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Fine Wines Sale 2503 May 13, 2010 Boston Lower Falls Wine Co. SKINNER

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SKINNERLower Falls Wine Co.

Fine WinesSale 2503 May 13, 2010 Boston

Fine WinesSPECIALISTS IN CHARGE

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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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, only about 4,000 cases are made each vintage. -PhM

11. Chateau Margaux 2000 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck Bottled in late November, 2002, the 2000 has turned out to be a colossal example of Chateau Margaux that is tasting even better from bottle than it was from cask. Only 40% of the crop made it into this 2000 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, cooler climate-tasting 1996. The 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinarily promising nose of crme de cassis intermixed with white flowers, licorice, and hints of espresso and toasty oak. There is great intensity, compelling purity, a multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and a finish that goes on for nearly 70+ seconds. Bottled naturally, with no filtration, it is a monumental example of the elegance and power that symbolize this extraordinary vineyard. A tour de force in winemaking, many of my colleagues predicted, far earlier than me, that it would be the wine of the vintage. It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage, but there is plenty of competition, even at this lofty level of quality. Absolutely awesome! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. R. Parker, 100 pts., 04/03 6 bottles $4,250-6,250

15. Chateau Petrus 1959 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: all top shoulder, light wear to capsules 4 bottles $7,000-10,000 16. Chateau Petrus 1989 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: one into neck, one bottom neck, different importers Multi-millionaire collectors will have fun comparing the 1989 and 1990 Petrus. The 1989 has a slightly more saturated color, and seems more tightly knit both aromatically and on the palate. However, this is splitting hairs, as this is another stunningly opulent, rich, fullbodied, amazingly concentrated, exotic, flamboyant Petrus that remains remarkably youthful, and in need of 7-8 more years of bottle age. Additionally, the tannins are slightly more elevated, at least from a tactile impression. However, the 1989 looks to be another 30-year wine, with extraordinary equilibrium between all of its component parts. An amazing effort! Last tasted 11/97 R. Parker, 100 pts., 01/98 2 bottles $3,500-5,000 17. Chateau Petrus 1995 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: all into neck It is interesting how this wine continues to evolve. Unquestionably one of the vintages superstars, the 1995 Petrus is taking on a personality similar to the extraordinarily backward, muscular 1975. This is not a Petrus that can be approached in its youth (i.e., the perfect duo of 1989 and 1990). The wine exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of pain grille, jammy black fruits, and roasted coffee. On the palate, it possesses teethstaining extract levels, massive body, and rich, sweet black fruits buttressed by powerful, noticeable tannin. A formidably endowed wine with layers of extract, this is a huge, tannic, monstrous-sized Petrus that will require a minimum of 10 years of cellaring. Forget all the nonsense about Merlot producing sweet, soft, ready to drink wines, because low yielding, old Merlot vines made in the way of Petrus and other top Pomerols frequently possess as much aging potential as any great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine in the world. Look for the 1995 Petrus to last for 50+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2050. R. Parker, 96 pts., 02/98 6 bottles $4,750-6,500

12. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all into neck, light bin wear, slight capsule tears to two R. Parker, 100 pts., 06/09 6 bottles $4,250-6,250

13. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: seven bottom neck or better, four very top shoulder, one top shoulder, some with light bin abrasions, one with light capsule nicking, and light capsule corrosion to some Deep 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. Drink now to 2045+. Tasted March 2009. Lisa Perotti-Brown for R. Parker, 100 pts., 05/09 12 bottles $6,000-8,000

18. No lot. From the collection of a Gentleman of Massachusetts, stored in a climate-controlled cellar, and picked up by Skinner staff. 19. Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse 1990 St. Emilion One of the most singular Bordeaux I have ever tasted, it verges on being port-like, but it pulls back because of the extraordinary minerality and laser-like focus. The wine is massively concentrated, still black/purple-hued to the rim, and offers a nose of incense, blackberries, blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers, and forest floor. It reveals low acidity and high tannins, which are largely concealed by the sheer concentration and lavish glycerin the wine possesses. Aging at a glacial pace, it is approachable, but it will not hit its peak until 2020; it should last for twenty years thereafter. R. Parker, 100 pts., 06/09 11 bottles $5,000-7,000

24. Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf 1990 St. Emilion 6 bottles $1,500-2,200

25. Chateau Troplong Mondot 1989 St. Emilion R. Parker, 96 pts., 01/98 4 bottles $450-650

26. Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape 1989 Southern Rhone R. Parker, 97 pts., 01/03 4 bottles $400-600

20. Chateau Cos dEstournel 1986 St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe u: all bottom neck or better 6 bottles $550-800

21. Chateau Lynch Bages 1985 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe 2 bottles $200-300

27. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1990 Southern Rhone Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood, coffee, smoked meat, Asian spices, black cherries, and blackberries. Lush, opulent, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature, profound Beaucastel that will last another 15-20 years. R. Parker, 96 pts., 01/03 4 bottles $400-600

22. Chateau Lynch Bages 1989 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe Consistently backward and dense, with enormous potential, this admirable wine will not be ready for prime time drinking for another 57 years. The color is not quite as opaque as the 1990s, but reveals more purple and no lightening at the edge. Hugely concentrated flavors have just begun to offer up a nose of cedar and crme de cassis. Powerful and muscular, with high tannin and superb concentration, this is Lynch Bages at its biggest and most beastly. However, everything is in balance for a stunning evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030. R. Parker, 95 pts., 06/00 7 bottles $1,000-1,500

28. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1995 (2 bts) 1998 (5 bts) 2000 (4 bts) Southern Rhone 11 bottles $600-850

23. Chateau Lynch Bages 1990 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe I have drunk many bottles of this wine in many different locations (Cayman Islands, Shanghai, Bordeaux, Paris, and London), including bottles from my own cellar, and I continue to be amazed by how remarkably consistent it is. One of my favorite Lynch Bages, the 1990 is a more forward, fleshier, and sexier version of the brilliant 1989, and represents a poster bottle of what Lynch Bages is all about. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuously sweet bouquet of roasted meats, herbs, sweet crme de cassis fruit, a massive level of glycerin, and silky ripe tannins. It is a hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on. There is not a hard edge to be found in this delicious 1990, which should last for another 15-20 years in a cold cellar. I would rank the 1990 and 1989 as the two greatest Lynch Bages made in the last 30 years. R. Parker. 97 pts., 06/09 3 bottles $450-650

29. Jaboulet, Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 Northern Rhone u: all 3cm or better, one with possible seepage The 1990 La Chapelle is the sexy and opulent. I had the 1990 at the Jaboulet tasting, and again out of a double magnum three months ago. On both occasions it was spectacular, clearly meriting a threedigit score. The modern day equivalent of the 1961, it deserves all the attention it has garnered. The color remains an opaque purple, with only a slight pink at the edge. Spectacular aromatics offer up aromas of incense, smoke, blackberry fruit, cassis, barbecue spice, coffee, and a touch of chocolate. As it sits in the glass, additional nuances of pepper and grilled steak emerge. There is extraordinary freshness for such a mammoth wine in addition to abundant tannin, an amazing 60second finish, and a level of glycerin and thick, fleshy texture that have to be tasted to be believed. Despite its youthfulness, the 1990 La Chapelle is lovely to drink, although it will be even better with another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should age for 35-40+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2050 R. Parker, 100 pts., 06/00 6 bottles $1,500-2,000

30. Robert Mondavi Reserve 1985 (2 bts) 1987 (2 bts) 1990 (3 bts) Napa 7 bottles $350-500 More Gems from the pristine climate-controlled Massachusetts Cellar of a True Collector.

