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Thursday 9 September 2010

AUCTION

Thursday 9 September 2010

at 10.30 am Lots 1-311

and at 2.30 pm Lots 312-632

8 King Street, St. James’s

London SW1Y 6QT

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TAYLOR-7867

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1900 *****

The first of four great classic vintages declared, rather conveniently spaces, at four-year intervals. 22 shippers

1908 *****

Great vintage, 26 shippers. Early harvest, high must weights.

1912 *****

Another classic vintage. 25 shippers. Can still be excellent.

1924 ****

Good quality but production was below average. 18 shippers declared. The port market gaining strength.

1927 *****

A great classic vintage, the best between 1912 and 1935. Declared, at the top of market, by a record 30 shippers. The wines are now fading but the best one are still superb.

1931 *****

A great vintage but, slump conditions and with cellars still stocked with ‘27s, the British port houses, who at the time dominated the trade, decided not to declare, though good wine was made.

1934 ****

Fairly scarce as only 12 shippers declared. Worth looking our for.

1935 *****

A classic vintage bottled in King George VI’s Coronation year, 1937. Similar harvest conditions to 1934 but smaller crop. Market slowly recovering – 15 shippers. The best still superb, with many years of life ahead.

1942 ***

A good wartime vintage. Though declared and bottled in Oporto by 10 shippers, very little port actually shipped but it is just worth keeping an eye open for these wines.

1945 *****

The first end-of war vintage was a superb quality, although quantity was small. Perfect growing season. Yet great heat at harvest time created some vinification problems leading to high volatile acidity. With rare exceptions all were Oporto-bottled. 22 shippers, Cockburn the only major abstention. These tautly constructed, concentrated wines are still superb – if they have been well kept.

1947 ****

A very good vintage though only declared by 11 shippers. Very popular in the wine-starved 1950s, which is why little remains. Good weather conditions: wet spring, long hot summer, a little rain before picking ripe, healthy grapes. Now variable, only the best warranting 4 stars.

1948 *****

A very good vintage but declared by only 9 shippers which, in retrospect, was an unfortunate error of judgement as it turned out to be so successful. It was seven years before another vintage of real quality was declared.

1955 *****

At last, a vintage of quality and quantity to meet an equally responsive market. The best since 1948, the most widely declared – 26 shippers – since 1927. yet there were some strange weather conditions with some excessive heat. Unquestionably ’55 is my favourite vintage for drinking now.

1958 ***

A pleasant enough vintage made in an unusually wet year. A light stop-gap vintage declared by 12 shippers Many tasted but few recently.

1960 ****

An enthusiastically declared, and received, vintage. 24 shippers. A very hot summer. The heat accounts for some noticeable acidity and, for those who picked late, a little weakness. Nevertheless agreeable, flavoury wines that are more or less fully mature.

1963 *****

A highly important vintage. 25 shippers. Fairly favourable conditions, though a long summer drought. Probably the biggest quantity of vintage port since 1927. Some very beautiful wines. Most are fully mature but many are losing colour and living on their reputation.

1966 *****

An excellent vintage declared by 20 shippers but still somewhat underestimated and undervalued. Firm, perfect weight and balance, sinewy and long-lasting. Most will probably outlast the ‘63s and turn out greater in the end. All this was due to a hot uear which ripened but did not singe the grapes and some rain at vintage time which reduced concentration.

A GUIDE TO PORT VINTAGES

BY MICHAEL BROADBENT M.W.

SENIOR CONSULTANT TO

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1970 *****

Ideal growing and harvesting conditions. The last vintage to be shipped in pipe for bottling by the British trade. An astounding vintage and much sturdier than first realised. Declared by 23 shippers. This is classic port, still on a seemingly limitless plateau of maturity.

1975 **

A modest vintage that has not lived up to its original

expectations. The first mandatory bottling at source of a widely declared vintage did not get off to a good start. Declared by 17 major shippers, few tasted recently.

1977 ****

A serious vintage but overrated at the time. The hottest autumn since 1963. Declared by 20 shippers, the notable exceptions being Martinez, Noval and Cockburn.

1980 ***

A good vintage, very approachable now as the tannin levels are below the ‘83s. A very dry summer, picking started towards the end of September in fine dry weather. Cockburn, Martinez and Noval did not declare.

1983 ****

Despite the uneven spring and summer this is a very attractive vintage. Superficially similar to the ’82 but it was then overshadowed by the appealing and more popular ‘85s. Roughly 10 major shippers declared plus some minor ones and there were several LBVs. Good mid-term drinking.

1985 ****

A very attractive vintage and the best since 1977. Hot summer and excellent harvest conditions. 26 shippers declared. However, its initial vibrancy and reputation are now fading a little.

1991 ****

A very good year. Following a successful flowering, a hot, dry summer reduced the flesh and thickened the skins, resulting in deep-coloured wines of considerable promise. Widely declared though notable absentees included Taylor and Fonseca.

1992 *** to ****

A curious growing season but the results were satisfactory. First of all, over the winter there was no rain for six months. Early summer was very hot and dry, but with welcome rain to revive and swell the grapes in time for a cool and showery harvest. Few shippers declared but those who did made good wine.

1994 ****

Widely declared. Overall, it was a very good vintage, despite a damp and dismal start. Hummid conditions hampered flowering. The summer was more satisfactory though a hot week in August, with temperatures up to 40 degrees C, caused alarm. Satisfactory harvest conditions, though volume was not high.

1997 ****

A very good, widely declared and high-priced vintage. Unusual growing conditions: unseasonably warm spring, flowering a month earlier than normal, yet a cool June and July slowed development. A fine start to the harvest on 15th September. Small though high quality crop.

2000 (*****)

A combination of good weather and an expectant “millennium” market made this a must. All major shippers declared the vintage.

2003 (*****)

An excellent vintage “declared” in the spring of 2005 by all the major port houses. Variable conditions in the spring were followed by flowering during the last ten days of May under perfect conditions.

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Believed Taylor=Vintage 1912

Bottled in Glasgow. Embossed metal capsule "1912". No

label. Level base of neck (1)

Taylor=Vintage 1927

Plain metal capsule. Christie's label, bin-soiled. Level into

neck (1)

Taylor=Vintage 1963

Damaged wax capsule. No label. Level into neck (1)

Dow=Vintage 1977

Embossed metal capsule. Bin-soiled label, slightly damaged.

Level top-shoulder (1)

2 Above 4 bottles per lot£650-750

Ç730-840

Believed Taylor=Vintage 1920

Badly damaged, embossed wax capsule, "20" visible. No

label. Level into neck (1)

Taylor=Vintage 1920

Bottled by Army & Navy Stores. Badly bin-soiled label.

Level into neck (1)

3 Above 2 bottles per lot£400-600

Ç450-670

Cockburn=Vintage 1927

Embossed wax capsules, one very badly damaged. No labels. Levels: one base of neck, two upper-shoulder

Tasting note: It is always interesting to open a bottle for a client who believes his port is Cockburn, when his bin label merely indicated '1927'. The cork turned out to be reassuringly branded 'Cockburn vintage 1927 bottled 1929'. The wine itself was a fully mature, warm amber; nose dusty, high-toned. Still sweet though, despite thinning. Good flavour, with the refinement of age (in 1994). Most recently two bottles: medium-tawny, very little red and with an overall brown tinge; sweet, meaty but low-keyed; nice texture, excellent condition, but drying out. Last noted at the Cockburn 'Memories of a Century' tasting at the Traveller's Club, London, May 2002. At best ***** M.B.

