The 2013 Palm Beach Wine Auction Dinner and Auction was held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach.

 

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ANTICA - THE VISION

It’s hard not to be enchanted by California. The state’s beauty and natural resources have beckoned people from the far reaches of the world for years. So it’s fitting that after Piero Antinori’s first visit to Napa Valley in 1966, he couldn’t get The Golden State out of his mind.

 

It took 20 years, but when he returned to California in the mid-1980s, Piero Antinori was a man with a plan. The Antinori family purchased shares in a venture along with England’s Whitbread and France’s Champagne Bollinger to develop a 1,200 acre Napa Valley wine estate on a high plain in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley. The hilly terrain was considered to be above all an ideal wine growing country, but while some may have scratched their heads and asked, “Why here?” Marchese Antinori knew that the property’s location—with its rocky soil, high elevation, and drop-dead gorgeous landscape—had great potential for growing quality wine grapes.

 

“More  statuesque  and  compelling  is  the  2008  Antica  Cabernet  Sauvignon  Townsend Vineyard.  Initially  restrained,  this  dense  ruby/purple-colored  wine  offers  up  notes  of forest floor, blackberries and cassis along with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and attractive elegance and purity. Multilayered with sweet tannin, it should age nicely for 15+ years.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes:

• Twelve 750 ml bottles of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

• Two Magnums of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

• Two Double Magnums of Antica Townsend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

 

Donated by:

Linda Costello

 

Winning Bid: $2,800

 

 

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ANCESTRY & ARTISTRY

THE ANTINORI FAMILY’S ICONIC WINES

The Antinori Family has been making wine for over 625 years. Throughout its long history, spanning  26  generations,  the  family  has  always  personally  managed  the  business  making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Marchese Piero Antinori is President of the company, assisted by his three daughters  –  Albiera,  Allegra  and  Alessia.  The  commitment  to  tradition,  passion  and innovation has made Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine wines.

 

Cervaro della Sala

The  wine’s  name  translates  as  “Stag  of  the  Hall.”  Cervaro  is  a  blend  of  Chardonnay  and Grechetto grapes and is noteworthy for its fruit intensity, profound minerality and excellent aging potential.

 

Solaia

Solaia  celebrates  Chianti  Classico’s  ability  to  express  Cabernet  Sauvignon,  Sangiovese  and Cabernet  Franc  grapes.  Marchesi  Antinori  first  produced  this  wine  with  the  1978  vintage. Solaia is produced only in exceptional years.

 

Tignanello

The original Super-Tuscan, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety (Cabernet Sauvignon) in the blend, and among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes. Tignanello is only made in the best vintage years.

 

Guado al Tasso

First  produced  in  1990,  Guado  al  Tasso  expresses  all  the  strength  and  softness  of  the Maremma region, with subtle balsamic aromas that lead to powerful, yet well-balanced and stylish flavors.

 

Includes 3 bottles each of the following wines:

• Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro Umbria IGT, 2010

• Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT, 2008

• Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT, 2008

• Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore DOC, 2008

 

Donated by:

Marchesi Antinori

 

Winning Bid: $3,200

 

 

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THE MANDES MANDATE I

When PBWA Chairman Ted Mandes talks, you should listen. For years now, he's been advising that one of the greatest undiscovered treasures in the wine world is Ed and Trish Snider's Beau Vigne. Well, let's say the cat's out of the bag and, unless you were hatched on another planet, you now know all about these fantastic wines. In fact, when none  other  than  Robert  Parker  tasted  them,  he  was  just  oored.  This  is  one  of  my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off­-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious  attention.  They  all  come  from  a  small  nine-acre  vineyard  in  the  Stags  Leap appellation.”

 

“Th­e 2010 offering of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is racy, ripe, vibrant and enormously enjoyable.  It  is  not  an  overly  complicated  wine  but  a  wine  that  treats  its  owner  like royalty. ­The fruit, flavor, structure and texture are in perfect harmony. ­There are elegant frontal aromas of light ripe plum and dried currant. Further along the nuances become more savory with pomegranate, black currant, tobacco, clove and subtleties of cinnamon.  ­The savory continues on the mouth with a swirl of crisp red berry fruit that is not overly done but just perfect. The palate sensation crescendos to a powerful and complex mélange of cherry, raspberry, minerality, espresso bean, vanilla, and spices. The force of flavor in this Reserve plateaus and carries back on sturdy shoulders of tannin, acid and French oak influence that tapers off with a delicious finish. ­This is not a rugged but well built wine that  drinks  like  a first  growth  Bordeaux.  If  aged  correctly  I  think  this  Cabernet  will survive to 2030 and beyond.”  Kirk Venge, Beau Vigne

 

Includes one specially boxed Magnum of:

• Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

 

Donated by:

Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee

 

Winning Bid:  $1,000

 

 

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MANDES MANDATE II

BIGGER IS EVEN BETTER

This is the only six liter ever made of this vintage.

 

Includes:

• Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

 

Donated by:

Annie and Roger Warwick

 

Winning Bid: $2,500

 

 

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DINNER FOR 8 AT BEVAN CELLARS

IN NAPA VALLEY

Russell  Bevan  is  becoming  one  of  the  most  dynamic  winemakers  in  all  of California  and  has  been  given  plaudits  by  both  Wine  Spectator  and  Robert Parker.    His wines  consistently  rate  in  the  high  90s.    This  will  be  a  great opportunity to taste these very special wines.

