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Introducing the Champions of the Blind Chardonnay & Cabernet Tasting Challenge!

The candidates were chosen, running mates too. Opinion polls are silent, votes are in and counted. Two unlikely winners have emerged...

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L NZ & Aussie Wine Specialist

In the world of wine, if Cab is King, Chardonnay must be his Queen. When putting together the recent flights of blind tastings we tried to include a variety of styles and price points from all over the globe to represent the truly international dominance of these grapes. We had some obscure dark horses and some out and out favorites. But when the old brown bag comes into the picture the playing field is leveled and reputations dashed.

We started with ten Chardonnays the Blind Chardonnay Tasting last Friday night in Redwood City, followed by eleven Cabernets on Saturday afternoon. Attendants to each tasting were asked to taste through the blind lineup and cast a single vote for their favorite wine. After voting, they received the wine legend.  

Queue a lot of swirling, slurping and head scratching! Some people confidently scribbled down notes, country, region even producer, while others professed themselves completely baffled, taking only random stabs at price point and nation.

When all was said and done I was pleasantly surprised by the results, as were many of the participants.

Your 2012 blind Chardonnay Tasting Champion (drum roll please….)

2010 Craggy Range “Kidnapper's Vineyard” Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand $16.99

And your King of Cabernet :

2009 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia $29.99

Back to back wins for NZ and Oz!


These two wines triumphed over some prestigious Napa wines, Premier Cru Burgundy and everything the rest of the world could muster, with some challengers at three times the price! Scroll down to check out the complete lineups for both tastings at the end of this article and you will see that the competition was serious.

Here is some info on our winners:


2011 Craggy Range "Kidnapper's Vineyard Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand ($16.99)

Craggy Range is one of New Zealand's leading producers that focuses on highly prestigious single vineyard wines that illustrate remarkble micro-climates around these spectacular islands. The Kidnapper's Vineyard is situated in Hawkes Bay, right up against the pacific ocean, on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island. The vineyard is named after the nearby Cape Kidnapper's, a headland that takes it's name from a dramatic abduction of one of Captain Cook's crew by indigenous Māori in 1792.

The vines grow literally a stones throw from the surf. This situe has a notable impact on the wines aromatics and flavor as this coastal proximity has imparted a distinct saline quality upon the wine. Most importantly the vineyard is cooled by brisk sea breezes keeping this wine bright and crisp with a nice zippy acidity. The grapes have a long hang time and this slow ripening allows excellent flavor develoment.

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In the winemaking process the Kidnapper's Chardonnay is lightly whole bunch pressed into neutral oak tanks for fermentation. 10% goes to new French Oak Puncheons (double size barrels that impart much less flavor). This chablis-like style of production compliments the vineyards cool, crisp, mineral and saline flavor profile. The restraint, balance and complexity of this wine really surpasses it's very modest price point. Here is a link to Craggy Range’s website for more info about this spectacular vineyard site and the winemaking process. Craggy Range's Kidnapper's Vineyard.


King of Cabs: 2009 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia $29.99

 The Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon is a truly historic wine. Vasse Felix was the first winery established in the now renowned Margaret River region of Western Australia. Planting vines in 1967 Vasse Felix has made this estate Cabernet every vintage since 1972 and continues as a leading family owned estate today. The fruit for this wine comes from the Wilyabrup sub-region known for producing world class cabernet. Vasse's neighbors include Cullen Estate and Moss Wood who make prolific Cab based wines themselves. You can see from the map below again the ocean plays a huge role in tempering the climate in Margaret River. This region gets pretty warm during the summer months but the frigid southern ocean is a constant factor cooling the winds and allowing greater flavor development and acid retention in the grapes.



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The 2009 Vasse Felix Cab shows archetypal Margaret River Cabernet characters. Concentrated black and blue fruits (think fresh blackberries and blueberries combined) with aromatic minty and subtle eucalyptus hints. With air the wine shows some thyme and cedar notes with dusty soil qualities. The wine is concentrated and powerful but without being over saturated or extracted. It has impeccable balance and a fine but persistent tannin structure.