Sauternes30A. Chateau Coutet a Barsac 1959 u: very top, top and high shoulder 3 bottles $500-750 31. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache 2001 Cote de Nuits Strikingly extravagant nose of rose petals, oriental spices, pungent tea and leather notes plus ultra elegant pinot fruit. The powerful, chiseled, pure flavors are remarkably detailed, precise and fine with mind bending complexity yet for all the emotional drama of this wine, it remains understated and almost aloof at the moment. The finish is dense, structured and quite firm though there is nary a hard edge to be found and while this too cannot rival the other worldly 1999, 2001 will one day be thought of as a genuinely excellent vintage for La Tche. In short, aristocratic in every sense. Drink 2018-36. Burghound, 96 pts., 01/04 1 bottle $1,000-1,400 32. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache 2004 Cote de Nuits This too is sublime in its subtlety and grace with ineffably pure aromas and it strikes a balance between the opulence of the RSV and the restraint of the GE with an expressive yet ultra fine nose of rose petals, violets and seductive spice notes that introduce unbelievably refined flavors that seem crafted from silk and lace, culminating in a linear, mouth coating finish that detonates like a bomb and lasts and lasts. At present, this is taut and precise with the lithe muscularity of a world class gymnast yet it is not lean or unduly tight as there is a generosity to the mid-palate that serves to buffer the underlying tannic spine that will permit this to age for decades. This is clearly a great wine that epitomizes the concept of power without weight. Drink 2018+. Burghound, 95 pts., 01/07 5 bottles $4,250-5,750 33. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Romanee St. Vivant 2005 Cote de Nuits Banded This is also very primary and backward as hints of supremely elegant and seductive exceptionally ripe black fruit aromas replete with soy, hoisin, clove and anise nuances merge into wonderfully fine and refined linear and firmly structured flavors that culminate in a precise, pure and driving finish that goes on and on. This is a really impressive effort that offers terrific potential but fans of this wine should note that it is arguably more masculine than it usually is yet at the same time utterly seamless. A wow wine that is perhaps the ripest of the DRC 05s. A true knockout that is sheer class. Drink 2023+. Burghound 97 pts., 01/08 6 bottles (owc) $4,250-6,000

33A. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Romanee St. Vivant 2005 Cote de Nuits Banded This is also very primary and backward as hints of supremely elegant and seductive exceptionally ripe black fruit aromas replete with soy, hoisin, clove and anise nuances merge into wonderfully fine and refined linear and firmly structured flavors that culminate in a precise, pure and driving finish that goes on and on. This is a really impressive effort that offers terrific potential but fans of this wine should note that it is arguably more masculine than it usually is yet at the same time utterly seamless. A wow wine that is perhaps the ripest of the DRC 05s. A true knockout that is sheer class. Drink 2023+. Burghound, 97 pts., 01/08 6 bottles (owc) $4,250-6,250 34. Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2006 Cote de Nuits 12 bottles (oc) $1,800-2,400

35. Meo Camuzet, Echezeaux, Les Rouges du Bas 2006 Cote de Nuits 12 bottles (oc) $1,800-2,400 36. Dal Forno Romano Amarone 1998 Valpolicella 6 bottles (oc) $1,500-2,000

37. Dal Forno Romano Amarone 2001 Valpolicella The 2001 Amarone is on another level entirely. It exudes notable warmth and ripeness, with profound layers of Venezuelan bitter chocolate, herbs, licorice, smoke, dark fruit and toasted oak. Made in an explosive style, this palate-staining Amarone possesses remarkable detail and nuance for such a big wine. It has been phenomenal on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. A. Galloni for R. Parker, 97 pts., 10/07 6 bottles (oc) $1,200-1,800 38. Gaja Barbaresco 1997 Piedmont Gajas 1997 Barbaresco is undoubtedly the finest he has yet made. An exquisite effort, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to an extraordinary nose of black cherry liqueur, smoke, licorice, mineral, and floral aromas. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, and loaded with fruit. Despite its precocious nature, there is abundant tannin, and thus 3-4 years of cellaring is required. It should age effortlessly for 25 years. R. Parker, 94 pts., 06/01 12 bottles (2 x owc) $1,500-2,000

39. Gaja Costa Russi 2004 Piedmont A. Galloni for R. Parker, 95 pts., 10/07 12 bottles (2 x owc) $1,800-2,400

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40. Gaja Sori Tildin 2004 Piedmont Gajas 2004 Sori Tildin floats on the palate. It is the most nuanced of these single-vineyard offerings, with gorgeous notes of tar, smoke, roses, violets, sweet toasted oak and earthiness that emerge from the glass in a counterpoint of sublime elegance and stunning purity. It possesses superb length and elegant, silky tannins to round out the finish. This extraordinary Sori Tildin will require at least a few years of bottle age, but it is destined to be one of the vintages legendary wines. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. A. Galloni for R. Parker, 97 pts., 10/07 12 bottles (2 x owc) $2,700-3,400 41. Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2004 Piedmont 12 bottles (owc) $1,100-1,600

45. Chateau Margaux 1961 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: one very top shoulder, one top-high shoulder, one top shoulder, some label wrinkling and staining (evidence prior dampness) one label slipped and affixed with tape with tissue adhesion to label, light capsule corrosion, 3 bottles $1,500-2,000

46. Chateau Margaux 1966 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: two top shoulder, one high shoulder, light capsule nicking, corrosion and wrinkling, light bin soil 3 bottles $300-450

Port41A. Cockburn 2000 6 bottles (owc) $150-250 Rare First Growth Highlights from an Extensive Massachusetts Cellar. Maintained in ideal climate-controlled storage. 42. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1970 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: six very top shoulder, two top shoulder, evidence some label dampness (some labels with unadhered corners), light label staining and light bin wear to capsules 8 bottles $1,600-2,800 43. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: six bottom neck or better, six very top shoulder, light capsule corrosion through four of the capsules in small areas, some label staining, bin soil and tissue adhesion to all labels 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 12 bottles $25,000-35,000 44. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1966 (2 bts) 1967 (1 bt) Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 3 bottles $700-1,000

47. Chateau Margaux 1971 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: four very top shoulder, two top shoulder, light glue striping and capsule oxidation 6 bottles $450-650

48. Chateau Margaux 1982 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: five into neck, five bottom neck, two very top shoulder, light label staining and capsule corrosion, some tissue adhesion Consistently 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., 06/09 12 bottles $6,000-9,000

49. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1955 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: top-high shoulder, slight discoloration to label The 1955 should be a vintage to buy at auction as I suspect the price is more reasonable than what such acclaimed vintages as 1959 and 1961 fetch. The color reveals no amber or rust, only a slight lightening of intensity at the edge. The nose offers up that explosive Mouton perfume of mint, leather, cassis, black olives, and lead pencil. In the mouth, there is stunning concentration, magnificent extraction of fruit, and plenty of tannin in the long finish. The wine still tastes remarkably young and could easily last another 20-30 years. Amazing! R. Parker, 97 pts., 10/94 1 bottle $500-700

50. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1961 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: both top shoulder, slight capsule oxidation and bin soil R. Parker, 98 pts., 10/94 2 bottles $2,000-3,000

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51. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: eleven into neck, one bottom neck, some label staining, spotting and damp staining, slight nicks to one capsule This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The crme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this firstgrowth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+. R. Parker, 100 pts., 06/09 12 bottles $8,000-12,000 52. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1964 (3 bts) 1966 (3 bts) 1970 (4 bts) Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: top shoulder, top-high shoulder, high shoulder, label fading and damp staining 10 bottles $1,200-1,800 If youre going to consign one lot, it might as well be this. From a Discerning Gentleman of the Northeast, maintained in ideal cellar conditions. 53. Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2000 Assortment Case Cote de Nuits banded prior to inspection Echezeaux (Bottle Nos. 00859, 00860) Grands Echezeaux (Bottle Nos. 00859, 00860) La Tache (Bottle Nos. 00952, 00953, 00954) Richebourg (Bottle Nos. 00829, 00830) Romanee Conti (Bottle No. 00310) Romanee St. Vivant (Bottle Nos. 00919, 00920) La Tache Quite deeply colored with the classic La Tche nose of dried rose petals plus a fantastic array of aromas and spices too numerous to even try to describe that lead to fine, detailed and beautifully textured flavors and terrific length. This is not a La Tche for the ages as it simply doesnt have the structure and density to enable it to age for two decades or more but it is remarkably complex and has sneaky finishing intensity. I like this a lot for its superb style, grace and penetrating minerality but those who expect the usual level of power and structure wont find it in the 2000. This is actually approachable now though it should age for at least two decades simply on the incredible balance that it displays. A terrific effort for the vintage but this clearly does not have the freshness and precision of the 2001. Burghound, 94 pts., 01/04 Romane Conti Brooding, backward and quite a bit more reserved and less expressive with subtly spicy black fruit aromas trimmed by a subtle hint of oak and followed by restrained, pure, gorgeously sappy and harmonious, completely seductive flavors that offer the best delineation of any of these wines. This is extraordinarily fine and detailed with length that lasts and lasts. Though this will undoubtedly add weight and complexity, it will likely always be understated and refined rather than powerful. This is a simply sublime combination of spice, silk and velvet delivered in a perfect sphere of impeccable balance. Incredible by any standard but especially so for the vintage and clearly the best of these 2000s. Burghound, 95 pts., 01/04 12 bottles (owc) $10,000-15,000

