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LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal2013
LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal2013
TOLPUDDLE2017
BOLLINGER La Grande Annee1999
MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon2002
VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN Vintage...1998
CHRIS RINGLAND Three Rivers Dry ...1989
CHRIS RINGLAND Three Rivers Dry ...1990
HENSCHKE Hill of Grace2006
ROCKBARE2014
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Lots in the current auction catalogue with 96-100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate Points

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2014
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

The 2014 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae is from slightly deeper soils of the Adrianna vineyard in Gualtallary at 1,340 meters in altitude, and it is the "less" expensive of the three Adrianna bottlings. All of these wines ferment in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels and are aged in French barrels for 24 months. This is the one with more exuberant and floral aromas, open and showy within the austere style of the vineyard and the year. This is also the more open of the three. The palate reveals a silky texture with very fine tannins and great freshness. 6,000 bottles produced. it was bottled in July 2016.

XSA
0590
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0592
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0588
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

BILLECART SALMON Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 97 points

The 2002 Brut Cuvée Nicolas François was disgorged in January 2015 with four grams per liter dosage, and it's showing superbly, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles confit citrus, peach and dried papaya with nuances of iodine, brioche and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a rich and layered core that's underpinned by serious structure and tension, concluding with a long and precise finish. This is one of the finest wines Billecart has released in the last decade, and it is well worth seeking out.

AGR
0045
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $300

KRUG Vintage Brut 2004
Vintage Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 420-440

Rating: 97 points

Combining subtleness with complexity, the coolish Krug 2004 Brut opens with a highly elegant, fascinatingly clear, bright and refreshing bouquet of ripe (apple) fruits. Dense and round, with a delicate mineral soul, the pure but perfectly balanced 2004 reveals great finesse and weightless elegance with a long and round finish. This is a gorgeous Krug vintage that is 14 years old but still on the rise. Tasted from ID 316034 in New York in November 2018.

ACC
10491
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $390
ACC
10490
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $390

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 2013
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 96 points

Notes of crisp yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, blanched almonds and warm brioche introduce the 2013 Cristal, a full-bodied, layered and incisive wine that's taut and chiseled but also notably exuberant in a vintage that I admire immensely but which can sometimes present an austere side. Deep, concentrated and penetrating, it's complemented by a pinpoint mousse and concludes with a long, saline finish. Less introverted than its 2012 predecessor, readers won't regret trying a bottle of the 2013 Cristal young—even if I'd recommend forgetting some for a decade too.

XBW
2082
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374
XBW
2031
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1990
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98 points

Medium lemon-straw colour. Intensely fragrant nose with aromas of jasmine, cinnamon buttered toast, stewed apples and preserved ginger. Concentrated honey-nut, warm apple tart and spice flavours fill the mouth giving ample flesh to the firm, fine structure. The bubbles are still remarkably frisky and, in harmony with the crisp backbone of acid, make for a relatively youthful, elegant and exquisitely balanced wine. Very long finish. Drink now to 2015. Tasted December 2008.

AGR
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $340

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1996
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 620-640

Rating: 98 points

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

LOI
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $477
LOI
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $477
LOI
0004
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $477

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-360

Rating: 96 points

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

AGR
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $276
AGR
0031
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $385

CHRIS RINGLAND Three Rivers Dry Grown Shiraz 1995
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

Rating: 99 points

Since there are just under 50 cases of this wine for the world, the tasting notes are short as they are primarily of academic interest. One-hundred-year old vines, cropped at one ton of fruit per acre produced a virtually perfect wine of splendid concentration, symmetry, and length (nearly a minute). An opaque black/purple color is followed by staggering aromas of black fruits, truffles, sweet earth, and wood.

ROC
0011
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $750

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

Rating: 100 points

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

JEL
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0417
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0418
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0421
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334
JEL
0422
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $334

CULLEN Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 97+ points

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

BSD
0254
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $308

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 97 points

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

JCA
0509
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $760
JCA
0510
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $700

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

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+.

XHO
0392
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1539
XHO
0391
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1539
XHO
0390
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1539

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+.

ASN
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $702

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 96 points

The 2002 Mount Edelstone Shiraz is spectacular. Its dense, opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a big, smoky perfume of roasted meats, creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice, and barbecue spices as well as a fabulously long finish that lasts nearly a minute. This flamboyant, exotic, full-bodied, rich, unctuous 100% Shiraz was aged in 80% new American and French oak for 18 months. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. This cuvee often possesses impressive aging potential as evidenced by the 1990 (rated 94) and 1979 (rated 92), both drunk in July, 2005.

