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Skinner hosts its wine auctions twice annually in conjunction with our retail partner, Lower Falls Wine Company, a third generation wine seller located just west of Boston. Skinner remains the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction. For more information on our wine department, contact the Wine Department at 508-970-3296, or via email at [email protected] **Please note that Fines Wines are subject to a 21.5% buyers premium as noted in the catalogues conditions of sale**

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  • Fine WinesSale 2503 May 13, 2010 Boston

    Lower Falls Wine Co.


  • AUCTION 2503

    Fine Wines


    Marie Keep508.970.3296

    General Inquiries: [email protected]

    Tel: 617.874.4318Fax: 617.350.5429






    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 6 p.m.

    63 Park Plaza

    Boston, Massachusetts

    2366 Washington StreetNewton Lower Falls, MAPhil MinervinoChris MinervinoOwners


    To arrange preview, please contact the departmentat 508.970.3296 or e-mail [email protected]

    Please note: Quotes cited as R. Parker used by permission of Robert Parker.Quotes cited as Burghound used by permission of Allen Meadows.Tasting notes attributed to PhM are Phil Minervino, those to LC are Lauren Collins.

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    1 Auction & Specialist Information

    2 Web Site & Online Bidding

    5 Lots 1-484

    63 Glossary of Terms

    64 Index

    71 Collection of Wines

    72 Conditions of Sale

    73 Absentee Bid Form

    74 Company Directors & Specialty Departments

    75 Administrative Staff & Client Services

    76 Map & Driving Directions

    77 Parking & Accommodations

    78 Dining

    79 Subscription Form

    Please Note: All lots sold subject to our Conditions of Sale.

    Please refer to page 72 of this catalogue for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.

    Copyright Skinner, Inc. 2010

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  • Highly desirable left and right bank Bordeaux from an impressiveBoston cellar. Maintained in ideal climate-controlled conditions andpicked up by Skinner staff.

    1.Chateau Haut Brion 2000Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: all into neck, some with light bin abrasions to labelsIt will always be tempting to compare the 2000 Haut-Brion with theperfect 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion. However, it is not as fat,unctuous, flamboyant, or voluminous as La Mission. Yet, like a greatdiplomat, it is a wine of intensity, authority, and measured restraint. Asupremely elegant offering, its dense ruby/purple color, andburgeoning perfume of scorched earth, liquid minerals, plums, blackcurrants, cherries, lead pencil, and subtle spicy oak are followed by adelicate yet powerfully flavorful, multi-layered, highly nuanced, andextraordinarily pure and seamless wine. There have been so manyrecent classics from Haut-Brion, it is premature to suggest the 2000is better than the 1998, 1995, 1990, or 1989, but it is certainly aprodigious wine of dazzling persistence, length, and complexity. Ablend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% CabernetFranc, it should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, even by thestandards of Haut-Brion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040. R. Parker,98 pts., 04/036 bottles$3,000-4,500

    2.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: one into neck, three bottom neck, two very top shoulder, smallnicks to labels and small nicks to three capsules, two differentimportersThis is a denser version of the 1990 that stylistically reminds me ofwhat the young 1959 probably tasted like. Still backward with a deepruby/plum color revealing only a touch of lightening at the edge, thewine offers up an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke,cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics arefollowed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity.With 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautifuldrinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It iscapable of lasting 50-60 years. This classic Lafite is not as fat andconcentrated as the 1982 Latour, nor as complex or concentrated asthe 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but it is a winner all the same. R.Parker, 97 pts., 06/096 bottles$15,000-20,000

    3.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: very top shoulderR. Parker, 97+ pts., 06/091 magnum$4,000-6,000

    4.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: all into neck, light bin wear to some labels, light capsule wear, twodifferent importersThe 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, mediumbody, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. Thepenetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is ahallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well asmedium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafitehas immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity:2000-2030. R. Parker, 99 pts., 10/9412 bottles$9,500-14,500

    5.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: into neckR. Parker, 99 pts., 10/941 magnum$2,000-2,500

    6.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: all bottom neck or better6 bottles$2,500-3,500

    7.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: all into neckR. Parker, 96 pts., 06/096 bottles$2,500-3,500

    8.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: all into neckTasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild isunquestionably this renowned estates greatest wine. As I indicatedlast year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be putinto the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon(83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3%Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaledLafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around,so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give seriousconsideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple casesof this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a newengraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wineexhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose oflead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremelypowerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such ayoung wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yethas managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. Thiswine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It shouldunquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.The wine of the vintage? R. Parker, 100 pts., 04/996 bottles$4,500-6,000

    9.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: all into neckA blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this winerepresents only 34% of Lafites total harvest. In a less than perfectMedoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on moreweight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky,mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. Thewine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafitescharacter. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layeredyet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccablybalanced and long (50+ seconds). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. R. Parker, 98 pts., 04/016 bottles$3,000-4,000

  • 10.Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1982Pessac Leognan, Cru Classeu: four into neck, two bottom neckThe greatest La Mission Haut Brion made between the 1975 and1989, the 1982 is, stylistically, a dead-ringer for the ethereal 1959.One of the most massive wines of the vintage, it remains anadolescent in terms of evolution, but it can be drunk with greatpleasure if it is decanted 2-3 hours in advance. A thick, unctuously-textured wine with massive richness as well as abundant notes ofblack fruits, truffles, creosote, scorched earth, smoke, and camphor,a colossal mouthfeel, a layered texture, incredible depth of fruit andglycerin, and copious, but well-integrated tannins that are largelyconcealed by the incredible amount of fruit. An old school La Mission,it is a tour de force that should continue to age effortlessly for another40+ years. A monumental wine! R. Parker, 100 pts., 06/096 bottles$3,500-5,000

    11.Chateau Margaux 2000Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: all into neckBottled in late November, 2002, the 2000 has turned out to be acolossal example of Chateau Margaux that is tasting even better frombottle than it was from cask. Only 40% of the crop made it into this2000 Margaux, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.Stylistically, it is somewhat of a hybrid between the succulent,opulent, fleshy 1990, and the more delineated, structured, coo

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