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LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Rose 2009
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 96+ points

The 2009 Cristal Rosé is a rich and intense expression of Roederers Cristal. Due to roughly 55% of old-vines Pinot Noir from Aÿs calcareous clay soils and the sunny vintage, it has super luscious fruit with a velvety, caressing and powdery-chalky texture and great depth that gives it very good potential to age. There is also remarkable purity, finesse and tension in the energetic 2009, which cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon compares with the 2012 and the enchanting style of Vosne-Romannée. The 2009 Cristal Rosé is like a laser beam on the palate, very straight, sharp and precise yet elegant, intensely fruity and chalky. Very fine wild red fruit flavors feature on the nose, with crystalline freshness on the chalky palate. This is a gorgeous Cristal and another great 2009. In contrast to the 2009 white Cristal, the Rosé is perfect to drink now, perhaps only for a few months before it shuts down to start its real life in a couple of years. Tasted at the domaine in May 2018.

XBW
0204
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589

BEST'S GREAT WESTERN Thomson Family Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Grampians
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 97+ points

Coming from the original 1867 plantings and casting a very deep garnet-purple color, the 2008 Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz offers a complex array of fragrant floral, earth and berry aromas, with notes of black cherries, mulberries and blueberries over violets, red roses, cinnamon stick, allspice and ground ginger plus whiffs of black truffles and underbrush. Medium to full bodied and very concentrated, the palate is led by a taut structure of firm, tight-grained tannins and crisp acid with layers of flavors going long into the very persistent finish. Consider drinking this monumental effort 2013 to 2025+.

CHR
0712
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $126
CHR
0713
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $126
CHR
0714
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $126
CHR
0715
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $126

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+.

SEB
0030
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $352
SEB
0031
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $352

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1999
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 1999 Hill of Grace presents fragrant notes of warm blackberries and black cherries with hints of menthol, dried thyme and sage, licorice, dark chocolate and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, it has firm, chewy tannins, crisp acid and a long finish. It is still very youthful in the mouth with lots of flavor layers. It is drinking well now and should continue to cellar through 2035+.

SEB
0044
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $433
SEB
0045
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $433
SEB
0046
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $433

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 640-650

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+.

SEB
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $484
SEB
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $484

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 540-560

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+.

SEB
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
SEB
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400
SEB
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400

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

Rating: 99 points

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

SEB
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $344

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2006 Hill of Grace has some oak poking through the red and blue fruit aromas, with underlying toast, marmite and sage hints. Medium to full-bodied, it is a very tight knit and youthful wine with crisp acid, medium to firm, finely grained tannins and a long finish. Drink it 2014 to 2030+.

JOH
0023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
JOH
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
SEB
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
SEB
0061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
SEB
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
SEB
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
SEB
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-660

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Hill of Grace has a slightly closed nose before giving subtle notes of ripe black cherries, blackberries and violets with hints of cedar, pepper, green tea and cumin. Theres a slight raisin character on the full-bodied palate with crisp acid, dense fruit and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink it from 2017 to 2035+.

SEB
0069
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $488
SEB
0070
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $488
SEB
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $488

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

Rating: 99 points

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

WIL
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

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.

SEB
0086
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $113
SEB
0087
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $113
SEB
0088
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $113

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 96 points

The 2006 Mount Edelstone Shiraz was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1912 with yields of less than 0.5 tons/acre. It was aged for 21 months in 65% new French and American oak. Purple-colored, the nose sports aromas of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, blueberry, blackberry, and chocolate. Dense and packed, this full-bodied Shiraz has lots of flesh, succulent blue and black fruit flavors, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. Drink it from 2013 to 2021.

SLK
0097
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SLK
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SLK
0099
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SLK
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SLK
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SLK
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SEB
0089
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121
SEB
0090
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121
SEB
0091
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121

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

Rating: 98+ points

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

XSA
0011
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0010
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0009
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0008
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0007
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0006
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140

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

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
0308
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0307
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0306
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0305
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0304
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0303
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

Rating: 99+ points

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

SLK
0408
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1049
SLK
0411
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $717
SLK
0412
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $717
SLK
0413
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $717

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-750

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+.

