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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Nov112016

Chateau Climens with Bérénice Lurton

Clyde pours Climens while Bérénice Lurton tells the story of vineyard.

Today at K&L in Redwood City, we were very lucky to receive Bérénice Lurton, the owner and director of Chateau Climens in Barsac, the filet piece of Sauternes. This great property in Bordeaux makes some of the most consistently outstanding wine in the world, and has been in the Lurton family since 1971. With history going all the way back to 1547 and 1er cru status from the 1855 classification, this property has earned its fame over many, many years.

The vineyard is 74 fossil rich, limestone acres, and has been farmed biodynamically since 2010. They only grow Semillon here and the texture and honey like flavor from that variety showed consistently in all of the vintages that we tasted.  It was a gigantic treat for our staff.

Bérénice Lurton poured her 1988 vintage in today's lineup- Lilia's birth year vintage!

We started the tasting with the yet to be released 2014 Climens, Barsac ($64.99 pre-arrival) which we are expecting to receive in spring of 2018. It was one of my favorites of the tasting. This had extraordinary purity and fabulous acidity, as well as the honeyed richness and power one would expect from a young wine of this class. It was unbelievably long and detailed on the finish.

Clyde’s favorite was the 2013 Climens, Barsac ($69.99) and it was fantastically rich, dense and marked by lots of extremely clean botrytis. This would be such a great partner for a tourchon of foie gras! It would also make an excellent candidate for long term ageing.

The 2007 Climens, Barsac (375ml) ($99) showed how much difference a little bit of time could make. This was an open, complex wine with dried white peach and even jasmine like aromas and flavors. The texture and bracing acidity made this hard to turn away from! The 2005 Climens, Barsac (375ml) ($49.99) showed the grapier, concentrated style of the property, and was very approachable right now.

The 1988 Climens, Barsac (375ml) ($119.99) was a reference point for great Sauternes for me. It was an extra joy to taste since it was K&L’s own Lilia’s birth year! At 28 years old, it was drinking perfectly, but I am sure this will last for generations to come. I drank a bottle of the 1943 when it was sixty years old, and it had time in hand! This had a touch of nuttiness as well as gorgeous dried apricot fruit, perfect medium to full texture and refreshing lift that one could never tire of. Wow.

What a treat! Thank you Bérénice Lurton!

 

Gary Westby

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