A New England Cellar yielding top flight Bordeaux and Burgundy, maintained in ideal conditions. Picked up by Skinner staff. 54. Chateau Ausone 1964 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe u: both top shoulder, label staining and bin soil 2 bottles $400-600

55. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1964 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (A) u: two top shoulder, one top-high shoulder, label staining and bin soil The 1964 is a wonderfully rich, thick, powerful, and concentrated wine that is the most authoritative Cheval Blanc produced since the monumental wines made by this chateau in 1947, 1948, and 1949. Opaque dark ruby, with only some amber, and a powerful, yet restrained bouquet of roasted ripe fruit, cedar, herbs, and gravelly, mineral scents, the wine remains amazingly young and tannic, with layer upon layer of ripe fruit. This is a heavyweight, old-style Cheval Blanc that should be pure nectar for at least another 10-15 years. It continues to evolve at a snails pace. Anticipated maturity: now2010. R. Parker, 95 pts., 10/94 3 bottles $1,500-2,200

56. Chateau Cos dEstournel 1966 St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe u: five very top shoulder, three top shoulder, four top-high shoulder, one capsule with loss and slight cork deterioration, all bin soil 12 bottles (owc) $500-700

57. Chateau Petrus 1964 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: bottom neck, bin soil Deep, dark ruby/garnet-colored, with a hint of orange and rust at the edge, the 1964 Petrus offers a huge, smoky, roasted bouquet of jammy fruit, coffee, and mocha. This huge, massively-endowed wine is packed with alcohol, glycerin, and high tannin. There is stupendous extraction of fruit and amazing length. The only criticism is that it is perhaps too big and robust for its own good. Lucky owners of wellstored bottles are advised to cellar it for a few more years. As they say, its a tough job, but someones got to do it! Last tasted 11/95. R. Parker, 97 pts., 01/98 1 bottle $1,000-1,500

58. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1952 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: one very top shoulder, one top shoulder, light glue striping and slight staining 2 bottles $400-600

59. Chateau Petrus 1962 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: bottom neck, slight capsule oxidation and wrinkling 1 bottle $1,200-1,800

60. Chateau Petrus 1966 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: very top shoulder, light label staining and bin wear to capsule 1 bottle $750-1,100

61. Chateau Haut Brion 1964 (2 bts) Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1964 (2 bts) Chateau Latour 1964 (2 bts) bin soil 6 bottles $800-1,100

67. Chateau Haut Brion 1961 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: one very top, one top shoulder, slight label nicks and bin soil The dark garnet-colored 1961 Haut-Brion is pure perfection, with gloriously intense aromas of tobacco, cedar, chocolate, minerals, and sweet red and black fruits complemented by smoky wood. This has always been a prodigious effort (it was the debut vintage for Jean Delmas). It is extremely full-bodied, with layers of viscous, sweet fruit. This wine is akin to eating candy. Consistently an astonishing wine! Anticipated maturity: Now-2005. Last tasted 3/97. R. Parker, 100 pts., 01/98 2 bottles $1,600-2,400

62. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1962 Chateau Margaux 1962 2 bottles $400-600

68. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1961 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: very top shoulder, light bin soil and glue striping A Possible Legend Candidate. R. Parker, 10/94 1 bottle $600-900

63. 1966 Bordeaux Survey Chateau Beychevelle (1 bt) Chateau Cheval Blanc (2 bts) Chateau Gruaud Larose (2 bts) Chateau Haut Brion (1 bt) Chateau Leoville Las Cases (2 bts) Chateau Margaux (1 bt) Chateau Pichon Longueville, Lalande (1 bt) Chateau Talbot (2 bts) 12 bottles $900-1,300

69. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1961 St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe u: ten very top shoulder or better, two top shoulder, one label detached, some label wrinkling 12 bottles (owc) $2,400-3,200

1961 is perhaps the last great example of old school Bordeaux. Nearing fifty, across the board these wines show tremendous depth and richness. They differ greatly from their brethren from 1982 which marked a clear departure into modern-era winemaking 64. Chateau Ausone 1961 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe u: one very top shoulder, one top shoulder, bin soil, some label staining 2 bottles $800-1,200

70. Chateau Margaux 1961 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: very top shoulder, and top shoulder, slight label discoloration and bin soil 2 bottles $1,200-1,800

71. Chateau Petrus 1961 Pomerol, Cru Exceptionnel u: three very top shoulder, one top-high shoulder, slight label staining and capsule corrosion, small nick to one capsule R. Parker, 100 pts., 02/96 4 bottles $22,000-32,000

65. Chateau Calon Segur 1961 St. Estephe, 3eme Cru Classe u: four very top shoulder, two top shoulder, six top-high shoulder, bin soil to all 12 bottles (owc) $2,200-3,000

72. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Echezeaux 1966 Cote de Nuits u: 3.5cm, bin soil Bottle No. 00936 1 bottle $600-800

66. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1961 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe u: top shoulder, evidence of possible seepage A Possible Legend Candidate. R. Parker, 10/94 1 bottle $550-800

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73. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Grands Echezeaux 1966 Cote de Nuits u: 4cm, damp staining, slight rips, and label slightly unaffixed, bin soil Bottle No. 01356 This is perhaps the finest example that I have ever had of Grands Echzeaux and it towers over the 750 ml. As with its little brother, the nose is explosive and spectacularly complex with a stunning mixture of spice, earth, caramel and definite sous bois notes that lead to sweet, velvety, wonderfully rich and beautifully textured flavors that possess outstanding length. The balance is near perfect and it wasnt even necessary to drink this to enjoy it as the nose is dazzling in every respect. In short, knee bending. Drink now. Burghound, 97 pts., 07/06 1 bottle $1,100-1,700

79. Ponsot, Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 1966 Cote de Nuits u: 3.5cm, 7cm, some label losses, damp staining and label wrinkling, bin soil 2 bottles $3,000-5,000

80. Ponsot, Latricieres Chambertin 1966 Cote de Nuits u: both 6cm, bin soil 2 bottles $3,250-5,250

74. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Grands Echezeaux 1964 Cote de Nuits u: 6cm, 6.5cm, bin soil Bottle Nos. 03857, 03864 Rich, opulent and wonderfully complex spice and rich, earthy, somewhat animale aromas followed by very long, intense, robust yet classy and sleek, velvety flavors. Classy, gorgeously complex and impressive as hell with a touch of finishing muscle and fantastic length. A flat out great example of the vineyard and one this is drinking perfectly now though well stored bottles will continue to hold without any problem. Consistent notes save for one bottle that was clearly not what it should have been, displaying a very evolved nose and tiring flavors. Drink Now. Burghound, 94 pts., 01/04 2 bottles $1,500-2,500

81. Vogue, Bonnes Mares 1964 Cote de Nuits u: 5cm, 6cm, label staining and bin soil 2 bottles $800-1,200

82. Vogue, Bonnes Mares 1966 Cote de Nuits u: 5cm, 6cm slight label staining, bin soil 2 bottles $1,200-1,800

75. Drouhin, Chambertin Clos de Beze 1969 Cote de Nuits u: 2.5cm, 4cm, label staining, tear to one corner, bin soil 2 bottles $1,000-1,500

83. Damoy, Chambertin Clos de Beze 1966 Gelin Chambertin 1961 Chambertin, Clos de Beze 1964 Grivelet Chambolle Musigny, Les Charmes 1969 (2 bts) La Marche Vosne Romanee, La Grande Rue 1966 (2 bts) Moillard, Gevrey Chambertin 1969 (2 bts) 9 bottles $800-1,200

76. Jean Grivot, Clos de Vougeot 1966 (2 bts) 6.5cm, 7cm 1969 (1 bt) 2.5cm Cote de Nuits 3 bottles $500-700

84. Lichine, Chambolle Musigny 1969 (2 bts) Clos de Vougeot 1966 (1 bt) Moine-Hudelot, Chambolle Musigny 1966 (1 bt) 4 bottles $700-1,000

77. Marion, Chambertin 1961 Cote de Nuits 2 bottles $300-500

From the Cellar of Distinguished Collectors. Maintained in a custombuilt climate-controlled cellar, picked up by Skinner staff. 85. Chateau Calon Segur 2000 St. Estephe, 3eme Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $700-1,100