 

“Our approach to winemaking has remained constant since our first vintage. We  inspect every grape after it has been removed from the stem. We discard every one that doesn’t meet our standards; typically sacrificing six to eight percent of our  fruit  during  this  process.  From  that  stage  on,  every  wine  is  crafted  to maximize balance and textures. Each of our vineyards imparts their fruit with such pure flavors that we strive to bring all of the components into harmony.

 

All  of  our  wines  are  aged  in  new  French  barrels,  including  Remond,  François Frères and Gamba for our Syrahs and Darnajou and Taransaud for Cabernet Sauvignon.  We  evaluate  each  barrel  of  wine  biweekly,  allowing  the  wines  to dictate  to  us  how  they  are  treated  in  terms  of  racking,  barrel  stirring,  sulfur additions and bottling.” 
Russell Bevan

 

Includes:

• Dinner for 8 at the home of Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo

• Private tour and tasting at Bevan Cellars

 

Donated by:

Cindy and Ted Mandes

 

Winning Bid: $2,100

 

 

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A RARE METHUSELAH OF

THE GREAT 100 PT. 2003 LE PAVILLON

Not only is this wine one of the great wines made in the first decade of the 21st century, but it is an exceedingly rare Methuselah.  Only a handful of this format was  made  in  this  vintage.    Ladies  and  gentlemen,  this  is  a  simply  amazing opportunity  to  own  a  true  collectible,  one  that  will  increase  in  value exponentially in the years to come.

 

“A legend of the future is the 2003 Ermitage Le Pavillon (659 cases).Th­e equal of such stupendous examples as 1990 and 1989, the 2003 is incredibly rich as well as awesomely well-delineated and fresh. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by a  subtle  but  impressively  intense  nose  of  barbecue  smoke,  crème  de  cassis, blueberries, blackberries, and white flowers. Th­e wine cascades over the palate (15.8%  natural  alcohol)  with  extraordinary  richness,  intensity,  and  silkiness.  Th­is  seamlessly  constructed  Hermitage  is,  analytically,  high  in  tannin,  but extremely  low  in  acidity,  with  a  freaky  accessibility  (a  vintage  character). Prodigiously concentrated and high in extract, it should last for a half century or longer. It will be fascinating to follow over the next several decades.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes one Methuselah of:

• Chapoutier Le Pavillon, 2003

 

Donated by:

Madeline and Roderic Fink

 

Winning Bid: $4,350

 

 

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BEAUTY AND BRAINS

You’ve seen her picture and you’ve read about both her and her wines in every wine publication you can imagine.  She’s talented, smart, and she’s as beautiful as her wines. We’re talking about Ann Colgin, of course.

 

Ann’s  wines  are  reference  points  for  just  what  heights  mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux varietals, and more recently, Syrah, can achieve in  Napa  Valley.  Ann  is  assisted  by  David  Abreu,  the  well-known  Bordeaux wine  consultant,  Dr.  Alain  Raynaud,  and  Allison  Tauziet,  who  has  skillfully replaced the brilliant Mark Aubert.

 

“Th­ere are 475 cases of the 2007 IX Syrah Estate, which offers up flowery, roasted meat, balsamic, tar, and blackberry characteristics in a full-bodied format. ­The wine reveals sweet tannin, and layers of fruit, including a note of lavender that emerges as the wine sits in the glass. It should drink well for a decade.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes a five .750 L bottle vertical of

• Colgin "IX Estate" Napa Valley Syrah, 2003-2007

 

Donated by:

Colgin Cellars

 

Winning Bid:  $2,200

 

 

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AN ASSORTED CASE OF COLGIN

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

“Although  the  2001  Cabernet  Sauvignon  Herb  Lamb  Vineyard  is  the  most developed, it remains a youthful adolescent with exceptional intensity. Notes of tapenade, bay leaf, crème de cassis, charcoal and hints of truffles as well as new saddle leather emerge from this opaque purple-hued 2001. ­The gorgeous perfume is followed by rich, concentrated, full-bodied flavors, sweet tannin and beautiful intensity, purity and balance. It can be drunk now (although 4-5 more years of cellaring will prove beneficial) and over the next 25 years.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

“Th­e 2004 IX Proprietary Red Wine (1,258 cases from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot) is amazing out of bottle. Flamboyant, super-fragrant aromas of graphite, crème de cassis, espresso roast, flowers, and the entire black and blue fruit spectrum jump from the   glass   of   this   gorgeous   wine.   In   the   mouth,   silky   tannin   and   a multi-dimensional, skyscraper-like mouth feel are offered without heaviness or coarseness. ­This totally profound wine exhibits what a great site, extraordinary winemaking, and a commitment to excellence can produce. It should drink well for two decades.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes six .750 L bottles of:

• Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001

• Colgin “IX Estate,” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

 

Donated by:

Steven Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb

 

Winning Bid: $5,500

 

 

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RARE JEROBOAMS FROM DOMAINE PONSOT

“Roasted red meats, dark cherry and purple plum tinged with black pepper, black tea,  and  soy  characterize  Ponsot’s  2007  Clos  Vougeot,  which  combines  rich ripeness, expansiveness, and textural polish with an invigoratingly bright fruit skin  edge  and  saliva-inducing,  saline  savor.  While  the  fine  tannins  here  are impeccably tucked-in, it is one instance where the roughly 14% alcohol achieved in  Ponsot’s  crus  from  2007  is  felt  as  slight  finishing  heat.  But  that  is  a  minor deterrent to the appreciation of a singularly fine achievement for its vintage and a testimony to the stature of the best sites in this enormous as well as famous grand cru, and one that should stand for two decades.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

