[BOSTON], MA – January 28, 2019 – In the first department offering of 2019, the January auction (open for bidding January 30-February 7) features a New England Cellar, a single-owner collection largely accumulated and curated upon release from local retailers. This pedigreed compilation features storied vintage Champagne (Krug, Cristal, Eric Rodez), pristine lots of First Growth Bordeaux (Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Cheval Blanc), Burgundy (Comtes Lafon, Meo Camuzet), a deep strain of exemplary Italian producers (Sassicaia, Valdicava’s Madonna del Piano and Rinaldi) and California darlings Kistler and Peter Michael.… Read More
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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.… Read More
When Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood muse on “Summer Wine” they sing of “Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring.” It sounds to me like they were enjoying some fine red Burgundy!
When it comes to collecting red Burgundy the outstanding vintages of 1999, 2002 and 2005 are what you’ll find resting in collectors’ cellars, and there they shall sit for many more years, joined soon by the 2009s. But Burgundy is known to be fickle; the Pinot Noir variety is notoriously prone to rot and has difficulty achieving optimum ripeness. As such, you’ll hear an awful lot about “drinking vintages” in the Cote d’Or filling the gaps between “classic” vintages. 2004 and 2007 are some such vintages, drinking beautifully in their youth as the 02’s and 05’s mature.
My favorite lot in the entire sale, live or online, is this one, 6 bottles of 1985 Clos de la Bousse d’Or. The consignor was kind enough to provide us with a bottle of this wine to demonstrate the quality of his storage. Simply put, the bottle was right in the sweet spot for Burgundy; smoke and earth, nuanced fruit, fully mature yet the acidity suggests some years ahead. And that was from a bottle with a four centimeter ullage, so imagine what is in store for the winner of this lot.