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Snooth User: dmcker

Another serious auction...

Posted by dmcker, Aug 4, 2010.

From Hart Davis Hart out of Chicago comes this large offering. Wonder how many Chinese bids will be received. Also strange to see Guigal in with those other names....


Fox Cellar II Auction Preview

Please Note: Our September auction date has
changed to September 24th & September 25th.

Bidding Begins 8/26" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" class="outgoing" >Request a complimentary auction catalog

We are thrilled to share a preview of" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" class="outgoing" >The Fox Cellar II. Two years ago, the $11.2 million Fox Cellar auction set a new standard for HDH. This second offering is equally compelling, featuring 1,705 lots worth an estimated $4-6 million. The Fox Cellar is the quintessential example of impeccable provenance. Almost all wine was purchased upon initial release or as futures and removed from pristine temperature- and humidity-controlled storage.

We hope you can join us in Chicago for this special weekend.

493 lots of First Growth Bordeaux worth an estimated
$2-$3 million including 396 original wood cases (OWC).
Encyclopedic offerings include:

88 lots of Château Mouton Rothschild worth an estimated
$235,000-$350,000 spanning 20 vintages

103 Lots of Château Lafite Rothschild worth an estimated
$795,000-$1.2M spanning 24 vintages

91 Lots of Château Haut-Brion worth an estimated
$250,000-$370,000 spanning 19 vintages

46 lots of Château Petrus, including 24 original wood cases
worth an estimated $360,000-$535,000 spanning 18 vintages
57 lots from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, including
298 bottles, and 24 original wood cases worth an
estimated $305,000-$460,000
33 lots of Vintage Madeira, featuring over 300 bottles,
including selections from the vintages 1795, 1802, 1834, 1875, 1900, 1920, and 1927 vintages
Other Highlights from the Auction Include: Wine   Estimate 1976 Penfolds Grange Hermitage (12 bs)   $6500-9500 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild (12 bs) (owc)   $32000-48000 1998 Château Le Pin (12 bs) (2 owc)   $16000-24000 2002 Romanée-Conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (3 bs) (owc)   $13000-19000 1827 Boal Madeira Quinta do Serrado (12 bs)   $7500-11000 2001 Masseto Tenuta dell'Ornellaia (12 bs) (owc)   $6500-9500 1795 Terrantez Madeira Barbeito (2 bs)   $4500-6500 1998 Côte Rôtie, La Mouline Guigal (12 bs) (owc)   $3000-4500 1997 Sperss Gaja (12 bs) (owc)   $2600-3800

The live auction will take place at Chicago’s award-winning restaurant Tru, beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th, 2010. Tru is located at 676 N. St. Clair Street in Chicago.




BTW, Mark et al., why does a cut and paste appear edited one way (e.g. formatted with tables and the like) but then after the transfer end up a garbled mess? Nor is it really possible to edit the original to look better in the final Snooth post....


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 4, 2010.

Intrigued by your comment re Guigal?

Reply by dmcker, Aug 4, 2010.

I suppose in some ways I misspoke, and let personal opinions slip in. Guigal's 'la-las'--La Mouline (softer), La Landonne (more tannic) and La Turque (often describe as a mix of the two)--are all 'serious' Cote Roties, and Guigal himself is certainly a serious and successful marketer. I just liked them better from the '70s and '80s. By the end of the '90s they'd been well Parkerized (and thus he gives them 100s for the 2005, etc.). Too much internationalized, 'modern', fruit-forward monsters for my taste compared to others in the area (like Chave), and they represent to me too much of what's been going wrong with great wine in recent decades. A different type of problem than Jaboulet has suffered, and I'm sure Guigal is making plenty of money all the while.

Reply by ChipDWood, Aug 7, 2010.

"BTW, Mark et al., why does a cut and paste appear edited one way (e.g. formatted with tables and the like) but then after the transfer end up a garbled mess? Nor is it really possible to edit the original to look better in the final Snooth post...."

I know.  It's the worst.  Been battling that formatting inconsistency for more than a year, doing the very same thing you're doin' know Dmcker.

Makes it tough to do something, at least on the boards as oppose to a feature, that a good chunk of the readers (my guess) would actuallhy find interesting.

But, wh
at do Ikno

Reply by dmcker, Aug 24, 2010.

Stephen, here's another review from John Gilman's 'View from a Cellar', Issue 7:

1999 Cote Rotie "la Mouline"-Guigal

The list of superb Guigal wines that I have tasted down through the years is long and rewarding. La Mouline is a wine that I once really loved, but I had not tasted a recent release since the 1991 vintage. The 1999 is rather dissimilar to the wines I knew so well from the vintages of the 1970s and 1980s. The nose on the 1999 is a souped-up blend of blueberries, black berries, shoe polish, dark chocolate and raw, sawdusty new oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, suave and spit-polished, with a shockingly hollow core, and solid but hardly impressive length on the oaky finish. 1999 is a top vintage in the northern Rhone, so the hole in the middle of this wine is inexplicable. La Mouline had been a rather heavily made-up wine for many years prior to the release of the 1999, but at least in the old days there was plenty of mid-palate stuffing and Cote-Rotie character under the make-up. This is emphatically not the case with the 1999. I really am in shock how pedestrian this wine is in this vintage. Time to take of the beer goggles? 2006-2009+ 83


Guess I'm not the only one thinking that way about how Guigal has evolved....

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