78. Prince de Merode, Corton Clos du Roi 1961 bin soil 1 double magnum $600-900

78A. Mommesin, Clos de Tart 1966 Cote de Nuits 2 bottles $400-600

86. Chateau Lynch Bages 2000 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $1,200-1,800

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87. Chateau Margaux 1989 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe 1 bottle $225-300

95. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1989 1990 Southern Rhone 2 bottles $225-350

88. Chateau Pontet Canet 2000 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $600-900

89. Chateau Talbot 2000 St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $600-900

95A. Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 1998 Southern Rhone The 1998 Cuvee Reservee requires another 2-3 years of cellaring. It is an old style, full-bodied effort revealing notes of roasted meats, beef blood, herbes de Provence, kirsch liqueur, sandalwood, and spice. Rich, full-bodied, moderately tannic, super-pure and dense, this gorgeous offering is the finest Cuvee Reservee produced since 1990. R. Parker, 94 pts., 12/01 3 bottles $225-300

The 2000s - The timing of the Millennium Vintage was impeccable. To have such high quality pegged to an already illustrious year is entirely coincidental and great fun. The 2000s are marked by ideal ripeness married with pitch perfect tannins to carry these wines onward. These enticing and riveting wines truly represent vinous excellence of the highest caliber. -PhM

95B. Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape, Cuvee de Mon Aieul 1999 Southern Rhone 5 bottles $125-175

90. Bordeaux 2000 Survey Chateau Haut Brion Chateau Lafite Rothschild Chateau Latour Chateau Mouton Rothschild Chateau Margaux 5 bottles $3,750-5,500

96. Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate 1997 Piedmont 2 bottles $400-600

91. Chateau Pichon Longueville, Baron 2000 (2 bts) Chateau Pichon Longueville, Lalande 2000 (2 bts) Pauillac, 2emer Cru Classe 4 bottles $500-700

97. Bruno Giacosa Falletto Riserva Barbaresco 1996 Piedmont 2 bottles $500-700

98. Mascarello Monprivato Barolo Castiglione Falletto 1996 Piedmont 3 bottles $225-300

92. Domaine Ponsot Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 1989 (1 bt) Morey St. Denis Cuvee des Grives 1997 (2 bts) Cote de Nuits 3 bottles 225-375

Property of a Massachusetts Gentleman, from a climate-controlled cellar. 99. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 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 (owc) $10,000-15,000

93. Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2005 Southern Rhone R. Parker, 95 pts., 10/07 6 bottles $450-650

94. Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape 2000 Southern Rhone 12 bottles (owc) $650-950

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From an Extraordinary Cellar, here, focusing on the Rhone, Piedmont, Spain, and California. Maintained in climate-controlled facilities, picked up by Skinner staff. 100. Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2003 Pessac Leognan 12 bottles $500-700

100A. William Fevre Chablis Bougros 2002 Cote de Beaune 12 bottles $400-600

107. Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2007 Southern Rhone The perfect 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (tasted on four separate occasions) is composed of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and other authorized varietals from 60- to 100+-year-old vines. The wine is aged in both tank (75%) and small oak barrels (25%). Its inky/purple color is followed by a phenomenal nose of spring flowers, crme de cassis, blackberries, boysenberries, licorice, truffles, and spice. Displaying massive body, incredible freshness, laser-like focus from the excellent acids, and a finish that goes on well past a minute, this prodigious Chateauneuf du Pape is the most extraordinary wine yet made at this estate. While accessible (as most 2007s are), ideally it needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades. R. Parker, 100 pts., 10/09 12 bottles (owc) $1,500-2,000

101. William Fevre Chablis Valmur 2002 Cote de Beaune 12 bottles $400-600

102. Bernard Morey et Fils Chassagne Montrachet 2002 Morgeot (3 bts) Les Caillerets (3 bts) Cote de Beaune 6 bottles $250-350

Champagne 103. Charles Heidsieck, Cuvee Charlie 1985 6 bottles (each in individual gift box) $550-750

108. Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 2003 Southern Rhone The magical 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee brings to mind a richer, more alcoholic version of their 1990. The 2003s dense plum/purple color is followed by flamboyant aromas and flavors of roasted meats, spicy herbs, pepper, blackberries, and cedar-tinged kirsch-like fruit. Unctuously-textured, with low acidity, high glycerin as well as alcohol (16+%), and a monster finish, it displays enormous concentration, silky tannin, and no hard edges. This remarkable, traditionally-styled Chateauneuf du Pape will be drinkable young, yet should age effortlessly for two decades or more. R. Parker, (95-98 pts.), 02/06 12 bottles (owc) $900-1,200

104. Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly 2005 (6 bts) Pur Sang 2005 (6 bts) Loire 12 bottles (2 x oc) $600-900

109. M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2005 Northern Rhone The biggest production cuvee, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,067 cases in this vintage) has a dense purple color, the classic acacia flower, graphite-based, smoky crme de cassis nose with a tremendous intensity and a full-bodied power and richness that is awesome. These are monumental wines, and when you think that this wine, much like most of its siblings, is made from yields of 12-18 hectoliters per hectare, the explanation for its concentration and extraordinary expression of terroir is obvious. R. Parker, 98+ pts., 02/08 12 bottles (2 x owc) $2,000-3,000

105. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee 2001 Southern Rhone 3 bottles $200-300

106. Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2005 Southern Rhone Absolutely profound, and certainly one of the vintages great wines is the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. Inky plum/ruby/purple to the rim, with a big, sweet nose of melted licorice, smoked meats, blackberries, cassis, and earth, the wine is deep, powerful, fullbodied, with fabulous concentration, purity, and a multi-dimensional mouthfeel. The finish goes on for close to a minute. Forget this wine for 2-5 years and drink it over the following 25+ years. R. Parker, 98 pts., 10/07 12 bottles (owc) $900-1,200

110. Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou 2005 Southern Rhone R. Parker, 95 pts., 10/07 12 bottles (oc) $900-1,200

111. Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2005 Southern Rhone R. Parker, 97 pts., 10/07 12 bottles (owc) $900-1,200

112. Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2006 Southern Rhone R. Parker, 98 pts., 10/08 12 bottles (owc) $700-1,100

117. Altesino Brunello de Montalcino Riserva 1997 Tuscany 6 bottles $450-650

113. Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2007 Southern Rhone Paul Avril was a bigger-than-life vigneron, a visionary, and a great teacher, but Vincent has been in charge for a number of years, and he has rewarded his father with what I believe is the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape made since 1978 and 1990, the 2007. I have not only tasted this wine at the estate, but I purchased it for my cellar, and have now drunk it on three separate occasions out of bottle. It is unquestionably one of the great Chateauneufs of my lifetime, and I suspect it will merit a three digit score after another 3-4 years of cellaring. The blend is generally 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and the rest small amounts of Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise, and Syrah. It exhibits what is probably the deepest color I have ever seen here, and the finished alcohol is a high (for Clos des Papes) 15.5%. Still slightly restrained because of its recent bottling, but wow, what potential complexity, mind-boggling richness, and compelling flavor profile are apparent. It is a sublime expression of the art of winemaking as evidenced by its dense purple color and big, sweet kiss of kirsch, framboise, blackberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and smoked meat. It hits the palate with a fascinating combination of substance, power, full-bodied authority yet extraordinary freshness, elegance, and precision. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and watch it unleash its glory over the next three decades. This is a prodigious wine of great quality from one of the most important reference point estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. R. Parker, 99+ pts., 10/09 12 bottles (owc) $1,200-1,600

118. Argiano Solengo 1996 (6 bts) 1997 (6 bts) Tuscany 12 bottles $700-1,000

119. Argiano Solengo 1999 (6 bts) 2000 (6 bts) 2001 (6 bts) Tuscany 18 bottles $900-1,300

120. Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2000 Piedmont 6 bottles $250-350

114. Guigal, St. Joseph Lieu Dit St. Joseph Blanc 2006 Northern Rhone 12 bottles $250-300

121. Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2004 Piedmont The 2004 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra sweeps across the palate with stunning depth and expansiveness in its dark cherries, menthol, spices, chocolate and sweet toasted oak. It offers exceptional length and delineation, with a note of freshness that provides lift on the close. It is a profound effort from Domenico Clerico. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Antonio Galloni for R. Parker, 97 pts., 12/07 12 bottles (oc) $700-1,100

115. Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon 2005 Southern Rhone R. Parker, 96 pts., 10/07 12 bottles (2 x oc) $1,500-2,000

122. Domenico Clerico Barolo Per Cristina 2000 1999 (6 bts) (owc) 2000 (3 bts) Piedmont 9 bottles $850-1,250

116. Pierre Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres 2005 Southern Rhone The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres, which is aged in one-, two-, and three-year-old small barrels and larger demimuids, is 100% Grenache in 2005. Dense purple to the rim, the wine displays superb concentration, with notes of creosote, blackberry, coffee, pepper, earth, meats, and smoke. A wine of massive intensity, fabulous purity, and a thick, unctuous texture, the tannins do kick in at the end, so this wine will probably require 5-7 years of bottle age and drink well for close to three decades. It does have the requisite concentration to balance out the wines structure. R. Parker, 95+ pts., 10/07 12 bottles (2 x owc) $900-1,200

123. Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2001 Piedmont The estates Barolo Sori Ginestra is the wine it is most famous for and the 2001 has been full of promise since I first tasted it from barrel in March 2004. The darkest of the three wines, it displays a classic Ginestra nose of menthol, pine, underbrush, spices and minerals. This superbly balanced and refined Barolo offers intense dark cherry fruit, with tremendous substance and persistence. Notes of tar and menthol become more pronounced as the wine sits in the glass. It is perhaps even more impressive than it was when I last tasted it a year ago. A great effort. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2021. A. Galloni for R. Parker, 98 pts., 10/06 6 bottles $400-600

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124. Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Tuscany 6 bottles $450-650

131. Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto de Serralunga dAlba 1996 Piedmont 1 bottle $300-400 132. Gromis (Gaja) Barolo Conteisa Cerequio 1997 Piedmont 2 bottles $350-450 133. La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barolo Campe 2000 (6 bts) 2001 (6 bts) Piedmont 12 bottles $700-1,000 134. La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbaresco Vigneto Gallina 2000 Piedmont 6 bottles $350-500 135. Albino Rocca Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi 2000 Piedmont 6 bottles $300-450 136. Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Rabaja 2000 Piedmont 6 bottles $350-550 137. Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dellAnnunziata Riserva 1997 Piedmont 6 bottles $750-1,100 138. Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dellAnnunziata 2000 Piedmont 6 bottles (oc) $900-1,200 139. Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dellAnnunziata 2001 Piedmont The 2001 Barolo Riserva Rocche dellAnnunziata is the perfect way to cap off this strong series. The 2001 presents a multitude of aromas and flavors including roses, minerals, smoke, tar and sweet red fruit in a stunning display of sensual elegance. Today it comes across as open-knit and incredibly expressive. It is hard to say if it will shut down at some point or continue to offer the broad window of drinkability that is the hallmark of many wines from this vineyard. Regardless, it is a great privilege to get a glimpse of this monumental wine at such an early stage. If I hadnt already tasted the superb 2004 from barrel I would be tempted to call the 2001 the greatest wine I have ever tasted from Enrico Scavino! Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021. Antonio Galloni for R. Parker, 96 pts., 10/06 6 bottles (oc) $750-1,100

124A. Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2000 Piedmont 3 bottles $550-750

125. Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sperss 1997 Piedmont 3 bottles $800-1,200

126. Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden 1990 Piedmont 1 bottle $350-500

127. Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva Asili 1997 Piedmont 2 bottles $250-350

128. Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva Asili 2000 Piedmont 3 bottles $450-650

129. Bruno Giacosa Faletto Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2001 Piedmont The 2001 Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja caps off this magical series of 2001 Barbarescos. It could not be more different from the Asili in its expression. It is a massively endowed, austere Barbaresco that fully captures the essence of the Rabaja vineyard in its explosive, deeply spiced balsamic nose, layers of sweet dark fruit and big, imposing structure. After 30 minutes in the glass, this magical wine is still opening up and my sense is that, even after having tasted this wine three times within the last year, it is still holding back a lot of its ultimate potential. With each successive tasting this wine continues to integrate its new oak (it was aged in a two-year old 55 hectoliter cask). The 2001 is a profound, breathtaking wine, although readers should note that stylistically it is a fairly contemporary wine from this estate. An Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026. A. Galloni for R. Parker, 98 pts., 10/06 3 bottles $450-650

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140. Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 2004 Piedmont The 2004 Barolo Cerequio has been nothing short of profound on the four previous occasions I have tasted it and it is equally superb now that it is in bottle. It flows from the glass with a beautiful, pure expression of roses, flowers, sweet spices and ripe red fruit. This richly-textured, sumptuous Barolo literally shimmers with fruit from start to finish. The glorious, complete 2004 Cerequio is a superb effort from the inspired Roberto Voerzio. Anticipated maturity: 20142024 A. Galloni for R. Parker, 97 pts., 12/07 6 bottles $900-1,200

147. El Nido, Clio 2002 (6 bts) 2003 (6 bts) 2004 (6 bts) Jumilla 2003 - R. Parker, 96 pts., 08/06 2004 - Jay Miller for R. Parker, 97 pts., 02/07 18 bottles (3 x oc) $1,050-1,600

PrioratThe Priorat Spains otherworldly vinous frontier. Staring at the craggy slopes of dry, baked earth, its a wonder that vines can survive, indeed thrive. -PhM

141. Roberto Voerzio Barolo Rocche dellAnnunziata Torriglione 2000 Piedmont 3 bottles $600-800

142. Roberto Voerzio Barolo Rocche dellAnnunziata Torriglione 2004 Piedmont Voerzios 2004 Barolo Rocche dellAnnunziata/Torriglione is a stunning effort. It bursts from the glass with soaring aromatics that lead to a beautifully articulated core of red fruit, sweet spices and mint that is buttressed by finessed, silky tannins that caress the palate. This long, pure Barolo combines the feminine qualities of Cerequio with the structure of Brunate in a compelling, breathtaking glass of wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. A. Galloni for R. Parker, 96 pts., 12/07 12 bottles (oc) $1,600-2,200

Clos Mogador - Rene Barbiers truck has traveled 280,000 km, all of them on his acres, through his vines. He knows each bird and fruit tree. This intimacy with his land is reflected in the complexities of his wine. -LC

148. Clos Mogador 2001 Priorat Simply sensational, this inky/purple-colored 2001 boasts gorgeous blueberry and raspberry liqueur characteristics intertwined with crushed stone, lilac, and subtle background espresso/toasty new oak notes. Powerful, concentrated, and multilayered, with tremendous purity and intensity, this prodigious effort is one of the candidates for wine of the vintage in Priorat. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. R. Parker, 98 pts., 04/04 6 bottles (oc) $400-600

143. Guffens-Heynen Pouilly Fuisse Tri de Hauts de Vignes 2002 (6 bts) Rotllan Torra Tirant Priorat 2001 (3 bts) Moccagatta Barbaresco Basarin 2000 (5 bts) 14 bottles $450-650

149. Clos Mogador 2004 Priorat Jay Miller for R. Parker, 96 +pts., 02/07 6 bottles (owc) $350-500

Jumilla144. El Nido, Clio 2002 Jumilla 6 bottles (oc) $350-500 150. Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles 2001 (6 bts) R. Parker, 98 pts., 4/04 2004 (6 bts) (owc) Jay Miller for R. Parker, 98 pts., 02/07 2005 (6 bts) (owc) Jay Miller for R. Parker, 98 pts., 02/08 Priorat 18 bottles $1,400-2,100

145. Bodegas El Nido, Clio 2004 Jumilla 2004 - Jay Miller for R. Parker, 97 pts., 02/07 6 bottles (oc) $375-550

Ribera del DueroRibera del Duero - Once home to the Spanish capital, the expansive plain of Old Castile forges on. The baked earth dotted with trees and vines, its steady rhythm interrupts only to skirt the occasional languorous estate. Seemingly unencumbered by where it is going or from where it has come, greatness here is sensed more than seen. -LC 151. Aalto P.S. 2000 Ribera del Duero 3 bottles $225-325

146. El Nido, El Nido 2003 Jumilla 4 bottles $300-450

152. Aalto P.S. 2001 Ribera del Duero 6 bottles (owc) $500-700

160. Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2005 Campo de Borja Jay Miller for R. Parker, 97 pts. 02/08 12 bottles (owc) $1,200-1,600

