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BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2013
Chardonnay Argentina
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 97 points

The superb, elegant and aromatic 2013 White Bones Chardonnay seemed to jump out of the glass with its perfumed personality. This is a selection of the more chalky soils of the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary. It has a spicy, nutty nose with minty freshness and a sensation of wet stones. The oak is perfectly integrated (in fact, none of the Adrianna whites showed any oak) and it has an elegant profile, a wine built around finesse and acidity. It finished with a chalky, mineral finish, definitively salty. Simply stunning! 2,100 bottles produced.

XSA
0245
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0246
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0244
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2010
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade ... and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

XSA
0715
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $937
XSA
0716
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $937

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2012
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

The iconic 2012 Proprietary Red Opus One is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec aged 18 months in French oak. A classy, complex, suave and savory 2012 Opus One, with notes of toasty oak and crème de cassis. This Pauillac lookalike, made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, is a beauty. They have continued to strengthen the quality of wine and seem to have produced a brilliant, world-class wine. I imagine the 2013 may even eclipse this, but this 2012 is one of their great ones, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood all present in this beautiful, full-bodied wine that should drink well for 25-30 years.

XSA
0717
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939
XSA
0718
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $939

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2013
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 97+ points

The 2013 Opus One, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, is a beauty. Velvety textured, without a had edge to be found, notes of crème de cassis, blueberry, subtle wood and floral notes gently rise from the wine’s dense purple color. Beautifully full-bodied and extraordinarily elegant and pure, this is certainly one of their great achievements over the last 37 years. The wine has an exquisite finish and can be drunk now or cellared for 25-30 years.

XSA
0719
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $936
XSA
0724
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $936

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2014
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 96 points

Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finish.

XSA
0725
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874
XSA
0726
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $874

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2015
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-720

Rating: 97 points

"This wine was too much—too much like a caricature for me," winemaker Michael Silacci confessed to me while tasting the 2015 Opus One together again recently. "So, when we took it out of barrel to prepare for bottling we added a few more components." Medium to deep garnet-purple color, it bursts from the glass with beautiful violets, lavender, rose hip tea and chocolate-covered cherries scents over a core of crushed blackberries, black cherries, cassis and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully bright and crunchy, with bags of fresh black and red berries and a wonderfully plush, finely grained texture, finishing long and fragrant.

XSA
0729
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624
XSA
0727
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624
XSA
0728
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $624

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2016
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Opus One offers up bold, expressive black and blue fruits: warm black plums, black cherries, blackcurrants and wild blueberries with a beautiful undercurrent of lilacs, roses, fertile loam, underbrush and Indian spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is a tightly coiled spring ready to explode, with fantastic tension and wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with a mineral lift.

XSA
0730
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $815
XSA
0731
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $815

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1996
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-370

Rating: 98 points

The brilliant 1996 Dom Perignon, which has largely disappeared from the marketplace, may be the finest young example of DP I have ever tasted. Notes of crushed rocks, honeysuckle, lemon oil, orange marmalade, and white pear provide a stunning aromatic display as well as palate impression. Great acidity and huge flavor intensity backed up by vibrant acidity make this an exquisite Champagne. It should drink well for 20-25 years, possibly longer. Readers should remember that the 1971 Dom Perignon Rose is still drinking exquisitely. I recently had the 1969 and 1970 Dom Perignons (from magnum), and both were drinking brilliantly. It makes one realize just how long-lived these wines can be. Production is confidential, but there must be hundreds of thousands of cases of Dom Perignon since it available in most of the worlds luxury hotels and restaurants.

EYA
0005
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $300

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1998
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 97 points

The 1998 Dom P?rignon has an intense white-golden color and is beautifully clear and fine on the nose, which indicates a lovely maturity and displays grey bread, almond cake and iodine flavors, along with lemon and orange aromas. This clarity and mineral freshness proceeds on the highly elegant, finesse-full and silky textured palate, and the complexly flavored, very distinguished finish is dry and mineral, revealing a stimulating salinity and tension. The 1998 seems young still, but is certainly a great pleasure to drink and will be for many years.

