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We have been chopping off the tops of Champagne bottles as fast as we can drink them- who needs a stopper when you are ready to commit to finishing the bottle! One of our favorites was this magnum ($84.99) of Franck Bonville Brut Rosé that Mellyn expertly decapitated on Christmas Eve. It also comes in regular 750ml ($39.99) and half bottles ($21.99). Olivier Bonville adds 8% Pinot Noir Rouge from Ambonnay superstar Paul Dethune to his top class assembelage of grand cru, estate Chardonnay to create this fabulous rose. This is one of the most elegant, bright, refreshing rose Champagnes that we carry, yet it does not lack red cherry Pinot Noir authority. We can’t get enough- bring another to the block!

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Keith's Burgundy Hotline: 2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon!

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

The 2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon wines have arrived.  We have very limited quantities of any single wine (by which I mean bottles not cases), and THEY ARE ON THE WEB, so they will go quickly.  You can go to Or call 800-247-5987 to place an order.

The Reds:

2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Monthelie 1er Cru "Les Duresses" $54.99

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Monthelie Les Duresses is, as expected, juicier and riper than the cooler 2008, yet every bit as compelling. Radiant fruit caresses the palate through to the finish. This is a great introduction to the wines of Dominique Lafon. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019." (5/2011)Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe, fresh and attractively spiced nose of violets, plum and red berry fruit aromas leads to rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess fine volume and good if not special length. This could easily be drunk now." (5/2011) 

2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay $73.99 Limit of 4 per customer

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Volnay is made from young vines in Santenots. It shows terrific energy and vibrancy in a totally seductive expression of Volnay. The fruit builds beautifully through to the creamy, generous texture. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021." (5/2011)89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Oustanding. This is also quite fresh and notably ripe with notes of blue and black berry, violets and warm earth hints that transfer over to the detailed and lightly mineral-suffused medium-weight flavors that possess good dry extract and a vibrant, focused, balanced and lingering finish. A lovely villages.... Read More » 

2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots du Milieu"  $129.95  Limit of 4 per customer

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This possesses the ripest nose of the group with cassis and pinot liqueur aromas dissolving into rich, mouth coating and relatively muscular flavors that possess an abundance of dry extract with lovely detail on the impressively complex and persistent finish. This should reward up to a decade of cellar time." (5/2011)92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(aged in 35% new oak): Good deep red-ruby. Black plum, black cherry and chocolate on the nose. Superrich and sweet; a real fruit bomb of dark cherry and raspberry, but a firm spine of acids and tannins keeps it lively on the palate. Compl... Read More » 

The Whites:

 2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault   : $99.95  Limit of 2 per customer

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium straw-yellow. Complex nose melds stone fruits, flowers, honey and hazelnut. Lush and sweet in the mouth, with a perfumed orange blossom quality giving the wine a light touch. Finishes suave, harmonious and persistent. Lovely village wine." (10/2011)Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe and fresh mildly exotic nose speaks of pear, apricot and lemon nuances that lead to rich and naturally sweet medium-bodied flavors that display fine detail on the reasonably persistent finish." (2/2011)Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Meursault is a classy, understated wine laced with white peaches, pears and flowers.... Read More » 

2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault "Clos de la Barre"  $124.99  Limit of 3 per customer

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "From a tank sample taken just prior to the fining: Bright, pale yellow-green. Grapefruit and lemon ice on the nose, plus a whiff of white truffle. Edgy lemony acidity gives shape to the palate and carries the finish. A second sample, taken after the fining: Bright pale yellow. Subtly perfumed nose hints at lemon ice. Juicy and pure but a bit sharper than the first sample, showing excellent precision to the lemon zest flavors. A very site-driven sample that finishes with a salty nuance and noteworthy cut and length. I like what the fining has ac... Read More » 

2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru "Goutte d'Or"   $195.00  Limit of 1 per customer

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An overtly ripe nose speaks of hazelnut, white peach, pear and soft spice notes that merge seamlessly into rich, full-bodied and broad-scaled flavors that brim with an abundance of extract that confers a textured mouth feel onto the intense, powerful and muscular finish." (2/2011)91-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Sample taken before fining: Pale straw-yellow. Deeply pitched aromas of ripe peach and honey. Chewy and sweet but restrained on the palate, with excellent density and energy to the zippy stone fruit flavors. Finishes dry and classic, with palate-coating persistence. The same... Read More » 

