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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.

ACC
12082
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $117
ACC
12270
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $117

BILLECART SALMON Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008
Brut Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 97+ points

Disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is one of the finest wines I've tasted from Billecart in recent years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, mandarin oil, warm bread, red berries and petals, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with lovely mid-palate amplitude, terrific concentration and bright girdling acids. In what is quite a tightly wound vintage and from a house whose style is rather understated, this is a dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish.

ACC
10032
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $339
ACC
10033
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $339
ACC
10035
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $339

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

Rating: 98 points

I've revisited Roederers 2013 Cristal four times since I reviewed it in April of this year—including several times from my own cellar—and I had to admit that even my lavish praise didn't do it full justice. Combining the cool-vintage cut of 2008 with the more completely mature fruit of 2012, the 2013 Cristal might well be said to represent the perfect combination of the two from a purist's perspective. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, almond paste and citrus oil, followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional palate that's intense but weightless, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. Drink the 2008 Cristal on its own, and you're unlikely—to put it mildly—to have any complaints; but compare it directly with the 2013 and you'll see Roederer's rapid progress in the vineyards writ large.

ACC
11342
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11428
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11430
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11431
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11432
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11433
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347
ACC
11941
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $347

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 1998
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-520

Rating: 97 points

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

COL
0283
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $372

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 2012
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 96+ points

The 2012 Dom Pérignon has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with notes of Anjou pear, smoke, toasted nuts, freshly baked bread and crisp stone fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's still tightly wound, its incipiently fleshy core of fruit framed by racy acids and chalky grip, complemented by a classy pinpoint mousse. A touch drier and a touch less reductive than the 2008 out of the gates, these two vintages are clearly destined to be compared for some time to come; but at this early stage, my instinct is that the 2012 will have the edge in the long term.

ACC
13249
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $295
ACC
13250
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $295
ACC
13251
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $295
ACC
13252
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $295

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2012
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 98+ points

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices.

XWA
0050
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374
XWA
0068
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374
XWA
0038
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374
XWA
0026
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374
XWA
0428
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374
XWA
0017
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $374

ELDERTON Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 97 points

Elderton

TUR
0537
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-360

Rating: 97 points

The 2012 Chardonnay offers up a gorgeous nose of ripe peaches, honeyed toast, cashews, yeast extract and orange blossoms with a hint of clotted cream. Full-bodied and packed with savory and stone fruit flavors that are beautifully complimented by a satiny texture, it has just enough freshness to lift the long, rich, multi-layered finish. Superb.

LEE
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $238
LEE
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $238

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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.

BAR
0001
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $499

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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+.

NIC
0129
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $604

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1200

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+.

RBG
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $708

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 880-900

Rating: 97+ points

The original circa-1860 plantings are supplemented by centenarian vines and some other old vines (at least 35 years of age), but all on their own roots from the original vineyard. Despite massive expectations and perhaps a more challenging vintage, the 2017 Hill of Grace Shiraz doesn't disappoint, delivering ample weight, richness and expansiveness on the palate, coupled with impressive structure and length. Complex scents of camphor, raspberries and mulberries appear on the nose, alongside hints of sage, black olives and licorice, while the tannic, softly dusty finish lingers, suggesting plenty of longevity—20-plus years should be no problem for this beauty.

ACC
12822
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $764
ACC
12817
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $764
ACC
13107
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $764
ACC
13108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $764
ACC
13109
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $764
ACC
13110
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $764

HENSCHKE Hill of Roses Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 420-430

Rating: 96+ points

Produced from a portion of Hill of Grace deemed too young for that bottling—these vines were planted in 1989—and matured in 25% new oak, the 2017 Hill of Roses Shiraz features scents of camphor, raspberries and redcurrants, plus hints of sage and cracked pepper. It's full-bodied and supple yet shows tremendous drive and energy on the palate, with a brightness and freshness that sets it apart and really highlights the length of this wine. Wow.

ACC
12824
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $365
ACC
12823
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $365
ACC
12825
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $365

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

Rating: 97+ points

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

BSD
0338
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $228
BSD
0339
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $228
BSD
0340
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $228
BSD
0341
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $228
BSD
0342
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $228

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.

ACC
12155
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
12156
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
12157
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
12161
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
12163
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
12164
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 96 points

This wine was recommended, but no tasting note was given.

198
0330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $232

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 98 points

While were waiting for the next release of The Amargh, Peter Barry presented me with a couple of older vintages for consumers to see how theyre developing. The 2002 The Amargh Shiraz was sampled from a bottle under cork and from a bottle under screwcap. Though Im a proponent for neither closure, the screwcap bottle was fresher, fruitier and demonstrated a slightly superior texture of tighter, finer grained tannins. However my note and score are for the bottle under cork, which is probably the bottle in most cellars. Very deep garnet-black in color, it displays a lovely choco-mint and mincemeat nose with hints of smoky bacon, coffee, tobacco and cumin seed. The rich, full-bodied flesh is well supported by very crisp acid and a medium-high level of very silky tannins. The finish is very long lending lingering notes of mint, coffee and baking spices. Its drinking beautifully now and should continue to cellar until 2020+.

