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It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Spectacular Deal on 2009 Grand Cru Romanée St. Vivant

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

How often do you see that headline?  In a world where the top wines in Burgundy have become ever scarcer, and ever more expensive, I was excited to find this gem, from the highly regarded 2009 vintage with terrific scores.  Originally $360, and now sold elsewhere at prices up to $400, we have this for $229.95, a discount of more than 35% from the original price.

Of course, quantities are limited to stock on hand.  These bottles are IN STOCK, available at  or by calling 1-800-247-5987.

2009 Domaine Louis Latour Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru "Les Quatre Journaux" (Previously $360) $229.95


94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound  

Don't Miss! A highly spiced, pure and elegant nose that is sheer class in a glass complements perfectly the rich yet well-detailed flavors blessed with an abundance of dry extract that culminate in a delicious, complex, long and beautifully balanced finish. This stunning effort is easily the best wine in the range in 2009 and should amply reward long-term cellaring. (5/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Black cherry juice vies with a dense structure in this powerful wine. It has layers of tannins and sweetness. This is a firm, solid wine packed inside velvet. Age for 10 years and more. (9/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

This ripe, lush red displays cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors, picking up hints of clove, vanilla and licorice as this glides to a long finish. There's a sweetness at the core, yet also firm tannins. The impression is one of ripe fruit. Best from 2013 through 2026. (11/ 2011)

K&L Notes

The scoop on the vineyard, from Domaine Louis Latour: "The Latour family has been proprietors of a part of Romanée-Saint-Vivant since December 1898. 'Les Quatre Journaux' is a magnificent plot of land situated at the South-West of Romanée Saint Vivant, a few meters from the Romanée-Conti vineyard. A 'Journal' is an old Burgundian measurement corresponding to approximately 0.4 hectares (34,28 ares). Even though the Latour’s initial purchase carried the entirety of the plot, half of it was sold some years later. Today Maison Louis Latour owns 0.8 hectares of Romanée-Saint-Vivant."


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Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Paul Pernot Wines are HERE

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

I wanted to let you know our ship has come in, and the 2011 Paul Pernot wines were on board.  As always, supplies are limited, particularly of the top wines.

These wines are in-stock, and are available on the web at or by calling 800-247-5987.


The Wines:


2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Bourgogne Chardonnay $19.99


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay is bright, floral and nicely focused. This is a tasty, uncomplicated Bourgogne that captures the personality of the year." (8/2012)   

2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet $44.99

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-green. Lively aromas of stone and citrus fruits, spearmint and menthol. Then fat, sweet and lush in the mouth, with flavors of lemon and fresh mint showing the bright side of the vintage. Very good balance and length here, and very Puligny." (9/2012)  88 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pernot’s 2011 Puligny-Montrachet is nicely focused. Medium in body, the Puligny offers up pretty white stone fruits and flowers, showing the brighter side of the vintage. This is another tasty, straightforward offering with good length, but limited elegance. The Puligny is made from a blend of p  ... Read More » 


2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Meursault Blagny 1er Cru "La Piece Sous le Bois" : $59.95 Limit of 6 per customer

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-green. Aromas of lemon, lime, crushed stone, nutmeg and wild herbs. In a distinctly juicy, cooler, Puligny style, with good cut but a slight bitter edge to the flavors of menthol, minerals and spices. Finishes with a peppery, crushed stone firmness. A very rocky wine, from a site with very thin soil" (9/2012)  89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Meursault Blagny La Piece Sous Le Bois shows good depth and body in a soft, caressing expression of Meursault. White flowers, flint and pears are layered into the vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity" (8/2012)   

2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Folatières"  $79.99 Limit of 6 per customer