Vasse Felix's Wilyabrup Vineyard

We hope you get a chance to try some of these winning wines, available now in our stores and on Our blind tasting series has been a great success with lots of positive feedback from our customers, which means you can look forward to more blind tastings in the future! We invite you to come on down and attend the next one, or perhaps be inspired to stage a blind tasting of your own at home! You can follow us on Uncorked for updates and on Facebook and K&L Local Events for future listings and details.  



Blind Chardonnay Line Up:

1: 2010 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Blanc Dom. Yves Girardin, Burgundy, France $14.99

2: 2010 Craggy Range “Kidnappers Vineyard” Chardonnay, Hawkes bay, New Zealand $16.99

3: 2011 “Heggies” Chardonnay, Eden Valley, Australia $19.99

4: 2009 Dom. Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champs Gain" Burgundy, France $59.99

5: 2010 Clos Pepe “Barrel Fermented” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California $22.99

6: 2009 Brick House "Cascadia" Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay, Ribbon Ridge AVA, Oregon $32.99

7: 2010 Te Whare Ra Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand $24.99

8: 2010 Cakebread Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $34.99

9: 2008 Monteviejo "Lindaflor" Chardonnay Valle de Uco Mendoza $19.99 (was $30)

10: 2010 Daniel De Wet "Limestone Hill" Chardonnay Robertson, South Africa $15.99


Blind Cabernet Line Up:

1: 2009 Sapaio "Volpolo"Bolgheri, Italy $32.99

2: 2009 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien, Bordeaux, France $49.99

3: 2009 Fabre Montmayou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina  $15.99

4: 2009 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia $29.99

5: 2010 Reyneke "Capstone" Red Bordeaux Blend, Stellenbosch, South Africa   $24.99

6: 2008 Attila Gere Cabernet Sauvignon, Villany, Hungary $21.99

7: 2001 Jean Leon Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Penedes, Spain $39.99

8: 2008 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, USA $21.99

9: 2009 Kathryn Kennedy "Small Lot Cabernet", Santa Cruz Mountains, CA, USA $32.99

10: 2010 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, CA, USA $69.99

11: 2009 Amici Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, CA, USA $37.99 





Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Champy Wines Arrive (+Jayer)

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

We just got our limited supplies of the Champy 2010s, both Domaine and Maison.  Their estate bottlings are all organically and biodynamically farmed (most Ecocert certified or in conversion to Ecocert).  This is a terrific range of wines, and worth your attention, either for everyday drinking, or for their top wines.  This is an outstanding range, and they represent compelling values.

On another note, if you are looking for something particularly rare, our auction site currently has a bottle of 1978 Henri Jayer Échézeaux Grand Cru up for bid,  Click Here to see it.

The selection of Champy wines is below.  These are in-stock, on the web, and available either there, or by calling us at 1-800-247-5987.


2011 Champy Mâcon-Villages Price: $12.99 

Champy's Mâcon-Villages is bright, clean Chardonnay, unoaked and fermented with wild yeast and aged in stainless. It's crisp, bright and delicious. It's finished with the deluxe version of a screwcap, to preserve freshness. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer) 

2010 Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay "Signature" Price: $18.99

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is noticeably oakier than the straight Bourgogne and the wood dominates the wine and in particular the nose. On the plus side, there is clearly more underlying material as well as more complexity on both the nose and the palate, all wrapped in a sappy and solidly lingering finish. This is a better wine than the regular Bourgogne but I prefer the style of the former as this has too much wood for me."   K&L Notes: The 2010 Signature has rich, toasty oak notes, combined with minerality from the fruit, which comes from Puligny and Meursault. A great value. Aged in 1/3... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Pernand Vergelesses "Clos de Bully" Rouge Price: $23.99

From an estate vineyard, farmed biodynamically and certified organic. The vineyard is on the back side of the Hill of Corton, a natural amphitheater, facing Southeast, and has been planted to grapes since the 12th century It is at 300 meters in elevation, a high altitude in the Cote d'Or.  It's fine and elegant in character, with a very long finish and nice minerality.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A similar but more elegant aromatic profile displays slightly less earth influence though there is plenty on the detailed, pure and textured flavors that are supported by somewhat finer tannins though there is still enough rusticity present such that I would not call this a wine of refinement."    

2010 Domaine Champy Chorey-lès-Beaune Price: $23.99

This comes from an estate vineyard, farmed organically and biodynamically, and legally in conversion to organic certification.  The vineyard is called Les Champs Longs, and is located just below Aloxe Corton Les Cras, so it shows a bit more structure than many Choreys. It has rich, pretty cherry fruit, a pretty mid-palate and lots of plush charm.  Very appealing and very well-priced. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 03/12)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A distinctly earthy character suffuses the very fresh nose of dark berry fruit and humus nose. There is good richness to the agreeably textured and round flavors that are delicious if not especially complex, all wrapped in a mildly rustic finish. Solid if not special quality here." (4/2012)  

2010 Champy Beaune "Vieilles Vignes" Price: $24.99

This is off the charts!  It may represent among the most compelling Price/Quality ratios of any red burgundy we have to offer.  It was planted in 1947, and shows concentration and beautiful black fruit notes. It is from one vineyard, called Prevolle, at the bottom of the slope with deeper soils.  It is biodynamically farmed, and located just above the Route de Pommard south of Beaune. The wine shows fine tannins, good acidity and an elegant structure. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding. Top value.* This was bottled the same day of my visit so it's difficult to know whether that considerable manipulation materially altered the wine though given how well it showed, I don't believe that it did. A dense, brooding and ripe nose of layered dark berries, earth and floral hints precedes the textured medium-bodied flavors that enjoy an abundance of dry extract that buffers the firm tannins and coats the palate on the lingering and overtly austere finish. This rustic and quite serious effort is built to age and while it's not refine ... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Savigny-lès-Beaune "Aux Fourches" Price: $29.95

The Aux Fourches is an estate vineyard, with deep soils, farmed biodynamically and certified organic.  It is aged in older barrels, and shows a concentrated and rich character, due to the low 25hl/ha yields (about 1.75 tons/acre), with ripe black fruit, serious character, very pretty depth of fruit and old vine concentration, made from carefully and biodynamically tended grapes. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As is usually the case, this is even earthier with a brooding but ripe and fresh nose of plum and forest floor. The delicious, round and sappy flavors offer up plenty of Savigny character that adds breadth to the rustic, intense and lingering finish. This won't win any awards for elegance but then refinement isn't why one buys a villages Savigny in the first place. I like the honest and direct style plus this should age well over the medium term." (4/2012)  

2010 Domaine Champy Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "En Caradeux" Blanc Price: $36.99

Located high on the hillside, with shallow soils and lots of limestone, this faces East, and is very reminiscent of Corton Charlemagne in character.  It has a bit of wood, but more than enough weight and charming stone fruit notes that the wood is never dominant.  This manages to walk that line between richness and elegance, seemingly without effort.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding. Top value* A deft touch of wood frames a ripe mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit aromas that are followed by complex, rich and mouth coating flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration. There is very solid persistence and excellent depth on the impeccably well-balanced finish. A lovely effort that should age well." (6/2012)   

2010 Champy St-Aubin 1er Cru "Murgers Dents De Chien" Price: $36.99

This wine offers Puligny character for a fraction of the cost. This is rich and concentrated with lovely texture. and a flavor profile that sings of Puligny or Chassagne, and a much higher price than it actually sells for.   It's going into my personal cellar, for certain. Total production is only 100 cases, so all we could buy was 20 cases .I(Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also distinctly cool, airy and reserved with a citrus-inflected nose composed primarily of spiced pear and acacia blossom. There is more volume here with a slightly muscular character to the delicious, rich and solidly intense flavors that are shaped by somewhat firmer and well-integrated acidity. Lovely and this should deliver 3 to 5 years of upside development potential." (6/2012)  

2010 Domaine Champy Volnay Price: $39.95

This comes from four parcels in Volnay, both above and below the village. The combination of deeper clay soils on the lower slopes, and soils as shallow as four inches on the upper slopes, makes for an exciting wine, with lovely, concentrated black fruit, vibrant energy and terrific quality. Like all the estate vineyards, they are farmed organically and biodynamically. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pretty and relatively elegant nose offers up a perfumed mixture of wood, plum, violet and earth nuances. There is good verve and plenty of sleek muscle to the lightly mineral-infused flavors that possess lovely detail on the dusty, serious and solidly long finish. A complete villages that is supported by relatively firm but ripe tannins." (4/2012)   