153. Aalto P.S. 2004 Ribera del Duero The 2004 Aalto PS is expressive aromatically, on the palate this voluptuous wine reveals elegance combined with power. Large in scale but light on its feet, it has beautiful balance, density, and concentration. It can be enjoyed now but should evolve for 12-15 years and drink well through 2050. Jay Miller for R. Parker, 98 pts., 02/07 6 bottles (owc) $450-650

RiojaRioja - There is no separating Rioja from its wine; it hums as a region built with knowledge gained from ancestral successes. Slopes of all angles, heights, and soils are dedicated to the vine. Old stone wineries now stand beside modern architectural marvels. All are eager to continue the pace. -LC 161. Artadi Grandes Anadas 2001 Rioja The prodigious, inky/purple-colored 2001 Grandes Anadas marries elegance with tremendous power and flavor intensity. It represents Spains version of Comte de Vogues Musigny ... in a top vintage. Aromas of spice box, violets, raspberries, blackberries, plums, cherries, and an undeniable minerality are found in this structured, ripe, phenomenally intense red. The finish exceeds one minute, yet it gives the impression that it is not close to being mature. While it offers plenty of enjoyment now, ideally it should be given 3-4 years of cellaring and consumed over the following two decades. R. Parker, 98 pts., 04/04 3 bottles $350-500 162. Artadi Pagos Viejos 2001 Rioja R. Parker, 97 pts., 04/04 6 bottles (owc) $425-600 163. Artadi Pagos Viejos 2004 Rioja The 2004 Pagos Viejos is inky purple with a sublime nose of pain grille, spice box, cherries, raspberries, and wild blue fruits. This is followed by a dense, plush, full-flavored, sexy wine with perfect balance and remarkable elegance for a wine so powerful. Although it can be enjoyed now, it deserves a minimum of a decade of cellaring after which it should drink well through 2047. Kudos to Bodegas Artadi for this tour de force! Jay Miller for R. Parker, 97 pts., 02/07 6 bottles (owc) $175-250 164. Artadi Pagos Viejos 2004 Rioja 6 bottles (owc) $175-250 165. Artadi Vina El Pison 2001 Rioja El Pison is a 100% Tempranillo cuvee produced from a single vineyard planted in 1945. The soil is pure limestone, yields are a lowly 18-22 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is aged for 18-24 months in French oak. The potentially perfect 2001 El Pison has more of everything. While it possesses an extraordinary flavor intensity, it remains light on its feet. R. Parker, (96-100 pts.), 02/03 6 bottles (owc) $800-1,200 166.

154. Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2001 Ribera del Duero 12 bottles $600-900

155. Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2003 Ribera del Duero 12 bottles (owc) $700-1,000

155A. Finca Villacreces 2004 Ribera del Duero 12 bottles (oc) $250-300

156. Pingus, Flor de Pingus 2005 Ribera del Duero 6 bottles $350-550

157. Pingus, Flor de Pingus 2006 Ribera del Duero 12 bottles (oc) $700-1,000

158. Uvaguilera Palomero 2001 Ribera del Duero 3 bottles $225-300

159. Numantia Termes, Numanthia 2004 Toro 12 bottles (2 x oc) $650-950

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Benjamin Romeo Contador 2003 (3 bts) 2004 (3 bts) Rioja 6 bottles $1,100-1,700

167. Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2004 (6 bts) (owc) La Vina De Andres Romeo 2004 (6 bts) (owc) Rioja 12 bottles (2xowc) $950-1,400

174. Archery Summit, Pinot Noir Red Hill Estate 1999 (3 bts) 2000 (2 bts) 2001 (3 bts) 2002 (3 bts) Oregon 11 bottles $600-900

168. Valsacro Dioro 2001 Rioja 6 bottles $150-200

175. Alban Vineyards, Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard 2004 (3 bts) 2005 (3 bts) Central Coast 6 bottles $350-500

169. Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series 2002 Australia 6 bottles $300-450

176. Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour 1997 Napa 11 bottles $650-950

170. Archery Summit, Pinot Noir Renegade Ridge Estate 2002 Oregon 6 bottles $250-350

177. Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 1997 Napa 12 bottles $500-750

171. Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 2002 Sonoma 6 bottles $350-500

178. Beringer Vineyards Merlot Private Reserve Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain 1997 Napa 12 bottles $500-750

172. Archery Summit, Pinot Noir Archery Summit Estate 1999 (2 bts) 2000 (3 bts) 2001 (6 bts) 2002 (6 bts) Oregon 17 bottles $700-1,000

179. Bryant Family DB4 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (1 bt) 2006 (1 bt) Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor Grown 2006 (1 bt) R. Parker, 94+ pts., 12/09 Napa 3 bottles $350-550

173. Archery Summit, Pinot Noir Arcus Estate 2001 (6 bts) 2002 (6 bts) Oregon 12 bottles $600-900

180. Carver Sutro Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard 2002 (3 bts) 2003 (6 bts) Napa 9 bottles $225-325

181. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2001 Napa 3 magnums $600-900

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182. Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Napa 12 demi bottles $375-550

191. Kosta Browne Pinot Noir 2003 Russian River Valley (2 bts) Sonoma Coast (5 bts) 7 bottles $425-650

183. No lot.

184. Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Napa 12 bottles $750-1,100

192. Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge 2002 (3 bts) Sonoma R. Parker, 95+ pts., 12/05 $700-1,000

185. Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1997 (6 bts) 2001 (2 bts) Napa 8 bottles $375-575

193. Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge 2004 Sonoma 3 bottles $600-900

186. DuMOL Pinot Noir Ryan Green Valley 2003 Sonoma 12 bottles (2 x oc) $700-1,000

194. Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard 2002 Sonoma The profound 2002 Pinot Noir Marcassin Estate always reminds me of a top-notch Clos de la Roche from a domaine such as Ponsot. Notes of fresh mushrooms, forest floor, plums, black cherries, raspberries, and hints of white chocolate and smoke jump form the glass of this full-bodied wine. Its extraordinary nuances, amazingly complex, rich, broad palate, and spectacular finish suggest it should drink well for well over a decade. R. Parker, 98 pts., 12/05 6 bottles $1,600-2,400

187. Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 (3 bts) Pinot Noir Heirloom 2004 (3 bts) 6 bottles $300-400

195. Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard 2004 Sonoma 3 bottles $750-1,100

188. Flowers Pinot Noir Camp Meeting Ridge 2004 (5 bts) 2005 (5 bts) Sonoma 10 bottles $700-1,000

196. Marcassin Pinot Noir Three Sisters 2002 Sonoma 3 bottles $600-800

189. Harlan Estate The Maiden 2001 (1 bt) 2003 (2 bts) Napa 3 bottles (owc - no lid) $275-425

197. Marcassin Pinot Noir Three Sisters 2004 Sonoma R. Parker, 96 pts., 12/05 3 bottles $375-550

190. Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (3 bts) 2003 (2 bts) 2004 (2 bts) 7 bottles $600-850

198. Peter Michael Les Pavots 2003 (2 bts) Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge 2003 (2 bts) 2005 (3 bts) 7 bottles $425-625

199. Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Cote 2003 (1 bt) 2004 (2 bts) 2005 (4 bts) (one small label tear) 7 bottles $400-600

207. Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2001 (6 bts) Stags Leap District 1999 (3 bts) 2001 (6 bts) 15 bottles $500-750

200. Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carriere 2003 (2 bts) 2004 (1 bt) 2005 (2 bts) 5 bottles $275-400

207A. Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2001 6 bottles $300-450

Pride Mountain Vineyards201. Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille 2003 (3 bts) 2004 (4 bts) 7 bottles $350-500 208. Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 1997 Napa 6 bottles $150-200

202. Peter Michael Chardonnay 2002 Cuvee Indigene (2 bts) R. Parker, (93-95 pts.), 12/03 Point Rouge (2 bts) R. Parker, (96-98 pts.), 12/03 Sonoma 4 bottles $425-600

209. Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Napa R. Parker, 95 pts., 12/03 12 bottles $600-900

