An "Imperial", or 6 liter bottle of 1979 Chateau Gruaud Larose. The label and capsule show what can happen in humid cellar; the wine in the bottle should be spectacular.

Bordeaux

This is the first part of a cellar of fine old European wines (along with some interesting American wines).  The wines were bought on release and also at Christie’s auctions in the mid 1990’s, when Christie’s was the market leader and the team there set a very high standard for due diligence, inspecting every cellar in person, tasting a wide range of  bottles, and turning away almost as much wine as was accepted for sale (the rejected wines usually showed up at the competition). The wines were bought with no intention of selling in the future, and this explains in part why the owner didn’t worry about high levels of humidity in the cellar: just fine for wine, very hard on wine labels – we’ve tried to note when the labels have particularly suffered. Taken as a whole you can see that the owner loves wine, and while he’s far from an oligarch, he’s been able to indulge a passion for great traditional bottles of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and other classics. He also happens to be a good friend of Chambers Street Wines, and we’ve been the frequent beneficiary of his almost insane generosity. Thus we’ve tasted far more than a few samples from this cellar, and we know first-hand that it’s a spectacular collection. Jamie Wolff

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Cantemerle 1949 Haut Médoc

Heavily damp-stained label; upper shoulder.

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Ducru Beaucaillou 1970 St Julien

Damp-stained labels.

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Gruaud Larose 1979 Saint-Julien 6 L

Heavily damp-stained label.

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Gruaud Larose 1983 St Julien 3 L

Heavily damp-stained label.

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La Mission Haut Brion 1964 Graves

Upper-top shoulder fills.

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La Mission Haut Brion 1981 Pessac-Leognan 1.5 L

This is a beautiful wine that we've been luck to taste several times - ample evidence that La Mission can be just as good as any Premier Cru. Jamie Wolff

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Latour 1975 Pauillac

Damp-stained labels.

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Leoville Las Cases 1983 St Julien

This is the greatest chateau in Saint Julien, it is located right next to Chateau Latour.  There is a little creek that runs between the two properties, one side is in Saint Julien and the other side is Pauillac.  This is a very rich mature bottle of Bordeaux and it is drinking great now.  It is made from approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.  A great 1983 and a great Leoville las Cases. 

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Margaux 1983 Margaux

Damp-stained and torn labels.

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Sociando Mallet 1986 Haut-Medoc

Damp-stained labels.

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De Fargues 1986 Sauternes

You know that this Chateau was owned, managed, and farmed by the same people who owned, managed, and farmed Chateau d'Yquem, right?

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Ducru Beaucaillou 1961 St Julien

2 mid-shoulder, 1 low-shoulder.

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Haut Brion 1920 Pessac-Leognan

Recorked in the 1970s.

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La Lagune 1983 Haut Médoc

Nice solid fresh garnet red, turning to brick on the rim. Fragrant mature bouquet of cedar, cassis, wet stone, sweet dark fruits. Medium to full bodied with good lively rich fruit, and tangy iron and gravel minerality on the mid-palate, with good length and finish. Mature and rich and smooth and ready to drink – a delightful ready-to-go 30 year old Bordeaux in the middle of its plateau of drinkability.

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Latour 1896 Pauillac

Recorked in 1976.

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Lynch Bages 1961 Pauillac

Mid-upper shoulder.

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Margaux 1978 Margaux

Damp-stained label; vintage is legible but faint.

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Mouton Rothschild 1982 Pauillac

The labels are very damaged, and the price has been reduced by one-third. Considering that the wine in the bottle is not affected, these become a ridiculously "good buy".

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Mouton Rothschild 1983 Pauillac

There is no sign of seepage, but the fills are mid-shoulder. The price of the wine has been reduced by half.

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Trotanoy 1986 Pomerol

Damp-stained and damaged label.

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