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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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Introducing Waterkloof: An Exclusive Special Import From South Africa

Announcing the arrival of six stunning direct imports from Waterkloof, now in stock at K&L!

In 2011, I spent ten months travelling the world in search of good waves, great wines, and to see what else this little planet of ours has to offer. Everywhere my wife and I went offered incredible experiences, from the fish markets of Vietnam to the coral reefs of Western Australia, the glaciers of New Zealand, and the ancient walled cities of Umbria. However, one place really blew us away us with its undeniable beauty, stunning landscapes, fantastic wine and food and magnificent wildlife: South Africa. 

During our four (way too short) weeks in South Africa, we visited dozens of producers and tasted more excellent wine than I can recall. As a staff member at K&L, I taste anywhere between 50-100 new wines each week. That's a lot of wine to remember...and forget! Yet the producers and wines that make the biggest impact on me will always stand out in my memory while the others fade into oblivion. Waterkloof Estate in Stellenbosch is one such standout producer.

Visiting any major wine region in the world can be a daunting experience. The decision about whom to visit and where to start is a tough one to make. I normally try to find a wine industry map and then do some background research into producers that sound interesting, or with whom I am unfamiliar. Generally speaking, I gravitate toward small producers with the following criteria:

1) A special site. Be it a certain geographic location, specific soils, steep or dramatic aspect, I like to visit producers who believe they have something truly unique special and take risks in order to be able to share it with the world.  If someone is planting grapes in a place that is borderline too cold, too steep, or too rocky, I want to know why, and I want to try the wines. I admire their dedication and drive. These people aren't following a proven recipe for success, rather they are striving for something new and interesting.

2) Organic/Biodynamic practices. I do not think organic/biodynamic wines are inherently better, but in my experience, the most careful, detail-orientated viticulturalists and winemakers tend to farm according to these practices. I do believe natural, minimal intervention winemaking techniques are often the most successful in allowing the expression of place in the wine. This ties back to my first point about producers who seek unique terroirs and strive to let that character shine through in their wines.

Waterkloof Winery

Waterkloof met all of the above criteria, and so on one rainy winter's day in July we snaked our way up the long driveway past bare vines that had long dropped their leaves. The winery sits on top of a wind-swept ridge almost 1,000 feet in elevation in the Schapenberg Hills, on the southern edge of the Helderberg region. (Map) It has magnificent views overlooking the dramatic False Bay and the wild Southern Ocean just a couple miles to the south.

The vineyards are planted in an amphitheater-like bowl behind the winery and on adjacent slopes. This is a very cool sub-region of Stellenbosch. The ocean in this part of the world makes the Central California coast look and feel like Florida. It is bitterly cold and intensely stormy, conditions that define the growing season. The wind is also a major factor at Waterkloof; their logo is designed in honor of Boreas, the God of wind.

During the growing season, cool ocean breezes and the south-facing aspect of the vineyards result in much slower ripening and a longer hang time for the grapes. This produces intense flavor development while preserving freshness and acidity in the fruit. Soils on the property are diverse, ranging between shale- derived soils, rugged sandstone and decomposed granite. These low fertility soils reduce vine vigor, keeping yields naturally low. 

Half of all the land at Waterkloof Estate has been set aside to preserve the natural flora and fauna of the region. Waterkloof also operates a fully functional farm to provide all of the compost and biodynamic preps needed for the vineyards. Vineyards are plowed by horse, and the estate has plenty of in-house horse power too! This operation is truly focused on creating wines of integrity, balance and encapsulating the essence of this remarkable place.

The main winery building, that which houses the production facility, tasting room and restaurant, looks more like a modern art museum than a winery! It is a stark contrast from the traditional Dutch style buildings that most Stellenbosch wineries inhabit. The barrel room is the first thing you see entering the premises on a suspended walkway, high above the hibernating wines below. From the tasting bar one can watch operations in the cellar through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. I was amazed by the array of oak foudres lined up in immaculate fashion. The restaurant is all glass construction, cantilevered out from the side of the building providing uninterrupted (if a little unnerving) views over False Bay.

With all this sophisticated, dazzling architecture and design, I really hoped that the wines would show as good as they appeared on paper....and thankfully they did not disappoint! Which is why, eighteen months later, I am very excited to bring you the Waterkloof "Circumstance" wines exclusive to K&L!

Quoting Waterkloof's winemaker: "Circumstance is a range of wines, each defined by a single grape varietal and a unique symphony of fortuitous circumstances (soil, aspect and altitude) in which that given varietal is grown."

2012 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch (Biodynamic) $19.99

From a rugged, rocky, wind swept slope looking directly out over the ocean. The wine is bright, concentrated and fresh. Soft, fleshy stone fruit notes are sharpened by a citrus and mineral finish. This wine has many layers of flavor, great persistence on the palate and immaculate balance.

