Absinthe Premier Fils 65%

An exceptional absinthe bottle: an intact ABSINTHE PREMIER FILS, one of the greatest brands
of the Belle Epoque era. As you’ll see in the photos, it has the complete original branded
capsule, quite wonderful!
Comoz "Absinthe des Alpes"

Established in 1870 in Chambery in the Savoie region, C. Comoz specialized in a unique
vermouth blanc (white vermouth) and an equally remarkable absinthe "Absinthe des Alpes",
based on a local recipe, and using mountain herbs.

The absinthe is extremely pale amber in colour, and louches almost white. My belief is that
this absinthe was originally a blanche, and the slight colour now is simply a result of a century
of ageing. It's not possible to say this with absolute certainty, it may instead have been an
exceptionally pale verte. The aroma and flavour of this absinthe are quite wonderful, very
floral, licorice root and green anise of the very finest quality are both noticeable, the louche
is thick and rich, and yet the absinthe has an extraordinarily refined feel in the mouth, very
feminine and perfumed in character. Really quite remarkable!
Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"

This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
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Red Bordeaux - Claret
The great red wines of Bordeaux
Château Latour

Château Latour lies at the very southeastern tip of the commune of Pauillac in the Médoc region to the
north-west of Bordeaux, at its border with Saint-Julien, and only a few hundred metres from the banks of
the Gironde estuary.

The site has been occupied since at least 1331 when a garrison fort was built 300 metres from the estuary
to guard against attack during the Hundred Years' War. The tower, named La Tour en Saint-Mambert gave
its name to the estate around the fortress and was in English hands until the Battle of Castillon in 1453,
and its complete destruction by the forces of the King of France. The original tower no longer exists, but
in the 1620s a circular tower (La Tour de Saint-Lambert) was built on the estate and though it is actually
designed as a pigeon roost, it remains a strong symbol of the vineyard. Vines have existed on the site
since the 14th century, and Latour's wine received some early recognition, discussed as early as in the
16th century in Essays by Montaigne. From 1670 began a lineage of connected family ownership not
broken until 1963, when the estate was acquired by the de Chavannes family, and passed by marriage to
the de Clauzel family in 1677. When Alexandre de Ségur married Marie-Thérèse de Clauzel, Latour became
a part of his vast property, to which he also added Château Lafite in 1716, just prior to his death. In 1718
his son Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur added Château Mouton and Château Calon-Ségur to his holdings status
was established on export markets such as England, alongside chateaux Lafite, Margaux and Pontac. With
the death of status was established on export markets such as England, alongside chateaux Lafite,
Margaux and Pontac. With the death of Nicolas-Alexandre Ségur in 1755 the estate was divided among
four daughters, three of whom inherited Latour in 1760. Latour improved in Nicolas-Alexandre Ségur in
1755 the estate was divided among four daughters, three of whom inherited Latour in 1760. Latour
improved in the later half of the century, and later became a favourite of Thomas Jefferson, then
minister to France, when he categorised La Tour de the later half of the century, and later became a
favourite of Thomas Jefferson, then minister to France, when he categorised La Tour de Ségur as a
vineyard of first quality in 1787. With the onset of the French Revolution, the property became divided.
The Comte de Ségur-Cabanac fled France and his portion was auctioned off by the state in 1794, passing
Some previously sold Château Latour:
through several owners. The estate was not Ségur-Cabanac fled France and his portion was auctioned off by the state in 1794,
passing through several owners. The estate was not reunited until 1841, when the family succeeded in a ploy to put the estate up
for sale, and eventually emerged after an auction having regained the 20% shares owned by négociants Barton, Guestier and
Johnston. The Société Civile de Château Latour was formed in 1842, exclusive to the family, who then had become shareholders.
Ahead of the International Exhibition in Paris, the selection of Latour as one of the four First Growths in the Classification of
1855 consolidated its reputation, and ensured its high prices. The present château was completed in 1864.

In 1963 the estate finally left the Ségur family, when the heirs sold three-quarters of the Château Latour shares to the British
interests of the Pearson Group. Investments were made in research, vineyards were expanded by acquisition and replanting, the
chai was extended and Latour became the first of the first growths to modernise their whole production, replacing the old oak
fermenting vats with stainless steel temperature-controlled vats. The second wine with fruit from younger vines was initiated,
and fruit for the grand vin was decided to come exclusively from the vineyards shown on the plan of the domain from 1759. In
1989 Latour was purchased by Allied Lyons for around £110 million, but in 1993 returned to French ownership when bought by
businessman François Pinault for £86 million when it became part of his holding company Groupe Artemis.