XHO
0399
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614
XHO
0400
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $614

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-225

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it's ripe and velvety textured, with a long, licorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth.

XHO
0366
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0365
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0364
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0361
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0360
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
XHO
0359
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $191
ACC
9952
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
10009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
VIN
0024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
VIN
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
VIN
0029
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
VIN
0030
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
VIN
0033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
VIN
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $153

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 1989
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-240

Rating: 99 points

Deep brick in color, the 1989 Shiraz The Armagh was an absolute treat to taste, with a beautiful floral and potpourri nose over a core of licorice, sandalwood, menthol and a huge helping of Christmas cake, plus an orange peel lift. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is opulently fruited with layers of Chinese five spice and dried fruits notes, with a solid structure and wonderful depth to the epic, long finish. This vintage in particular reminds me a little of Wedouree fruit with an Armagh twist.

ROC
0019
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $275

JIM BARRY The Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 96 points

A new offering that I have never tasted before is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon The Benbournie, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 14 months in French oak. This spectacular effort admirably demonstrates what can be achieved in Clare Valley with Cabernet. (See the wines of Kilikanoon as well.) Gorgeous peppery, minty, black currant, and flowery scents jump from the glass of this inky/purple-hued wine. Full-bodied, powerful, intense, and rich, with notes of roasted meats, dried herbs, and spice, good purity, and a sensational finish, it is accessible now, and should drink well for 15-20 years.

PRE
0618
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $104

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 1962
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 20000-22000

Rating: 99 points

This was a particularly great bottle of 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A, a wine I've had the privilege to taste twice before. The nose is ethereal, perfumed with exotic spices, potpourri, frankincense, rose hip tea, tobacco, leather and smoked game with a remaining whiff of kirsch. Delicate in style and yet richly fruited in the mouth, it offers layer upon layer of spice, tea and dried fruit flavors with a very long finish textured by the faintest suggestion of lingering silky tannins.

BNS
0002
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $12360

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

KIM
0083
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
KIM
0084
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
KIM
0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
106
0842
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $800
ZBA
0004
1 BOTTLE BOXED High shoulder, weepyCurrent Bid: $440
ZBA
0005
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $600
ZBA
0006
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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+.

106
0838
1 BOTTLE BOXED WeepyCurrent Bid: $600
ZBA
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXED Very high shoulder, signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $400
ZBA
0003
1 BOTTLE BOXED Very high shoulder, signs of past leaking, raised corkCurrent Bid: $500

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

Rating: 98+ points

A wine that flirts with perfection, and should rival the 1986 as one of the legendary Granges produced, the 1998 has one of the highest alcohol contents (nearly 15%) as well as one of the highest percentages of Shiraz in the blend (97%). Its stunning purple color is accompanied by exceptionally sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed with barbecue spices, an endearing, smoky earthiness, pepper, roasted meats, and coffee. Huge, massive, unctuously textured, and extraordinarily youthful, this impressive wine is a candidate for perfection. It should continue to evolve over the next three decades.

106
0826
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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+.

106
0830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
106
0832
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
BRE
0057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699
BRE
0058
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699
BRE
0059
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699
BRE
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699
BRE
0061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699
BRE
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $699

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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!

106
0833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
106
0834
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
PRE
0572
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $760
PRE
0573
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759
BRE
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $759

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

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.

KIM
0095
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1499
PRE
0818
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BSD
0289
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1100
BRE
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0076
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0080
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

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+.

KIM
0433
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $736
KIM
0434
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $729
KIM
0435
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $729
KIM
0436
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $729
PRE
0576
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $729
PRE
0577
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $730
PRE
0578
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $730
PRE
0579
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $729
IRE
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $730

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

PRE
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
PRE
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
KIM
0186
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $769
KIM
0187
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $769
KIM
0188
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $769
PRE
0819
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $899
PRE
0820
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $899
PRE
0821
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $899
DMG
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $604

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.

DEB
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KIM
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0099
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
PRE
0287
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849
KIM
0189
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $849

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2015
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 98+ points

The nose of the 2015 Grange features the wine's characteristic lifted aromas, joined by pronounced American oak influence and bold blackberry fruit, plus hints of red meat, raspberries, asphalt and vanilla. It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Dont expect great complexity at this stage-it's much too young to show much more than the primary fruit and oak elements-but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades.

