BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc will host a live auction of Fine Wines & Rare Spirits on November 9 at 6PM, featuring a curated selection of great depth and focus. With over 500 lots the auction represents the very best of Burgundy, the Rhone, and Cult Californian wine, diving deep into historic and current vintages. Represented are top producers such as Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Rousseau and Roumier, along with a vast vintage selection of Guigal’s heralded La La’s, rare vintages of Chave and Jamet, and the consistently top rated Californian wines Screaming Eagle, Colgin, Harlan, Schrader and Sine Qua Non among others, all in pristine condition. A resounding presentation of Scotch, American and Japanese whisky will conclude this remarkable auction.
Bordeaux: First growths take the stage, faceted with top rated vintages in stellar condition. A full case of Chateau Lafite 1995 (Lot 15, Estimated between $5,500-7,500) stands among an imperial (6L) of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989 (Lot 20, $2,400-3,500) and a case of Chateau Margaux 2005 (Lot 357, $7,000-8,500). For the true collector of claret, a full case of Chateau Mouton Rothschild’s European release of their 1993 vintage with the label featuring a sketch by Balthus is on offer (Lot 21, $3,000-4,250).
Burgundy: The impressive selection in this auction hardly speaks to the minute production of this revered region. Serious collectors will be thrilled by the scope of producers, historians will appreciate the range of vintages, and blossoming oenophiles can be introduced into Burgundy with ease. Domaine de la Romanee Conti is richly presented with two bottles of Romanee Conti 1997 (Lot 26, $16,000-24,000) and La Tache, Richebourg, Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux all are offered in multiple vintages (Lots 29-38).
♦ One bottle of De Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes from 1962 (Lot 385, $3,000-4,000)
♦ Mixed nine bottles of Domaine Leroy 1999 (Lot 100, $3,700-5,200)
♦ Rousseau Chambertin 2000 (Lot 115, $4,250-5,500)
♦ Six bottles of Musigny 1969 produced by the accessible Remoissenet and sourced directly by Harvard Square’s late Cave Atlantique (Lot 289, $1,000-1,400)
Rhone: Northern Rhone rules the auction, with all the heavy weight producers in top vintages. Guigal’s La La’s span the decades (Lots 131-161), as do Chave and Jamet in representing the Southern Rhone; four bottles of Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Clos Pignan 1969 (Lot 295, $1,000-1,300) is a rare find.
♦ J.L Chave 1990 in magnum (Lot 127, $1,400-2,000)
♦ Two bottles of La Landonne 1988 (Lot 141, $900-1,100)
♦ Two bottles of La Mouline 1990 (Lot 151, $900-$1,200)
♦ Full case of La Turque 1995 (Lot 157, $3,000-4,000)
Italy: Gaja is in magnificent display showing off a double magnum of Sori Tildin 2010 (Lot 397, $1,300-1,800). Quintarelli exhibits multiple vintages of Recioto Valpolicella including three bottles of 1990 Riserva (Lot 55, $800-1,200), and the Piedmont is represented with older vintages including a rare six bottles of Giovannini Moresco’s Barbaresco (Lot 61, $750-1,200).
California: All of the biggest stars of California wines are on offer. Schrader’s Classic Napa Wines, The ABC’s of Napa; Abreu, Bond and Colgin as well as Harlan, Screaming Eagle and Sine Qua Non are only a smattering of names on offer. Most lots were sealed since release from winery and stored in professional storage, making condition impeccable.
♦ Six bottles of Harlan 1997 in original wood (Lot 224, $4,200-5,100)
♦ Three bottles of Colgin IX Estate in original wood (Lot 218, $1,275-1,500)
♦ Three bottles of Screaming Eagle in original wood (Lot 128, $4,250-6,000)
The auction offers a highly curated selection of Scotch, American and Japanese whisky. Glenfiddich 25 year old Stag’s Head decanter (Lot 435, $2,500-3,000), Johnny Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary (Lot 440, $1,500-2,000) and multiple offerings of Port Ellen (Lots 444-449) lead Scotch, while a vibrant showing of Old Fitzgerald (Lots 475-477) and Van Winkle (Lots 478-488) are among other Kentucky royalty. The unique selection of Japanese whisky is breathtaking, concluding with Hibiki’s 35 Year Old akaida Kakiemon XIV series in a hand painted ceramic decanter and base, of only 150 produced (Lot 499, $8,000-$10,000).
Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding
Prices realized will be available online at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!.
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