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Lot 94

Klein Constantia
Vin de Constance, 1996
6 (1 x 6) 500ml
The re-creation of the legendary Constantia wine made in the 18th and 19th centuries, sought after by Napoleon, the aristocracy of Europe, King George IV and King Louis Philippe and recommended by some of France’s most famous gourmands, Brillat-Savarin and Dumas. Renowned for decades of aging potential, the 1996 is a stellar vintage with critic Neal Martin awarding it 94 points.

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This has the color of dark iced tea, with a burnished edge to the maple, clove, date, green tea and mulled spice notes all laced with tangy acidity and a long, incense-infused finish. Clearly maturing in its flavor profile, but still with plenty of zip.--Non-blind Vin de Constance vertical ... 1,036 cases made.’ – Wine Spectator  92/100 (2010)

The 1996 Vin de Constance is has a lucid amber hue. The nose is very engaging: marmalade, seaweed, quince, frangipane and a touch of chlorine – more like a mature Barsac than mature Sauternes. The palate is medium-bodied with a restrained viscous entry of mandarin, orange rind and quince. It is nicely focused and precise, even if it does not quite possess the delineation of the 2007 and 2008 on the finish. Very fine.’ – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 94/100 (2014)

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Estimate: R 18 000 - 20 000 

Sold for R 15 000
Which is R 17 070 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT

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