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

CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier 2008
Shiraz Viognier Canberra
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-125

Rating: 96 points

Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2008 Shiraz Viognier presents very youthful blackcurrant and black plums aromas accented by cloves, tree bark, some sage and a whiff of bacon. Medium to full-bodied, this more structured style has medium-firm, grainy tannins, vibrant acid and a long, concentrated finish. Drink it now to 2024+.

TUR
0180
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76

CULLEN Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-400

Rating: 97+ points

Not to be made every year, the debut vintage of the 2012 Vanya is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Petit Verdot. Only 4,500 bottles of this wine were made. It spent 19 months in 50% new oak and possesses a deep garnet-purple color with a savory, yeasty and meaty nose redolent of red and black plums, cassis and cigar box, and a spicy undercurrent of lavender, bay leaf and rust. This multi-layered, taut, intensely flavored wine is beautifully elegant in the mouth, with incredibly ripe flavors and with silky tannins. It should cellar for 20-30 years or more. Vanya Cullen has so many new and exciting projects going on at her winery, I could have happily spent a week or more in her sagely company instead of my requisite three hours. 100% Biodynamic since 2004, Vanya makes no secret of her passion for purity and sustainability. Readers will note that I refrained from using the term "natural" here as this has sadly become something of a dirty word of late and it would be wrong for anyone to unassumingly tar this conscientious winery at the pinnacle of quality with the same brush. This said, Vanya has created a brand new orange wine (as in a white wine produced from extended skin maceration to such an extent that the phenolics oxidize, producing an orange color). I don't say this about many orange wines but "Amber" is very good indeed and well worth checking out. Vanya has also produced Fruit and Flower day harvested barrels of the 2014 "Legacy Series" Kevin John Chardonnay, which yield some evocative and, dare I say, pretty convincing differences for all the biodynamic unbelievers (see my tasting notes). Interestingly, Cullen Wines even uses biodynamic barrels, which means the wood is harvested only on fruit and flower days. When I raised my eyebrows about this, Vanya insisted that Tonnelierie Bordelais produce a certificate of authenticity for these barrels. Hmmm. Anyway, back to what's in the glass, the other major vinous treat for me was a preview of the new "Vanya" Cabernet Sauvignon label, which pushes the already high Margaret River Cabernet bar up just that much higher.

ACC
3585
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $296
ACC
3586
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $296
ACC
3587
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $296
ACC
3588
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $296
ACC
3589
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $296
ACC
3590
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $296

GRANT BURGE Meshach Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 96+ points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Shiraz Meshach shows off a very spicy nose redolent of sandalwood, black olives and dried berries with fruit cake, black licorice and potpourri scents. Full-bodied, it is rich and very spicy with some oak poking through, a crisp acid line and medium-firm, velvety tannins to frame the long finish. It is approachable now but will drink to 2024+.

Meshach is the flagship wine named after Grant's grandfather. -I was looking for a name that had something to do with longevity,- says Grant. -My grandfather lived for 99 years and 9 months.- The wine predominately comes from Filsell vineyard's old vines that were planted in the 1920s. Made to last 20-plus years, it sees 20-22 months of oak and is released with five years of age. Originally aged in American oak, Grant found it too sweet, so he changed to a 20% French oak and 80% American oak regime in 1998. The 1988 was the first vintage and in 2007 none was made.

FPA
0242
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72
FPA
0243
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $72

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1994
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 98 points

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

FLI
0114
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $353

KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 96 points

The flagship 2006 Old Bastard Shiraz was sourced from a 114-year-old vineyard and aged for 19 months in new and one year French oak. It exhibits an expressive nose of toasty oak, earth notes, and wild blueberry followed by a thick, dense, super-rich, opulent Shiraz with tons of savory fruit, spice notes, and impeccable balance. This exceptionally lengthy wine will have a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2028.

TUR
0188
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168

KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Shiraz Old Bastard displays a very pretty aromatic melange of red and black fruit, kirsch and mulberries accented with anise, Chinese five spice and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it has lovely harmony in the mouth between medium-firm, silky tannins and the natural acid line. It finishes long with layered flavors. Drink it from 2014 to 2025+.

TUR
0189
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120

KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz Old Bastard is a little closed with black fruit, licorice and chocolate box scents alongside some floral and cloves nuances. Full-bodied and concentrated with rich and seductive flavors, the vibrant acid frame persists through a long, spicy and layered finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+.

