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Welcome to one of the most historic wine regions in the world, a province of eastern France that is famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of other grapes are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) This is complicated and exciting territory - the hallowed ground where more than a few bonafide wine geeks end up. View our selection...
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K&L Staff Recommendations
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautifully aromatic wine with toast and yellow fruits mingling easily together. It is ripe while also light to taste, a crisp burst of acidity giving the wine a fine lift. Yellow fruits, citrus and toast play together in this attractive wine that is ready to drink." (12/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A creamy style, with smoky matchstick aromas and flavors offsetting lemon and apple fruit. Turns leaner on the chalky finish. Fine balance. Drink now through 2019" (12/2015) K&L Notes: This delightfully rich white Burgundy is made as an homage to Olivier Leflaive's Uncle Vincent Leflaiv... Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "Gentle strawberry fruit fills this soft rosé, its zesty finish keeping it clean. A fine aperitif." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Full, ripe wine, layered with fruits and a dry, more mineral core. The wine has good depth of flavor, strawberries, red currants and a citrus cut that keeps the wine fresh at the end. (RV)" (11/2013) Wine Spectator: "Tea rose, ground spice and orange zest accents lace this firm rosé, with crunchy white peach and blanched almond flavors on a lively, open-knit palate." (6/2016) K&L Notes: This delightful sparkling rosé wine comes from Burgundy. It is made of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Ga... Read More »
Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.
In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves's son Benoit has joined him, representing the 11th consecutive generation of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to import their wines directly.
This is a charming Chardonnay from a small grower in the Mâcon. Lionel Rhedon-Marin is a recent graduate of the College of Viticulture in the nearby village of Davaye, where Guffens trained. All of their young-vine fruit is sold in bulk to one of the better negociants, who is pleased to have it, since Lionel is such a careful grower. But their old-vine fruit, all over 45 years of age, is kept for the Domaine's wine, which is tantalizing and elegant.
Jean-Michel took over the family business in 1982, and his wines are known as great values out of Burgundy's Savigny-les-Beaune appellation. On the palate this wine shows a soft, medium body with ripe tannin and good acidity giving shape to it. Although this wine is showing beautifully right now, you can look forward to checking in on it in five years to see how it progresses.
An outstanding value white from a reliable source, the Alain Corcia is a hit with K&L staff.
Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This is such a wine, from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. ... Read More »
91 points Decanter: "Quince and mandarin aromas with layers of warm butter and caramel. Great roundness on the palate with hints of caramel and new oak, well complemented by the thrilling grapefruit acidity and impressive length." (7/2016) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "From vines aged between 40 and 80 years, this is a lightly wood-aged wine, with yellow fruits that go with the spicy toast. Full, ripe, and nicely cut with acidity, it has a creamy, smooth texture. Drink now." (8/2016) K&L Notes: Vitallis is a new "hidden gem" our buyers found in the Mâcon, where small producers fly under the radar. In classic Burgundian... Read More »
La Chablisienne is a renowned producer in the region we started working with directly last spring. With an impressive portfolio consisting of some of the best vineyard sites in Chablis, we'd been eager to do business with these guys from years. Now that our first container has arrived and the bottles are finally hitting the shelves, it's safe to say there may not be a more exciting selection of white wines at K&L right now. The 2014 La Chablisienne Bourgogne Chardonnay has it all there: minerality, fruit and acidity, in perfect harmony and balance. It st... Read More »
96 points Decanter: "Fresh and complex aromatics built around green tea, lime, mango and passion fruit with almonds and fresh butter on the side. Nice complexity and density, yet delicate with perfectly integrated wood stretching out to a very impressive long finish. A mightily impressive wine." (6/2016) K&L Notes: Located in the center of Savigny-les-Beaune, the cellars of Henri de Villamont are some of the most impressive in Burgundy and date back to the 1880s. Today the property is owned by the Swiss company Schenk and holds a number of prestigious contracts with local growers, in add... Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "The aromas are dark in tone, with red cherry scents over cool lees. It finishes a touch sweet, for pâté or charcuterie." (4/2007) Wine Enthusiast: "Rounded and rich, this Blanc de Blancs has both a smooth texture, delicious white fruits and an intense line of acidity. It's clean, fragrant, very fresh. (RV)" (11/2013) Wine Spectator: "This lively version is balanced and lightly mouthwatering, with hints of yellow pear, creamed almond and ginger. (AN, Web-2016)"
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine has smoky wood and rich fruit already well in balance. It offers ripe acidity from its strawberry and red-currant fruits along with a rich texture. The wine is already delicious although it will develop much further. Drink from 2019. (RV)" (10/2016) K&L Notes: In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves' son Benoit has joined him, bringing to 11 the consecutive generations of the family to gr... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A subtle but not invisible touch of wood sets off the pretty and fresh aromas of various orchard fruits, and in particular white peach and pear. There is fine volume for a wine at this level to the round and seductively textured flavors where a hint of citrus adds a bit of lift to the acceptably complex and persistent finale." (6/2016) Wine & Spirits: "Warm and leesy, this has the textural weight and body of a Rhône wine and some musky green flavors. Serve it well chilled with boudin blanc." (4/2016) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a ripe and soft wine with pure apple and citrus fruit. It is crisp, ...Read More »
The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey. The name means "the walled vineyard in that brambly area," derived from the local word "Ronde" instead of the more usual French "Ronce," meaning brambles. In a land where ownership is usually splintered, this vineyard is a rare case where the entire vineyard is under one owner, