The annual Summer Wine Sale at Troquet on South runs from the beginning of July until the end of August. If you've never been, it is an amazing opportunity to try some really interesting wines at bargain basement prices. No guarentee that they are in perfect shape, but Chris Campbell can be trusted to go out of his way to make sure you are happy.
We had some pretty good luck last night (all these wines were in the $30-50 range/bottle, I kid you not):
~1970 Château Cos d'Estournel... Still alive, somewhat over the hill but pleasant (Chris had a lot of 1970 Bordeaux on sale, we also tasted a 1970 Château Beychevelle that was excellent)
~1974 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley... a lovely, historic wine (what is now Dominus Estate), perfectly preserved and still exciting, possibly WOTN
~1958 Château Coutet Barsac... the oldest wine I've ever tried, it was generously shared by a table next to us, on its last legs but still alive and pleasant
Other wines off the regular list of course.
He usually puts out ~60 sale bottles a night and any that sell are replaced the next night. You must drink them at Troquet, and only as part of a meal.
Accompanying tasting menu:
CHILLED MAINE LOBSTER CREPE: Citrus, coriander, avocado (tasting menu portion)
RICOTTA CAVATELLI: Short rib, wild mushrooms, Parmesan, truffles (tasting menu portion)
BRAISED SPANISH OCTOPUS: Squid ink casarece, n'duja, castelveltrano olive (tasting menu portion)
ROASTED PEKING DUCK: Puy lentils rhubarb, candied hibiscus (tasting menu portion)
ROASTED VERMONT SUCKLING PIG: Cornmeal spoon bread, baked beans and stout BBQ sauce (tasting menu portion)
DESSERT: I forget exactly what this was