“Th­is is one of the two barrels we still have left that was crafted from an oak tree grown in the village of Morey-St.-Denis in 1954,” says Ponsot as I taste his 2008 Clos Vougeot  from it. Neither it nor the (at least slightly!) younger barrels here interfere with this wine’s strong flow of juicy plum and blackberry along with soy-like, saline savor. Hints of game, along with roasted red meat richness typical for its appellation well up as this opens to the air. Fine-grained tannins offer a reassuring   sense   of   support   structure   and   this  finishes   with   impressive persistence.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) each of:

• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2007

• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2008

• Domaine Ponsot Clos Vougeot, 2009

 

Donated by:

Chris N. Kritikos

 

Winning Bid: $4,600

 

 

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2010 DOMAINE PHILIPPE SENARD

Cortons  are  coming  back  into  fashion.  For  too  many  years  this  very  large appellation  has  su­ered  from  the  conception  that  since  one  has  to  wait  a lifetime of cellaring to drink the red Cortons they were not collectible. It is true that mature Corton is a wine of splendor and very worth the wait but there is enough easy and early drinking wine in the world. The Senard Domaine is now in the hands of Lorraine, Philippe's daughter, and she is determined to bring the Domaine into the top rank of Corton producers.

 

“The 2010 Clos du Roi is breathtakingly good.”

“The 2010 Corton Bressandes is rich, persistent and impressively complex.”

“The 2010 Corton Clos de Meix offers excellent richness.”

“The 2010 Corton Blanc is impressively rich, concentrated and broad-shouldered.”

All of the above are quotes from Allen Meadows, Burghound

 

Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) each of 2010 Domaine Philippe Senard:

• Corton Clos du Roi

• Cotton Bressandes

• Corton Clos de Meix

• Corton Paulands

• Corton Blanc

 

Donated by:

Sharyn and Stuart Frankel

 

Winning Bid: $2,600

 

 

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A FULL CASE OF 2006 KOSTA BROWNE

RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR

“Flavorful, intense  wines  -  that  is  our  goal.  We  believe  every  wine  should  be bursting with flavor. ­This intensity should be part of a greater balance. We find that each of our vineyards has its own sweet spot of balance. It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential.

 

Our  single  vineyard  wines  are  blended  to  express  the  specific  qualities  and consistencies of our pedigreed vineyards. Pinot Noir is the perfect palate to define the terroir of these plantings.

 

We  offer  two  appellation  wines:  our  Sonoma  Coast  and  Russian  River.  These wines  are  blended  to  represent  the  best  of  our  vineyards  in  each  specific appellation. Quality is of utmost importance with these blends.”  Don Kosta

 

Includes twelve 750 ml bottles of:

• Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir, 2006

 

Donated by:

Craig and Rochelle Menin/ Menin Development, Inc.

 

Winning Bid: $3,600

 

 

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A TRANQUIL STAY IN BEAUTIFUL CHAMPAGNE

In  the  heart  of  the  Champagne  region,  only  a  short  step  from  the  center  of  the Coronation City of Reims, the “Assiette Champenoise” welcomes you in a unique setting that combines all the timeless charm of a fine old mansion with the contemporary design of an exceptional hotel and restaurant.

 

L'Assiette  Champenoise,  also  known  as  Château  de  la  Muire,  is  a  family  run  hotel  in Tinqueux, a suburb of Reims, located just over a mile away from the city center. It is a modestly priced  4 star hotel and o?ers a range of excellent facilities for guests. In particular, its restaurant is one of the best in North East France and boasts 2 Michelin stars. The chef is the renowned Arnaud Lallement. Recently refurbished in an art-deco style, the hotel's ambiance oozes luxury and immaculate class.

 

The hotel sits in a suburban location, just a few minutes’ drive from the Centre of Reims. If you are seeking a more peaceful getaway, this 19th Century, half-timbered house, set in 4 acres of parkland is an ideal tranquil setting.

 

It  off­ers  all  of  the  facilities  you  would  expect  from  this  grade  of  accommodation.  An indoor  swimming  pool  and  sauna  complement  the  relaxing  atmosphere.  The  newly refurbished  bar  is  delightful,  with  an  impressive  wine  list  notable  for  its  range  and quality  and  including  Krug  by  the  glass.  The  bar  leads  out  onto  a  quaint  terrace overlooking the grounds.

 

L’Assiette Champenoise is truly one of the great country estate hotels in all of France.

 

Includes:

• One night stay for two in a new suite at the L'Assiette Champenoise

• A gastronomic dinner for two persons with wine pairings

 

Donated by:

L'Assiette Champenoise, Arnaud Lallement

 

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

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THE LOUIS XIII EXPERIENCE FOR EIGHT

Louis XIII  has assembled this unique opportunity  to experience the King of Spirit at your home (South FL area) with 8 guests. The evening will start with a Charles Heidsieck Champagne reception served with hors d'oeuvres and then culminate  with  a  Louis  XIII  Moment  guided  by  the  Louis  XIII  Brand Ambassador,  Mathieu  Levy.  Louis  XIII  de  Remy  Martin  Grand  Champagne Cognac is a blend of 1200 eaux de vie, aged from 40 to 100 years. Since its first release  in  1874,  it  has  been  the  cognac  of  elite  and  dignitaries  like  Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.

