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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 2013
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 96 points

There are three separate bottling from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae, sourced from the part of the vineyard with slightly deeper soils (we're talking only about 70 centimeters here!) that has limestone underneath, is flatter and provides very aromatic, slightly lighter wines, more feminine if you like. It's very floral, gentle, with fine tannins with a good structure based on a combination with superb acidity. This is also lighter colored, the more Pinot of the three. Some 3,000 bottles were filled in December 2015.

ACC
9065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $117

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
0662
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0685
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
XSA
0661
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2013
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 98 points

There are three separate bottlings from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones, sourced from the stonier part, close to the dry river, the equivalent to the White Stones white, with a north-facing exposure, the warmer exposure, which in cooler years like 2013 works nicely. This has the combination of power and elegance, of flowers and fruit, minerality and spice, precise, focused, harmonious, all about finesse. This seems to be the one that worked better with the cool year. 2,000 bottles produced. I was shown some 20+ wines blind while visiting the Catena Institute and I could immediately find this wine even if I had only tasted it a couple of times before. Such is the strong personality of this wine...

XSA
0726
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XSA
0710
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138

BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2014
Malbec Mendoza
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 98 points

The 2014 Adrianna Vineyard River Stones is the second vintage of the Malbec from the stonier part of the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary that is next to a dry river bed (the vineyard has 110 hectares that were planted in 1994). It fermented in open-top 500-liter oak barrels with full clusters. It was pressed before the end of fermentation, and it then finished fermenting without skins (like a white) and matured in 1,800-liter oak foudre for 18 months. It's a compact, super serious Malbec with concentration and power, great balance, abundant tannins, strong minerality, firm texture, great austerity and no concessions for sweetness whatsoever. It has all that it takes to develop for a long time in bottle. 5,400 bottles were filled in July 2016.

ACC
9068
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $138

LOKOYA Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 99 points

Usually my favorite in many vintages, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is the most backward of the 2014s and actually seems to require 4-5 years of bottle age. The wine has the telltale signs of Mt. Veeder – blackberry and blueberry fruit infused with considerable floral nuances. This wine has all that, then hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, fruit extraction, and layers of blackberry and blueberry fruit. It is full-bodied and opulent, but finishes with some structure and ripe tannin. This is a magnificent wine – full-throttle, extremely pure, and incredibly well-balanced. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades.

XBW
2336
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $668

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: $290
JEL
0417
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $290
JEL
0418
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $290
JEL
0419
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
JEL
0421
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $270
EDD
0015
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $220
EDD
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $220
EDD
0017
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $275
EDD
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274
EDD
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $274

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-1900

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.

THE
0067
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1155

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1994
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

Rating: 98 points

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

MAR
0001
1 BOTTLE BOXED Into neck & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $400
MAR
0002
1 BOTTLE BOXED Into neck & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $400

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

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

MAR
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $698

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

Rating: 97 points

The 2005 Mount Edelstone is a 100% Shiraz cuvee sourced from a vineyard planted in 1912. Yields are a meager 0.3 to 0.5 tons of fruit per acre. In combination with a near ideal growing season, this has resulted in a great edition of Mount Edelstone, one of South Australias iconic wines. Purple-colored, the nose gives up notes of mocha, chocolate, smoked meat, pepper, leather, blueberry, and blackberry. Elegant, already complex, layered, and thoroughly satisfying, this superb Shiraz has enough baby fat to be enjoyed now but will amply reward 5-7 years of cellaring. It will drink beautifully through 2025.

XHO
0267
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $216
XHO
0270
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $216
XHO
0261
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $216

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2014
Chardonnay Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

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
0797
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XLE
0789
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
XLE
0781
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $138
ACC
9142
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119
ACC
9143
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $119

NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Langhorne Creek
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Reserve Shiraz reveals intense notes of crushed blackberries and black cherries with underlying wild blueberry, aniseed, chocolate box and Szechuan pepper hints. With a wonderful vibrancy to the fruit in the full-bodied and concentrated mouth, it displays a harmonious interplay of firm, rounded tannins and well-balanced acidity before finishing long. Drink it now to 2024+.

