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Tuesday
Sep272011

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 3 Amazing Burgundy Horizontals at Auction

By: Keith Wollenberg | Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

Contact: keithwollenberg@klwines.com

 

Hello Burgundy Fans,

Live on our auctions right now, we have three meticulously put together horizontal tastings which I thought might be of particular interest to Burgundy lovers.

They all came from the temperature controlled cellar of a top collector in Colorado ski country and are in excellent condition. The most interesting thing about them is their breadth. 

In a single shot you can assemble a truly impressive horizontal tasting, from one of three top vintages – 1988, 1990 or 1999.  Have a look at these three lots:

 

1999 Volnay "Clos des Chênes" 16-bottle Horizontal Tasting Set 

 

Bid on this amazing Horizontal Tasting Set featuring 16 different expressions of the 1999 Volnay "Clos des Chênes" vineyard. Sixteen producers from a great vineyard in a great vintage. The vintage, 1999, is a Pinot Noir lover's dream. Ripe, plush wines with great fruit and charming character and a great potential to age. The vineyard, Clos des Chênes, is regarded as one of the best in Volnay. Composed of limestone soil on a southeast facing slope rising to 300m in the south of the Volnay appellation. Don't pass this up. 

This lot contains the following items:

1999 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Chateau de Meursault Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Domaine Antonin Guyon Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Domaine René Monnier Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Dominique Laurent Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" Vieilles Vignes (qty: 1)
1999 Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 François Buffet Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 H. Delagrange Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Jean-Marc Bouley Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Latour-Giraud Volnay 1er Cru "Clos Des Chenes" Cuvée Sélectionnée (qty: 1)
1999 Maison Joseph Drouhin Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Maison Nicolas Potel Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Vincent Girardin Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1) 

1988 Nuits St Georges "Boudots" and "Damodes" 16-bottle Horizontal Tasting Set 

Bid on this amazing Horizontal Tasting Set featuring 16 different expressions of the 1988 "Les Boudots" and "Les Damodes" vineyards of Nuits St Georges. The 7.61-hectare “Les Boudots” lies in the northern part of the Nuits-St-Georges, along the northern border with Vosne-Romanée, near Aux Malconsorts. Allen Meadows describes Les Boudots as “the most gifted Premier Cru in Nuits.” Les Damodes is a Premier Cru vineyard on the Vosne Romanee side of Nuits St Georges. With limestone rich soils and a 20% slope, the wines typically show greater elegance than most Nuits. 

This lot contains the following items:

1988 Domaine George Noellat Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine J.J. Confuron Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Jean Tardy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine
Leroy Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Machard de Gramont Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Gerard Mugneret Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Haegelen-Jayer Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Jaffelin Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Jayer-Gilles Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)

 

1990 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru 16-bottle Horizontal Tasting Set 

 

Bid on this amazing Horizontal Tasting Set featuring 16 different expressions of 1990 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru vineyards. There are twenty two premier cru vineyards in Savigny-lès-Beaune and this lot contains bottles from multiple producers in six of those vineyards. An interesting set from any vintage, these wines all come from the stellar 1990 vintage, considered by Clive Coates as "a vintage where village wines taste like premiers crus and premiers crus like grand crus." 

This lot contains the following items:
1990 Albert Morot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Vergelesses - La Bataillère" (qty: 1)
1990 Bruno Clair Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Girard-Vollot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Peuillets" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Jarrons" (qty: 1)
1990 Dubreuil-Fontaine Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Vergelesses" (qty: 1)
1990 Leroy Savigny-lès-Beaune "Les Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Louis Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (qty: 1)
1990 Maurice Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Jarrons" (qty: 1)
1990 Maurice Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Maurice Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Peuillets" (qty: 1)
1990 Michel Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Peuillets" (qty: 1)
1990 Mongeard Mugneret Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Vergelesses" (qty: 1)
1990 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Marconnets" (qty: 1)

The source is great, they have been held since release under temperature controlled conditions, and this is a fun opportunity.

Happy Bidding!

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

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Thursday
Sep222011

Wine of the Week: 2009 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre Pinot Noir ($12.99)

The Goisot Burgogne is back! I love the Goisot wines for their purity, and at such a great price their Côte d’Auxerre Pinot is a wine you should buy by the case. It opens up as soon as the cork is pulled. The nose is fragrant with cherry and strawberry aromas, and the palate is filled with beautiful cherry fruit. It has an elegant mouthfeel and finishes with some soft tannins. This is a lovely Pinot Noir for only $13! - Steve Greer, K&L Staff Member | 9-16-2011

Côtes d'Auxerre is the northerly region in Burgundy adjacent to Chablis where the cool climate and Jurassic limestone terroir combine forces to produce light-bodied, perfumed, low-alcohol (and thus very food-friendly) wines. Light, bright, and fresh, the 2009 Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre Pinot Noir ($12.99) -- a K&L Direct Import -- is an exceptional example of the quality and value that can be found there.

Made from 30+ year old vines, this unoaked Pinot Noir presents textbook Côtes d'Auxerre red berry and earth spice aromatics. The palate is lively and fresh but not austere, showing just-ripe fruit flavors with spicy licorice accents, thanks to the excellence of the 2009 vintage. While sometimes the red wines from this region can be quite high in tannin and lacking in fruit (after all, Auxerre is one of the most northerly sites for red wine production in the world!) there was enough sunshine in 2009 to produce the body to balance the tannins and acidity. Enjoy this charming light-bodied wine young with a variety of foods (coq au vin or bœuf bourguignon are recommended) or hold for up to 10 years and savor it with gamier dishes -- pheasant, wild duck, rabbit -- or with a creamy brie cheese.

 

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Step It Up!  K&L's Steve Greer  has come a long way since his days of drinking Blue Nun in the '80s.  Based in Hollywood, Steve specializes in Bordeaux, but has a soft spot for fun, food-friendly wines of all shades, especially when the price is right. Could your own collection or wine buying strategy use some improvements?  Join the K&L Personal Sommelier Service for customized monthly wine selections and service with Steve as chosen sommelier (did we mention it's free to join?) or visit the K&L Staff Review Page to browse recent wine reviews by Steve and the K&L staff.

Thursday
Sep012011

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Maison Ilan

Keith Wollenberg

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

Contact: keithwollenberg@klwines.com

 

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

You may have heard of the crazy guy from California who packed up his family and moved to Burgundy to make wine.  He had a profile in the New York Times and has gotten some great attention.  Ray and I talked before he went there, as he wanted to know more about Burgundy before he left, and I have been in touch with him and have visited his cuverie in Nuits to taste the wines in his cellar.

Ray Walker of Maison Ilan

We now have a small quantity of one of his 2009s available, being sold on a pre-arrival basis but due in just a week or two:

2009 Maison Ilan Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, $175.00

This is a new project for California native Ray Walker, who fell in love with Pinot Noir from Burgundy and jumped in with both feet, moving to Burgundy, setting himself up in business, learning French and making wine, all in the space of a few very hectic months.  91-93 Allen Meadows: "A very expressive nose that is at once earthy and ripe speaks of both red and blue berry fruits laced with underbrush and a hint of the sauvage that continues onto the textured, dense and focused broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent phenolic maturity and superb complexity and length. I like the sense of harmony and there is a generosity to the finish that is beguiling." (Burghound, 01/11)  My notes : « From the vrait (real) Charmes, higher on the hill next to Chambertin.  Shows notes of black cherry and ripe blue fruits on the nose, mixed with an earthy note.  Ripe and rich on the palate with a rich finish.”  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

 

A santé,

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com