203. Jos. Phelps Insignia 1994 Napa R. Parker, 96 pts., 12/98 1 magnum $300-400

204. Jos. Phelps Insignia 1997 Napa R. Parker, 96 pts., 12/00 12 bottles $1,800-2,400

210. Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001 Napa A potentially perfect wine, which is in bottle after having spent 30 or so months in a combination of old and new oak. The practice under Bob Foley is to first keep the wines in neutral wood as the selections are made for the different cuvees and then, once made, move the wines into new oak until bottling. The 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (a 1,300-case blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 27 months in oak) offers gorgeously fresh, lively, but superconcentrated fruit. Inky blue/purple to the rim, with a spectacular nose of crme de cassis, licorice, camphor, and a hint of vanilla, this wine is sensationally rich, has remarkable intensity, a multidimensional palate, and fabulous concentration and depth. It needs another 1-3 years of bottle-age, and should easily and effortlessly evolve for 20 or more years. R. Parker, 99 pts., 02/05 3 bottles $450-650

205. Jos. Phelps Insignia 1999 Napa 6 bottles $350-500

206. Jos. Phelps Insignia 2001 Napa R. Parker, 95 pts., 02/05 6 bottles $450-650

211. Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2002 Napa The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals an inkier purple color along with a classic nose of graphite, crme de cassis, smoke, crushed rocks, and barrique. Surprisingly approachable, long, concentrated, and impressive with flawless integration of wood, tannin, and acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next 15+ years. R. Parker, 96 pts., 12/05 3 bottles $425-600

212. Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2002 Napa 12 bottles $300-450

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213. Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2001 (6 bts) 2004 (6 bts) Napa 12 bottles $300-400

214. Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Vintners Select Cuvee Mountain Top Vineyard 2002 (3 bts) 2003 (3 bts) 2004 (3 bts) Sonoma 9 bottles $425-600

221. Sine Qua Non Syrah Papa 2003 There are 860 cases of the 2003 Papa, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, and 1% Grenache sourced from six different vineyards. An old black and white photograph of Manfred Krankls father holding a baby with a head the size of a large watermelon (presumably Manfred) serves as the label for this wine, which has just about everything one could want in a great Syrah. It exhibits extraordinary power and richness along with large quantities of sexy, seductive cassis, black cherries, and a chocolaty undertone. Unctuously textured, rich, and full, it will provide amazing drinking over the next 10-15 years. R Parker, 98 pts., 08/06 3 bottles $700-1,000

215. Ramey Diamond Mountain 2001 Napa 12 bottles $600-800

221A. Sloan Asterisk 2003 Napa 3 bottles (owc) $150-200

216. Ramey Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 2002 6 bottles $750-1,100

217. Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2002 (6 bts) Jericho Canyon Vineyard 2002 (6 bts) R. Parker, 96 pts., 02/05 12 bottles $475-700

221B. Sloan 2003 Napa The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, now in bottle, is an amazing wine with a dense purple color and a gorgeous nose of new saddle leather, espresso roast, licorice, chocolate, and enormous quantities of black currant, cherry, and fruit intermixed with smoked meats. Fullbodied, powerful, with a broad savory mouthfeel, a multi-layered texture, and no hardness in the finish, this wine has evolved beautifully, and can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years. R. Parker, 96 pts., 12/06 3 bottles (owc) $450-650

218. Ramey Diamond Mountain 2002 Napa R. Parker, 95 pts., 02/05 12 bottles $450-650

221C. Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard 2005 (3 bts) 2006 (6 bts) 9 bottles $525-750

219. Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select 2002 Napa One of the worlds most extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons is the 1,800-2,400-case offering of Shafers Hillside Select. It was a treat to re-taste the utterly perfect 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select. A dark purple color is accompanied by a gorgeously powerful nose of pure crme de cassis, pain grille, flowers, licorice, and spice box. Full-bodied with multiple dimensions, superb purity, layers of fruit, and a blockbuster finish, it is an amazing offering. This wine should drink well young yet evolve for 2-3 decades. R. Parker, 100 pts., 12/06 6 bottles (owc) $1,800-2,400

221D. Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard 2005 (3 bts) 2006 (3 bts) 6 bottles $325-450

221E. Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Napa 6 bottles $300-450

220. Shafer Relentless 2002 Napa R. Parker, 95 pts., 12/05 12 bottles (oc) $500-750

221F. Dominus 1987 (3 bts) Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1987 (3 bts) Napa 6 bottles $375-550

221G. Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyard 2002 (2 bts) Clark Claudon Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2001 (3 bts) Fisher Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia 1999 (3 bts) Dow 1977 Silver Jubilee (2 bts) 10 bottles $325-500

224. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1985 1994 1995 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe 3 bottles $550-800

221H. Hastae Barbera dAsti Quorum 1999 (3 bts) Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1997 (3 bts) Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1999 (3 bts) Warre Vintage Port 1977 (1 bt) 10 bottles $450-650

225. Chateau Figeac 2000 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe 4 bottles $250-350

221I. Chappellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate 2001 (6 bts) (occ) Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (6 bts) Shafer Relentless 2000 (6 bts) Viader Proprietary Red 2001 (12 demi bts) 12 demi bottles 18 bottles $1,000-1,500

226. Chateau Haut Brion 1978 Pessac Leognan u: 3.5cm or better, slight label striping 4 bottles $450-650

Cheval Blanc doesnt scream out for attention, rather it is passionately pursued by a knowing few. Unquestionalby 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

227. Chateau Haut Brion 1981 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: 3.5cm or better, slight label staining 4 bottles $400-600

Selections from the Impressive Cellar of a Massachusetts Gentleman. Stored in a custom-built climate-controlled cellar, picked up by Skinner staff. 222. Chateau Cheval Blanc 1999 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $2,000-3,000

228. Chateau Haut Brion 1982 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u: 3.5cm or better R. Parker, 95 pts., 06/09 4 bottles $2,000-3,000

229. Chateau Haut Brion 1986 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe 2.5cm or better, bin wear 3 bottles $500-750

223. Chateau Cheval Blanc 2000 St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe This closed, backward blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc boasts a saturated purple color along with a reticent but striking bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, truffles, and mocha. In spite of its tightness, aeration reveals scents of licorice, menthol, and saddle leather. Opulent and full-bodied, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a 60-second finish, it is unquestionably as profound as the 1990 and 1982. I still believe the 2000 has the potential to be the most compelling Cheval Blanc since the mythical 1947 and 1949, but patience is required. It should merit a three digit score in 7-10 years, but it is closed at present. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030+. Note: The score for this wine was 98 in The Wine Advocate but it is changed to 100 per Mr. Parker as of August, 2006. R. Parker, 100 pts., 04/03 10 bottles $6,500-9,000

230. Chateau Haut Brion 1994 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe 12 bottles $1,600-2,200

231. Chateau Haut Brion 1999 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe slight nicking to labels 6 bottles $900-1,200

232. Chateau Haut Brion 2000 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe 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 2 bottles $900-1,300

236. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 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

237. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 1 bottle $500-750

233. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1998 Pessac Leognan, Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $1,200-1,800

234. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 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 3 bottles $2,400-3,000

238. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1999 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe R. Parker, 95 pts., 04/02 6 bottles $2,500-3,250

239. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe Well, well, well - Lafite Rothschild does it again. Ever since manager Charles Chevalier was transferred from his beloved Sauternes property of Rieussec (also owned by the Rothschilds) to Lafite in 1994, there has been a succession of profound wines to emerge from this noble estate. The 2000 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.7% Merlot (only 36% of the crop made the grade) has an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by an extraordinary aromatic expression of liquid minerals/stones interwoven with the tell-tale graphite notes, mulberry, black currants, caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, it is remarkably light on its feet, but somehow seems to pack intense flavors into layer upon layer of fruit and richness that cascade over the palate. A compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness in spite of what are obviously elevated levels of tannin, this wine was provocatively open and beautiful when tasted in January and February, but I am sure it will soon close down. The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds! This is utterly fascinating stuff. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2050. R. Parker, 100 pts., 04/03 2 bottles $3,000-4,000

235. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $1,400-1,900

240. Chateau La Pointe 1998 Pomerol 12 bottles (owc) $250-300

241. Chateau Latour 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $1,000-1,500

242. Chateau Latour 1999 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $1,300-1,800

248. Chateau Margaux 1981 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe 5 bottles $600-900

243. Chateau Latour 2000 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe There are only 14,000 cases (only 48% of the crop made it into the grand vin) of the 2000, which flirts with perfection. Truly great stuff, it reveals perfect equilibrium, great finesse, yet colossal size, with a thickness and density that rival the brilliant 1996. This saturated black ruby/purple colored wine seems almost discreet on first inspection, but with aeration, notes of vanilla, exceptionally pure, mineral-infused crme de cassis, and earth emerge. Full-bodied and tannic, it should come close to representing perfection. Latours 2000 is hard to compare with previous vintages. It obviously does not have the opulence of the 1990 and 1982, yet there is an extraordinary purity, delineation, seamlessness, and freshness to this wine that sets it apart from previous vintages. In any event, it is prodigious, with at least five decades of evolution ahead of it. Anticipated maturity: 20052050. R. Parker, 98 pts., 04/03 2 bottles $1,400-1,900

