Fine Wines734 lots with images
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Sale NotesSkinner's November 2010 Fine Wines auction will feature a first growth Bordeaux 50 case Superlot, spanning the years 1995-2004 supported by provenance paperwork. Another highlight is a superb collection of French wines highlighting a significant selection of 1908, 1910, 1919, 1949 Bas Armagnac and Grand Bas Armagnac. Skinner hosts its wine auctions in conjunction with Lower Falls Wine Company.
Lot 1: Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe "One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 20...
Description: Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe "One 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. 06/09 9 bottlesView additional info »
Description: Chateau Gruaud Larose 1981 u: bottom neck or better 3 bottlesView additional info »
Lot 3: Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe "Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade, p...
Description: Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe "Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade, producing top-notch wines, even in such tough years as 1987, 1993, and 1994. The 1989 is one of a handful of truly profound wines from a vintage that tends to be overrated, save for the Pomerols, a few St.-Emilions, and some overachievers in the Medoc. However, 1989 was an extraordinary success for Jean Delmas, the administrator of Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion. The prodigious 1989 Haut-Brion is one of the greatest first-growths I have ever tasted. It has always reminded me of what the 1959 must have tasted like in its youth, but it is even richer and more compelling aromatically. The wine exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, as well as a sweet nose of jammy fruit, tobacco, spicy oak, minerals, and smoke. Fabulously concentrated, with huge levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin, this wine is nearly viscous because of its thickness and richness. Low acidity gives the wine even more appeal and adds to its precociousness. The wine has not budged in development since it was first bottled, although it has always provided thrilling drinking because of its voluptuous texture. It needs another 5-6 years of bottle age before it will begin to develop Haut-Brion's fabulous fragrance. Expect it to hit its plateau of maturity around 2003-2005 and drink well for 15-25 years." R. Parker, 100 pts. 02/97 1 bottleView additional info »
Lot 4: Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe "Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar f...
Description: Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe "Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down, tight, and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped. However, a bottle tasted, of all places, in Seoul, Korea in February, was only a few points short of perfection. That amazing performance motivated me to pull another bottle out of my cellar and follow it over the course of two days. Sure enough, by the second day the wine was roaring from the glass. The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early assessment. While it still possesses some firmness, and performs like a late adolescent in terms of its evolution, it boasts gorgeous aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, cassis, and lead pencil shavings. The explosive aromas are followed by a fleshy, full-bodied wine that should hit its peak in 5-8 years, and last for 25-30 more." R. Parker, 96 pts. 06/09 11 bottles (owc)View additional info »
Lot 5: Chateau Latour 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better R. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/09 11 bottles (owc)
Description: Chateau Latour 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better R. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/09 11 bottles (owc)View additional info »