4 3 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

Warre=Vintage 1934

Embossed wax capsules. No labels. Levels base of neck

5 3 bottles per lot£600-750

Ç680-840

Taylor=Vintage 1945

Wax capsule. Bin-soiled label. Level into neck

Tasting note: Reputed from the start to be head and shoulders the best '45. Most recently noting good colour, positive fruit, length, and Taylor backbone. Certainly good. Certainly impressive, but the '48 is finer. Last tasted March 1998 ***** Plenty of life yet. M.B.

6 1 bottle per lot£400-500

Ç450-560 EXCELLENT VINTAGES OF PORT INCLUDING

TAYLOR 1955, FONSECA 1963 AND PARCELS OF TOP SHIPPERS FROM THE 1970 VINTAGE Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Believed Cockburn=Vintage 1908

Two with embossed wax capsules, slightly damaged, two with metal capsules, one slightly damaged. No labels. Levels: one into neck, two base of neck, one top-shoulder

Tasting note: "Arguably the greatest-ever Cockburn which I have been privileged to taste several times. Most recently, from an old three part, moulded bottle, top of lead capsule embossed ' Cockburn's 1908 Port', fully branded cork, level top shoulder. Palish ruddy-hued old tawny, good fruit, touch of mint and liquorice, fully opened out after 40 minutes, sweet, slightly raisiny, glorious, and still excellent the next day. Medium-sweet, full bodied, very rich, good texture. A very assertive heavyweight, yet ethereal, cognac-like. Flavour. Last tasted Nov 1990. ***** M.B.

1 4 bottles per lot£1,000-1,200

Ç1,200-1,300

Cockburn

The firm Cockburn Wauchope & Co. was established in 1815 by George Wauchope and Robert Cockburn, who were joined by Captain William Greig in 1828 when the company was renamed Cockburn Wauchope & Greig. In 1845 John and Henry Smithies joined the company and the name changed to Cockburn Smithies, the name that survives until today. Cockburn’s owns some outstanding vineyards in the Douro Valley, including their Quinta dos Canais vineyard which they acquired in 1989 which they occasionally bottle as a Single-Quinta Vintage Port. The wine-making is conducted by a team consisting of Jim Reader, assisted by Miguel Corte Real, one of the best viticulturalists in Portugal who was responsible for the reintroduction of Touriga Nacional to the Douro in 1970. Cockburn’s allows fermentation to proceed for slightly longer than most other houses, which produces a less sweet style of port.

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Graham=Vintage 1945

Damaged wax capsules. Badly bin-soiled labels, one damaged. Levels into neck

Tasting note: "Bottled in London as well as Oporto. Outstandingly the loveliest '45. Many consistently good notes. Deep-coloured, fairly intense, lively attractive, long 'legs'; immediately forthcoming fragrant, spice, sweetness and fruit masking high alcoholic content; the sweetest of the eleven '45s tasted in Florida in 1989, and easily the best (labelled 'Finest Reserve 1945 bottled in Oporto 1948 W & J Graham & Co') at 'The World's Greatest Ports' tasting ; a sweet-smelling, fragrant yet powerful wine, still tannic, profound. Last tasted at yet another Hollywood Wine Society seminar, Florida, March 1998 ***** M.B.

7 2 bottles per lot£600-800

Ç680-900

Taylor=Vintage 1955

Three bottled by Corney & Barrow with embossed metal capsules, one damaged, without labels. Eight bottled by Kinloch & Co. with damaged wax capsules and bin-soiled labels

Tasting note: An opaque blockbuster when young, astringent and unready up until the early 1980s. In the early 1990s still fairly deep-coloured; a vast, deep, high-toned, spicy nose, fairly sweet, full-bodied, packed with fruit, extract and tannin and acidity. Then, in April 1993, served at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of the President of Portugal (impressive: occasion and wine)Last noted at a dinner in Los Angeles, Feb 1998 **** M.B.

8 11 bottles per lot£1,600-2,000

Ç1,800-2,200

Fonseca=Vintage 1963

Embossed metal capsules. Slightly bin-soiled labels

Tasting note: "From start (June 1965) to finish a consistently beautiful wine. One of the top '63s, and one of the best-ever Fonsecas. Half a dozen notes in the 1990s, but in mid-decade losing colour though still lovely, and a fragrant, elegant Oporto-bottling in 1998 surviving 'Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline' Most recently, medium-deep, richly coloured; cinnamon and cress fragrance; still sweet, fairly assertive, tall, shapely, lissome. Last tasted Dec 1998 ***** Perfect now - 2015 M.B.

9 12 bottles per lot£1,200-1,500

Ç1,400-1,700 10 12 ,,

Fonseca

Fonseca was founded in 1822 by Manuel Pedro Guimaraens when he acquired the Fonseca & Monteiro Company and part of the deal was that the Fonseca brand name would have to remain irrespective of who owned the business. Today the Guimaraens family continue to control the business, with the sixth-generation, David Guimaraens as their wine-maker. Fonseca’s Ports are based on grapes from two Quintas in the Douro Valley; Cruzeiro and Santo Antonio. They also produce a Single Quinta port in the years when they do not declare a Fonseca Vintage Port called Quinta do Panascal and the company also produce a second label, Fonseca Guimaraens vintage port. Fonseca ports are renowned for their power, finesse and impressive longevity.

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Taylor=Vintage 1970

Original tissues, slightly bin-soiled labels, except; lot 15, one stained label, lot 16, eleven bin-soiled and one badly damaged and stained

Tasting note: Many notes, from opaque at bottling to impressively deep through the 1980s. Three recent notes: still fairly deep; very good, soft, rich, 'classic' nose; medium-sweet, full-bodied, very good flavour, packing quite a punch, glorious finish. Good for another 20 years. Last tasted March 2005 ****(*) 2008 - beyond 2020. M.B.

11 12 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100 12 12 ,, 13 12 ,, 14 12 ,, 15 12 ,, 16 12 ,,

Graham=Vintage 1970Lots 17 & 18; Slightly corroded

capsules, some signs of seepage. Bin-soiled and stained labels. Levels top-shoulder or better. Lots 19-28; damaged embossed wax capsules, except one metal capsule in lot 28. No labels, except one bin-soiled and stained label in each of lots 27 and 28. Levels: top-shoulder or better

Tasting note: "The Graham family's last vintage. Originally (July 1972) opaque, still deep, plummy and fairly intense, showing rich extract; fragrant, high-toned yet harmonious bouquet though still a bit hard; very sweet, full-bodied, lots of fruit, grip, length, tannin and acidity. Chocolate and spice. Well over two dozen notes since 1982, all consistently good. In the mid-1990s, lovely, distinctive, very sweet. Equal top marks, Oporto-bottled, at Gidleigh Park, still with leathery tannins. Coping miraculously at a Zachys/Christie's charity dinner with chocolate soufflé. Showing well at the Primum Familiae Vini dinner at Vinopolis in November 2000. A superb bottle at a dinner party at home, May 2001. Two very recently: mature, soft tawny red; fragrant, flowery, a lovely wine. And, seven months later: classic bouquet and flavour. Perfect now. Last tasted Oct 2005 ***** Now - beyond 2015. M.B.