2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes"   $195.00  Limit of 1 per customer 

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Aromatically, this is almost a hypothetical blend of the Genevrières and the Goutte d'Or but here there is even more intensity to the mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that evidence really lovely purity of expression on the explosive and driving finish. This is clearly a Charmes from the upper part of the vineyard as there is none of the borderline excessive generosity of the lower portion." (2/2011)94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(bottled ten days before my visit): Very closed, slightly reduced nose offers citrus fruits, vanilla, hazelnut and white truffle. Rich, sweet, pliant ... Read More » 

A santé,




Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

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Personal Sommelier Online: It's Dunce Day! Fun November Holidays and Wines to Match

November 8, 2011


The month of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, of All Saints Day, All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos. Of Veterans Day. At K&L, November is also Burgundy month, when our shelves are stacked high with recent arrivals from France. Nevertheless, despite all this activity and potential, most food and wine discussions in November revolve around turkey.

It gets old.

So, if you’re tired of talking turkey (like me) or simply appreciate any excuse to drink Burgundy (also like me), here are some of my favorite lesser-known November holidays to celebrate this month, with Burgundies to match.


November 8th: Dunce Day

Although the conical dunce cap is today symbolic of stupidity, Dunce Day is meant to celebrate learning, in the name of the influential and controversial Franciscan theologian Johannes Duns Scotus, who believed that the cone-shaped hats increased learning potential. While that cap may not have aided Duns’ cause much, the Stelvin closure (screwcap) continues to win serious believers the world over. Even in traditional winemaking locales such as Burgundy, producers are finding that this style of closure seals in and preserves freshness most effectively for wines meant to be enjoyed young, like the 2010 Domaine des Nembrets Denis Barraud Mâcon “Source de Plaisirs”* ($12.99). With its citrusy and Golden Delicious apple-scented nose, creamy mouthfeel, mineral layers and acidity, you would be a dunce to ignore this one. 

November 17th: Take a Hike Day

It is easy to forget what Pinot Noir actually smells and tastes like, given that so many Pinots these days are bombarded by new wood. Well, those wines can take a hike while we get back to the roots of Pinot Noir, celebrating pure varietal expressions like the 2009 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre Pinot Noir* ($12.99) on what might be one of the last hikeable days of the year (at least in Northern California). Grab a bottle of this clean, fragrant, unoaked Pinot Noir from the northerly region of the Côtes d’Auxerre, pack a hearty picnic lunch and head to the woods. Hike not an option? Don’t worry: You can still observe this holiday in the comfort of your dining room. 


November 23rd: National Cashew Day

The only requirement on National Cashew Day is to eat cashews. And don’t we love how a handful of these fatty nuts can be the most profound complement to a glass of Corton-Charlemagne! The buttery flavors and creamy texture of the roasted and salted cashew enhance the taste sensation of this powerful, layered expression of Chardonnay. Splurge on the 2009 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru* ($89.95), which is surprisingly approachable, or give the 2009 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Blanc “Clos Berthet”* ($36.99) a try. Sourced from the only Premier Cru monopole for white wine in the area, the “Clos Berthet” will floor you with its power and density at half the price of the Corton.

November 28th: Make Your Own Head Day 

It’s not as weird as you think. Initiated by teachers to inspire creativity and imagination in school children, who on this day are asked to draw a new head for themselves. Why not give your wine collection a facelift and design your own customized wine club through the K&L Personal Sommelier Service? Learn more about the options and benefits and get started by visiting


Happy November & Cheers,



Chiara Shannon

Head Sommelier - Personal Sommelier Service

K&L Wine Merchants

Tel: (800) 247-5987



"It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason."

-Latin saying


Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Pristine Older Burgundies from the Cellars of Comtes Lafon!

Keith Wollenberg

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne


Hello Burgundy Lovers,

Today I am excited to offer you some older red and white Burgs acquired directly from the cellars of Domaine des Comtes Lafon.  If you love older Burgundy (and who doesn’t?), or want to know where the wine has been all its life (and who doesn’t?), then this offer should interest you.

These wines come directly from Dominique Lafon’s cellar, where they have rested quietly since bottling.  They were shipped over in a refrigerated container, and are arriving next week to K&L.

As you would expect, quantities are EXTREMELY limited on all of these wines.  In some cases, we have only a bottle (or magnum) or two to offer.

