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Our Dear Friend,

Chris Robles

Chris Robles has one of those magnetic personalities that makes everyone

want to be around him. His charm, and his deep knowledge and

passion for wine, have made him one of the most widely liked guys in

the American wine trade. Some would even go so far as to say widely loved.

Chris taught and inspired a generation of aspiring sommeliers and wine

merchants from his posts at Emeril’s and Commander’s Palace in New Orleans

and The Wine Cask in Santa Barbara. And, finally, it was my privilege

to work alongside Chris at The Rare Wine Co., when he held the position of

West Coast Wholesale Director from 2006 to 2011.

During his last two years at RWC, however, Chris battled advanced Pancreatic

cancer, and finally had to leave in July 2011 to give full attention to

his fight. Today, an experimental radiation trial offers hope but, as is often the

case, the treatments are only partially covered by insurance.

Last year, we contacted a number of his Chris’ friends in the wine business—on

both sides of the Atlantic—asking for their help to raise money

for him. Thanks to their generosity, we accumulated a treasure chest of rare

bottles, winery visits and dinners. We used some of the wine for a highly

successful fundraising dinner on October 8th at San Francisco’s RN74, cosponsored

by Chris’ old friend Rajat Parr. But we saved many of the greatest

bottles and other donations for this catalogue.

From this point on, there are two ways to buy some great wines while

helping Chris. The first is to purchase any of the fixed-price lots in this catalogue.

But you will also see that several compelling lots are being auctioned

by Spectrum Wine Auctions on May 11th (click here to view the relevant

lots). (Please note that pre-bidding is available until 11:00 AM PST on May

11th., and Live Floor and Internet Bidding Begins thereafter. The Robles lots

are in included among the first 50 lots of the auction.) You will find complete

instructions inside on how to participate in that auction.

Mannie Berk

The Rare Wine Co.

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In This Catalogue

Auction Lots (Pages 1-6)

Spectrum Wine Auctions

Beverly Hills, CA, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM PST

(Pre-bidding is available until 11:00 AM PST on May 11, 2013.)

Several exciting donations to our campaign will be sold at Spectrum’s

Spring 2013 Auction on May 11th. Spectrum has generously joined

with us in this effort, agreeing to pass all of the proceeds of these lots—

including the 21% buyer’s premium—on to Chris.

RWC Benefit Sale (Pages 7-16)

When we put out the word that we were raising money to help Chris,

we heard not only from some of Chris’ friends in the U.S. wine trade

,but a number of fine growers Chris represented while he was with The

Rare Wine Co. Each donated prized bottles, in a variety of formats, for

this catalogue.

The wines on pages 7-16 are being offered at a fixed price and can be

ordered by emailing sales@rarewineco.com or calling 800-999-4342.

The number of bottles of each wine is noted and is offered on a firstcome,

first-served basis.

A) Domaine Huet ............................................................................ 7

B) Jean-Philippe Fichet .................................................................... 8

C) Giuseppe Mascarello ................................................................... 9

D) René Rostaing ........................................................................... 10

E) Montepeloso ............................................................................. 11

F) D’Oliveira ................................................................................. 12

G) Barbeito .................................................................................... 13

H) Emeril’s Restaurants & Bodegas Weinert ................................... 14

I) Donald Link & La Mission-Haut-Brion ...................................... 15

J) Jean-Michel Ganoux & Lewis Cellars .......................................... 16

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Peter Sisseck

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Alvaro Palacios

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Roberto Conterno

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Burlotto

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Anselme Selosse

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Lot #39

Descendientes

de Jose Palacios

In 1990, Alvaro Palacios settled on Priorat as the place where he would achieve

his dream of making Spain’s greatest red wine. And by the end of that decade,

he had achieved worldwide fame with “L’Ermita” and “Finca Dofi.”