17 8 bottles per lot£400-500

Ç450-560 18 12 ,, per lot£600-700 Ç680-790 19 12 ,, 20 12 ,, 21 12 ,, 22 12 ,, 23 12 ,, 24 12 ,, 25 12 ,, 26 12 ,, 27 12 ,, 28 12 ,, Graham’s

W & J Graham’s was founded in Oporto in 1820 by two Scottish brothers, William and John Graham. The company quickly established a reputation for being one of the finest producers of Port and they invested heavily in their business, building a new lodge in 1890 in Vila Nova de Gaia in order to mature and store their ports. The lodge, located close to the Atlantic Ocean, with a maritime climate that is ideally suited to the maturing of Port, is still in use today. Also in 1890 the company acquired the now famous Quinta dos Malvedos vineyard in the Douro Valley.

The Symington family purchased W & J Graham in 1970. Currently six members of the Symington family are involved in the management of the company and continue to drive innovations and improvements in many aspects of the business; including both in winemaking and viticulture such as acquisition of new vineyards, replanting programmes and the development of “robotic” lagares. The lagares were trialled with the 1998 vintage; and then further developed in 1999; and with the 2000 vintage three “robotic” lagares were in use at their refurbished winery at Quinta dos Malvedos.

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Croft=Vintage 1970

In original wooden cases. Embossed wax capsules, some damaged. Labelled, some slightly bin-soiled. Levels: lot 33; seven into neck, five base of neck. Lot 34; four into neck, eight base of neck. Lot 35 six into neck, five base of neck, one top-shoulder

33 12 bottles per lot£300-400

Ç340-450 34 12 ,,

35 12 ,,

Dow=Vintage 1970

Lots 29 and 30; in original wooden cases, embossed wax capsules, labelled. Lots 31 and 32; corroded capsules, scuffed and bin-soiled labels, two damaged in lot 32

Tasting note: Most recently, showing well; maturing nicely; some fruit, fragrant, spicy bouquet and flavour. Hot dry finish. Last tasted Oct 1998. At best **** Now 2020. M.B.

29 12 bottles per lot£500-600

Ç570-670 30 12 ,,

31 12 ,,

32 12 ,,

Croft

Croft was trading port as far back as 1588 and is one of the oldest names in the Port trade. Originally the company was called Phayre & Bradley after its founding partners and it became known as Tilden Thompson & Croft in 1736 when John Croft became one of the partners. In 1911 the house was acquired by the Gilbey family.

Today the house is part of the Fladgate Partnership, and David Guimaraens oversees the wine-making and has been responsible for renovating the winery at Roêda, restoring the lagares and installing modern piston plungers. Croft own the famous Quinta do Roêda vineyard, which is occasionally bottled as a Single-Quinta Vintage Port and grapes from this vineyard also forms the backbone of their Croft Vintage Port in declared years.

Cockburn=Vintage 1970

Embossed metal capsules. Slightly bin-soiled labels

36 12 bottles per lot£300-400

Ç340-450

Taylor=Vintage 1975

Corroded capsules. Slightly bin-soiled labels, lot 40 with two badly damaged, two remains only and one missing

Tasting note: The best '75 by far. Immensely impressive in 1977 and, despite losing its concentration, with richness and sweetness in the early 1980s. In the early 1990s still relatively deep, youthfully plummy; hard, prune-like fruit; very sweet, quite powerful, stern, lean yet fleshy for a '75, with dry, tannic finish. Showing some maturity, though still hard. Lovely flavour. Taylor grip. ***(*) 2005-2020 M.B.

37 12 bottles per lot£350-450

Ç400-510 38 12 ,, 39 12 ,, 40 23 ,, per lot£650-750 Ç730-840 Lots 33-35

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A COLLECTION OF PORT FROM THE HISTORIC, CLASSIC VINTAGES OF 1911 THROUGH TO 1966

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Sandeman Coronation=Vintage 1911

Embossed metal capsule. Level mis/upper-shoulder (1)

Believed Quinta do Noval=Vintage 1927

Fearon, Block, bridges of Louth. Embossed metal capsule.

Level mid/low-shoulder (1)

Believed Cockburn=Vintage 1927

Identified from owners records. Neck tag only. Signs of seepage. Level very low shoulder (1)

Believed Taylor=Vintage 1935

Identified from owners records. Neck tag only. Level base of

neck (1)

Taylor Special Quinta=Vintage 1947

Corney & Barrow. Embossed metal capsules. Levels: one top,

one mid/upper-shoulder (2)

Warre=Vintage 1947

Wax capsules. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: one top, one

upper-shoulder (2)

Believed Cockburn=Vintage 1947

Identified from owners records. Neck tags only. Embossed metal capsules. Levels top-shoulder (2)

Graham=Vintage 1955

Embossed metal capsule. Level base of neck (1)

Warre=Vintage 1955

John Harvey. Embossed meal capsule.

level top-shoulder (1)

41 Above 12 bottles per lot£1,500-1,800 Ç1,700-2,000

Taylor=Vintage 1927

One remains of wax capsule, one missing. Remains of David Sandeman labels. Levels: one top, one upper-shoulder

42 2 bottles per lot£400-500

Ç450-560

Quinta do Noval=Vintage 1931

Identified from owners records. Bottled by Fearon, Block, Bridges of Louth. Embossed metal capsules, one corroded. Neck tags. Levels: one into neck, two base of neck, two top-shoulder

43 5 bottles per lot£2,000-3,000

Ç2,300-3,400

Quinta do Noval

Quinta do Noval began in 1715 and belonged to the Rebello Valente family and Viscount Vilar d’Allen in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries respectively. In 1845 the property was bought by Antonió Jose da Silva. Da Silva invested in improving and renovating the property and this included planting a small vineyard on its own roots, which became the legendary Nacional vineyard that is produced entirely from un-grafted vines. Today the estate is part of the Axa Millésimes group (which includes Château Pichon-Baron, Château Petit Village and Château Suduiraut) under the management of Christian Seely (who is also Managing Director of Axa Millésimes) with Antonió Agrellos as Technical Director responsible for the wine-making and production.

The 145 hectare estate is located in the Cima Corgo close to the town of Pinhão. Ports bearing the name “Quinta do Noval” are produced from grapes grown on the estate, whereas Silval refers to their vintage ports produced from grapes grown off the estate and is generally a port designed for earlier drinking than Quinta do Noval. The 2.5 hectare Nacional vineyard is planted with approximately 6,000 vines, mainly Touriga Francesa, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao and Sousao producing between 200 and 300 cases in a declared year from yields that average around 15 hectolitres per hectare (compared to 30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare for the Quinta do Noval). These Noval Nacional ports are some of the most highly sought-after and sell for very high prices, especially the legendary 1931 vintage that many rate as one of the Finest and Rarest ports ever produced.