The estate has 78 hectares (190 acres) of vineyard, of which a 47-hectare (120-acre) portion near the château is named l'Enclos,
where fruit exclusive to the grand vin is grown. The composition of grape varieties is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and
2% of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The grand vin Chateau Latour, typically a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot,
with the remainder Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, normally has an annual production of 18,000 cases.
Château Latour 1959 - Magnums in OWC
Château Latour 1865 - Ex chateau

This unique bottle comes directly from the château's own private reserve.
Château Lafite Rothschild

Only four wine-producing Châteaux of Bordeaux achieved First Growth status in the 1855 Classification, which was based on
recent prices. Of those, the first one in the list is Château Lafite Rothschild.

Situated in the great wine-producing village of Pauillac in the Médoc region to the north-west of Bordeaux, the estate was the
property of Gombaud de Lafite in 1234. In the 17th century, the property of Château Lafite was purchased by the Ségur family,
including the 16th century manor house that still stands. Although vines almost certainly already existed on the site, around
1680, Jacques de Ségur planted the majority of the vineyard. In the early 18th century, Nicolas-Alexandre, marquis de Ségur
refined the wine-making techniques of the estate, and introduced his wines to the upper echelons of European society. Before
long he was known as the "Wine Prince", and the wine of Château Lafite called "The King's Wine" thanks to the influential support
of the Maréchal de Richelieu. Towards the end of the 18th century, Lafite's reputation was assured and even Thomas Jefferson
visited the estate and became a lifelong customer.

The first half of the 19th century saw Lafite in the hands of the Vanlerberghe family and the wine improved more, including the
great vintages of 1795, 1798 and 1818. On 8 August 1868, the Château was purchased by Baron James Mayer Rothschild for 4.4
million francs, and the estate became Château Lafite Rothschild. Baron James, however, died just three months after purchasing
Lafite. The estate then became the joint property of his three sons: Alphonse, Gustave, and Edmond.

The 20th century has seen periods of success and difficulty, coping with post-phylloxera vines, and two world wars. During the
Second World War the Château was occupied by the German army, and suffered heavily from plundering of its cellars. Succeeding
his uncle Elie de Rothschild, Lafite has been under the direction of Eric de Rothschild since 1974.
Some previously sold Château Lafite Rothschild:
Château Lafite Rothschild 1982

2 fine MAGNUMS from a superb cellar.
Château Mouton Rothschild

The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 was based entirely on recent market prices for a vineyard's wines, with one
exception: Château Mouton Rothschild. Despite the market prices for their vineyard's wines equalling that of Château Lafite
Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild was excluded from First Great Growth status, an act that Baron Philippe de Rothschild
referred to as "the monstrous injustice". It is widely believed that the exception was made because the vineyard had recently
been purchased by an Englishman and was no longer in French ownership.

In 1973, Mouton was elevated to "first growth" status after decades of intense lobbying by its powerful and influential owner, the
only change in the original 1855 classification (excepting the 1856 addition of Château Cantemerle). This prompted a change of
motto: previously, the motto of the wine was "Premier ne puis, second ne daigne, Mouton je suis" (First, I cannot be. Second, I
do not deign to be. Mouton I am), and it was changed to "Premier je suis, Second je fus, Mouton ne change" (First, I am.
Second, I used to be. But Mouton does not change).

Château Mouton Rothschild 1945
A Churchill of a Wine - Inimitable, Incomparable

"Mouton 45" is a legend in the wine world - there is nothing quite like it. Its renown is likely due to both its extraordinary nose -
famously redolent of eucalyptus - and the symbolism of its date and label, the 'V' representing the hard-won triumph of good over
the forces of on this occasion, a symbolic design intended to celebrate the return of peace. He commissioned this work from a
young unknown artist, Philippe Julian. M. Julian submitted several drafts for the label, and the final one is based on the 'V for
Victory' made famous by Winston Churchill throughout the war. This marked the beginning of a series of specially designed labels
for each vintage. For each year a different artist was commissioned, and the payment was always in wine.

Michael Broadbent, the renowned British expert, writes in his book "Vintage Wine":
The first thing to notice is its extraordinary colour. I have on more than one occasion recognized the wine by this alone. And its
bouquet is equally distinctive, in fact one of the most astonishing smells ever to emerge from grapes grown out of doors. The
power and spiciness surges out of the glass like a sudden eruption of Mount Etna: cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger. Impossible to
describe but inimitable, incomparable, its fragrance is reflected on the palate. Still lovely, still vivacious. Seemingly tireless -
indeed another half-century anticipated.

The French wine writer Michael Dovaz says:
The robe of this legendary wine has remained dark and opaque, though there is an imperceptible browning at the edge of the
disk. The bouquet is typical of 'flamboyant Mouton' - baroque, spicy, luxuriant, almost uncontrolled. After this the body appears
to be disciplined, but it is there, unfailingly.

The editor of European Fine Wine Magazine, Pekka Nuikki writes:
Deep dark and thick colour. Sound and wide-open, huge, incredibly sweet nose of black currant, coffee and eucalyptus. All the
pieces came together in a perfect balance creating an extraordinary, highly concentrated, luxurious and prosperous wine with a
powerful, everlasting aftertaste.

