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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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Jamesse Champagne Glasses Are Here!

Champagne shows its best out of a great glass!

One of the highlights of Scott & I's trip to Champagne this April was visiting Mr. Gerhard Lehmann in Reims and getting to learn more about his fantastic glassware. For many years I have dreamed of carrying these glasses and sharing the experience of drinking out of them with you- the best Champagne lovers in the USA. These glasses were designed with Philippe Jamesse, the sommelier at Chateau Les Crayeres in Reims. For those of you have visited the restaurant, you already know how great of a glass Mr. Jamesse has designed. For those who haven’t, I am pleased to report that they are very reasonably priced so there is no reason not to try them.

Just yesterday, the Lehmann 'Jamesse Reference' Grand Champagne glass ($11.99) arrived at K&L. Cinnamon and I test drove them with the 2008 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne ($74.99). I have owned a pair for a couple of years, a gift from the cellarmaster at Ruinart, Mr. Frederic Panaiotis. I featured them in a piece I did on glassware back in January of last year, calling them the Ruinart glass by Jamesse since I hadn’t yet made the Gerhard Lehman connection. The first time I drank out of them was at Les Crayeres… An experience that all Champagne lovers should have at least once!

These 450ml capacity, non-lead crystal glasses are a great shape for getting the most out of Champage. The tulip shape comes to a very fine point at the stem, giving the Champagne a chance to create a great streamer of bubbles. The glass is quite wide in the middle, and when filled up to this point the big surface area of Champagne gives off a lot of aroma, which is focused by the slightly smaller opening. That opening is still plenty large enough to allow one to smell the wine, and pours the Champagne in a broad enough stream to expose most of your tongue to it. All these features allow for a tasting experience very close to using a large red wine glass, without sacrificing the beauty of a lovely bead of persistent bubbles.

Since they are not leaded, these glasses won’t go milky in the dishwasher. And because they are $11.99, it is not the end of the world if you break one. I challenge you to try one and put them up against the best Champagne glasses you have- I know that you will be impressed. The only glasses that I have (and I have a LOT of different Champagne glasses) that I think are better are the mouth blown Riedel Sommeliers that sell for a LOT more than $11.99. I am buying a pair of the Lehmann 'Jamesse Prestige' Grand Champagne mouth blown wine glass ($37.50) right now to see how much better they are than the machine blown!

If you love Champagne, don’t miss trying these great glasses.


A toast to you!

Gary Westby

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