It's always a treat to sit with Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and taste through the latest releases from Penfolds. Despite losing one of his suitcases (thankfully, not the one with the newly bottled 2019 Bin 51 Riesling), he was in good humor, having just gone on a Manhattan clothes-shopping spree. The bulk of this year's wines come from the challenging 2017 vintage, but with the wide net Penfolds casts to source fruit, the winery seems capable of maintaining a remarkable degree of consistency. There are always a few wines from years on either side as well. Standouts this year include the dense, age-worthy 2016 St Henri Shiraz. This is a wine that never sees new, small-format oak, as it is aged in large oak vats. The 2017 RWT Shiraz (all Barossa Valley, all French oak) is a perennial favorite of mine, and it is reassuringly excellent. These wines differ stylistically from one another and from the flagship Grange, which is aged in new American oak hogsheads. This year's Grange release is the 2015, another strong effort. The biggest splash among this year's lineup is the debut of a new $1,700 Shiraz. The 2016 Bin 111A Shiraz is a blend of Clare Valley and Barossa Valley fruit previously ticketed for Grange, aged 18 months in new French hogsheads. It would be easy to dismiss it as another cynical marketing ploy, but it's yet another unique expression of Shiraz and the quality lives up to the lofty price tag. For the one-percenters lucky enough to snare a bottle or two, it'll provide immense pleasure for decades to come.

VIN
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0072
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0073
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0074
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2016
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

The 2016 Grange includes 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and was sourced from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley, with a little bit from Magill Estate, in the suburbs of Adelaide. Aged in 100% new American oak (as always), it offers up trademark lifted aromas plus scents of vanilla, toasted coconut, cedar, raspberries and blackberries. Impressively concentrated and full-bodied, with an extraordinarily long, velvety finish, it's nevertheless reasonably fresh and tight, with decades of cellaring potential if properly stored. Certainly at least on a par with such vintages as 2010 and 2012, the big question is whether it will ultimately reach triple digits.

VIN
0130
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $590
VIN
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0132
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0133
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
VIN
0134
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $590
VIN
0135
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $590

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 3400-3500

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.

NIK
0068
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1999
NIK
0070
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $2299
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $2299
DAV
0003
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1282
GRE
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1996 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $3999
GRE
0002
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1996 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $3999
JCA
0518
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & label damageCurrent Bid: $1600
RAN
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & severe label damageCurrent Bid: $3040
RAN
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $3200

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2500

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.

ALF
0003
1 MAGNUM BOXED High shoulderCurrent Bid: $1257
NIK
0061
1 MAGNUM BOXED Into neckCurrent Bid: $1999
NIK
0076
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $999
NIK
0082
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $949

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2400-2500

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.

NIK
0074
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2004, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1399

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

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.

BRE
0033
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $774
BRE
0034
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $774
BRE
0035
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $774
BRE
0036
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0037
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $749

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2003
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

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.

KIM
0594
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $159
PRE
0837
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $149
PRE
0838
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $149

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 130-140

Rating: 97 points

The 2016 RWT Shiraz is Penfolds's embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aged in French oak (72% new), it offers hints of vanilla and cedar, but more than anything, it showcases the region's bold berry and plum fruit. Full-bodied and rich, verging on decadent, yet firmly structured and long on the finish, it's a powerful yet elegant wine that is capable of being consumed young or aging up to two decades. Having embarked on a career in the wine business right around the time the first RWT was released, it's a treat to see how the latest version is showing. It's a relative bargain among the Penfolds upper echelon.

STI
0167
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
STI
0168
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
STI
0169
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $112
VIN
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119
VIN
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119
VIN
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119
VIN
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119
VIN
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119
VIN
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 97+ points

Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2030+.

KIM
0515
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0516
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0517
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0519
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0520
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
KIM
0521
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $249
TON
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $200

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

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.

LIZ
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
LIZ
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120

POWELL & SON Kraehe Marananga 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
0359
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0358
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0360
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0328
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0327
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0326
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

POWELL & SON Steinert Flaxman's Valley 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
0365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0366
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0364
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0361
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2017
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

Consistently one of my favorites in the Torbreck lineup, this year's version, the 2017 Descendant, was co-fermented with 8% Viognier and spent 18 months in barrel. It's full-bodied, rich and decadent, delivering what Torbreck lovers expect in its dark-fruited layers of opulence. Suffused with hints of Mexican chocolate, it finishes long and softly dusty.

ACC
9646
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9647
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9648
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9649
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98
ACC
9650
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $98

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2018
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-125

Rating: 98 points

What a lush, charming, wonderfully drinkable wine. The 2018 Descendant, made by fermenting Shiraz on Viognier skins, is a terrific effort, starting from its intriguing spicy, peppery aromas. Those notes are seamlessly intertwined with impressively ripe fruit scents evocative of blueberries and cherries, while the full-bodied palate is plush, creamy and supple without being unstructured or overblown. Softly dusty tannins ground the finish, lending a sense of savory balance to this beauty. Descendent is one of my favorite Torbreck bottlings year after year, and this may be the best one yet.

