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Skinner is the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction. Wine auctions are hosted in conjunction with our retail partner, Lower Falls Wine Company, a third generation wine seller located just west of Boston. For more information on our wine department, or to consign wine from your collection, contact Skinner's Wine Department at 508-970-3296, or via email at



Fine WinesSale 2523B November 2, 2010 Boston

Lower Falls Wine Company

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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 Wine Spectator used by permission of Wine Spectator. Quotes cited as Burghound used by permission of Allen Meadows. Tasting notes attributed to PhM are Phil Minervino, those to CM are Chris Minervino, those to LC are Lauren Collins.

auction 2523B Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 4 p.m. 63 Park Plaza Boston, Massachusetts previewTo arrange preview, please contact the department at 508.970.3296 or e-mail

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table of contents1 2 5 87 88 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 Auction & Specialist Information Web Site & Online Bidding Lots 1-715 Glossary of Terms Index Collection of Wines Conditions of Sale Absentee Bid Form Company Directors & Specialty Departments Administrative Staff & Client Services Map & Driving Directions Subscription Form

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A Concentration of Top Flight Bordeaux from a Gentleman of Massachusetts. Stored in a climate-controlled cellar, picked up by Skinner staff. Cheval Blanc doesnt scream out for attention, rather it is passionately pursued by a knowing few. Unquestionably worthy of First Growth stature. In keeping with the Right Bank scene, the beautiful park-like setting feels surprisingly casual. Formal to a point, but not overly so. Cheval Blanc is comprised of cabernet franc and merlot. The vinous equivalent of grace and good taste. PhM 1. Chateau Cheval Blanc 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 bottles $6,000-9,000 2. Chateau Gruaud Larose 1981 u: bottom neck or better 3 bottles $200-300 3. 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-Brions 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 bottle $800-1,200

4. 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, fullbodied 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) $6,750-9,500 5. Chateau Latour 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better R. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/09 11 bottles (owc) $6,500-9,500 6. Chateau Latour 1990 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better R. Parker, 95+ pts. 06/09 6 bottles $3,500-5,000 7. Chateau Lynch Bages 1989 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe u: all bottom neck or better R. Parker, 95 pts. 06/00 6 bottles $1,000-1,400 8. Chateau Margaux 1983 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: very top shoulder, light bin soil The 1983 Margaux is a breathtaking wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes achieved perfect maturity in 1983, and the result is an astonishingly rich, concentrated, atypically powerful and tannic Margaux. The color is dark ruby, the aromas exude ripe cassis fruit, violets, and vanillin oakiness, and the flavors are extremely deep and long on the palate with a clean, incredibly long finish. This full-bodied, powerful wine remains stubbornly backward and at least 5-6 years away from maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2030. R. Parker, 96 pts. 01/98 1 bottle $375-475

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9. Chateau Lynch Bages 1988 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better 4 bottles $300-450 10. Chateau Margaux 1986 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: all bottom neck or better, bin soil and slight label staining The 1986 Margaux continues to be the most powerful, tannic, and muscular Margaux made in decades. One wonders if the 1928 or 1945 had as much power and depth as the 1986? The black/ruby/ purple color reveals no sign of age. The reluctant nose offers up aromas of smoky, toasty new oak and black currants, as well as a few flowers. The wine is mammoth, with extraordinary extract, superb balance, and a frightfully tannic finish. This is a Margaux of immense stature, made in a masculine, full-bodied style that is in complete contrast to the 1990. It should prove nearly immortal in terms of aging potential, but will it have the awesome potential I first predicted? Anticipated maturity: 2000-2050. R. Parker, 96 pts. 01/98 5 bottles $1,500-2,000 11. Chateau Margaux 1990 Margaux, 1er Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, and no evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser-like precision, this stunning wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another three decades. A sensational effort, it is one of the legendary wines made at Chateau Margaux. R. Parker, 100 pts. 06/09 6 bottles $4,750-6,250 12. Chateau Montrose 1990 St. Estephe, 2eme Cru Classe u: all very top shoulder or better I have had the 1990 Montrose on four separate occasions over the last several months, and I have consistently ra