Skinner to Host Auction of Fine Wine in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – April 19, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. will hold a live auction of Fine Wines on May 3rd in its Boston gallery. Following the event, a second offering of lots will be offered on May 4th through May 13th exclusively online with Skinner’s new timed auction platform.

Through its partnership with Lower Falls Wine Company of Newton, MA, Skinner’s May sale of Fine Wines offers something for everyone, from wines for current consumption through investment grade bottles.


Investment Wine Assets

Featured in the sale is a broad selection of wines from Bordeaux, Napa, Burgundy and many originating from Champagne. Of particular note is a first growth horizontal lot from 2000 (lot 128, estimated between $45,000 and $65,000) that includes one case of each from the five first growths in the Medoc region of France – Haut Brion, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild. The year 2000 was an instant classic in Bordeaux with all five first growth chateaux producing stellar wines that will forever be compared to those from 2005 and 2009.

Rare Cognac

Also on offer is a single bottle of 1820 A. De Luze et Fils grand fine champagne cognac (lot 225, $2,000 to $3,000), possibly the oldest existing example of this distinctive de Luze bottle. This négociant bottling of vintage cognac was likely bottled in the 1840s.

Recently Released 2009 Bordeaux

Cases of 2009 Bordeaux are well represented and include a Chateau Montrose (lot 234, $3,000 to $4,500), a Chateau Duhart Milon (lot 235, $800 to $1,200), and a Chateau Pontet Canet (lot 236, $2,400 to $3,600).

1982 Bordeaux

Just one example from the auction is a collection of 12 bottles of 1982 Mouton Rothschild (lot 100, $9,000 to $14,000). These bottles were bought on release by a true wine enthusiast and stored in a custom built home cellar maintained at 55 degrees. These are truly fine examples of this legendary wine.

2005 Burgundy

There is a strong presence of 2005 Burgundy at the sale featuring outstanding wines from a legendary vintage in the Cote d’Or region of France. This impressive collection of wines is just now starting to open up and includes a superb bottle of Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes (lot 120, $500 to $700), a stunning Bernard Dugat-Py Charmes Chambertin (lot 270, $1,000 to $1,500), six bottles of Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares (lot 678, $1,000 to $1,500), and nine bottles of Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos Vougeot (lot 665, $900 to $1,400).

Previews, Catalogue and Bidding

To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, Director of Skinner’s Fine Wines Department, at 508-970-3296 or

Illustrated catalogue #2593B is available from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!

Both fine wine enthusiasts as well as new collectors can learn more about the timed auction at, or by calling Michael Moser at 508-970-3133.

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site




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