XTO
0277
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0303
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0304
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0300
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0293
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
XTO
0276
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10024
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2015
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 98 points

Pale to medium garnet-purple, the 2015 Les Amis has a disarmingly gorgeous nose of red cherry tart, dried rose petals, cinnamon stick and white pepper with hints of hoisin and forest floor. Full-bodied, soft, curvaceous and generously endowed in the mouth, this buxom beauty is a hedonist’s dream, finishing with a spicy kick that keeps you coming back for more.

ACC
9474
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169
ACC
10091
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2018
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 97 points

Showing enormous intensity and length, the 2018 Les Amis Grenache is a tremendous success. Yes, the oak slightly overshadows the fruit on the nose, where cedary notes ride easily over ripe cherries, but it recedes into the background in the mouth, allowing waves of black cherries, red raspberries and exotic spice notes to come forward and expand on the full-bodied palate. Plush and creamy-textured, it's nevertheless refined and elegant on the finish, which turns silky and spicy, with lingering notes of red berries, licorice and cola.

XTO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0246
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0139
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0243
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169
XTO
0266
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $169

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

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.

PRE
0722
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $301
PRE
0724
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $300
PRE
0857
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $300
PRE
0858
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $300
PRE
0859
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $300

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

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+.

ACC
10894
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $223
ACC
10895
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $223
ACC
10896
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $223
ACC
10897
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $223
ACC
10898
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $223
ACC
10899
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $223

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 290-300

Rating: 98 points

As usual, the 2017 RunRig is approximately 2% Viognier. It spent almost 30 months in oak, 40% of which was new. Hints of peach or apricot appear on the nose, alongside notes of hickory smoke, cherries and baking spices. It's full-bodied and concentrated but supple and silky enough to seem lighter in the mouth, showing tremendous length and elegance on the finish, where it adds nuances of cinnamon and coco

XTO
0341
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $253
XTO
0342
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $253
XTO
0334
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $253
XTO
0335
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $253
XTO
0333
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $253
XTO
0326
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $253
ACC
9651
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250
ACC
10209
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250
ACC
10210
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250
ACC
10623
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250
ACC
10624
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250
ACC
10625
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 290-300

Rating: 99 points

Torbreck's 2018 RunRig needs a bit of air right now, as the nose and palate truly open up and expand after a while in the glass. Unlike some vintages, it's rather tight and cedary upon first pour, then relaxes to reveal hints of stone fruit, blueberries, cherries, pastry crust and baking spices. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. While approachable now—and even damn enjoyable—it deserves another several years in the cellar. Drink the 2018 Descendant while waiting.

XTO
0358
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XTO
0348
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0356
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0357
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0354
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0343
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
ACC
10673
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Torbreck's 2015 The Laird boasts explosive aromas of Christmas spices, ripe plums, vanilla, hickory smoke and maple syrup. It's a big wine, loaded with fruit and oak, full-bodied, rich and velvety, adding hints of toasted coconut and cinnamon streusel on the long, almost dessert-like finish. For a more savory experience, age it a decade or so before pulling a cork.

XTO
0321
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $644
XTO
0323
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $644

YANGARRA ESTATE High Sands Grenache 2013
Grenache McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 97+ points

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

HKW
2700
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $76
HKW
2787
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $80

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

Rating: 97 points

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

MUL
0497
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $116
MUL
0498
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $116
MUL
0499
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $116

ISOLE E OLENA Collezione Privata Syrah 2016
Syrah Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 90-100

Rating: 96 points

I absolutely love this profound and beautiful Syrah from Tuscany. The 2016 Syrah Collezione Privata offers a unique interpretation of the grape that delivers much of the heft, power, smokiness and textural richness of the French grape, however it also shows purely Italian flares of grilled herb, blue flower, moist earth and Toscano cigar. Bold cherry fruit fills the core of this wine, and there is plenty of padding and extra richness at the edges. The wine is rich, velvety and long in terms of mouthfeel. It ages in oak for 18 months. Some 5,000 bottles were made.

