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BODEGAS Y VINEDOS Alion 2004
Ribera del Duero
Estimate Per Bottle: 75-80

Rating: 96 points

Bodegas Alion was started by the renowned estate of Vega Sicilia in 1991. Grapes are sourced from vineyards next to the winery and from Vega Sicilia's own vineyards at Valbuena. Eighteen hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) form the actual Alion estate. The 2004 Alion is inky purple-colored with an alluring perfume of toasty oak, lavender, violets, mineral, blackberry, and blueberry compote. This is followed by a full-bodied, rich, opulent, wine with incipient complexity, and notes of licorice, mocha, and espresso emerging on the palate. The lengthy finish is pure and persistent. Give it 3-5 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.

MIK
0474
1 BOTTLE Slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $56

BOLLINGER La Grande Annee Rose 2007
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

A blend of 72% Pinot Noir (mainly from Aÿ and Verzenay) with 28% Chardonnay (Cramant and Oger), Bollingers 2007 La Grande Année Rosé Brut is a rich and powerful yet fresh and tightly woven Champagne that gets its characteristic coral color from the addition of 6% red Côte aux Enfants Pinot Noir from Aÿ. Fermented entirely in barrels and aged under natural cork, the 2007 offers a chalky-pure and matured bouquet of redcurrants, green figs, dark chocolate, minty and dried floral expressions. Very fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, dense, complex and structured rosé with a long, intense and well-structured finish that reveals the youthful soul of this fresh and chalky 2007. This is a long-distance runner and surely a wine to have with poultry dishes such as duck or pigeon. It will strongly benefit from further bottle aging. Tasted in May and June 2018 from lot L1733457 that was disgorged in November 2016.

XHO
0023
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0025
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0024
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0022
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0021
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0020
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1998
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 97 points

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

ON1
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $200

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2006
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-400

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2006 Astralis has stunning nose redolent of warm blackberries, meat, toast and charcoal, infused with notes of smoked duck, anise and a slight bit of peat. Though still very youthful, this big, rich, and powerful full-bodied wine has firm yet velvety tannins, a vibrant acid line and is very long on the finish. Drink it now to 2026+.

I am grateful to Roman Bratasiuk for presenting me with small verticals from his cellar of some of his greatest vineyard sources for this report, including the Merlot (as an indication that Merlot can do well in Australia!), the Old Vines/Romas Vineyard Grenache and a vertical of the Astralis vineyard Shiraz going back to 1991. Readers should note that the 2011 vintage Clarendon Hills wines are being released a little later than usual and therefore were not available for tasting in time for this report. However, I have been informed that they will be available for tasting very soon and will hopefully make the South Australia report.

EDD
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240
EDD
0041
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240
EDD
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240
EDD
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240
EDD
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240
EDD
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2015
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

Rating: 100 points

The fitting capstone to what was a terrific vintage for Clarendon Hills, the 2015 Astralis Syrah is destined to become a McLaren Vale legend. Remarkably precise, complex and pristine aromas of anise, pepper, mint and blueberries lead the way. Theyre followed by a full-bodied yet impeccably ripe palate thats dense and concentrated yet supple, leading into a velvety, nearly endless finish. Wow.

BKE
0156
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $292
BKE
0158
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $292
JEL
0389
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0390
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0391
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0392
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $281
JEL
0393
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
JEL
0394
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317
EDD
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $317

DALWHINNIE The Pinnacle Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Pyrenees
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 97+ points

Very deep purple-black colored, the 2010 The Pinnacle Shiraz has aromas of creme de cassis, violets, bruchetta, yeast extract and roasted nuts with whiffs of mocha, menthol, potpourri, aniseed and cloves. Medium to full-bodied and packed with taut, muscular black berry and savory flavor layers, it has a firm structure of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing very long. Consider drinking it 2014 to 2025+.