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Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Fonseca=Vintage 1934

English-bottled by James Hawker & Co. Embossed metal capsules. No labels. Levels top-shoulder (2)

Croft=Vintage 1935

English-bottled by James Hawker & Co. Embossed metal capsules, two with signs of seepage. No labels. Levels: one base of neck, two top-shoulder (3)

Fonseca=Vintage 1948

English-bottled by James Hawker & Co. Embossed metal capsule, signs of seepage. No label. Level into neck (1)

Churchill=Vintage 1982

Plain wax capsules, two damaged, one with signs of seepage. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: top-shoulder or better (4) 52 Above 10 bottles per lot£1,000-1,500 Ç1,200-1,700

Believed Taylor=Vintage 1945

Identified from owners records. Remains of embossed wax capsule. signs of seepage. Neck tag, remains of label. Level

base of neck (1)

Taylor-Believed Circa 1955

Identified from owners records. Remains of damaged wax capsules. Signs of seepage. Levels: one base of neck, four top, one upper, two mid/low, one below low shoulder (9)

Believed Warre=Vintage 1958

Identified from owners records. No capsule. Slip label only.

Level upper-shoulder (1)

45 Above 11 bottles per lot£1,300-1,500 Ç1,500-1,700

Warre=Vintage 1948

Remains of wax capsules. Bin-soiled and damaged labels, one stained. All with signs of seepage

46 6 bottles per lot£900-1,100

Ç1,100-1,200

Croft=Vintage 1950

Embossed wax capsule. Remains of label. Level into neck (1)

Taylor=Vintage 1960

Embossed wax capsules. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: one into

neck, one top-shoulder (2)

Dow=Vintage 1960

Remains of wax capsules. Signs of seepage. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: one top, one mid/upper-shoulder (2)

Croft=Vintage 1960

Signs of seepage. Bin-soiled labels, slightly damaged. Level

upper-shoulder (1)

Cockburn=Vintage 1960

Embossed metal capsule. Signs of seepage. Level mid-shoulder

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Sandeman=Vintage 1960

Embossed wax capsule. Signs of seepage. Badly bin-soiled label. Level mid/upper-shoulder (1)

Taylor=Vintage 1966

Embossed wax capsules. Labelled. Levels into neck (2)

Sandeman=Vintage 1970

One with embossed metal capsule; Badly stained label. Level base of neck. One bottled by The Wine Society; Damaged wax capsule. Badly bin-soiled label. Level top-shoulder (2)

Quinta do Vesuvio=Vintage 1990

Damaged wax capsules, one with signs of seepage. Bin-soiled

labels (7)

47 Above 19 bottles per lot£550-650

Ç620-730

Taylor=Vintage 1963

Embossed metal capsules, two missing. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: four base of neck, two top-shoulder

48 6 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

Warre=Vintage 1963

English-bottled by Grants. Embossed plastic capsules. Slightly bin-soiled labels. Levels base of neck or better (6)

Croft=Vintage 1963

Embossed plastic capsule. Bin-soiled and badly damaged label.

Level into neck (1)

Dow=Vintage 1963

Embossed metal capsules. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: three top, one upper, one mid/upper-shoulder (5)

49 Above 12 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

Dow=Vintage 1963

Embossed metal capsules. Signs of seepage. Bin-soiled labels. Levels one base of neck. three top, two upper, three

mid/upper-shoulder (9)

Dow=Vintage 1966

Embossed metal capsules. Signs of seepage. Bin-soiled labels.

Levels base of neck (3)

50 Above 12 bottles per lot£700-800

Ç790-900

Croft=Vintage 1945

Damaged wax capsules. Remains of labels, four with vintage slips missing. Levels two into neck, two base of neck, one mid,

two low-shoulder (7)

Croft=Vintage 1955

Embossed wax capsules, signs of seepage. Badly bin-soiled labels. Levels: one into neck, two mid, one mid/upper, one

mid/low-shoulder (5)

44 Above 12 bottles per lot£800-1,000 Ç900-1,100

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Cockburn=Vintage 1927

Embossed wax capsules, one damaged. One labelled; 'Newcastle Breweries Cockburn 1927'. Levels into neck (2)

Unknown Shipper=Believed Vintage 1927

Embossed metal capsule; NBL. Level top-shoulder (1)

51 Above 3 bottles per lot£450-550

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PORT FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION INCLUDING TAYLOR AND GRAHAM

Recently removed from excellent, private storage, where these ports have lain since original purchase on release. Packed by Christie's staff, and now lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Croft=Vintage 1945

Remains of wax capsules. All with vintage neck labels. One bin-soiled and detached label, three with remains only. Levels into neck

53 4 bottles per lot£1,200-1,400

Ç1,400-1,600

Taylor=Vintage 1955

Taken from bin marked "Taylor 1955". Plain red metal capsules, corroded and damaged. No labels. Levels top-shoulder or better

Tasting note: beginning to lose colour and weight though retaining it's powerful backbone and a good classic bouquet and spicy flavour. Last noted Feb 1998 **** M.B.

54 12 bottles per lot£2,000-3,000

Ç2,300-3,400 55 12 ,,

56 12 ,,

57 12 ,,

Cockburn=Vintage 1955

Taken from bin marked "Cockburn 1955". Plain white metal capsules, corroded and damaged, no labels. Levels top-shoulder or better

Tasting note: Good colour; nose dusty at first, then creamy, opening up richly, fragrantly; lovely flavour, lean touch, but refined and flowery. Long, dry finish, fragrant aftertaste. Last noted May 2002. At best **** M.B.

58 8 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100

59 12 ,, per lot£1,200-1,400

Ç1,400-1,600 60 12 ,,

Taylor’s

The company was started in 1692 by Job Bearsley as a general trading company. In 1744 the Bearsley’s purchased a property in the Douro Valley at Salgueiral, which was the first recorded British-owned property in the Douro Valley and still belongs to the company today. In 1816 Joseph Taylor entered the partnership. In 1836 John Fladgate joined and a few years later, Morgan Yeatman became a partner and the name became Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman.

In 1893 they purchased the Quinta de Vargellas vineyard which continues to be the backbone for their finest Ports, and they became the first company to produce a Single Quinta port, Quinta de Vargellas in 1958. The company also own Quinta da Terra Feita, Quinta do Junco and Casa Nova. A recent innovation has seen the company bottle a port called Vinha Velha which comes from an old vineyard with very low yields at Quinta de Vargellas. David Guimaraens leads the wine-making team and he is also responsible for the Ports at Fonseca, Croft and Delaforce that also belong to the Fladgate Partnership.

Taylor=Vintage 1960

Embossed metal capsules, some corroded and damaged. No labels, cellar mould on bottles

Tasting note: Many notes, slight variations due mainly to different bottlings, Army & Navy Stores' faultless. Most recently, Oporto bottled. Fleshy, peppery, alcoholic. Not tasted since March 1992 ***, possibly **** now. M.B.

61 12 bottles per lot£950-1,100

Ç1,100-1,200 62 12 ,,

63 12 ,,

Graham=Vintage 1960

Embossed metal capsules, some badly corroded and damaged. No labels, very dark glass. Levels believed top-shoulder or better

Tasting note: rosy hue; classic, ethereal liquorice bouquet; sweet, fullish - high alcohol - lovely fruit, spicy, ageing gracefully; exquisite flavour and finish. Last tasted in Tokyo, April 2004 ***** Perfect now. M.B.