ACC
8664
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8665
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8667
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8668
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8669
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8670
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83

MASSETO Merlot 2017
Merlot Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 1550-1600

Rating: 97 points

The Masseto 2017 Masseto puts on another exhilarating, knock-out performance for the third year in a row. The Masseto vineyard is a triangular-shaped plot tucked in at the back of the same property that houses the Ornellaia vineyards and winery. This special site is located at the base of the mountains that rise gently from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with the picturesque silhouette of the Castiglioncello castle at the top. The vines are planted at an altitude of 80 to 100 meters above sea level in blue clay soils that are unique to Bolgheri. That ideal position opens the vineyards to soft breezes, proximity to the sea, long daylight hours and cool diurnal shifts from the protective wall of low mountains at the back. It's a little garden of Merlot Eden. The center of the vineyard now is home to the new Masseto winery and an adjacent tasting room built into a pre-existing farmhouse. This wine was made in the old winery (the existing Ornellaia winery). Fermentation kicks off in a combination of steel and oak tanks before the wine is racked over to barrique, where it rests for two years. The wine then goes into bottle for 12 months before its release. Like most vintages of Masseto tasted this early in the game, the oak is omnipresent, and it grounds the wine in terms of texture and structure. It is powerful, but that's always the case with Masseto (this vintage records a 15.5% alcohol content). I tasted this wine next to the decidedly more playful Massetino, and the Masseto moves over the palate with substantial fruit weight and concentration gained over the course of this hot and dry growing season (which produced smaller, richer and more compact berries). Perhaps, what this vintage lacks is that profound varietal character that we saw in recent vintages like 2016 and 2015. If concerned that the hot vintage would draw out too many ripe fruit tones, the oak serves to soften some of the more volatile components of the fruit. Those distinctive notes of macchia mediterranea (wild bush) that I always associate with Masseto are less present in this vintage. You feel the oak tannins on the finish with toast and vanilla that will certainly shed as the wine ages. In fact, I went back to taste the wine 12 hours later, and they had already softened considerably. This 2017 vintage will be released in October 2020.

XSA
1522
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
1520
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
1521
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394

PAITIN Di Pasquero Elia Riserva Vecchie Vigne Nebbiolo 2010
Nebbiolo Barbaresco
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: (94 - 97) points

The 2010 Barbaresco Sori’ Paitin Vecchie Vigne is endowed with tons of nobility and sheer class. Freshly cut flowers, savory herbs and the essence of dried roses are some of the many notes that emerge from this huge, dense Barbaresco. The 2010 is insanely rich and headspinning in its balance and pure pedigree. I can’t wait to see how the wine develops over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. The Pasquero-Elia family has been producing wine for several centuries, making this small estate one of the historic properties of Piemonte. The wines have received critical acclaim for decades. Brothers Giovanni and Silvano Pasquero-Elia could easily have rested on their laurels. But they knew they could do even better. In the spring of 2010, the Pasquero-Elia brothers enlisted the services of consulting oenologist Dante Scaglione, who spent 16 years alongside Bruno Giacosa. Scaglione is a former classmate of Giovanni’s from the days when they attended the oenological school in Alba together. The Pasquero-Elia family has superb vineyards and already knew how to craft delicious wines, but the continued search for excellence and the willingness to invest in the future is what separates the true greats from the merely good and excellent producers. Suffice it to say, the results over the last two years have been striking. Scaglione is a consultant in the true sense of the word. He gives advice and suggestions, but does not impose anything. Scaglione has brought with him a number of views on more careful treatment of the fruit post-harvest, clear ideas on how to best press Nebbiolo and a greater focus on hygiene. The rotary fermenters are on their way out, traditional submerged cap fermentations have increased, and the use of larger casks (replaced more frequently than in the past) are now pretty much the norm. Paitin tends to bottle a little later than most, so it will be some time before the results of the new team are evident to readers. The 2010 Barbareschi, which I tasted from from barrel, hold immense promise. The Pasquero-Elia family has made fabulous wines for years, but now they are in a position to challenge for one of the very top spots in Barbaresco. Personally, I couldn’t be happier for them, because they have made all the right choices and are therefore richly deserving of the success that now appears to be coming their way. Paitin bottles three Barbareschi from the estate’s vineyards, all of which are in the Serraboella district in Neive. The Serra is made from the youngest vines on the property, typically under 20 years of age. The Sori’ Paitin is made from 40 year-old vines, most of which are planted with massale selection of the estate’s best clones, while the Vecchie Vigne is, of course, an old-vines bottling.

