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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

KRUG Vintage Brut 2004
Vintage Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 450-460

Rating: 97 points

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

ACC
12651
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $429
ACC
12652
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $429
ACC
12653
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $429

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
11429
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

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

Rating: 98 points

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

LOI
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $419
LOI
0004
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $410

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Brut 2002
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 450-480

Rating: 96 points

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

NEI
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $320

MOET & CHANDON Dom Perignon Oenotheque Brut 1996
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 97 points

The 1996 Dom Perignon OEenotheque offers up layers of pastry, lemon, smoke and toastiness. At first deceptively understated, the wine turns positively explosive and layered on the palate, showing remarkable tension, elegance and power, all wrapped around a seriously intense frame. The balance between fruit and acidity is awesome. This is a marvelous DP OEeno. The OEeno is the same juice as the regular Dom Perignon, except the OEeno is aged on the cork while the regular DP is aged in crown-sealed bottles. Once disgorged, the OEenos gets a slightly lower dosage than is typical for the original release DP. This bottle was disgorged in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.

SUR
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $562

POL ROGER Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill Brut Cuvee 2012
Brut Cuvee
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 96+ points

Pol Roger's newly released 2012 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with youthful aromas of honeyed pears, toasted brioche, pomelo, fresh pastry, green apple and mandarin orange, with hints of stone fruit emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, vinous and textural, with an enveloping core of fleshy, concentrated fruit, bright acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. More muscular and vibrant than the generous and charming 2009, the 2012 ranks alongside the 2008 and 2002 as one of the three finest renditions of Sir Winston Churchill this millennium—and in style it resembles a hypothetical blend of those two vintages.

XSA
1563
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $333
XSA
1550
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $333
XSA
1543
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $333

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.

ACC
12870
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $369
ACC
12871
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $369
ACC
12872
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $369
ACC
12873
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $369

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: $240
LEE
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $240

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
12162
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191
ACC
12163
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $191

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
ROC
0025
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2012, hand written labelCurrent Bid: $15525

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: 1400-1500

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.

BJS
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $712
BJS
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $712
BJS
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $712

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

Rating: 98+ points

It is always a treat to taste Australias most famous wine, Penfolds Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.

106
0830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
106
0832
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $704
MGK
0016
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $554
PAP
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $530

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

Rating: 98 points

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

106
0833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
106
0834
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $681
PRE
0573
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $587
BRE
0053
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599
BRE
0054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599
BRE
0055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599
BRE
0056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599
BRE
0063
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599
BRE
0064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $599
MAN
0004
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $506
PAP
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
RTO
0078
1 BOTTLE Signs of past leakingCurrent Bid: $400

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

RTO
0075
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480
FIR
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $384

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

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+.

RTO
0074
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500

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.

PRE
0820
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $694
PRE
0821
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $694
DLR
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
DLR
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $571
DLR
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $584
DLR
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $584

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2009
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

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+.

TON
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $438

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: $628
DEB
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0039
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0038
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0037
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0035
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0034
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0040
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
0053
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0052
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824
XGR
0051
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $824

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

Rating: 96 points

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

NIK
0068
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1999
NIK
0070
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1999
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1999
GRE
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1996 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $2208
GRE
0002
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1996 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $2208
JCA
0518
1 BOTTLE High shoulder & label damageCurrent Bid: $639
RAN
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & severe label damageCurrent Bid: $1062
RAN
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1394

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1600

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
0082
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $799
OAK
0378
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $494
SRP
1259
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $627
MIR
0002
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, stained label, signs of past weepingCurrent Bid: $400

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: $1399
NIK
0087
1 BOTTLE High shoulder, bleached label, slight capsule damageCurrent Bid: $899
NIK
0088
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder label damageCurrent Bid: $899

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
0250
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154
STI
0251
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154
STI
0248
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154
STI
0249
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154
STI
0252
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154
STI
0253
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $154

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.

XGR
0039
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $172
XGR
0040
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $172
ACC
11956
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $171
ACC
11957
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $171
ACC
12517
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $172
ACC
12518
1 BOTTLECurrent 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
0041
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0043
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $171
XGR
0044
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+.

