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SKINNERLower Falls Wine Co.

Fine WinesSale 2503 May 13, 2010 Boston


2366 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls, MA Phil Minervino Chris Minervino Owners

Marie Keep 508.970.3296

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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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TABLE OF CONTENTS1 2 5 63 64 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Auction & Specialist Information Web Site & Online Bidding Lots 1-484 Glossary of Terms Index Collection of Wines Conditions of Sale Absentee Bid Form Company Directors & Specialty Departments Administrative Staff & Client Services Map & Driving Directions Parking & Accommodations Dining Subscription Form

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Highly desirable left and right bank Bordeaux from an impressive Boston cellar. Maintained in ideal climate-controlled conditions and picked up by Skinner staff. 1. Chateau Haut Brion 2000 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck, some with light bin abrasions to labels It will always be tempting to compare the 2000 Haut-Brion with the perfect 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion. However, it is not as fat, unctuous, flamboyant, or voluminous as La Mission. Yet, like a great diplomat, it is a wine of intensity, authority, and measured restraint. A supremely elegant offering, its dense ruby/purple color, and burgeoning perfume of scorched earth, liquid minerals, plums, black currants, cherries, lead pencil, and subtle spicy oak are followed by a delicate yet powerfully flavorful, multi-layered, highly nuanced, and extraordinarily pure and seamless wine. There have been so many recent classics from Haut-Brion, it is premature to suggest the 2000 is better than the 1998, 1995, 1990, or 1989, but it is certainly a prodigious wine of dazzling persistence, length, and complexity. A blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc, it should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, even by the standards of Haut-Brion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040. R. Parker, 98 pts., 04/03 6 bottles $3,000-4,500 2. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: one into neck, three bottom neck, two very top shoulder, small nicks to labels and small nicks to three capsules, two different importers This is a denser version of the 1990 that stylistically reminds me of what the young 1959 probably tasted like. Still backward with a deep ruby/plum color revealing only a touch of lightening at the edge, the wine offers up an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity. With 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautiful drinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It is capable of lasting 50-60 years. This classic Lafite is not as fat and concentrated as the 1982 Latour, nor as complex or concentrated as the 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but it is a winner all the same. R. Parker, 97 pts., 06/09 6 bottles $15,000-20,000 3. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: very top shoulder R. Parker, 97+ pts., 06/09 1 magnum $4,000-6,000 4. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck, light bin wear to some labels, light capsule wear, two different importers The 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, 99 pts., 10/94 12 bottles $9,500-14,500

5. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: into neck R. Parker, 99 pts., 10/94 1 magnum $2,000-2,500

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

7. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck R. Parker, 96 pts., 06/09 6 bottles $2,500-3,500

8. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estates greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into 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-scaled Lafite 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 serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage? R. Parker, 100 pts., 04/99 6 bottles $4,500-6,000

9. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafites total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafites character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. R. Parker, 98 pts., 04/01 6 bottles $3,000-4,000

10. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1982 Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe u: four into neck, two bottom neck The greatest La Mission Haut Brion made between the 1975 and 1989, the 1982 is, stylistically, a dead-ringer for the ethereal 1959. One of the most massive wines of the vintage, it remains an adolescent in terms of evolution, but it can be drunk with great pleasure if it is decanted 2-3 hours in advance. A thick, unctuouslytextured wine with massive richness as well as abundant notes of black fruits, truffles, creosote, scorched earth, smoke, and camphor, a colossal mouthfeel, a layered texture, incredible depth of fruit and glycerin, and copious, but well-integrated tannins that are largely concealed by the incredible amount of fruit. An old school La Mission, it is a tour de force that should continue to age effortlessly for another 40+ years. A monumental wine! R. Parker, 100 pts., 06/09 6 bottles $3,500-5,000

14. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck 6 bottles $1,200-1,800 Petrus - In the renowned village of Pomerol, pack-leader Chateau Petrus is unassumingly modest. Close by the road, lacking some formal alley, it is easy to overlook when contrasted with some architecturally grander neighbors. The robins-egg-blue shutters against the limestone creates a hushed and dignified exterior to the chai. Of course the hedonistic treasures crafted within are anything but reserved On average, onl