198
0331
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $206
198
0332
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $206
198
0333
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $206

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 99+ points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 The Armagh Shiraz flaunts a gorgeous aromatic red and black fruit core intermingled with clove, chocolate box, and eucalyptus aromas that are still very primary. Bottled under screw cap, it has a really fine palate that is very elegant yet powerful. With vibrant acid, firm and very fine tannins, the flavors are rich and layered with spices coming through on the long finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2030+.

TUR
0540
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $276

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 98+ points

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

TUR
0541
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $276

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.

TUR
0536
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84

JOHN DUVAL WINES Eligo Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 98+ points

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2013 Eligo has an intoxicating nose of creme de cassis, blueberry tart and violets with underlying menthol, cloves, fenugreek, licorice and dark chocolate hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is youthfully restrained, with taut, muscular blackberry and exotic spice flavors supported by fine-grained, firm tannins and lively acid, finishing with excellent length. This is a very classy 2013 Shiraz!

TUR
0420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81

KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-240

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Shiraz Old Bastard displays a very pretty aromatic melange of red and black fruit, kirsch and mulberries accented with anise, Chinese five spice and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it has lovely harmony in the mouth between medium-firm, silky tannins and the natural acid line. It finishes long with layered flavors. Drink it from 2014 to 2025+.

TUR
0444
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152

KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-240

Rating: 96+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz Old Bastard is a little closed with black fruit, licorice and chocolate box scents alongside some floral and cloves nuances. Full-bodied and concentrated with rich and seductive flavors, the vibrant acid frame persists through a long, spicy and layered finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+.

TUR
0523
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152

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 shoulderEx-cellarCurrent Bid: $12360

PENFOLDS Bin 60a Cabernet Shiraz 2004
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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.

106
0842
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

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.

GWE
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $960
RWH
0008
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $620
RWH
0009
1 BOTTLE Slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $620
BJS
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $712
BJS
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $712
BJS
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $712
BSD
0305
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1130
CWA
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
CWA
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $604

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

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+.

GWE
0001
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1350
106
0830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
106
0832
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
RWI
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $512
CWA
0023
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
GWE
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $800

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!

GWE
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
106
0833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681

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

Rating: 99 points

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

GWE
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $701

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

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+.

GWE
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $641

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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.

GWE
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $770
GWE
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680

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.

PAP
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $601
DEB
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0035
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2017
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 96 points

Strongly marked—as always—by its 100% American oak elevage, the 2017 Grange backs up the cedar and vanilla notes with ample blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, ripe and almost decadently creamy in the mouth, it's loaded with substance, concentrated and rich, yet—in the context of Grange—relatively light and elegant-seeming on the finish. Only the seventh-ever Grange to be exclusively Shiraz, it originates from Barossa Valley (86%) and McLaren Vale (14%); Shiraz from other growing regions in South Australia failed to make the grade this year.

XGR
0040
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0039
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0038
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
DEA
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $549

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: $1799
NIK
0070
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1799
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1799
RAN
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1150
BSD
0307
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1600
BSD
0308
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, corroded capsule, cellar damaged label. Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1992Current Bid: $1440

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1982
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

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
0085
1 BOTTLE Into neck & severe label damageCurrent Bid: $989
NIK
0086
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1199
JJW
0001
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $770

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

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.

GWE
0018
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $900

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

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
0251
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $146
STI
0248
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $146
STI
0249
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $146
STI
0252
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $146
STI
0253
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $146
STI
0254
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $146

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 98 points

Sourced only from the Barossa Valley, RWT is aged exclusively in French oak, giving it two major points of difference from the rest of the Penfolds range. Always a sexy, voluptuous wine (and admittedly a personal favorite), the 2018 RWT Shiraz ratchets that up to new heights in a great Barossa vintage, boasting layers of berry-like fruit, refined vanilla shadings and baking-spice notes, plus more exotic elements like star anise and cocoa powder. It's full-bodied and plush without being unstructured in any way, with a lingering, complex finish and the concentration to age two decades or more.

ACC
11956
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $171
ACC
11957
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0006
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $172
XGR
0005
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $172

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz 2019
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 190-200

Rating: 96 points

Longtime readers will know of my personal fondness for this wine, going back nearly to its first vintage, the 1997. That said, the 2019 RWT Shiraz Bin 798 continues this wine's impressive run, artfully combining hedonistic waves of mixed fruit with the balancing and structural effects of 18 months in French oak hogsheads (57% new, with the balance second-fill). Dark chocolate and vanilla notes join blackberries and plums on the concentrated, full-bodied palate, picking up hints of coffee, black olives and licorice on the long, silky-textured finish. This should easily age up to two decades.

