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Coastline Connoisseur: A Single Owner Cellar, New York, April 11 - April 23

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Zachys is proud to present an incredible single-owner cellar representing a lifetime of passionate, studied, and focused collecting. This sale has the perfect wine for every occasion with extra points for Burgundy aficionados, ranging from age-worthy DRC to ready-to-drink village wines. For those with palates that wander away from the Cote d’Or, this cellar meets the need with the rarest of Californians hailing from the heydays of the 60’s and ’70s, extending to an eye-widening pristine case of 1982 Latour in magnum, and more.

The story of this consignor could fill a book. Every conversation delightfully drifts into a history lesson on the early days of California winemaking, or an in-depth discussion of the merits of the various vineyards in Vosne. Our consignor caught the wine bug early in his life while working in advertising and his curiosity propelled him into the cellars of Napa when Highway 29 was still a dirt road (figuratively). He recalls the days when you could pick up the phone and call Joe Heitz and Chuck Wagner and Dick Steltzner. Today he can still rattle off the yields for what would become the first vintage of Phelps Insignia (an astounding 10.2 tons per acre!) or tell you how much Chenin Blanc was in the famed ’74 Villa Mount Eden (7%) that Nils Venge had to add to the Cabernet to jump-start a stuck fermentation. Possessed with an extraordinary memory, he was able to amass encyclopedic knowledge in a short amount of time just by asking questions, showing up early and often, and buying in depth. He made strategic bets on excellent vintages like ’74 California Cabs and purchased an astounding 10 cases of the Heitz Martha’s 1974 before it was even released to market. 

 Nils Venge, a close friend of the consignor, labeled him as “extraordinarily meticulous.” Our consignor laughs recalling this: “This was a nice way of saying that I was neurotic.” Indeed, all of these early purchases from Napa were picked up and immediately transported by hand down to a temperature and humidity-controlled cellar, somewhat of a rarity in the mid 70’s. The consignor would then line up all the bottles and rate them one through twelve based on minuscule differences in fill level. Number twelve would be consumed first, leaving the best fills to age longer. As the recipient of more bottles that we can count over decades of drinking together, I can confidently recommend that you want to buy your wines from the cellar of a neurotic, as nearly every single bottle has shown far younger than counterparts.

Our consignor wasn’t merely a trophy hunter. He loves village level Burgundies as much as the Grand Crus and finds intellectual interest in these more “entry-level wines.” A true academic, he found his way to Burgundy and never left, amassing several thousand bottles one by one. Nearly 90% of the wines in his collection are from Burgundy and he can tell you where he bought each one. It's important to note that in the early 90’s, Burgundy didn’t hold cult-like fascination for wine lovers as it does now. If you had strong relationships with proven retailers, when they received their allocations of DRC, you could buy what your cellar could hold. It boggles the mind today, but at one point our consignor owned five cases of 1990 La Tache purchased directly on release. 

Having become close friends with some legendary restauranteurs in Los Angeles in the early 90’s, our consignor helped build several wine lists in exchange for free dinners. He sharpened his palate by working with trade reps and attending industry events where he could taste hundreds of wines at a time. Over time our consignor became a big supporter of charitable causes, leveraging his relationships with chefs and trade to organize wine dinners and auction events which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Though nearly 4,000 bottles are on offer for lucky bidders in this sale, this is a small portion of his overall collection. Our consignor has enjoyed an active cellar for many decades and has been able to drink every great wine in the world on multiple occasions. Stacks of cases are also still on hold for future charity donations. Highlights include bottles of Leroy Chambertin and Romanee-Conti, as well as a gorgeous case of 1982 Latour magnums. Verticals of vineyards and producers echo the focused and consistent buying methods of our consignor.

Provenance and storage are, in a word, as good as it gets. Original receipts stacked high document the source and price of nearly every single bottle. Packing up the cellar was a journey through California retail history as each case came with a story of why it was purchased, from whom, and for how much. Often a detailed tasting note and suggested food pairing were included! Almost all wines were sourced on release, either directly from the producers in California or from local retailers, and were removed from Ideal 55, one of the best professional storage facilities in Southern California.

It should be said that in all of our years of advising and working with collectors, there isn’t a kinder, more thoughtful one to be found. Every dinner with him includes a birthday vintage sourced from his cellar, and often one for a spouse for good measure. His prodigious memory stores more wine trivia than we’ll forget in a lifetime, and yet he still remembers important personal interests and milestones without fail. It is a tremendous pleasure to bring this important and beloved cellar to market. 