 

Includes:

• Louis XIII Tasting Experience for 8 in the privacy of your home

• Charles Heidsieck Champagne Reception

• Hors d'oeuvres

• 1 oz serving of Louis XIII for each guest

 

Donated by:

Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

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Includes:

• Four Chef's Tasting Menus with Wine Accompaniment

 

Donated by:

Per Se Restaurant

 

 

Winning Bid: $6,200

 

 

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THE LOUIS XIII CONNOISSEUR'S JOURNEY

Here's  an  absolutely  fantastic  interactive  visit  for  two  at  Remy  Martin  in  the heart of Cognac, France.

 

“A great experience for any Cognac (or wine) lover that began with a private tour of the cellars of Remy Martin, a lesson in distillation, then a tasting of the selection  of  Remy  Martin  Cognacs  paired  with  bites  from  their  in-house  chef.  ­The  visit continued with a barrel tasting of Louis XIII with Deputy Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau.  After the tour they opened the Remy shop for us so that we could buy hard  to  find  cognacs  that  aren't  available  in  the  US.  ­The  highlight  was  the candlelit  dinner  in  the  private  distillery  next  to  the  owner  of  Remy  Martin's chateau prepared by the chef just for us, accompanied by fantastic wines from the cellar and capped off with what else...Louis XIII.” Jill Sloane, past recipient of this lot

 

Includes:

• Discovery of our vineyards in the Grand Champagne, "Champetre"        

   breakfast.

• The wine making and the distillation in the heart of our distillery in        

   Touzac accompanied by the master distiller. Olfactive discovery of young 

   eaux-de-vie. "Traditional" lunch in our distillery's dining room

• Visit of the Merpins Estate, production site of Remy Martin cognac at 

   di­fferent stages of aging at the House of Remy Martin in Cognac

• Private access to our "Reference Room" which shelters a part of our Louis 

   XIII cognac heritage.

• Tasting of Louis XIII in private lounge. Formal service including designs 

   by Christophe Pullet.

• Departure to Saint-Même-les-Carrières in the Grand Champagne,

   discovery of the family property "Le Grollet," cradle of Louis XIII cognac

• Visit to Louis XIII cellar.

 

Donated by:

Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

 

Winning Bid: $1,700

 

 

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LOUIS XIII REMY MARTIN

GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC

It  took  thousands  to  crown  Louis  XIII  King  of  France.  More  than  four centuries later, a single bottle of the cognac that bears his name still requires nearly 10,000 individuals to produce.

 

“Louis XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put simply, it's a moment.” A moment of pleasure fit for a king. Each hand-crafted Baccarat crystal decanter of Louis XIII contains a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging in age from 40 to 100 years old and requiring the combined expertise of three generations of Cellar Masters.  A  solid  gold  collar  and  signature  fleur-de-lys  crystal  stopper  adorn every  decanter.  Its  Baroque-style  glass  and  design  recall  the  grandeur  of  the Baroque era of King Louis XIII, while its noble taste pleases palates the world over today.

 

Includes one 750 ml bottle of:

• Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac

 

Donated by:

Jane M. Mitchell

 

Winning Bid: $2,000

 

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A MAGNIFICENT ROLEX WATCH

The Rolex Yacht-Master II 44 mm  in  steel  and  18 ct  yellow  gold.  Featuring a 18 ct yellow gold bezel with a blue cerachrom insert in ceramic.  A self-winding movement with a programmable regatta countdown and mechanical memory, officially  certified  Swiss  chronometer.    A  white  and  yellow  gold  dial  complete with an oyster bracelet and safety clasp with easylink comfort extension link.

 

Donated by:

Mayors Jewelers

 

Winning Bid: $27,000

 

 

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A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE FOR FOUR

AT RUDD VINEYARDS

In  1996  when  food  and  wine  entrepreneur  Leslie  Rudd  purchased  a  55-acre estate  in  Oakville,  an  appellation  recognized  for  its  outstanding  Cabernet Sauvignon, he realized a 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley. Today, the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Dalla Valle, Plumpjack, Harlan Estate's Bond, St. Eden Vineyard, Screaming Eagle, and Phelps Backus. Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Leslie Rudd, we are proud to off­er two couples a VIP experience to remember for a lifetime.

 

Includes:

• Three nights stay for two couples (2 double rooms) in Napa Valley

• Private tour and tasting with the winemaker at Rudd Winery

• VIP winemaker dinner at Press Restaurant with wines selected by Leslie Rudd

• Private tour, tasting and lunch at Edge Hill winery in St. Helena

• Large format bottle

 

Donated by:

Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery

 

Winning Bid: $5,800

 

 

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A DOUBLE MAGNUM OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED

“Ever since Leslie Rudd acquired this estate, formerly known as Girard, at the corner of the Silverado Trail and the Oakville Crossroads, he has been hell-bent to build it into not only one of the finest in Napa Valley, but in the world. ­This has  involved  a  number  of  bold  moves,  including  installing  super-star  David Abreu  as  vineyard  manager,  bringing  in  Pat  Sullivan  as  the  winemaker,  and hiring   Bordeaux’s   globe-trotting   consultant,   Michel   Rolland.  The   current portfolio is Rudd’s strongest to date. ­The Bordeaux varietal offerings come from one of Napa Valley’s classic sectors, which many people believe is the sweet spot for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the Oakville Corridor. Rudd’s neighbors include such renowned estates as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle and Plumpjack.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes one Jéroboam (3 L) of:

• Rudd Oakville Estate Red, 2008

 

Donated by:

Stacey and Mark Levy

 

Winning Bid: $2,200

 

 

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AN EVEN BIGGER BOTTLE OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED

Now  we’re  getting  into  big  boy  territory.  This  is  an  amazing  Imperial  of  the great 2008 Rudd Estate Red.  Wine from California just doesn’t get any better than this or any bigger ... well on second thought, take a look at the next lot.