MUL
0960
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
MUL
0961
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
MUL
0962
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138

PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Riserva Muncagota 2016
Barbaresco
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota stands out in this group of nine for the slightly more mineral-driven definition on the bouquet and the bigger textural impact and structure of the mouthfeel. There is plenty of wild fruit and cherry, but the wine's aromas also veer toward crushed stone, iron ore, spice and candied orange peel. You feel the impact on the palate, thanks to integrated tannins, freshness and an elegant dose of fruit or phenolic weight. Fruit for this wine is sourced from vineyards owned by the Bellora, Lignana and Viglino families. Production for Muncagota in this vintage is 11,157 bottles.

ACC
10526
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $134
ACC
10527
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $134

TENUTA DELL ORNELLAIA Ornellaia 2001
Bolgheri
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 96 points

The 2001 Ornellaia (magnum) offers up violets, black cherries, minerals and earthiness in a big, structured style. The wines sheer intensity and thrust are nothing short of remarkable. Ideally, readers will give the 2001 another few years in bottle; as it is truly majestic stuff but will require patience. The 2001 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (70% new) prior to being lightly fined and bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026.

106
0806
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
106
0807
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270

TUA RITA Per Sempre Syrah 2016
Syrah Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 97 points

This is an absolutely gorgeous expression, very full and generous. The 2016 Syrah Per Sempre spent a little less time in oak compared to other vintages, just 16 months, and the results are excellent. This area's Syrah always does best in hot years, such as 2009 and 2007, and this vintage is reminiscent of the latter. There is lovely black fruit, surrounded by milled black pepper and hints of charcuterie. The key to hot-vintage Syrah is to keep the extraction low: This wine saw a 20-day maceration period, but still, the Syrah Per Sempre is thick and highly concentrated, and the 15% alcohol content is unmistakable. This would be a perfect accompaniment to a filet mignon and potatoes au gratin. This Syrah is a true standout.

XSA
1739
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284
XSA
1741
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284
XSA
1738
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $284

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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
0283
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1079
XNE
0271
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1079
XNE
0270
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1079

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2009
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1200

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
0307
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $839
XNE
0284
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $839

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2013
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 96+ points

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that’s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

ACC
10638
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $747

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2014
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

Probably the wine of the vintage (I feel like I say that every year for this cuvee), the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a substantial, full-bodied, shockingly concentrated 2014 that gives up classic notes of blackberries, blueberries, forest floor, beef blood and licorice. Mouth-coating and rich with building tannin, it will be approachable at an earlier age than most vintages, yet will still need 5-6 years of cellaring.

XSA
0436
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0424
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0417
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2015
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 98 points

As this was bottled only a week before I tasted it, I suspect this rating will prove to be conservative once a few months have passed. The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is another prodigious version of this wine. How many wines in this world can be so huge yet so lacking the feeling of weight? There's plenty of layered spice but also a core of raspberries; rich tannins, yet no real astringency; and a long finish without any apparent heat. Wow!

XSA
0445
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781
XSA
0444
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781
XSA
0443
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2017
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 370-360

Rating: 97 points

Archetypal Les Bessards, the Delas 2017 Hermitage Les Bessards boasts rich, deep cassis fruit accented by hints of crushed stone and pencil shavings. It's full-bodied, ripe yet firm, with great energy, freshness and length on the spice-tinged finish. While relatively approachable young, it should age well for up to two decades. Tasted twice (once blind), with one bottle showing more peppery spice, red berries and cured-meat notes.

ACC
9596
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9597
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9598
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9599
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9600
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303
ACC
9601
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $303

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance and complexity than power, with those floral, herbal notes leaving a long, silky impression on the finish.

XSA
1384
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1383
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1382
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2011
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

The 2011 Cote Rotie la Turque is about as seamless and sexy as wine gets, and this cuvee continues to put on weight and richness with every passing year. Offering a monstrous nose of Asian spices, kirsch liqueur, blackcurrants, pepper and smoked meats, this full-bodied Cote Rotie has layers of sweet tannin, no hard edges and a killer finish. It's already hard to resist today, but has three decades of prime drinking to go.

XSA
1390
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1391
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1389
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2012
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98 points

Similar to the La Mouline with its forward, incredibly sexy style, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Turque (there’s 7% Viognier in the blend) offers a saturated purple color to go with meaty, smoky notes of cassis, cured meats, chocolate and roasted herbs. It’s a big mouthful of a wine, with full-bodied richness and a stacked mid-palate, but it has a seamless, weightless texture, perfectly ripe tannin and a blockbuster finish. I’d happily drink a glass today, but it should be at its finest from 2020-2046.

XSA
1403
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1400
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1392
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Cote Rotie La Turque has exceeded all of my earlier expectations. It's got those classic Côte Rôtie elements on the nose of smoked bacon, olives and violets, seamlessly entwined with supple tannins and raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and fine, showing tremendous length and complexity on the finish. On this occasion, La Turque came to the head of the class as the most approachable, exciting and elegant of the three La Las.