TUR
0190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $153

KILIKANOON Attunga 1865 Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Attunga Shiraz is a little reduced to begin, giving way to restrained notes of cassis cordial and blackberry preserves over hints of yeast extract, tar, licorice and prunes. Full bodied and with taut, muscular fruit, it has a good line of crisp, refreshing acid and a firm level of finely grained tannins, finishing long and pure. Still youthfully backward, it should drink best 2014 to 2024+.

TUR
0191
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96

KILIKANOON Attunga 1865 Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 97+ points

Very deep purple-black in color and redolent of creme de cassis, plum pudding, dark chocolate and dried mulberries with nuances of licorice, espresso and cedar, the full-bodied 2010 Attunga 1865 Shiraz is generously fruited with layers of black fruit plus a myriad of savory and spice flavors that are supported by firm, very finely grained tannins and lively acid. It finishes long with lingering herb and spice accents. Drink it now to 2024+.

TUR
0192
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116
TUR
0193
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116

NOON WINERY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (400 cases) is a 100% Cabernet from 30-year-old vines that spent 18 months in both small and large oak barrels. It exhibits a striking bouquet of graphite, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, Chinese black tea, and vanilla. The complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine of compelling purity and nobleness with layers of concentration as well as intensity. One of the most prodigious Australian Cabernet Sauvignons ever made, it should hit its prime in 3-5 years, and last for two decades or more.

CES
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $48

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.

POP
0489
1 BOTTLE Stained labelCurrent Bid: $414
POP
0495
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $414
BLA
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $473

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

Rating: 98+ points

It is always a treat to taste Australia’s 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+.

TEL
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $389
TEL
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $389
PS
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $389

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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; I'd 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.

SPI
0230
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $432

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 doesn't 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: $1109
STE
0047
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1109
STE
0048
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1188
STE
0049
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1188
STE
0050
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1188
STE
0051
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1188

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1976
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1350-1400

Rating: 100 points

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

TIM
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1996, label damage & very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $657
MAT
0010
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $660
MAT
0011
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $660

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

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

MAT
0012
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $374
MAT
0013
1 BOTTLE Into neck, label damageCurrent Bid: $374

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 it’s hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but don’t believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesn’t 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
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
JMS
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
JMS
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
JMS
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
JMS
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $650
JMS
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $547
BEL
0001
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1281

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

Rating: 99 points

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

XPO
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508

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

Rating: 97+ points

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

XPO
0073
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0074
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0076
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508

R WINES Anamorphosis Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 450-500

Rating: 96-99 points

The Anamorphosis project features Shiraz from Kalimna in the Barossa Valley aged in new oak from four of France’s finest coopers. Like most of the other R Wines, it has exceptionally creative packaging. There will be 100 cases of the 2005 Shiraz which will spend 30 months in new French oak. It was sourced from vineyards with 40- and 100-year-old vines. Opaque purple in color, it offers up an intense perfume of pain grille, scorched earth, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Voluptuous, thick rich, and full-bodied, it is a powerful yet seamless expression of Shiraz from a great terroir. It will age effortlessly for 20 years but can be enjoyed young because of its mammoth fruit. It is a winemaking tour de force.

TUR
0229
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $313
TUR
0230
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $313

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-280

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 I’d recommend giving it another 2-3 years at least in bottle and drink it over the next 20+.

XTO
0677
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215
XTO
0678
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215
XTO
0679
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215
XTO
0680
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215
XTO
0681
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215
XTO
0682
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215

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: $118
ACC
1475
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118
ACC
1476
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $118

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 98+ points

Very deep purple-black colored, Torbreck's 2010 The Laird offers an extraordinary perfume of Chinese five spice, sandalwood, rose petals, espresso and licorice over a core of prunes, dried mulberries and blackcurrant preserves plus a touch of cloves. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and packed with dried black fruits and exotic spice flavors, the generous fruit is structured with velvety tannins and just enough freshness. It finishes with commendable persistence.

XTO
0683
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $636
XTO
0684
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $636
XTO
0685
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $636

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2003
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 97 points

A renowned Barossa icon is Yalumba’s Shiraz The Octavius. The 2003 is a 100% Shiraz aged 22 months in a combination of American barrels (coopered at Yalumba) and French 300 liter hogsheads. This beauty offers up aromas of sweet blueberries, black truffles, blackberries, melted road tar, pepper, and espresso roast. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich, with sweet tannin, decent acidity, and a superb finish, this is a wine to drink over the next 15 or more years.

