BOSTON, Mass. – February 10, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will offer nearly 600 lots sure to please any palate during its Fine Wines auction on Tuesday, February 25. Presented in conjunction with Lower Falls Wine Company, this sale will offer both fledgling and experienced oenophiles the opportunity to bid on extraordinary selections of Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, and more. For beer connoisseurs, an exceptional section of Fine Ales will be available, in addition to a choice selection of spirits.
Stellar collections of fine wines will be offered, encompassing robust selections of Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone, and Bordeaux wines, as well as treasures from California’s Napa Valley. Overall, this auction showcases tremendous breadth and depth by region and varietal. What’s more, according to Skinner Director of Fine Wines Marie Keep, “There are wines on offer that are certain to be incredibly compelling across every category of wine enthusiast; whether one is looking for rare bottles, long-term investment, or something to open and savor now, it is here.”
The major highlight of this sale is a superlot of 51 cases of the 2000 vintage of classified Bordeaux (Lot 137, estimated between $100,000 and $150,000). This survey of “Millennium Vintage” Bordeaux – a vintage widely considered to be one of the best in the past century – remains in pristine condition, stored undisturbed in a temperature-controlled cellar since its purchase in 2003. Several of these wines are currently ready for consumption and many more will continue to mature and develop for years to come.
Skinner will highlight a number of scarce verticals in the February 25 auction. A rarely seen offering is an impeccable, 10-bottle lot of Screaming Eagle Vertical from Napa Valley (Lot 211, $13,000 to $18,000). Produced in extremely limited quantities, Screaming Eagle is one of California’s most lush and desirable wines.
Another enticing lot from the Bordeaux region is a Seventeen Year Vertical of Mouton Rothschild, featuring 34 bottles, ranging from 1991 through 2007 (Lot 209, $12,000 to $18,000).
Also at auction are three bottles of Domaine de la Romanee Conti le Montrachet 2003, a sumptuous and rare white wine – the only white produced by Domaine de la Romanee Conti (Lot 140, $8,500 to $12,000). Skinner’s stellar offering of Rhone wines is brought into high relief with Chateau de Beaucastel – multiple vintages from the Southern Rhone, including six bottles of 1990 Chateau Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin, a classic vintage of one of the region’s best wines (Lot 278, $3,000 to $4,250). Keep observed, “Rhone wines are highly coveted right now and we are very pleased to offer this terrific selection from a cellar of such immense depth in the Rhone region.”
The first brick-and-mortar auction house to present beer live at auction, Skinner continues to offer scarce selections of quality ales: from Belgian rarities to new American styles. The top lot among beers in the February 25 auction is a 1998 Cantillon Loerik (Lot 163, $2,000 to $3,000). Representing the “one percent” of beers, this offering is just one of many rare Cantillon lambics to be offered. Another exceptional offering from the same consignor is a 12-bottle lot of Goose Island Bourbon County Variant Vertical, 2008 to 2013 (Lot 175, $750 to $1,000).
Two very special offerings in this auction come directly from California-based brewery, The Bruery, founded by Patrick Rue. The first lot includes a bottle of Batch 1: Levud’s, the first beer released by the Bruery, in addition to the first five vintages of Anniversary Old Ales, each named after traditional anniversary gifts and aged in bourbon barrels (Lot 157, $300 to $500). The second lot includes 12 bottles of the Bruery’s most popular brew, Black Tuesday, which is released on a limited basis annually on the last Tuesday in October as an homage to the stock market crash of 1929. Skinner’s offering features four vintages of Black Tuesday, plus eight variants with a “twist” (Lot 158, $600 to $900). Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit The One Fund Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the families most affected by the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
According to specialist Michael Moser, “The demand for fine beers has exploded over the last few years and we are excited to offer such an interesting and diverse selection, at a variety of price points. Any one of these bottles could serve as the centerpiece for a tasting event with friends.”
A notable highlight from the spirits section is a six-bottle set of highly sought-after Van Winkle Whiskies. Showcasing the entire Van Winkle portfolio, this lot contains five scarce bottlings of bourbon and one rye whiskey (Lot 193, $2,500 to $4,000). The crown jewel of this lot, according to Moser, is the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23-year Bourbon: “the last of a dying breed.”
Previews, Catalog and Bidding
To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, Director of Skinner’s Fine Wines Department, at 508-970-3296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The illustrated catalog for #2707B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at www.skinnerinc.com, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!
Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.
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