XSA
1404
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1406
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1407
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

JL CHAVE 2014
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

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

XNE
0456
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $714
XNE
0454
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $714

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2014
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 98+ points

The thickest, most unctuous, full-bodied and sexy white of the vintage is the 2014 Ermitage de l’Orée. Coming all from the sedimentary soils of the Les Murets and aged mostly in demi-muids (only 15% new), it offers a sensational perfume of caramelized peaches, campfire, honeysuckle and white flowers that literally come soaring from the glass. Possessing uncommon density, a stacked mid-palate, loads of sweet fruit and a blockbuster finish, this hedonistic effort can be drunk with incredibly pleasure today, or cellared for a decade or more. It will have three or more decades of overall longevity.

XFW
0886
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $271
XFW
0885
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $271

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2017
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96 points

There are a substantial 909 cases of the 2017 Ermitage de l'Orée. Sourced from Les Murets' clay soils, it combines hints of struck flint with honey, pear and baking spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with a layered sense of richness and ample concentration, it's a big but balanced wine. While it lacks the zest and freshness of the 2016, it should still drink well for close to two decades.

XFW
0884
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $337
XFW
0883
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $337

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2018
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: (96 - 98) points

Classy hints of pencil shavings accent the pear, nectarine and melon fruit in the full-bodied, voluptuous 2018 Ermitage de l'Orée. Despite the wine's ample richness and weight, it's surprisingly fresh and zesty, with hints of citrus zest and brine lingering on the finish.

XFW
0878
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0879
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0877
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2006
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-670

Rating: 100 points

The lightest colored of the three whites, the 2006 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc is unquestionably one of the greatest white wines in the world today. Full-bodied, seamless, silky and yet hugely concentrated, with to-die-for notes of praline, caramelized fruits, liquid rock, toasted almonds and celery seed, it’s the quintessential Hermitage Blanc possessing an incredible amount of fruit and texture paired with elegance, purity and finesse.

XFW
0867
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $612
XFW
0866
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $612

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2008
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 96 points

There are 445 cases of the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc. Almond paste, crushed rock, orange, mango and pineapple aromas jump from the glass of this honeyed white along with gorgeous layers of that liqueur of rocks-like note that is typical of this terroir. Unquestionably a candidate for the wine of the vintage in the entire Rhone Valley, it, like the other single vineyard white Hermitages, should drink well for 7-10 years as they are on a much faster evolutionary track than vintages such as 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2005.

XFW
0862
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407
XFW
0864
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2014
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 320-340

Rating: 97 points

Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades.

XFW
0955
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $274
XFW
0950
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $274

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2015
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 100 points

Another perfect wine is the 2015 Ermitage le Meal Blanc. The most decadent, unctuous and layered in the lineup, with to-die-for notes of white currants, toasted nuts, celery seed and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a huge mid-palate and a refreshing, pure, yet blockbuster finish that just won’t quit. If I had to pick a desert island white, this might be it.

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0875
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $381

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2017
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 370-380

Rating: 98 points

The 2017 Ermitage le Meal Blanc starts with refined notes of crushed stone and pencil shavings that move into a whirlwind of lush fruit, ranging from pineapple through melon and pear. It's rich, almost custardy in texture, yet it's backed by mineral notes of crushed stone and delivers awesome freshness on the long finish. It's an exhilarating ride. 508 cases produced.

XFW
0874
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $322
XFW
0870
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $322

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2018
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 360-370

Rating: (97-99) points

Is le Méal the most complex and complete lieu-dit on Hermitage, when considering both red and white wines? The 2018 Ermitage le Méal Blanc certainly makes a case for the white, offering honeyed, complex notes of mixed citrus, pineapple, pear and melon, structural notes of crushed stone, ample weight and richness on the palate and a long, vibrant finish. Just terrific.

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0868
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331
XFW
0869
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Rouge 2018
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: (96-98) points

The 2018 Ermitage le Méal is denser than the les Greffieux, boasting layers of blackberry fruit. It's full-bodied, rich, concentrated and tannic, with a long chewy finish that hints at mocha and espresso.

XFW
0831
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389
XFW
0830
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2014
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 440-450

Rating: 96 points

The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon is another wine from this team that defies the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced and seamless, with classic notes of crushed rocks, graphite, cassis and blackcurrants, it hits the palate with no hard edges, has a great mid-palate and possesses sweet tannin. Michel commented that this wine reminded him of the 1982, and while it offers pleasure even today, it won’t hit maturity for another decade.