SLK
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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.

KEN
0310
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $513
KEN
0311
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $513
JOH
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $557
JOH
0007
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $557
PBE
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PBE
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PBE
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PBE
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PBE
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
PBE
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $466
ABL
0029
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $520
ABL
0035
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $480
ABL
0036
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $480
ABL
0037
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $480
ABL
0038
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $480

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

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+.

SEB
0118
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $402

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

Rating: 98 points

Last but not least is Australias most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz “Grange”. The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!

SEB
0119
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $482
SEB
0120
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $482

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; Id be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.

WIT
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $456
WIT
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $456
WIT
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $456
WIT
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $456

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

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+.

SEB
0121
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360
SEB
0136
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360

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, 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+.

WIT
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $398
WIT
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $398
WIT
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $398
WIT
0065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $398
WIT
0066
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $398
WIT
0067
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $398

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

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.

WIT
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $532
WIT
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $532
WIT
0080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $532
WIT
0081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $532
WIT
0082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $532
WIT
0083
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $532
MEL
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $455

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.

CHR
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $441
WIT
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $608
WIT
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $608
WIT
0107
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $608
WIT
0108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $608
WIT
0109
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $608
WIT
0110
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $608

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

Rating: 97 points

The 1982 is another superb example of that. One of the jammiest, most precocious Granges when it was released, it has never gone through a closed stage and continues to drink beautifully. A full-bodied, opulent Grange, it reveals an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a beautiful nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries, smoke, toast, roasted herbs, and road tar. This dense, plush, expansive, seamless, seductive 1982 has not changed much since I had it nearly a decade ago.

HEL
0049
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $347

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

Rating: 98+ points

One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and its hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but dont believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesnt make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate, and it appears to still have 25-30 years of upside.

HEL
0033
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $505

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2003
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet in color, the 2003 RWT Shiraz is a little shut down to begin, opening out to a savory and meaty aromatic core with gentle black cherry preserves and dried mulberry notes plus a whiff of roses. Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and seductive, it is drinking beautifully but still has a long life ahead (as with 2002). It ends long with fine tannins texturing the opulent finish.

SLK
0512
1 MAGNUM Label damageCurrent Bid: $180

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

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.

JOH
0087
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $71
JOH
0088
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $71

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 Valleys 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
0000
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634

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 Barossas 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
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634

ROLF BINDER Hanisch Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-90

Rating: 98 points

The sensational 2005 Shiraz “Hanisch” was aged in 80% new American oak, the balance in seasoned French. It has a fabulous perfume of cedar, tobacco, vanilla, spice box, truffle, pencil lead, plum, and blueberry. Voluptuous, intensely flavored, and already complex, it will unfold over the next decade and drink well through 2025 for those fortunate enough to track some down.

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0747
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $60

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2005
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

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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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $156
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $156

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-240

Rating: 99 points

The 2002 Run Rig (97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier aged in 100% new French oak) represents the essence of old vine Barossa fruit. Extraordinarily opulent and rich, but playing it closer to the vest than the 2001, it gets my nod as one of the most remarkable wines made in either the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of apricots, honeysuckle, black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, and a hint of roasted meats. The wood has been soaked up by the wines extraordinary concentration. Fashioned from four sectors of Barossa (Maranaga, Koonunga Hill, Moppa, and Greenock), it spent 30 months in primarily new oak, and was bottled without fining or filtration. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $126
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $125
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $125
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TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 99+ points

The flagship 2004 Run Rig is 96.5% Shiraz and 3.5% Viognier with the Shiraz component aged for 30 months in a mixture of new and used French oak. Yields were a minuscule 14 hl/ha (about 1 ton per acre). Saturated opaque purple/black, it has a remarkably kinky, exotic perfume of fresh asphalt, pencil lead, smoke, pepper, game, blueberry and black raspberry. Full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, the wine is dense and packed, with amazing purity, sweet tannins, and a complex collection of sensory stimuli. The wine demands 10 years of cellaring and will provide hedonistic delights through 2035+.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $153
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $153
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $153
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $153

