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<p>SKINNERLower Falls Wine Co.</p> <p>Fine WinesSale 2503 May 13, 2010 Boston</p> <p>Fine WinesSPECIALISTS IN CHARGE</p> <p>2366 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls, MA Phil Minervino Chris Minervino Owners</p> <p>Marie Keep 508.970.3296</p> <p>General Inquiries:</p> <p>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.</p> <p>AUCTION 2503 Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 6 p.m. 63 Park Plaza Boston, Massachusetts PREVIEWTo arrange preview, please contact the department at 508.970.3296 or e-mail</p> <p>ABSENTEE BIDDINGTel: 617.874.4318 Fax: 617.350.5429 Online:</p> <p>GENERAL INQUIRIES617.350.5400View all lots online at</p> <p>COVER : 43; FRONTISPIECE : 469 ; BACK COVER : 371</p> <p>Register Preview and Bid Live Online at</p> <p>Preview OnlineSkinner makes previewing online anytime from your home or office easy and convenient. View all lots in the auction in order, many with multiple views. You can also flip through the pages of our interactive virtual catalog or download the catalog PDF to your desktop.</p> <p>Absentee Bidding/Tracking LotsSkinners website accepts absentee bids up to one hour before an auction begins. Once youve placed your bids, use Track Lots to track those items and see their selling prices. You can also use Track Lots to track the selling price of items youre simply curious about, whether youve bid on them or not.</p> <p>Lot AlertLet Skinners Lot Alert do your searching for you! Lot Alert continuously searches Skinners upcoming auctions for items that interest you, and automatically emails you when an item matches your interest profile. Visit and click on the Buy/Sell tab to find out more about Lot Alert.</p> <p>Bid Live Online with Skinner-Live!Theres nothing like bidding live at an auctionand now Skinner brings that live auction experience to our website with Skinner-Live! Visit and click on the Buy/Sell tab to learn more about bidding live online with Skinner-Live!</p> <p>TABLE OF CONTENTS1 2 5 63 64 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Auction &amp; Specialist Information Web Site &amp; Online Bidding Lots 1-484 Glossary of Terms Index Collection of Wines Conditions of Sale Absentee Bid Form Company Directors &amp; Specialty Departments Administrative Staff &amp; Client Services Map &amp; Driving Directions Parking &amp; Accommodations Dining Subscription Form</p> <p>Please Note: All lots sold subject to our Conditions of Sale. Please refer to page 72 of this catalogue for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.</p> <p>Copyright Skinner, Inc. 2010 All rights reserved</p> <p>1</p> <p>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</p> <p>5. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: into neck R. Parker, 99 pts., 10/94 1 magnum $2,000-2,500</p> <p>6. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe u: all bottom neck or better 6 bottles $2,500-3,500</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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</p> <p>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...</p>