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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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Friday
Nov302012

Champagne Friday: Champagne in Depth on Community Radio

Click for Gary's interview on KWMR's "The Place We Live"  By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Happy Champagne Friday!

This past weekend after Thanksgiving gave me pause to think of how thankful I am for community radio. Cinnamon and I listen to college, community and public radio almost constantly at home and cherish the independent programming, both music and information that these stations bring. Last month, I was lucky enough to get invited by Marc Matheson (who is a K&L customer!) for an interview on KWMR radio (90.5 FM Point Reyes, 89.9 FM Bolinas and everywhere online) on his great weekly show The Place We Live. This was extra special to me, since I spent a lot of time as a DJ and volunteer at KZSU, the Stanford University radio station.

We spoke for a full hour, and in the process covered a tremendous amount of ground on the specifics of what makes Champagne such a special place and such a unique wine. We covered everything from the grape varietals (including the rare ones that are making a comeback), to the soil (which allows for not only the special flavor of the wines but also the ageing of them), to travel in the region. I hope that you will find some time to listen to the archive here. I promise you it will put you in a Champagne drinking mood, and I hope that it will be informative. In this age of sound bites and talking points, I really appreciate the focused, in depth interview style that Marc has mastered!

A toast to you!

-Gary

Friday
Nov162012

Champagne Friday: Larmat Atlas of Champagne

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Larmat Atlas of Champagne

Good maps of the vineyards in Champagne are almost impossible to come by. While almost every other great wine region of the world actively promotes the distribution of maps, Champagne, by contrast, is downright secretive. Some of the best vineyard-specific cartography of the region was printed in tiny runs in 1944 by the Larmat Company in Paris. They were commissioned by a number of the big houses (I have also seen the Roederer and Mumm versions) and I was able to acquire one of the Moet editions.

Benoit Marguet searched auctions in the Champagne region for 10 years on my behalf in order to find this copy. The Larmat Atlas that he found is one of only 500 printed by Moet and is in the best shape of any that I have seen. After receiving it, I contacted Moet for permission to post them here. They agreed, but asked me to explain that the vineyards marked as owned by them on these maps from 1944 do not reflect the current state of affairs. Over the last 68 years new plots have been bought, some old ones sold and other traded.

And finally, here are links to the seven maps and one sales chart from the original Larmat. These are very large PDF’s, so it might take a little while to load them. As I showed in the video, I had theses printed out in full size on laminated Styrofoam board. I hope some of you will also print them out, mine turned out great!

 

Click here for the full map of Champagne

Click here for the Montagne de Reims including vineyard sites

Click here for the Grand Valley of the Marne including vineyard sites

Click here for the Cote des Blancs including vineyard sites

Click here for the Western part of the Mountain of Reims

Click here for the Western part of the Marne and the Aisne

Click here for the Aube

Click here for the 1844-1944 sales chart

 

Enjoy the maps! A toast to you!

-Gary

 

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Friday
Nov092012

Champagne Friday: K&L Holiday Grand Champagne Tastings

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

 

Please join us on Saturday, December 8th for our annual Holiday Grand Champagne Tastings, taking place in all three K&L locations. If you missed the tent event, now is your opportunity to catch up! The cost for each tasting is $40 and will include top highlights from the tent event of grower-produced and grand marque Champagnes that also make perfect options for holiday gift-giving and entertaining.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and attendance is limited. These events will sell out, so be sure to grab your tickets now before they are gone!

Here is a sneak peak of the lineup, to be poured in each store:

NV Krug "Grande Cuvee" Brut-$139.00

 
NV Ariston "Cepages d"Antan Brut"-$99.00


NV Laurent Perrier "Grand Siecle"-$109.00

 
2002 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage-$59.99


2004 Perrier Jouet "Belle Epoque" Brut-$99.00


2005 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut-$189.00 

 

Links to Purchase Tickets:

December 8: Grand Champagne Tasting-Redwood City-1 p.m. to 4 p.m.-$40 

Purchase Tickets here!  

December 8: Grand Champagne Tasting-Hollywood-3 p.m. to 6 p.m. -$40

Purchase Tickets here!  

December 8: Grand Champagne Tasting, San Francisco-12 noon to 3 pm.-$40 

Purchase tickets here!  

We hope to see you there!

-Gary