XGR
0027
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0026
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0025
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

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+.

COL
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
COL
0280
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
COL
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
COL
0282
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $161

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 210-220

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.

SRP
0647
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
SRP
0648
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
SRP
0649
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
SRP
0650
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
SRP
0651
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
SRP
0652
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $108
SIR
0025
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
SIR
0060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
SIR
0061
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
0328
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0361
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0327
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
0367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0668
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

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.

ACC
10331
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10329
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103
ACC
10328
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $103

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 99 points

The youngest Run Rig, the 2001, should equal the 1998 as it is almost a clone aromatically, texturally, and flavor-wise, just much younger. This opaque purple-colored beauty should flirt with perfection over the next 10-15 years.

PAU
0202
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 340-350

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+.

PAU
0209
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $234

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

ACC
11421
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252

TORBRECK RunRig 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.

ACC
13060
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $254
ACC
13061
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $254
ACC
13062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $254
ACC
13063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $254

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.

ACC
12298
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644

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
0451
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
MUL
0443
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117

GAJA Sperss Nebbiolo 1997
Nebbiolo Langhe
Estimate Per Bottle: 3800-4000

Rating: 99 points

A virtually perfect effort is the 1997 Sperss (30,000 bottles), which represents the essence of truffles, earth, and black cherries in its striking aromatics and multidimensional, opulent, full-bodied palate. The acidity seems low because of the huge glycerin levels and prodigious concentration of fruit, but I suspect it is normal in the scheme of oenological measurement. This profound wine requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should age well for 30-35 years.

A genius for sure, Angelo Gaja can not be faulted for what he puts in the bottle. This work of art is worth every cent it will fetch. Importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, IL; tel. (847) 604-89000

RPO
0081
1 DOUBLE MAGNUM Cellar damaged label & slight capsule damage - Freight only to buyers in Western AustraliaCurrent Bid: $2800

ISOLE E OLENA Cepparello 2018
Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 165-185

Rating: 96 points

A pure expression of Sangiovese, the 2018 Cepparello is a beautiful expression that speaks to the classic and most exemplary side of this versatile and deeply expressive grape. This vintage is especially bright and ethereal with a true sense of luminosity and clarity that radiates from both the wine's appearance and its fragrant bouquet. Tart cherry and cassis segue to balsam herb and wild violets. To the palate, the wine shows muscle and determination with sweet tannins and impressive depth of favor. Cepparello remains true to its unique identity in this vintage. Production is 42,000 bottles.

ACC
13196
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $142
ACC
13195
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $142
ACC
13192
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $142
ACC
13190
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $142
ACC
13189
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $142
ACC
13188
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $142

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.

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10052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $82
ACC
10055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10057
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10058
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81

PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO Riserva Rio Sordo 2011
Barbaresco
Estimate Per Bottle: 110-120

Rating: 96 points

The Rio Sordo cru is known for medium-bodied wines that show elegance and finesse. The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is my favorite wine among this set of new Riserva releases. This gorgeous wine is seamless in approach with balanced aromatic intensity that bridges dark fruit aromas against ethereal notes of cola, tar and licorice. There is an irresistible dash of white truffle buried deep within. The wine is powerful and firmly constructed, but the quality of the tannins is silky and polished.

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11490
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11493
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11494
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
12037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
12038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
12624
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $94

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.

ACC
11950
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $1074

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
0232
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0138
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0137
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747

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: $299
ACC
9597
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
ACC
9599
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
ACC
9600
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
ACC
9601
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299
ACC
9602
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $299

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

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.

KEV
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KEV
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KEV
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

E. GUIGAL La Turque 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

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.

KEV
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $540
KEV
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $540

M. CHAPOUTIER Barbe Rac Grenache 2018
Grenache Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 96 points

The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac has turned out beautifully. Stunning aromas of red raspberries and black cherries, crushed stone and even a hint of roses emerge on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is expansive and silky, ending in a flurry of gently dusty tannins that only further accentuate this wine's fruity depths. Although approachable now, it should drink well for more than a decade.

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11203
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $137

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.

ACC
12455
1 BOTTLECurrent 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.

ACC
12702
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2014
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-320

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.

ACC
12454
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $269

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
0815
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389
XFW
0814
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
0804
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $398
XFW
0803
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
0802
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0800
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
0798
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $506
XFW
0799
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
0823
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0827
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.

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11367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $217

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
0821
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0822
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256

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
0201
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0199
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
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0200
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
0031
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
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0035
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
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0173
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.

XDV
0155
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
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0152
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
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0154
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
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0016
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
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0022
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classe 2010
Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 98+ points

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.

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0491
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $204