The finest producers of Bordeaux are represented from Chateau Latour, Chateau Petrus, and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion. Of particular note is a 10 bottle lot of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1959 (lot 99, est. $11,000 - $16,000); 8 bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1959 (lot 105, est. $7,000 - $10,000 - pictured); and 2 bottles of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2000 (lot 126, est. $8,000 - 12,000). The sale also offers more recently bottled Bordeaux vintages offering buyers the wonderful dilemma of whether to collect and cellar, or to open and enjoy with friends and family. The Rhone is well represented with a bottle of Domaine du Pegau, Chateauneuf du Pape, Cuvee da Capo 2003 (lot 169, est. $600 - $1,000) and single bottles of Guigal, La Landonne 1983 (lot 171, est. $400 - $600), Guigal, Cote Rotie La Mouline 2003 (lot 175, est. $400 - $600), and Guigal, Cote Rotie La Torque 2003 (lot 176, est. $400 - $600) among others.
The sale boasts luscious New World wines as well. These iconoclastic, maverick winemakers are shown off with 2 bottles of Sine Qua Non, "Just for the Love of It" Syrah 2002 (lot 263, est. $850 - $1,200 - pictured) and 3 and 4 bottle lots from Charles Smith – "Old Bones" Syrah 2005 (lot 265, est. $325 - $450) and "The Skull" Syrah 2005 (lot 266, est. $350 - $550) and a single bottle of Chris Ringland Shiraz 1998 (lot 200, est. $500 - $700).
Just in time for the holidays, great Champagne in party-sized lots of 8, 14, and 20 bottles will take buyers from hors d'oeuvres through dessert. Highlighted is 7 bottles of Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne (lot 39, est. $700 - $1,100); 5 bottles of Veuve Clicquot, Grand Dame 1979 (lot 40, est. $1,500 - $2,200 - pictured); and 12 bottles of Heidsieck, Vintage Brut Millesime 1990 (lot 342, est. $700 - $1,100).
According to Marie Keep, Director of Fine Wine at Skinner, "The current wine market is a boon for buyers. Wines that may have been out of reach at the zenith of the market are now approachable at auction. It's a good time to start collecting again." Keep continued, "Skinner remains the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction, and the interest in these auctions reflects Boston's love of fine wines."
To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, director of Skinner's Fine Wines Department, at (508) 970-3296 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Skinner is currently accepting consignments for its Spring 2010 auction of Fine Wines and can accept a single noteworthy bottle or an entire collection.
Hope to see you at the auction on Wednesday!
Cheers - Ken