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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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Thursday
Jul252013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 2011 Domaine d’Eugenie

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

We just received confirmation on our allocation of 2011 Domaine d’Eugenie wines.  This is the domaine (formerly Domaine René Engel) now owned by the folks at Château Latour.  They purchased the old Clos Frantin buildings in Vosne Romanée and have renovated the cuverie, putting in new wooden fermenters and are renovating the historic property.  They have an unswerving commitment to making the finest Burgundy they can.  The improvement each year under the watchful eye of Michel Mallard has been extraordinary.

They are gradually taking the domaine biodynamic, and so far the Clos d’Eugénie, the Vosne 1er Cru and the Échézeaux are entirely biodynamic.  No weed-killers are used anywhere, as plowing is preferred.  This is a domaine that will, almost certainly, rise to the top ranks.  We get these directly from the Domaine, import them in refrigerated containers, and offer them at very good prices.  These are being offered on a Pre-Arrival Basis, with arrival expected about January 2014.

The wines are on the Web and available there, or by calling 1-800-247-5987, or emailing me.  As always, quantities are limited, of course.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée (Pre-Arrival)      $54.99

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outstanding! A spicy, ripe, fresh and elegant nose of black cherry and cassis leads to energetic, detailed and velvety middle weight flavors that possess a lovely inner mouth perfume before culminating in a balanced and lingering finish. This is not only very Vosne but very promising as well. (1/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(tasted from cuve, where it was awaiting a December bottling; a blend of three parcels, including the bottom section of Brulees, which director Frederic Engerer and winemaker Mallard do not consider to be of true premier cru quality): Medium red. Redcurrant and strawberry liqueur on the slightly dull nose and palate. A bit dry and lean today, showing modest density and sweetness to its red fruit and smoke flavors. Finishes with a suggestion of autumn leaves. I wanted more verve. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From Les Communes, Les Vigneux, and the lower portion of Aux Brulées which they declassify.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée "Clos d'Eugénie" (Pre-Arrival)         $69.95

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

There is enough wood to notice on the ripe nose where the fruit is shaded more toward the red side though there are nuances of spiced plum, violet and black raspberry as well. The flavor profile is different as well with more precision and detail if not the seductive velour quality to the nicely concentrated medium-bodied flavors, all wrapped in a lacy, balanced and lightly mineral-infused finish. This is notably different from the straight Vosne cuvée though not necessarily better. (1/ 2013)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(vinified with one-third whole clusters, for the first time): Good deep red. Aromas of red- and blackcurrant, pepper and licorice, plus a strong element of smoky oak. Juicy, spicy and nicely fine-grained, with ripe, moderately dense purple fruit flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Finishes classically dry, subtle and persistent, with a saline minerality. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A monopole of the Domaine, below La Tâche and next to Vosne Romanée les Chaumes 1er Cru.

 

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Brûlées" (Pre-Arrival)  $139.95  

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Here the nose mixes oak spice with natural spice though the fruit is somewhat muted by the presence of mild reduction. There is lovely mid-palate concentration to the delicious and seductively textured flavors that are supported by very fine-grained tannins as well as an appealing minerality on the clean and ultra-pure finish. There is only average complexity at present though the underlying material is certainly present to allow more to develop and my predicted range presupposes that development. (1/ 2013)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(25% vendange entier; was racked last spring following its malolactic fermentation as "it always gets reduced," according to Mallard): Good dark red with ruby tones. A whiff of reduction dissipated to reveal redcurrant and pungent rocky aromas. Silky on the attack, then sweet, plush and intense in the middle, with musky redcurrant, raspberry and smoked meat flavors complicated by pepper, herbs and iodine. A bit more masculine on the back end, finishing with firm but suave tannins and lingering notes of dark berries and minerals. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From a parcel just over 1 hectare in size, from vines of over 60 years of age.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)         $239.95  

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Don't Miss! An exceptionally spicy nose of very fresh black pinot fruit, cassis and discreet earthy nuances gives way to wonderfully pure middle weight flavors that also possess admirably fine-grained tannins on the seductively textured and impressively persistent finish. Like the Brûlées this is not as complex at present as my predicted range suggests that it might be in time. In sum, the overall impression here is consistent with what one would expect from an Echézeaux coming from En Orveaux, which is to say a wine of finesse and refinement. (1/ 2013)