2010 Domaine Champy Beaune 1er Cru "Champs-Pimont" Price: $39.99

Aged in 1/3 New French Oak, this has rich black fruit and good acidity. There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish. It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent. It is elegant and bright, and terrific, but not an easy wine in its youth. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding!* An expressive nose of a ripe and agreeably fresh mélange of red cherry and black raspberry is cut with warm earth nuances that continue onto the rich, round and quite fleshy flavors that possess good dry extract that coats the palate on the vibrant, balanced, detailed and persistent finish. Excellent quality here." (4/2012)  K&L Notes: Aged in 1/3 New French Oak, this has rich black fruit and good acidity. There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish. It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent. It is elegant and bright, and terrifi... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Cras" Price: $39.99

This shows riper fruit than the Champs Pimont, a rich mouthfeel,, and bit of a chalky note, coming from the limestone-rich soil in this vineyard. There is great purity of fruit, with well-robed fine tannins and pretty high-pitched red fruit notes.. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 03/12)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Mild wood frames the otherwise appealingly fresh and bright red berry fruit and stone where the latter element is more prominent still compared to the Champs Pimont. There is excellent detail and outstanding vibrancy to the medium-bodied flavors that possess impressive depth and perhaps even better length. A classic Cras and the only nit is that there is, at least at present, a bit more oak influence than I personally enjoy." (4/2012)   

2009 Maison Champy Beaune 1er Cru "Champs-Pimont" Price: $41.99

Aged in 1/3 New French Oak, this has rich black fruit and good acidity.  There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish.  It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent.  It is elegant and bright, and terrific, but not an easy wine in its youth. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A vibrant edge of acidity leads the way for cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors in this firm red, which is light-weight and athletic, lingering with a mineral element. Best from 2015 through 2028" (4/2012) 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding!* A rustic and somber dark berry fruit nose is set off by a discreet touch of oak that does not continue onto the rich, full and attractively textured flavors that possess excellent vibrancy as well as obvious minerality on the complex, palate staining and lingering finish. This moderately structured effort is a wine of harmony if not ne ... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru "Iles des Vergelesses" Price: $44.95

This elegant and focused wine has minerality, energy and precision. It comes from the best 1er Cru vineyard in the commune, after which Pernand-Vergelesses is named. It has ample, but very fine tannins, and lots of density. Some time in the cellar would of great benefit, as is often the case with young Corton and Pernand reds. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As one might reasonably expect, this is the most refined of these three Pernand 1ers with its pure and cool nose of wafting red pinot fruit and subtle mineral nuances. The equally transparent flavors also ooze a fine stony character before terminating in a firm, delicious and textured finish that is shaped by dense but relatively fine-grained tannins. This is built to age and will require plenty of cellar time." (4/2012)  K&L Notes: This elegant and focused wine has minerality, energy and precision. It comes from the best 1er Cru vineyard in the commune, after which P... Read More » 

2009 Domaine Laleure-Piot (Champy) Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru "Iles des Vergelesses" Price: $44.95

The "Iles de Vergelesses" vineyard is the best in the entire village. It is the most highly regarded site, after which the village is named. Located mid-slope, below Savigny Vergelesses, it is an amazing place. This has black fruit notes, a rich, mineral-driven mid palate, supple ripe tannins, lots of length on the finish. It is a bit structured at the end, indicating some time in the cellar will benefit it, for sure. In short, this is terrific and reasonably priced to boot. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11) 

2009 Maison Champy Chambolle-Musigny Price: $49.99

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pretty if not actually elegant nose offers up notes of soft wood, earth and ripe red currant aromas that merge gracefully into rich, delicious and quite round middle weight flavors that juxtapose a suave mouth feel against a mildly austere and solidly persistent finish. This is quite good if not exactly an archetype of a classic Chambolle." (5/2011)  