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 98+ points

Torbrecks flagship is the 2005 Run Rig, a 97% Shiraz cuvee sourced from 120- to 160-year-old vines with 3% finished Viognier added before bottling. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it has a kinky, exotic bouquet of fresh road tar, smoke, lavender, black pepper, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, the wine is dense, packed, and unevolved. It will continue to open up over the next 10-12 years and drink well through 2040 in the style of a Chapoutier Hermitage. If it develops as I think it will, it will be a candidate for perfection down the road.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $161
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $161
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $161
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $161

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

Rating: 97+ points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214

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

Rating: 98 points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

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+.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104
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0265
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104
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0266
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 725-775

Rating: 97 points

Theres no denying the power and concentration of Torbrecks 2013 The Laird. The fruit is impressive, the oak luxurious, the texture velvety, yet I cant help but wonder if it needs to spend that extra time in barrel. Complex notes of baking spices, licorice and pepper add nuance to the Christmas-cake flavors and somehow emerge savory on the long finish. Its a wonderful wine, but would I rather have three bottles of RunRig? Without question.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2003
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-90

Rating: 97 points

A renowned Barossa icon is Yalumbas 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.

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0061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $60
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0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $60
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0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $60

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $338
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

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

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.

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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $254
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
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1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561

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

Rating: 100 points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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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, its made from 100% Syrah and spent 16 months in 70% new French oak. Its 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, its 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.

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2831
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $222

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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5208
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $545

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

Rating: 98+ points

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

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0150
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0149
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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0148
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249

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

Rating: 100 points

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

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

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

Rating: 97 points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
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CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

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

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0465
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908

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

Rating: 100 points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439
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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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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289

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

Rating: 96 points

A killer wine (Im so sorry I didnt buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black currant jam, ripe cherries and subtle toast emerges from this extravagantly rich, voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion. Just coming in to full maturity, it is pure, rich and full. Drink it over the next decade or more.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496

CHATEAU LAFLEUR 2010
Pomerol
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1550

Rating: 99 points

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

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479

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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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2000
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2000 Leoville-Las-Cases is a quite fabulous, magisterial Saint Julien that is only just beginning to flex its muscles. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet with mineral rich blackberry and bilberry scents, outstanding focus and harmony, and very well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, impressive backbone and focus in situ. There is a touch of mint infusing the fruit here, superb tension with a touch of mulberry and Hoi Sin lingering on the finish that still feels backward and sinewy. What was remarkable was to observe the melioration in the glass, achieving wondrous energy and delineation with time, still improving after a couple of hours. Buy it, cellar it, drink it. Tasted December 2016.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $629
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $629

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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2363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $515
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2362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $515
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $515
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $515

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.

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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $266

CHATEAU PALMER 3me Cru Classe 2009
3me Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

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 Thats 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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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
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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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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298

CHATEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Grand Cru Classe 1998
Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 270-280

Rating: 97 points

Pale to medium garnet-brick in color, the 1998 Pavie Macquin simply sings with incredibly pure, spritely notes of blueberry preserves, blackberry pie and black cherry compote, revealing loads of eucalyptus, mocha, dried lavender and Chinese five spice accents. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is has wonderfully seductive blue and black fruit layers, framed by velvety tannins and the perfect amount of freshness to create tantalizing tension, finishing with incredible length and depth. Effortlessly delicious and yet possessing plenty of subtext for intellectual stimulation, I just love where this compelling 98 is at right now!

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $259
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $259
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $259

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 vintages 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)

MAT
0037
1 MAGNUM Provenance is fully verified - slight label damage Current Bid: $7342
MAT
0038
1 MAGNUM Provenance is fully verified - slight label damage Current Bid: $7342

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classe 2010
Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-210

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.

XSA
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191

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.

XNE
0327
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274
XNE
0326
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274