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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
May172012

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Old & Rare Burgs, Direct from Beaune - Extremely Limited Availability! 

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

I am excited to report that we just landed some old Burgundies, direct from Beaune.  These came from two cellars.  The Bruno Clair wines are all from a natural cellar.  As you might expect, the labels are in less than pristine condition (to say the least).  But the condition, color and fills are spectacularly good.  The Anne Gros and Drouhin wines came from a more modern cellar, which was cleaner and drier, so not only are the fills terrific, the labels are clean and bright.

Either way, we are excited to find these wines, which have been resting quietly where they were born, until they found their way to us via refrigerated container.  They are now in our 55 degree storage room.  Quantities are tiny, and these wines are ON THE WEB, and live inventory.  Therefore, they are up for grabs and I wanted you to be the first to know.

Call us at 800-247-5987 to order, go to www.klwines.com

The Wines: (availability will chage; please click the links for updated real time inventory) 

1996 Domaine Anne Gros Chambolle Musigny "Combe d'Orveau", $169.95  -- 5 available

1996 Domaine Anne Gros Vosne Romanée "Les Barreaux", $189.95 – 6 available

1996 Domaine Anne Gros Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru "Grand Maupertuis", $299.95 – 6 available

1998 Domaine  Anne Gros Domaine Anne Gros Vosne Romanée "Les Barreaux" $179.95 – 6 available

1998 Domaine Anne Gros Clos Vougeot Grand Cru "Le Grand Maupertuis" $299.95 – 6 available

The Bruno Clair wines are all from a natural cellar.  As you might expect, the labels are in less than pristine condition (to say the least).  But the condition, color and fills are spectacularly good

1990 Domaine Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetiers"- Soiled/Damaged labels, $199.95 – 12 Available

1993 Domaine Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetiers"- Soiled/Damaged labels, $149.95 – 6 Available

1993 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru - Soiled/Damaged labels, $299.95 – 6 Available

1998 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, $250.00  - 6 Available

 

A Santé,

 -Keith

 Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

 

 

Tuesday
Sep272011

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 3 Amazing Burgundy Horizontals at Auction

By: Keith Wollenberg | Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

Contact: keithwollenberg@klwines.com

 

Hello Burgundy Fans,

Live on our auctions right now, we have three meticulously put together horizontal tastings which I thought might be of particular interest to Burgundy lovers.

They all came from the temperature controlled cellar of a top collector in Colorado ski country and are in excellent condition. The most interesting thing about them is their breadth. 

In a single shot you can assemble a truly impressive horizontal tasting, from one of three top vintages – 1988, 1990 or 1999.  Have a look at these three lots:

 

1999 Volnay "Clos des Chênes" 16-bottle Horizontal Tasting Set 

 

Bid on this amazing Horizontal Tasting Set featuring 16 different expressions of the 1999 Volnay "Clos des Chênes" vineyard. Sixteen producers from a great vineyard in a great vintage. The vintage, 1999, is a Pinot Noir lover's dream. Ripe, plush wines with great fruit and charming character and a great potential to age. The vineyard, Clos des Chênes, is regarded as one of the best in Volnay. Composed of limestone soil on a southeast facing slope rising to 300m in the south of the Volnay appellation. Don't pass this up. 

This lot contains the following items:

1999 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Chateau de Meursault Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Domaine Antonin Guyon Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Domaine René Monnier Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Dominique Laurent Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" Vieilles Vignes (qty: 1)
1999 Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 François Buffet Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 H. Delagrange Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Jean-Marc Bouley Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Jean-Michel Gaunoux Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Latour-Giraud Volnay 1er Cru "Clos Des Chenes" Cuvée Sélectionnée (qty: 1)
1999 Maison Joseph Drouhin Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes" (qty: 1)
1999 Maison Nicolas Potel Volnay 1er Cru "Clos de Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1)
1999 Vincent Girardin Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" (qty: 1) 

1988 Nuits St Georges "Boudots" and "Damodes" 16-bottle Horizontal Tasting Set 

Bid on this amazing Horizontal Tasting Set featuring 16 different expressions of the 1988 "Les Boudots" and "Les Damodes" vineyards of Nuits St Georges. The 7.61-hectare “Les Boudots” lies in the northern part of the Nuits-St-Georges, along the northern border with Vosne-Romanée, near Aux Malconsorts. Allen Meadows describes Les Boudots as “the most gifted Premier Cru in Nuits.” Les Damodes is a Premier Cru vineyard on the Vosne Romanee side of Nuits St Georges. With limestone rich soils and a 20% slope, the wines typically show greater elegance than most Nuits. 

This lot contains the following items:

1988 Domaine George Noellat Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine J.J. Confuron Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Jean Tardy Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine
Leroy Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Machard de Gramont Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Gerard Mugneret Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)
1988 Haegelen-Jayer Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Jaffelin Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Jayer-Gilles Nuits St Georges 1er Cru "Damodes" (qty: 1)
1988 Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (qty: 1)

 

1990 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru 16-bottle Horizontal Tasting Set 

 

Bid on this amazing Horizontal Tasting Set featuring 16 different expressions of 1990 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru vineyards. There are twenty two premier cru vineyards in Savigny-lès-Beaune and this lot contains bottles from multiple producers in six of those vineyards. An interesting set from any vintage, these wines all come from the stellar 1990 vintage, considered by Clive Coates as "a vintage where village wines taste like premiers crus and premiers crus like grand crus." 

This lot contains the following items:
1990 Albert Morot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Vergelesses - La Bataillère" (qty: 1)
1990 Bruno Clair Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Girard-Vollot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Peuillets" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Jarrons" (qty: 1)
1990 Dubreuil-Fontaine Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Vergelesses" (qty: 1)
1990 Leroy Savigny-lès-Beaune "Les Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Louis Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "La Dominode" (qty: 1)
1990 Maurice Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Jarrons" (qty: 1)
1990 Maurice Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Maurice Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Peuillets" (qty: 1)
1990 Michel Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Peuillets" (qty: 1)
1990 Mongeard Mugneret Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Narbantons" (qty: 1)
1990 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Vergelesses" (qty: 1)
1990 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru "Les Marconnets" (qty: 1)

The source is great, they have been held since release under temperature controlled conditions, and this is a fun opportunity.

Happy Bidding!

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

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