64 7 bottles per lot£350-450

Ç400-510

65 12 ,, per lot£600-700

Ç680-790 66 12 ,,

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Graham=Vintage 1970

Embossed metal capsules. Bin-soiled labels, some detached. Levels base of neck or better

Tasting note: The Symington's first vintage after purchase from the Graham family. A superb wine; fragrant, flowery bouquet and flavour. Sweet of course. Last tasted Sept 2006 ***** Now-beyond 2015. M.B.

71 12 bottles per lot£650-750

Ç730-840 72 12 ,, 73 12 ,, 74 12 ,, 75 12 ,, Taylor=Vintage 1977

Lots 76 and 77 with slightly corroded capsules, lots 78 and 79 with corroded capsules. All with bin-soiled and damp-affected labels, lots 76 and 77 slightly damaged, lots 78 and 79 badly damaged, some with remains only. Levels base of neck or better

76 12 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790 77 12 ,,

78 12 ,,

79 12 ,,

Graham=Vintage 1977

Bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels base of neck or better

Tasting note: Fairly deep with mature, red-brown rim; very rich, well developed bouquet opening up beautifully; sweet, marvellous length, spicy finish. Lovely wine. Last tasted Oct 2006 ***** Now-2025. M.B.

80 22 bottles per lot£650-750

Ç730-840

Cockburn=Vintage 1967

All with corroded and damaged capsules. Lots 67 to 69 with bin-soiled labels, lot 70 with remains of labels only. Levels base of neck or better

67 24 bottles per lot£600-800

Ç680-900 68 24 ,,

69 24 ,,

70 29 ,, per lot£700-900

Ç790-1,000

A SUPERLOT OF RARE VINTAGE PORT A unique opportunity to purchase a case of each of the finest Ports of the last century

CROFT 1945

Now medium-deep, open rim; characteristic 'Pontefract cake' liquorice nose, very fragrant; sweet, lean not fat, long dry finish. Complete, fragrant with finesse. Last tasted May 2003 ***** M.B.

TAYLOR 1948

The greatest of the '48s and arguably of all Taylor vintages, certainly vying with their '35. Perfect now. Again, over 20 notes made over the past 50 years, and invariably magnificent. Its original dark colour now softened, luminous, with orange highlights, deep, rich, singed, 'stably' almost pungent nose; still sweet, very rich, full bodied (21% alcohol), with lean, long finish, power and grip. Last tasted May 2003 ***** M.B. GRAHAM 1948

A great '48. Well over 20 consistently good notes over 50 years, despite different bottles. Interestingly a Scottish bottling (J&G Thompson) was better developed, with a full, fruity and more meaty bouquet and flavour than the correct Oporto-bottling. Two recent notes. First a Christopher's in London bottling, not as deep as expected, ruddy, tawny; tangy, demerara sugar, very rich; very sweet, even for Graham, rich, attractive, and 6 months later, similar colour; highish volatile acidic; sweet, soft, lovely flavour, spicy finish. Last tasted in Hong Kong, Nov 2003. At best ***** M.B. Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Croft=Vintage 1945

Six damaged wax capsules, five remains only. Ten bin-soiled and damaged labels, two remains only. Levels: base of neck or

better (12)

Taylor=Vintage 1948

Embossed red metal capsules over embossed wax capsules. No

Labels. Levels into neck (12)

Graham=Vintage 1948

Embossed wax caspsules, some damaged. Levels top-shoulder

or better (12)

†82 Above 36 bottles per lot£20,000-25,000 Ç23,000-28,000

Taylor

=Vintage 1955

Plain red capsules, one badly damaged. No labels. Level

top-shoulder (5)

=Vintage 1960

Embossed metal capsule, corroded. No label. Level

top-shoulder (1)

=Vintage 1977

Embossed metal capsules, corroded. Remains of labels. Levels

top-shoulder (4)

81 Above 10 bottles per lot£1,100-1,400 Ç1,300-1,600

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MATURE VINTAGE PORT FROM ASSORTED SHIPPERS

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Warre=Vintage 1963

Embossed wax capsules, four damaged, three with signs of seepage. Bin-soiled labels, two stained. Levels: one into neck, two base of neck, six top, one mid/upper, one mid/low, one low-shoulder

Tasting note: Only half a dozen noted in the 1990s, the most useful at the two Symington tastings in 1994 and 1996, each time alongside the Graham and Dow. Warre looked the most mature of the three and had lost quite a bit of colour, particularly in magnum; very fragrant, harmonious, touch of spice, cloves, tangerine; stylish, beautifully balanced, gentle acidity. Last tasted, showing well at Hal Lewis's superb 'Mr Gourmet' dinner in Memphis, Tennessee, Sept 1999 **** Now - 2015. M.B.

83 12 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Quinta do Vargellas=Vintage 1967

Embossed metal capsules, some slightly corroded. Three badly bin-soiled and badly damaged labels, six missing. Levels: seven into neck, two base of neck

84 9 bottles per lot£450-550

Ç510-620

Dow=Vintage 1970

Embossed metal capsules, some corroded. Bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels: eleven into neck, one base of neck

Tasting note: Most recently, showing well; maturing nicely; some fruit, fragrant, spicy bouquet and flavour. Hot dry finish. Last tasted Oct 1998. At best **** Now 2020. M.B.

85 12 bottles per lot£450-550

Ç510-620

Fonseca-Vintage 1970

English-bottled by Army & Navy Stores. Embossed wax capsules. Badly bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels base of

neck (6)

Dow=Vintage 1970

Embossed metal capsules. Two badly bin-soiled and damaged labels, two missing. Levels one into neck, three base of neck(4)

Croft=Vintage 1970

English-bottled by Corney & Barrow. Embossed metal capsule. Badly bin-soiled and damaged label. Level base of

neck (1)

86 Above 11 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Graham=Vintage 1970

Bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd. In original carton. Badly bin-soiled and damaged labels, two detached. Levels: ten into neck, two base of neck

Tasting note: mature, soft tawny red; fragrant, flowery, a lovely wine. And, seven months later: classic bouquet and flavour. Perfect now. Last tasted Oct 2005 ***** Now-beyond 2015. M.B.

87 12 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

Lying at Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Graham=Vintage 1975

Embossed wax capsules. Lot 88 two stained and three slightly damaged labels. Levels: Eight into neck and two base of neck. Lot 89 Bin-soiled and three slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck

†88 10 bottles per lot£160-200

Ç180-220

†89 12 ,, per lot£200-250

Ç230-280

Warre’s

The firm that was to become Warre’s was established in 1670 and is one of the oldest of the British-owned Port Houses. It was originally set up by Two Englishmen, William Burgoyne and John Jackson as Burgoyne & Jackson which was a general trading company in Northern Portugal. Gradually over time, new partners were added and the name changed accordingly. In 1729, it became Clark, Thornton & Warre, with the arrival of William Warre. Andrew James Symington became a partner in the firm, Warre & Co. in 1905 and the Warre and Symington families ran the company until the 1960’s when the Warre family sold their interest. Today currently six members of the Symington family are actively involved in the business. Richard Mayson, writing in his book Port and the Douro stated that Warre’s vintage ports “are characterized by their fragrant, perfumed aromas and opulent fruit”. The majority of their finest grapes for their flagship wines come from three estates; Quinta da Cavadinha (46 hectares), Quinta do Retiro Antigo (40 hectares) and Quinta da Telhada (35 hectares), supplemented by grapes from Quinta do Alvito (35 hectares) and Quinta das Netas (5 hectares). In 2003 a new winery was opened at their Quinta da Cavadinha property which contains six state-of-the-art “robotic” lagares. Quinta da Cavadinha is sometimes released as a Single Quinta vintage port in the years that do not merit a Warre’s Vintage Port.

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Croft=Vintage 1982

In original wooden cases. Embossed metal capsules. some corroded. Some very slight signs of seepage, otherwise excellent appearance. Levels into neck

Tasting note: Most recently; good nose, very sweet, remarkably attractive. Last tasted Jan 1996 **** Now-2010 M.B.

97 24 bottles per lot£360-480

Ç410-540 98 24 ,,

99 46 ,, per lot£680-800

Ç750-900

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Warre=Vintage 1983

In original wooden cases. Embossed metal capsules. Some marked labels

Tasting note: Stylish as always; an attractive, harmonious '83. Most recently medium-deep, mature; good nose, lovely flavour. Touch of leanness. Drinking well. Last tasted Nov 2003 **** Now-2015 M.B.

100 48 bottles per lot£1,100-1,400

Ç1,300-1,600

PARCELS OF PORT FOR CURRENT DRINKING Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Sandeman=Vintage 1977

In original wooden cases. Embossed metal capsules, some slightly corroded. Silver Jubilee label some slightly bin-soiled

90 12 bottles per lot£350-450

Ç400-510 91 12 ,, 92 12 ,, 93 12 ,, 94 12 ,, 95 12 ,, 96 22 ,, per lot£600-750 Ç680-840 A PARCEL OF TAYLOR 1985 Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Offered duty-paid, but available in bond

Taylor=Vintage 1985

In original wooden cases. Embossed metal capsules, good appearance

Tasting note: An excellent '85. Several notes since an impressive start after bottling, all complimentary: 'fragrant', 'sweet', 'spicy', with Taylor firmness and backbone. Still deep; now soft, sweet, rich on nose and palate. A glorious finish. Last tasted March 2005 ****(*) 2008- 2020.M.B.

‡101 12 bottles per lot£400-500

Ç450-560 ‡102 12 ,, ‡103 12 ,, ‡104 12 ,, ‡105 12 ,, Lots 90-96

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Dow=Vintage 1985

Tasting note: . Lovely wine, vibrant, elegant. Most recently: surprisingly deep; classic bouquet; drinking well. Last tasted Jan 2006 **** M.B.

111 24 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790

TAYLOR FROM THE EXCELLENT 1994 VINTAGE

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Taylor=Vintage 1994

In original wooden case

112 12 bottles per lot£600-700

Ç680-790 TOP PORT SHIPPERS FROM THE 1985 VINTAGE

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

In original wooden cases

Taylor=Vintage 1985

106 12 bottles per lot£400-500

Ç450-560

Fonseca=Vintage 1985

Tasting note: Very deep, even a touch of youthful purple; rich, figgy, classic liquorice nose; sweet, soft, very fruity. Lovely wine, 'good for 20+ years'. Last tasted May 2004 ****(*) Now-2015 M.B.

107 24 bottles per lot£800-900

Ç900-1,000

Graham=Vintage 1985

Tasting note: More recently 'fully developed, perfectly balanced'. Now softening, sweet slightly raisiny flavour, dry finish. Good but by no means great. Last tasted March 2005 **** Now-2012 M.B.

108 24 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100 109 24 ,,

Warre=Vintage 1985

Tasting note: Still fairly deep and intense; classic nose and flavour. Very dry, fragrant finish. A top '85. Last tasted Sep 2003 ***** Now- 2020 M.B.

110 12 bottles per lot£380-450

Ç430-510

Dow’s

Dow’s was established in 1798 when a Portuguese merchant from Oporto, Bruno da Silva set up a wine importing company in London. The family firm was continued by Bruno’s son, John da Silva who began a partnership with Frederick William Cosens and the firm became Silva & Cosens. The firm continued to expand and build its reputation under the stewardship of Edward da Silva and Frederick Cosens, who were joined by George Acheson Warre in 1868. In 1877 Silva & Cosens merged with Dow & Co. and it was agreed to adopt the brand name Dow’s. Andrew James Symington travelled from Glasgow to Oporto in 1882 to work for the Grahams, and he rapidly established a reputation in the wine trade. In 1912, Dow’s senior partner, George A. Warre returned to Britain and asked Andrew James Symington to manage the Douro vineyards, lodges and stock of wines in Vila Nova di Gaia for Dow’s. The partnership between the Warre and Symington families continued until 1961 when the Symington’s became the sole owners of Dow’s.

Today six members of the Symington family are involved in the management of Dow’s, representing the 12th and 13th generations of the family that have been involved in the Port trade. The wine-making is undertaken by the father-and-son team of Peter and Charles. Dow’s owns some of the finest vineyards in the Douro, including Quinta da Senhora da Ribera (originally purchased in 1890 and re-purchased in 1998), Quinta do Bomfim, Quinta do Santinho and Quinta da Cerdeira. In the outstanding “declared” years the backbone of Dow Vintage Port come from Quinta do Bomfim and in the less exceptional years they are bottled as Single Quinta do Bomfim.

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SOLERA MADEIRA 1898 Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Verdelho Solera 1898

Lot 113 Henriques & Henriques. Slightly bin-soiled labels. Levels base of neck. Lot 114; Shipped by Antonio Eduardo Henriques. Slightly bin-soiled labels. Levels base of neck

Tasting note: Intense amber rim; ethereal, exquisite bouquet, lovely flavour, good length and delicious aftertaste. March 1995 **** M.B.

113 5 bottles per lot£400-500

Ç450-560 114 12 ,, per lot£1,000-1,200 Ç1,200-1,300

ICONIC CLARET VINTAGES FROM THE EDWARDIAN ERA THROUGH TO THE 1960'S Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1900

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Bottled by Aalholm Slotskjaelder. Short corroded capsules. Bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels: lot 115 mid/low, lot 116 low-shoulder

115 1 bottle per lot£300-400

Ç340-450 116 1 ,,

Château Lafite-Rothschild=Vintage 1904

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Bottled by Aalholm Slotskjaelder. Short capsule. Badly bin-soiled and damaged label. Level mid/upper-shoulder

117 1 bottle per lot£400-600

Ç450-670

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1916

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Danish-bottled. Bin-soiled labels, one damaged, remains in lot 119. Heavy sediment, good colour. Levels low-shoulder

118 1 bottle per lot£300-400

Ç340-450 119 1 ,,

Château d'Issan=Vintage 1929

Slightly damaged capsule. Bin-soiled and faded label. Level

mid-shoulder (1)

Château Giscours=Vintage 1934

Damaged corroded capsules. No labels. Levels: two upper, one

mid/low-shoulder (3)

Château Canon=Vintage 1934

Corroded capsule. Bin-soiled label. Level mid/upper-shoulder

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Château Léoville-Barton=Vintage 1947

