March 25, 2011

Acker Hong Kong XIV: auction fatigue

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It's auction season again and I was back at the Acker auction tonight.  There wasn't anything I wanted until the end of tonight's session, so I didn't have much desire to spend a lot of time in the room.

A couple of friends joined me as my guests before dinner time to keep me company.  As I didn't feel like waiting in the long line for the buffet, and the food isn't particularly interesting, I decided to leave the auction and grab dinner somewhere else.  A few of us ended up at Classified Mozzarella Bar nearby.

We returned to the auction just before they started auctioning the lots I wanted.  Maybe it was because I had bought quite a few lots in January at the various auctions, but I just wasn't very aggressive on bidding tonight, and lost on some prized lots by a small margin.  I walked away from a mixed case of Pinot Noir from a great Californian producer.

Prices weren't so crazy this time around, and even the indomitable Lafite saw hammer prices on some lots that were just above low-end estimates.  Had I been a little more interested, I could have picked up a few more lots well within estimates.

Each time I walked into the room, Gil happened to be the auctioneer on the podium.  I can't believe he had to gall to complain that things were going too slow and they needed to pick up the pace... Doesn't he realize it was all his own fault?!

As I didn't stay very long, I didn't get to drink many wines...

2003 Calon-Ségur - smoky, sweet fruit, dried herbs.  A classic claret that was lean and still tannic.

2002 Cos d'Estournel - sweeter, very open nose with chocolate and dried herbs.

1985 Hospices de Beaune Mazis-Chambertin Cuvée Madeleine-Collignon par Bouchard - I opened this bottle at dinner, as I bought it at auction earlier this year and was eager to try.  Initial nose of preserved orange peel (陳皮), caramel, prunes, very ripe, salty plum (話梅)... Surprisingly it was a little sweet on the palate and not acidic.  One and a half hours later back at the auction, mint, herbs, and a bit chalky.  Acidity came out.  Performed better than I expected.

1998 Cheval Blanc - lots of herbs, potpourri, brett, savory, smoked duck, minty, floral and cedar.  Very nice.

1955 Lafon-Rochet - smoky, minty, a little brett... and light and acidic on the palate.

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