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Auction of Fine Wines May 3, 2012 in Boston followed by Fine Wines - Online: May 4-13, 2012. The fine wine auction reflects the ascendency of Burgundy and the continued reign of first growth Bordeaux in the auction market. The Quarterly Review of Wines (QRW) rated Skinner as “one of the most professional wine auctions in the country, attracting serious buyers from across the globe.” Skinner hosts its wine auctions twice annually in conjunction with 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, contact the Wine department at 508-970-3296, or **Please note that Fine Wines are subject to a 21.5% buyers premium as noted in the catalogue conditions of sale**

Text of Fine Wines | Skinner Auctions 2593B and 2592T

  • Fine WinesSale 2593B May 3, 2012 Boston

    Fine Wines OnlineSale 2592T May 4-13, 2012

    SKINNERLower Falls Wine Company

  • Tel: 617.874.4318Fax: 617.350.5429


    general inquiries617.350.5400

    cover: 150; frontispiece: 1059; inside back cover: 617

    absentee bidding


    To arrange preview, please contact the department

    at 508.970.3296 or e-mail

  • live auction 2593B

    Fine Wines & Fine Wines Online

    specialists in charge

    Marie KeepDepartment Director508.970.3296

    General Inquiries:

    Tel: 617.874.4318Fax: 617.350.5429


    general inquiries617.350.5400

    cover: 150; frontispiece: 1059; inside back cover: 617

    absentee bidding

    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 5 p.m.

    63 Park Plaza

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Heavy hors doeuvres will be served throughout the auction

    2366 Washington StreetNewton Lower Falls, MAPhil MinervinoChris MinervinoOwners


    To arrange preview, please contact the department

    at 508.970.3296 or e-mail

    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 M. Moser are Michael Moser, and those to MK are Marie Keep.

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    Michael J. Moser508.970.3133

    online auction 2592T

    May 4-13, 2012

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  • table of contents

    1 Auction & Specialist Information

    2 Web Site & Online Bidding

    7 Session I: Fine Wines, Lots 1-379

    55 Map & Driving Directions

    57 Absentee Bid Form

    59 Session II: Fine Wines Online, Lots 500-1097

    61 How to Bid

    87 Index of Both Sales

    93 Glossary of Terms

    94 Collection of Wines

    95 Conditions of Sale

    96 Company Directors & Specialty Departments

    97 Administrative Staff & Client Services

    99 Subscription Form

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

    Please refer to page 95 of this catalogue for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.

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  • Session I - Live Auction

    Lots 1-379

    to be sold Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 5 p.m.

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  • A carefully cultivated collection of the finest examples of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, and Spain. Maintained in a climate-controlled cellar, property of a Massachusetts gentleman. For more from this consignor, visit our online auction, lots 826-841.

    1.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: one into neck, one bottom neck, scuffed capsulesThe 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. R. Parker, 100 pts. 01/982 bottles$1,600-2,400

    2.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: into neckR. Parker, 94 pts. 10/942 bottles$1,200-1,800

    3.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: into neck2 bottles$1,000-1,500

    4.Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: into neckR. Parker, 96 pts. 06/092 bottles$1,300-1,700

    5.Chateau Latour 1990Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: into neckR. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/092 bottles$1,200-1,600

    6.Chateau Margaux 1983Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neck, one with slight signs of old seepage, lightly bin-soiled labelsR. Parker, 96 pts. 01/032 bottles$700-900

    7.Chateau Margaux 1985Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neck, one nicked capsuleR. Parker, 95 pts. 01/032 bottles$600-900

    8.Chateau Margaux 1986Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neck, lightly bin-soiled labelsA magnificent example of Chateau Margaux and one of the most tannic, backward Margauxs of the last 50 years, the 1986 continues to evolve at a glacial pace. The color is still a dense ruby/purple with just a hint of lightening at the rim. With several hours of aeration, the aromatics become striking, with notes of smoke, toast, creme de cassis, mineral, and white flowers. Very full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, great purity, and a very masculine, full-bodied style, this wine should prove nearly immortal in terms of its aging potential. It is beginning to budge from its infantile stage and approach adolescence. R. Parker, 98 pts. 01/032 bottles$600-900

    9.Chateau Margaux 1988Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: into neck, one dampstained label2 bottles$450-700

    10.Chateau Margaux 1989Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: into neck2 bottles$600-800

    11.Chateau Margaux 1990Margaux, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neckI had this wine both in Seoul, Korea, in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, and no evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser-like precision, this stunning wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another three decades. A sensational effort, it is one of the legendary wines made at Chateau Margaux. R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/092 bottles$1,400-1,800

    12.Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986Pauillac, 1er Cru Classeu: bottom neckDeep 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. 05/092 bottles$1,000-1,400

    13.Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1988 (2 bts), u: into neck, lightly dampstained labels1989 (2 bts), u: into neck, one dampstained label1990 (2 bts), u: very top shoulder6 bottles$1,500-2,250

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  • 14.Chateau Haut Brion 1988Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: 2cm2 bottles$500-800

    15.Chateau Haut Brion 1989Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: 1.5cm, one dampstained labelR. Parker, 100 pts. 01/032 bottles$1,800-2,800

    16.Chateau Haut Brion 1990Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classeu: 1.5cm, dampstained labels2 bottles$1,100-1,500

    17.Chateau Pichon Longueville, Baron1988 (2 bts), u: into neck1989 (2 bts), u: into neck; R. Parker, 95 pts. 02/971990 (2 bts), u: into neck, one lightly torn label6 bottles$600-800

    18.Chateau Montrose 1990St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classeu: into neckR. Parker, 100 pts. 06/092 bottles$700-1,000

    19.Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A)u: bottom neck or betterOne 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 s