 

Includes one Imperial (6 L) of:

• Rudd Oakville Estate Red, 2008

 

Donated by:

Barbara and Jerome Golden

 

Winning Bid: $2,800

 

 

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THIS IS IT!

A UNIQUE 9 LITER BOTTLE OF 2008 RUDD ESTATE RED

“Th­e finest Rudd Estate Proprietary Red Rudd has yet made is the 2008. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot and 14% Malbec, it offers up aromas of blue and black fruits, charcoal, white chocolate and  flowers.  ­The  soaring  aromatics  are  followed  by  a  wine  with  fabulous concentration,  a  seamless  integration  of  acidity,  tannin,  alcohol  and  wood,  a brilliant  texture,  a  fabulous  personality  and  loads  of  complexity  as  well  as full-bodied richness. ­This potentially legendary proprietary red already possesses remarkably  sweet  tannin.  It  will  be  drinkable  early  (because  of  its  density, ripeness and velvety texture), but it should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Bravo!”

 

Honestly, there are wine connoisseurs who would bob for French fries to get their hands on this bottle.  And we’re not kidding.

 

Includes one Salmanazar (9 L) of:

• Rudd Oakville Estate Red, 2008

 

Donated by:

Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein

 

Winning Bid: $4,000

 

 

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SHAFER COLLECTION

“Th­e  2007  Cabernet  Sauvignon  Hillside  Select  has  the  potential  to  be  a  perfect wine in 5 to 6 years. Although it has shut down since I tasted it last year, it is unquestionably Shafer’s finest Hillside Select since the 2001 and 2002. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should keep for 35+ years. ­This selection is made from the Eisele clone of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in a choice 50-acre parcel. It takes concentration, graciousness and complexity to its highest level in Napa Valley. An inky/blue/purple  color  is  followed  by  sweet  aromas  of  blueberries,  blackberries, charcoal   and   subtle   toast.   ­The   wine   possesses   fabulous   concentration,   a seamless/flawless personality, a textbook integration of alcohol, wood, tannin and acidity,  an  almost  endless finish  and  a  voluptuous  texture.  Exhibiting  more tannin and structure than it did last year, this is a colossal wine that will still be going strong in 2050.”  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

 

Includes a six Magnum vertical of:

• Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003-2008

 

Donated by:

Marjorie Fink

 

Winning Bid: $8,000

 

 

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TOUR FOR 4 IN BURGUNDY WITH ALEX GAMBAL

Alex Gambal, one of the few Americans making wine in Burgundy, will greet you at his historic winery in the heart of Beaune.  He will give you and three of your  guests  a  tour  of  his  cuverie  and  an  explanation  of  the  wine  making process.  You will then taste his wines developing in the barrel as well as the finished  product  from  the  bottle.    You  will  also  receive  a  tour  of  Alex’s vineyards in his vintage WWII Jeep to see the Côte de Beaune and the unique ‘terroir’ distinctions between Village, 1er  Cru and Grand Cru.  Lunch will be at Beaune’s famed ‘Ma Cuisine’ where the loving cuisine and fabulous cellar of Fabienne and Pierre Escoffier will be paired.

 

Please note:
Mutually agreeable time and date of tours/tasting/lunch to be determined between recipient and donor.  

 

Donated by:

Alex Gambal

 

Winning Bid: $1,500

 

 

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A GREAT COLLECTION FROM

A GREAT BASEBALL CELEBRITY 

Here’s a wonderful collection of wines from one of the baseball’s most beloved celebrities, none other than Le Grand Orange himself, Rusty Staub.   Just like Rusty, these bottles are larger than life.  Très, très grand!

 

Includes:

• Two Magnums of Morey-Blanc Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières, 2006

• One Magnum of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2006

• One Magnum of Camille Giroud Puligny-Montrachet 1 er  Cru Champ 

   Gain, 2005

• One Magnum of Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1 er Cru Les     

   Pucelles, 2006

• One Magnum of Jean-Noël Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1 er Cru     

   Blonchot Dessus, 2002

 

Donated by:

The Rusty Staub Foundation

 

Winning Bid: $6,500

 

 

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BOND…..JUST BOND

Bond is the newest project of Bill Harlan and his wine making team, Bob Levy and  Michel  Rolland.    A  great  introduction  to  Bond’s  style  is  Matriarch,  a beautifully  made  wine  with  wonderfully  sweet  notes  of  smoke,  lead  pencil shavings,  black  cherries,  and  cassis,  made  in  an  opulent  textural  style  with impressive concentration, low acidity, and silky tannins.  It possesses ripe and super lush layers of seductive black cherry, blackberry, plum and spice, with a smooth texture and ripe, mouth coating tannins accented by a hint of melted chocolate.

 

This is really sexy juice folks and the name is Bond ... just Bond.

 

Includes 750 ml:

• Bond Melbury, Napa Valley, 2003 - 3 bottles

• Bond Pluribus, Napa Valley, 2003 - 2 bottles

• Bond St. Eden, Napa Valley, 2003 - 3 bottles

• Bond Vecina, Napa Valley, 2003 - 3 bottles

 

Donated by:

The Rusty Staub Foundation

 

Winning Bid: $3,800

 

 

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WHEN LESS ISN’T MORE

Sure, famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined the phrase “Less is more” to describe his belief that minimalism is the key to true aesthetics in building design.  But this is great wine we’re talking here and, when it comes to an instant cellar like this one in beautiful bottles, less definitely isn’t more.  More is more ... and that’s that!

