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Saber Madness at K&L!

We have been chopping off the tops of Champagne bottles as fast as we can drink them- who needs a stopper when you are ready to commit to finishing the bottle! One of our favorites was this magnum ($84.99) of Franck Bonville Brut Rosé that Mellyn expertly decapitated on Christmas Eve. It also comes in regular 750ml ($39.99) and half bottles ($21.99). Olivier Bonville adds 8% Pinot Noir Rouge from Ambonnay superstar Paul Dethune to his top class assembelage of grand cru, estate Chardonnay to create this fabulous rose. This is one of the most elegant, bright, refreshing rose Champagnes that we carry, yet it does not lack red cherry Pinot Noir authority. We can’t get enough- bring another to the block!

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Free Spirits Tastings at K&L! Now that we have our license for spirits tastings in Redwood City and San Francisco, we’re excited to host regular free spirits tastings in those locations.  Check the Spirits Journal for an updated tasting schedule.

All tastings will feature different products from the Spirits Department and take place on Wednesdays in Redwood City and San Francisco. Visit our events page on Facebook or the K&L Spirits Journal for more information.

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Highlights from the Bordeaux Tour of a Lifetime-Part Two

We left off November’s Wine News with a marvelous lunch with Corinne De Bouard at Angélus featuring the 1998 and 1995 Angelus ($159.99). If we were not sky high yet from our great visit at Angélus, we certainly were when we left Petrus. Edward Moueix welcomed us to his home, walked us out into the vineyard and passionately told us that the 2005 harvest was completely done over a week ago when most were just starting to pick. With not a cloud in the 85 degree sky, he was very happy because he said in 36 hours it would be raining. He told us the intensely farmed, garden vineyard on the plateau was the key to the greatness, “we are not movie stars, we are farmers.” Just then a man came jogging down the path towards us excusing himself as he moved quickly past the group. He puts his hand on Edward’s shoulder and is telling him something, this man is visibly shaking. The man turns to our group and says, “I’m so sorry, my name is Christian and I had to tell my son that I just pulled samples of the one-week-old fermenting juice, and it’s phenomenal!” Still shaking from pure excitement he went on to say that he did not remember the 1947, but he made the ’82, ’89 and ’98 and that this juice from 2005 may be the best he has ever tasted, and we would be the first people besides himself in the world to taste it! Electricity was in the air, we floated back to the winery all pumped up! The one-week-old merlot juice was quite tasty. I’ve locked it in my memory because it’s most likely the last time I’ll taste it! The incredible brightness and elegance of the reds 2001,1998 and 1990 and white wines 2002 and 2001 made in the new cellar by the Bonnie Family at Malartic-Lagraviere are only surpassed by their gracious and generous hospitality. The same is always the case at Haut-Bailly, where this always classy wine, of dark red fruit and minerals, is at a new level of high quality under the direction of Veronique Sanders. The 2004 Haut-Bailly ($38.99) is superb! After a lovely glass of 2002 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc as an aperitif with Daniel and Florence Cathiard in the kitchen of their home, it was time to have dinner, and 29 hours after Petrus, it was pouring rain. Luckily it lasted only 20 minutes, and the Cathiards pulled out the 1961 Rouge out of magnum. As we walked back to the hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie thru the vineyard hours later there was not a puddle or mud anywhere, no sign it had rained hard. Ch. Guiraud 2003, 2002, 2001 and some moldy grapes in the vineyard made for a memorable breakfast in Sauternes. Lunch was a fantastic visit to the Red Sands of Barsac and Ch.Climens. Bernice Lurton served us 1996 as aperitif and 1989, 1986, 1985 and 1969 with dessert, oh boy. I had 15 people asleep minutes later. The quiet farm and micro production estate of Sauternes’ best buy, Ch. Doisy Vedrines and its humble owner and winemaker Olivier Casteja, was a perfect place to end a perfect week. The 2002 Doisy Vedrines ($29.99) and 1999 were lovely. Special thanks to all the great customers who made the trek, all our gracious friends in Bordeaux, as well as Ceclie Levin and Magda Johnson who made it all happen. Cheers to all of you! —Ralph Sands

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