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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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Champagne Friday: Champagne Emergency!

Good news is often unexpected, and Champagne fans are often caught without a cold bottle of the good stuff on hand. This week for Champagne Friday I talk about chilling bottles of Champagne quickly, and some of the pitfalls to avoid when doing so. If you have ice, or live near by a place that sells some, properly chilled Champagne is never more than 15 minutes away.

Here are a few of my favorites for chilling down in a hurry:

Franck Bonville "Prestige" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne $44.99: The bottle that we chilled and enjoyed in the video above is a great one for any spontaneous Champagne moment. The package has changed since we took the picture for the website in the link above- but the wine is still the same. This is stunningly rich Blanc de Blancs, with lots of rich fresh cream, yet it still has the minerality and zing that one would expect from an all-Chardonnay Champagne. The Bonville family were grape growers in the Côte de Blancs until after World War II, when they began making Champagne themselves from the fruit grown in the Grand Cru villages of Avize and Oger. The domaine, a true family enterprise, is now in the third generation. It’s run by Olivier Bonville, who grew up in the business working side-by-side with his parents, Ingrid and Gilles. Today the estate covers 20 hectares (45 acres) in the Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Avize and Oger. These exclusive Grand Cru vineyards guarantee the highest quality fruit. The vines are cultivated with respect for the environment and the vinification is done with the greatest possible care, with long aging before bottling. We have been importing Champagne Franck Bonville directly for many years now and have thus earned an allocation of this small-production cuvée to share with you. The current batch is a blend of the fantastic 2006, 2005 & 2004 vintages, all sourced from old, mid-slope vines in the Grand Cru villages of Oger and Cramant. The vine age averages over 50, with no vines under 40 years in the blend.

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99: This fantastic Champagne comes from the villages of Pierry and Moussy in the sud-Epernay sub region of Champagne. Bruno Michel has been organic since 1999 and five of his 37.5 acres are farmed biodynamically. This Champagne is composed of 53% Meunier and 47% Chardonnay, 70% from the 2006 harvest, 14% from the 2005 harvest and 16% from 2004. It is one of the most balanced Champagnes in our stock, with an effortless quality that is almost impossible to describe or resist. It has great toast and spiced apple aromas and flavors and a crisp dry finish. It is dosed at a very light nine grams per liter.

-Gary Westby

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