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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: 2011 Domaine d’Eugenie

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

We just received confirmation on our allocation of 2011 Domaine d’Eugenie wines.  This is the domaine (formerly Domaine René Engel) now owned by the folks at Château Latour.  They purchased the old Clos Frantin buildings in Vosne Romanée and have renovated the cuverie, putting in new wooden fermenters and are renovating the historic property.  They have an unswerving commitment to making the finest Burgundy they can.  The improvement each year under the watchful eye of Michel Mallard has been extraordinary.

They are gradually taking the domaine biodynamic, and so far the Clos d’Eugénie, the Vosne 1er Cru and the Échézeaux are entirely biodynamic.  No weed-killers are used anywhere, as plowing is preferred.  This is a domaine that will, almost certainly, rise to the top ranks.  We get these directly from the Domaine, import them in refrigerated containers, and offer them at very good prices.  These are being offered on a Pre-Arrival Basis, with arrival expected about January 2014.

The wines are on the Web and available there, or by calling 1-800-247-5987, or emailing me.  As always, quantities are limited, of course.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée (Pre-Arrival)      $54.99

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outstanding! A spicy, ripe, fresh and elegant nose of black cherry and cassis leads to energetic, detailed and velvety middle weight flavors that possess a lovely inner mouth perfume before culminating in a balanced and lingering finish. This is not only very Vosne but very promising as well. (1/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(tasted from cuve, where it was awaiting a December bottling; a blend of three parcels, including the bottom section of Brulees, which director Frederic Engerer and winemaker Mallard do not consider to be of true premier cru quality): Medium red. Redcurrant and strawberry liqueur on the slightly dull nose and palate. A bit dry and lean today, showing modest density and sweetness to its red fruit and smoke flavors. Finishes with a suggestion of autumn leaves. I wanted more verve. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From Les Communes, Les Vigneux, and the lower portion of Aux Brulées which they declassify.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée "Clos d'Eugénie" (Pre-Arrival)         $69.95

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

There is enough wood to notice on the ripe nose where the fruit is shaded more toward the red side though there are nuances of spiced plum, violet and black raspberry as well. The flavor profile is different as well with more precision and detail if not the seductive velour quality to the nicely concentrated medium-bodied flavors, all wrapped in a lacy, balanced and lightly mineral-infused finish. This is notably different from the straight Vosne cuvée though not necessarily better. (1/ 2013)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(vinified with one-third whole clusters, for the first time): Good deep red. Aromas of red- and blackcurrant, pepper and licorice, plus a strong element of smoky oak. Juicy, spicy and nicely fine-grained, with ripe, moderately dense purple fruit flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Finishes classically dry, subtle and persistent, with a saline minerality. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A monopole of the Domaine, below La Tâche and next to Vosne Romanée les Chaumes 1er Cru.


2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Brûlées" (Pre-Arrival)  $139.95  

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Here the nose mixes oak spice with natural spice though the fruit is somewhat muted by the presence of mild reduction. There is lovely mid-palate concentration to the delicious and seductively textured flavors that are supported by very fine-grained tannins as well as an appealing minerality on the clean and ultra-pure finish. There is only average complexity at present though the underlying material is certainly present to allow more to develop and my predicted range presupposes that development. (1/ 2013)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(25% vendange entier; was racked last spring following its malolactic fermentation as "it always gets reduced," according to Mallard): Good dark red with ruby tones. A whiff of reduction dissipated to reveal redcurrant and pungent rocky aromas. Silky on the attack, then sweet, plush and intense in the middle, with musky redcurrant, raspberry and smoked meat flavors complicated by pepper, herbs and iodine. A bit more masculine on the back end, finishing with firm but suave tannins and lingering notes of dark berries and minerals. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From a parcel just over 1 hectare in size, from vines of over 60 years of age.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)         $239.95  

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Don't Miss! An exceptionally spicy nose of very fresh black pinot fruit, cassis and discreet earthy nuances gives way to wonderfully pure middle weight flavors that also possess admirably fine-grained tannins on the seductively textured and impressively persistent finish. Like the Brûlées this is not as complex at present as my predicted range suggests that it might be in time. In sum, the overall impression here is consistent with what one would expect from an Echézeaux coming from En Orveaux, which is to say a wine of finesse and refinement. (1/ 2013)

93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(25% vendange entier): Good bright red with ruby tones. Precise aromas of black cherry, licorice and herbs. Spicy and penetrating on the palate; a bit strict but offers a great combination of sweetness and minerality. At once classy and powerful, finishing with a lingering element of saline minerality and firm, noble tannins that saturate the entire mouth. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

60 year old vines, in an almost 1.5ha parcel high in the center of the vineyard, not far from the Chateau.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Échézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)     $239.95  