Dalwhinnie does not have an American importer, but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

ELA
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49
ELA
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49
ELA
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $49

GLAETZER AMON Ra unfiltered Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 70-80

Rating: 96 points

Dramatic, intense and powerful, the 2016 Amon Ra Shiraz recalls the 2004 in its youth, crammed with layers of fruit, complex, savory elements and rich, velvety tannins. Its full-bodied, characterized by notes of grilled meat, espresso, black olive, cassis, vanilla, baking spices and an undercurrent of loamy earth. Yes, its unapologetically big and bold, the product of a warm, sunny climate and ripe grapes, but it does show a sense of decorum, restraint and elegance on the long finish.

XBW
0099
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0095
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67
XBW
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $67

GRANT BURGE Meshach Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 96+ points

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

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

SHE
0139
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $145
SHE
0141
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $145

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1990
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 97 points

Medium brick in color, the 1990 Hill of Grace has a very pretty core of cherry cordial, violets, dried roses, cinnamon stick, anise and a whiff of pepper. Medium-bodied, it has great generosity in the mouth balanced by a nice acid line and a medium level of velvety tannins through the long finish. This one still has loads of life and should easily drink through 2025+.

VAL
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460
VAL
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460
VAL
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460
VAL
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460
VAL
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460
VAL
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $460

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
0045
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $401
SEB
0046
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $401
DBR
0001
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $444

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: $430
JOH
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $430
SEB
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $482
SEB
0061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $482
SEB
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $482
SEB
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $482
SEB
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $486

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 96 points

According to Stephen Henschke, the 2008 Hill of Grace Shiraz was among the earlier picks that vintage, avoiding the worst of the heatwave that followed. It was never the most elegant or perfumed vintage, but its rich and creamy, loaded with mocha and blackberry flavors. Full-bodied and intense, it remains rather big and muscular, with a slightly coarse but tremendously long finish. It could go another 20 years in a cool cellar.

XHO
0190
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0195
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0194
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0193
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0192
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
XHO
0191
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $552
SEB
0070
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $524
SEB
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $524

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 97+ points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Mount Edelstone is a single-vineyard Shiraz showing a little reticent at this youthful stage, though it gives delicate black and red fruit aromas that fan out with air to reveal kirsch, red currant jelly, mulberries and Chinese Five Spice notes alongside hints of dusty earth and potpourri. The palate is led by its commendable structure at this stage, with firm, grainy tannins and very lively acid to support the tight-knit fruit. It finishes long and layered. Consider drinking this 2016 to 2026+.

JEL
0155
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
JEL
0156
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
JEL
0157
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
JEL
0158
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
JEL
0159
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 190-200

Rating: 96 points

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

XHO
0163
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0164
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0165
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0161
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0162
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140
XHO
0160
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $140

HENTLEY FARM Clos Otto Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-230

Rating: 96 points

The Clos Otto fruit is sourced from a small, eastern-facing block within the Hentley Farm estate. Matured for 22 months in a combination of new (90%) and old French barrels, 2009 “Clos Otto” Shiraz has a very deep purple-black color and aromas of macerated blackberries, mulberries and creme de cassis over allspice, vanilla, milk chocolate, toast and hung meat. Concentrated and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a solid structure of firm, finely grained tannins and crisp acid with a long finish of spice and dark fruit layers. Approachable now, it should drink best 2013-2025+.

ABL
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $128
ABL
0040
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $128

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
0025
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0024
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0021
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0022
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0019
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
XSA
0020
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96 points

Never the flashiest or most opulent Shiraz, The Armagh endures as a savory classic. The 2013 Shiraz The Armagh continues in that same vein, with scents of roasted meat, scorched mulberries and hints of vanilla leading the way. Its dense, concentrated and full-bodied, with supple (almost creamy) tannins that conceal much of their power in their ripeness, without the wine ever seeming too ripe, too oaky or too fruity. Those tannins linger and turn to silk on the long finish, picking up lively red berry and orange zest nuances. Good stuff.

XSA
0136
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0132
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0133
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0130
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XSA
0129
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $278
XRE
0086
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $258

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XLE
0324
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0322
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0317
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0316
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0314
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84
XLE
0313
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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
0411
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $597
SLK
0413
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $597
COL
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $641
COL
0003
1 BOTTLE BOXED Stained capsule, signs of past leakageCurrent Bid: $480
BKE
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $658

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

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+.

SAL
0066
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $680
COL
0005
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $641

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.

