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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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892
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
into neck, lightly torn and damp-stained label, lightly oxidized capsule
当前出价: $100
估价: $100 - $160
1 Bottle 750ML
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893
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1973
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1973
bottom neck, damp-stained label
当前出价: $140
估价: $120 - $180
1 Bottle 750ML
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894
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1976
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1976
bottom neck, lightly faded and damp-stained label, lightly oxidized capsule
当前出价: $180
估价: $100 - $160
1 Bottle 750ML
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895
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1977
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1977
two bottom neck or better, two heavily damp-stained labels, one with sticker adhered to label, two oxidized capsules
当前出价: $240
估价: $120 - $200
2 Bottles 750ML
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896
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1978
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1978
into neck, damp-stained label, heavily oxidized and marked capsule
当前出价: $120
估价: $80 - $140
1 Bottle 750ML
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897
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1979
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1979
four bottom neck or better, one marked label, four lightly damp-stained labels, four oxidized capsules
当前出价: $240
估价: $300 - $440
4 Bottles 750ML
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898
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
four into neck, four oxidized capsules
当前出价: $180
估价: $220 - $340
4 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
899
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1981
into neck, damp-stained label, oxidized capsule
当前出价: $80
估价: $50 - $80
1 Bottle 750ML
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900
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1982
two into neck, two damp-stained labels, two oxidized capsules
当前出价: $140
估价: $100 - $160
2 Bottles 750ML
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901
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
into neck, lightly oxidized capsule
当前出价: $80
估价: $50 - $80
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
902
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
into neck, lightly oxidized capsule
当前出价: $120
估价: $50 - $80
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
903
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1987
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1987
two into neck, one lightly damp-stained label
当前出价: $160
估价: $120 - $180
2 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
904
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1989
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1989
three bottom neck
当前出价: $120
估价: $120 - $180
3 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
905
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1990
three bottom neck
当前出价: $140
估价: $180 - $260
3 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
906
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1993
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1993
two bottom neck, two very top shoulder
当前出价: $200
估价: $260 - $400
4 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
907
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
four bottom neck
当前出价: $180
估价: $220 - $320
4 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
908
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
three bottom neck, two very top shoulder
当前出价: $320
估价: $300 - $460
5 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
909
Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1964
Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1964
very top shoulder, scuffed and lightly torn label
当前出价: $120
估价: $120 - $180
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
910
Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
very top shoulder, damp-stained label
当前出价: $260
估价: $320 - $500
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
911
Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
very top shoulder, bin-soiled and scuffed label, lightly oxidized capsule
当前出价: $80
估价: $100 - $160
1 Bottle 750ML
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912
Heitz Wine Cellars Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1969
Heitz Wine Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1969
bottom neck, bin-soiled and torn label
当前出价:
估价: $1,200 - $1,800
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
913
Heitz Wine Cellars Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
Heitz Wine Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
bottom neck, bin-soiled, torn label, and askew label, oxidized capsule, signs of old seepage
当前出价:
估价: $750 - $1,100
1 Bottle 750ML
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914
Heitz Wine Cellars Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1973
Heitz Wine Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1973
very top shoulder, lightly torn and damp-stained label
当前出价: $260
估价: $320 - $500
1 Bottle 750ML
您的出价:
915
Heitz Wine Cellars Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1975
Heitz Wine Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1975
two into neck, two bin-soiled labels, one lightly scuffed label, two oxidized capsules
当前出价: $650
估价: $800 - $1,300
2 Bottles 750ML
您的出价:
916
Heitz Wine Cellars Marthas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1976
Heitz Wine Cellars Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1976
two into neck, two lightly damp-stained labels, two lightly oxidized capsules
当前出价: $850
估价: $800 - $1,300
2 Bottles 750ML
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