 

Just take a peek at these reviews from Robert Parker to give you just a sample of what we’re talking about here:

 

“Th­is profound Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the single greatest Cabernets I have tasted. Still young and amazingly fresh and lively, the saturated purple color with garnet hues creeping in is followed by a huge, mind-blowing bouquet of pure black-raspberry and curranty fruit, minerals, licorice, and violets. A wine of legendary proportions, it is fabulously  concentrated,  rich,  and  superbly  well-balanced.  Still  possessing  copious quantities of tannin, it can be drunk now, but it promises to evolve for at least two more decades.”

 

“Th­e 1985 Dominus stands out for its smoky, ripe cassis, earthy nose, sweet, full-bodied,

concentrated  flavors,  and  opulently  long,  chewy  finish.  It  was  the  most  forward,

precocious example of this wine I have yet tasted.”

 

“With respect to older vintages, in October I tasted three of Mondavi's more renowned Cabernet Sauvignons.  ­The  1978 Cabernet Sauvignon  Reserve  has consistently  been  a 90  point  wine.  It  remains  a  beautiful  Cabernet,  displaying  cedar,  tobacco,  and  black currant fruit.”

 

Includes one 750 ml bottle each of:

• Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 1975

• Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley, 1976

• Dominus Estate Napa Valley, 1985

• Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 1985

• Flora Springs Trilogy, Napa Valley, 1986

• Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1982

• Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, 1981

• Burgess Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1984

• Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1986

• Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1978

• Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1978

• Monticello Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 1983

 

Donated by:

Edward Dudnyk

 

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

 

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A FABULOUS SONOMA VALLEY VACATION

Located in the beautiful Sonoma Valley Wine Country four blocks from historic Sonoma Plaza, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa is a luxurious 64-room hotel and spa set in the midst of wineries, fine dining, shops, and unique galleries. Just a short 15-minute drive from the Napa Valley and forty-five minutes from San Francisco, the Inn is convenient to both Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wineries.

 

Originally  a  prestigious  300  hundred-acre  vineyard  and  working  ranch  with prized trotters, this lush 19th century estate has been transformed into a luxurious inn  and  spa,  receiving  rave  reviews  and  guest  comments.  Each  of  the  Inn's  64 rooms  and  suites  is  individually  appointed  with  designer  furnishings  and amenities.   All   the   suites   offer  fireplaces,   king-sized   beds,   original   art, hydrotherapy  tubs  or  rain  showers,  wet  bars, flat-panel  televisions,  and  DVD players with six-speaker surround sound.  There is complimentary parking and Wi-Fi.

 

MacArthur  Place  is  set  among  seven  acres  of  spectacular  gardens filled  with original sculpture. Flagstone walkways lead guests past hedgerows, fountains and benches to a heated pool and whirlpool. The Garden Spa at MacArthur Place offers over 40 di?erent massage, facial and body treatments utilizing the flowers, herbs and plants found in the garden.

 

Dining  is  a  special  experience  at  MacArthur  Place.  Located  in  the  beautifully restored  historic  barn  on  the  estate,  Saddles  is  consistently  named  (the  wine country's) California’s best steakhouse.

 

Includes:

• Two nights in a luxury suite at MacArthur Place

• Each day includes wine and cheese in the evening(s) and a grand continental 

   breakfast.

• Two spa treatments at The Garden Spa on property.

• Complimentary wine tastings at local wineries.

• Gift certificate toward dinner for two at Café  la Haye

• Private dinner or lunch at the art filled, hilltop home of Suzanne Brangham and 

   Jack Lundgren, 5 minutes from the hotel with amazing views of San Francisco.

 

Please note:  Advance reservations required.  Some restrictions may apply.

 

Donated by:

MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

 

Winning Bid: $3,200

 

 

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THE BEST OF MONTREAL

 

Journey north for a taste of Europe as you head off­ for a three-night stay in the heart of Montreal. You will be treated to five-star service at the Omni. You will experience hospitality at its finest with the concierge who is available to satisfy your every whim.

 

Two wonderful dinners await you. One dinner will be at Primo e Secondo in Montreal's Little Italy in an intimate and friendly family-owned spot - a cozy place with excellent cuisine and an attentive sta­ff to insure that each course is complimented  with  their  exquisite  wine  selections.  The  icing  on  the  cake  of your  stay  will  be  the  magnifficent  -  we  promise  you  will  never  experience  a dinner  quite  like  this  -  11-course  dinner  with  wine  pairings  at  the  elegant Europea  restaurant.  Renowned  chef  Jerome  Ferrer  is  both  inventive  and dedicated  to  culinary  excellence!  You  will  leave  there  full  from  the  amazing dinner  but  also  filled  with  memories  of  a  dinner  where  the  dining  is  in  the detail - where creative presentation meets a palate extravaganza.

 

Take advantage of Montreal's sights, sounds and the very European feel of it all by hiking the Parc du Mont Royal or hopping on one of the many bicycles for rent  and  ride  into  Old  Montreal  to  see  the  Notre  Dame  Basilica.  Many surprises await you north of the border.