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright greenish yellow. Aromas of buttery peach, citrus fruit, white flowers and noble herbs. Dense, sweet and lively, offering an enticing sugar/acid balance and lovely perfumed lift. Not as exuberant as usual for this cuvee at this stage but its harmonious acidity and underlying minerality lend grip to the finish and extend the wine's brisk flavors." (9/2012)  91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres boasts gorgeous balance between the richness of the fruit and mineral notes. Crystalline notes appear on the mid-palate, adding brightness and focus. The fi  ... Read More » 

2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Pucelles" : $99.95 Limit of 6 per customer

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pernot’s 2011 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles is another of the more up-front wines in this lineup. It possesses excellent depth and plenty of richness, with layers of fruit that blossom through to the soft, layered finish. In 2011, the Pucelles is all about fruit, and there is no shortage of that here. This is a very representative wine for the year." (8/2012)  90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright green-tinged yellow. Musky, ripe aromas of snap pea, smoked meat and clove, complicated by a leesy nuance. Rich, ripe and opulent for the vintage, with silky stone fruit flavors framed on t  ... Read More » 

2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru  $159.95 Limit of 3 per customer

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Sweet peach, lemon, yellow flowers, mint and noble herbs on the nose, complicated by notes of hazelnut and basil. Dense and ripe but less pliant than the Pucelles, displaying good cut to the lemon, lime and floral flavors. Finishes firmer and longer than the Pucelles but less opulent today" (9/2012)  90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more extroverted wines in the lineup, the 2011 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet boasts considerable depth and harmony. Citrus, white flowers, floral-infused honey and chamomile take shape in the glass. This is a decidedly understated, fem  ... Read More » 

2011 Domaine Paul Pernot Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru  $189.95 Limit of 3 per customer

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow with green highlights. Deep aromas of fresh apricot, crushed stone and clove. Dense, deeply pitched and soil-driven, with a distinctly saline aspect to the flavors of spices, menthol and flowers. Impressively concentrated for the vintage but quite closed today. The saline quality carries through onto the serious, slowly mounting finish. Pernot notes that his Batard vines are on the Chassagne side of the vineyard, and thus this wine is very different in style from his Bienvenue, which is on the Puligny side." (9/2012)  91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Batard-Mont  ... Read More » 

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Champagne Friday: Lanson Opens Their Wine Library!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

On Wednesday Scott Beckerley and I were invited to lunch at Spruce Restaurant in San Francisco by Enguerrand Bajiot, the managing director of Lanson Americas. The occasion was the launch of their Lanson Vintage collection- a magnum only program that offers the Champagne fan the unique opportunity to buy disgorged-to-order bottles straight from their deep cellars in Reims. The bottles that we tasted were so fresh that our Lanson sales rep, the charming and knowledgeable Jennifer Guptill had to drive to Sacramento to get them out of customs! They had all been disgorged in April and come by air directly from the cellars of Lanson.

Just cleared from customs!All of these wines have been made available to K&L and to you on a special order basis and they are extremely limited- only six magnums of each vintage. They don’t disgorge it until you order it… Provenance does not get any more perfect than this. It will take two or three months to get the bottles as they need time to label them and then ship them from France, and of course they must clear customs! I would recommend not ordering these if you need them for a specific occasion as they are currently 20 feet underground half way around the world and still on their lees.

Lanson was founded in 1760, making it one of the oldest Champagne houses and Bruno Paillard who now owns the group has a huge amount of respect for that history. Cellar master Jean Paul Gandon has been working at Lanson since 1972, and managed the vineyards before taking over the cellar in 1982. No cellar master of any big house has been running a house for as long.

Didier Elena and Gary.The wines showed spectacularly and had the sparkle and freshness that one rarely experiences in old Champagne, except for in the caves where they were born. Part of this has to do with the magnum format but the majority of the reason for the excellent vigor of these wines is Lansons non-malolactic policy and the excellent estate vineyards they had up until 1991. All of the wines that predate 1991 in this offering are entirely estate grown- only the 1996 and 2002 use any purchased fruit. All of the vintage wines are approximately 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and fermented in stainless steel without malolactic.