Worn capsule. Bin-soiled label, pen-marked. Level

top-shoulder (1)

Château Cos d'Estournel=Vintage 1948

Cut capsule. Label missing. Level upper-shoulder (1)

120 Above 7 bottles per lot£300-400

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Château Bel-Air-Marquis d'Aligre=Vintage 1959

Bin-soiled labels. Levels: four top, one mid-shoulder (5)

Château Lagrange (St. Julien)=Vintage 1959

Damaged capsule. Bin-soiled and damaged label. Level

top-shoulder (1)

Château Bel-Air (Pomerol)=Vintage 1959

Bordeaux-bottled by Cruse. One damaged capsule. Bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels top-shoulder (2)

Château Siran=Vintage 1961

English-bottled by Morgan Furze. Corroded capsules. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: mid/upper-shoulder (2)

Château Calon-Ségur=Vintage 1964

Bin-soiled labels, two damaged. Levels top-shoulder (3) 121 Above 13 bottles per lot£400-500 Ç450-560

A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF TOP BORDEAUX CHATEAUX FROM GREAT VINTAGES

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Margaux=Vintage 1928

Margaux, 1er cru classé

Avery's slip labels. Badly bin-soiled and damaged labels, one vintage not visible. Levels: one mid/shoulder, one low-shoulder

122 2 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1947

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

One corroded capsule, one slightly corroded. Bin-soiled and slightly stained labels, one slightly damaged. Levels very low-shoulder

123 2 bottles per lot£1,000-1,400

Ç1,200-1,600

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1953

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

One corroded capsule, two slightly corroded. Badly bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels: one mid/low, two very low-shoulder

124 3 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1961

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Two slightly corroded capsules. Six badly bin-soiled labels with three stained, three slightly bin-soiled, four slightly damaged. Levels: one upper, one mid/upper, four mid, three mid/low-shoulder

125 9 bottles per lot£7,000-9,000

Ç7,900-10,000

Château Margaux=Vintage 1961

Margaux, 1er cru classé

Badly bin-soiled and slightly damaged labels. Levels: one mid/upper, one mid/low-shoulder

126 2 bottles per lot£700-900

Ç790-1,000

Château Cheval-Blanc=Vintage 1961

Saint-Emilion, 1er grand cru classé (A)

One corroded capsule. Bin-soiled labels. Levels: one top, one mid/upper, one mid-shoulder

127 3 bottles per lot£1,800-2,000

Ç2,100-2,200

Château Lafite-Rothschild=Vintage 1982

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

One cut capsule. Slightly damaged labels. Levels: one into neck, one top-shoulder

Tasting note: "The 1982 Lafite possesses a dark, dense ruby/purple colour with only a subtle lightening at the rim. Spectacular aromatics offer jammy cherry and black fruits intertwined with lead pencil, mineral, and smoky wood scents. Powerful for a Lafite, this wine unfolds to reveal extraordinary richness, purity, and overall symmetry in addition to stunning flavour depth and persistence. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Plenty of tannin remains, and the wine displays a vibrancy and youthfulness that belie its 18 years of age. The modern day equivalent of Lafite-Rothschild's immortal 1959, the 1982 will enjoy another 30-70 years of life! An amazing achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2070. 100 Points, Robert Parker. Wine Advocate 129 (June 2000)

128 2 bottles per lot£3,500-4,500

Ç4,000-5,100

Château Montrose=Vintage 1982

Saint-Estèphe, 2me cru classé

Bin-soiled labels, one stained, two slightly damaged. Levels: four into neck, eight base of neck, three top, one upper-shoulder

129 16 bottles per lot£1,200-1,400

Ç1,400-1,600

FINE AND MATURE BORDEAUX INCLUDING LARGE FORMATS

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Brane-Cantenac=Vintage 1928

Cantenac (Margaux), 2me cru classé

French-bottled. Nicolas label. Bin-soiled labels, one stained. Levels: two into neck, four base of neck, two top-shoulder

130 8 bottles per lot£550-650

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Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1970

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Two slightly corroded capsules, one slightly damaged. Château release labels, badly bin-soiled, two slightly damaged. Levels: one into neck, two base of neck, four top, two upper-shoulder

131 9 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100

Château Gruaud-Larose=Vintage 1970

Saint-Julien, 2me cru classé

Slightly corroded capsules. Berry Bros.& Rudd labels, bin-soiled. Levels base of neck

132 7 magnums per lot£500-700

Ç570-790

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1975

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Badly bin-soiled labels. Levels: one into neck, two base of neck, one top-shoulder

Tasting note: Two fairly recent notes within a fortnight of each other, the first, a magnum from the Château: deep, mature, orange-tinged (a recognisable feature of many '75. 'Rusty', tannate of iron); loads of flavour but unbalanced. Another magnum, similar appearance; somewhat medicinal nose; sweet, rich, 'seaweed' and fruit. Very tannic. Last tasted Oct 2002 *** M.B.

133 4 magnums per lot£1,100-1,200

Ç1,300-1,300

Château Palmer=Vintage 1970

Cantenac (Margaux), 3me cru classé

Three slightly corroded capsules. Slightly bin-soiled labels, one slightly damaged. Levels: five base of neck, one upper-shoulder

Tasting note: "A very good '70 and a top vintage for this château. Though now showing some maturity it is lovely, rich, well-balanced wine and drinking superbly. Last noted May 2001 ***** M.B.

134 6 bottles per lot£480-550

Ç540-620

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1981

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

In original wooden case, damaged. Three slightly damaged capsules. Badly bin-soiled and damaged labels, two remains only. Levels: seven into neck, five base of neck

135 12 bottles per lot£1,000-1,400

Ç1,200-1,600

Château Margaux=Vintage 1981

Margaux, 1er cru classé

In original wooden case, with cardboard lid. Very badly bin-soiled label. Level into neck

136 1 impériale per lot£600-800

Ç680-900

Château Cheval-Blanc=Vintage 1982

Saint-Emilion, 1er grand cru classé (A)

Bin-soiled labels, some stained, five with U.S. import slip labels. Levels: Seven into neck, two base of neck

Tasting note: superb, medium-deep, lovely colour; distinctive style, harmonious; touch of earthiness and iron, very distinctive, silky texture, perfection. Last tasted July 2002 ***** M.B.

137 9 bottles per lot£3,600-4,500

Ç4,100-5,100

Château Palmer=Vintage 1983

Cantenac (Margaux), 3me cru classé

In original wooden case. Six corroded capsules. Slightly bin-soiled labels, two damaged, four slightly damaged. Levels: six base of neck, six top-shoulder

138 12 bottles per lot£1,800-2,400

Ç2,100-2,700

Château Haut-Brion=Vintage 1983

Pessac (Graves), 1er cru classé

In original wooden case, not original lid. Slightly corroded capsules. Badly bin-soiled and stained labels. Levels 3.5cms below base of corks

139 5 bottles per lot£500-700

Ç570-790

Château Léoville-Las-Cases=Vintage 1995

Saint-Julien, 2me cru classé

In original wooden cases, lot 141 with damaged base. Excellent appearance

Tasting note: No harsh edges, harmonious nose; mouthfilling, smooth, its natural sweetness and rich extract masking the tannin. Last tasted March 2001 ***(**) Now-2020 M.B.