 

Includes:

• Three night stay for two couples in two deluxe rooms at the Omni             

   Mont-Royal

• Bu?et breakfast at Le Petit Opus Cafe of the Omni Mont-Royal

• Dinner for four at Primo e Secondo

• Evening at Europea Restaurant for four including cocktails, small       

   appetizers and tasting menu with wine pairings

• Château D’Esclans Rosé, 2011 – 3 L

 

Donated by:

Lewis M. Schott

Château D’Esclans

 

Winning Bid: $4,600

 

 

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DOMAINE SERENE

THE UNDISCOVERED WINE COUNTRY

Experience the pastoral tranquility of Oregon wine country from our luxurious Winery Hill House retreat. This fabulously appointed “home away from home” is the perfect place to start your adventures and the ideal sanctuary at the end of  a  memorable  day  among  the  vines.  Situated  high  atop  the  Dundee  Hills, Oregon’s premiere wine growing region, you will immerse yourself in all that we have to o­ffer, pamper yourself with the very best of this undiscovered wine country, and enjoy life … the Oregon way.

 

Includes:

• Two night stay for two couples at the private hideaway on the grounds of 

   the prestigious Domaine Serene Winery

• A bottle each of the award winning Domaine Serene Chardonnay

   and Pinot Noir upon arrival

• A VIP tour of the landmark five-level gravity flow winery

 

Please note:

- Expires January 25, 2014

 

Donated by:

Domaine Serene

 

Winning Bid: $2,800

 

 

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TWO GREAT NAPA VALLEY EXPERIENCES

A VISIT TO PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named "Summit Ranch.”  The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St.  Helena  to  the  northeast  and  verdant  vineyards  rising  skyward  in  all directions.

 

Includes:

• One Double Magnum of Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

• Tour and Tasting for Four

 

Donated by:

Pride Mountain Vineyards

 

A VISIT TO ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

Visit  the  caves  of  Robert  Sinskey  Vineyard  where  you  will  learn  about  the subtleties of winemaking and the sweat and toil that go into the winegrowing of  RSV  wines.  You  will  finish  the  tour  with  a  plate  of  food  prepared  by  the Vineyard Kitchen and taste through a flight of Robert Sinskey Vineyard’s finest wines.

 

Includes:

• One Magnum of Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red, 2007

• One Magnum of Robert Sinskey “SLD,” Stags Leap District Cabernet, 2007

• Cave Tour and Tasting for Four

 

Please note:

- Tour requires a reservation

- Certificate is non-transferable and expires January 2014

 

Donated by:

Robert Sinskey Vineyards

 

Winning Bid: $1,200

 

 

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TUSCAN ROMANCE V.I.P. VISIT

AND STAY FOR TWO AT CASTELLO BANFI

Castello Banfi is a rarity among Italian wine estates, not just because of its size (some  7,100  acres,  of  which  around  2,400  are  planted  with  vines),  its composition of single vineyards, or its state-of-the-art winery, but because it was  started  from  scratch  less  than  20  years  ago.  A  medieval  castle  towering above mountainous forests and lush, rolling vineyards expresses the speechless poetry  of  Montalcino,  and  endows  Castello  Banfi's  wines  with  more  than  a millennium  of  history  and  romance.  For  countless  thousands  of  visitors  the castle off­ers a museum of wine and glass dedicated to Banfi's founder, Giovanni F. Mariani. Central to the property is the medieval castle meticulously restored as  a  hospitality  center,  hosting  visitors  at  the  Taverna  Banfi  for  lunches  and dinners  of  traditional  local  dishes,  and  its  enoteca-cum-wine  bar  serving tasting  plates  of  artisan  regional  breads,  cheeses  and  salumi  to  pair  with  a selection  of  estate  wines  by  the  glass.  For  those  wishing  to  linger  and  be nurtured  by  our  Tuscan  hospitality,  a  limited  number  of  luxury  rooms  and suites  are  available  at  Castello  Banfi  –  Il  Borgo,  a  hillside  hamlet  nestled alongside the castle keep.

 

Includes:

• Tasting at Castello Banfi – L’Enoteca

• Private Tour of the Castello Banfi Winery, Glass Museum and      

   Balsameria

• Five-Course Wine Pairing Dinner for two at Castello Banfi – La Taverna

• Two Nights Stay for one couple at Castello Banfi – Il Borgo

 

Please note:

- Airfare and ground transportation are not included

- Dates and venues subject to availability

- Blackout dates include November 2013 – March 2014

- Visit must take place by November 1, 2014

 

Donated by:

Castello Banfi

 

Winning Bid: $3,200

 

 

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BE OUR GUEST

Beau Vigne, a small boutique operation (nine acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) run by Ed and Trish Snider, sits on a knoll in the Stags Leap viticultural area.  Their most limited production cuvée (less  than  100  cases),  the  Guest  Cottage  Cabernet  with  notes  of  graphite,  black currants, sweet cherries, mocha, spicy wood, and a hint of earth is simply a terrific Cabernet by any standard.  

 

Includes three 750 ml bottles of:

• Beau Vigne Guest Cottage

 

Donated by:

Ed and Trish Snider

 

Winning Bid: $950

 

 

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A STUNNING TANZANITE RING FROM TIFFANY & CO.

There is no store in the world with the panache of Ti­ffany & Co.  Period.   In fact, there aren’t any even close.  The name Ti­ffany must surely be one of the most recognizable in the world.  It is synonymous with the very highest quality and the utmost in class and prestige.  When you’re walking down Worth Avenue after shopping at Tiffany’s, that unmistakable turquoise blue bag can be spotted from anywhere. No small wonder then that it seems to even make you walk just a little taller and with an enviable air of confidence.  Yes, you’ve arrived.  All of your hard work in life has paid off­.   You’re a success.  You bought the best you could buy.  You shopped at Ti­ffany’s.