2011 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch (Biodynamic) $19.99

Fom old bush vine Chenin Blanc. Whole cluster pressed, settled for 24 hours then racked to 600-liter French oak barrels called Puncheons. The wine is fermented with naturally occuring yeast. The wine's flavors are dominated by orchard fruits, especially pear and quince. On the finish more savory notes come through with a bit of added texture and richness from the Puncheon fermentation.

2011 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Viognier, Stellenbosch (Biodynamic) $19.99

By the proprietor's own admission, he believes there is only one place in the world that truly excels with Viognier, and that’s Condrieu. However, we were very impressed by this Waterkloof effort. Perfumed and alluring, but somewhat restrained. Not a big, oily Viognier. More bright and lithe in character. A nice freshness to the acidity works well with this grape's natural richness and weight. It really think that this windy, cool site is well-suited to produce balanced Viognier; a very pleasant surprise from the line up!

2010 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Chardonnay, Stellenbosch (Biodynamic) $19.99

Aromas of apple pie pastry crust with spices from the oak. this is a broad, rich, toasty wine, with ample freshness and lively acidity. Apparent but well-integrated use of French oak. More focused on the finish than the dense mid-palate might suggest, with intriguing mineral aspects and good length.

2010 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch (Biodynamic) $24.99

Great Cab! A lovely balanced between rich, soft, saturated fruit and some smoky cedar and mint nuances. Many South African reds can be overtly smoky (something I attribute to the unique flora and fauna of the country), but this wine has subtly complex smoke that doesn't dominate the flavor profile. The wine has some grippy tannins that help lengthen the inky concentration of fruit on the palate. Very good.

2009 Waterkloof "Circumstance" Syrah Stellenbosch, (Biodynamic) $24.99

A very low-yielding (1.25 tons per acre) vineyard block produces this fascinating Syrah. Made with all wild yeast and a good amount of whole cluster fermentation. The wine is fermented in open-top wooden fermenters and hand punched down two to three times daily. After a gentle basket pressing it is aged for 20 months in 600L new French oak barrels called Puncheons. This wine simply exudes the classic Syrah qualities of dark red fruits, herbs and cured meats. Some spice on the nose runs through the substantial, rich and generous palate, all carried by driving acidity.

If you can't already tell from my over-the-top enthusiasm, I am very excited that we have managed to get these wines via an exclusive import. You will only find these Waterkloof "Circumstance" wines at K&L, in-store and online.

If you are interested in South African wines or just balanced, honest and authentic wines of terroir in general, please try these. They are extremely well priced when you consider the huge attention to detail and care that went into making them. All of them, including the whites, like some air so don't be afraid to decant for an hour or so.

If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the comments below of contact me directly, details below. Waterkloof also has a fantastic website with lots of information about their wines, philosophy, biodynamics etc. Click here to be directed to their site.

If you're interested check out this fantastic video telling the story of Waterkloof.



Ryan Woodhouse

K&L Wine Merchants - Redwood City




Champagne Friday: It's International Champagne Day!

Benoit Marguet inspecting one of his magnums.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Today is International Champagne Day, so it is a very special Champagne Friday. Later today, I will be in the San Francisco store pouring a tasting of all magnum, all estate-grown Champagnes from 5pm until 6:30 PM. Please join me to celebrate International Champagne Day in SF  if you can! Even if you can’t come, you can still do your part and drink some Champagne today.

Why magnums? I believe the best premium that one can pay in regards to Champagne is the upgrade to a magnum (1.5L) format. Whenever there are enough people to drink two bottles of Champagne- at my house that means three people- I consider a magnum. Since Champagne undergoes its second fermentation in the bottle, a magnum is at a tremendous advantage: not only does it enjoy double the wine to oxygen ratio in the larger bottle, but the curve of the glass allows for more contact with the yeast before disgorgement. This means you get more of the aged character that you do want (contact with the lees) and less of the ageing you don’t want (contact with oxygen).

I hope you can join me this evening in San Fransisco. The cost to taste is only $10! Here's what I will be pouring:

If you have enjoyed the wines of Lallement, Bollinger and Krug in the past, I think you will very much enjoy Michel Arnould.

Bruno Michel "Blanche Brut" Champagne $32.99/ $$79.99 magnum

Marguet Pere et Fils "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Champagne $34.99 / $74.99 magnum

2002 Michel Loriot Vintage Brut Champagne 1.5L $99 (magnum only)

Ariston Aspasie "Brut Prestige" Champagne $39.99/ $84.99

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Brut Reserve" Champagne $32.99/ $64.99 magnum

Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne $34.99/ $74.99 magnum


A toast to you, hopefully with you!



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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