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Auction Description for Skinner: Fine Wines
Auction Description:
Fine Wines

Fine Wines

by Skinner


305 lots with images

September 19, 2008

The Heritage on the Garden

63 Park Plaza

Boston, MA, 02116 USA

Phone: +1 617 350 5400

Fax: +1 617 350 5429

Email: info@skinnerinc.com

Chateau Haut Brion 1982 Pessac-Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u. nine into neck, one very top shoulder with possibl...

Lot 1: Chateau Haut Brion 1982 Pessac-Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u. nine into neck, one very top shoulder with possibl...

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Description: Chateau Haut Brion 1982 Pessac-Leognan, 1er Cru Classe u. nine into neck, one very top shoulder with possible seepage, some light bin wear and label soiling 10 bottles

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Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe  Haut-Brion has been the most consistent...

Lot 2: Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe Haut-Brion has been the most consistent...

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Description: Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade, producing top-notch wines, even in such tough years as 1987, 1993, and 1994. The 1989 is one of a handful of truly profound wines from a vintage that tends to be overrated, save for the Pomerols, a few St.-Emilions, and some overachievers in the Medoc. However, 1989 was an extraordinary success for Jean Delmas, the administrator of Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion. The prodigious 1989 Haut-Brion is one of the greatest first-growths I have ever tasted. It has always reminded me of what the 1959 must have tasted like in its youth, but it is even richer and more compelling aromatically. The wine exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, as well as a sweet nose of jammy fruit, tobacco, spicy oak, minerals, and smoke. Fabulously concentrated, with huge levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin, this wine is nearly viscous because of its thickness and richness. Low acidity gives the wine even more appeal and adds to its precociousness. The wine has not budged in development since it was first bottled, although it has always provided thrilling drinking because of its voluptuous texture. It needs another 5-6 years of bottle age before it will begin to develop Haut-Brion's fabulous fragrance. Expect it to hit its plateau of maturity around 2003-2005 and drink well for 15-25 years." R. Parker, 100 pts 02/97 10 bottles

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Chateau la Mission Haut Brion 1989 Talence, Cru Classe u. all into neck

Lot 3: Chateau la Mission Haut Brion 1989 Talence, Cru Classe u. all into neck "I am certainly not goi...

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Description: Chateau la Mission Haut Brion 1989 Talence, Cru Classe u. all into neck "I am certainly not going to argue with anyone who believes La Mission-Haut-Brion's 1989 is every bit as profound as the 1989 Haut-Brion. It is a spectacular wine, and as it ages in the bottle, it is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite La Mission-Haut-Brions, ranking alongside the 1982, 1975, 1961, 1959, and 1955. The 1989 boasts a dense, thick, purple color, followed by a sweet, roasted cassis, chocolatey-scented nose with whiffs of tobacco, tar, and minerals. The wine is extremely full-bodied, unctuously-textured, sweet, jammy, and rich. Although it is still a youthful, unformed wine, it is already delicious to drink. It should develop additional bottle bouquet by the turn of the century, after which it will drink well for 15-20 years." R. Parker, 99 pts. 02/97 12 bottles (owc)

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Chateau Palmer 1989 Margaux, 3eme Cru Classe u. ten bottom neck or better, two very top shoulder b...

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Description: Chateau Palmer 1989 Margaux, 3eme Cru Classe u. ten bottom neck or better, two very top shoulder 12 bottles (owc)

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Chateau Lynch Bages 1989 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe u. all into neck

Lot 5: Chateau Lynch Bages 1989 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe u. all into neck "Consistently backward and ...

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Description: Chateau Lynch Bages 1989 Pauillac, 5eme Cru Classe u. all into neck "Consistently backward and dense, with enormous potential, this admirable wine will not be ready for prime time drinking for another 5-7 years. The color is not quite as opaque as the 1990's, but reveals more purple and no lightening at the edge. Hugely concentrated flavors have just begun to offer up a nose of cedar and creme de cassis. Powerful and muscular, with high tannin and superb concentration, this is Lynch Bages at its biggest and most beastly. However, everything is in balance for a stunning evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030." R. Parker, 95 pts. 06/00 12 bottles (owc)

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