But in his decision-making, there had been a close contender to Priorat:

Bierzo. This forgotten place had all ingredients that Alvaro wanted—steep

mountainsides, distinctive terroirs and, most importantly, ancient vineyards of

Mencía—a red grape that had come to Spain from France centuries earlier.

In the late 1990s, Alvaro turned his attention to Bierzo. With his nephew

Ricardo Perez, Alvaro quietly purchased Bierzo’s finest old mountainside vineyards:

Las Lamas, Moncerbal and, the most important of them all, La Faraona,

which is Spanish for “The Pharaoh.”

Alvaro and Ricardo set off a land rush in Bierzo, as dozens of winemakers soon

poured into the region. But Alvaro and Ricardo had already secured Bierzo’s grand crus.

Las Lamas, Moncerbal and La Faraona long ago fulfilled their potential as

Bierzo’s greatest wine. However, with production that ranges from 50 cases (for

La Faraona) to less than 200 cases (for Las Lamas and Moncerbal), few wine lovers

will ever have the chance to experience their greatness.

Alvaro and Ricardo’s large formats are seldom offered to the public, which

makes this lot so incredibly unique and desirable.

A Treasure of Descendientes Large Formats

2008 Descendientes ‘Faraona’ magnum

2008 Descendientes ‘Las Lamas’ 3L jeroboam

2008 Descendientes ‘Moncerbal ’ 5L

$ 3000.00 (estimate)

>bid now on spectrumwine.com

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Lot #40

Peter

Sisseck

For the first few years after Peter Sisseck arrived in Spain in 1990, no one could

have envisioned the profound influence he would one day have—not only on

the future of Ribera del Duero, but on the future of Spanish wine. More than

anyone else, this Danish-born winemaker inspired Ribera del Duero’s transformation

from a depressed wine region into an area brimming with potential.

The catalyst for this transformation was a wine that Peter first made in 1995

and that has come to be among the world’s most coveted wines: Pingus. Never

made in a quantity of more than three or four hundred cases, even regular-sized

bottles can sell for $1000+ within their first year of release.

We believe that the 2010 Pingus is one of the three or four greatest wines

Peter has made to date. In the comprehensive Pingus vertical held last year in Los

Angeles, it promised such epic quality. With time, we believe, it will prove that it

rivals in greatness the mythic 1995 Pingus.

Peter has generously donated a signed 3-liter bottle of 2010 Pingus in its original

wood case. In addition, he will host the winning bidder and a party of up to four

at his winery in Quintanilla de Onésimo in Ribera del Duero, for a tour, tasting

and dinner. The date for the visit will be mutually agreed up during 2013 or 2014.

2010 Pingus 3-Liter signed

+ Winery Tour and Dinner with Peter

$ 4000.00 (estimate)

>bid now on spectrumwine.com

Please note: tour and dinner will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of winning

bidder and Peter sometime in 2013/14.

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Lot #41

Alvaro

Palacios

In the view of many, Alvaro Palacios is the greatest Spanish winemaker of his

generation. He led the renaissance of two important wine regions, Priorat and

Bierzo, where he remains their most revered producer.

His supremely elegant L’Ermita, from Priorat, is widely considered—along

with Peter Sisseck’s Pingus—to be the most important new Spanish wine of the

modern era. It stems from a dramatically steep hillside of nearly pure schist planted

to Garnacha (aka Grenache) more than 60 years ago. At the top is a small

hermitage—hence the site’s name, L’Ermita. There is no more iconic vineyard in

the Northeast of Spain.

In much of France, a great vintage is one where the grapes achieve ripeness. In

Priorat, the opposite is true. Ripeness is automatic; great vintages need the ripeness

tamed. The 2002s in Priorat may have been over-shadowed at release by the

surrounding blockbuster vintages but, like 1991 in Côte Rôtie, 2002 has proven

over time to have produced some of the most satisfying wines from this young

appellation.

L’Ermita’s fame was built on its north-facing, heat-taming site, and the 2002

really captures the perfume and finesse that separate it from any other wine in the

region.