SAL
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $159

SALON S Le Mesnil Blanc De Blancs 2007
Blanc De Blancs Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 820-840

Rating: 96 points

The superb 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil wafts from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of crushed chalk, lemon oil, crisp green apple, white flowers and brioche. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, taut and incisive, with bright acids, a tight-knit core and a brisk mousse, concluding with a long, chalky and bone-dry finish. After the comparatively broad and fleshy 2002, 2004 and 2006 vintages, the 2007 Salon seems to mark a return to a racier, more precise style—though admittedly that's in keeping with the style of the vintage—that makes me anticipate the release of the 2008 all the more eagerly.

XFW
0117
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $807
XFW
0116
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $807

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
0408
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0409
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0410
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0411
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
JEL
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270

D'ARENBERG The Dead Arm Shiraz 2001
Shiraz McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 98 points

Readers should be on the look out for the 2001 The Dead Arm Shiraz, one of the greatest examples of this cuvee. Its dense black/purple color is accompanied by celestial aromas of melted licorice, graphite, blackberries, cassis, incense, anise, and toasty oak. Fabulously concentrated, with great purity, an unctuous, viscous texture, and an amazingly long, 60-second plus finish, this fabulous baby will need 5-6 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 20-25 years.

Chester Osborn, the remarkable person behind this enormous array of both impeccably high quality and value-priced wines, deserves considerable accolades for what he is able to achieve at all price ranges. If you love Australian wines, d'Arenberg is a winery to seek out as these offerings all possess abundant soul as well as character. In short, the accolades that proprietor/winemaker Chester Osborn receives not only from The Wine Advocate, but virtually everybody in the wine world, are all well deserved.

WHI
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
WHI
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $71

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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+.

JAM
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $475

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet-colored, the 2004 Hill of Grace presents warm black fruits, black plums and cassis with underlying Mediterranean herb, spice box and truffles nuances. Full-bodied and rich, it has plenty of acid lift alongside medium to firm, rounded tannins. It is still quite taut on the long, peppery and earthy finish. Still very youthful, this wine should age very well and can drink now to 2030+.

JAM
0021
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $380
JAM
0022
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $380

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Shiraz Hill of Grace is a little reticent on the nose to begin, opening out to a somewhat paradoxically tantalizing black forest cake, beef dripping, fertile loam and tree bark nose with hints of black pepper, Marmite, bay leaves, eucalyptus, licorice and bakers chocolate. The medium to full-bodied palate is a wonderfully intricate mélange of mineral, savory, dark fruits and spice layers, framed by velvety tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing epically. This is a truly great Hill of Grace that has just entered the first stage of its drinking window and should continue to develop beautifully over the next 25+ years.

WIL
0042
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $560

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-860

Rating: 98+ points

I briefly thought about just cutting and pasting the review of the 2014 into this space for the 2015 Hill of Grace Shiraz, but on further reflection, there are some differences between them—and isn't that one of the reasons we love wine? Scents of smoked meat and mocha accent notes of black olives and blackberries, joined by subtle notions of resinous herbs, while the full-bodied palate comes across as slightly weightier, richer and more velvety in texture than the 2014. Not as elegant perhaps, but more concentrated and powerful on the long, long finish.

XHO
0207
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $751
XHO
0208
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $751

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

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 Australias 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.

XHO
0046
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XHO
0047
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

Still a bit tight and cedary, the 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz could use a couple of more years to flesh out and round into form. Sage and blackberry notes predominate in this full-bodied, concentrated and richly tannic offering. It still comes across as slightly drying on the finish, but its velvety, and the fruit comes through at the end, so dont hesitate to hold onto this for a decade or more.

ACC
6992
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $150

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

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
0638
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
XSA
0637
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
XSA
0636
1 HALF BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $145
ACC
6911
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $126

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

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.

ACC
7467
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0704
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0708
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0707
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0705
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0703
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109
XLE
0706
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $109

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1150

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.

WHI
0040
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $506

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1900-2000

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+.

KNS
0226
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $913
WHI
0041
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $679

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

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.

WHI
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
KEN
0484
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $527
KEN
0485
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $527
KEN
0486
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $527
KEN
0487
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $527

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

DEV
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

WIL
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $428
WIL
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $428
DEV
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $428

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+.

WIL
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420
WIL
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $420
194
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $525
194
0039
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $420

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

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.

194
0041
1 BOTTLE Slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $450

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.

SCA
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $523

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2013
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 100 points

Remember that old Heinz Ketchup “anticipation” ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2013 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first—and then it bursts forth and delivers!

WIL
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $490
WIL
0058
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIL
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIL
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIL
0061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

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
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $462
SCO
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $475

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2500-2600

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: $690
SKO
0029
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1832
GMH
0004
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine Clinic 2006, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1019
CH9
0090
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2014, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1153

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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.

DDR
0001
1 BOTTLE Into neck & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $580

TEUSNER Righteous FG Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-135

Rating: 96+ points

Deep purple-black in color, the youthful, still very primary 2012 Righteous Fg Shiraz sports tons of blackcurrants and blackberry notes with cedar still poking through on the nose plus dark chocolate, anise, cloves and nutmeg accents. Big, full, concentrated and muscular in the mouth, the dense fruit is still very tightly would yet it's held together by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins and plenty of freshness. Finishing with excellent length, this is one for the cellar.

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0373
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
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0374
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
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0384
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
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0369
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
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0368
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $105

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2010
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet-purple in color and projecting intense aromas of creme de cassis, warm black plums and blueberry compote enhanced by hints of tar, aniseed, smoked meat and even a slight lift of honeysuckle, the full-bodied 2010 Descendent is already displaying great harmony at this early stage as it fills the mouth with perfumed black fruits supported by medium to firm, rounded tannins and balanced acid. It finishes very long. Approachable now and drink to 2024+.

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0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $105

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2005
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 98 points

The 2005 Les Amis, sourced from a 100+-year-old vineyard, is 100% Grenache aged for 18 months in new oak. Remarkably fragrant, it emits full-throttle aromas of spice box, kirsch, wild raspberry, and blackberry liqueur. Plush on the palate, it reveals layers of rich, red and black berry flavors, ripe tannin, and a 60-second, pure finish. Although it can be admired now, the wine merits 6-8 years of further bottle aging to reveal all of its splendors. This sensational effort could easily masquerade as Pegau Cuvee de Capo on human growth hormone.

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0037
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $105
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0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104

FELSINA BERARDENGA Fontalloro Sangiovese 2015
Sangiovese Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

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.

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0058
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
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0059
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

MARCHESE ANTINORI Solaia 2016
Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 640-650

Rating: 100 points

I fussed over scoring this wine more than I'd like to admit—tasting through three samples under different conditions at various intervals and testing my impressions blind against wines in its peer group. Most importantly, I tasted this 2016 vintage against the 2015 vintage over and over again. I confess to a few nights of restless sleep as a result. Ultimately, my decision to award 100 points to the 2016 Solaia came on impulse and with the most natural sense of purpose. I had also given the 2015 vintage a perfect score, and intellectually, it seemed impossible not to pick a favorite among these two stunning expressions. I will also state, outright, that the wines are very different, principally because the 2015 vintage shows more overall opulence and sweetness that extends to the pronounced textural richness of the mouthfeel. The 2016 vintage, on the other hand, is more chiseled and sharp with mineral shadings of campfire ash and graphite at the rim of its dark fruit. The mouthfeel is more streamlined and tight at its core, suggesting that the wine will unfold and soften beautifully with time. I feel like 2015 is the Dolce & Gabbana of the situation and the 2016 is the Armani Privé. The personalities of the two wines are distinct, yet my admiration for each is identical.

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

MASTROJANNI Schiena d'Asino 2010
Brunello di Montalcino
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 97 points

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Schiena d'Asino is a gorgeous wine and one that I highly recommend if you are a Brunello fanatic like me. The purity of the fruit is stunning and the wine underlines the qualities that make Sangiovese among the most noble of all Italian grapes. It offers crystalline intensity with forthcoming aromas of bright cherry, balsam herb, anise seed, pressed violets and spice. This ensemble is balanced and nuanced. It shows amazing depth and complexity. Fruit for the wine is sourced from a single vineyard that runs across the crest of a hill. The name Schiena d'Asino ("the donkey's back") evokes this unique geography. Mastrojanni last made a Riserva in 1998 and the wine (released six years after the harvest) has carried the name of its vineyard designation ever since.

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0474
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $260
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0473
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $260

TUA RITA Redigaffi Merlot 2016
Merlot Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 480-500

Rating: 98 points

Wow. This is a beautiful year for Tua Rita's legendary Merlot. The grapes were harvested early, between September 4th and the 6th, and spent 21 months in barrique. This wine is a perennial overachiever, and the 2016 Redigaffi is no exception. It has a remarkable persistence to the bouquet, along with tonic crispness and a velvety mouthfeel. It's a complete and beautifully structured expression, most notable for its freshness and softness. This Redigaffi is still a bit closed, which leads me to think it is going to be a stunner when you finally retrieve it from your cellar in 5-10 years from now.