JEF
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $73

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: $12960
ROC
0001
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellar, Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2012Current Bid: $16000

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: $640
KIM
0084
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
KIM
0085
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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+.

KIM
0086
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

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.

107
0387
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
107
0385
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
107
0384
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
107
0383
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
107
0386
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
OTT
0241
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
OTT
0243
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KIM
0089
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PRE
0266
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PRE
0267
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
AND
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $555

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

KIM
0092
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $540

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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!

KIM
0093
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580
PRE
0269
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580
PRE
0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580

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: $1200
PRE
0272
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 97 points

Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.

PAU
0062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $477
PAU
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $477
PAU
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $477
OTT
0269
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0272
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
OTT
0273
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
LEN
0002
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $470

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.

BOT
0025
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $615
BOT
0027
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $620
BOT
0028
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $630
BOT
0029
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640
BOT
0070
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
BOT
0071
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0276
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0280
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0283
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
OTT
0305
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
PRE
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
PRE
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $660
PRE
0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $666
KIM
0186
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $666
KIM
0187
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $616
KIM
0188
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $616

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

PRE
0284
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
PRE
0285
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
MAR
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534
MAR
0022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $534

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.

KIM
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
KIM
0099
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
KIM
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
KIM
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
KIM
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
PRE
0287
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
KIM
0189
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
DEB
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
FER
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $616

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

The 2012 Grange comes from just two sub-regions of South Australia this year: Barossa Valley (the majority) and McLaren Vale. This makes a lot of sense since 2012 was a cracking year in both of these areas, producing a number of extraordinary wines. As usual, this Grange contains a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, just 2%. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savory notes, soon giving way to baked blackberries, plum preserves, hoisin and Chinese five spice with dabs of sandalwood, licorice, menthol and vanilla. The palate reveals a surprisingly open, rich, full-bodied expression exuding a powerhouse of velvet-lined decadence. Still, it characteristically possesses that rock-solid

VAU
0079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $565

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2013
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 100 points

Remember that old Heinz Ketchup “anticipation” ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2013 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first—and then it bursts forth and delivers!

VAU
0081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $585

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2014
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 98 points

Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we've come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It's full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standards. Gago doesn't rate the vintage overall that highly, but he says the selection this year for Grange was a bit more stringent and that production levels were just average. There are still over 1,000 cases for the United States.

PRE
0288
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $676
PRE
0289
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $676

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
0067
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1994 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $2401
NIK
0068
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1760
NIK
0069
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1760
NIK
0070
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $2080
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $2080

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

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.

NIK
0043
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2007, label damage, capsule damageCurrent Bid: $1281
NIK
0046
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1041
NIK
0045
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1121
NIK
0044
1 BOTTLE Into neck, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1001
211
0052
1 BOTTLE Into neck, severe label damage, signed by Max SchubertCurrent Bid: $1560
NIK
0061
1 MAGNUM BOXED Into neckCurrent Bid: $2401
NIK
0064
1 BOTTLE Slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $1201

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1700

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.

OAK
0309
1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1993 & 2004, re-labelled by Penfolds in 1993Current Bid: $721

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
0130
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
STI
0129
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
STI
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $102
STI
0132
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
STI
0133
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96
STI
0134
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $96

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

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
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
KIM
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
KIM
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PRE
0424
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PRE
0425
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PRE
0426
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PRE
0427
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PRE
0428
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192
PRE
0429
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $192

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

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.

RBG
0076
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
RBG
0077
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
RBG
0078
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2013
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97 points

This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit sources are far and wide, including a real mix of terroirs: McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway and Port Lincoln. It spent 12 months in 50+-year-old casks. Deep garnet-purple colored, the youthfully reticent nose is complex, offering loam, aged meat, licorice, tar, scorched earth, fenugreek and cloves over a cherry cordial, blueberry pie and dried mulberries core. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals lovely, understated elegance and depth with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and many fruit and spice layers emerging on the finish. This is one for the long-long haul and, at a fraction of the price of Grange, should be where the smart money goes for stocking the cellar.