249. Chateau Margaux 1982 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: two very top shoulder, all others bottom neck or better, slight label wrinkling R. Parker, 98 pts., 06/09 8 bottles $4,500-6,500

244. Chateau Latour 1979 (2 bts) 1981 (2 bts) 1985 (1 bt) 1986 (1 bt) Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $900-1,300

245. Chateau Leoville Barton 2000 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe 12 bottles (owc) $1,200-1,800

250. Chateau Margaux 1996 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe The 1996 Chateau Margaux, which was bottled in September, 1998, is undoubtedly one of the great classics produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. In many respects, it is the quintessential Chateau Margaux, as well as the paradigm for this estate, combining measured power, extraordinary elegance, and admirable complexity. I tasted the wine on three separate occasions in January, and in short, its a beauty! The color is opaque purple. The wine offers extraordinarily pure notes of blackberries, cassis, pain grille, and flowers, gorgeous sweetness, a seamless personality, and full body, with nothing out of place. The final blend (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) contains a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It tastes complete and long, although backward. My instincts suggest this wine will shut down, but at present it is open-knit, tasting like a recently bottled wine. The fruit is exceptionally sweet and pure, and there are layers of flavor in the mouth. I do believe this wine will develop an extraordinary perfume, and possess a high level of richness. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040. R. Parker, 99 pts., 04/99 3 bottles $1,200-1,600

246. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1966 (1 bt) 1975 (5 bts) 1983 (2 bts) 1994 (4 bts) St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe 12 bottles $700-1,000

251. Chateau Margaux 1997 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $600-900

252. Chateau Margaux 1998 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $900-1,200

247. Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1982 St. Julien, 2eme Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better R. Parker, 95 pts., 06/00 6 bottles $750-1,100

253. Chateau Margaux 1999 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $900-1,400

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254. Chateau Margaux 2000 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe Bottled in late November, 2002, the 2000 has turned out to be a colossal example of Chateau Margaux that is tasting even better from bottle than it was from cask. Only 40% of the crop made it into this 2000 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, cooler climate-tasting 1996. The 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinarily promising nose of crme de cassis intermixed with white flowers, licorice, and hints of espresso and toasty oak. There is great intensity, compelling purity, a multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and a finish that goes on for nearly 70+ seconds. Bottled naturally, with no filtration, it is a monumental example of the elegance and power that symbolize this extraordinary vineyard. A tour de force in winemaking, many of my colleagues predicted, far earlier than me, that it would be the wine of the vintage. It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage, but there is plenty of competition, even at this lofty level of quality. Absolutely awesome! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. R. Parker, 100 pts., 04/03 2 bottles $1,300-1,800

260. Chateau Pichon Longueville, Lalande 1980 (1 bt) 1983 (4 bts) 1993 (2 bts) 1995 (1 bt) 1996 (2 bts) Pauillac, 2eme Cru Classe 10 bottles $700-1,000

261. Chateau Talbot 1961 (1 bt) 1982 (4 bts) 1995 (3 bts) 1996 (2 bts) St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe 10 bottles $750-1,000

Sauternes262. Chateau dYquem 1989 1 bottle $250-350

255. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1997 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $900-1,300

256. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe Lisa Perotti-Brown for R. Parker, 96 pts., 04/09 6 bottles $1,300-1,800

257. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1999 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 6 bottles $1,000-1,400

258. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe R. Parker, 97 pts., 04/03 2 bottles $1,400-1,900

263. Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache 1996 Bottle No. 06258 Cote de Nuits u: 2cm (Its quite possible that the 96 will be the longest lived of any La Tche produced in many years - AdV). Fantastically pure with the classic spice box, hoisin and soy nose followed by big, rich, very structured flavors that display notes of earth, leather and tea. The tannins are big, ripe and are completely buffered by the sap with length that is simply phenomenal. This remains completely primary in character and seems not to have budged at all since it was bottled. A genuinely great vintage for La Tche that is softer in the mouth than the 96 Grands Ech and this should improve for another decade and last for 50 years. Very classy juice. Note: while its happened only twice, the 96 can be intensely vegetal on the nose and not exhibit the purity that the wine is justifiably famous for; however, I have tasted so many outstanding bottles of the 96 LT that I view these two examples as outliers. Drink 2016+ Burghound, 96 pts., 01/10 1 bottle $1,000-1,500

259. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1980 (1 bt) 1983 (2 bts) 1994 (3 bts) 1996 (1 bt) Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe 7 bottles $900-1,300

264. Domaine de la Romanee Conti 1993 Grands Echezeaux (Bottle No. 00992) (1cm) Romanee St. Vivant Marey Monge (Bottle No. 02075) (3cm) La Tache (Bottle No. 02400) (2.5cm) Cote de Nuits 3 bottles $1,500-2,000

Champagne265. Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon 1990 1 bottle $150-225

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266. Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon 1992 1993 2 bottles $150-250

267. Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon 1964 1973 1980 3 bottles (in wooden box with vintages inscribed) $900-1,300

276. Gaja Barolo 1997 Sori Tilden Sperss Piedmont A virtually perfect effort is the 1997 Sperss (30,000 bottles), which represents the essence of truffles, earth, and black cherries in its striking aromatics and multidimensional, opulent, full-bodied palate. The acidity seems low because of the huge glycerin levels and prodigious concentration of fruit, but I suspect it is normal in the scheme of oenological measurement. This profound wine requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should age well for 30-35 years. R. Parker, 99 pts., 06/01 2 bottles $500-700

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Port277. Dows 1977 Silver Jubilee 1 magnum $350-400 278. Dows 1970 (1 bt) 1977 Silver Jubilee (1 bt) Tawny Reserve 1982 (1 bt) Quinta do Bomfim 1995 (1 bt) Martinez 1994 (1 bt) Taylor Fladgate LBV 1994 (2 bts) 7 bottles $400-600 279. Nismes-Delclou Armagnac 1958 1 500 cl bottle $200-300 280. Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1998 South Australia R. Parker, 98+ pts., 06/09 2 bottles $500-750 281. Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1991 1995 1996 (2 bts) 1997 (2 bts) Southern Australia 6 bottles $800-1,200 282. Araujo, Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (3 bts) 1993 (2 bts) 1994 (1 bt) 1995 (1 bt) 1996 (3 bts) 1997 (1 demi, 1 bt) 1998 (5 bts) 1999 (2 bts) Napa 1 demi bottle 18 bottles $2,000-3,000

269. Roederer, Cristal Rose 1995 2 bottles (each owc) $600-900

270. Roederer, Cristal 1996 1 bottle $250-350

271. Taittinger Artists Series Collection 1988 Imai (2 bts) 1990 Corneille (2 bts) 1992 Matta (2 bts) 6 bottles (each in individual oc) $900-1,400

Champagne272. Veuve Clicquot Reserve 1985 2 magnums $200-300

273. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1998 Southern Rhone 8 bottles $600-800

274. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1998 Southern Rhone 1 double magnum $400-600

275. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 1995 (5 bts) 2000 (2 bts) Southern Rhone 7 bottles $500-700

283. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 1995 Napa 1 double magnum $400-600

290. Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon The Lake Vineyard 1996 1999 Napa 2 bottles $300-450

284. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 1998 (2 bts) 1999 (2 bts) 2000 (2 bts) Napa 6 bottles $375-550

291. Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 Napa 12 bottles (owc) $500-700

285. Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 (4 bts) 1999 (3 bts) Napa 7 bottles $550-800

286. Dalla Valle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997 Napa 5 bottles $250-350

292. Harlan Estate 1996 1997 (slight wine stain to label) Napa The 1996 - R. Parker, 98 pts., 01/00 The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignonbased wines I have ever tasted. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this enormously-endowed, profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purplecolored, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, licorice, and cassis. In the mouth, layer after layer unfold powerfully yet gently. Acidity, tannin, and alcohol are wellbalanced by the wines unreal richness and singular personality. The finish exceeds one minute. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2030. R. Parker, 100 pts., 12/00 2 bottles $850-1,200

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