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0811
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $437
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0809
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $437
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0810
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $437

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1997
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 96 points

A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055.

Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006.

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0297
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $739
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0296
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $739

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-620

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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0447
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $579

DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE La Crau Rouge 2016
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 96 points

Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there's commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice.

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0824
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $129
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0823
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $129

DOMAINE RENE ROSTAING La Landonne 2015
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-580

Rating: 99+ points

Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff.

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0793
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509

DOMAINE RENE ROSTAING La Landonne 2016
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-340

Rating: 97 points

Subtle notes of baking spices frame hints of tea, olives and raspberries on the nose of the 2016 Cote Rotie la Landonne. A paragon of elegance, it's medium to full-bodied, but silky from start to lingering finish. It's a wine that's pretty much guaranteed to make even the steeliest curmudgeon smile, as it's so bright, ephemeral and luscious. It's not the rich, ripe wine the 2015 is, but it's suave, complex and long.

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0795
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $247
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0794
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $247

E. GUIGAL Vignes de L'Hospice 2015
Saint Joseph
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 96 points

The most impressive vintage of this wine I can recall tasting, the 2015 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is an awesome Saint-Joseph. Visitors to the region can easily spot the steep vineyard just above the town of Tournon when looking across the Rhône from Tain l'Hermitage. Aged in 100% new oak, the wine still shows hints of cedar and vanilla on the nose but also notes of crushed stone and black cherries. It's full-bodied but kept in check by a touch of granite-like austerity that gives the palate shape and length, while the firm tannins glide away in a silky wash on the finish. Almost approachable now, I suspect it will drink well through at least 2035.

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0614
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $139
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0613
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $139
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0612
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $139

JL CHAVE 2011
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96+ points

Tasted from bottle, the 2011 Hermitage sports a ruby/purple color to go with an awesome bouquet of sweet cassis, dried flowers, spice-box, ground pepper and crushed stone. One of the more serious, focused and structured 2011s, it has fabulous concentration, sweet tannin and a seamless texture. Give it 5-6 years and enjoy bottles over the following 2 decades or more.

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0206
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $634
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0205
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $634
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $634

JL CHAVE 2012
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

One of the more charming and forward efforts from Chave, the 2012 Hermitage sports a mostly opaque purple color to go with classic creme de cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notions of lead pencil shavings, violets and powdered rocks. Deep, full-bodied and sumptuously textured, with good freshness, this pure, elegant Hermitage shows more and more definition and cut with time in the glass, but never loses it's more fruit forward, charming profile. I suspect it will drink nicely for most of its life.

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0209
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
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0208
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
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0207
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

JL CHAVE 2013
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: (94 - 97) points

Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, all with the freshness and purity of the vintage. Reminiscent of a more backwards, tight, focused and granite-driven year (I asked Jean-Louis if there was a similar vintage he could recall, he commented that he couldn't think of one), it has solid ripeness in its aromas and flavors, good sweetness in its tannin, and a great finish. I suspect it will need 7-8 years of cellaring and keep for 20-25 years or more.

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0212
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
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0211
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

JL CHAVE 2014
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

Looking at the 2014 reds, the 2014 Hermitage is resting as a final blend and is scheduled to be bottled early next year. It has a serious floral character as well as the classic minerality imparted from the Bessards lieu-dit (which makes up the bulk of the cuvée), gorgeous depth of fruit, medium to full-bodied richness and fine, polished tannin. Like most 2014s, it will be approachable at an early age, but this beauty has class and will evolve gracefully.

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0230
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724
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0215
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724
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0224
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $724

CHATEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2009
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 2700-2800

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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0009
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2489
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2489

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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0084
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349

CHATEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classe 2016
1er Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 97+ points

The 2016 Figeac is comprised of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little broody and reticent at this very youthful stage, slowly unfolding to reveal profound plum preserves, crème de cassis, black raspberries and star anise with hints of moss-covered bark, truffles and tilled loam plus a waft of red currants and raspberry leaves sparks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is practically quivering with energy, offering glimpses at tightly wound black fruit and mineral/ferrous layers, framed by very firm, ripe tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long with the spices coming through. This will need a good 7-8 years to come round and then should cellar for 40+ years. Very serious, beautifully poised and sophisticated personality this vintage.

