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2012 Olivier Leflaive St-Aubin 1er Cru "Charmois"
Review Date: 3-3-2015
In Burgundy, it is all about terroir, a sense of place. What this means is that it is location, location, location. And here we have it. Charmois sits right on the border with Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chaumees. But wine from the other side of the invisible dotted line will cost you about 50% more money. So if you are looking for a bargain, you will see why we got the U.S. exclusive for this wine from Olivier Leflaive. Bright and crisp, with focused minerality and length, this is a terrific accompaniment for some grilled shrimp. The 15% of new oak gives a gentle toastiness to this wine, without dominating the flavors.
Price: $41.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Joseph Faiveley Bouzeron AligotÚ
Review Date: 2-24-2015
Bouzeron is a special place. Thanks to Aubert de Villaine, proprietor of the world famous Domaine de la Romanee Conti, it is an all-Aligote appellation. These vines are leased by Faiveley from de Villaine, and produce a wine that is bright and crisp, with a fascinating nuttiness. Delightful!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey "Villeranges"
Review Date: 2-24-2015
On the border between Rully and Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Faiveley sources their "Les Villeranges" from an east-facing vineyard planted in clay-limestone soils. The vines were planted between 1965 and 1982 and Faiveley only produces 200 cases of this cuvee annually. This has darker and denser fruit than the 2011, but retains the supple entry and lovely red and black fruit notes on the palate
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Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (Monopole)
Review Date: 2-24-2015
This wine has become one of the flagships of the Faiveley portfolio the last few years. Singing with dark red fruit and boasting a truly impressive concentration, this is a wine to cellar, and to give time to mature. If you do, you will have an impressively balanced, truly Grand Cru experience. If you cannot wait, decant it for an hour or more to enjoy the opulent focused character of this wine.

2013 Jean-Paul Brun "Terres Dorees" Chardonnay Beaujolais Blanc
Review Date: 2-19-2015
It is rare that I get excited about Beaujolais Blanc. But that is because I love Chardonnay grown on limestone soils (like the Cote d'Or). Unfortunately, the limestone of the Cote d'Or and Cote Chalonaise dives deep undergound, leaving Beaujolais with a granitic soil, less well-suited for Chardonnay.

The cagey Jean-Paul Brun knows an amazing fact. In the far southern end of Beaujolais that magical limestone resurfaces. He was able to acquire some 80 year old Chardonnay vines on just this soil. he makes the wine in stainless steel, with no oak influence.

The result is an interesting Chardonnay of great richness, with pear and citrus notes. it finishes with bright and refreshing acidity and a rich buttery note. A charming wine for a song.
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0

The Durand Corkscrew for Removal of Old Corks with Confidence
Review Date: 2-16-2015
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I thought I did not need a single additional wine gadget, but this one took me by surprise. It is the single best invention I have ever seen for opening old bottles of wine with long and fragile corks! It is a combination of an Ah-So style opener and a worm. Between them they reliably work together to grab the cork, and remove it intact. It is handmade in the U.S., from a design by Mark Taylor, and named to honor sommelier Yves Durand. It is not cheap. But if you are opening a priceless old bottle, it is well worth it to have an intact cork come out of that cherished wine bottle. I have one personally, and swear by it for old Bordeaux, Burgundy or California wines! Nothing is perfect, and no one bats 1000, but this device comes as close as I have encountered. There is a reason we have sold 100s of these, even at this price. If you open priceless old bottles, you can hardly afford to be without it.
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne "Perle d'Aurore" Brut RosÚ
Review Date: 2-16-2015
This delightful sparkling rosé wine comes from Burgundy. It is made of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay Noir. The charming eye of the swan color comes from the addition of Pinot Noir to the wine when the lees are disgorged, following the traditional fermentation in the individual bottle, in the Champagne method. On the palate it is very rich and fruity but just off-dry on the finish. The mousse is explosive, with a very creamy palate impression. It shows just a hint of the earthiness of a Pinot Noir from Burgundy. This charming rosé, has been a perennial best-seller for K&L, and if you taste it, you will see why.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 2-4-2015
Lovely, concentrated, most elegant in character. This was a vintage where there were a lot of shot bunches (the Burgundians call it millerandage, the Americans Hen and Chicks). the result is a concentrated, focused and most delightful Pinot that could hold its head high in any quarters.

2012 Yangarra Estate "Old Vine" Grenache McLaren Vale
Review Date: 2-4-2015
Planted in 1946, so the vigor is low. Soils are a mixture of sandstone and decomposed sandstone (sand). Big, spicy and expressive on the palate, this nonetheless retains delicacy and focus, once you get past the rather steely structure. Decant this to drink now or wait some years.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 94 BC 0

2012 Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau Volnay
Review Date: 2-3-2015
This Volnay is a wonderful reflection of the village, coming, as it does form the Meursault side, the Pommard side and the top of the hill. It is rich and concentrated, with lovely ripe phenolics and a long and expressive finish. This domaine is a welcome addition to K&L's Direct Import program and represents an amazing value. 2/2015
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Price: $39.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau Bourgogne Rouge (Maison Dieu)
Review Date: 2-3-2015
OK, folks, this is one of those secret places in Burgundy. It is only Bourgogne Rouge in name, but the secret, as in much of Burgundy is location, location, location. This single vineyard lies just south of Beaune, along the beautiful row of tall trees on the RN74. On one side of the road it is Pommard Perrieres, with beautiful 100 year old vines. On the other side is Maison Dieu, with old vines and lots of complexity, a very Pommard character, but no Pommard name to raise the price. rich and focused, with layered, spicy character and notes of cherries, this is a terrific Burgundy for under $20. 2/2015
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Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Rousseau "
Review Date: 2-3-2015
A lovely ripe nose is followed by dark red fruits and a bit of earthiness. This lovely Santenay comes form the border with Maranges and shares that regions rich fruit character. The wine has very gentle tannins and a darker color due to the fermentation technique called delestage. A ripe, concentrated and lovely wine at a most reasonable tariff. Try a Premier Cru Burgundy from the original home of Pinot, for less than many Oregon Pinot Noirs, thanks to K&L's Direct Import program. 2/2015
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Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les SÚtilles"
Review Date: 2-3-2015
Sourced from over 60 plots, all located in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, this rich white Burgundy is a terrific value. It has focused fruit, white flowers on the nose and a lovely toasty mineral note on the back palate. 2012 is a rich and concentrated vintage, and this wine, from vines of an average age of 35 years, is a wonderful value in white burgundy, the original home of Chardonnay. It is aged 70% in oak barrels (15% new oak), with the remainder done in tank to preserve freshness and vitality. 02/2015
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Domaine Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Feusselottes"
Review Date: 2-3-2015
This delightful Chambolle is showing beautifully. it reflects the linear nature of the vintage, with focused red fruit notes and a subtle elegance that speaks of Chambolle-Musigny. Purchased directly from France, it is in beautiful condition and drinking well. I have had it twice in the last week, and loved it both times. 2/1/2015
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Price: $74.95 Add To Cart BH 91 BC 0

2012 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Renardes Grand Cru
Review Date: 1-29-2015
For me, renardes, Bressandes and Clos du Roi are without equal among the grand cru reds from Crton. To findone, from a great vintage, at this price is only possible because of our direct purchase. The rich texture, drive and weight all reveal clearly tha tthis is Grand Cru. The palate impression is very rich, with ripe tannins. There is just a hint of sauvage/foxy notes that this vineyard is known for. Bravo Etienne! (03/2014)
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Price: $67.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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