SIM
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

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.

MON
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52
MON
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $52

YANGARRA ESTATE High Sands Grenache 2013
Grenache McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97+ points

The 2013 Grenache High Sands has a medium/deep ruby-purple color and simply stunning nose of crushed raspberries, Bing cherries and potpourri with hints of lavender, star anise, vanilla, cinnamon stick and pepper. The concentrated, full-bodied palate juxtaposes remarkable freshness and a firm, finely grained backbone with voluptuous fruit spanning extraordinary depth. Heady, multilayered and yet with a solid backbone that suggests great ageing potential, Yangarra hits a whole other level with this vintage of High Sands! It's delicious now, but should greatly reward another 3-5 years of patience and drink a further 20+ years. Wow.

ACC
3065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
ACC
3066
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
ACC
3062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
ACC
3063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
ACC
3064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 96+ points

Roederer’s 2002 Cristal is still in its infant, fresh stage. Subtle notes of pears, flowers, spices, mint, minerals and oak are woven into a cashmere-like frame of extraordinary grace and elegance. This beautifully-sculpted Champagne possesses notable clarity but with the additional depth of fruit that is characteristic of this vintage. It is a gorgeous, seductive Cristal of the highest level. In 2002, Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with 10 grams of dosage. 20% of the wine was fermented in oak. This is Lot : L030351A107809. This bottle was disgorged in June 28th, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2032.

CAR
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $294
CAR
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $294

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

Rating: 96 points

The 2008 Sori Tildin is impressive. I confess I wasn’t 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. That’s not to say elegance is missing, but this is a big, big wine with tons of intensity and richness, all woven together beautifully. It’s 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
1610
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1611
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1612
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1613
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354
XNE
1614
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $354

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1988
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

The 1988 Chateau d'Yquem has long been an insider's favorite over the 1989 and 1990, although at the end of the day, all three form a brilliant triumvirate at the end of the decade. Tasted from a half bottle, it shone with a slightly burnished amber hue. The bouquet is just as I have encountered with previous bottles with scents of marmalade, mandarin, burnt honey and citrus fruit, perhaps a little waxier and resinous than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive weight, viscous as you would expect, though not as flamboyant as the 1989 or as unctuous as the 1990. It is beautifully balanced with notes of apricot, white chocolate and orange peel towards the harmonious and tensile finish. You can see this cruising along for two or three decades and maybe it will turn more Barsac-like in style? Time will tell - a glorious Yquem however you look at it. Tasted May 2016.

CHR
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

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: $561
XNE
1577
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1578
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1574
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1575
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
1573
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2006
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

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. It’s still 4-5 years away from full maturity, and is going to keep for 2-3 decades.

ACC
2406
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2407
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2408
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2410
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
2832
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154
ACC
2833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2012
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-400

Rating: 97 points

The star of the show is the 2012 Hermitage Les Bessards. Coming from the pure granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit, on the western edge of the appellation, it’s made from 100% Syrah and spent 16 months in 70% new French oak. It’s an incredible wine that offers classic powdered rock-like minerality, loads of crème de cassis and black raspberry fruit, smoked meats, spice and dried-flower nuances. Complex, pure and perfumed, it’s full-bodied and seamless on the palate, with fabulous density, ultra-fine tannin structure and impeccable overall balance. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it over the following two decades.

ACC
2826
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
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2827
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
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2828
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
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2829
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
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2830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234
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2831
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234

JL CHAVE 1989
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-440

Rating: 96 points

Similar in style to the ’95, with its masculine, firm profile, the 1989 Hermitage offers a full-bodied, rich and concentrated feel to go with plenty of ripe black fruits, toasted spice, mint and roasted herbs. From a scorching hot, dry year, it has fabulous concentration, a deep, layered texture and a blockbuster style. Enjoy bottles anytime over the coming decade.

JUD
0017
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $296

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

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's 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: $908
XNE
1496
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1497
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1498
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1499
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1500
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908

CHATEAU MONTROSE 2me Cru Classe 2005
2me Cru Classe Saint Estephe
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at the vertical in London, the 2005 Montrose came and delivered the goods. This was the best example of the 2005 that I have tasted, perhaps a wine that is going to prove that, the longer wine lovers can resist temptation. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Petit Verdot picked between 23 September and 9 October. The bouquet is extremely detailed, displaying more red berry fruit compared to the 2010 Montrose that leans towards black. Graphite and cedar emerge with time, even an unusual floral scent that is uncommon with respect to this property, whilst all the time retaining fantastic focus and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a ferrous tincture on the entry. There are the first signs of secondary notes (dried leaves and bay leaf), but it is the tannic backbone and the precision that really defines this Montrose at the moment. For certain, it is masculine and structured, yet it has enormous potential, perhaps more than was suggested when it was first released? This is for the long term, but you know that already. Tasted June 2016.

