Skinner Fine Wine Auction Features Lively Collections Across Vintage and Region

Skinner, Inc. will host its fall auction of Fine Wines on November 8th at 4 p.m. in its Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza. The sale, realized through a partnership with Lower Falls Wine Company of Newton, MA, will offer 775 lots of fine vintage Bordeaux, a coveted allotment of recent vintage Screaming Eagle and Harlan, a wide variety of champagne — just in time for the holidays, and a diverse number of dinner party lots. The significant volume of impressive large format bottles, from the Pacific Northwest to Bordeaux, Napa, Champagne, and Italy represent generous pours all around.

Bordeaux
Two consignments of great older vintage Bordeaux shine in the upcoming sale. From 1959, buyers will delight in lots 169, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, estimated to sell between $1,600-2,400; and lot 172 Chateau Margaux, estimated between $600-800; And from 1961, lot 108, a bottle of Chateau Ausone, estimated between $400-600; and lot 115, 4 bottles of Chateau Petrus 1961, estimated between $20,000-30,000. Also of note are a coveted allotment of recent vintage Screaming Eagle and Harlan including lot 247, 3 bottles of Screaming Eagle 2006, estimated between $3,000-4,500 and lot 182, 6 bottles of Harlan Estate 2007, estimated between $3,000-4,500.

Champagne, Port and Riesling
Skinner’s Fine Wine auction will help keep the holidays bubbly, with a wide range of champagne for all budgets and occasions. There is truly something for everyone, from lot 345, 6 bottles of Moet & Chandon Champagne Cuvee Dom Perignon Rose 1996, estimated between $1,600-2,400 to lot 354, a magnum of Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne Cuvee Belle Epoque 1996, estimated between $200-300. A number of terrific port lots, such as number 81, a bottle of Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931, estimated between $1,200-1,800 will be of interest; and some rare 1976 Rieslings, including lot 735A, Bischoffinger Steinbuck Rulander Trockenberenauslese 1976, estimated between $300-400 and lot 735C, Vereingte Hospitien Wiltinger braune Kupp Sanctus Jacobus Trockenberenauslese 1976, estimated between $200-300, are also ones to watch.

Impressive New England Wine Collections
From an extensive Massachusetts cellar, and not to be missed, come particularly rare first growth highlights. Maintained in ideal climate-controlled storage, this collection includes lot 197, 6 bottles of Chateau Cos d’Estournel 1953, estimated between $1,200-1,900; lot 199, 12 bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982, estimated between $35,000-50,000; and lot 205, 4 bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945, estimated between $16,000-24,000.

From another large and varied East Coast collection, maintained in a pristine, professional cellar, comes a remarkable collection that is ideal either for holding or drinking. Examples from this collection include lot 175, 12 bottles Chateau Beychevelle 2005, estimated between $850-1,200; lot 176, 12 bottles of Chateau Duhart Milon 2005, estimated between $900-1,300; and lot 179, a dozen bottles of Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2005, estimated between $900-1,300.

“Given the variety of this sale, from region to vintage, this auction provides buyers an ideal and unique opportunity to round out their cellars in one event,” said Marie Keep, Director, Fine Wines, Skinner. “We are pleased to offer our buyers so many rare, vertical lots, which are a true testament to the patient and diligent collecting of the consignors featured in this sale.”

To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, director of Skinner’s Fine Wines Department, at 508 970-3296 or [email protected] Skinner is currently accepting consignments for its spring 2012 auction of Fine Wines and can accept a single noteworthy bottle or an entire collection.

About Skinner
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass.

For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com

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