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0192
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $469
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0193
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $469
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0191
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $469

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

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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0196
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1159
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0195
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1159

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2015
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

Rating: 100 points

A blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Brion is reticent to begin, languidly revealing crushed black cherries, ripe black plums and wild blueberries with sparks of cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, espresso, unsmoked cigars, tapenade, crushed rocks and lavender. The full-bodied palate possesses wonderfully complementary contrasts of bold black and blue fruit richness and delicately nuanced cherry fruit, baking spices and floral accents, strutting ripe, finely pixelated tannins and seamless acidity that is placed firmly in the background, finishing very long and with plenty of attitude. This impeccably poised, exquisitely perfumed 2015 Haut-Brion possesses the most alluring yet seemingly effortless beauty. While it bears only a passing resemblance in its opulent personality to the now legendary 1989, like that vintage the 2015 cannot fail to hedonically satiate and intellectually edify all lovers of great Bordeaux who drink it. What’s more, it also has the blue-blooded tenaciousness to remain this jaw-droppingly impressive, throughout its many guises over time, and for a very, very long time.

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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1149
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1149
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0198
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1149

CHATEAU L'EVANGILE 2016
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

The 2016 L'Evangile is made from 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep garnet-purple color and opens with notions of plum preserves, Black Forest cake, red cherry compote and black raspberries with touches of menthol, chocolate box, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features fantastically ripe, velvety tannins and beautiful freshness, lifting the generous, brightly fruited mid-palate and giving bags of energy to the very long-lingering, minerally finish.

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0190
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524
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0180
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524
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0176
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $524

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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0312
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1289

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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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0131
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
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0130
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2003
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

Rating: 100 points

The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate's great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage - make no mistake about that.

These are two great successes in this vintage that have aged well and surprised me by their intensity and overall complexity.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1200
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1200

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2015
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

Rating: 96+ points

The deep garnet-purple shaded 2015 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot and was matured for 20 months in new oak barrels from Tonnellerie des Domaines (their own cooperage). It is still sporting a lot of cedar at this nascent stage with a vibrant core of black raspberries, red currants and crushed plums plus touches of cigar boxes, violets and underbrush with a waft of tilled loam. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled with wonderful freshness and depth, it is compellingly earthy/minerally in the mouth with a frame of seductively silky yet very firm tannins and culminating in a very long, racy and pure finish. Boasting spectacular finesse and packed with nuances, clearly, given some of the challenges here in 2015, this is a masterpiece of diligence in the vineyards, careful selection and very clever crafting?bravo!

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0653
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349
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0654
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2016
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1650-1700

Rating: 99 points

The 2016 Lafite Rothschild is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, with 15% of the press wine contributing to the blend this year. Deep purple-black in color, it slowly reveals the most gorgeous perfume of kirsch, lilacs, black raspberries and warm blackcurrants with underlying nuances of cigar box, rose hip tea, cloves, licorice and pencil lead plus a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied and built like a brick house with a firm yet beautifully ripe, finely pixelated tannic backbone and seamless freshness supporting the amazing intensity of black fruits and floral layers, it finishes very long and provocatively perfumed.

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0655
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409
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0656
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409
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0657
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1409

CHATEAU LAFLEUR 2008
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 96 points

Tasted with Baptiste Guinaudeau, the 2008 Lafleur is a wine for which I have a lot of time, and as it approaches a decade old, it is beginning to loosen up a little. There is plenty of fruit on the nose—more than I have encountered on previous bottles, with a mixture of red and black fruit—and a hint of bell pepper and sage. The main difference is that those previously rigid tannin have loosened their collar in recent months; therefore, this Lafleur is now entertaining the notion of drinkability. There remains a linearity to this Lafleur—and there is still that backbone—yet it seems to flow nicely across the mouth, and there is superb mineralité on the finish. It's probably destined to be overshadowed by the succeeding two vintages, but I suggest you do not overlook the 2008 Lafleur.

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0265
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1049
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0264
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1049
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0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1049

CHATEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Classe 2005
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 2200-2300

Rating: 98+ points

2005 was a very dry, warm and sunny vintage, causing vine stress in some areas of Bordeaux. Harvested from September 26 to October 6, the tannin/IPT levels were very high this year. The 2005 Latour is blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is the biggest surprise of this tasting—until now, the wine was relatively closed and broody, but today the wine is just starting to reveal its personality—and what a stunner! Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with provocative floral scents of roses and violets over a core of fresh blackcurrants, chocolate-covered cherries and black raspberries with hints of fertile loam, unsmoked cigars and black tea. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and packed with muscular fruit, it has an epically long, savory finish sparked by floral notes. 12,000 cases were made.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1156

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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0674
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $298
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0673
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $298

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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1112
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 1982
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2300

Rating: 97 points

The 1982 Chateau Margaux is a wine that I have tasted many times, constantly contrasted against the 1983 to see which is better. Frankly I found that it depends on the bottle, although maybe the 1983 edges it. But it is important to assess the 1982 on its own individual merits because it is a superb First Growth. This was a great bottle: fragrant and beautifully defined on the nose that on this occasion offered a more conspicuous graphite scent, which lent it a Pauillac-like personality. Allowing the wine to open and aerate, the traits one associates with the property emerge—wilted violets and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and mineral-laden, that suggestion of candied orange peel on the entry segueing into layers of pure red and black fruit. There is always something effortless about this Chateau Margaux and the pixelation on the finish is up there with the very best. Is it the best 1982 First Growth? No, it's not quite up there with 1982 Latour or Mouton-Rothschild, however, it is a sublime evocation of the vineyard and it will continue to give pleasure for a couple of decades yet.

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1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, cellar damaged label, corroded capsuleCurrent Bid: $957

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 1986
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

Rating: 97 points

The 1986 Chateau Margaux is one of the dark horses of the vintage. It has an exquisite bouquet that is now fully mature, with a mixture of red and black fruit, violets, pastilles and hints of cold stone. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more robust Margaux as you would expect given the vintage, clearly with firm backbone, more straight-laced than the 1985 or 1989. Yet there is wonderful delineation and focus here. If you seek strictness and classicism in a wine, then this is the place to come, plus there is superb mineralité and tension on the ferrous finish. Perhaps a little overlooked in recent years, the 1986 Margaux comes highly recommended for those who love the property. This is a wine finally coming of age. Tasted July 2016.

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $900
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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $840

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 2016
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 3000-3200

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Ch?teau Margaux (blended of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) sashays out of the glass with glamorous red currants, candied violets, kirsch and crushed blackcurrants scents followed by notions of tilled black soil, forest floor, cast iron pan and cigar box with subtle wafts of lavender and oolong tea. Medium-bodied, mineral laced accents hover over the palate with an ethereal sensation of weightlessness, yet it is super intense with layers of red and black flavors supported by a firm texture of silt-fine tannins, finishing wonderfully fragrant and incredibly long.

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1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2499
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0675
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2499

CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classe 2000
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1900-2000

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet colored with a touch of brick, the 2000 Mouton Rothschild (composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot) boldly bursts from the glass with tantalizing Black Forest cake, dried mulberries, kirsch and blackcurrant pastilles notes plus wafts of iodine, incense, potpourri and cinnamon stick with a hint of cigar boxes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs in the muscular fruit, framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with phenomenal length. This is an incredibly complex and multifaceted wine, and it's drinking deliciously now. This said, I can’t help but feel that it is holding something back, that it still has another layer of opulence and seduction to reveal in its tight-knit fruit and solid structure. I personally can’t wait to see how this beauty will continue to unfold over the years to come.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1328
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1328

CHATEAU PAVIE 1er Grand Cru Classe 2015
1er Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 98 points

In 2015, the blend is 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine was matured 80% in new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pavie is still sporting a bit of its oak to begin, giving way to a glorious nose of crushed black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus hints of dried roses, stewed tea, unsmoked cigars and garrigue. The rich, concentrated, full-bodied palate delivers an incredible structure of very firm, very ripe tannins and a racy line of freshness cutting through the dense layers of perfumed black fruits and savory notions, finishing with epic length.

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0341
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
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0340
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
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0339
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

CHATEAU PONTET CANET 5me Cru Classe 2015
5me Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96+ points

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the 2015 Pontet-Canet was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth.

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0786
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $259
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0784
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $259
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0785
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $259

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 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $273
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1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $273