Belfry’s Crush Fine Wine Auction Goes Online October 24 – October 30, 2022

August 22, 2022 —

Staff, volunteers, and board members from Victoria’s Belfry Theatre have raided some of the best local wine cellars to find rare and unusual wines to auction online for Crush 2022 presented by Odlum Brown Limited, the theatre’s premier wine fundraiser. This year’s lots will feature wine from France, Italy, California, British Columbia, and elsewhere.

Many of the bottles on offer are not available in liquor stores. Crush is the only opportunity to buy these bottles of wine – they have been held in private cellars, purchased abroad or were released in very small batches and subsequently sold out.

Robert Moyes, Monday Magazine’s “Wine Notes” columnist, is again preparing educational vignettes for the collector’s items, including this featured bottle:

One of only four Saint-Émilion estates to merit a Grand Cru designation, Château Cheval Blanc is one of Bordeaux’s most well-known wines. The 1999 vintage is a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc, with Cheval Blanc being considered the most esteemed Cab Franc-based wine in the world. Very much a celebrity, it has been featured in many movies and TV shows, having had cameos in episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey and Inspector Morse, and various films such as Ratatouille, Sideways, and the James Bond thriller Never Say Never Again. Appropriately, this wine “star” has many fans amongst the critics, including Robert Parker whose Wine Advocate awarded the 1999 vintage 93 points and mouth-watering praise: “Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavours . . . this is a seamless beauty of finesse, charm, and concentration.” The Wine Spectator was similarly impressed, calling the wine “opulent, yet reserved, and beautiful. Offering so much finesse and beauty, this is a polished and gorgeous Cheval.” Two writers at CellarTracker recently awarded 95 and 96 and suggested that this vintage’s time in the cellar was coming to an end. “It’s outstanding – such complexity, lovely long finish. It’s perfect now,” wrote one, with the other scribe adding: “Splendid, simply splendid, at its prime now, don’t wait too much longer.”

Robert’s notes are available at in advance of the event, so check for updates.

Following the success of last year’s online auction, the bidding for Crush 2022 will be open exclusively online this year between October 24-30 (there is no in-person event). While the curated collector’s items in the auction are the highlight, there is something for everyone (over 19) at affordable price points, including baskets of BC. Wine, local spirits, dining, and other gift certificates.

All funds raised will go towards the Belfry Theatre.

Crush is presented by Odlum Brown Limited. It is also supported by Vessel Liquor Store, Boulevard Magazine and EAT Magazine.




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