Fine Wines | Skinner Auction 2548B

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Skinner will hold a Fine Wine Auction on May 4, 2011 in Boston. The auction features wines of the finest vintages and vineyards on the globe. Of particular note are twenty cases of 1982 first growth Bordeaux, eleven of them Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Also highlighting the auction are mature wines from Rioja, Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux, and Piedmont. 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 is the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction. For more information or to consign wine from your collection, contact Skinner's Wine Department at 508-970-3296, or finewines@skinnerinc.com. **Please note that Fine Wines are subject to a 21.5% buyers premium as noted in the catalogue conditions of sale**

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  • SKINNER Fine WinesSale 2548B May 4, 2011 BostonLower Falls Wine Company

  • auction 2548B

    Fine Wines

    specialists in charge

    Marie KeepDepartment Director508.970.3296

    General Inquiries: finewines@skinnerinc.com

    Tel: 617.874.4318Fax: 617.350.5429

    Online: www.skinnerinc.com

    general inquiries617.350.5400

    cover: 557; frontispiece: 384; back cover: 377, 378

    absentee bidding

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 4 p.m.

    63 Park Plaza

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Heavy hors doeuvres will be served throughout the auction

    2366 Washington StreetNewton Lower Falls, MAPhil MinervinoChris MinervinoOwners

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    To arrange preview, please contact the department at 508.970.3296 or e-mail finewines@skinnerinc.com

    Please note: Quotes cited as R. Parker used by permission of Robert Parker.Quotes cited as Wine Spectator used by permission of Wine Spectator.Quotes cited as Burghound used by permission of Allen Meadows.Tasting notes attributed to PhM are Phil Minervino, those to CM are Chris Minervino, those to LC are Lauren Collins, and those to MK are Marie Keep.

    View all lots online at www.skinnerinc.com

    Laura V. Sweeney617.874.4311

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  • table of contents

    1 Auction & Specialist Information

    2 Web Site & Online Bidding

    5 Lots 1-753

    79 Glossary of Terms

    80 Index

    87 Collection of Wines

    88 Conditions of Sale

    89 Absentee Bid Form

    90 Company Directors & Specialty Departments

    91 Administrative Staff & Client Services

    93 Map & Driving Directions

    95 Subscription Form

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

    Please refer to page 88 of this catalogue for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.

    Copyright Skinner, Inc. 2011

    All rights reserved

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  • Terrific Bordeaux, from a Massachusetts collection, purchased upon release. Selected from an ideal cellar.

    Chateau Cheval Blanc doesnt scream out for attention, rather it is passionately pursued by a knowing few. Unquestionably worthy of First Growth stature. In keeping with the Right Bank scene, the beautiful park-like setting feels surprisingly casual. Formal to a point, but not overly so. Cheval Blanc is comprised of cabernet franc and merlot. The vinous equivalent of grace and good taste. PhM

    1.Chateau Cheval Blanc 1986St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A)u: bottom neck or better2 bottles$500-750

    2.Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A)u: bottom neck or better, light label stainingOne of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. R. Parker, 98+ pts. 06/093 bottles$2,200-3,200

    3.Chateau Cos dEstournel 1982St. Estephe, 2eme Cru ClasseR. Parker, 95 pts. 06/092 bottles$500-750

    4.Chateau Cos dEstournel 1986St. Estephe, 2eme Cru ClasseR. Parker, 95 pts. 10/945 bottles$600-900

    5.Chateau LEvangile 1990Pomerolu: bottom neck or better3 bottles$600-900

    6.Chateau Gruaud Larose 1986St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classeu: very top shoulder or betterR. Parker, 94 pts. 01/984 bottles$900-1,300

    7.Chateau Haut Brion 1959Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: 4.5cm, label fading, bin soil1 bottle$1,500-2,000

    8.Chateau Haut Brion 1982Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: 3cm, label fadingR. Parker, 95 pts. 06/091 bottle$500-700

    9.Chateau Haut Brion 1989Pessac Leognan 1er Cru ClasseR. Parker, 100 pts. 02/972 bottles$2,000-3,000

    10.Chateau Haut Brion 1990Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru ClasseR. Parker, 98 pts. 06/094 bottles$2,200-3,200

