Heritage Auctions - Fine & Rare Wine Auction catalog 5084 Catalog - Beverlyl Hills, CA


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Press Release - July 19, 2011

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Brings $50,788 To Lead $2.7+ Million Heritage Wine Auction In Beverly Hills/Hong Kong

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – A case of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982, Pauillac, brought $50,788 to lead the day in the joint Heritage Auctions and Greg Martin Auctions $2.7+ million June 16 Signature® Wine Auction, held at the company’s Beverly Hills offices and simulcast live to Hong Kong.

“Good results across the board,” said Frank Martell, Heritage’s Director of Fine and Rare Wine. “Collectors responded to this wonderful grouping of wines and with enthusiastic bids on both sides of the Pacific.”

All told, more than 260 bidders vied for 768 total lots, translating into a 96% sell-through rate by total value.

Following the top lot was a fine 11-bottle lot of Chateau Petrus 2000, Pomerol, which showed considerable spirit at a $46,555 final price realized, while a case of late release Musigny 1949, Leroy , realized $35,850.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 , Pauillac saw an impressive run in the auction, providing fully four of the top 10 lots in the auction, starting with a case of the vintage that realized $31,070 with another two cases following that one at $29,875, respectively. The final Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 in the grouping was 24 half bottles, which realized $23,900.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:

Chateau Petrus 2000, Pomerol, six bottles: Realized $23,900.

Chateau Latour 1982 , Pauillac, one case: Realized $22,705.

Romanee Conti 2004, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, three bottles: Realized $22,108.

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Heritage Auctions - Fine & Rare Wine Auction catalog 5084 Catalog - Beverlyl Hills, CA

  1. 1. Fine & r are winethursday, june 16, 2011 | beverly hillssimultaneous live auction in hong Kong via simulcast FeaturingThe Stellar Collection of an American Financier
  2. 2. Front CoverLots 281, 282Back CoverLot 108Inside Front CoverLot 265Inside Back CoverLot 89
  3. 3. Heritage Signature® Auction #5084Sold in association with Greg Martin AuctionsFine & Rare WineFeaturing: The Stellar Collection of an American FinancierThursday, June 16, 2011 | Beverly HillsLIVE AUCTION Signature® Floor Session View lots & auction results online at HA.com/5084(Floor, Telephone, HERITAGE Live!,™ Internet, Fax, and Mail) BIDDING METHODS:Heritage Auctions, Beverly Hills9478 W. Olympic Blvd. • Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Bidding Bid live on your computer or mobile, anywhere in the world, during the Auction using our HERITAGE Live!™Session 1 program at HA.com/LiveThursday, June 16 • 6:00 PM PT • Lots 1–779 Live Floor Bidding Bid in person during the floor sessions.Simultaneous live auction inHong Kong via Simulcast Live Telephone Bidding (floor sessions only) Phone bidding must be arranged on or beforeFriday, June 17 at 9:00 AM in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 15, by 12:00 PM CT.Island Shangri-La Hotel Client Service: 866-835-3243.Pacific PlaceSupreme Court Road Internet BiddingCentral, Hong Kong Internet absentee bidding ends at 10:00 PM CT the evening before each session. HA.com/5084LOT SETTLEMENT AND PICK-UPAvailable weekdays 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM PT Fax Biddingby appointment only Fax bids must be received on or before Wednesday, June 15, by 12:00 PM CT. Fax: 214-409-1425Extended Payment Terms available. Email: Credit@HA.com Mail BiddingLots are sold at an approximate rate of 120 lots per hour, but it Mail bids must be received on or beforeis not uncommon to sell 150 lots or 180 lots in any given hour. Wednesday, June 15.This auction is subject to a 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.: CA Bond #RSB2004175; CA Auctioneer Phone: 214.528.3500 • 800.872.6467Bonds: Samuel Foose #RSB2004178; Robert Korver #RSB2004179; Bob Fax: 214.409.1425Merrill #RSB2004177; Leo Frese #RSB2004176; Jeff Engelken #RSB2004180;Jacob Walker #RSB2005394; Scott Peterson #RSB2005395; Shaunda Fry Direct Client Service Line: 866.835.3243#RSB2005396; Mike Sadler #RSB2005412; Andrea Voss #RSB2004676; Email: Bid@HA.comTeia Baber #RSB2005525; Cori Mikeals #RSB2005645; Carolyn Mani#RSB2005661; Chris Dykstra #RSB2005738; Alissa Ford #RSB2005920.This Auction is presented and cataloged by Heritage Auctions© 2011 Heritage Auctioneers & Galleries, Inc. 21701
  4. 4. Fine & Rare Wine Specialists Steve Ivy CEOCo-Chairman of the Board Frank Martell Poppy Davis Director Associate Director Jim Halperin Jim HalperinCo-Chairman of the Board Co-Chairman of the Board Greg Rohan President 3500 Maple Avenue • Dallas, Texas 75219 Phone 214-528-3500 • 800-872-6467 HA.com/Wine Consignment Directors: Frank Martell, Poppy Davis Cataloged by: Robby Brigham Paul Minshull Martin Wine Auctions Chief Operating Officer Greg Martin Todd Imhof Founder, Martin Wine AuctionsExecutive Vice President
  5. 5. Dear Friends and Colleagues,It is with great pleasure I welcome you to this next installment of our Signature wine auctions, whichwe are excited to hold in cooperation with Martin Wine Auctions. This outstanding sale of 778lots valued at over $2.3M USD will be held on June 16th in Beverly Hills, simulcast to Hong Kongthe morning of June 17th. Featured in this sale are two prominent collections: one of an Americanfinancier and the other of a Southern Doctor – both of which offer top-pedigree wines which havebeen stored in impeccable conditions with love and care.This special collaborative effort brings together the resources of both companies for a grand offeringcertain to excite discerning connoisseurs. Included in the highlight reel are large format bottlingsfrom the best vintages of each of the first growths along with an owc of 1966 Romanee Conti, anextremely rare 2.5 liter bottle of 1949 Chateau Lafite and single bottles of 1937 Romanee Conti andan 1891 Lafite originally purchased at the historic Heublein auctions. Keeping in the spirit of top-pedigree offerings are case quantities of 2000 Petrus, 1989 Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brionand more!Following on the heels of our successful May sale, we continue our dedication to the Hong Kongwine community by simulcasting to a live auction room at the Island Shangri-La Hotel. We knoweverybody does not have an opportunity to visit the sale room, and so we will again offer theextraordinary Heritage Live platform for bidders who would prefer to participate real-time in thisgreat event. Live internet bidding represented a huge portion of our last sale’s successful bids andwe expect that to continue, in addition to the exceptional support we received by absentee bidsreceived online and by fax. Nobody makes it easier to participate than Heritage and we encourageyou to reach out to us if there is something more we can do to make your experience as