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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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Palette Pleasers!

If you’ve ever made a pilgrimage to Aix en Provence, chances are pretty good that you’ve been through Palette. This tiny appellation (one of the first to gain appellation controllee status) is located directly southeast of this most famous Provencal town. Herein lies one of the most famous and grand wine estates in all of France: Château Simone. A majestic limestone outcropping, combined with meticulous viticulture and traditional vinification techniques endow the wines from Simone with that special je ne sais quoi. Those of you who know Provence most likely already know of Simone. For those of you who do not, you should. Like the cicada, lavender and olives, the wines of Château Simone are responsible for making the region as magical and unique as it is. Along with Domaine Tempier’s Bandol, I consider Château Simone’s Rosé to be a vinous icon of the Provencal way of life. The grapes for the 2004 Château Simone Palette Rosé Provence ($31.99) are the usual suspects for this part of France: grenache, mourvèdre and syrah with small amounts of cinsault, carignane and other local varieties. But at Simone, they translate into a rosé unlike any other. Were talking power here, and a certain something serious. The rosé is fermented in small foudres and is then racked into barriques and left on the lees until the following spring. Rich with raspberries and herbs, this mouth-filling rosé holds onto its natural acidity, as it does not undergo malolactic fermentation. This wine costs as much as many reds. Fortunately it has the concentration and complexity to go along with the price. Serve it with serious food and be prepared to learn a thing or two about rosé. Best from 2006-2008. The 2003 Château Simone Palette Blanc, Provence ($31.99) is composed primarily of clairette, with some grenache blanc and other local varieties. The white is fermented in small foudres and is then racked into barriques and left on the lees for one year. As it does not undergo malolactic fermentation (thanks to the very cool cellars of this historic château), the wine also exhibits great natural acidity. This is truly one of the Grand Vins of Southern France! Rich and textured, with notes of hazelnut, bartlett pear and meyer lemon, over time the wine will develop hints of resin, nuts and herbs. A must for any serious collector of French wines. Best from 2008-20015. —Mulan Chan

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