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Thursday
May302013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 2011 Fevre Chablis are Here!

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

Just wanted  to let you know our 2011 Fevre Chablis is now in stock and available on the web or in our stores.  SCROLL DOWN FOR MAGNUMS!

2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" Price: $43.99

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "SWEET SPOT OUTSTANDING! Here the nose offers up an abundance of Chablis character with a gentle hint of wood framing the aromas of mineral reduction and green fruit. There is good volume to the generous, rich and attractively textured flavors that possess good power and very solid density, all wrapped in a refreshing, stony and saline-infused finish. This is lovely." (9/2012)  91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chablis Fourchaume wraps around the palate with serious intensity, which is amazing, considering the wine is made from the second selection of young vine fruit from Vaulorent  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

BH 91-  93

RP 91-  93

ST 89-  91


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" (375ml) Price: $56.99  half bottles

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from 4 separate parcels totaling 4.11 ha, 3 of which are all at the top of the slope). This was quite closed and somewhat difficult to read but aggressive swirling grudgingly liberated ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents. The large-scaled flavors are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 93-  96

RP 93-  95

ST 92-  95


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Vaulorent" Price: $57.99

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "from a huge 3.63 ha parcel out of only 17 ha and most of it is hard by Les Preuses. Séguier calls this their “baby grand cru” as specific barrels are selected for vine age, concentration and power). This is quite aromatically similar to the Fourchaume though here there is also a discreet hint of sulfur and the wood is all but invisible. There is fine concentration to the powerful, suave and intensely stony flavors that possess superb finishing complexity on the balanced, clean, very dry and energetic finish. As is often the case, this delivers grand cru   ... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 92-  94

ST 91-  93

WS 90-  93

RP 90-  92

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" Price: $59.95

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from two .5 ha parcels divided between 1/3 Pied d'Aloup and the rest from Chapelot). An expressive, airy and cool nose features notes of stone, sea water, floral aromas and white orchard fruit. This is also exceptionally rich and concentrated yet the medium weight flavors remain light and pure with absolutely no trace of heaviness on the mouth coating and stunningly persistent finish. This is beautifully refined yet there is no absence of muscle or punch." (9/2012)  92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most mineral of the premier crus, the 2011 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre possesses an elus  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 91-  94

RP 92-  94

ST 91-  93

WS 90-  93

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir" Price: $79.99

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a parcel of vines that is close to Vaudésir and extends all the way from Grenouilles to the tree line at the top of the hill). This could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its ripe yet cool, airy and refined nose of green fruit, mineral reduction, sea breeze and iodine. There is positively gorgeous intensity and laser-like precision to the rich but wonderfully vibrant flavors that display moderate austerity on the focused and remarkably persistent finish. This is a really lovely combination of power and refinement." (9/2012)  92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Planted by William Fè  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 93-  95

WS 92-  95

ST 91-  94

RP 91-  93

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bougerots" Price: $79.99

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a 2 ha parcel at the bottom section of the vineyard; even so, the vineyard is so steep here that it must be worked entirely by hand as tractors would be dangerous to use). This is also completely classic and even more aromatically complex with a plethora of sea shore nuances to the cool green fruit scents. On the palate this is dense, powerful and quite serious with brooding flavors that brim with dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the intensely mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This is the biggest wine in the range yet impec  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 93-  96

RP 92-  94

ST 92-  94

WS 90-  93

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses"  Price: $87.99

94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from two parcels of vines that total 2.55 ha, or 22% of the entire appellation). If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning." (9/2012)  93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-green. Lemon, lime, grapefruit pit  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 94-  96

ST 93-  96

WS 92-  95

RP 92-  94

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" (Pre-Arrival) Price: $89.99

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a parcel of vines that is close to Vaudésir and extends all the way from Grenouilles to the tree line at the top of the hill). This could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its ripe yet cool, airy and refined nose of green fruit, mineral reduction, sea breeze and iodine. There is positively gorgeous intensity and laser-like precision to the rich but wonderfully vibrant flavors that display moderate austerity on the focused and remarkably persistent finish. This is a really lovely combination of power and refinement." (9/2012)  92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Planted by William Fè  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Special Order

BH 93-  95

WS 92-  95

ST 91-  94

RP 91-  93

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" Price: $99.95

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from 4 separate parcels totaling 4.11 ha, 3 of which are all at the top of the slope). This was quite closed and somewhat difficult to read but aggressive swirling grudgingly liberated ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents. The large-scaled flavors are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 93-  96

RP 93-  95

ST 92-  95


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros "Côte de Bougerots" (1.5L) Price: $175.00  MAGNUM

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a 2 ha parcel at the bottom section of the vineyard; even so, the vineyard is so steep here that it must be worked entirely by hand as tractors would be dangerous to use). This is also completely classic and even more aromatically complex with a plethora of sea shore nuances to the cool green fruit scents. On the palate this is dense, powerful and quite serious with brooding flavors that brim with dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine on the intensely mineral-driven and explosively long finish. This is the biggest wine in the range yet impec  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 93-  96

RP 92-  94

ST 92-  94

WS 90-  93

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" (1.5L) Price: $179.95 MAGNUM

94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from two parcels of vines that total 2.55 ha, or 22% of the entire appellation). If the Côte de Bouguerots is the biggest wine in 2011 then the Preuses is arguably the most aromatically complex with a broad ranging nose of perfumed and ripe scents of oyster shell, sea water, citrus and white flowers. The silky and refined flavors are wonderfully seductive with an intense minerality to the austere, bone dry and balanced finish that exudes hints of saline and iodine. In sum, this is flat out stunning." (9/2012)  93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-green. Lemon, lime, grapefruit pit  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 94-  96

ST 93-  96

WS 92-  95

RP 92-  94

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" (1.5L) Price: $199.95 MAGNUM

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a parcel of vines that is close to Vaudésir and extends all the way from Grenouilles to the tree line at the top of the hill). This could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its ripe yet cool, airy and refined nose of green fruit, mineral reduction, sea breeze and iodine. There is positively gorgeous intensity and laser-like precision to the rich but wonderfully vibrant flavors that display moderate austerity on the focused and remarkably persistent finish. This is a really lovely combination of power and refinement." (9/2012)  92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Planted by William Fè  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

BH 93-  95

WS 92-  95

ST 91-  94

RP 91-  93

   


2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos" (1.5L)  Price: $205.00 MAGNUM

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from 4 separate parcels totaling 4.11 ha, 3 of which are all at the top of the slope). This was quite closed and somewhat difficult to read but aggressive swirling grudgingly liberated ripe aromas of sea breeze, pear, lemon rind, oyster shell and mineral reduction plus an abundance of typical floral scents. The large-scaled flavors are overtly powerful and impressively concentrated as there is plenty of palate staining dry extract that also buffers the very firm acidity that supports and shapes the gorgeously precise finish. This explosively long effort  ... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

BH 93-  96

RP 93-  95

ST 92-  95


 

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

 

Thursday
Sep272012

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Direct Import Bessin Chablis & Chateau de Charriere (Yves Girardin) Arrival!

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Our Direct Imports of Bessin Chablis and Chateau de Charriere (Yves Girardin) have arrived! 

These wines are mentioned in my column in the October newsletter (inserted below for your quick reference), which should have reached many of your doors by now. Jean-Claude Bessin had a very small crop in this vintage, so supplies are extremely limited on his Chablis. The wines are currently in our San Carlos warehouse, after which will make their way to all three K&L stores. If you have any questions about these wines or to inquire about placing an order, please contact me or purchase online at KLWines.com once they become available. I have already gotten many inquiries about these wines and advise you to act fast if you are interested! 

K&L Wine News: October 2012 

Pour Votre Plaisir By Keith Wollenberg

We have a number of exciting wines that recently arrived from Château de la Charrière. In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves’s son Benoit has joined him, bringing to 11 the consecutive generations of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to present their wines to you.

We are bringing in three whites from the domaine. The 2010 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Blanc* ($14.99) is rich and charming, with an open and easy elegance about it. Their 2010 Château de la Charriere Savigny-lès-Beaune “Vermots Dessus”* ($23.99) comes from a site on the slopes just above the village of Savigny, enroute to Bouilland. It is always a vineyard with terrific minerality, since it has the cooler air descending from the Rhoin Valley, as well as shallower topsoils. Charming and elegant, with bright minerality, attractive citrus and lemon notes, lots of complexity and a long and elegant finish, this is simply terrific. Their 2010 Château de la Charrière Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Clos St. Jean”* ($44.99) is a terrific value in Chassagne-Montrachet. What attracted me to this wine instantly was the white flower notes on the nose. On the palate it is fine and rich in structure. It is poised and elegant, with nice minerality and a most attractive finish.

