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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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Apr082006

Bordeaux Report: More on 2005s

So far the wines have been very easy to taste. There is so much sweet fruit on the palate that the high tannins and high acids are masked by the fruit. These wines will need cellaring for the most part-much more than the very ripe fruit low acid 2003s. It is interesting that some great chateaux known for their power hardness (Cos, Latour, Las Cases) have taken the softer style approach while more delicate wines such as Ch Margaux have gone full throttle. We will taste Haut Brion and Haut Bailly and Lascombes this a.m. We were not able to taste Cheval Blanc as they thought it was better if journalists tasted instead of retailers-not a problem as we went instead to Vieux Chateau Certan, which made a fabulous wine. We discovered a fine new property: Rochebelle in St-Emilion and bought some great older vintages. This property sits next to La Mondotte and Tertre Roteboeuf and Troplong Mondot-great terroir. In fact, the property was larger until a piece was sold and became La Mondotte. Superb value wines from Rochebelle! Some of my top wines so far are Latour, Margaux, Las Cases, Palmer and Leoville Barton. More to come! -Clyde Beffa

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