140 12 bottles per lot£1,000-1,400

Ç1,200-1,600 141 12 ,,

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Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1997

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Lot 151 & 152 excellent appearance and original tissues. Levels into neck. Lot 153 slightly bin-soiled and four slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck. Lot 154 slightly bin-soiled and three slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck. Lot 155 slightly bin-soiled and seven slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck

Tasting note: A small crop, 55% selected for the grand vin, the smallest percentage ever. Most recently: fragrant, crip, dry finish. Last noted Nov 2001 **(**) Now 2016. M.B.

151 12 bottles per lot£1,300-1,600

Ç1,500-1,800 152 12 ,, 153 12 ,, 154 12 ,, 155 17 ,, per lot£1,800-2,200 Ç2,100-2,500

Château Margaux=Vintage 1997

Margaux, 1er cru classé

Bin-soiled and five slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck

Tasting note: Most recently cherry-like fragrance; dry, touch of coffee/mocca. Attractive. Last tasted Nov 2001 **(**) Now-2012. M.B.

156 10 bottles per lot£1,200-1,600

Ç1,400-1,800

Château Haut-Brion=Vintage 1997

Pessac (Graves), 1er cru classé

Slightly bin-soiled labels, four stained and slightly damaged. Levels 1 cm or better below base of capsules

Tasting note: Showing very well: soft, attractive fruit; good length. Nov 2001 *** Now-2015 M.B.

157 9 bottles per lot£1,000-1,400

Ç1,200-1,600

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1998

Pauillac, 1er cru classé In original wooden case

Tasting note: Dark; fragrant, full of potentially exotic fruit; touch of sweetness, crisp, fine flavour, very tannic. Interesting, long haul. Last tasted Feb 2003 (****) 2010-2025 M.B.

158 12 bottles per lot£2,000-3,000

Ç2,300-3,400 A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF FINE CLARETS

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Latour=Vintage 1934

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Two with Calvet & Co neck labels, Château and vintage-embossed metal capsules, one badly damaged. One slightly bin-soiled and one badly bin-soiled and stained label. Levels upper and mid-shoulder. One modern Château-embossed cut metal capsule to reveal Château and vintage-branded cork. Badly bin-soiled label. Level base of neck

142 3 bottles per lot£800-1,000

Ç900-1,100

Château Latour=Vintage 1991

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Bin-soiled labels and two slightly damaged. Levels into neck

Tasting note: Cedar and fruit; sweet, very pleasant flavour; ready now despite it's grip. Last noted Sept 1998 *** Now 2015. M.B.

143 8 bottles per lot£1,000-1,400

Ç1,200-1,600

Château Latour=Vintage 1997

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Lots 144, 145 & 146 in original wooden cases. Lot 147 one slightly bin-soiled label. Levels base of neck or better. Lot 148 four slightly bin-soiled labels, one slightly damaged. Levels base of neck or better. Lot 149 bin-soiled labels, four stained and marked, three slightly damaged. Levels into neck. Lot 150 bin-soiled labels, three slightly damaged and one stained. Levels into neck

Tasting note: Most recently: still very deep, virtually opaque; good cedary fragrance; sweet, somewhat lean and with rough texture, but otherwise showing well. Last tasted Nov 2005 **(*) Now-2012. M.B.

144 12 bottles per lot£1,500-1,800

Ç1,700-2,000 145 12 ,, 146 12 ,, 147 12 ,, 148 12 ,, 149 12 ,, 150 14 ,, per lot£1,750-2,100 Ç2,000-2,400

(25)

Château Lafite-Rothschild=Vintage 1999

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Slightly bin-soiled and two very slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck

Tasting note: Sweet, fleshy, youthful aroma; dry, undemonstative, but good mouthfeel and silky tannins. An attractive future. Last tasted May 2006 (****) 2015-2030 M.B.

159 4 bottles per lot£1,600-2,000

Ç1,800-2,200

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1999

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Slightly bin-soiled and four slightly damaged labels. Levels into neck

160 6 bottles per lot£900-1,100

Ç1,100-1,200

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1991

Bin-soiled labels. Levels base of neck or better (2)

Château La Fleur Pétrus=Vintage 1992

Bin-soiled and marked label. Level into neck (1)

Château Mouton-Rothschild=Vintage 1994

Slightly bin-soiled label. Level into neck (1)

Château Belgrave=Vintage 1996

Pomerol. Bin-soiled label. Level into neck (1)

161 Above 5 bottles per lot£450-550

Ç510-620

FINE AND MATURE BORDEAUX Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Mouton-Rothschild

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

=Vintage 1934

Four badly bin-soiled and damaged labels, one remains only, one missing. Levels: one upper, three mid/upper, two

mid/low-shoulder half (6)

=Vintage 1950

Slightly corroded capsules. Very badly bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels: one upper, two mid/upper, one

mid/low-shoulder (4)

=Vintage 1968

Slightly corroded capsules. Badly bin-soiled and damaged labels. Levels: one mid/upper, one mid-shoulder (2) †162 Above 6 bottles and 6 half-bottles per lot£1,000-1,400 Ç1,200-1,600

Château Margaux

Margaux, 1er cru classé

=Vintage 1950

Two slightly corroded capsules. Bin-soiled labels, two damaged, one detached. Levels: two top, three upper and one

mid/upper-shoulder (6)

=Vintage 1952

Badly Bin-soiled label. Level top-shoulder (1) †163 Above 7 bottles per lot£1,400-1,600 Ç1,600-1,800

Château Lafite-Rothschild

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

=Vintage 1952

Four corroded capsules. Bin-soiled and damaged labels, two badly damaged, one detached, one missing. Levels: five top, two upper, one mid/upper, one mid, one mid/low-shoulder

(10) =Vintage 1953

One corroded capsule. One badly bin-soiled label, becoming detached, one slightly bin-soiled. Levels upper-shoulder (2) †164 Above 12 bottles per lot£2,200-3,500 Ç2,500-3,900

Château Palmer=Vintage 1959

Cantenac (Margaux), 3me cru classé

Corroded capsules. Very badly bin-soiled labels, two only with vintage visible. Levels: four base of neck, one top, four mid/upper, one low-shoulder

†165 10 bottles per lot£4,800-5,500

Ç5,400-6,200

PETRUS FROM A GREAT VINTAGE Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Pétrus=Vintage 1947

Pomerol, cru exceptionnel

Bottled by Vandermeulen. Bin-soiled and slightly damaged label. Level mid/upper-shoulder

†166 1 bottle per lot£1,200-1,800

Ç1,400-2,000

CLASSIC BORDEAUX FROM A PRIVATE CELLAR

Lying in Weybridge, Surrey (EHD)

Château Lafite-Rothschild=Vintage 1945

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

Worn capsules. One label missing, one badly damaged. Levels upper-shoulder

Tasting note: Most recently: another faultless bottle: lovely soft colour; classic bouquet, sweet, touch of iron, fragrant, developed richly; also sweet on the palate, mouthfilling flavour, life-preserving tannin still evident. A lovely wine. Last tasted Nov 2005 ***** M.B.

167 2 bottles per lot£1,600-2,000

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