The doyenne of British wine journalists, Jancis Robinson, describes it as follows:
Very, very dark in colour. Extraordinary concentration in this famous wine. The aromas are just slightly porty in their ripeness
and concentration but then the wine (still) has so much vitality that it rises above it all to be wonderfully vital. Truly a
miraculous wine that I had the pleasure of encountering at the great celebration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the second
world war at the British embassy in Paris. So rich and wonderfully persistent. What a treat!

And the hyper-influential US critic Robert Parker says:
A consistent 100-point wine (only because my point scale stops at that number), the 1945 Mouton-Rothschild is truly one of the
immortal wines of the century. This wine is easily identifiable because of its remarkably exotic, over-ripe, sweet nose of black
fruits, coffee, tobacco, mocha, and Asian spices. It is an extraordinarily dense, opulent, and rich wine, with layers of creamy
fruit, behaving more like a 1947 Pomerol than a structured, powerful, and tannic 1945. The wine finishes with a 60+ second
display of ripe fruit, extract, and sweet tannin. This remarkably youthful wine (only light amber at the edge) is mindboggling!
Will it last another 50 years?
Some previously sold Château Mouton Rothschild:
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 en magnum
Mouton Rothschild 1945

Three fine magnums of "Reserve du Château".

The fact that this was the first post-war harvest ought to have
been enough to immortalize the vintage, but the freak weather
conditions made it even more memorable. In the first few days
of May, there was a sudden, heavy, and very late frost, which
blackened four-fifths of the vineyard. The Merlot vines, which
flowered earlier than the Cabernets, were the worst affected.
Subsequent hot, dry weather soon restored the situation, but the
eventual harvest was extremely small. The yield per hectare was
the lowest it had been in 60 years (around 10h per ha). Not only
were there few grapes to a bunch, but the berries were extremely
small. The juice was greatly concentrated and the ratio between
skin area and volume was extremely favourable for maximum
extraction. So ripe were the grapes, that the musts sometimes
attained 15% alcohol.
Château Cheval Blanc 1947
"The Greatest Wine Ever Made"

Château Cheval Blanc 1947 occupies a unique place in the pantheon of Bordeaux - it's arguably the single most famous wine
produced in the last century in the region, and many critics and connoisseurs have rated it if not the "best" (a meaningless
concept at this level), certainly as the most remarkable.

Michael Broadbent, the renowned British expert, writes in his book "Vintage Wine":
Unquestionably one of the greatest wines of all time...incredibly rich, fat, ripe...mammoth concentration and
sweetness...huge, soft, complete, rounded, fabulous, concentration.

The French wine writer Michael Dovaz says:
The invulnerable 1947 Cheval Blanc defies the laws of modern oenology. It resembles no other wine, though it comes closest to
vintage port. Generosity, suppleness, power, licorice, cedar, plum, velvety tannins, an unequalled smoothness, and an endless
finale.

The editor of European Fine Wine Magazine, Pekka Nuikki writes:
Incredibly pronounced chocolaty, leathery nose, resembling port wine. Rich and ripe with great extract. The amount of almost
overripe fruit was so appealing that it was hard to resist and not drink the whole bottle right away. A very gentle and soft wine,
almost feminine in character. At the same time so powerful and masculine. It has everything a wine can offer in such a
historical and exclusive package that it is challenging to find anything as stunning as it!... And the celebrated aftertaste. We
can still sense it after two long days and nights. A perfect out-of-this-world experience.

The doyenne of British wine journalists, Jancis Robinson, describes it as follows:
Still bright crimson. Tingling with life and excitement. Rich but reverberating - like celestial sweet Earl Grey tea. Floral, lovely
and so FRESH! This wine floats across the palate. There's the most amazing transparency to it - it's not heavy yet it makes an
extraordinary impression. Then the flavours develop on the finish in a peacock's tail of complexity. I honestly don't expect ever
to taste a wine better than this.

And the hyper-influential US critic Robert Parker says:
The 1947 Cheval Blanc exhibits such a thick texture it could double as motor oil. The huge nose of fruitcake, chocolate, leather,
coffee, and Asian spices is mind-boggling. The unctuous texture and richness of sweet fruit are amazing. Consider the fact that
this wine is, technically, appallingly deficient in acidity and excessively high in alcohol. Moreover, its volatile acidity levels
would be considered intolerable by modern day oenologists. Yet how can they explain that after 47 years the wine is still
remarkably fresh, phenomenally concentrated, and profoundly complex? It has to make you wonder about the direction of
modern day winemaking.
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947 Magnum, Marie-Jeanne, Double Magnum and Imperial
In July 2007 Sotheby's sold a case of 12 for $146,429,
and most recently a single bottle fetched in excess of
$24000 on auction in Hong Kong.