2010 Domaine Champy Volnay 1er Cru "Taillepieds" Price: $63.99

An over-the-top great Burgundy for your cellar. Period.  Taillepieds is one of the most highly regarded sites in Volnay.  It is an extremely steep hillside, and got its name from the fact that due to the steepness, you were likely to cut your feet when pruning. The organically and biodynamically grown grapes give a deep dark character and focus.  It's intensity is not immediately evident, but over time it becomes apparent that this is very special, and has an extraordinary finish.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Discreet wood serves to highlight the ripe dark berry fruit aromas where the underlying stone character is almost pungent it's so strong. The rich and velvety flavors also display plenty of mineral influence and the intensity does a slow build from the mid-palate all the way to the explosive but impeccably well-balanced finish. Like the Grands Epenots, this is clearly built to age and if the complexity deepens with bottle age it's possible that my range may be viewed as unduly conservative." (4/2012)   

2009 Maison Champy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetiers" Price: $69.95

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A deft application of oak does not compromise the expressiveness of the unusually high-toned cherry and red pinot fruit though the hallmark earth and animale notes are present if in the background. There is very good energy to the mineral-inflected flavors that possess reasonably good depth and length..." (6/2011)  

2010 Domaine Champy Corton Grand Cru "Rognet" Price: $79.95

Both red and black fruits here, with lots of power and an interesting earthiness. Very impressive, but patience will clearly be required, as you expect from Corton. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer...

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't miss!* A highly layered nose blends notes of both red and dark berries, plum, clove, earth and hints of the sauvage. There is good richness to the intensely earthy broad-shouldered flavors that brim with dry extract before terminating in a muscular and powerful finish that delivers outstanding length. A very serious Corton that is built to age." (4/2012)  

2010 Domaine Champy Corton Grand Cru "Bressandes" Price: $83.99

Rich, fine and elegant in character, with exuberant red fruits on the nose.  Unmistakable Grand Cru, with terrific life force.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 03/12)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Interestingly, this is quite spicy with an abundance of floral character to the fresh red berry fruit liqueur and softly mineral infused aromas. There isn't the same power, size and weight here that there is in the Rognets but as one might expect, this is finer and more understated though every bit as serious with the same outstanding length. At the same time, there is a bit more underlying material in the Rognets and it will probably ultimately be the better wine though it will require 12 to 15 years before that prediction is proved to be right or wrong ... Read More » 

2010 Champy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetiers" Price: $89.95

There were only 75 cases produced for the entire world.  It is big and rich, with lots of spice and a slightly burly frame.  It has lovely black fruit and very nice spice notes. This has structure, but more than enough volume to easily handle it. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyers)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Bottled two weeks prior to my visit and thus it's not unusual that the nose would be moderately reduced. There is by contrast fine richness and volume to the large-scaled, intense and mineral-inflected flavors that possess excellent volume and mid-palate concentration on the tension-filled, overtly structured and lingering finish that evidences plenty of Gevrey character." (4/2010)  

2010 Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Suchots" Price: $94.99

My personal favorite is the Suchots from Vosne-Romanée, with an exuberant bushel of lovely red fruit notes. It has lots of drive and a finish that shows drive and length,  Lovely! (Keith Wollenberg, Burgundy buyer), 03/12

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding!* A notably ripe and exuberantly spicy blend of red and black cherries, cassis, plum and anise hints. The highly seductive flavors caress the palate with plenty of dry extract that also serves to buffer the otherwise moderately firm tannins on the sappy, balanced and relatively powerful finish. Textbook Suchots." (4/2012)  

2009 Maison Champy Echézeaux Grand Cru Price: $135.00

Lovely, forward, with terrific fruit character and that unmistakable Grand Cru Vosne texture.  You'll want to fall in to this glass.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate wood influence is not enough to dominate the nose but neither is it subtle as it fights somewhat with the ripe and exuberantly spicy black berry fruit aromas that merge into rich, full and quite serious big-bodied flavors that display firm and dusty tannins on the finish. This is a bit like the Cazetiers in that it's not quite as complex as one might expect. Moreover, this is awkward at present as the balance isn't what it could be." (6/2011)  

2010 Champy Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Price: $144.49

This comes from the original Charmes portion of this vineyard, from organically certified grapes.  It is extremely rich and concentrated, with lots of beautiful fruit notes.  What is most impressive is the length on the finish, and the combination of size and poise.