Alvaro has generously donated, and signed, a very rare 5-liter bottle of his

2002 L’Ermita, in its original wood case.

2002 L’Ermita 5L signed

$ 1500.00 (estimate)

>bid now on spectrumwine.com

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Lot #42

Roberto

Conterno

The ultimate and purest expression of Barolo can be found in bottles bearing the

Giacomo Conterno name. In fact, they represent the ideal of traditional Barolo:

rich, powerful, massively structured, and capable of long aging in bottle.

These majestic wines descend from a legacy that spans three generations of Conternos:

Giacomo, Giovanni, and now Roberto. In each generation, the torch has passed

from father to son. Today, Roberto is not only keeping alive the family legacy; many

believe that he is making the greatest Barolos ever to appear under the Conterno name.

But despite his astonishing gifts as a winemaker, Robert always defers to the beauty

of the wines made by his father and grandfather. And so to honor Chris, he has donated

a signed magnum of one of the very first Barolo Monfortinos his father made after taking

over from his grandfather. Now in its 43rd year, the 1970 Monfortino, particularly

in magnum from the Conterno family cellar, has decades of life ahead of it.

1970 Monfortino signed magnum

$ 2000.00 (estimate)

>bid now on spectrumwine.com

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Lot #43

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G.B. Burlotto

For every ten famous Barolos, there are a handful of Barolos deserving of far greater attention.

Leading that list, in our view, is G.B. Burlotto’s Barolo Monvigliero. Few wine

lovers would recognize its name, yet it is, very simply, one of the greatest Barolos made.

It is also among the most distinctive. Vintage after vintage, its astonishingly intense,

and instantly recognizable, perfume of Provençal black olive tapenade, cedar and truffle is

nothing short of hypnotic. And it could come from no other place on earth.

Burlotto’s Monvigliero has been made as a single-vineyard wine since 1982, but for a

century before it was a key component in Burlotto’s fabled blended Barolo—the earliest

archetype for the 20th century’s classic Barolo style. Thus, Monvigliero’s nuances have

been known to several generations of Nebbiolo lovers.

Monvigliero is not only the essence of its limestone-rich, high-altitude vineyard; it is also

the essence of its old-fashioned crushing the grapes by foot, 60-day maceration and long aging

in massive wood botti. The result is a Barolo of powerful structure, but with an ethereally

delicate mouthfeel, providing great drinking pleasure when young but capable of long aging.

The Burlotto family produces no magnums of Monvigliero, but they do make a few 3-liter

jeroboams each year. In fact, each time a baby is born into the family, the baby is baptized

in the wine from one of these precious jeroboams.

Chris Robles was instrumental in bringing Burlotto into The Rare Wine Co. portfolio,

and to this day, their Barolo Monvigliero remains one of his favorite wines. That’s high

praise indeed.

Six Jeroboams of

Barolo “Monvigliero”

1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2008

$ 2000.00 (estimate)

>bid now on spectrumwine.com

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Lot #44

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Selosse

By applying the teachings of men like Jean-François Coche and Henri

Jayer, Anselme Selosse has altered Champagne’s image forever. He made

Champagne worthy of our intellectual interest. He gave relevance to the

ideas of vintage and terroir by creating Champagnes that challenged our

preconceptions. And thanks to him, dozens of Champagne producers, large

and small, are today making wines that would have been unthinkable two

decades ago.

He is not only Champagne’s greatest grower; he is one of the most influential

winemakers of the past century. And the greatness of his wines is

testament not only to his skill but his intellectual depth.

There is no winemaker more charismatic or riveting to taste with. Yet,

private visits to his cellar are rare. As Anselme’s U.S. importer for the past

few years, we must get a request a week for a visit; yet it’s rare that we can

make it happen. Making wine at his level requires his constant personal attention

in both the vineyard and the cellar, and he can seldom find the time

to attend to visitors.

