Auctioneer Press Release Bonhams Skinner

Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction Yields Strong Results

Feb 18,2018 | 15:00 EST By Skinner

BOSTON, February 16, 2018 - Lively turn out and compelling bidding resulted in strong results for Skinner’s mid-winter Fine Wines & Rare Spirits live auction with an average sell-through rate of over 96%. The February 15th auction consisted of 484 lots of fine wines and rare spirits including extensive selections from two important collections: Winter’s Collection and The Nantucket Cellar continuing the Skinner tradition of scrupulously researched fine wines and rare spirits.

The Winter’s collection included jaw-dropping Champagnes, a robust study in Rhones and an enviable collection of Barbarescos and Barolos from legendary vintages. Outstanding examples include:

Champagne Salon, 1985 (Lot 14, 4 bottles, sold $3,567), an astounding wine made only in the best vintages entirely in the style of Blanc de Blancs.

Guigal La Landonne, 1988 (Lot 43, 6 bottles, sold $3,998).

The Nantucket Cellar represents over twenty years of discerning collecting by a passionate connoisseur who sourced select wines by visiting properties and meeting producers. Rich pockets of Bordeaux and the Rhone reveal a deep appreciation for both regions along with Burgundy, Piedmont and California. Highlights include:

Lot 187, Château Lafite Rothschild 1996; Sold for $11,070

Château Lafite Rothschild 1996, twelve bottles (owc) of a remarkable, greatly sought-after vintage (Lot 187, sold for $11,070).

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, (Lot 184, 1 bottle, sold $2,952).

Château Cos d’Estournel Verticalspanning four decades, an impressive selection that is part of a larger assembly of Cos (Lot 200, 19 bottles, estimate 2706).

Lot 335, Domaine de la Romanee Conti Richebourg 1955, 1 magnum; Sold for $3,690

Other splendors from various consignors were equally enticing:

Chateau Margaux, 1990 (Lot 305A, 12 bottles, sold for $11,070). This “gorgeous,” “sensual” wine received 100 points from N. Martin for TWA.

Domaine de la Romanee Conti Richebourg 1955, (Lot 335, 1 magnum, sold $3,690).

Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard 2013, (Lot 393, 12 bottles (2 x owc), sold $4305).

The rare spirits offered in this sale were worthy companions to the outstanding wines. Choice beverages of modern classics, along with special and rare bottlings.

Lot 425, Ardbeg Provenance 1974; Sold for $18,450

At the head of the whisky, class is an original six-pack of Ardbeg Provenance, (Lot 425, sold $18,450) distilled in 1974 and bottled in 2000.

Laphroaig, distilled in 1960 (Lot 432, sold $5,535) bottled in 2000 at the life-beginning age of 40.

WL Weller 19 Years Old 1980, (Lot 450, 1 750ml bottle, sold $3690.

By Bonhams Skinner