JOH
0007
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $456
ABL
0029
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $417
BKE
0097
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $981

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!

TER
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440
SEB
0120
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $444

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

Rating: 99 points

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; 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.

CHA
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $408
CHA
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $408
CHA
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $408
CHA
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $408
CHA
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $408
CHA
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $408

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

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.

COO
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $610
COO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $610
COO
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $610
CHA
0042
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $672

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

The 2009 Grange Shiraz is a comprised of 84% Barossa, 8% McLaren, and a little Clare Valley and a little Magill fruit with a small 2% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At this youthful stage, this deep garnet-purple colored wine puts forward a vivid expression of blackberry preserve aromas amid underlying cassis, black cherry, spice box, char-grilled meat and chocolate box notes. Surprisingly medium to full-bodied (it smells much fuller!) with taut flavors that are very closed in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins to structure through the long and earthy finish. 406 cases imported to the US. Drink it 2018 to 2035+.

PMC
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $435
CHA
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496
CHA
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $496

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 5000-5200

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.

SAL
0065
1 MAGNUM Special Gift BoxCurrent Bid: $3200
WIT
0108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $462
CHA
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0044
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0046
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
CHA
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

Rating: 96 points

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors – supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. Its a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.

END
0004
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 2018 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1560

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

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.

VAL
0026
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360
VAL
0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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.

FER
0001
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged label, slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $480
VAL
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $556

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-120

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.

JEL
0425
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0426
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0427
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0428
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0429
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
JEL
0430
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76

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
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634
XPO
0000
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $634

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.

433
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $139
KNI
0009
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $148

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

The flagship 2006 Run Rig is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier. A saturated purple color, it sends up a complex bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, incense, bacon, plum, and blueberry. On the palate it admirably combines power and elegance. Layers of succulent fruit are nicely complemented by the wines generous framework. Another 4-6 years of cellaring should fill it out with style.

XTO
0330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $179

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+.

XTO
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0086
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0135
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.

XTO
0163
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0164
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0177
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0178
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0179
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214
XTO
0180
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $214

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

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.

BKE
0134
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $82
BKE
0135
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $82

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 96 points

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

CHA
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $93
CHA
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $93

FELSINA BERARDENGA Fontalloro Sangiovese 2015
Sangiovese Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97 points

The 2015 Fontalloro is a landmark achievement. The bouquet strikes out with immediate complexity. It dangles aromas of black cherry, spice, tar, forest floor, wild rose and campfire ash in front of your nose with seductive allure. The unified presentation and delivery of all those aromas is profound and impressive. This edition of Fontalloro is exceptionally smooth and silky in texture and this is surely linked to the ripe, soft and finely textured fruit produced in this vintage. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that is aged in barrique for up to 22 months. Some 30,000 bottles were produced.

MUL
0660
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0661
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0663
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0665
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0666
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80
MUL
0664
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80

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.

XNE
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349
XNE
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1997
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

Rating: 96 points

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

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

GPW
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $400

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
0268
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
0267
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
0266
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
0265
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
0264
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $561
XNE
0263
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.

XNE
0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0272
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0283
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
XNE
0271
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305
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0269
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1305

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

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.

XDW
0691
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
XDW
0686
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $584

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+

XNE
0032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $2249
XNE
0030
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
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $548
XNE
0013
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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0180
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0179
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0178
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0176
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0174
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0177
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 Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2016.

XNE
0210
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0211
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0212
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0209
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
XNE
0208
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $908
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0207
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.

XNE
0206
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1439
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0205
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.

XNE
0191
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289
XNE
0190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1289

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru 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.

XDW
2414
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
XDW
2415
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
XDW
2416
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
XDW
2417
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
XDW
2418
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $496
XDW
2419
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent 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.

XNE
0148
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1479
XNE
0149
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+.

XSA
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
XSA
0042
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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2403
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $629
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2402
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent 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.

XDW
2407
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515
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2406
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515
XDW
2405
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515
XDW
2404
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $515

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.

XNE
0183
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
XNE
0182
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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0341
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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0342
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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0343
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298
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0340
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $298

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
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0028
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
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0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
XSA
0026
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
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274
XNE
0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274