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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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Mar162012

Best of the "Off" Vintages

You'll hear a lot of hype about vintage in Bordeaux.  2009 is considered by many, including one Robert Parker, to be the best vintage ever.  2005 was also considered outstanding, as was the glorious year of 2000.  With high scores come even higher prices, raising the cost of many bottles far beyond what the everyday shopper can afford.  That's why many of us at K&L shop for Bordeaux value in the "off" vintages - years that are not considered collectable, but can still provide an amazing quality of wine for far less.  One of the best examples of value I've seen in the store as of late is the 2007 La Croix de Beaucaillou $39.99 - the second wine of esteemed St. Julien producer Ducru- Beaucaillou.  The standard Ducru from 2007 sold for a whopping $100 a bottle, but the wine they put into the La Croix is also top notch.  Full of rich red fruit and lovely delicate tannins, the wine contradicts the overall score of the vintage. 

Our Bordeaux guys loved this wine and their notes are as follows: This wine was quite sweet on the palate. Lots of black fruit flavors even though it has quite a bit of cabernet in the blend. This is a very good second wine. Toasty oak aromas lead to the palate. Clyde loves this wine's Asian spice aromas and flavors.

I've also noticed that I'm not the only staff member taking this wine home.  The Croix de Beaucaillou is a true staff insider wine - an example of us taking our job home with us.  Our customers depend upon us to find these diamonds in the rough and we get a kick out of doing it.

-David Driscoll

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