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The December 2018 Distinguished Cellar Auction, Part I

Auction # 530 | View Auction Schedule and Details
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Auction Ends: 12/6/2018 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #583. Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Réservé Cuvée Syrah 1989

Description: Consists of 12 Bottles, 0.75L
Score: 93+ JG.
"Initially opened for a tasting the evening before, the wine seemed too impenetrable out of the blocks to pour without significant air. I opted to vacu-vin the wine and tackle it the following evening. The vacu-vin system seems to be incapable of completely sealing a bottle of wine, which in this particular case was perfect. The wine was able to breath very gradually, and 24 hours after opening, the wine was drinking magnificently. The nose explodes from the glass with scents of super-ripe cassis fruit, ground pepper, Provencal herbs, meaty tones, chocolate, roses, and earth. The purity and explosiveness of the bouquet are a quick reminder of how spectacular the 1989 and 1990 vintages are in the southern Rhône. On the palate the wine is deep, robust and crammed with sweet fruit, with excellent complexity and focus, plenty in reserve in the mid-palate, and a long, chewy finish. As spectacular as this wine is drinking right now, I would guess that another four or five years would pay handsome dividends. It is certainly not a wine that is threatening imminent decline. Truly superb stuff - why did I not buy a few cases?" John Gilman, View From the Cellar, Bonus Articles, Château Rayas
Notes: 10 x 2cm or better, 2 x 3cm, 3 lightly wine stained, 1 lightly wrinkled, 4 lightly corroded capsules, 1 lightly torn, 2 nicked, 1 wine stained, 1 very lightly damp stained, 1 scuffed, 6 very lightly scuffed labels, 3 signs of past seepage.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $2,250


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