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HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

Rating: 97 points

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

POP
0550
1 MAGNUM High shoulder, signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $614
NIC
0006
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $388
NIC
0007
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $388

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

Rating: 96 points

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

XLE
0145
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XLE
0149
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XLE
0150
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XLE
0151
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XLE
0152
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XLE
0153
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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 I’d 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.

POP
0596
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $768
POP
0597
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $768
POP
0598
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $768
POP
0599
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $768
MAN
0014
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

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.

ABL
0022
1 BOTTLE Stained labelCurrent Bid: $432
ABL
0023
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $416

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

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+.

TRI
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
TRI
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
TRI
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
WIT
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
WIT
0022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

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.

WIT
0035
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIT
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIT
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIT
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIT
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
WIT
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

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+.

WIT
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $370
WIT
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $370
WIT
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $370
WIT
0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $370

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

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, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

POP
0625
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0626
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0627
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0628
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0629
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
POP
0630
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $424
WIT
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
WIT
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
WIT
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
WIT
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
WIT
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
WIT
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $418
SAR
0001
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $898

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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.

WIT
0076
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
WIT
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
WIT
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
WIT
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
WIT
0080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
WIT
0081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

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.

WIT
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
WIT
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
WIT
0107
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
WIT
0108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
WIT
0109
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
WIT
0110
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

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.

HEL
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $407

PENFOLDS Rare Aged Tawny 50 Years Series Two Tawny Port NV
Tawny Port South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 3200-3300

Rating: 100 points

Pale tawny-brown in color and exuding an incredibly complex nose of walnuts, gingerbread, Manuka honey, treacle / molasses, plus tons of earth notes that show nuances of bark, loam and fungi and later-emerging wafts of exotic incense and spice notes of sandalwood, cloves and spice cake, the Penfolds Series Two 50 Year Old Port is a very big, rich and intense Port-style wine with a wonderful array of aromas and flavors, a crisp line of acid and an epically long finish.

WAN
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $2058
WAN
0002
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $2058

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96+ points

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

LIN
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $110
LIN
0032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
LIN
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96

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

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
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508
XPO
0080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $508

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2001
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 98 points

Aged in used French oak casks for 18 months prior to being bottled unfiltered, the 2001 Descendant is a 1,000 case blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier cropped at approximately 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. This spectacular Australian red offers an aromatic smorgasbord of honeysuckle intermixed with blackberry and creme de cassis liqueurs, licorice, coffee, and spice. There is fabulous fruit purity, tremendous intensity, and great balance with flavor, power, and elegance all combined into a riveting example of Barossa Valley wine. It should drink well for 10-12 years.

JJK
0150
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $74

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-600

Rating: 99 points

The 1998 Run Rig is a phenomenal wine. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by an incredibly intoxicating, endearing bouquet of peaches, honeysuckle, blackberries, and spring flowers, full-bodied, concentrated flavors that show slightly more depth and length than the 1997, and more velvety tannins than the 1996. This prodigious offering should continue to evolve for another decade or more.

ELE
0008
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $350

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97 points

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

LEE
0330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $87
LEE
0331
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $87
LEE
0345
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $87

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.

ABL
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $194

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: $349
XNE
1611
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
XNE
1612
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
XNE
1613
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
XNE
1614
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
XRE
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $348

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1976
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

Tasted blind in Bordeaux, the 1976 Chateau d'Yquem reaffirms its reputation as one of the great wines of the decade, although I would suggest that that 1971 and 1975 are the true pinnacles. However, in no way do I wish to slight this Sauternes. Deep and slightly burnished in color, it offers dried pineapple, barley sugar, almond and a cheeky puff of café latte. There is wonderful definition here. The palate is underpinned by nigh on perfect acidity with orange rind, mango, crème brûlée and minerals. As it fans out towards the finish, there is a tang of Seville orange marmalade, and though it does not quite possess the persistence of the 1975 Yquem, you will be craving for the next sip. At its peak now, enjoy this great Yquem over the next 20-30 years. Tasted April 2016.

ALA
0014
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $413

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
ELE
0006
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $353

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2009
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1350-1375

Rating: 100 points

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

XNE
1804
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
XNE
1805
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
XNE
1806
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
XNE
1807
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
XNE
1808
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
XNE
1809
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305

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
2831
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 270-280

Rating: 99+ points

With approximately 500 cases produced, the 2015 Hermitage les Bessards is probably among the most available of the vintage's 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. It's 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. It's breathtaking stuff, virtually guaranteed to bring a smile to any wine lover's face.

ACC
4865
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255
ACC
4866
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $256

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

Rating: 98+ points

A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthier’s 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+

XNE
1621
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
1622
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
1623
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
1624
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
1625
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
1626
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249

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

Rating: 100 points

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

XNE
1929
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
XNE
1930
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
XNE
1928
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
XNE
1931
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
XNE
1932
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
XNE
1927
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548

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

Rating: 97 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's 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? That's for sure. Tasted January 2016.

XNE
1627
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
1628
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
1629
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
1630
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
1631
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
1632
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349

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.

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1495
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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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 HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2009
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1450-1475

Rating: 100 points

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

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1615
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439
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1616
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439
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1617
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439

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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1618
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
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1619
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
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1620
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289

CHATEAU LAFLEUR 2010
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1550

Rating: 99 points

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

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1636
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
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1637
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
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1638
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479

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.

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0085
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $190

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: $311

CHATEAU PALMER 3me Cru Classe 2009
3me Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 570-580

Rating: 97 points

One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and That's exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years.

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1705
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
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1706
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
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1707
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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1711
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1712
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1713
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1714
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1715
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1716
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298

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 verified - slight label damage Current Bid: $8037
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0038
1 MAGNUM Provenance is fully verified - slight label damage Current Bid: $8037

CHATEAU TEYSSIER Le Dome Grand Cru 2005
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 98 points

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

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1792
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274
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1793
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274