CLI
0022
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74
CLI
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74
CLI
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
CLI
0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74
CLI
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $74

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
0431
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0432
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94
MUL
0443
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $94

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
8661
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8662
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8663
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8664
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8665
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83
ACC
8666
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
0137
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
0138
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
0217
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
0057
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
0081
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1394
XSA
0095
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
0827
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $111
MUL
0830
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $111
MUL
0838
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $111

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

The wine of the vintage is the Perrin’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it’s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It’s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

XSA
0443
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0440
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0436
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent 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
0445
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0444
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
0446
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $781

E. GUIGAL Ermitage Ex Voto 2015
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 640-650

Rating: 96 points

Spicy, cedary and firm, the 2015 Ermitage Ex Voto is built tough, like the granite it comes from. Hints of pencil shavings and crushed stone accent mixed red and black fruit, picking up hints of licorice and pepper on the long, tannic finish. Give this another 5-6 years in the cellar, then drink it over the following decade and a half or so.

XSA
1387
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1386
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627
XSA
1384
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $627

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2011
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 98 points

Starting out the single vineyards and bottled in February (after over four years in new oak barrels), the 2011 Cote Rotie la Mouline is as slutty, sexy and seamless as they come. Full-bodied, thrillingly concentrated and unctuous, it offers classic Mouline notes of cured meats, violets, black raspberries, espresso and hints of vanilla bean. Philippe Guigal commented that the worst thing about 2011 was the it came after 2010, and while the previous two vintages will get all of the attention, this 2011 will deliver almost as much pleasure, and do it right from the start as well. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will drink sensationally through 2041.

XSA
1328
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1329
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1332
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531

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
1338
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1341
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1342
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
1362
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1360
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $531
XSA
1358
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
1366
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1364
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $573
XSA
1363
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
1372
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1371
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619
XSA
1369
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $619

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
0732
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $274
XFW
0736
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $274

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
0717
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
XFW
0716
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340

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
0701
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0700
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0697
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
0688
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $612
XFW
0689
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
0687
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407
XFW
0680
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2017
Rouge Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 100 points

The 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite is equally astounding but a completely different expression of Hermitage. Somehow this combines the reservedness of le Pavillon with the generosity of le Méal, resulting in a wine that I can only describe as perfect. The pristine cassis fruit is remarkably pure, joined by complex notes of crushed stone, salted licorice and the slightest hints of fine-grained oak. It's full-bodied, concentrated and velvety in texture, with oodles of chewy but ripe tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes.

XFW
0783
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $545
XFW
0782
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $545

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.

XFW
0696
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
0693
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $322
XFW
0692
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.

XFW
0690
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331
XFW
0691
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
0787
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389
XFW
0786
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
0780
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398
XFW
0781
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
0723
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0722
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0721
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
0662
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
XFW
0663
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
XFW
0664
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
0801
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0800
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0799
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
0797
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0798
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0796
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.

XFW
0790
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
XFW
0789
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $235
XFW
0788
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.

XFW
0794
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0792
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0793
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256

PAUL JABOULET AINE La Chapelle 2017
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 98 points

The 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle comes from the firm's vineyards on the western half of the Hermitage slope, primarily Le Meal, but with substantial contributions from Les Rocoules and Les Bessards. Classic notes of cassis, black olives, mocha and roasted meat are joined by hints of baking spices in a wine that's full-bodied, deep, dense and rich, with a velvety texture and a lingering finish. It's lower in alcohol than the 2018, less voluptuous and maybe just a step behind that monumental wine, but it's still a serious collectible with three decades of evolution ahead of it.

MUL
1574
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
1575
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
1576
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
1577
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
1578
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340
MUL
1579
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $340

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.

XDV
0275
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199
XDV
0276
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1199

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2010
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1700-1800

Rating: 99-100 points

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Haut-Brion charges out of the gate with exuberant notes of crème de cassis, blueberry pie and baked plums followed by nuances of dark chocolate, licorice and cloves. Full-bodied, the palate has lots of subtle earth and mineral accents with a firm, finely grained texture and great freshness lifting the long finish.

NIK
0032
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1200

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
0108
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0107
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541

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
1493
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDW
1492
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0322
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0321
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0316
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564

CHATEAU PONTET CANET 5me Cru Classe 2015
5me Cru Classe Pauillac
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 96+ points

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the 2015 Pontet-Canet was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth.

812
0448
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $200
812
0450
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $200
812
0449
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $198