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Raise a Glass: Mid-winter Fine Wines and Spirits Auction at Skinner Brims with Splendid Choices

The Fine Wine & Rare Spirits auction will take place February 15, 2018, at Skinner, 63 Park Plaza, Boston. The live auction begins at 6 PM, supplemented with real-time online bidding. A select number of wines will be available for sampling prior to the sale; please contact the Fine Wines department at 508-970-3246 for tasting information.

Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1990, 6 bottles (Lot 274, Estimate: $900-1,200)

Department head Marie Keep notes that wines and spirits are unique among Skinner’s many offerings because they are consumables. Provenance and storage details are meticulously documented by Skinner, assuring bidders of the quality of their purchases in this dynamic market. The sale numbers over 450 lots of fine wines and rare spirits. There are extensive selections from important collections and individual bottles of great distinction. The Winter’s collection includes jaw-dropping Champagnes, a robust study in Rhones and an enviable collection of Barbarescos and Barolos from legendary vintages. Outstanding examples include a wide range of Guigal’s famed LaLas:

  • Guigal La Landonne, 1988 (Lot 43, 6 bottles, estimate $2700-$4,000)
  • Guigal La Turque, 2003 (Lot 65, 6 bottles, estimate $2,200-$3,250)
  • Guigal La Mouline, 1989-1991 (Lot 50, 3 bottles, estimate $1,400-$2,100)

Also from this lovingly curated collection is a splendid array of highly coveted Bruno Giacosa Riservas:

  • Barolo Collina Rionda Riserva Speciale 1978 (Lot 79, 1 bottle, estimate $1,600-$2,800)
  • Barolo Falletto Serralunga d’Alba Riserva 1989 (Lot 82, 2 bottles, estimate $1,400-$1,800)

The Nantucket Cellar represents over twenty years of discerning collecting by a passionate connoisseur who sourced wines by visiting properties and meeting producers. Rich pockets of Bordeaux and the Rhone reveal a deep appreciation for both regions along with Burgundy, Piedmont, and California. Highlights include:

Salon Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1985, 4 bottles (Lot 14, Estimate: $2,000-2,800)

  • Château Cos d’Estournel Vertical spanning four decades, an impressive selection that is part of a larger assembly of Cos (Lot 200, 19 bottles, estimate $1600-2400)
  • Château Lafite Rothschild 1996, twelve bottles (owc) of a remarkable, greatly sought-after vintage (Lot 187, estimate $9,500-12,000)
  • Champagne Salon, 1985 (Lot 14, 4 bottles, estimate $2,000-$2,800), an astounding wine made entirely in the style of Blanc de Blancs. As it is only bottled from the best vintages, cellar master Michel Faurconnet can ensure that exacting standards are met.

Other splendors from various consignors are equally enticing, such as:

  • Chateau Margaux, 1990 (Lot 305A, 12 bottles, estimate $8,000-$10,000). This “gorgeous” “sensual” wine received 100 points from N. Martin for TWA.
  • Champagne Salon, 1985 (Lot 14, 4 bottles, estimate $2,000-$2,800), an astounding wine made entirely in the style of Blanc de Blancs. As it is only bottled from the best vintages, cellar master Michel Faurconnet can ensure that exacting standards are met.

 

The rare spirits offered in this sale are worthy companions to the outstanding wines. There are choice beverages both old and new and as always some special and rare bottlings.

  • Ardbeg Provenance 1974, 6-pack (Lot 425, Estimate: $9,000-12,000)

    At the head of the whisky class is an original six-pack of Ardbeg Provenance, (Lot 425, estimate $9,000-12,000) distilled in 1974 and bottled in 2000

  • The oldest whisky is a Laphroaig, distilled in 1960 (Lot 432, estimate $3,000-4,000) and bottled in 2000 at the life-beginning age of 40.
  • A pint of OFC (Lot 445, estimate $800-1,000) was distilled by The George T Stagg Distillery before Prohibition in 1916 and bottled after Prohibition in 1933.

Additionally, there is a robust selection from the modern classics such as the Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection lines.

This auction continues the Skinner tradition of scrupulously researched fine wines and rare spirits. Each lot offers an opportunity to brighten the depths of winter and delight the discriminating palate.

About Skinner

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