seamless aspossible. Your feedback is what makes the difference!Our partner in this event, Martin Wine Auctions, boasts tremendous history in both the wine andauction industries. The company was founded by three auction veterans – Greg Martin, John Galloand Bernard Osher – who in 2002 launched Greg Martin Auctions, a leading auction house forantique arms, armor and historic memorabilia. This noted management team, which led Butterfieldand Butterfield for decades, has over 125 years of combined auction-industry experience and hasmarketed over $1 Billion in property for clients.This Signature auction will be our last of the season, though we’ll continue with the monthly internetauctions which launch on the first Thursday of each month. If you haven’t had a moment to checkthem out we hope you’ll find an opportunity to do so during the slow summer months. Those salesfeature smaller quantities of high quality drinking wines that tend to pose great value. Our Signatureauctions will resume in September, for which we are still accepting consignments. Send in those lists!Very best regards, and great thanks for your support and participation in our inaugural season.Frank C. MartellDirector, Fine & Rare Wine
  6. 6. SESSION ONE Floor, Telephone, Heritage Live!™, Internet, Fax, and Mail Signature® Auction #5084 Beverly Hills | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Lots 1 – 779 Simulcast live on Friday, June 17 at 9:00AM in Hong Kong A 19.5% Buyers Premium ($14 minimum) Will Be Added To All Lots To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084From the Stellar Collection of an American 4 Chateau Cheval Blanc 1995Financier. Wines were removed from a grandiose St. Emilion 10lbsl, 3lscl, owctemperature-controlled underground cellar. Bottle (10) “A pretty, attractive Cheval Blanc, the 1995 contains a higher1 Chateau Calon Segur 1995 percentage of Merlot in the final blend than usual (50% St. Estephe Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc). This wine has not developed as 12bsl, owc - no lid much fat or weight as its younger sibling, the 1996, but it appears Bottle (12) to be an outstanding Cheval Blanc with an enthralling smoky, “As I have said many times since I first tasted this wine, the 1995 black currant, coffee, and exotic bouquet. Complex, rich, medium Calon-Segur is one of the great sleepers of the vintage (I bought to full-bodied flavors are well-endowed and pure, with surprisingly the wine as a future for a mere $250 a case). The wine has closed firm tannin in the finish. Unlike the sweeter, riper 1996, the 1995 down completely since bottling, but it is a sensational effort that may be more structured and potentially longer-lived. Anticipated may ultimately merit an even higher score. The wine is opaque maturity: 2002-2020.” (92pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #115, purple-colored. With coaxing, the tight aromatics reveal some Feb 1998) weedy cassis intertwined with truffles, chocolate, and beef Estimate: $3,000-$4,000 blood-like aromas. On the palate, there is an element of sur- Starting Bid: $2,400 maturite (1995 was an extremely late harvest at Calon-Segur), fabulous density and purity, and a boatload of tannin. This deep, broodingly backward, classic Bordeaux will require a decade of 5 Chateau Cheval Blanc 1999 cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035.” (92pts Robert Parker, St. Emilion Wine Advocate #115, Feb 1998) 6bsl, 1ltl, 1lnl, 1wrl Bottle (12) Estimate: $900-$1,200 “The complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is a Starting Bid: $750 blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc. It is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally2 Chateau Calon Segur 2000 is reserved early in life, but puts on weight and richness in the St. Estephe bottle. Stylistically, this wine is probably cut from the same mold 12-liter (1) as vintages such as 1985, 1966, and 1962. The color is a dense “One of the most unyielding wines in my tastings of the 2000s, ruby with purple nuances. Once past the blockbuster bouquet the wine still has a very healthy, deep, dark ruby color, and earthy of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine hints of herbs, licorice, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, the hard, elevated tannins give this wine a certain austerity, but harmonious flavors with no hard edges. This is a seamless beauty its outstanding weight, richness, and that very classic style argue of finesse, charm, and concentration. The 1999 is an exciting for further discipline. Forget this for another 3-4 years and drink Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: it over the following three decades.” (91+pts Robert Parker, Wine 2006-2022.” (93pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #140, Apr Advocate #189, June 2010) 2002) Estimate: $1,400-$1,800 Estimate: $3,500-$4,500 Starting Bid: $1,100 Starting Bid: $2,8003 Chateau Canon 1982 St. Emilion 6bsl, 1tl Bottle (6) Chateau La Dominique 1982 St. Emilion 3bn, 2tal, 5gsl Bottle (6) (Total: 12 Btls.) Estimate: $1,400-$1,800 Starting Bid: $1,100 Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 5
  7. 7. 6 Chateau Cheval Blanc 2001 10 Chateau Cos d’Estournel 1990 St. Emilion St. Estephe 5lbsl, 1lnc Bottle (11) Bottle (6) “The 1990 will charm tasters with its flashy display of opulent “I was surprised by how soft, opulent, even voluptuous the Merlot (about 40% of the blend) mixed with ripe Cabernet 2001 Cheval Blanc performed out of bottle as this estate’s wines Sauvignon. It was one of the more forward 1990s in the tasting, tend to shut down when young. Its deep ruby/purple color was which no doubt accounted for its precocious showing. This super- accompanied by sweet aromas of cranberries, black currants, concentrated wine possesses a roasted herb, sweet, jammy black menthol, Asian spices, and underbrush. This seductive blend of fruit-scented nose, with noteworthy opulence and succulence. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc reveals a lush sweetness, Pure and full-bodied, this concentrated wine conceals more medium body, and ripe, well-integrated tannin. A racy effort filled tannin than it is presently revealing. The wine is open, flattering, with personality, it should be at its finest between 2007-2018.” and impossible to resist. It will continue to mature for 15-20 (93pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #153, June 2004) years.” (95pts Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Ed., Jan 1998) Estimate: $1,800-$2,400 Estimate: $1,700-$2,400 Starting Bid: $1,500 Starting Bid: $1,5007 Chateau Cheval Blanc 2004 11 Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2000 St. Emilion St. Estephe 6bsl, 1ltl, 1lnl, 1wrl 3lbsl, 1lscl Bottle (6) Bottle (12) “Eighty thousand bottles of 2004 Cheval Blanc were produced “The wine displays roasted herbs intermixed with licorice, incense, from a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. Subtle black cherry, and black currant fruit. Medium-bodied, rather than herb, menthol, cranberry, black currant, and licorice aromas full, elegant, with some spicy tannins and a nice sweet finish, emerge from this dark ruby/plum-colored wine. It is medium- compared to the other top classified growths, this wine is on a bodied and elegant with plenty of sweet fruit, but not a lot of much faster evolutionary track and can be drunk now and over weight or intensity. The complexity and nobility of Cheval Blanc’s the next 15 or more years.” (91pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate gravelly terroir is apparent in this delicate, subtle St.-Emilion. Give #189, June 2010) it a few years to develop additional aromatics, and drink it over Estimate: $1,300-$1,700 the following 12-15.” (90pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #171, Starting Bid: $1,200 June 2007) Estimate: $1,400-$1,800 12 Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2001 Starting Bid: $1,100 St. Estephe Half-Bottle (18)8 Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005 “A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d’Estournel (65% Cabernet St. Emilion Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) exhibits a poised, noble bouquet Bottle (6) of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles “The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cheval Blanc’s ethereal emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit bouquet of menthol, coffee, wet stones, black cherries, (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally blackberries, and hints of graphite and spice soars from the glass. in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish. Drink this stylish, An equal part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it is medium restrained yet substantial claret over the next 15+ years.” (93pts to full-bodied with a gorgeous texture in addition to high tannins Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #153, June 2004) that glide over the palate with no angularity or astringency. While Estimate: $800-$1,100 it does not quite reach the perfection of the 2000, it should rival Starting Bid: $650 the profound 1998 and 1990. This is not a Cheval Blanc for near- term drinking as it demands at least a decade’s worth of cellaring. 13 Chateau Cos d’Estournel 2003 Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.” (96pts Robert Parker, Wine St. Estephe Advocate #176, April 2008) 12lscl Estimate: $3,500-$4,500 Bottle (12) Starting Bid: $2,800 “The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d’Estournel is a candidate for ‘wine of the vintage.’An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied9 Chateau Clinet 2000 by a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, Pomerol incense, and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and Magnum (5) remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of “Beautiful aromas of plums, soy, black currants, black raspberries, the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that espresso, and spring flowers jump from the glass of this perfumed, it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or dense plum/ruby/purple-tinged Pomerol. Medium to full-bodied more.” (98pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #164, Apr 2006) and pure with sweet tannin and impressive extract, it will Estimate: $1,900-$2,600 benefit from 2-3 more years of bottle age, and should last for an Starting Bid: $1,600 additional two decades.” (93pts, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June 2010) Estimate: $900-$1,200 Starting Bid: $7506 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  8. 8. Lot 1114 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1982 16 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1996 St. Julien St. Julien 2lscl 3lscl Bottle (7) Bottle (11) “The 1982 is still 5-8 years away from full maturity, but it exhibits “The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/ of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, sweet tannins, this wine has aged more slowly than I initially cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate expected. “ (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, 2009) yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the Starting Bid: $1,200 sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase.” (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #122,15 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1995 Apr 1999) St. Julien 3scl, 1bsl Estimate: $1,400-$1,800 Bottle (12) Starting Bid: $1,100 “This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open- knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru’s 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.” (94pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #115, Feb 1998) Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 Starting Bid: $1,200 Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 7
  9. 9. 17 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2000 22 Chateau Gruaud Larose 1989 St. Julien St. Julien 5lscl 3ts, 1scl Bottle (12) Bottle (9) “A stunning wine from Ducru Beaucaillou which showcases its Estimate: $750-$950 great terroir, this elegant but substantial 2000 has a dense purple Starting Bid: $600 color that has hardly budged since it was first bottled. Displaying a floral note, with hints of boysenberries, black raspberries, black 23 Chateau Haut Brion 1989 currants and a touch of background oak, the wine has superb Pessac-Leognan concentration and density, but still has some substantial tannins 11lbsl that are not yet fully resolved. I originally predicted that it should Bottle (12) be drinkable from 2010-2030, but I would modify that now to “The prodigious 1989 Haut-Brion is one of the greatest first- 2015-2035.” (95pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June growths I have ever tasted. It has always reminded me of what 2010) the 1959 must have tasted like in its youth, but it is even richer Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 and more compelling aromatically. The wine exhibits an opaque Starting Bid: $1,300 ruby/purple color, as well as a sweet nose of jammy fruit, tobacco, spicy oak, minerals, and smoke. Fabulously concentrated, with18 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2000 huge levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin, this wine is nearly viscous St. Julien because of its thickness and richness. Low acidity gives the wine 10bsl, 2lscl even more appeal and adds to its precociousness. The wine has Half-Bottle (23) not budged in development since it was first bottled, although it Estimate: $950-$1,300 has always provided thrilling drinking because of its voluptuous Starting Bid: $800 texture. It needs another 5-6 years of bottle age before it will begin to develop Haut-Brion’s fabulous fragrance.” (100pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #109, Feb 1997)19 Chateau Duhart Milon 2004 Pauillac Estimate: $12,000-$15,000 owc Starting Bid: $10,000 Bottle (12) “Another sleeper of the vintage for this property that has been 24 Chateau Haut Brion 1998 doing impressive work over recent vintages, the 2004 (a blend of Pessac-Leognan 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) displays a dark ruby/ 12lbsl purple color along with classic aromas of cedar, creme de cassis, Bottle (12) earth, spice, and wood. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, long, and “As reported over the last two years, this is a prodigious Haut- impressively endowed, it should be at its peak between 2010- Brion. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a tight, 2022.” (91pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #171, June 2007) but incredibly promising nose of smoke, earth, minerals, lead Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 pencil, black currants, cherries, and spice. This full-bodied wine Starting Bid: $1,000 unfolds slowly, but convincingly on the palate, revealing a rich, multi-tiered, stunningly pure, symmetrical style with wonderful sweetness, ripe tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly 4520 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 1996 seconds. It tastes like liquid nobility. Anticipated maturity: 2008- Pauillac 2035.” (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #134, Apr 2001) Bottle (9) “This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it Estimate: $4,000-$5,000 is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de Starting Bid: $3,750 cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black 25 Chateau Haut Brion 1998 currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, Pessac-Leognan extremely structured, and with 25-30 or more years of longevity, 11lbsl, 1lwisl, 1ssos this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of Bottle (11) patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac. Anticipated Estimate: $3,750-$4,750 maturity: 2007-2030.” (93pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #122, Starting Bid: $3,500 April 1999) Estimate: $600-$800 26 Chateau Haut Brion 1998 Starting Bid: $500 Pessac-Leognan 6lbsl, 1nl21 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 1996 Double-Magnum (6) Pauillac Estimate: $4,250-$5,500 9lbsl, 1bsl Starting Bid: $3,500 Half-Bottle (23) Estimate: $850-$1,200 Starting Bid: $7008 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  10. 10. Lot 26Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 9
  11. 11. 27 Chateau Haut Brion 1999 29 Chateau Haut Brion 2001 Pessac-Leognan Pessac-Leognan 12lbsl 1lbsl, 1lwisl, 1ssos Bottle (12) Bottle (6) “Deep plum, currant, and mineral notes emerge from the “Haut-Brion’s 2001, which was bottled late (the end of concentrated, beautifully balanced, pure 1999 Haut Brion. It September, 2003), possesses an unmistakable nobility as well as seems to be cut from the same mold as years such as 1979 and a burgeoning complexity. Plum/purple to the rim, this blend of 1985. There is a hint of graphite in the abundant fruit. The wine is 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc medium to full-bodied, nuanced, subtle, deep, and provocatively is playing it close to the vest, having closed down considerably elegant. It is made in a style that only Haut Brion appears capable after bottling. Nevertheless, it reveals pure notes of sweet and of achieving. The finish is extremely long, the tannins sweet, and sour cherries, black currants, licorice, smoke, and crushed stones. the overall impression one of delicacy interwoven with power and Medium-bodied with excellent purity, firm tannin, and an angular, ripeness. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.” (93pts Robert Parker, structured finish, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated Wine Advocate #140, Apr 2002) maturity: 2009-2020+.” (94pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Estimate: $2,800-$3,750 #153, June 2004) Starting Bid: $2,200 Estimate: $1,900-$2,600 Starting Bid: $1,60028 Chateau Haut Brion 2000 Pessac-Leognan 30 Chateau Haut Brion 2005 12bsl Pessac-Leognan Half-Bottle (24) 3lbsl “A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched earth, sweet Bottle (6) blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite is “Another profound effort from Haut-Brion, the 2005 (a 9,000- followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied case blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and the Haut-Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity. This wine rest Cabernet Franc) has bulked up to the point that it is fair to seems more evolved and approachable than I had expected it to compare it to the great successes of 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, be at age 10. My window of maturity seven years ago was 2012- 1998, and 2000. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by a 2040, but I would change that to 2010-2050.” (99pts Robert nuanced, noble bouquet of blue and red fruits interwoven with Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June 2010) wet stones, unsmoked cigar tobacco, scorched earth, and spring Estimate: $6,500-$8,500 flowers. The wine is full-bodied, pure, and complex as well as Starting Bid: $5,500 exceptionally elegant with laser-like precision. The tannins are still serious and substantial, and in that sense, this is a completely different style of Haut-Brion than the opulent, silky-textured Lot 30 1989 and 1990. As I have written before, it comes across as an improved, more concentrated and structured version of the 1995 or 1998. Patience will be required for this stunner. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040+” (98pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #176, Apr 2008) Estimate: $3,250-$4,250 Starting Bid: $3,000 31 Chateau La Conseillante 1995 Pomerol 11bsl Bottle (11) Estimate: $850-$1,200 Starting Bid: $800 32 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1989 Pessac-Leognan Bottle (12) “The 1989 boasts a dense, thick, purple color, followed by a sweet, roasted cassis, chocolatey-scented nose with whiffs of tobacco, tar, and minerals. The wine is extremely full-bodied, unctuously-textured, sweet, jammy, and rich. Although it is still a youthful, unformed wine, it is already delicious to drink. It should develop additional bottle bouquet by the turn of the century, after which it will drink well for 15-20 years.” (100pts Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Ed., Jan 1998) Estimate: $9,000-$12,000 Starting Bid: $7,50010 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  12. 12. Lot 32Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 11
  13. 13. 33 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1990 36 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Pessac-Leognan Pauillac 12bsl, 1ltl 1hs, 1bsl, 1tal Bottle (12) Bottle (1) “Much like its nearby rival, Haut Brion, the 1990 La Mission has “Still backward with a deep ruby/plum color revealing only always been relatively evolved, complex, and supple-textured. a touch of lightening at the edge, the wine offers up an Even at age 3-4 it performed beautifully. The tannins are sweet, extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, the acidity low, and the high levels of glycerin and concentrated black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed fruit have always been present, and they show no signs of abating. by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity. With A dark plum/blue/garnet color is followed by a sweet perfume 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautiful of chocolate, rich, jammy, berry fruit, and hints of smoked herbs drinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It as well as meat juices. It remains a full-bodied, opulent, even is capable of lasting 50-60 years.” (97+pts Robert Parker, Wine ostentatious wine that should drink beautifully for two more Advocate #183, June 2009) decades.” (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June 2009) Estimate: $3,250-$4,250 Estimate: $3,750-$4,750 Starting Bid: $3,000 Starting Bid: $3,250 37 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 198634 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2000 Pauillac Pessac-Leognan 4bsl Bottle (12) Bottle (10) “The 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion is certainly one of the “The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium candidates for the wine of the vintage. Its performance was off- body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The the-charts in two separate tastings for this report. Deep blue/ penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit purple, with a nose of creme de cassis, floral scents, graphite, is a hallmark of this wine.” (99pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate and subtle smoke, the wine is pure, deep, sumptuously textured, #95, Oct 1994) full-bodied, powerful...Still young but beginning to display some Estimate: $15,000-$20,000 secondary nuances, the wine has enormous layers of depth as Starting Bid: $13,000 well as an unctuous texture. Even though it is still quite youthful, I believe it will hit its prime in another 3-4 years and last 50 or 38 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989 more.” (100pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June 2010) Pauillac Estimate: $7,000-$9,000 1tc Starting Bid: $5,500 Bottle (12) “This medium ruby-colored, medium-bodied wine reveals new35 Chateau La Mondotte 1996 oak in the nose, and a spicy finish. It is a quintessentially elegant, St. Emilion restrained, understated style of Lafite. Anticipated maturity: 2006- crc 2025.” (90pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #109, Feb 1997) Imperial (1) Estimate: $9,500-$13,000 “An amazing wine, the 1996 La Mondotte is a super-star. If Starting Bid: $8,500 readers cannot get excited by tasting the 1996, they should change beverages. It is amazing for both its appellation and 39 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 the vintage, revealing a remarkable level of richness, profound Pauillac concentration, and integrated tannin. The thick purple color 10lbsl, owc suggests a wine of extraordinary extract and richness. This super- Bottle (12) concentrated wine offers a spectacular nose of roasted coffee, “The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early licorice, blueberries, and black currants intermixed with smoky assessment. While it still possesses some firmness, and performs new oak. It possesses full body, a multidimensional, layered like a late adolescent in terms of its evolution, it boasts gorgeous personality with extraordinary depth of fruit, a seamless texture, aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, cassis, and lead pencil shavings. amazing viscosity, and a long, 45-second finish. The tannin is The explosive aromas are followed by a fleshy, full-bodied wine sweet and well-integrated.” (97pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate that should hit its peak in 5-8 years, and last for 25-30 more.” #122, April 1999) (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June 2009) Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 Estimate: $9,500-$13,000 Starting Bid: $1,200 Starting Bid: $9,00012 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  14. 14. Lots 46, 4940 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 41 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998 Pauillac Pauillac owc 1lnl Bottle (12) Bottle (12) “Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild “A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine is unquestionably this renowned estate’s greatest wine. As I represents only 34% of Lafite’s total harvest. In a less than perfect indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple- Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us the essence of Lafite’s character. The tannin is sweet, and the past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds). wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.” (98pts Robert Parker, Wine engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The Advocate #134, April 2001) wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out Estimate: $9,500-$13,000 nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Starting Bid: $9,000 Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and 42 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998 richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant Pauillac personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It 1gsl should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: Bottle (12) 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?” (100pts Robert Parker, Wine Estimate: $9,500-$13,000 Advocate #122, April 1999) Starting Bid: $9,000 Estimate: $15,000-$20,000 Starting Bid: $12,000 Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 13
  15. 15. 43 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1999 50 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001 Pauillac Pauillac Bottle (8) Bottle (12) “This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and “The 2001 Lafite Rothschild’s deep, saturated plum/purple color almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony.” concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a (95pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #140, Apr 2002) rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite Estimate: $6,000-$8,000 vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The Starting Bid: $5,000 classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.” (94pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #153, June 2004)44 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 Estimate: $9,000-$12,000 Pauillac Starting Bid: $8,500 Bottle (12) “A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the 51 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002 wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily Pauillac youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar 1nl tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, Bottle (12) but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I “A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a years of life in front of it.” (98+pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes #189, June 2010) of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, Estimate: $24,000-$32,500 and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep Starting Bid: $20,000 ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially45 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 seems. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.” (94pts Robert Parker, Pauillac Wine Advocate #158, Apr 2005) Bottle (12) Estimate: $9,000-$12,000 Estimate: $24,000-$32,500 Starting Bid: $7,500 Starting Bid: $20,00046 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 52 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003 Pauillac Pauillac Bottle (12) Bottle (12) “A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Estimate: $24,000-$32,500 Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving Starting Bid: $20,000 12.9% natural alcohol - hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage’s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet47 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, Pauillac it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. 2 different importers Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined Bottle (10) with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it Estimate: $20,000-$28,000 reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, Starting Bid: $17,000 and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and48 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 softness. Analytically, there are extremely high tannins, which I Pauillac suspect will assert themselves in the future. Production in 2003 Half-Bottle (24) was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.” Estimate: $24,000-$32,500 (100pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #164, April 2006) Starting Bid: $20,000 Estimate: $14,000-$18,000 Starting Bid: $12,00049 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 Pauillac owc Imperial (1) Estimate: $16,000-$20,000 Starting Bid: $13,00014 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  16. 16. 53 Chateau l’Angelus 1989 58 Chateau l’Angelus 2005 St. Emilion St. Emilion Bottle (10) Bottle (6) “This chateau has been turning out such spectacular wines that “This 7,000 case blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc it is not surprising it was elevated in the recent reclassification of will rival or perhaps eclipse vintages such as 2000, 1998, 1990, St.-Emilion. Any Bordeaux lover would be thrilled to have either and 1989. Its dense purple color is followed by an extraordinary of the 1989 or 1990 in his or her cellar. Both wines reveal an perfume of charcoal, espresso roast, blackberries, blueberries, opaque purple color, with the 1990 slightly more inky. Both wines and a hint of wood. In spite of its thick texture, terrific acidity, are also exceptionally endowed, backward, rich, full-bodied, and high tannins, and enormous intensity as well as richness, it is crammed with fruit. The 1989 possesses a huge finish, with more surprisingly approachable, but given how slowly the 1989 and noticeable tannin than in the 1990. Picking a favorite between 1990 have aged, I would recommend cellaring it for 8-10 years. these two fabulous examples of their respective vintages is - for It should keep for three decades. A brilliant wine!” (98pts Robert me - presently impossible. I will probably end up drinking the Parker, Wine Advocate #176, April 2008) 1990 before the 1989, but both wines are 25-30-year wines, with Estimate: $1,300-$1,600 the 1989 possibly reaching full maturity in 5-6 years, and the 1990 Starting Bid: $1,200 needing several more years of cellaring.” (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #109, Feb 1997) 59 Chateau Latour 1982 Estimate: $2,400-$3,250 Pauillac Starting Bid: $2,000 3lbsl, 2lnl Bottle (12)54 Chateau l’Angelus “...the 1982 Latour has been the most opulent, flamboyant, and St. Emilion precocious of the northern Medocs, especially the St.-Juliens, 1995 lscl Bottle (4) Pauillacs, and St.-Estephes. It hasn’t changed much over the last 1998 Bottle (4) 10-15 years, revealing sweet tannins as well as extraordinarily 2000 1scl, 1nc Bottle (4) decadent, even extravagant levels of fruit, glycerin, and body. (Total: 12 Btls.) It is an amazing wine, and on several occasions, I have actually Estimate: $2,200-$3,000 picked it as a right bank Pomerol because of the lushness and Starting Bid: $1,900 succulence of the cedary, blackberry, black currant fruit. This vintage has always tasted great, even in its youth, and revealed a precociousness that one does not associate with this Chateau.55 Chateau l’Angelus However, the 1982 is still evolving at a glacial pace. The St. Emilion concentration remains remarkable, and the wine is a full-bodied, 1998 Bottle (1) exuberant, rich, classic Pauillac in its aromatic and flavor profiles.” 2000 1scl, 1nc Bottle (5) (100pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June 2009) 2001 5lscl Bottle (6) Estimate: $17,000-$22,000 (Total: 12 Btls.) Starting Bid: $15,000 Estimate: $1,900-$2,400 Starting Bid: $1,700 60 Chateau Latour 1990 Pauillac56 Chateau l’Angelus 2000 3bn, 1bsl, 3lwrl, owc St. Emilion Bottle (12) lscl “There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant Double-Magnum (1) glycerin, and full body, but I’m still waiting for that extra nuance of “A wine of great intensity, bluish/black, with a big, sweet kiss complexity to emerge. It’s all there, but the wine still seems to be of graphite, crushed rocks, blueberry, spring floral garden and more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching blackberry liqueur, unctuously textured as well as pure, dense, 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in and stunningly rich, this full-bodied wine can be drunk now or its youth, but then again, I don’t have any reason to doubt that cellared for another 25-30 years.” (97pts Robert Parker, Wine more complexity will emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.” Advocate #189, June 2010) (95+pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June 2009) Estimate: $1,000-$1,400 Estimate: $7,000-$9,000 Starting Bid: $850 Starting Bid: $6,50057 Chateau l’Angelus 2000 St. Emilion Half-Bottle (22) Estimate: $2,600-$3,250 Starting Bid: $2,200 Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 15