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Lot #图片 名字
842
Cheval Blanc 1990
Cheval Blanc 1990
two bottom neck
当前出价: $1,300
估价: $1,500 - $2,200
2 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
843
Cheval Blanc 1998
Cheval Blanc 1998
3-pack original wood case
当前出价: $4,200
估价: $4,200 - $6,500
3 Magnums 1.5L
您的出价:
844
Latour 1975
Latour 1975
upper shoulder, lightly glue-stained, damp-stained, and handwriting on label
当前出价:
估价: $700 - $1,100
1 Magnum 1.5L
您的出价:
845
Latour 1982
Latour 1982
6-pack original wood case
six bottom neck or better, six oxidized capsules, six with signs of old seepage
当前出价:
估价: $18,000 - $26,000
6 Magnums 1.5L
您的出价:
846
Margaux 1953
Margaux 1953
mid shoulder, bin-soiled and torn label, oxidized capsule, lightly corroded capsule
当前出价:
估价: $2,000 - $3,000
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
847
Mouton Rothschild 1990
Mouton Rothschild 1990
one bottom neck, one very top shoulder
当前出价: $700
估价: $700 - $1,000
2 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
848
Petrus 1971
Petrus 1971
top shoulder, lightly torn and bin-soiled label, heavily oxidized capsule
当前出价: $1,400
估价: $1,800 - $2,800
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
849
Petrus 1975
Petrus 1975
two upper mid shoulder, two lightly bin-soiled labels, one lightly scuffed label, two oxidized capsules, one lightly protruding cork, two with signs of old seepage
当前出价: $2,200
估价: $2,800 - $4,400
2 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
850
Calon Segur 2005
Calon Segur 2005
当前出价: $180
估价: $160 - $260
1 Magnum 1.5L
您的出价:
851
Cos dEstournel 1985
Cos d'Estournel 1985
bottom neck, lightly torn and heavily damp-stained label, oxidized capsule
当前出价: $260
估价: $260 - $400
1 Magnum 1.5L
您的出价:
852
Cos dEstournel 1986
Cos d'Estournel 1986
five bottom neck, one very top shoulder, three lightly bin-soiled labels, two different importers
当前出价: $750
估价: $750 - $1,100
6 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
853
Cos dEstournel 1989
Cos d'Estournel 1989
six into neck
当前出价: $800
估价: $650 - $950
6 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
854
Ducru Beaucaillou 1982
Ducru Beaucaillou 1982
6-pack original wood case
six bottom neck or better, two bin-soiled labels, four heavily bin-soiled labels
当前出价: $2,800
估价: $3,200 - $4,800
6 Magnums 1.5L
您的出价:
855
Ducru Beaucaillou 2009
Ducru Beaucaillou 2009
original wood case
当前出价: $2,600
估价: $2,200 - $3,200
12 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
856
La Lagune 1982
La Lagune 1982
top shoulder, bin-soiled label
当前出价: $160
估价: $180 - $280
1 Magnum 1.5L
您的出价:
857
Les Carmes Haut Brion 2009
Les Carmes Haut Brion 2009
original wood case
当前出价: $700
估价: $800 - $1,200
12 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
858
Lynch Bages 1989
Lynch Bages 1989
six bottom neck or better, one lightly torn label, two different importers
当前出价: $1,600
估价: $1,500 - $2,200
6 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
859
Malescot St. Exupery 2005
Malescot St. Exupery 2005
当前出价: $400
估价: $440 - $650
6 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
860
Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1952
Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1952
very top shoulder, bin-soiled and lightly torn label
当前出价: $600
估价: $600 - $900
1 Magnum 1.5L
您的出价:
861
Vieux Chateau Certan 2009
Vieux Chateau Certan 2009
original wood case
当前出价: $2,600
估价: $2,400 - $3,600
12 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
862
Haut Brion Blanc 1998
Haut Brion Blanc 1998
当前出价:
估价: $1,400 - $2,200
2 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
865
Suduiraut 1947
Suduiraut 1947
just below top shoulder, faded, scuffed, and heavily bin-soiled label, lightly oxidized capsule, short capsule reveals vintage branded cork
当前出价: $280
估价: $320 - $500
1 Bottle 750ML
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