 

Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Tiffany & Co. we proudly present the rare beauty of a Tiffany Tanzanite ring.

 

The  gemstones  that  Tiffany  introduced  to  the  world  are  the  keepers  of  an illustrious heritage over 175 years in the making. They are imbued with the spirit of  adventure  that  sent  gemologists  searching  for  treasure  on  every  continent. Discovered  in  the  foothills  of  Mount  Kilimanjaro,  in  Tanzania,  East  Africa, tanzanite  was  the first  transparent  blue  gemstone  discovered  in  hundreds  of years. Tiffany named the stone after its country of origin and introduced it in 1968.  The  stone’s  celebrated  blue-violet  color  gleams  in  a  ring  with  a  round tanzanite of 2.84 carats and a double border of diamonds in platinum.

 

Donated by:

Tiffany & Co.

 

Winning Bid: $8,000

 

 

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1937 CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM

An  old  bottle  of  Château  d'Yquem  from  the  1937  vintage.    A  Premier  Cru Supérieur dessert wine from the Sauternes region of France, Château d'Yquem was the only Sauternes given this rating, indicating its perceived superiority and higher prices over all other wines of its type.

 

Includes:

• One 750 ml bottle of 1937 Château d'Yquem*

 

* No label, but vintage clearly visible on cork and capsule.  Very dark color.

Mid to high shoulder level.

 

Donated by:

Edward Fischer

 

Winning Bid: $1,100

 

 

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JEFF BATEMAN COLLECTION

We  o­ffer  this  lot  in  honor  of  our  great  friend  and  supporter,  Jeff­  Bateman, whose untimely passing aff­ected us all so deeply.  Jeff­ loved California wines and these represent some of his very favorites.

 

Jeff­, you will always be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

 

Includes:

• One 750 ml bottle each of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 Beau Vigne

   in a special wood box

• One 750 ml bottle of 1976 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

• One 750 ml bottle of X Abacus 

 

Donated by:

Elizabeth Bateman

 

Winning Bid: $2,200

 

 

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THE JACKPOT

 

Once, just once in your life, wouldn’t you love to put a quarter into one of those slot machines in Las Vegas and see all three of the spinning dials land on gold bars?  The lights go crazy, the bells go off­ and the sound of “ka-ching” seems to go on forever until the house cashier arrives to give you enough chips to open your own casino. Did your mind just wander a bit, even if for only an instant?  Maybe it’s because you feel so great.  After all, you’re at Mar-a-Lago dressed to the nines, eating and drinking in style and you were looking ahead to the next auction item only to see … JACKPOT.  Well, pinch yourself and get your paddle ready because this may be your chance to hit it big, the party lot of all party lots.  So, forget Las Vegas.    You’re  in  Palm  Beach  now  and  it’s  time  to  get  your  hands  on  some serious, Worth Avenue, blue blood bling.

 

Includes one 750 ml bottle each of:

• 1989 Château Cos d’Estournel

• 1996 Château Léoville Las Cases

• 1985 Château Lynch Bages

• 1989 Château Haut Marbuzet

• 1995 Château Lafon Rochet

• 1994 Château Clinet

• 1994 Château L’Evangile

• 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild

• 1989 Château Margaux

• 1996 Château Pichon Longueville

• 1989 Château Tourelles de Longueville

• 1995 Château Troplong Mondot

 

Donated by:

Edward Dudnyk

 

Winning Bid: $7,000

 

 

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KRUG GRAND CUVEE

Established in 1843 in Reims, France, The House of Krug illustrates the amazing adventure of a visionary founder, Joseph Krug.  He was a determined man with an uncompromising philosophy, who wanted to offer his clients the ultimate pleasure experience in Champagne every year, regardless of the annual changes in climate and this is realized in Krug Grande Cuvée and Rosé.  Since then, six generations of the Krug family have overseen all aspects of the unique Krug winemaking process.  Continuously, for 170 years, the House of Krug has produced only Prestige Cuvées that are all different, while all being of equal, undisputed  quality and distinction. Each Cuvee conveys a particular interpretation of excellence, offering an inimitable experience the moment it is tasted, overwhelming the senses with exceptional pleasure. 

 

Krug Grande Cuvée is the archetype of Krug’s philosophy of craftsmanship and savoir faire: A blend of around 120 wines from ten or more different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age.  Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvée its unique fullness of flavours and aromas, its incredible generosity and its absolute elegance - something impossible to express with the wines of just a single year. Its exceptional finesse is the result of a stay of at least another six years in the cellars. Over twenty years are needed to craft each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée: the first prestige cuvee re-created each year, beyond the very notion of vintage.

 

Enjoy this exceptional bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee champagne in a most unusual and rare 3L, jeroboam format, ideal for intimate gatherings with your nearest and dearest.

 

Includes:

• Jeroboam of Krug Grand Cuvee

 

Donated by:

Krug

 

Winning Bid: $3,000

 

 

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KRUG

Visit for four with visit to Clos du Mesnil

 

Donated by:

Krug

 

Winning Bid: $3,500

 

 

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DINNER OF THE CENTURY 

The "Dinner of the Century" will feature a spectacular line up of rare Krug Clos de Mesnil.  The dinner will take place in the winner's home and be cooked by guest private chef, Michael Troise.

 

Donated by:

Krug
Michael Troise

 

Winning Bid: $100,000