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The September 2022 Auction: Part 4

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Auction Ends: 9/22/2022 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #3. Domaine d'Auvenay Bonnes-Mares 1996

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 95 WA.
"This dark-colored wine has a violet and cookie dough-laced nose that gives way to a velvety-textured, massively concentrated, masculine, broad-shouldered, and powerful character. This full-bodied, thick, highly-structured, intense, and extraordinarily proportioned wine is crammed with candied blackberries, cassis liqueur, beef blood, and loads of supple tannins. Its immensely long finish tails off after 40 seconds on notes of sweet blueberries and vanilla-imbued oak . . . . Lalou Bize-Leroy bottled her Domaine d'Auvenay 1996s before harvesting the 1997s because 'they were so good, I did not think they could get better.' She compared them to the 1959s, saying they had the same richness, fruit, and body at this stage of their evolution. Not having been born yet, I did not taste the '59s young but have been fortunate enough to drink a number of them in recent years. If Mme. Bize-Leroy is correct, and the 1996s evolve along the same lines, they will be mind-boggling in forty years." Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate #118, Aug 1998
Provenance: The Nantais Cellar
Notes: 3cm, Very lightly wine stained, nicked, scuffed capsule, lightly scuffed label. #00112.
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Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $5,500

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