Auction Highlights SG21

Champagne Bollinger R.D. 1990 Extra Brut

Lots 367-369: 1 magnum Per lot: $800 – 1400

Perhaps best known today as being the favourite champagne of James Bond, Bollinger traces its history back to 1585, although the house was officially founded in 1829. Bollinger is one of the few champagne houses to ferment their wines in oak barrels, and their top champagnes ‘La Grande Année’ and ‘R.D.’ are riddled in the traditional way, by the hand.

The R.D. (which stands for Recently Disgorged) uses the same blend as La Grande Année (for the 1990 vintage this was 69% Pinot Noir and 31% Chardonnay) but the wine is aged even longer on the lees, which imparts more complexity. These three magnums were disgorged on September 5th, 2002 and are perfectly ready to drink now.

The shocker was the back half of the wine: incredibly tactile and layered, with explosive vinosity and a saline, mounting, palate-staining finish. 94/Drinking window: 2016-2022.

— Stephen Tanzer

A rare collection of top California wines

It can be difficult to find the best wines California has to offer, as these are mostly intended for the American market. We are proud to be able to offer this selection of top wines, which was sourced uniquely in the United States. Dominus Estate, Beringer Vineyards, Château Montelena, Beaulieu Vineyard, Diamond Creek, Joseph Phelps, Heitz Cellar, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Caymus Vineyards: they are all here, waiting for your bids. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase these special wines!

Opus One 1991

Lot 338: 4 bottles Per lot: $1500 – 2200

A joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One is the most iconic Californian wine. The first vintage (1979) was released in 1984, and since then the estate has grown in size, popularity and price. These four bottles have an excellent provenance and are fully mature and ready to drink.

The 1991 is a racy Opus One long on personality. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. Drinking window:  2013-2021.

— Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Château Trotanoy 2000

Lots 21, 23, 28: 6 bottles (OWC) Per lot: $2200 – 3000

One of the very best estates in Pomerol, the vineyards of Trotanoy were first planted in 1761. This is a wine that ages exceptionally well, and the 2000 vintage is considered to be one of the very best. The 7.6 hectares of vines are planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon on soils ranging from gravel slopes to iron-rich clays.

This starts off with fabulous aromas of milk chocolate, plums and subtle spices. Full bodied, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. Tight but just starting to open up. I’m loving the fresh acidity at the end. Needs another five to six years bottle age. Pull the cork in 2016.  (12/2010)

— James Suckling