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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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Friday
May242013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Meo-Camuzet Wines Arrive!

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

Our handful of 2010 Meo Camuzet wines have rolled in, but will not be here long, needless to say.  Once again, our allocation is so tiny that there is simply no way to allocate them, so I am just making certain you Burgundy Lovers are the first to hear about them, and then it is first come, first served.  

These wines are her in redwood City and are live on the web at www.klwines.com Or, call us at 800-247-5987 to place an order.

 

2010 Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne Rouge $30.99

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! A very fresh, pure and expressive nose offers up notes of straw, citrus and white orchard fruit aromas before merging into detailed and energetic middle weight flavors. This very dry and agreeably crisp effort delivers good length and the energy makes it a solidly attractive drink that would make a good choice for a house white"    


2010 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Soeur Fixin $54.99

Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A very fresh nose of mostly dark berry fruit, earth and violet aromas leads to nicely detailed middle weight flavors that are not only delicious but evidence very little in the way of rusticity. This forward effort isn't especially complex but it is correct."    K&L Notes: Méo stresses that for his négoce wines that he does everything as though these were domaine wines, which is to say all of the vineyard work and harvesting plus of course the vinification and élevage duties. 


2010 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Soeur Chambolle-Musigny : $79.95

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "exuberantly fresh and expressive nose speaks of pretty red berry fruit that is discreetly interwoven with herbal and floral nuances. The detailed and intensely mineral-driven flavors possess excellent precision and like the straight villages cuvée, this is very Chambolle in character. Here though there is a bit more overall depth and length and I particularly like the sense of balance coupled with plenty of underlying tension." (1/2012)  87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Raspberry, flowers, minerals and mint on the nose. Sweet and harmonious if still a bit youthfully tight.  ... Read More » 


2010 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Soeur Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Cras" $149.95

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An exuberantly fresh and expressive nose speaks of pretty red berry fruit that is discreetly interwoven with herbal and floral nuances. The detailed and intensely mineral-driven flavors possess excellent precision and like the straight villages cuvée, this is very Chambolle in character. Here though there is a bit more overall depth and length and I particularly like the sense of balance coupled with plenty of underlying tension." (1/2012)  89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. High-toned aromas of raspberry and orange-zest. Dense, sappy and dry, with cherry and saline flavors. N  ... Read More » 


2010 Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Murgers" : $159.95

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! A soft touch of wood frames a notably ripe nose of black pinot fruit that exhibits gentle spice and earth notes. There is an overtly muscular character to the robust and powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess plenty of dry extract that confers a velvety quality to the otherwise chewy, firm and built to age finish." (1/2012)  90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Aux Murgers wafts from the glass with sweet floral notes and exotic spices. This is a more ethereal, feminine style of Nuits that impresses for its grace and subtle, feminine personality. I e  ... Read More »  Limit of 1 per customer


2010 Domaine Meo-Camuzet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Boudots" : $164.99

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! This is also intensely floral with a mix of spice and earth nuances adding breadth to the otherwise pure and perfumed nose of red currant, plum and cassis aromas. There is excellent richness and volume to the concentrated and mouth coating medium weight plus flavors that are shaped by buried tannins on the very firm, balanced and hugely long finish. Unlike the Chaumes however, this will very likely match or even exceed its 2005 counterpart. Note however that plenty of patience will be a requisite." (1/2012)  90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les Boudo  ... Read More » 


2010 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru $259.95

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is slightly riper with hints of menthol to the densely fruited nose of cassis, plum and black berry liqueur aromas. There is a high degree of phenolic maturity to the structural elements that shape the very rich, mouth coating and hugely long finish. While this is not quite as youthfully austere as it usually is, it's still going to require close to 20 years of cellar time so this is by no means forward. Once again, the quality is exceptional and this is another wine that could match, or even surpass, its 2005 counterpart." (1/2012)  92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Clos de V  ... Read More »  Limit of 1 per customer


 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

+1-650-556-2724 Direct Line

Keithw@klwines.com

 

Friday
May102013

Champagne Friday: Tasting the Varietals

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Champagne Friday: Tasting the Varietals

One of the best and easiest ways to get more enjoyment out of Champagne is by getting an understanding of the grape varieties used in the region. A simple tasting of three wines (or four if you want to be a complete imbiber!) over dinner is all that is needed to get a pretty firm handle on these grape varieties. I promise this won't just be educational- it will also be fun!

The most planted grape in all of Champagne is Meunier, a variety that used to be thought of as a relative of Pinot Noir but is now recognized as completely indigenous to Champagne. The second most planted variety in the region is Pinot Noir and like the third- Chardonnay- is an import from Burgundy just a few hundred kilometers away. These three grapes make up more than 99.9% of the vineyard in Champagne, but they are not the only varieties in the region. Before phyloxera struck the region in the late 1800’s, Gamay, Pinot Blanc and local grapes Arbanne and Petite Meslier were widely planted. Now, these grapes are making a comeback among some of the best and most adventurous growers. Arbanne and Meslier are especially prized for being late ripening and high acid- two great properties in a warming environment.

To start off the tasting, I would recommend a blanc de blancs to cover Chardonnay. These bracing wines are perfect for the aperitif, and if you plan on doing the tasting over a dinner make a fine wine for the welcome of guests. You can easily transition from the aperitif into oysters, scallops or crab salad with this wine, since its lively acid and chalky character flatter shellfish like nothing else. I would recommend using the Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($34.99) for this as it is round enough to be friendly on its own, but packs enough cut to pair with the richest of crustaceans.

In this bottle you will find classic Champagne Chardonnay aromas and flavors like white flowers and strong minerality. You can learn more about Launois here.

I would follow up with Meunier, which is often dismissed as simple and fruity by the big houses, but is capable of gorgeous purity and deep savor when handled by a contentious grower and made by a talented wine maker. If you are pairing the wines with food, nothing brings out the best in Meunier like pate or mushrooms. Cinnamon and I have treated ourselves many times to old vintages from the master Rene Collard paired with foie gras, but the wines shine just as brightly with a mushroom tart. I would recommend the Michel Dervin Brut Champagne ($32.99) for the representative of this varietal- the blend is 80% Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir, but the Meunier takes command.

By tasting this you will get plenty of the apple and pear fruit that this variety is known for, as well as a hint of the chantrele and truffle components that makes Krug prize this grape so much.

After the Meunier move on to Pinot Noir and taste the Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Eclatante" Brut Champagne ($34.99). While this wine is only 70% Pinot, the power of this variety, in this case primarily from the top village of Ay, is firmly in control of this Champagne. Pinot dominated Champagne loves a piece of salmon, and if it is warm enough my favorite preparation in on a cedar plank on the grill. Pinot Noir is hard to ripen in Champagne, and the last variety to be harvested, and even though the wines have no color, they still have the cherry aroma and flavor that one expects in the reds.

This is the most structured variety in Champagne, and you will feel the difference in concentration and power in the Goutorbe.

If you want to go for a bonus round, we have a very special bottle for you that is composed of 40% Meslier, 40% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc. If you taste it, you will be among very few in the world to ever have had these ancient varieties. The Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne ($99) is worth every penny, and is high toned, incisive, exotic and long finishing. This would be excellent to open alongside the Goutorbe with the main course! You can learn more about this wine from the winemaker here.

Feel free to reach out to me at garywestby@klwines.com if you would like to talk about Champagne tastings! A toast to you!

 

Best,

Gary

Thursday
May092013

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Spectacular Deal on 2009 Grand Cru Romanée St. Vivant

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

How often do you see that headline?  In a world where the top wines in Burgundy have become ever scarcer, and ever more expensive, I was excited to find this gem, from the highly regarded 2009 vintage with terrific scores.  Originally $360, and now sold elsewhere at prices up to $400, we have this for $229.95, a discount of more than 35% from the original price.

Of course, quantities are limited to stock on hand.  These bottles are IN STOCK, available at www.klwines.com  or by calling 1-800-247-5987.

2009 Domaine Louis Latour Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru "Les Quatre Journaux" (Previously $360) $229.95

 

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound  

Don't Miss! A highly spiced, pure and elegant nose that is sheer class in a glass complements perfectly the rich yet well-detailed flavors blessed with an abundance of dry extract that culminate in a delicious, complex, long and beautifully balanced finish. This stunning effort is easily the best wine in the range in 2009 and should amply reward long-term cellaring. (5/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Black cherry juice vies with a dense structure in this powerful wine. It has layers of tannins and sweetness. This is a firm, solid wine packed inside velvet. Age for 10 years and more. (9/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

This ripe, lush red displays cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors, picking up hints of clove, vanilla and licorice as this glides to a long finish. There's a sweetness at the core, yet also firm tannins. The impression is one of ripe fruit. Best from 2013 through 2026. (11/ 2011)

K&L Notes

The scoop on the vineyard, from Domaine Louis Latour: "The Latour family has been proprietors of a part of Romanée-Saint-Vivant since December 1898. 'Les Quatre Journaux' is a magnificent plot of land situated at the South-West of Romanée Saint Vivant, a few meters from the Romanée-Conti vineyard. A 'Journal' is an old Burgundian measurement corresponding to approximately 0.4 hectares (34,28 ares). Even though the Latour’s initial purchase carried the entirety of the plot, half of it was sold some years later. Today Maison Louis Latour owns 0.8 hectares of Romanée-Saint-Vivant."

 

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

 

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