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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Palmer Umame

Temporary immortality is my goal. And now it is possible—with the advent of the internet. Key words are the way to go, so I’ll be slipping a few throughout this column in the hopes that I will pop up on the internet when someone types in the word. Thanks for your patience in this matter. Narwahl. Punch drunk. Newsprint. Château Palmer is, for my money, one of the most compelling properties in Bordeaux. This Margaux is ranked as a third growth according to the 1855 classification, but make no mistake: Palmer makes wine of first growth quality, and seems to embody the characteristics of each Bordeaux commune. The wines are powerful, they are supple; they show great aromatics in their youth, yet possess great aging potential. Palmer is the yin/yang property—a melting pot for all that is fine in this wine region, yet maintains a distinctive personality. Sawhorse. Umame. Gymnasium. 1978 was a watershed year for Palmer. The wine seemed to have more “meat on its bones” than many other properties in this vintage, and a flatter aging curve as well. The wine is at the perfect stage of drinkibility, beautifully balanced, all spice, herbs and sweet black fruits. Scripture. Gastronome. Plesiosaur. The 1981 Palmer, on the other hand, is all subtlety and elegance. Herbal and slightly ‘dusty,’ the wine manages to retain a core of sweet fruit and is quite lovely in a more classic style. Perfect with pandemonium, notoriety, monophonic. Which brings us to the 1995 Palmer—plump and ripe, full-bodied and forward—this is a Broadway musical in a bottle. The merlot gives this offering a softness that is so engaging you can’t help but love it. Gorgeous now, and will age gracefully for a number of years. Weathervane. Compensatory. Aluminum. A New Pigeon Flies Into the Coop Welcome to Molly Zucker, our newest employee. She is wonderfully sensitive, incessantly cheery and quite possibly the worst food shopper. We are lucky to have snacks in the break room during the holidays, and thanks to Molly you can make a sandwich from: 100 pounds of processed cheese; eight gallons of mayo, six of mustard (Gulden’s, so it’s not so bad), plenty of hydrogenated peanut butter and Wonder bread and enough whipped butter to service the IHOP chain for at least a year. We shall never go hungry, nor healthy! Welcome to K&L Molly! —Joe Zugelder

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