  17. 17. 61 Chateau Latour 1996 65 Chateau Latour 2005 Pauillac Pauillac 9lbsl, 1bsl owc Bottle (12) Bottle (6) “A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone “Only 44% of the production made it into the dense ruby/purple- of the 1966, only riper... An opaque purple color is followed by hued 2005 Latour, a powerful, backward, 12,000-case blend of phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot and Merlot. As I minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, wrote last year, this classic effort is built for the ages, and is largely full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish destined to be drunk by our offspring rather than anyone over that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the the age of 50 today. Complex aromas of crushed rocks, graphite, potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it black cherries, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, and dried would be educational to taste a bottle.” (99pts Robert Parker, mushrooms are still tightly wound. The wine is full-bodied and Wine Advocate #129, June 2000) powerful with exceptionally high tannin combined with zesty Estimate: $8,000-$11,000 acidity, and laser-like focus. It will require 15 or more years of Starting Bid: $7,000 cellaring. I still prefer the 2003, but administrator Frederic Engerer says this ‘is more Latour.’ Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060.” (96pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #176, Apr 2008)62 Chateau Latour 1996 Pauillac Estimate: $5,000-$7,000 bn, lbsl Starting Bid: $4,250 Imperial (1) Estimate: $7,000-$9,000 66 Chateau Le Pin 1986 Starting Bid: $5,500 Pomerol bn, lbsl Bottle (1)63 Chateau Latour 2000 “The 1986 offers up an extraordinary nose of smoky oak and Pauillac plummy fruit. Concentrated and powerful, with abundant tannins, Imperial (1) this may be the most structured Le Pin yet made. Medium to full- “The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a bodied, firm yet rich and expansive, this wine will benefit from wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, another year or two in the cellar.” (91pts Robert Parker, Wine and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight Advocate #88, Aug 1993) scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 well for at least 40-50 more years.” (98pts Robert Parker, Wine Starting Bid: $1,000 Advocate #189, June 2010) Estimate: $9,500-$12,000 67 Chateau Le Tertre Roteboeuf 1998 Starting Bid: $8,000 St. Emilion 1ltl Bottle (12)64 Chateau Latour 2001 “A dramatic, flamboyant nose of roasted espresso intermixed with Pauillac chocolate fudge, blackberries, Asian spices, and kirsch jumps 9lbsl from the glass of this ostentatious effort. Full-bodied and layered, Bottle (10) with an unctuous texture, gorgeous purity, and an undeniable “A brilliant offering, which should be drinkable much earlier hedonistic explosion of fruit and glycerin, it can be drunk now, than the blockbuster 2000, the 2001 Latour boasts an inky/ruby/ or cellared for 15+ years. To my taste, it is the finest Le Tertre- purple color to the rim as well as a glorious bouquet of black Roteboeuf since 1990. But watch out for the 2000!” (94pts currants, crushed stones, vanilla, and hints of truffles and oak. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #134, Apr 2001) A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance primarily Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 a sweetness on the palate that is atypical for such a young Latour. Starting Bid: $1,200 The beautiful integration of tannin, acidity, and wood is stunning. The wine flows across the palate with fabulous texture, purity, 68 Chateau l’Eglise Clinet 1996 and presence. This luscious, full-bodied Latour was surprisingly Pomerol open-knit on the three occasions I tasted it from bottle. 3lbsl, 1lnl However, do not mistake its aging ability as this 2001, despite its Bottle (11) precociousness, will last 20-25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2007- “One of the few profound Pomerols in 1996, l’Eglise-Clinet turned 2025.” (95pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #153, June 2004) out an uncommonly rich, concentrated wine that is performing Estimate: $3,500-$4,500 well from bottle, even though it is displaying a more tightly-knit Starting Bid: $3,000 structure than it did from cask. The dark ruby/purple color is followed by notes of charcoal, jammy cassis, raspberries, and a touch of sur-maturite. Spicy oak emerges as the wine sits in the glass. It is fat, concentrated, and medium to full-bodied, with a layered, multidimensional, highly nuanced personality.” (93pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #122, April 1999) Estimate: $850-$1,200 Starting Bid: $80016 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  18. 18. Lots 49, 63, 89Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 17
  19. 19. 69 Chateau l’Eglise Clinet 1998 73 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Pomerol St. Julien Imperial (2) 1989 1lbsl Bottle (7) “This wine has been so impressive over the last decade that it 1990 1lnl Bottle (5) can now be said to rival Petrus. This effort should turn out to be (Total: 12 Btls.) one of the longest-lived Pomerols of the vintage. It is backward, Estimate: $2,200-$3,000 and has closed down since bottling, but make no mistake about Starting Bid: $2,000 it ... this is a dazzling, serious vin de garde. An opaque purple color is followed by a restrained but promising bouquet of sweet 74 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1996 black raspberries intermixed with vanillin, caramel, and minerals. St. Julien The wine is full-bodied, powerfully tannic, beautifully textured, 1lwisl, 1ssos, 1owc and crammed with extract (an assortment of black fruits).” (94pts Imperial (1) Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #134, April 2001) “A profound Leoville Las Cases, it is one of the great modern day Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 wines of Bordeaux. This wine’s hallmark remains a sur-maturite Starting Bid: $1,400 (over-ripeness) of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Yet the wine has retained its intrinsic classicism, symmetry, and profound potential70 Chateau Leoville Barton 1995 for complexity and elegance. The black/purple color is followed St. Julien by a spectacular nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, pain grille, and 10bsl minerals. It is powerful and rich on the attack, with beautifully Half-Bottle (22) integrated tannin, massive concentration, yet no hint of heaviness “Somewhat closed and reticent after bottling, but still impressive, or disjointedness. As this wine sits in the glass it grows in stature this 1995 possesses a dark ruby/purple color, as well as an oaky and richness. It is a remarkable, seamless, palate-staining, and nose with classic scents of cassis, vanillin, cedar, and spice. extraordinarily elegant wine - the quintessential St.-Julien.” (98pts Dense and medium to full-bodied, with softer tannin and more Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #122, Apr 1999) accessibility than the 1996, but not quite the packed and stacked Estimate: $2,000-$2,600 effect on the palate, the 1995 is an outstanding textbook St.- Starting Bid: $1,700 Julien that will handsomely repay extended cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.” (91pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #115, 75 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1996 Feb 1998) St. Julien Estimate: $750-$950 1lwisl, 1ssos, 1owc Starting Bid: $600 Imperial (1) Estimate: $2,000-$2,60071 Chateau Leoville Barton Starting Bid: $1,700 1996 St. Julien Bottle (8) Chateau Leoville Poyferre 76 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1999 1995 St. Julien Bottle (3) St. Julien (Total: 11 Btls.) Bottle (12) Estimate: $700-$950 “The 1999 Leoville Las Cases possesses a dense purple color Starting Bid: $650 as well as classic aromas of vanilla, black cherries, and currants mixed with subtle toasty oak. The wine is medium-bodied with72 Chateau Leoville Barton 2000 sweet tannin, yet it remains young, backward, and unevolved St. Julien (unusual for a 1999). Its extraordinary purity and overall harmony Bottle (12) give it a character all its own. This excellent Las Cases will be at its “This is a behemoth - dense, highly extracted, very tannic, finest between 2006-2022.” (91pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little #140, April 2002) evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme Starting Bid: $1,100 de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come 77 Chateau Leoville Las Cases from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day St. Julien consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who 2001 Bottle (6) bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to 2002 2lbsl Bottle (6) own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of (Total: 12 Btls.) it.” (95+pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June 2010) Estimate: $1,000-$1,400 Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 Starting Bid: $900 Starting Bid: $1,10018 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084
  20. 20. 78 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2005 81 Chateau l’Evangile 1990 St. Julien Pomerol 2nl 3lbsl, 1nl Bottle (6) Bottle (12) “An inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by reticent aromatics “It is a complex effort with lots of cedar, sweet caramelized that, with considerable coaxing, offer up subtle notes of toasty black raspberries and cherries as well as hints of licorice and vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shavings, wet rocks, and underbrush.” (90pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June enormously ripe, intense black cherry and creme de cassis. 2009) The wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel Estimate: $2,400-$3,250 as well as enormous extract, concentration, and purity. This Starting Bid: $2,000 ageless, monumental claret requires a minimum of 15-20 years to approach maturity, and should last for a half century. It is about as 82 Chateau l’Evangile 2005 classic a Leoville Las Cases as one will find.” (98pts Robert Parker, Pomerol Wine Advocate #176, Apr 2008) Bottle (6) Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 “L’Evangile’s sublime 2005, a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Starting Bid: $1,100 Cabernet Franc, is the first wine made in their brand new cuverie. Sadly, there are fewer than 3,500 cases of this deep79 Chateau l’Evangile 1982 purple-colored offering. A gorgeous nose of meat juices, black Pomerol raspberries, chocolate, espresso, and notions of truffle oil as well 4lbsl, 1ltl as smoke is followed by a full-bodied Pomerol displaying sweet Bottle (4) tannin, a flawless texture, and stunning complexity.” (95pts Robert “A blockbuster, dark plum/garnet-colored wine, the 1982 Parker, Wine Advocate #176, Apr 2008) L’Evangile reveals a decadent, extravagantly rich nose of Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 caramelized fruit, plum, licorice, smoked meats, and toffee. This Starting Bid: $1,000 opulent, full-bodied Pomerol caresses the palate with layers and layers of glycerin and fruit. The tannin is barely noticeable in this 83 Chateau Leoville Poyferre massive, rich, gorgeous effort. The complexity of the nose alone 1995 St. Julien Bottle (6) is worth a special admission price. It is close to full maturity, and Chateau Lynch Bages is capable of lasting another 20-25 years.” (98pts Robert Parker, 1995 Pauillac Bottle (6) Wine Advocate #183, June 2009) (Total: 12 Btls.) Estimate: $1,200-$1,500 Estimate: $950-$1,200 Starting Bid: $1,000 Starting Bid: $85080 Chateau l’Evangile 1989 84 Chateau Lynch Bages 2000 Pomerol Pauillac 12lbsl, 1ltl 9lbsl Bottle (12) Half-Bottle (23) “For me, the big surprises are the best bottles of 1989 L’Evangile. “I originally predicted 2008-2025 for the window of full maturity, More forward, and revealing more maturity than the 1990, the and that looks accurate, as this wine, which exhibits a little amber dark ruby/purple-colored 1989 (some amber is just beginning to and loads of glycerin, is probably the biggest, richest Lynch Bages creep in at the edge) offers an exotic, sweet, chocolatey, toffee, produced after the 1995 and before the 2005. Succulent, with roasted herb-scented nose, thick, fat, ripe flavors, low acidity, and lots of juicy black fruit and silky tannin, this is a beauty that can far more complexity and richness than I had originally imagined. be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years.” (95pts Robert This delicious wine is close to full maturity - perhaps that is Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June 2010) why it is beginning to perform so well. This looks to be a terrific Estimate: $850-$1,300 L’Evangile that is significantly better than I may have led readers Starting Bid: $700 to believe when I first reported on it in 1990, and subsequently in 1991 and 1992. I would opt for drinking it over the next 10 years, as I do not believe it possesses nearly the aging potential, weight, 85 Chateau Lynch Bages 2004 or force of the 1990.” (90pts, Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Pauillac Ed., Jan 1998) 2owc Estimate: $1,500-$2,000 Bottle (12) Starting Bid: $1,200 Estimate: $800-$1,100 Starting Bid: $650 Session One, Auction #5084 | Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 6:00PM PT | Simulcast Friday, June 17, 9:00AM in Hong Kong 19
  21. 21. 86 Chateau Margaux 1982 Lot 89 Margaux 2ts, 2vhs, 1bsl, 1ltc, owc Bottle (12) “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.” (98pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #183, June 2009) Estimate: $9,500-$13,000 Starting Bid: $8,00087 Chateau Margaux 1983 Margaux 12lbsl, owc Bottle (12) “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.” (96pts Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Ed., Jan 1998) Estimate: $4,750-$6,000 Starting Bid: $4,00088 Chateau Margaux 1998 Margaux 7bsl Bottle (10) “The 1998 Margaux’s color is a dense ruby/purple. The wine is tannic and austere, but elegant, with notes of asphalt, blackberries, acacia flowers, and sweet, toasty oak. Subtle, rich, nicely-textured, and medium-bodied, it is built for the long haul. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.” ( 91pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #134, Apr 2001) Estimate: $3,750-$4,750 Starting Bid: $3,50089 Chateau Margaux 2000 Margaux owc Imperial (1) “The extraordinary seductiveness, complex aromatics, and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied, with layers of concentration, stunning blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak, and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial, this is a multi- dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy, even opaque bluish/purple, but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30-40 years, so there is no hurry either.” (100pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #189, June 2010) Estimate: $7,500-$9,500 Starting Bid: $6,50020 To view full descriptions and bid online, visit HA.com/5084