The annual Ritchies Fine Wine auction was very interesting for a number of reasons. Once again, I was shocked by the prices that the most famous lots went for compared to auctions down south or across the pond. It demonstrates that the city has great wealth and that the LCBO control over the importation of wine here has forced an artificial lift to the value of wine in this market.
There were some very interesting lots to be had though. I picked up a case of 1984 Meerlust Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for around $30 a bottle. The bottles were packed in the original cardboard box and are in absolutely perfect condition. The first bottle that I opened would be a great ringer for any mature bordeaux tasting with a nose filled with smoke and cedar, traditional secondary aromas you expect from a nice, mature claret. The palate is still rich with lots of fruit and soft tannin. It's a fantastic wine that I believe will continue to drink well for at least another 5 - 10 years.