FLI
0080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $201
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0081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $201
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0082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $201
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0083
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $201
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0084
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $201
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0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $201

CHATEAU PALMER 3me Cru Classe 1989
3me Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1989 Château Palmer has always been my favourite vintage from that decade after the 1983. The first bottle was unfortunately corked. The second was as it should be: the nose tensile with red berries, sous-bois, potpourri and strawberry pastille - lively and energetic. The palate is medium-bodied and vibrant right from the start, silky in texture with plenty of citrus fruit, gently building to a harmonious and detailed finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a magnificent Château Palmer that continues to effortlessly dish out so much vinous pleasure. Tasted May 2015.

JUD
0022
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $384

CHATEAU PETRUS Cru Exceptional 1990
Cru Exceptional Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 12000-17000

Rating: 100 points

The 1990 Petrus remains incredibly young, one of the least evolved wines of the vintage (along with Montrose and Beausejour-Duffau). This dense ruby/purple-colored effort is beginning to hint at the massive richness and full-bodied intensity lurking beneath its wall of tannin. The vintage’s sweetness, low acidity, and velvety tannins are present in abundance, and the wine is massive in the mouth as well as incredibly pure and well-delineated. I thought it would be drinkable by now, but it appears another 5-10 years will pass before it begins to reach its plateau of maturity. This wine is capable of lasting at least four more decades. An incredible achievement! Release price: ($5000.00/case)

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0037
1 MAGNUM Provenance is fully verifiedCurrent Bid: $8800
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0038
1 MAGNUM Provenance is fully verifiedCurrent Bid: $8800

CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE Baron 2me Cru Classe 1990
2me Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-360

Rating: 98 points

The 1990 Pichon-Longueville Baron has always been one of my benchmark wines, one that never ceases to perform. Now at 27 years of age, it is clearly at its peak, and what a wondrous thing it is. Now showing some bricking on the rim, the bouquet is utterly sublime, with red berries, cedar, touches of graphite, crushed rose petals and incense. You just want to become enveloped by these aromas. The palate is perfectly balanced, perhaps not as structured as it once showed since the tannins have mellowed, but what you get is a Pauillac relishing its secondary phase, which is almost Burgundy-like in terms of mouthfeel. Suffused with tension, it gains weight in the mouth toward the slightly tart finish. It is a Pichon Baron that only knows how to give sophisticated drinking pleasure. I once wrote that Pichon Baron is better than many 1990 First Growth, and that is a statement I have no reason to change. Tasted April 2017.

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0003
1 BOTTLE Into neck & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $256

CHATEAU PONTET CANET 5me Cru Classe 2005
5me Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, the 2005 Château Pontet-Canet has long been one of the stars of the vintage and this might well be the best of over a dozen showings of this wine. However, do not expect ostentation on the nose. This is 2005 and like many wines of this vintage, even with considerable decanting, it remained broody and introspective on the nose, as if it is checking you out and seeing if you are worthy. Once you have been accepted, then it swings the doors open to reveal gorgeous scents of blackberry, briary and cassis fruit, perhaps a little more sous-bois than I have noticed compared to previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied, but dense and structured—certainly a more masculine Pontet-Canet built for long-term ageing. Yet it retains marvelous freshness and vitality all the way through to the pencil-lead, quite saline finish. I suspect that the 2009 Pontet-Canet is more approachable than the 2005, so heeding Robert Parker's sage advice, afford this up to ten years in your cellar and then reap the rewards of patience. Tasted February 2016.

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0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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0128
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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0129
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classe 2005
Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 98 points

This sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored wine from Smith Haut Lafitte has a gorgeous floral nose with notes of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis that jump from the glass of this inky, very dense, yet strikingly pure wine. Light on its feet despite its stunning concentration and multi-layered mouthfeel, this wine has fabulous intensity, richness and length. Quite impressive, and still incredibly youthful, this is a superstar of the vintage, and capable of lasting another 25-30 years.

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0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $125
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0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121
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0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121
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0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $130
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0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121
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0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121