All of which makes this lot very special. Not only does it include a visit

and tasting with Anselme in his cellar; it also affords double accommodations

and dinner in the beautiful new hotel that he and his wife Corinne

have created adjacent to the cellars. And you will have the privilege to drink

Cuvée Lubie, the mythic Coteaux Champenois rouge d’Ambonnay that,

owing to its extreme rarity, never leaves chez Selosse.

Hotel, Meal, Tasting & Cuvée Lubie

$ 3000.00 (estimate)

>bid now on spectrumwine.com

Please note: tour and dinner will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of

winning bidder and the Selosses during 2013 or 2014.

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Domaine

Huet Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s Domaine Huët has been the standard-bearer

for great, ageworthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day the estate produces some of the

world’s most compelling white wines—and in a remarkable range that spans sparkling,

dry, semi-dry, and breathtaking dessert styles.

The domaine’s founder, Victor Huët, was a Parisian bistro owner. However, with

lungs and nerves shattered by his experiences in WWI, Victor re-settled to the town

of Vouvray in France’s beautiful Loire Valley. He soon purchased the first of his great

vineyards, Le Haut-Lieu, in 1928, and Domaine Huët was born.

Victor’s son Gaston (1910-2002) worked with his father from the beginning, and

assumed full charge by 1937. With an obsessive devotion to quality, and an engaging

showman’s personality, Gaston built the Huët legacy over the next 55 years, despite

spending five years in a German POW camp during WWII.

One of Gaston’s greatest vintages for dessert wines was 1990, and a monument to

the year’s extraordinary quality is his Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie, made from ruthlessly

selected botrytised grapes. Here’s your chance to experience, directly from Huet’s cellar,

pristine bottles of this very rare and great wine.

1990 Huet Le Mont Moelleux 1ère Trie

$ 250.00 bottle (6 bottles available)

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Jean-Philippe

Fichet

noble terroir has at last reclaimed its birthright. Once esteemed above all other vil-

A lages for its white wines, Meursault fell from grace in the late 19th century, despite

having a greater diversity of superb Chardonnay soils than any other place in Burgundy,

and possibly any other spot on earth.

Today, Meursault is back on top, and a new generation of winemakers is testing

the limits of transparency in making some of Burgundy’s most exciting white wines.

No one in Meursault is testing these limits more than Jean-Philippe Fichet, who,

for the past two decades, has searched restlessly for the soul of Meursault’s lieux dits

(unclassified vineyards). We have come to prize his Chevalières and Gruyaches bottlings—each

of which is a stunning expression of its soil. But arguably his greatest wine

is from Tesson, a site that that has few rivals for its stoniness and minerality.

Jean-Philippe makes just a few magnums of Tesson each vintage, and he was quite

generous to donate a few of them from the great 2009 vintage. This is white Burgundy

at its most riveting in a very rare format.

2009 Meursault “Tesson” magnum

$ 250.00 magnum (6 available)

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Giuseppe

Mascarello

With the world increasingly enchanted by the magic of classic Barolo, this estate’s

legendary Barolo Monprivato has emerged as one of the region’s crown

jewels. And its maker, the equally legendary Mauro Mascarello, is increasingly regarded

as an Italian national treasure.

Such acclaim is long overdue for a winemaker whose track record dates back more

than four decades. But it was also inevitable: now that Giovanni Conterno and Bartolo

Mascarello are gone, he is the last of his generation of great classically inspired winemakers

in Barolo.

Like Giovanni and Bartolo, Mauro is a traditionalist dedicated to long fermentations

and aging in old botti. But he has also made important changes, not the least of

which was the creation of a single Barolo from the great Monprivato vineyard in 1970.

Prior to that year, his family had always made their towering Barolos and Barolo Riservas

by blending Monprivato fruit with grapes from other sites.

In 1983, having made several great Barolos from Monprivato, Mauro began replanting

a two-acre section of the vineyard, using a Nebbiolo clone originally planted

in Monprivato in 1921 by his grandfather Morissio. Mauro theorized that this clone—

of the Michét subvariety—had become uniquely adapted to the Monprivato terroir.

Mauro’s goal was to produce a super-riserva Barolo called Cà d’Morissio.

Mauro’s first two Cà d’Morissios—the 1993 and 1995—showed great promise,

but it was the profound 1996 and 1997 that really put this cuvée on the map. Today,

Cà d’Morissio stands next to Barolo Monfortino and Giacosa’s red label riservas as one

of the greatest, and most coveted, wines of the Langhe.

2003 & 2004 Giuseppe Mascarello

Barolo ‘Cà d’Morissio’

1 bottle of each vintage $ 750.00 limited

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René

Rostaing

Not counting the much larger Guigal domaine, René Rostaing is the

closest thing to a cult star that Côte-Rôtie has yet produced in the past

quarter century. A grower since 1971, his first vineyard purchases were a microscopic

half acre each in Côte Blonde and in La Landonne on the Côte Brune.

The real breakthrough came when his father-in-law, Albert Dervieux-

Thaize retired in 1990, followed by his uncle Marius Gentaz-Dervieux

three years later. Between these two legendary growers, Rostaing acquired

over ten acres of very old vines in some of the appellation’s top sites. The

vineyard expansion also enabled René to quit his day job in 1991, and to

devote himself full time to winemaking.

For those of us who prize Côte Rôtie that expresses not only the soil but the

area’s winemaking history, Rostaing is one of the greats. Texture, elegance and

balance are the hallmarks of his style; in fact, they are often described as the most

“Burgundian” of Côte Rôties.

We are pleased to offer two superb bottles from his cellar, each signed by

René Rostaing.

2001 & 2003 Rostaing

Côte-Rôtie “La Landonne”

1 bottle each $ 295.00

(there are six 2-packs available)

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Montepeloso

In the mid-1990s, the Tuscan coastal town of Suvereto began to get noticed for its red

wines. Some even talked about a future challenge to the preeminence of Bolgheri, its

neighbor to the north. But such speculation was premature, since it was based on the

quality of wines coming out of just two Suvereto estates: Tua Rita and Montepeloso.

These properties enjoyed two of the best terroirs in Italy: Montepeloso on a gentle

hillside of chalky gravel and clay, and Tua Rita in heavier clay below. In the early years,

thanks to the rich style of its wines, Tua Rita got the most attention of the two.

But in 1998, Montepeloso was sold to Fabio Chiarelotto, a Swiss-Italian historian,

who was convinced that his St. Emilion-like gravel promised far greater quality than

had been achieved. So, he began to dramatically overhaul the vineyards—retraining

or regrafting thousands of vines. And in the cellar, Chiarelotto sought ways to soften

the tannins, refine the aromatics, and better integrate the oak. With each succeeding

vintage, he got closer to his ideal.

Today, Montepeloso is considered one of the great wine estates of the Tuscan coast,

and he is sometimes compared to Gianfranco Soldera, on account of his uncompromising

standards.

We have never seen jeroboams of Nardo and Gabbro before. And there could be no

better vintage in which to own them: 2010 promises true greatness, with its incredible

concentration and the structure for very long aging. These are wines for the ages.

2009 Montepeloso ‘Eneo’ 6-pack $ 275

95 rating from Antonio Galloni. Two 6-packs available.

2010 Montepeloso ‘Nardo’ 3L Jeroboam $ 795

The Tuscan coast’s greatest and rarest Sangiovese: only 400 cases made.

Two jeros available.

2010 Montepeloso ‘Gabbro’ 3L Jeroboam $ 895

The great Cabernet of Suvereto. Just 200 cases made.

Two jeros available.