93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(25% vendange entier): Good bright red with ruby tones. Precise aromas of black cherry, licorice and herbs. Spicy and penetrating on the palate; a bit strict but offers a great combination of sweetness and minerality. At once classy and powerful, finishing with a lingering element of saline minerality and firm, noble tannins that saturate the entire mouth. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

60 year old vines, in an almost 1.5ha parcel high in the center of the vineyard, not far from the Chateau.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Échézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)     $239.95  

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

An exceptionally spicy nose of very fresh black pinot fruit, cassis and discreet earthy nuances gives way to wonderfully pure middle weight flavors that also possess admirably fine-grained tannins on the seductively textured and impressively persistent finish. Like the Brûlées this is not as complex at present as my predicted range suggests that it might be in time. In sum, the overall impression here is consistent with what one would expect from an Echézeaux coming from En Orveaux, which is to say a wine of finesse and refinement. (1/ 2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Ruby-red. Perfumed, inviting aromas of bitter chocolate, blood orange and Moroccan spices. Round, concentrated and ripe, with sappy density to the flavors of dark fruits and spices. This is much easier to taste today than the Brulees. Finishes with sweet, ripe, even tannins and excellent length. Should be superb. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From a parcel about 1/2 hectare in size, located in en Orveaux, high on the hill, just across a tiny valley from Musigny, at the same elevation.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Grands-Échézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)         $279.95  

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Reduction renders the nose impossible to properly evaluate but there is good freshness and verve to the broad-shouldered, powerful and tautly muscular flavors yet the robust character is softened by the same very fine-grained tannins that all of the prior wines display. I very much like the quality of the underlying material and while the tannins may be refined, they're also dense and this will clearly require extended cellar time to arrive at its full potential. (1/ 2013)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(one-third vendange entier): Good full red. Perfumed aromas of bitter chocolate, licorice, violet and minerals. Much tighter and more imploded than the Echezeaux, showing taut dark berry and mineral flavors. Best today on the peacock's tail of a finish, where dark berry and saline mineral flavors spread out to saturate the mouth. This very suave, rather feminine wine needs a lot of air, and will probably be best after five or six years of aging. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From 20-60 year old vines on the southern side of Grands Échézeaux.

 

A Sante,

Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

 

Friday
Jun072013

Champagne Friday: Krug House with Olivier Krug 

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Krug House with Olivier Krug

Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne - click for more reviews and to browse our Krug offering on KLWines.com.

I won’t forget the day that Cinnamon and I spent with Olivier Krug this Wednesday. Of all the tastings and wine lunches that I have been to in my 13 years doing the Champagne buying at K&L, this was the best experience I have had outside of traveling to Champagne. The folks from Krug rented a spectacular house in Portola Valley that opened up to the outside completely, decorated with seven pallets of art, memorabilia and photographs of and from the domain.

Olivier Krug personally guided us through a tasting of his current releases, starting with the 2000 Krug "Clos du Mesnil" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($799) which showed not only the buttery, vinous richness of the house but also the laser like precision of the terroir of Mesnil. In the video below, Olivier explains the vision of his great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Krug as well as the story of this most-famous of all Champagne vineyards:

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne: the most consistently great rose Champagne in the world.We then moved on to the Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne ($149), which shows the true potential of wine blended not just across vine varieties and villages but also time. This is great wine, and a value even at this high price. We also tasted the Krug Brut Rosé Champagne ($279) which showed at its ethereal best, and reminded me of the first encounter with it at the Maison in 2001. The 2000 Krug Brut Champagne ($219) was just turning the corner and showed not only nougat richness but also chalky drive- this is a wine one could drink now or for decades to come. We were then treated to both the fat, golden, spicy 1989 Krug "Collection" Brut Champagne ($499) and the extremely rare (we are only getting 8 bottles) 1985 Krug "Collection" Brut Champagne ($799- special order, due in fall) which is as close to perfect as I have had. This wine is concentrated, not just with vinous power and truffle like allure, but also with mineral drive. What a stunner!

Krug Vintage lineup from Krug House.

At the lunch, which was prepared by Meadowood star chef Christopher Kostow we were treated to unavailable wines brought by the guests of Olivier- the driven and young 1996, the layered, balanced and infinitely long 1988, and the plump, rich, clean 1990.  With the perfect California weather, the gorgeous surroundings and the once-in-a-lifetime wines, it was very, very difficult to leave- especially to go back to work.

Olivier Krug and Cinnamon Westby.

Krug House menu.

If you have been thinking of treating yourself… Krug would be a great splurge- it always delivers.

A toast to you!

–Gary Westby

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