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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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“Méthode Champenoise” or “English Method”?

Many people believe that a monk called Dom Perignon invented the method of producing sparkling wines in Champagne. However historical evidence shows the technique was actually invented in England. Some 30+ years before sparkling wine even appears in French history, English scholar Christopher Merret presented a paper on the topic to the Royal Society in 1662. That was 8 years before Dom Perignon travelled to Champagne, 20 years before the French made their first Sparkling wine and 60+ years before the first Champagne House was created.

In fact English playwrights of the era were including references about the popularity of these wines in London decades before the word for sparkling wines (Mousseux) was even used in the French language.  The English also possessed the skills to create superior strength glass than the French thanks to their coal-fired kilns. This allowed them to contain the high pressures created during bottle fermentation. Another factor essential to the deliberate bottling of sparkling wines is that the English re-discovered the cork earlier than the French after the Romans use of cork was lost in the Dark Ages. 

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Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: When It Rains It 'Flors'

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Long time, no Sherry! That's what I was thinking to myself as I sipped one of my last bottles of Equipo Navazos Manzanilla en Rama "I Think" recently. Well, when it rains, it flors (this pun's for you, Majeski!). We have a few new faces in the section, not to mention a host of new sherries due to arrive later next week from a bodega that arguably boasts the most diverse and impressive line-up of wines from the region. Of course I'm referring to Valdespino. More on those next week, just keep your eyes peeled.

For now though, in no particular order I have some wines which have recently arrived which may be of interest to some of you.

2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina - $19.99


2008 Domino do Bibei "Lalama" Ribeira Sacra - $29.99


2000 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja - $49.99


Un Saludo,




Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


Keith's Burgundy Hotline: New Arrivals of Comte Armand Pommard 

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

The brilliant Pommard from Benjamin Leroux at Comte Armand has just arrived.  Benjamin is now fermenting by section of the vineyard, rather than by age of vines, as he feels it better expresses terroir, and most of their “young” vines are now 20 years old.  I tasted with Ben the wine from the Northwest corner of the property, which is actually located in Grands Epenots, while the rest of the vineyard is in Petite Epenots, and the two wines were remarkably different, reflecting the different geology of the two sections.  What he is doing with this property is quite remarkable, and I commend his wines as among the best of Burgundy today. 

We have tiny quantities of two wines, both of which are in-stock and available either on the web or by calling 1-800-247-5987.

2010 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru "Clos des Epeneaux" , $169.95

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Don't Miss! Outstanding! The combined cuvées revealed an exceptionally fresh combination of pure and quite elegant red cherry and raspberry aromas liberally laced with warm earth and iron nuances. There is really lovely purity to the gorgeously well-detailed, intense and muscular medium weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract and a caressing mouth feel before terminating in a mouth coating and explosively long finish. This is relentlessly persistent with outstanding depth on the palate staining finish. Terrific. (8/ 2012)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate  

I tasted the 2010 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux from three separate lots (corresponding to different vine ages and soils within the Clos) and then in an approximate blend. The 2010 is notable for its energy and sheer class. There is a weightless elegance to the 2010 that is quite striking. The 2010 isn’t as boisterous as it can be, but this is an approximate blend, so we will have to see what happens once the wine is in bottle. In some ways, the separate lots are more exciting than the approximate blend, so there is plenty of potential. Readers who appreciate the focused, taut side of Burgundy will find much to admire. AG (2/ 2012)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(I tasted the various elements of this wine, then an approximate blend; winemaker Benjamin Leroux now vinifies several cuvees by geology rather than age of vines): Good bright medium red. Captivating, highly complex aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, cherry, spices, orange zest, flowers, licorice, menthol and vanillin oak (40% new). Silky-sweet but with lovely energy and vinosity. Very suave in texture, expanding impressively on the back half and saturating the mouth with fruit and soil flavors. This classy, pliant wine shows superb balance and finishes with building, subtle length. The bottling won't take place until April, at the earliest. Incidentally, Leroux destems all of this fruit, as he believes vinification with a percentage of whole clusters makes more sense for delicate wines that need a bit more mid-palate oomph. Nor is he enamored with the idea of bottling the oldest vines bottled on their own, as he believes this wine would still be too tannic and hard when the tertiary aromas arrive after 10 or 15 years in bottle. (2/ 2012)


2010 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru , $96.99

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2010 Pommard 1er Cru (from young vines in Clos des Epeneaux) is wonderfully cool and precise, very much in the style of the vintage. It is a beautiful, multi-dimensional wine in every way. Understated and gracious, the Pommard 1er Cru impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish. Comte Armand’s Clos des Epeneaux remains one of the most fairly priced wines in the world considering quality that is equal or above that of many wines with much higher pedigrees on paper. Recent bottles of the 2002 and 2003 were stunning. (2/ 2012)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

This is also exuberantly fresh and expressive with a pretty and ripe nose of primarily red currant and blue berries plus ample amounts of warm earth. There is a similar level of energy that gives a real sense of life to the detailed, pure and impressively intense flavors that possess solid phenolic ripeness and superb balance on the lasting finish. Fine quality here and worth considering. (4/ 2012)


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