Cheval Blanc consists of a single plot of land of 37
hectares, just east of the town of St Emilion. The soil
is gravel, and is planted with one third Merlot and two
thirds Cabernet France, a proportion not found
elsewhere in the region. It is the youngest of the
Premier Crus - the estate was founded as recently as
1854, and remained in the family of the original
owners until 1998.

The 1947 vintage was characterized by near perfect
weather with very little rain and exceptionally warm
conditions from April right through October, ie
throughout the growing and ripening seasons. The
unusual heat during harvesting (in excess of 35°C),
resulting in the grape berries reaching the
fermentation vats very warm, often a recipe for
disaster due to resulting overactive fermentation. But
while these problems manifested themselves
elsewhere, at Cheval Blanc everything proceeded smoothly, without problems, possibly due to the cooling effects of the concrete
fermentation vats used, and experience developed handling the 1945 vintage, which had been similarly hot. The grapes were
healthy, sweet and rich, and all the musts exceeded an alcohol content of 14% (it was very rare in this era to make a wine of
more than 13%).

Pierre Lurton, who manages the estate on behalf of its owners describes the 1947 as "an accident of nature". "There is a lot of
volatile acidity which enhances the aromas, with some residual sugar which gives a lot of sweetness and fatness." Lurton goes on
"1947, 1948, 1949 and 1959 are a fantastic series of vintages for Cheval Blanc, and all the first growths. (The 1947) is still very
young. The wine is so concentrated, elegant and fine. The tannin is velvety. The wine had a long, long finish and there is no
dryness."
Pétrus

Owned by the Arnaud family for the better part of 200 years until the end of the World War II, Pétrus was then sold to Mme
Loubat, who had progressively acquired the property since 1925. On her death in 1961, the estate was passed to her family, who
eventually sold a half share in 1964 to Jean-Pierre Moueix. Moueix himself had set up a negociant business Etablissements
Jean-Pierre Moueix, based in Libourne and gradually began acquiring right bank châteaux. Following the death of Jean-Pierre
Moueix in 2003, his elder son Jean-François is the gérant of Château Pétrus, while, Christian Moueix, his second son, manages
the production.

There is no real château physically on the estate, which explains why the wine is usually simply referred to as Pétrus, and not
Château Pétrus..
Some previously sold Pétrus:
Petrus 1961 en magnum
Petrus 1961

2 magnums, mise Loubat.
Petrus 1947

Double magnum, mise Loubat.
La Mission Haut Brion

Situated on uniquely stony soil, the vineyard area extends nearly 21 hectares (52 acres) between the two portions in Pessac and
Léognan, with a grape variety distribution of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. The estate produces
on average 8 000 cases a year, or 96 000 bottles of its Grand vin La Mission Haut-Brion. For the second wine La Chapelle de la
Mission, from the vineyard's youngest vines, production is on average 1 000 cases, or 12,000 bottles.

Haut-Brion. The American wine critic Robert Parker awarded the maximum one hundred points for the 2006 La Mission Haut
Brion, many years La Mission Haut-Brion has been considered the chief challenger to its historically better known close neighbour
Château "the quintessential insider's wine" while David Peppercorn holds the estate's consistent performance over the last
century as justification to classify La Mission as a Premier Cru, as was done to Château Mouton Rothschild in 1973.
Some previously sold Château La Mission Haut Brion:
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1961
Château La Mission Haut Brion 1961
L'Eglise Clinet

L'Eglise Clinet is a superb estate, rated in the very top rank in Pomerol by most experts, but less well known and "fashionable"
than Petrus, Le Pin etc. The 1961 was one of their greatest ever wines. Production is just over 2000 cases now, less than half of
this in 1961.
Some previously sold Château L'Eglise Clinet:
Château L'Eglise Clinet 1961

Robert Parker: "Another great showing for this under-rated
estate, the 1961 L'Eglise-Clinet displayed a saturated, opaque
garnet color with some amber/rust at the edge. A huge nose
of soy sauce, grilled meats, mocha, chocolate, and jammy
cherry fruit is followed by a full-bodied wine with excellent
richness, length, and balance. Drink this fully mature,
velvety-textured wine over the next decade. 96 points"

Jancis Robinson gives this wine 18/20, an ultra high score for
her.

This is an extremely rare wine, and a complete case like this is
an exceptional find.
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Mouton Rothschild 1945

24 x 37,5cl of Mouton '45 purchased en primeur from the
Château in December 1946. They have lain in perfect
storage since and have never been moved.

A complete case of the nec plus ultra of Bordeaux, in
extraordinary perfect condition, and with a provenance that
could only be equalled, but not bettered, if you were buying
them directly from Mouton themselves. Comes with a signed
certificate of provenance and authenticity.

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