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Friday
Feb082013

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)

 

À 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

 

Monday
Feb042013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Newly Arrived Drouhin-Laroze wines

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

The 2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze wines have just arrived.  This is a domaine that has really been on the rise recently, and is making very stylish and fascinating wines from some very old vineyards.  The 2010 crop was off a full 1/3 for this domaine, so supplies are extremely limited.

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

The wines: 

2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Morey St. Denis $49.99 

88-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A discreet to the point of mute nose leads to quite finely detailed middle weight flavors that possess a seductively silky mouth feel before culminating a firm, palate coating and balanced finish. Lovely and fashioned in a very understated style." (1/2012)   


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey Chambertin $51.99 

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A complex nose features red berry fruit plus herbal and floral notes along with plenty of Gevrey-style earth that continues onto the mineral-inflected, intense and relatively robust flavors. There is good verve to the complex, balanced and solidly persistent finish. A classic Gevrey built to reward medium-term cellaring." (1/2012)   


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambolle Musigny   $74.99

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding Top value! A background hint of wood does not diminish the appeal of the pure and graceful ripe blue berry and red currant aromas that are, not surprisingly, completely different from those of the Gevrey 1ers. There is plenty of mineral influence to the lacy and beautifully well-detailed flavors that possess really lovely balance and persistence if only moderate depth. Still, this is a really lovely effort and textbook Chambolle." (1/2012)   K&L Notes: Mostly from 1er Cru Vineyards (80% Les Baudes and 20% Les Veroilles (village)) 


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos Prieur"  $79.95

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This offers another small step up in overall depth with a pretty and well-layered nose of both red and dark berry fruit aromas that are soil and underbrush-inflected. The rich, generous and mouth coating flavors are shaped by very fine tannins and a pure and silky texture, all wrapped in a firm, dusty and lingering finish. A wine of refinement and again, understatement." (1/2012)   


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Lavaut St. Jacques"  $81.99

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Structured, dense and packed with black fruits, this is complex wine. Yet with all of its ripeness, it offers a great line of freshness and a smoky wood flavor, with blackberry-like acidity on the finish. Age for five years or more." (11/2012)  91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! Discreet notes of wood spice blend with ultra-fresh and airy red pinot and pungent mineral notes that also suffuse the intense, crystalline and stony medium-bodied flavors that possess a satiny mouth feel. The natural coolness of the terroir is very much in evidence as there is bracing but balanced acidi  ... Read More » 


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru  : $119.95

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A cool, pure and ultra-elegant nose of very fresh stone-infused wild and ever-so-slightly sauvage red currant and cherry aromas gives way to rich and solidly well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that brim with both mineral and dry extract. This balanced, long and overtly austere effort is a classic Latricières and should age like one as well." (1/2012)   K&L Notes: One of teh domaine's oldest plot of vines, and it shows. 


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru  $119.95

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here too there is a bit of wood spice framing the pure, complex and solidly ripe red currant, plum and soil-inflected aromas that precede rich, full-bodied and extract-rich flavors where the shaping tannins are forced to the background on the dusty and mouth coating finish. This is an exercise in harmony and proportion with impeccable balance on the sneaky long finish." (1/2012)   


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Clos Vougeot Grand Cru  $139.95

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A slightly riper blend of red and blue pinot fruit, violets and plenty of warm earth also suffuses the rich, full-bodied and very serious broad-shouldered flavors. This enjoys an abundance of tannin-buffering dry extract that confers a sappy texture to the driving, complex and hugely long finish. This is a first-rate example of this uneven appellation and well worth considering." (1/2012)   K&L Notes: From an extremely well-situated site high in the Clos, just below Grands Echezeaux. These are some of the domaine's oldest vines. 


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes Mare Grand Cru  : $145.00

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A reserved and openly taciturn nose reluctantly reveals notes of a cool and exceptionally fresh mélange of plum and red berries that are freely cut with stone and warm earth nuances. The mouth feel is unusually refined and while there is excellent size, weight and concentration to the large-scaled flavors, the tannins are quite fine though dense and it's clear that this markedly persistent and youthfully austere effort will require plenty of cellar time. Note that while it's a minor distinction, this is not quite as austere as the Latricières. In a word,  ... Read More » 


2010 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru  $179.95

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Don't Miss! A spicy, ripe, elegant and admirably pure nose offers up notes of anise, sandalwood and clove that add breadth to the floral, earth and stone-suffused aromas. There is the same superb breadth to the rich, intense and tension-filled full-bodied flavors that possess excellent power and drive on the seductively textured, muscular and classy finish. As good as the prior grands crus are, there is another dimension present here." (1/2012)  94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powerful while still fruity, this shows acidity and notes of ripe black cherry and spice. Very structured and so  ... Read More » 


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
Jan292013

Behind the Wine: Big Basin Vineyards Tasting this Friday!

Join us in Redwood City this Friday, February 1st from 5pm-6:30pm, for a special tasting featuring the wines of local family owned and operated Santa Cruz Mountain producer Big Basin Vineyards. We've been a fan of these hand-crafted, expressive wines for some time, and are excited to invite you down to our tasting room to taste and meet the folks behind the wine. Even if you can't make the tasting, you can still go behind the scenes and check out this short video with winemaker and proprietor Bradley Brown, above.

Excited to taste the wines? We are! Here's a sneak peak at Friday's lineup:

2009 Big Basin Vineyards "Alfaro Family Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($39.99)

2009 Big Basin Vineyards "Lester Family Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($42.99)

2010 Big Basin Vineyards "Paderewski Vineyard " Paso Robles Rhone Blend $64.99

2010 Big Basin Vineyards "Homestead" Santa Cruz/Monterey Red Blend ($35.99)

2008 Big Basin Vineyards "Coastview Vineyard" Monterey Syrah ($47.99)

Cost to taste: $10  details 

More About Big Basin Vineyards 

A bird's eye view of the Big Basin Estate Vineyard.

Big Basin Vineyards is located at the geographic center of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Their Estate Vineyard is Certified Organic, and is the only vineyard in the AVA planted entirely to Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier).

Their second largest vineyard source, the Coastview Vineyard (below), is located 6 miles due south of Calera’s Mount Harlan at the same elevation (2,200 -2,400 ft), with nearly identical soils (decomposed granite and limestone). They also source fruit for their three single vineyard Pinots from the cool Corralitos region at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains, 3-4 miles from Monterey Bay. Lastly, they also source fruit for their single vineyard GSM blend from Epoch Estate’s Paderewski Vineyard (a Justin Smith project) on the Westside of Paso Robles.

Coastview Vineyard Big Basin specializes in Syrahs, Rhone inspired blends and single vineyard Pinot Noirs that have consistently garnered high praise from some of the most notable wine critics. In the August 2012 issue of Robert Parker Jr’s Wine Advocate, Antonio Galloni had this to say: “I tasted a bevy of gorgeous wines with proprietor Bradley Brown this year. These new and upcoming releases are impeccable and strongly suggest Brown is one of the up and coming stars of the region.” 

Rattlesnake Rock Vineyard.From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “From the famed Bordeaux influenced reds produced at Ridge and other nearby estates to the extraordinary, age worthy Chardonnays and Pinots of Mount Eden, to the younger wineries like Rhys, Varner and Big Basin, there is no doubt in my mind the Santa Cruz Mountains is the single most exciting place to visit in California. No other region offers the same mix of history, innovation and what appears to be virtually unlimited potential. To be sure, these hillside sites are capricious and hard to work with. But they are also capable of producing riveting, emotional, world-class wines." – Antonio Galloni

We hope to see you at Friday's tasting! And if you're ever in downtown Saratoga, be sure to stop in and visit Big Basin's tasting room, on Big Basin Way.  Cheers!