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In December, we drink Champagne at closing at K&L- and we prefer to drink it out of magnum when possible. The highlight this year was the Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (1.5L) magnum ($74.99) that we had on Christmas eve. This single vineyard beauty comes from the Gouttes d’Or, a very steep east facing parcel in the little village of Brouillet. It was creamy, delicate and perfectly refreshing! We all say to cheers to you, and hope your holiday is filled with fun and friends!

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Oct132005

Two Luscious Rhônes to Give Thanks for!

2001 Coteaux du Tricastin, Domaine de Grangeneuve “Vielles Vignes” ($13.99) Tricastin is the fastest growing region in the Rhône Valley. About forty years ago, this area was barren. Once France relinquished its authority over Algiers, many of the French natives of Algiers came to Tricastin. Renewed interest in the area resulted in the planting of over 5,000 acres, and the area is far from barren today. Domaine de Grangeneuve, founded in 1964 by Odette and Henri Bours, is one of the top two estates in Tricastin. Production of all wines produced at Domaine Grangeneuve is an amazingly small 2000-3000 cases per year! This wine comes through with pure Rhone fruit, balanced minerality and ample but not aggressive spices. A blend of 50% grenache and 50% syrah with the syrah fruit really shining through. A fine and elegant nose of tart cherries, minerals, herbs, spices and violets. In the mouth, the initially tart cherry fruit segues into ripe, red plums and strawberry fruit. A truly amazing wine for under $14.00! 2004 Cotes de Ventoux, Domaine de Fondreche “O Sud” ($13.99) At Domaine de Fondreche, winemaker Sebastien Vincenti (formerly of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) joined forces with neighbor Didier Robert to create “O” Sud. The heart of this wine comes from 50 acres in the Ventoux. The Domaine de Fondreche “O Sud” is a blend of syrah, grenache and cinsault. Stainless steel aging lets a rich nose of ripe cherries, glycerin, lavender and faint anise notes shine through. On the palate, charming, silky, jammy dark cherry fruit that is full and lush with white pepper and dusty notes that carry over onto the finish. One of the things that both these wines have in common is the extraordinary combination of quality and value they both represent. —Scott Beckerley

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