth, black currants, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to an opulent, full-bodied, concentrated wine that beautifully combines finesse and power. As with most vintages of this wine, it can be enjoyed now or cellared for a decade. It will reward the patient imbiber with a drinking window lasting through 2030.

Noon, under the leadership of Drew Noon MW, remains one of Australia's iconic wineries. As usual, Drew Noon sets the bar for South Australia.

MIL
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $60

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

Rating: 99 points

The 2006 Reserve Shiraz was sourced from a 45-year-old vineyard and aged for 18 months in small and large French and American oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it gives up a lavish perfume of smoke, mineral, game, bacon, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. Thick, opulent, and intense, it coats the mouth with savory fruit, spices, and a hint of chocolate. Seamless on the palate, it nevertheless conceals enough structure to evolve for a decade for those able to resist its immediate come-on. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2030.

MIL
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 60-70

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+.

MIL
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
MIL
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
MIL
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
MIL
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $55
MIL
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
MIL
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
NEV
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $55
NEV
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
NEV
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46
NEV
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $46

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 2400-2500

Rating: 97 points

Its not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines existed during the latter part of the 19th Century. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, although the famous Metala Cabernet vineyard in Langhorne Creek was known to have been planted in 1891 so could very well pre-date Kalimna. Regardless, Ive been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it cant possibly be blended. The 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, it displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to evolve and drink to 2025+.

STE
0039
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1761

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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.

SEL
0172
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460
POP
0487
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $458
POP
0489
1 BOTTLE Stained labelCurrent Bid: $458
POP
0490
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $458
POP
0491
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $458
POP
0492
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $458
POP
0494
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $458

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+.

PHO
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $410
PHO
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401
PHO
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401
PHO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401
PHO
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401
POP
0330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $417
POP
0331
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $417
POP
0332
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $417
SEL
0176
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360
SEL
0177
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

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.

RFO
0005
1 BOTTLE Into neck & signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $270
RFO
0006
1 BOTTLE Into neck & signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $270
RFO
0007
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $270
RFO
0008
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $270
0NT
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440
JNE
0073
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $449
JNE
0074
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
JNE
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $449

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.

POP
0104
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0107
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
0NT
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $410
JIN
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98+ points

Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, its still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

POP
0114
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $448

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1700

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.

STE
0046
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0047
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0048
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0049
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0050
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0051
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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.

PHO
0016
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $490
PHO
0017
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $487
PHO
0018
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $487
PHO
0019
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $487
PHO
0020
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $487
PHO
0021
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $487

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

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.

JMS
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
JMS
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
JMS
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
JMS
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
JMS
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
JMS
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
SEL
0175
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $500

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 99 points

The youngest Run Rig, the 2001, should equal the 1998 as it is almost a clone aromatically, texturally, and flavor-wise, just much younger. This opaque purple-colored beauty should flirt with perfection over the next 10-15 years.

ACC
1366
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+.

ACC
1252
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1256
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 97 points

The 2005 The Factor is 100% Shiraz sourced from dry grown vines from six sub-regions of Barossa. It spent 24 months in 30% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive bouquet of pepper, smoke, espresso roast, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, nuances of saddle leather and mineral emerge to complement the layers of spicy blue and black fruits. The wine is beautifully integrated with enough well-concealed tannin to keep this wine evolving for a decade. The pure finish lingers for 60+ seconds to complete the experience of a totally hedonistic turn-on.

ACC
1278
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $152

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple color and a 100% Shiraz wine aged in predominately older oak, the 2010 The Factor reveals a stunningly beautiful nose of creme de cassis, plum pudding and blackberry coulis with intriguing flourishes of licorice, dark chocolate, cloves and peppered salami. Big and voluptuously fruited in the full-bodied mouth, this is a full-on, complex Shiraz possessing a great foundation of firm, rounded tannins and an energized acid backbone to bring everything to a finish with outstanding length and harmony. Approachable now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+.

ACC
1474
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
1475
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
1476
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
1477
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
1478
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
1479
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 97 points

The 1998 Shiraz Octavius is undoubtedly controversial given its volatile acidity. Nevertheless, it is a loaded, intense, rich, classic example of full-throttle and full-bodied old vine Barossa Shiraz. All the Octavius fruit is sourced from vineyards ranging from 70 to 100 years of age.

JIN
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
JIN
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
JIN
0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
JIN
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
JIN
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
JIN
0030
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-90

Rating: 96 points

The 2004 The Octavius is 100% Shiraz aged for 22 months in American and Hungarian oak, much of it new. Inky black/purple, it coats the glass with legs. It has an alluring perfume of toasty oak, plum, licorice, blueberry, bacon, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate. Voluptuous and youthful, it has intense flavors, plenty of well-concealed structure, and a 60-second finish. Cellar it for 8-10 years and drink it through 2035.

JAN
0095
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52
JAN
0096
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52
JAN
0097
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52

TAITTINGER Comtes de Champagne Blanc De Blancs 2004
Blanc De Blancs
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96 points

Its fascinating to taste the 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne after the 2002, something I have been able to do on a few occasions. The 2004 is all about minerality, precision and tension. It doesnt have the sheer richness or power of the 2002, but it makes up for that with its crystalline purity and sheer energy. Bright hints of lemon oil, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered into the pointed, vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.

R.C
0105
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $189
R.C
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $210

CHATEAU CLIMENS 1er Cru Classe 2007
1er Cru Classe Barsac
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Chateau Climens always tends to go into its shell after bottling, which is probably why I was not dishing out an even higher score to this still, spellbinding Barsac. The 2007 is endowed with a lovely bouquet: very pure with honey, a touch of orange-blossom and a touch of quince. The palate is very well-balanced with great purity and a dash of spice as well as a lovely viscous, botrytis-laden finish that possesses awesome weight and persistency. This is a slice of heaven in a glass, but it definitely needs time to reveal its true potential. Tasted January 2011.

XRE
0027
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0028
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0029
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0030
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2001
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1200

Rating: 100 points

You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016.

GRA
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $740

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.

XNE
1576
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1577
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1578
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1574
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1575
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1573
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2006
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 97 points

One of the wines of the vintage is unquestionably the 2006 Hermitage les Bessards, which comes from one of the greatest terroirs for Syrah in the world. Still youthful and vibrant, with those classic graphite and crushed rock characteristics that define this cuvee, as well as loads of black fruits, toasted spice and dried flowers, this beauty is full-bodied, uber-concentrated and gorgeously pure. Its still 4-5 years away from full maturity, and is going to keep for 2-3 decades.

ACC
1775
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
ACC
1776
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
ACC
1777
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
ACC
1778
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
ACC
1779
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
ACC
1780
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108

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.

XNE
1495
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $740
XNE
1496
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1497
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1498
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1499
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1500
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727