XFW
0829
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398
XFW
0827
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2017
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-520

Rating: 99 points

Cassis and crushed stone join on the nose of the 2017 Ermitage le Pavillon. More austere than les Geffieux or le Méal, le Pavillon is rooted more firmly in granite, with crisply defined edges and firm tannins. It's impressive for sure, full-bodied, loaded with extract and almost creamy across the mid-palate, but ultimately it needs time. Give it 10 years to soften and develop a bit more charm—it has the concentrated dark fruit to carry it the distance.

XFW
0826
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0823
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0822
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2018
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 530-550

Rating: (96-98) points

The 2018 Ermitage le Pavillon is a plush, full-bodied beauty that combines fruity notes of blueberries with savory notes of black olives and marries them together with rich, earthy notes. Almost creamy across the mid-palate, it finishes with soft waves of velvety tannins. I expect this will firm up a bit prior to bottling, then drink well for two decades.

XFW
0821
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
XFW
0815
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
XFW
0814
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506

M. CHAPOUTIER Le Clos Rouge 2017
Rouge Saint Joseph
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: 96 points

The 2017 Saint-Joseph Le Clos takes intensity and richness in Saint-Joseph to virtually another level. Loaded with dense, ripe fruit from its facing slopes, it should prove to be a great, long-lived wine. Plum and blueberry notes merge seamlessly with crushed stone to create a concentrated, full-bodied wine, with terrific structure and length. No, Michel, I'm not giving this 100 points, but it is darn good, among the best St. Joes I've ever tasted.

XFW
0851
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0852
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0850
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

M. CHAPOUTIER Le Clos Rouge 2018
Rouge Saint Joseph
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

Rating: (95 - 97) points

The impressive 2018 Saint-Joseph Le Clos offers up notes of both black cherries and black olives. It's full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with a velvety-textured but mouthwatering finish and some dusty tannins.

XFW
0847
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0848
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0849
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

M. CHAPOUTIER Les Greffieux Ermitage 2018
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: (95 - 97) points

Chapoutier's 2018 Ermitage les Greffieux features faint herbal notes and red raspberries on the nose. The most precocious of the 2018 Ermitage samples, it's full-bodied yet silky—almost lush and creamy on the palate, with a long, peppery-spicy finish.

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0838
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
XFW
0836
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
XFW
0837
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235

M. CHAPOUTIER Neve Rouge 2018
Rouge Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: (95 - 98) points

Chapoutier's 2018 Cote Rotie Neve features stunning scents of violets, purple raspberries and cassis. It's full-bodied, rich and creamy-textured in the mouth, turning silky on the finish. Concentrated but elegant, it showcases the amazing potential of the Neve lieu-dit.

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0842
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0839
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0841
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256

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

Rating: 98+ points

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

XNE
0030
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $2299

CHATEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2009
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

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
0084
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $554
XNE
0081
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $554
XNE
0086
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $554

CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) 2006
1er Grand Cru Classe (A) Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1650

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.

XNE
0174
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0171
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349
XNE
0170
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1349

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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0228
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199
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0220
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199

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

Rating: 97 points

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

XNE
0339
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0325
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0331
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509

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

Rating: 96 points

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

XDV
0073
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0086
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

CHATEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Classe 1995
1er Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

Rating: 96 points

A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe, 40-second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour. As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted espresso and toasty new oak emerged. This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.

JKL
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1100
JKL
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $970
JKL
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $970

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
1590
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDW
1591
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0263
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0262
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0261
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classe 2015
1er Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 3800-4000

Rating: 99 points

The 2015 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Medium garnet-purple colored, the nose features oh-so-seductive notes of warm blackberries, cassis and black forest cake with touches of forest floor, sandalwood, anise and cigar boxes plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers taut, muscular, densely packed black fruits and exotic spice flavor layers supported by a very firm backbone of grainy tannins with oodles of freshness and a long, savory finish. It is tightly knit and a little reticent at this very youthful stage; afford it at least 15 years in the cellar, and it will open out into a classic Chateau Margaux of incredible proportions. Readers may be interested to know that this wine is beautifully packaged in a special commemorative bottle honoring winemaker Paul Pontellier, who passed away in 2016. The gold-etched black bottle bears the message, “Hommage à Paul Pontellier” at the bottom. This 2015 is an achingly beautiful swan song from an incredibly gifted winemaker, taken from us too soon. In my view, this alone makes this vintage more than worth the investment for the many lovers of history in a bottle.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $3199
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $3199
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $3199
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $3199