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D’Oliveira

D

’Oliveira is one of the greatest of the classic Madeira producers, and one of the

few to survive from the pre-phylloxera era. Founded in 1820, and today housed

in cellars that date from 1619, this small jewel of a company is still owned by the same

family.

But what is also extraordinary is that D’Oliveira has held on to many of its most

famous vintages, creating a unique, and irreplaceable, stock of old wines. And remarkably,

the old wines were almost all made by the family—not purchased from other

shippers or growers.

So, whether an 1862 Sercial or a 1922 Bual, all were produced by the D’Oliveiras

and their ancestors, and generally from their own vineyards in São Martinho, one of

the great viticultural sites in Madeira, lying just to the west of Funchal along the island’s

south coast.

Until the 1960s, D’Oliveira’s main business was to sell its wines to other producers,

who bottled them under their names. As late as the mid-1980s, when the Madeira

Wine Company needed to supplement its stock of great old vintages, it was to

D’Oliveira that it turned.

This bottle of 1875 Moscatel—a rare example of the richest style of Madeira—was

bottled by D’Oliveira in the 1960s or early 1970s and has been held in the D’Oliveira

family’s private reserve since that time. We are grateful to the family for the donation of

this very rare and extraordinary bottle.

1875 D’Oliveira Moscatel ‘Family Reserve’

$ 695 bottle

(1 bottle available)

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Barbeito

The family-owned Madeira firm of Barbeito was founded just 67 years ago—a brief

period of time for so ancient a wine. The company came to being thanks to the

vision of Mario Barbeito, who had previously been an accountant at H.M. Borges.

Where others saw a bleak future for Madeira after World War II and The Great

Depression, Mario Barbeito saw a bright future. He was particularly excited by the fact

that you could still buy ancient wines for song. And so, he went around the island,

buying substantial stocks of priceless old vintages from important families. As his business

grew, he left the oldest wines to age in either cask or demijohn while selling more

modest, younger Madeiras to generate cash.

When his daughter Manuela took over the business in the 1970s, she continued

to buy old wines when she could find them. But she also began to sell her father’s old

wines—first at auction and then later through customers like The Rare Wine Co.—

building a reputation as a fabulous source for great vintages. Thanks to her efforts,

Barbeito wines like 1795 Terrantez, 1834 and 1875 Malvasia, and 1863 Bual became

world famous.

One of the wines that Manuela bought was a single demijohn of superb 1918 Malvasia.

She never broached this demijohn and so it remained in the family’s possession

until last year. When I asked her son Ricardo Freitas if he and his mother would like to

donate something special to raise money for Chris Robles, he immediately thought of

that demijohn. This, then, is a single bottle, drawn from demijohn and bottled under

the Barbeito wax seal in 2012.

1918 Barbeito Malvasia

$ 650.00

(1 bottle available)

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Food & Wine for Four at any

of Emeril’s Restaurants

Donated by: Emeril’s Restaurant Group

Chef Emeril Lagasse’s empire spans 13 restaurants across the country, but he

got his first big break in New Orleans at the famed Commander’s Palace. He

opened his eponymous Emeril’s in 1990 followed by NOLA in 1992 – both to

enormous national acclaim – and his star was born. Chris Robles joined Emeril

at NOLA and then was selected to open Emeril’s Delmonico when it opened in

1999. For this auction, Chef Emeril is offering dinner for 4 at any of his fine dining

restaurants nationwide with wines selected from the restaurants’ famed cellars.

$ 1500.00

Bodegas Weinert

Donated by: Max Bozoghlian

As Argentina’s wine industry explodes, it’s fair to ask if there are any old wines

that point the way to the future. And is there a seminal, iconic producer whose

wines have stood the test of time?

The answers to both questions are yes, and the name of the great Argentinian

winery is Bodegas Weinert. And who in the United States would know Weinert

better than Max Bozoghlian? After all, Max emigrated from Argentina in 1996 to

found Carlitos Gardel, the beloved Argentinian steakhouse that has one of the best

restaurant wine cellars in Los Angeles.