    11.Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1982Pessac Leognan, Cru Classeu: very top shoulderR. Parker, 100 pts. 06/091 bottle$700-1,000

    12.Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1989Pessac Leognan, Cru Classeu: both into neckR. Parker, 99 pts. 02/972 bottles$1,200-1,800

    13.Chateau Latour 1990Pauillac, 1er Cru ClasseR. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/091 bottle$600-900

    14.Chateau Margaux 1982Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: very top shoulder or betterConsistently scoring between 98-100, the superb 1982 Margaux may be slightly bigger, bolder, and more masculine than vintages produced over the last 15-20 years. Its dark plum/purple color is followed by notes of melted tar intermixed with sweet cassis and floral underpinnings. Very full-bodied and dense for a Chateau Margaux, with a slight rusticity to the tannins, it boasts blockbuster power, richness, and impressive aromatics. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. R. Parker, 98 pts. 06/094 bottles$2,800-4,000

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  • 15.Chateau Margaux 1983Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: both very top shoulder, some label staining and tissue adhesionR. Parker, 96 pts. 9/972 bottles$800-1,200

    16.Chateau Margaux 1986Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: very top shoulder or better, some bin wear and label fadingR. Parker, 96 pts. 12/965 bottles$1,800-2,400

    17.Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe2 bottles$500-750

    18.Chateau Pichon Longueville Lalande 1982Pauillac, 2eme Cru ClasseR. Parker, 100 pts. 06/094 bottles$1,600-2,400

    19.Chateau Pichon Longueville Lalande 1986Pauillac, 2eme Cru Classeu: very top shoulder or better4 bottles$600-900

    20.Chateau Gruaud Larose 1986 (1 bt)Chateau Pichon LonguevilleBaron 1989 (2 bts)Lalande 1990 (1 bt)Chateau Montrose 1989 (1 bt)Chateau Palmer 1989 (1 bt)Tokaji Aszu Nyulaszo 1991 (1 500 ml bt)Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (1 mag)1 500 ml6 bottles1 magnum$1,000-1,500

    21.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neck, bin soilR. Parker, 97+ pts. 06/091 magnum$7,000-10,000

    22.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neck or betterR. Parker, 99 pts. 10/944 bottles$1,200-1,800

    23.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: into neckR. Parker, 96 pts. 06/091 bottle$700-1,000

    24.Chateau Latour 1997Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe1 bottle$275-350

    25.Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1982St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classeu: bottom neck, bin wearR. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/091 bottle$350-500

    26.Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986Pauillac, 1er Cru ClasseDeep garnet-black colour. An incredible array of aromas on the nose: blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, espresso, leather, black olive and loam. The palate is absolutely seamless from first impression to finish, effortlessly building layers of complexity in the mouth and leading to a very long, earth and spice finish. I cant see how this could possibly be improvement so have no alternative but concede perfection. L. Perrotti-Brown for R. Parker, 100 pts. 05/096 bottles$4,000-6,000

    Sauternes

    27.Chateau dYquem 1975Premier Cru Classeu: very top shoulder, wildflower honey color1 bottle$500-750

    28.Chateau Climens1986 (1 bt)1988 (1 bt)Chateau dYquem 1980 (1 demi)Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey 1988 (1 bt)Chateau de Fargues 1980 (1 bt)Chateau Rieussec 1986 (1 bts)1 demi bottle5 bottles$350-500

    29.Dom. de la Romanee Conti Grand Cru La Tache 1985Cote de Nuitsu: 3cm with signs seepageBt. No. 0088901 bottle$1,500-2,200

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  • 30.Dom. de la Romanee Conti Grand Cru Richebourg 1985Cote de Nuitsu: 3cmBt. No. 0048131 bottle$1,200-1,800

    31.Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle1983 (1 mag)1990 (1 demi)Northern Rhone1 demi bottle1 magnum$400-600

    32.Conterno Barolo Riserva Speciale Monfortino 1978Piedmontu: very top shoulder1 bottle$700-1,100

    33.Penfolds Grange Hermitage1982198319871988Penfolds Grange19831992Southern Australia6 bottles$700-1,050

    Wonderful Bordeaux from a Cape Cellar. Stored in ideal conditions.

    34.Chateau Cheval Blanc 1976St. Emilion, 1er