Please email me your request, and I’ll do the best I can, with what little wine we have.  There are a couple of cases of some of the Volnays and only a bottle or two of some others.


The Red Wines:

1990 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chênes", $225.00

          Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Parker writes: "The 1990 Volnay-Clos des Chênes is a wine with a thick, dark ruby color, as well as a huge nose of super-ripe, jammy cherries, spices, and minerals. It is long, rich, full-bodied, and brilliantly well-balanced. The finish exhibits considerable tannin, so be prepared to lay this wine away for 4-5 years. It should keep for several decades. Sadly, only 100 cases were produced. And you thought this man only made extraordinary Meursaults! I have long admired the red wines of Comte Lafon, but they are less renowned than the magnificent white burgundies that emerge from these cold cellars. The 1990 Lafon reds are the finest I have tasted from this domaine." (12/92)


1990 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Champans", $239.95

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition! 91 Points Robert Parker: "The 1990 Volnay-Champans, made from 69-year old vines (150 cases produced), reveals a saturated, opaque ruby/purple color. The sensational nose offers up aromas of over-ripe cherries and plums, as well as toasty, smoky oak and roasted herbs. Boldly flavored and super-concentrated, this rich, dense wine manages to retain an extraordinary degree of elegance despite its size and stature. The finish is long, moderately tannic, and pure. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2015. " (12/92)


1990 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots", $269.95

          Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  94 points from Parker "Comte Lafon's spectacular 1990 Volnay Les Santenots retains a dense dark ruby color as well as stunning aromatics of cherry liqueur, minerals, spice box, and vanillin. Fleshy, full-bodied, muscular, youthful, and vigorous, this exuberant, stunningly proportioned and concentrated red Burgundy can be drunk now, but it will benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2015" (02/02)


Large Format Bottles :  All Large formats are limited to one per person, as we have only 2 Magnums of each!!


1993 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $350 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Allen Meadows scores this 92 and  writes: "Dominique Lafon is justifiably famous for his white wines but he has a deft touch with his reds as well and this is an excellent example. Wonderfully pure and spicy fruit and while not as primary as it was on release, it appears to have only barely budged. The flavors are deep, rich, concentrated and very long. An exceptionally fine effort that will require at least another 5 years in the cellar and perhaps more."(Burghound 10/01)


1995 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $330 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Allen Meadows writes: "This is by far the best of the three Lafon Volnay 1ers in 1995 with a stunningly gorgeous nose of elegance and purity that is mostly if not completely primary, offering seductive red and violet fruit aromas before introducing vibrant and rich medium weight flavors that possess very good phenolic ripeness for the vintage and excellent length. To be sure, this is not a truly great Lafon Santenots but in the context of a highly variable vintage, it's a very fine effort and one that could still use another two to three years of cellar time.|" (Burghound 07/08)


1996 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $399 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

          Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in refrigerated containers, in perfect condition!  Allen Meadows writes: "Though this has always had a wonderfully sweet red and black fruit and still does, the aromas are beginning to take on subtle secondary notes. The middle weight flavors are delicious, pure, edgy and possess evident breed though the finish is a bit short as the acidity has begun to become much more evident. While this should be capable of living for years, I would be inclined to be drinking it over the next 5 years or so as the finish risks drying out as the acidity is no longer subtle if not actually intrusive or harsh. Consistent notes." (Burghound 02/08)


1999 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $499 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from Comte Lafon, in perfect condition! 94 Allen Meadows: While the Clos des Chênes performed as expected relative to the cask sample, the final Santenots was even better than the cask sample. Wonderfully expressive with massive amounts of spicy black fruit and seductive flavors; the wine has an enormous amount of underlying material and is incredibly complex. But it's the length that that defines this wine as it simply goes on and on. It's not hard to see why Lafon believes this is one of the finest wines ever produced at the Domaine. Simply magnificent" (04/02) 94 Tanzer,: "Saturated medium ruby. Explosive, profound aromas of redcurrant, cherry and dark chocolate, complicated by enticing oak tones of smoke and exotic spices. Superripe but not roasted; superrich but impeccably balanced and lively. Red fruit flavors nicely accented by chocolate and minerals. Finishes with terrific persistence. ... Perhaps the most complete red wine made to date by Lafon" (04/02)  Rovani: "This is Volnay as it should be, combining the ripeness and power of Pommard with the definition and elegance of a stony, hillside terroir. Violets, blueberries, and dark cherries make up this muscular yet refined wine's aromatic and flavor profiles. It is medium to full-bodied, has exceptional length, and will improve with age. I had it decanted each time I drank it and found it ameliorated with two hours of air, a sure sign that cellaring it for 10 years will pay huge dividends." (01/03)


2001 Domaine Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru "Santenots-Du-Milieu" (1.5L), $249 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

            Direct from Comte Lafon, in perfect condition! Allen Meadows writes: " trace of oak frames a tighter and less expressive nose of earth, black cherry fruit and kirsch notes followed by complex, long and beautifully intense flavors that deliver impressive concentration. Delicious yet serious and this is most impressive by comparison to most of the examples from this vineyard in 2001. The harmony and balance should permit this to mature gracefully over the medium term." (04/04)  And in Parker's Wine Advocate: "Candied black cherries can be found in the nose of the 2001 Volnay Santenots du Milieu. Light to medium-bodied, it offers gorgeous purity of fruit, excellent depth, and a silky-textured core of cherries. Projected maturity: now-2009. Dominique Lafon is on fire, in a zone, on top of his game. He’s never made better wines, and he improves with each passing vintage." And Tanzer says: "Good full red. Deeper, riper aromas of plum, cherry and licorice, with hints of rose petal and leather; pure and nuanced for a Volnay from this difficult year. Fat, sweet and rich, with nicely integrated acidity and solid underlying structure. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and lingering sweetness" (04/04)


White Wines :

2000 Domaine Comtes Lafon Meursault "'Désirée'", $149.95

            This comes from Volnay Santenots Dessous, from old vines before they were torn out in 2005.  Allen Meadows writes: "This has remained extremely fresh and pretty with the same spicy, fresh, clean and nicely complex nose leading to still tight, almost nervous and vibrant medium weight flavors that are underpinned by racy, ripe acidity and a beautifully persistent finish. This is really a lovely effort and I have marginally raised my rating. As to maturity, I would be inclined to give this one to two more years in the cellar first as it's still unfolding." (8/06)  Parker writes: "The medium to full-bodied 2000 Meursault Desiree has a sweet white fruit and candied lemon-scented nose. Citrus fruits, gravel, minerals, and stones can be found in this medium to full-bodied wine's well-defined personality"  And Tanzer writes: "Soft citrus fruits on the tangy nose. At once richer and less evolved than the regular village wine, with soft citrus flavors nicely framed by firm acid structure. Intensely flavored, tightly wound and quite stylish, with very good length. The pH here is in the rather low 3.15 to 3.2 range, according to Lafon." (09/02)


1998 Domaine Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, $649 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON

          Steve Tanzer scores this 92-95, writing: "Roasted aromas of vanilla and iodine. Thick, sweet and minerally; not quite as round as the '97 but a wine of superb flavor intensity and texture. Already displays lovely inner-mouth fruit and floral perfume. Very densely packed, fresh and long. Will be a superb '98, and should offer early accessibility" (10/99)  Parker scores it 91-94, and writes: "Dominique Lafon's parcel of Montrachet produced his highest yields (30 hectoliters per hectare) in 1998. Four and a half barrels of this magnificent nectar were made. Harvested at 14% natural potential alcohol, it reveals pears, peaches, apricots, and flowers in its intense aromatic profile.  Medium to full-bodied, expansive, and palate-coating, this elegant, classy, and rich wine is crammed with spices, white fruits, and minerals. It has outstanding presence, detail, and focus. It is not a muscular wine, yet possesses extraordinary underlying power in its precise character. This tour de force has an extraordinarily long, delineated, and mineral-laden finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2012+."


2000 Domaine Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, $1599 LIMIT 1 PER PERSON 

            Direct from the cellars of Comte Lafon, shipped in a refrigerated container, in perfect condition!  96 Points Burghound: "Moderately deep golden color. A fascinatingly complex nose offers up aromas of pear, peach, oriental spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary and a background note of dried sage that is followed by flavors that are concentrated, rich and muscular but not especially showy. This does a slow build from the mid-palate to an incredibly intense finish that literally lasts for minutes. This will need another 2 to 5 years to be at its best though it will drink well for at least another decade after it reaches its peak. Another recent bottle was drop-dead gorgeous and while this hasn't yet peaked, it has developed enough to be already quite enjoyable." (06/09)


A Santé




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K&L Wine Merchants

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