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It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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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.

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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,


 To watch the rest of the interview click here.


Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Champy Wines Arrive (+Jayer)

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

We just got our limited supplies of the Champy 2010s, both Domaine and Maison.  Their estate bottlings are all organically and biodynamically farmed (most Ecocert certified or in conversion to Ecocert).  This is a terrific range of wines, and worth your attention, either for everyday drinking, or for their top wines.  This is an outstanding range, and they represent compelling values.

On another note, if you are looking for something particularly rare, our auction site currently has a bottle of 1978 Henri Jayer Échézeaux Grand Cru up for bid,  Click Here to see it.

The selection of Champy wines is below.  These are in-stock, on the web, and available either there, or by calling us at 1-800-247-5987.


2011 Champy Mâcon-Villages Price: $12.99 

Champy's Mâcon-Villages is bright, clean Chardonnay, unoaked and fermented with wild yeast and aged in stainless. It's crisp, bright and delicious. It's finished with the deluxe version of a screwcap, to preserve freshness. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer) 

2010 Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay "Signature" Price: $18.99

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is noticeably oakier than the straight Bourgogne and the wood dominates the wine and in particular the nose. On the plus side, there is clearly more underlying material as well as more complexity on both the nose and the palate, all wrapped in a sappy and solidly lingering finish. This is a better wine than the regular Bourgogne but I prefer the style of the former as this has too much wood for me."   K&L Notes: The 2010 Signature has rich, toasty oak notes, combined with minerality from the fruit, which comes from Puligny and Meursault. A great value. Aged in 1/3... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Pernand Vergelesses "Clos de Bully" Rouge Price: $23.99

From an estate vineyard, farmed biodynamically and certified organic. The vineyard is on the back side of the Hill of Corton, a natural amphitheater, facing Southeast, and has been planted to grapes since the 12th century It is at 300 meters in elevation, a high altitude in the Cote d'Or.  It's fine and elegant in character, with a very long finish and nice minerality.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A similar but more elegant aromatic profile displays slightly less earth influence though there is plenty on the detailed, pure and textured flavors that are supported by somewhat finer tannins though there is still enough rusticity present such that I would not call this a wine of refinement."    

2010 Domaine Champy Chorey-lès-Beaune Price: $23.99

This comes from an estate vineyard, farmed organically and biodynamically, and legally in conversion to organic certification.  The vineyard is called Les Champs Longs, and is located just below Aloxe Corton Les Cras, so it shows a bit more structure than many Choreys. It has rich, pretty cherry fruit, a pretty mid-palate and lots of plush charm.  Very appealing and very well-priced. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 03/12)

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A distinctly earthy character suffuses the very fresh nose of dark berry fruit and humus nose. There is good richness to the agreeably textured and round flavors that are delicious if not especially complex, all wrapped in a mildly rustic finish. Solid if not special quality here." (4/2012)  

2010 Champy Beaune "Vieilles Vignes" Price: $24.99

This is off the charts!  It may represent among the most compelling Price/Quality ratios of any red burgundy we have to offer.  It was planted in 1947, and shows concentration and beautiful black fruit notes. It is from one vineyard, called Prevolle, at the bottom of the slope with deeper soils.  It is biodynamically farmed, and located just above the Route de Pommard south of Beaune. The wine shows fine tannins, good acidity and an elegant structure. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding. Top value.* This was bottled the same day of my visit so it's difficult to know whether that considerable manipulation materially altered the wine though given how well it showed, I don't believe that it did. A dense, brooding and ripe nose of layered dark berries, earth and floral hints precedes the textured medium-bodied flavors that enjoy an abundance of dry extract that buffers the firm tannins and coats the palate on the lingering and overtly austere finish. This rustic and quite serious effort is built to age and while it's not refine ... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Savigny-lès-Beaune "Aux Fourches" Price: $29.95

The Aux Fourches is an estate vineyard, with deep soils, farmed biodynamically and certified organic.  It is aged in older barrels, and shows a concentrated and rich character, due to the low 25hl/ha yields (about 1.75 tons/acre), with ripe black fruit, serious character, very pretty depth of fruit and old vine concentration, made from carefully and biodynamically tended grapes. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As is usually the case, this is even earthier with a brooding but ripe and fresh nose of plum and forest floor. The delicious, round and sappy flavors offer up plenty of Savigny character that adds breadth to the rustic, intense and lingering finish. This won't win any awards for elegance but then refinement isn't why one buys a villages Savigny in the first place. I like the honest and direct style plus this should age well over the medium term." (4/2012)  

2010 Domaine Champy Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru "En Caradeux" Blanc Price: $36.99

Located high on the hillside, with shallow soils and lots of limestone, this faces East, and is very reminiscent of Corton Charlemagne in character.  It has a bit of wood, but more than enough weight and charming stone fruit notes that the wood is never dominant.  This manages to walk that line between richness and elegance, seemingly without effort.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding. Top value* A deft touch of wood frames a ripe mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit aromas that are followed by complex, rich and mouth coating flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration. There is very solid persistence and excellent depth on the impeccably well-balanced finish. A lovely effort that should age well." (6/2012)   

2010 Champy St-Aubin 1er Cru "Murgers Dents De Chien" Price: $36.99

This wine offers Puligny character for a fraction of the cost. This is rich and concentrated with lovely texture. and a flavor profile that sings of Puligny or Chassagne, and a much higher price than it actually sells for.   It's going into my personal cellar, for certain. Total production is only 100 cases, so all we could buy was 20 cases .I(Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also distinctly cool, airy and reserved with a citrus-inflected nose composed primarily of spiced pear and acacia blossom. There is more volume here with a slightly muscular character to the delicious, rich and solidly intense flavors that are shaped by somewhat firmer and well-integrated acidity. Lovely and this should deliver 3 to 5 years of upside development potential." (6/2012)  

2010 Domaine Champy Volnay Price: $39.95

This comes from four parcels in Volnay, both above and below the village. The combination of deeper clay soils on the lower slopes, and soils as shallow as four inches on the upper slopes, makes for an exciting wine, with lovely, concentrated black fruit, vibrant energy and terrific quality. Like all the estate vineyards, they are farmed organically and biodynamically. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pretty and relatively elegant nose offers up a perfumed mixture of wood, plum, violet and earth nuances. There is good verve and plenty of sleek muscle to the lightly mineral-infused flavors that possess lovely detail on the dusty, serious and solidly long finish. A complete villages that is supported by relatively firm but ripe tannins." (4/2012)   

2010 Domaine Champy Beaune 1er Cru "Champs-Pimont" Price: $39.99

Aged in 1/3 New French Oak, this has rich black fruit and good acidity. There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish. It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent. It is elegant and bright, and terrific, but not an easy wine in its youth. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding!* An expressive nose of a ripe and agreeably fresh mélange of red cherry and black raspberry is cut with warm earth nuances that continue onto the rich, round and quite fleshy flavors that possess good dry extract that coats the palate on the vibrant, balanced, detailed and persistent finish. Excellent quality here." (4/2012)  K&L Notes: Aged in 1/3 New French Oak, this has rich black fruit and good acidity. There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish. It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent. It is elegant and bright, and terrifi... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Beaune 1er Cru "Aux Cras" Price: $39.99

This shows riper fruit than the Champs Pimont, a rich mouthfeel,, and bit of a chalky note, coming from the limestone-rich soil in this vineyard. There is great purity of fruit, with well-robed fine tannins and pretty high-pitched red fruit notes.. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer, 03/12)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Mild wood frames the otherwise appealingly fresh and bright red berry fruit and stone where the latter element is more prominent still compared to the Champs Pimont. There is excellent detail and outstanding vibrancy to the medium-bodied flavors that possess impressive depth and perhaps even better length. A classic Cras and the only nit is that there is, at least at present, a bit more oak influence than I personally enjoy." (4/2012)   

2009 Maison Champy Beaune 1er Cru "Champs-Pimont" Price: $41.99

Aged in 1/3 New French Oak, this has rich black fruit and good acidity.  There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish.  It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent.  It is elegant and bright, and terrific, but not an easy wine in its youth. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A vibrant edge of acidity leads the way for cherry, strawberry and mineral flavors in this firm red, which is light-weight and athletic, lingering with a mineral element. Best from 2015 through 2028" (4/2012) 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding!* A rustic and somber dark berry fruit nose is set off by a discreet touch of oak that does not continue onto the rich, full and attractively textured flavors that possess excellent vibrancy as well as obvious minerality on the complex, palate staining and lingering finish. This moderately structured effort is a wine of harmony if not ne ... Read More » 

2010 Domaine Champy Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru "Iles des Vergelesses" Price: $44.95

This elegant and focused wine has minerality, energy and precision. It comes from the best 1er Cru vineyard in the commune, after which Pernand-Vergelesses is named. It has ample, but very fine tannins, and lots of density. Some time in the cellar would of great benefit, as is often the case with young Corton and Pernand reds. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As one might reasonably expect, this is the most refined of these three Pernand 1ers with its pure and cool nose of wafting red pinot fruit and subtle mineral nuances. The equally transparent flavors also ooze a fine stony character before terminating in a firm, delicious and textured finish that is shaped by dense but relatively fine-grained tannins. This is built to age and will require plenty of cellar time." (4/2012)  K&L Notes: This elegant and focused wine has minerality, energy and precision. It comes from the best 1er Cru vineyard in the commune, after which P... Read More » 

2009 Domaine Laleure-Piot (Champy) Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru "Iles des Vergelesses" Price: $44.95

The "Iles de Vergelesses" vineyard is the best in the entire village. It is the most highly regarded site, after which the village is named. Located mid-slope, below Savigny Vergelesses, it is an amazing place. This has black fruit notes, a rich, mineral-driven mid palate, supple ripe tannins, lots of length on the finish. It is a bit structured at the end, indicating some time in the cellar will benefit it, for sure. In short, this is terrific and reasonably priced to boot. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11) 

2009 Maison Champy Chambolle-Musigny Price: $49.99

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pretty if not actually elegant nose offers up notes of soft wood, earth and ripe red currant aromas that merge gracefully into rich, delicious and quite round middle weight flavors that juxtapose a suave mouth feel against a mildly austere and solidly persistent finish. This is quite good if not exactly an archetype of a classic Chambolle." (5/2011)  

2010 Domaine Champy Volnay 1er Cru "Taillepieds" Price: $63.99

An over-the-top great Burgundy for your cellar. Period.  Taillepieds is one of the most highly regarded sites in Volnay.  It is an extremely steep hillside, and got its name from the fact that due to the steepness, you were likely to cut your feet when pruning. The organically and biodynamically grown grapes give a deep dark character and focus.  It's intensity is not immediately evident, but over time it becomes apparent that this is very special, and has an extraordinary finish.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Discreet wood serves to highlight the ripe dark berry fruit aromas where the underlying stone character is almost pungent it's so strong. The rich and velvety flavors also display plenty of mineral influence and the intensity does a slow build from the mid-palate all the way to the explosive but impeccably well-balanced finish. Like the Grands Epenots, this is clearly built to age and if the complexity deepens with bottle age it's possible that my range may be viewed as unduly conservative." (4/2012)   

2009 Maison Champy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetiers" Price: $69.95

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A deft application of oak does not compromise the expressiveness of the unusually high-toned cherry and red pinot fruit though the hallmark earth and animale notes are present if in the background. There is very good energy to the mineral-inflected flavors that possess reasonably good depth and length..." (6/2011)  

2010 Domaine Champy Corton Grand Cru "Rognet" Price: $79.95

Both red and black fruits here, with lots of power and an interesting earthiness. Very impressive, but patience will clearly be required, as you expect from Corton. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer...

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't miss!* A highly layered nose blends notes of both red and dark berries, plum, clove, earth and hints of the sauvage. There is good richness to the intensely earthy broad-shouldered flavors that brim with dry extract before terminating in a muscular and powerful finish that delivers outstanding length. A very serious Corton that is built to age." (4/2012)  

2010 Domaine Champy Corton Grand Cru "Bressandes" Price: $83.99

Rich, fine and elegant in character, with exuberant red fruits on the nose.  Unmistakable Grand Cru, with terrific life force.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 03/12)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Interestingly, this is quite spicy with an abundance of floral character to the fresh red berry fruit liqueur and softly mineral infused aromas. There isn't the same power, size and weight here that there is in the Rognets but as one might expect, this is finer and more understated though every bit as serious with the same outstanding length. At the same time, there is a bit more underlying material in the Rognets and it will probably ultimately be the better wine though it will require 12 to 15 years before that prediction is proved to be right or wrong ... Read More » 

2010 Champy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Cazetiers" Price: $89.95

There were only 75 cases produced for the entire world.  It is big and rich, with lots of spice and a slightly burly frame.  It has lovely black fruit and very nice spice notes. This has structure, but more than enough volume to easily handle it. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyers)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Bottled two weeks prior to my visit and thus it's not unusual that the nose would be moderately reduced. There is by contrast fine richness and volume to the large-scaled, intense and mineral-inflected flavors that possess excellent volume and mid-palate concentration on the tension-filled, overtly structured and lingering finish that evidences plenty of Gevrey character." (4/2010)  

2010 Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Suchots" Price: $94.99

My personal favorite is the Suchots from Vosne-Romanée, with an exuberant bushel of lovely red fruit notes. It has lots of drive and a finish that shows drive and length,  Lovely! (Keith Wollenberg, Burgundy buyer), 03/12

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding!* A notably ripe and exuberantly spicy blend of red and black cherries, cassis, plum and anise hints. The highly seductive flavors caress the palate with plenty of dry extract that also serves to buffer the otherwise moderately firm tannins on the sappy, balanced and relatively powerful finish. Textbook Suchots." (4/2012)  

2009 Maison Champy Echézeaux Grand Cru Price: $135.00

Lovely, forward, with terrific fruit character and that unmistakable Grand Cru Vosne texture.  You'll want to fall in to this glass.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate wood influence is not enough to dominate the nose but neither is it subtle as it fights somewhat with the ripe and exuberantly spicy black berry fruit aromas that merge into rich, full and quite serious big-bodied flavors that display firm and dusty tannins on the finish. This is a bit like the Cazetiers in that it's not quite as complex as one might expect. Moreover, this is awkward at present as the balance isn't what it could be." (6/2011)  

2010 Champy Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Price: $144.49

This comes from the original Charmes portion of this vineyard, from organically certified grapes.  It is extremely rich and concentrated, with lots of beautiful fruit notes.  What is most impressive is the length on the finish, and the combination of size and poise.

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is restrained to the point of being almost timid yet it is also exceptionally pretty with a really lovely nose of plum, earth and a hint of the sauvage that carries over to the exceptionally rich, textured and velvety flavors that culminate in a very serious and quite firmly structured finish. As my description of the nose suggests, this is still very primary and while a bit awkward today it should harmonize in time as there is an abundance of extract and good phenolic maturity to the structural elements." (4/2012)   

2010 Champy Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Price: $154.99

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A classic Mazis nose evidences an abundance of sauvage character on the very fresh and impressively layered aromas of red currant, wild raspberry, cassis and earth. This is a big wine with excellent volume as well as fine mid-palate concentration to the powerful, focused and intense flavors that deliver striking length but not nearly the same overall depth as the Clos de Vougeot. While it's a near certainty that this will add considerable depth before it reaches its peak, there just isn't the same underlying quality of material, good as this is." (4/2012) ... Read More » 

2010 Champy Echézeaux Grand Cru Price: $159.95

Lovely, forward, with terrific fruit character and that unmistakable Grand Cru Vosne texture.  You'll want to fall in to this glass.  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't miss!* This is also exuberantly spicy and quite ripe with primarily black fruit aromas though there are nuances of warm earth and exotic tea present as well. This is even richer and more seductive than the Suchots with a mouth feel of velvet and satin that largely hides the otherwise very firm tannins though not enough to suppress a touch of backend rusticity on the hugely long finish. This is a very impressive effort but despite its present upfront appeal, this is also expressly built to age and it will require plenty of it." (4/2012) 


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