We also have a number of red wines from this domaine to offer you. We’ll start by tempting you with two wines to help you understand that you can afford to drink Burgundy on a regular basis. I like to, so why shouldn’t you? The 2010 Château de la Charriere Bourgogne Rouge* ($14.99) comes from estate vineyards just south of Chielly-lès-Maranges. It has a very pretty nose, with notes of red cherries and raspberries. On the palate it shows a bit more weight and structure, but remains open, charming and most attractive in character. If your favorites are a bit more exuberant and you love open character, try this.

“After completing technical training, Yves Girardin’s son Benoit has joined him, bringing to 11 the consecutive generations of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to present their wines to you.”

Their 2009 Château de la Charriere Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge* ($16.99) is also very charming in nature, with fine and elegant fruit. It is less overt and richer on the palate than the Bourgogne Rouge. There is a core of terrific energy here, and a very pretty finish. If you like your Burgundies a bit subtler and brighter, this is for you. We also have the 2010 Château de la Charriere Santenay 1er Cru “Clos Rousseau”* ($23.99), from one of the best vineyards in the commune. It is rich and attractive in character, with lovely fruit on the entry, followed by more structure on the finish. This is attractive, clean, honest Pinot, with a real sense of place. Finally, we have the 2009 Château de la Charriere Beaune 1er Cru “Vignes Franches”* ($24.99), from one of my favorite Premier Cru vineyards in Beaune, Les Vignes Franche. It is located adjacent to and north of the famous Beaune Clos des Mouches. The topsoil is shallow and the potential very high here. This is flat-out superb wine. It has lovely cherry fruit, and a more charming, transparent and less earthy character than the Santenay.

Our extremely limited supplies of Domaine Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis* have also just arrived. From the first taste of his first wine there was no doubt that this was a producer I was excited to work with. Make no mistake about it, these are absolutely world-class Chablis, with the sort of laser-like focus, precision and crystalline quality that I so often look for, and so often do not find. Jean-Claude’s work in the vineyards is mostly what he does, working organically, in the style of Raveneau or Dauvissat, harvesting entirely by hand in all of his vineyards, and using cover crops and plowing, not herbicides. We have six different Chablis, each brilliantly revelatory of its place. To see how good these are, all you need to do is try the 2010 Domaine J-C Bessin Chablis “Vieilles Vignes”* ($19.99). But I strongly recommend all of his wines to you; we have four different Premier Crus and one Grand Cru as well. For a complete list of these, and of all of our Burgundies, go to KLWines.com.

A Sante,

Keith

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Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

Monday
Apr162012

Under the Radar: Etienne Boileau Chablis

By: Chiara Shannon | Head Sommelier - K&L Personal Sommelier Service

 

K&L Redwood City tasters were were treated to a delightful "French Connection" tasting last Friday with importer Gregory Condes. A K&L Alum, Condes sure has earned his stripes since his days on the Redwood City sales floor (check out his bio here). He launched his own import and distribution company last year--Gregory Condes Wines--focusing on small producers from California, France and Italy. Needless to say, his collection features a tightly edited group of seriously good wines that express a clear sense of place. They are wines that, as Condes likes to say, "speak for themselves."

Most of Condes' wines are sold primarily to high profile restaurants; in many cases K&L is the exclusive retailer. Saavy K&L shoppers are well-advised to seek these wines out; whether you shop online or in-store, wines like this pair of Chablis from Etienne Boileau (pictured) offer Michelin-Star quality at a fraction of the tab.

2008 Etienne Boileau Chablis ($19.99)  "This comes from about 20 year old vines, and is all done in stainless steel tank to preserve freshness. Etienne has gotten together with two other small producers to share a wine-making facilitity, in order to be able to afford teh best equipment possible. This has a nice snap, as is characteristic of the vintage, with minerality on the finish. Nice Chabis at a nice price." -Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer

 2008 Etienne Boileau Chablis, Premier Cru Vosgros ($29.99) 90 BH. "This seldom-seen 1er Cru is in the commune of Chichee, East of the town of Chablis, on the south side of the river Surein. There is little cala in the soil here, but lots of small pebbles. It is a relatively cold site, but faces South, on three sides of a samll valley, so produces wines of drive and energy. This has energy, minerality, lots of presence and terrific length and minerality on the finish, the hallmark of the vintage." -Keith Wollnberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer

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