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

An exceptionally spicy nose of very fresh black pinot fruit, cassis and discreet earthy nuances gives way to wonderfully pure middle weight flavors that also possess admirably fine-grained tannins on the seductively textured and impressively persistent finish. Like the Brûlées this is not as complex at present as my predicted range suggests that it might be in time. In sum, the overall impression here is consistent with what one would expect from an Echézeaux coming from En Orveaux, which is to say a wine of finesse and refinement. (1/ 2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Ruby-red. Perfumed, inviting aromas of bitter chocolate, blood orange and Moroccan spices. Round, concentrated and ripe, with sappy density to the flavors of dark fruits and spices. This is much easier to taste today than the Brulees. Finishes with sweet, ripe, even tannins and excellent length. Should be superb. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From a parcel about 1/2 hectare in size, located in en Orveaux, high on the hill, just across a tiny valley from Musigny, at the same elevation.

2011 Domaine d'Eugénie Grands-Échézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)         $279.95  

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Reduction renders the nose impossible to properly evaluate but there is good freshness and verve to the broad-shouldered, powerful and tautly muscular flavors yet the robust character is softened by the same very fine-grained tannins that all of the prior wines display. I very much like the quality of the underlying material and while the tannins may be refined, they're also dense and this will clearly require extended cellar time to arrive at its full potential. (1/ 2013)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

(one-third vendange entier): Good full red. Perfumed aromas of bitter chocolate, licorice, violet and minerals. Much tighter and more imploded than the Echezeaux, showing taut dark berry and mineral flavors. Best today on the peacock's tail of a finish, where dark berry and saline mineral flavors spread out to saturate the mouth. This very suave, rather feminine wine needs a lot of air, and will probably be best after five or six years of aging. (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From 20-60 year old vines on the southern side of Grands Échézeaux.


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Champagne Friday: One Great Bottle - 2000 Krug Brut Champagne

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

One Great Bottle: 2000 Krug Brut Champagne

A bottle of vintage Krug is a fine centerpiece for a meal, and last Friday Cinnamon, her mother Margaret and my father Jim lived it up with the 2000. In my father’s piece on capsule collecting on the blog he mentioned that he had never tried the 2000, and the team at Krug decided to change that. When I received this great windfall with instructions to drink it with my father, I immediately started thinking about pairings.

For me, very rich Champagne goes best with pate, and the very best of rich Champagne, Krug Vintage, deserves the very best of pate. I got online and ordered a Torchon of Foie Gras from Hudson Valley Farms in New York which they shipped overnight to me. This farm-direct Foie Gras had been cooked in Sauternes and was every bit as good as the best I have had in France. We did almost nothing to it- I sliced it into generous blocks and Cinnamon plated it with fleur de sel, pepper, brioche soldiers and fresh fig. My father poured the Krug and it was time to enjoy Champagne Friday!

Torchon of Foie Gras from Hudson Valley Farms in New York was shipped to me overnight!

Dad and Krug

This batch of 2000 Krug Brut Champagne ($219) is currently in stcck. The bottle of 2000 Krug we enjoyed was from the ID# 210008 batch, the same as what we currently have on the shelf at K&L. Looking this up at, I found that this wine was disgorged in spring 2010 after ten years in the Krug cellar deep beneath Reims. I love the new transparency at the house of Krug, and these ID numbers are great on the vintage wines, but even better for the multi-vintage bottling which had always been a mystery in the past. Now, it is easy to see which harvest these wines are based on and how many reserve vintages went into them.

Our bottle of 2000 showed so well with Foie Gras that I am worried for both my waistline and my bank balance! The liver brought out the scintillating, electric side of the Champagne and highlighted the chalky drive of the top notch Chardonnay in the blend. This refreshing character made it far too easy to take big bites of the duck liver! As the wine opened up, hazelnut depth from the Pinot Noir and savory intrigue from the Meunier developed, and that savor mirrored the flavor of the Foie Gras perfectly. This wine is at the very beginning of its drinking window, and has a huge amount of time in hand. At the end of the evening, after our main course and much conversation, the last drops of this bottle showed even more complexity. This is a great cellar candidate!

A toast to you,



K&L Electronic Newsletter 6th Edition: Sonoma All Summer

K&L Wine News July 15 2013: Sonoma: Land, Legacy, & Lots of Wine

K&L Wine News

July 2013

Electronic Newsletter Sixth Edition

Sonoma: Land, Legacy & Lots of Wine!

From California classics to modern twists on European traditions, Sonoma's rich winemaking heritage, diverse landscape, and warm, welcoming vibe continues to win the hearts of wine lovers seeking variety, history, and value all wrapped into one delicious bottle after another. Inside we report on recent vintages, producers to watch, and top picks for the summer.  

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