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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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Entries in Old & Rare (5)

Thursday
Sep152011

Wine of the Week: 2000 Coufran, Haut-Médoc ($27.99)

Direct from the Chateau, perfectly aged and ready to drink! Enjoy the 2000 Coufran tonight (K&L Founder Clyde Beffa recommends it with prime rib roast) - in stock now for $27.99 at KLWines.com. One thing we hear all the time at K&L is that Bordeaux has become too expensive. While it is true that the 30 or so top names have taken their prices to the moon, it is unfair to say that the whole regions prices are too high. This 11 year old bottle from one of the great modern vintages - 2000 Coufran, Haut-Médoc ($27.99) - is a fine example of extraordinary value in Bordeaux. It is polished, poised and very complete with loads of black fruit power, fine tannins and mineraly grip. It could be enjoyed tonight with a thick cut New York strip steak or laid down for another 10 years.  - Gary Westby, K&L Staff Member, 09/13/2011

 

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K&L's Gary Westby, loves his aged Claret! But above all, he loves value. His pet peeve? "Prestige" labels that under-deliver in the bottle. Go figure. From obscure, old & rare wines to local gems, if you are looking for the best deals in town, you are in good hands with Gary as your guide. 

Check out Gary's and other K&L staff reviews or choose Gary to be your Personal Sommelier  and receive customized monthly wine selections to suit your budget and interests!

Wednesday
Mar242010

Getting to Know: Joe Zugelder

Name: Joe Zugelder

What’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?    

I buy the Old and Rare wines for K&L—from auctions, private parties, etc. I started here with a summer job—one of my bosses, Todd Zucker played hoops for my dad at Hillsdale High School. That was my “in.” I’ve been here for 30-odd—very odd—years.

What did you do before you started working here?

I was a baby, then a teenager. Seriously, I cleaned a meat-packing plant when I was in High School—a “gutsy” move for a pescatarian.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Write songs, ride bicycles, run in hills, write stories, drink wine and eat popcorn.

 What’s your favorite movie?

 A Hard Day’s Night.

What was your “epiphany wine”—the bottle or glass that got you interested in wine? Is there a current wine that you consider the equivalent?

The first wine I ever tried was Paul Masson Rhine Castle. I was too young to imbibe legally, which no doubt made it taste even better. Then Clyde gave me a bottle of Ackerman Vouvray to taste. I saw the rest of the universe at that moment.

Describe your perfect meal (at a restaurant or prepared at home). What wine(s) would you pair with it?

At home for sure. Breads and cheeses. Let’s try this: Sashimi with a Francois Jobard Meurault Genevrieres with a few years age. Mushroom risotto with ’66 BV  Private Reserve. Or ’89 Lynch-Bages. Or ‘96 Rostaing Côte Rôtie La Landonne ‘cause I had it last night!

How do you think your palate’s changed over the years?

It’s gotten older, hahaha. Less sweet stuff. Less tolerance for high alcohol offerings. I went through the first phase of that in the ’70s with drought year Zinfandels.

What do you like to drink?

Any and all. Bubbles. Funky old reds. I have the perfect job for that. When was the last time you could say that you had ‘68 Hanzell Chardonnay or ’74 Ridge cold-pressed Ruby Cabernet? Come to think of it, there may be a good reason you don’t say that…

What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?

Swirl. Smell. Drink. Pay attention. Match wine with memories. Drinking wine is like playing the piano—you don’t need to know a thing to enjoy it.

If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would you invite? What wine would you serve each of them?

What a geeky question! Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul McCartney and my Dad. Da Vinci would serve science and invention; Paul would serve music and laughter. My Dad would serve basketball and wisdom. They are the servers. The wine would be secondary—you see, the magic would come with what they bring to the table, not me.

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