We started off our lunch with the 2002 Lanson Gold Label Vintage Brut Champagne ($74.99), the only wine in 750ml of the lunch and the only one currently in stock. This Champagne is composed of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay entirely from grand cru sites. Because Lanson never allows the wines to go through malo, this is a spectacularly fresh 11 year old that has lots of flowery Chardonnay character as the savory Pinot Noir side has yet to fully develop. This will be a spectacular bottle for the future if you can resist its ample charms right now. Chef Mark Sullivan had prepared a fabulous Big Eye Tuna crudo with avocado and olive oil to pair with the 2002 Lanson and it brought out the Pinot Noir character that had been hiding in the wine. It was a fabulous wine, and Lanson’s patience with their vintage program has given the Champagne lover a big reward.

Tuna crudo.For the next course, we had the 1996 Lanson Vintage Collection Brut Champagne 1.5L ($499- disgorged to order, due in August). I first tasted this wine at Lanson in Reims in 2002 when this was a current release. This Champagne is also composed of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay and also all Grand Cru. They use four Mountain of Reims villages for the Pinot and Chouilly, Cramant and Avize for the Chardonnay. It is dosed at only three grams per liter of sugar, but labeled as brut- not extra brut. The producers in Champagne call 1996 the 10/10 vintage, because it was so unusually ripe (10% potential alcohol) but also still very high in acid (10 grams per liter of total acidity) and the Lanson is a great example of the vintage. I am positive that I would guess this was 10 years younger in a blind tasting! I found this 1996 completely fresh and transparent. This is electric, high toned, Champagne that almost seems like a blanc de blancs! Chef Sullivan paired this with roasted diver scallops, brassicas and caramelized shellfish nage. It was an inspired pairing, as the rich, buttery scallops needed a wine that could cut them, and this 1996 is like a razor!

Scallop course.

Our main course arrived and we were treated to two vintages side by side, both from magnum! The 1988 Lanson Vintage Collection Brut Champagne 1.5L ($749) is a spectacular bottle, from one of my very favorite vintages for drinking right now. This is one of the last “classic” Champagne vintages with a nice, long, even growing season. This wine only showed the slightest tinge of gold in its straw color after 25 years. The nose is developing the white truffle aromas that only time can bring, framed by the savory Pinot Noir character that this house is rightly famous for. This Champagne had a little nutella and smoke on the deep powerful palate. The finish is vibrant and chalk- this wine still has time in hand! Chef Sullivan’s  pan roasted salmon brought out the youthful side of this wine, and it would have been very hard to guess that it was a quarter of a century old! I just drank the 1988 Krug on Sunday, and I have to say, this Lanson is fresher. A showstopper!

Also with the salmon, the 1983 Lanson Vintage Collection Brut Champagne 1.5L ($849) was a huge treat. The color of this Champagne was amazing- white gold with even a touch of green- from looking it would be easy to guess that it was a 2007! This toasty Champagne has great aromas of chestnuts and buttery chanterelles. On the palate it is full and rich with a surprising amount of viscosity. Flavors of exotic pear and ripe apple fruit resolve into a clean, dry, mineral laden finish with this 30 year old bottle of Champagne.

Salmon course.

Before the dessert the real treat of the lunch was served, the 1976 Lanson Vintage Collection Brut Champagne 1.5L ($999). This was a wine that I had tasted once before- more than 10 years ago when I visited Lanson in Reims. Amazingly, this freshly disgorged bottle tasted far younger than the old disgorgement that I had back then! This vintage was the hottest of the 20th century and a rare (at the time!) August harvest in Champagne. The wine had a light gold color and a super bright nose of wild raspberries- it was so generous that it was hard to believe! On the palate it had tense Pinot Noir fruit that reminded me of Volnay.

This is definitely a bottle for the connoisseur! They saved the best for last with this one, and I won’t ever forget having tasted it.

A toast to you,



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