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is restrained to the point of being almost timid yet it is also exceptionally pretty with a really lovely nose of plum, earth and a hint of the sauvage that carries over to the exceptionally rich, textured and velvety flavors that culminate in a very serious and quite firmly structured finish. As my description of the nose suggests, this is still very primary and while a bit awkward today it should harmonize in time as there is an abundance of extract and good phenolic maturity to the structural elements." (4/2012)   

2010 Champy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Price: $154.99

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A classic Mazis nose evidences an abundance of sauvage character on the very fresh and impressively layered aromas of red currant, wild raspberry, cassis and earth. This is a big wine with excellent volume as well as fine mid-palate concentration to the powerful, focused and intense flavors that deliver striking length but not nearly the same overall depth as the Clos de Vougeot. While it's a near certainty that this will add considerable depth before it reaches its peak, there just isn't the same underlying quality of material, good as this is." (4/2012) ... Read More » 

2010 Champy Echézeaux Grand Cru Price: $159.95

Lovely, forward, with terrific fruit character and that unmistakable Grand Cru Vosne texture.  You'll want to fall in to this glass.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't miss!* This is also exuberantly spicy and quite ripe with primarily black fruit aromas though there are nuances of warm earth and exotic tea present as well. This is even richer and more seductive than the Suchots with a mouth feel of velvet and satin that largely hides the otherwise very firm tannins though not enough to suppress a touch of backend rusticity on the hugely long finish. This is a very impressive effort but despite its present upfront appeal, this is also expressly built to age and it will require plenty of it." (4/2012) 


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Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 2009 Beaune 1er Cru for a Super Price

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

As most of you know, 2009 was an extraordinary year in the Cote d’Or, with perfect growing conditions, lovely ripeness and a bright, fresh fruit character for the reds. One of the villages where the vintage was particularly charming was Beaune.  The best of the premier cru Beaunes are rich, concentrated and lovely on the palate.  They will age beautifully, but the fruit is rich enough to make them immediately enjoyable.  What I particularly like about my favorites from the southern end of Beaune (Vignes Franches, Clos des Mouches, Epenottes, etc.) is the bright red, almost crunchy fruit, accompanied by a rich mid-palate.  Well, I have one of these, at a great price, while it lasts.

We just made a terrific purchase, and I wanted to let you know about it. It’s a delightful wine that I enjoyed at home with a roast chicken, and then (with some agony) left 1/3 bottle for evaluation the second day and was again very impressed with the wine with some wild salmon.

But it got those kissing your sister sort of scores, with 89 points, so the importer could not sell it and gave us a very special price on the wine, which we are passing along to you. Don't miss this, as it is a terrific value from one of the best vintages in Burgundy. 

It’s not Clos des Mouches, but at about 1/3 the price, it’s pretty darned compelling! I bought some for myself, and am struggling to avoid drinking it all immediately, although I know it will be better in a few years…

2009 Domaine Moillard Beaune 1er Cru "Epenottes" $29.95

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Here the nose is both elegant and fresh and seems to be composed of essence of red pinot fruit and discreet earth notes where the latter element progresses to the delicious, round, generous and fleshy middle weight flavors that culminate in a satisfying, detailed and reasonably persistent finish. Consistent with almost all of the offering in the range, this is fashioned in an distinctly understated style where the individual aspects are beautifully proportioned. This could easily be enjoyed now or cellared for 5 to 7 years first. (1/ 2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

Rich and spicy, this red fills the palate with cherry, raspberry and a touch of earth notes. The texture is smooth and it shows moderate length. Best from 2013 through 2018. (1/ 2011)

K&L Notes

This comes from the well-regarded vineyard on the border with Pommard Epenots, just below Clos des Mouches. It has weight and will age well, although the exuberant fruit will make you want to drink it sooner rather than later. Only a special purchase makes this retail price a possibility. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 08/12)


Á Santé,


Keith Wollenberg
Wine Consultant/Burgundy Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
650-556-2724 Direct Line
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