KIM
0521
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $193
KIM
0525
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $193
KIM
0526
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $193
KIM
0528
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $193
KIM
0531
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $193
KIM
0532
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $193
SPI
0279
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169
SPI
0280
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $151
SPI
0281
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169

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: $147
SRP
0648
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $147
SRP
0649
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $147
SRP
0650
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $147
SRP
0651
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $147
SRP
0652
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $147

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
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0364
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0361
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0328
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
0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2002
Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 96 points

There are 1,000 cases of the 2002 Descendant, a blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier that spent 18 months in 2-year-old French oak. The fruit is sourced from the section of the Barossa Valley known as Marananga. The Viognier and Shiraz are co-fermented together, and the name, Descendant, comes the fact that it is essentially the same blend as the famed Run Rig, but sees no new oak. A magnificent effort, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2002 Descendant offers gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries, raspberries, licorice, acacia flowers, and the added notes of honeysuckle and apricots from the Viognier. Full-bodied and opulently textured, with good tannin, structure, purity, and a broad, expansive finish that lasts nearly a minute, it needs 1-2 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15+.

PAU
0166
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90
PAU
0167
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90
PAU
0168
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90
PAU
0172
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90
PAU
0173
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90
PAU
0174
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $90

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: $255
PAU
0203
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255

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: $239

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
11131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11420
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252
ACC
11421
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $252

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

Rating: 99 points

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

XTO
0383
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0382
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
XTO
0380
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $255
ACC
11191
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $255

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 99 points

Remarkably, the 2002 The Factor may be even more awesome than the 2001. It boasts a blackberry liqueur-like intensity with chocolatey richness intermixed with blackberries, raspberries, and cherries. The unctuous texture, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin frame-up this magnificent wine. It should drink well for 15+ years. Interestingly, the 2002 The Factor did not have the Cote Rotie-like roasted element found in the 2001, no doubt because 2002 was a much cooler growing year than the record heat experienced in 2001.

PAU
0206
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $102
BRU
0081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $83

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
12297
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
ACC
12299
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $644
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
0443
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
MUL
0451
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
MUL
0499
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $117
ACC
11181
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $129
ACC
12471
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $129

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: $2640

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
10050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10052
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10054
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10055
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
ACC
10056
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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

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.

ACC
11487
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11488
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11489
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11490
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11493
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95
ACC
11494
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $95

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1989
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1200

Rating: 97 points

The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97

DLV
0660
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $684
DLV
0661
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $684
DLV
0662
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640
DLV
0663
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640

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 D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2018
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 450-500

Rating: 98 points

The 2018 d'Yquem is all lime cordial, grapefruit oil and mandarin peel to begin. With a little coaxing, the fireworks really begin, letting off a whole array of honeysuckle, candied ginger, dried pineapple, lemon pastilles, chalk dust and sea spray scents, followed by a savory undercurrent of shaved almonds, allspice and baking bread. The palate is an exercise in polish and poise, featuring the most gorgeously creamy texture and bright, sparkling freshness, framing all the densely laden tropical and citrus fruit layers, finishing with a powerful BANG of profound floral and spice perfume. It is wonderfully sweet, yes, but that—paradoxically for a "sweet wine"—is almost beside the point.

ACC
12403
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $364

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
0413
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0402
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $747
XSA
0377
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

JL CHAVE 2014
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: (94 - 96) points

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

XNE
0174
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $714
XNE
0171
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $714

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.

ACC
11203
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $137

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.

ACC
12456
1 BOTTLE Capsule damageCurrent Bid: $189

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.

XFW
0821
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
XFW
0815
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $352
ACC
12702
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $349

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
0802
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407
XFW
0803
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $407

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
12407
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $269
ACC
12454
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $269

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
0814
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $331
XFW
0804
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
0836
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389
XFW
0830
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $389

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

Rating: 96 points

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

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

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

Rating: 99 points

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

XFW
0822
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $491
XFW
0823
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
0800
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
0849
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217
XFW
0850
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $217

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

Rating: (95 - 97) points

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

ACC
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
0841
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $256
XFW
0838
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
0149
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0167
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509
XNE
0170
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $509

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 96 points

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

XDW
1596
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0029
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $541
XDV
0030
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
1594
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDW
1595
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0167
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0166
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564
XDV
0163
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $564