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Entries in 2009 Beaujolais (5)

Thursday
Apr052012

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Stupidly Low Prices on a Fabulous Vintage

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

 

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

As many of you know, 2009 was an amazing vintage in Beaujolais.  In fact, the senior statesman for the appellation, Georges Duboeuf calls it “The Vintage of a Lifetime”.  His wines are truly great in this vintage.  All hand-harvested, and lovely Cru Beaujolais.

Now, thanks to crazy eddy at the local wholesaler, whose green eyeshade must have been a size small, we can offer these at prices so low you cannot afford not to drink some!  I love it when importers are facing the end of their fiscal year, and do silly things.

Needless to say, we bought all they had, so when these are gone, they are gone…

2009 Georges Duboeuf Morgon Domaine Versauds (Elsewhere $11.99) $7.49 

In Parker's Wine Advocate: "Duboeuf’s 2009 Morgon Domaine des Versauds – from the Charmes sector of its appellation – displays concentrated blackberry and dark cherry with overtones of pungent herbs, toasted nuts, and game. Quite dense if also a tad rough, it lacks the refreshment or clarity – not to mention complexity – of its counterpart from the Domaine Mont Chavy, but may well pick up post-bottling." (WA, 08/10) 


2009 Georges Duboeuf Brouilly Flower Label (Elsewhere $9.99) $7.49

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says: "The Duboeuf 2009 Brouilly favors ripe blueberry and blackberry with pleasant hints of tartness and bitterness reminiscent of berry skins and seeds that lend a sense of invigoration as well as of counterpoint to the sweetness of fruit. A faint hint of warmth and slight dry spot in the finish are minor blemishes (no doubt alcohol-related) to a wine of otherwise pure, generous fruit." (WA, 08/10) 


2009 Domaine des Rosiers (Georges Duboeuf) Moulin-à-Vent (Previously $17)   $9.99

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, bold and fruity wine that is full of ripe berry fruits, rich and generous. This is Beaujolais at its most exuberant, a celebration of delicious fruit. It could age, but is ready to drink." (12/10) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The effects of extended maceration and maturation in one and two year old barrels is very evident in the 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Domaine des Rosiers – still in barrel when I tasted a pre-assemblage – which combines resin and vanilla with cassis and boysenberry; offers an almost thickly ... Read More » 


2009 Chateau La Tour du Bief (Georges Duboeuf) Moulin-à-Vent (Previously $17)   $9.99

91 points Wine Spectator: "Roasted mint and thyme seasons kirsch, girlled plum and bousenberry notes in this elegant red, which is grippy, with a creamy texture and a lingering smoky finish." (Insider, 12/8/10) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Duboeuf 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Tour de Bief – in tank when I tasted it – betrays lanolin, coconut, and vanilla from time in barrel though its ripe black fruit aromas also presage its full, ripe, powerful (yet not alcoholically warm) palate presence...this manifestly ambitious cuvee simply needs time in... Read More » 


-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

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Thursday
Sep012011

Wine of the Week: 2009 Château de Saint-Lager Brouilly ($14.99)

Make this 09 Beaujolais gem your house red for the month - only $14.99 and available now at K&L! We can't get enough of '09 Beaujolais around here. K&L's veteran employee Jim Barr (review below) is not alone - K&L staff overall are obsessed with these stunning Gamays, from Villages to Cru level. They carry that classic bright Gamay red fruit, but with loads more complexity and substance, thanks to an off-the-charts vintage. If you like the finesse and character of Burgundy, but want something a little more lip-smacking and food-friendly to enjoy now (especially with Labor Day barbecue and picnic fare) don't miss these beauties from 09 in Beaujolais. You will never think the same about Gamay again!

"I thought that this would never, ever happen. For forty plus years, of all the cases of wine that I have bought and drunk or cellared, I have never bother to buy a Beaujolais, villages or in general. It was always a bottle here and one there, but never a case. Then this stupidly great vintage of 2009 shows up and I am totally mesmerized by the amazing quality and depth of flavor of these wines. Sooo, when [K&L Burgundy Buyer] Keith Wollenberg landed a 2009 villages production from Chateau De Pizay Morgon (now sold out) a few months back, I was so totally overwhelmed by its stunning richness and broadness of flavor, that I bought not just one case, but two, one for current consumption and one for aging to see how it will evolve. Chateau de Pizay has sent us another villages production from the 2009 vintage, but under another a different label, Chateau de Saint-Lager Brouilly (another K&L Direct Import) and it, too, is a wine to behold. It not only rivals the Morgon, in many ways it is even more complex and deeply flavored. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with opulent tones of blueberry to violet to strawberry fruit characteristics, that carry over to a broad, fleshy, deeply flavored Beaujolais (this is Gamay?) that is full, abundantly rich and concise, with mineral undertones, a creamy, viscous middle, and a long, flashy finish that refuses to give up. And, yes, I have bought two cases of this Gem. Anderson* has informed me that this Gem beauty will be one of our house red for the month. ABV 13.0%" -Jim Barr, K&L Staff Member 08/31/2011
 
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Jim Barr has worked for K&L for 25 years. Interested in more recommendations from Jim? Visit the Staff Review section of KLWines.com to browse hundreds of staff reviews from Jim and other K&L Staff Members!

 
  
*Note: Anderson is Jim's dog who, along with the cats Bean, Eby and Rizzo, oversee the wine program of the Barr household.
Thursday
Jun302011

Wine of the Week: 2009 Domaine Stephane Magnien Bourgogne Passetoutgrains "Cuvée Densité" ($14.99)

*As a K&L Direct Import, we are able to bring this unique wine to you for only $14.99 - a steal! Kudos to our buyer Keith Wollenberg for securing both of the two barrels produced.

Editor's Note: We'd be remiss if we didn't suggest of a Wine of the Week that wasn't Fourth of July friendly, and this pick by Chiara Shannon hits on every level. It's affordable (check). It's barbecue friendly (check). And it has the lighter body and easy-drinking personality we crave on hot days (check). Want to know what it is? Read on.

Fans of the spectacular 2009 Beaujolais Crus, and anyone looking for an easy-drinking but complex wine for the upcoming holiday weekend, should not miss the charming Bourgogne Passetoutgrains "Cuvée Densité" from Domaine Stephane Magnien ($14.99).  As the name "Cuvée Densité" suggests, this blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay from Stephane Magnien* is denser and more complex than previous bottlings, really showing off the quality of the vintage.  Alluring aromas of juicy black raspberry and earth spice sing from the glass. On the palate, Pinot's bright acidity and fine tannins frame the wine, while supple Gamay fleshes things out in all the right places. At only 11.5% ABV, this is exactly the kind of wine to serve at your next summertime soirée.  We're invited, right?