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Friday
Nov022012

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Domaine Odoul-Coquard

Sébastien Odoul (right) with his father and the Coquard brothers.

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

I am excited to share with you our newest discovery in Burgundy, Domaine Odoul-Coquard.  Young Sébastien Odoul was trained at wine school, and has an elegant style and loves to work in the vineyard, with minimal intervention in the cellar, in order to reveal the terroir of individual sites. Our first purchase was limited to just five wines, but you will not want to miss these wines. I think he is destined for much more fame than he has at present. 

 

2009 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Nuits-St-Georges "Aux St. Jacques"       Price: $43.99

This vineyard is on the North side of Nuits, on the border with Vosne Romanee, just a bit south of Vosne Romanee Aux Reas. This has the rich and charming fruit and concentration you expect of the site and the terrific vintage. It has a black fruited character, with a succulent texture and lovely finish. What's not to like? (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12) . 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Morey St. Denis "Les Crais Gillon"         Price: $47.99  

This single vineyard Morey comes from a vineyard with fairly deep, well-drained soil, towards the Gevrey side of the village. The domaine farms 0.5Ha, and in 2010 harvested a tiny 14 Hl/Ha, extremely low yield, due in large part to the planting of older pinot fin vines, with extremely tiny berries. It shows rich fruit, focus and a bit of meatiness on the finish. This has lots of both charm and character, and even the recent bottling could not hide the charming fruit.. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12) 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Chambolle Musigny            Price: $49.95

This comes from a vineyard not far from the Morey border, just below Les Baudes, 1er Cru. It has pretty red fruit notes as the first impression, followed by a recognition of the lovely subtle texture of this wine. The tannins are round and very well-robed in character. Overall, this is charming, attractive, and very much has a lovely Chambolle style, with both richness and elegance. It is, quite simply, lovely. (Keith Wollenberg, 03/12) 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Morey St. Denis 1er Cru "Les Millandes"          Price: $69.95

This is one of my favorite vineyards in Morey (Grand Crus included!). It is always a bit more supple than the Grands Crus, and more feminine in character. This has a supple and lovely mouthfeel, with terrific energy and drive. The tannins are extremely fine in character, and very well-robed. This is solid and rich, without being at all blocky or backwards. Bravo. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12) 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru "Les Baudes"     Price: $74.99

Chambolle Les Baudes lies directly below Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru, and tends to make a firmer styled wine. But this may be the exception that proves that rule, since it has lovely rich red fruit, an elegant character and a long finish. It shows rich and pretty raspberry and cherry notes and can only be Chambolle. Bravo, Sébastien! Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer (03/12) 


Á Santé

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

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Thursday
Nov012012

Domestic Pinot Noir Tasting Saturday 11/3 in All K&L Stores!

            

This Saturday, November 3rd, we will be hosting our annual Fall Domestic Pinot Noir Tasting in all three K&L stores. These tastings are from noon to 3pm in San Francisco, 1 to 4pm in Redwood City and 3 to 5:30pm in Hollywood. For more details on the tasting taking place at the store near you, visit the event link on K&L Local Events.

The lineup will vary slightly in each store, but here are details about the wines being featured in San Francisco, to give you a sense of what to expect...

2011 Kalinda "Cuvee Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  $24.99 The 2011 Kalinda "Cuvée Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a wine we found at one of the best up-and coming wineries in the Willamette Valley. We've carried their wines before and were very excited to see what they were all about. We were certainly impressed, to say the least, with their attention to detail and quality. They pulled out two separate blends for us to potentially bottle under one of our house labels. Surprisingly, Mike and I actually agreed on which we liked best: a blend of Yamhill-Carlton and Ribbon Ridge AVA fruit consisting of five clones that was aged in 25% new French oak.

2011 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  $21.99 This bottling from Brooks has been a mainstay of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for us since the 2005 vintage. The 2011 has arrived, and it's ready to go! Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar wrote of the similarly styled 2010 vintage: "Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry-cola and peppery spices on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy and precise, with good energy and a gently chewy texture. Finishes on a refreshingly bitter note, with good punch and lingering spiciness."

2009 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir $44.99 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is classic Oregon Pinot Noir at its most svelte and stylish. Fresh and clean upon entry, it showcases its raspberry and cherry fruit in a delicate wrap of leaf and bark. The tannins are in perfect proportion; the finish is complex and intriguing."

2009 Brick House "Les Dijonnais" Estate Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir $49.99 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais has a similar aromatic and flavor profile. Spicy, elegant, and nicely proportioned, this suave effort offers a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2021. Doug Tunnell has put in over 20 years of farming at Brick House in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. His vineyards are Demeter-certified biodynamic and he is a non-interventionist in the cellar."

2010 Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir $39.99 Brand new vintage in stock!

2010 Peay Vineyards "Estate" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $41.99 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Expressive, seductively perfumed nose evokes wild red fruits, potpourri and Asian spices, with a subtle smoky note in the background. Sweet, palate-caressing strawberry and raspberry flavors show impressive intensity and a weightless quality. The red berry and floral notes carry through on the bright, racy finish."

2010 Larry Hyde and Sons Carneros Pinot Noir $59.99  91 points Wine Spectator: "Supple, graceful and polished, with pure ripe wild berry and blueberry fruit that's elegant and refined. Long on the finish. Succeeds where other Carneros Pinots didn't in 2010. Drink now through 2020."

2009 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $54.99 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Heady, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices and minerals, complicated by a smoky topnote. Juicy, sharply focused red and dark berry flavors show excellent depth and vivacity, picking up candied rose and spicecake qualities with air. Seamless, sappy and sweet on the extremely long, red fruit-dominated finish."

2010 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir $69.99 One of the Central Coast's cult Pinots. The fruit comes entirely from the Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, aged for 16 months in 55% new French oak barrels. It's complex and heady, with notes of violets and wild mushrooms, cola, spice and red fruit. Fine tannins and juicy acidity, this is big, even for the vintage, and will age well. 

2010 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  $67.99 This 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir from DuMol is a blend of 34% Dutton Ranch, 16% Gunsalus, 12% DuMOL Estate, 10% Abbott, 8% Hansel, 8% Joy Rd, 6% Greywacke, and 6% Sonoma Stage. The clusters were hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard and again sorted at the winery before native yeast fermentation. The wine then spent 11 months in 35% new French oak.

Cost to Taste: $20.00
Walk in only. Final lineup and pricing subject to change.

Contact your local store for more details!
http://www.klwines.com/store_locations.asp

 

Friday
Oct122012

Champagne Friday: The “New” Charles Reserve

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

The “New” Charles Reserve

It is not often that I get as excited as this by "big house" Champagne. Comparing the "new" Charles Heidsieck Reserve (which premiers today) to the "old" Charles Heidsieck Reserve made a huge impression on me. These are great wines- both of them- and the new Charles is the most exciting new release from a big house in many years. The new Charles is a must try, and it is a great opportunity to compare the new to the old while we still have the last batch in stock.

On August 27th I had the pleasure of meeting with and interviewing Cecile Bonnefond, the CEO of Charles and Piper Heidsick. Cecile is not new to running Champagne houses- she ran Veuve Clicquot for eight years before moving over to Charles and Piper Heidsieck. Her first great piece of work is the release of a new Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne. It has gone up in price, but instead of citing “increased global demand” or “increasing grape prices from greedy growers” or “a weak dollar” this Champagne has costly improvements to the wine itself. First of all, the number of vineyard sites for the Reserve has been cut in half, leaving only what they feel is the very best going into the blend. Also, the average age of the reserve wines has gone up significantly. You can hear Cecile explain it in her own words here in this clip from the interview.

The old label Charles Heidsieck has always been great, and we still have some in stock at the "old" price of $34.99! The old label Charles Heidsieck has always been great, and we still have some left. This is a fantastic opportunity for any Champagne lover to compare the two cuvee’s side by side and see the difference that this great house has made. Once the old cuvee that we have is gone, it is gone for good.

Charles Heidsieck NEW "Brut Reserve" Champagne ($44.99) It is funny to call this the “new” Charles when it actually has more old wine in it! The first difference between this wine and the old label is that is made from just 60 vineyard sites in Champagne rather than the previous 120. It is still composed of a third each Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir and includes 40% reserve wines that average 10 years of age, up from the 8 year average previously. This Charles has more of the depth and power that fans of the Charles have come to love, but also much more freshness and elegance- a coup for a wine that is actually older. This is a great bottle multi-vintage Champagne for the price and a testament to the blenders art.

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne ($34.99) Warning- this is the last of the old cuvee of Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne . This bottle is made 40% of reserve wine and these reserve wines are what really sets Charles Heidsieck apart, they average 8 years old and have elements going back as far as 15 years. The patience to curate this solera of old wines gives the wine texture and complexity rarely encountered in grand marque Champagne, especially at this price. The wine is composed of 1/3 each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier and is all vinified in stainless steel tanks with full malolactic fermentation. When I visited we tasted vin clair from all over Champagne- they own 150 acres and contract many more. If you love a toasty, rich style of Champagne with lots of complexity this is a very good choice. I expect it will sell for just under $50 when this batch runs out.

A toast to you,

Gary 

 To watch the rest of the interview click here.