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One of the most serious English Sparkling producers. This historic estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted on a steep south-facing chalk escarpment described as 'similar to the Côte des Blancs' in Champagne. The fruit is picked very selectively with quality being the absolute focus. The grapes are pressed gently using a traditional Coquard press. After three years on the lees this wine, composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay & 22% Pinot Meunier, is hand disgorged and balanced with a minimal dosage of just 4g/L. It has a fine counterbalance between toasty richness and power from the wines élevage in Burgundian French Oak barrels, with racy acidity, tension and a focused chalky minerality.

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Friday
May252012

Champagne Friday: Champagne Devaux

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Champagne Devaux with Camille Zanette

Many of you had the chance to taste last Friday with Camille in the Redwood City store. In this video, Camille talks about Champagne Devaux which is new to the West Coast.

Champagne Devaux was founded in 1846 and has been owned by the growers who supply it since 1986.  We tasted and currently have in stock, the following wines, which all come from the combined vineyards of the over 800 grower/ owners of Devaux.

Click on the links to learn more about these elegant Champagnes:

Devaux "Cuvee D" Brut Champagne $44.99 This is a very rich, round Champagne with nice toast and weight. Fans of the English style of Champagne will really enjoy the extra maturity of this non-vintage.

 

 

 

 

2002 Devaux "Cuvee D" Brut Vintage Champagne $75.99 This ripe, developed 2002 shows off the attractiveness of this great vintage in Champagne. It is full of ripe apple, croissant butter and honey. The wine comes together to finish dry with admirable length. It should keep for many years to come- but it tastes a little to good now to save!

 

 

Devaux "Ultra D" Extra Brut Champagne $59.99 This racy zero dosage Champagne is full of high toned citrus and minerals and makes a great partner for sushi. Since this Champagne has absolutley no sugar added it is among the very driest that we stock.

Devaux Grand Reserve Brut Champagne $39.99 Aged for 3 years on the lees and blended with 20% reserve wines, the Grand Reserve is clean, expressive creamy Champagne that makes a nice aperitif.

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Friday
May182012

Champagne Friday: Visiting the Vineyard at Champagne Aspasie

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Visiting the Vineyard: Champagne Aspasie

On my trip to Champagne, I had a chance to join Paul-Vincent Ariston in the tiny vineyard where he grows three grape varieties that almost went extinct in Champagne - Meslier, Arbanne, and Pinot Blanc. He shows us the vineyard and explains a little bit of the history & challenges of these rarities.

The wine that comes from this vineyard is my personal favorite special occasion Champagne, the Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne ($99). I often feel guilty that my own consumption has impacted the global supply- they only made 3000 bottles!  

Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne ($99) Composed of 40% Meslier, 40% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc, on the palate the Champagne makes for a double take: it is very rich and textural, but finishes with a laser beam of chalky acidity that just goes on and on. It is fantastic first course Champagne, and pairs well with a wide variety of foods, we tried it with both foie and oysters to equal delight! 

 

 

 

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Friday
May112012

Champagne Friday: Visiting Marguet Pere & Fils, Ambonnay

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Champagne Marguet Pere & Fils, Ambonnay

A visit with the intelligent, diligent and thoughtful grower and winemaker Benoit Marguet is always illuminating. In this video he discusses his custom-made egg shaped foudres. Benoit, like all of the great vignerons is obsessed with every detail of his vines and wines.

His estate vineyards, centered in Ambonnay are all organically farmed and plowed by horse. He uses a very high percentage of wood fermentation for the wines, both in the large foudres in the video above and in small barriques, which he buys used so as not to get to much wood flavor. His wines are uniformly dry, precise and fine, with exceptional transparency and a strong sense of place.

Currently we have on hand:

Marguet Pere et Fils "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Champagne ($34.99) It is very rare to see an all Grand Cru Champagne at this price, but with our direct buy (from Mr. Benoit Marguet) we are able to offer a spectacular value with this wine. 

 

 

 

Marguet Pere et Fils Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne ($39.99) One of the most fun wines we carry. It's light without being unsubstantial, and has a clean refreshing personality. The mousse is exceptional, with tight fine streamers normally only seen in much more expensive bottlings.

 

 

 

2006 Marguet Pere et Fils Grand Cru Brut Champagne ($49.99) Composed exclusively of Grand Cru Mountain of Reims fruit, this is rich and toasty brut displays magic equilibrium. It is surprising how dry the wine finishes for the amount of decadent flavor on the mid palate.

 

 

 

2007 Marguet Pere et Fils Brut Rosé Champagne ($49.99) Unlike most rosé Champagnes, this is neither a saignée method whereby dark grapes are kept on the skins for a short time, after which the juice is bled off, nor made by the addition of still red wine, but rather by a combination of the two! The 2007 is one of the best rosés we have regardless of price. It is, unfortunately, extremely limited!

 

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