Max reached deep into his cellar to support Chris, donating an impressive lineup

of Bodegas Weinert. This parcel includes the legendary 1977 Malbec, produced

from the bodega’s first vintage, aged in massive 6,000-liter barrels. In his original

1992 note, Robert Parker called the 1977 Malbec, “A hypothetical blend of a superconcentrated

vintage of La Mission Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc.”

Bodegas Weinert

1977 Malbec, 1994 Malbec

1994 Cabernet, 1999 Merlot

$ 650.00 (One 4-pack available)

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Food & Wine for Four at one of

Donald Link’s Restaurants

Donated by: Link Restaurant Group

Donald Link is the acclaimed Louisiana chef behind Herbsaint and Cochon (New

Orleans), and Cochon (Lafayette). He has been named ‘Best Chef South’ by the

James Beard Foundation, and his cookbook, Real Cajun, was also honored for ‘Best

American Cookbook.’

Chris Robles was instrumental in building the opening wine program at Herbsaint,

and the group is offering here a memorable dinner for four at any of their outlets,

with wine pairings selected from their extensive cellars.

Food & Wine for Four

at any of Donald Link’s Restaurants

$ 1500.00

1988 La Mission-Haut-Brion

Donated by: Chris Miller, Spago

irm, masculine and tannic with plenty of earth, truffle, asphalt and volcanic

“Fcharacteristics, this burly La Mission-Haut-Brion … reveals good body as well

as plenty of tannin, adequate acidity, a dark plum/garnet color, and classic La Mission

terroir characteristics of smoke, scorched earth, spice, roasted meats and camphor.

Neither big nor wimpish, it, like many wines of this vintage, appears to be aging nicely.

While fully mature, it displays enough youthful characteristics, from its tannin to its

vibrant, moderately intense fruit, to suggest it will hold up for another two decades.”

Robert Parker 2012

1988 La Mission-Haut-Brion

$ 250.00 (1 bottle available)

Emeril’s | LMHB 15


CHRIS ROBLES BENEFIT SALE

Ordering is easy, from The Rare Wine Co.:

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2005 Jean-Michel Gaunoux

Meursault-Perrières

Donated by: Josh Raynolds

When it comes to taking the advice of a wine critic, where’s the best place to start?

Easy: what he chooses to drink when he’s off the clock. So, this six-pack of 2005

Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault-Perrières donated by Josh Raynolds is a no-brainer.

Gaunoux worked with his father Francois Gaunoux until 1990 when he established his

own domaine: six hectares in Meursault, Pommard, and Volnay. He practices lutte raisonné

or “the reasoned struggle”, in the vineyard, working to preserve the soil by using no

pesticides. A brilliant classicist, Gaunoux’s vinification is traditional.

2005 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault Perrières

$ 525.00 6-pack (1 available)

2007 Lewis Cellars

Cuvée 7 “Lance Armstrong”

Donated by: Lewis Cellars

In 2005, Lance Armstrong teamed up with former race car driver Randy Lewis (of

Lewis Cellars in Napa Valley) to create a new Napa Cabernet called “Cuvée 7.” The cuvée

was launched to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation. But the two have donated

one of their prized 3-packs to help Chris.

Only four barrels of the 2007 were made, producing less than 90 cases. The wine was

aged in 100% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine comes

in a 3-bottle black piano-finish box.

Before leaving racing to start Lewis Cellars, Randy Lewis competed in five Indy 500’s.

Lewis Cellars figures on James Laube’s list of the top 10 Napa Cabernets made since

1990. Randy and Lance met at the 2001 Tour de France.

2007 Lewis Cellars

Cabernet 7 “Lance Armstrong”

(signed by Lance Armstrong and Randy Lewis)

$ 695.00 3-pack (1 available)

J-M Ganoux | Lewis 16


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