Today was a spectacular Bordeaux day at K&L. All three stores had epic tastings featuring multiple vintages from Cantemerle, Tronquoy-Lalande, Brown, and La Tour de Mons, with a special appearance from Domaine de Chevalier's incredible blanc from the 2011 vintage. It was so incredible that Redwood City had a historic headcount, with over 80 paid tastings at the door. Our own grizzled veteran Ralph Sands almost drowned in a sea of humanity and alcohol while attempting to manage the thirsty faithful.
People came. They crowded in. They drank. And they drank some more! What were the standouts?
2011 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc $109.99 - It doesn't really get much better than this (except for maybe the same wine fifteen years from now). Honeysuckle, racy acidity, incredible grace. God, that's delicous wine.
2009 Chateau Brown $34.99 - A fleshy and enjoyable value from Pessac-Léognan that really showcases the fruit of the vintage handled with restraint and class.
2010 Chateau La Tour de Mons $24.99 - One hot deal from Margaux and an absolutely pretty wine from front to back. Soft tannins, gentle red fruit, and a lovely finish.
2009 Tronquoy St. Anne $16.99 - This wine never fails to impress, and it didn't fail today either. We sold cases and cases of this after people checked the sticker price. Yes, it's that good and it's only $16.99.
2010 Chateau Cantemerle $44.99 - The wine tastes great now, but man it's only going to get better. The plump fruit of 2010 is such a tease, but this Cantemerle is built for the long haul.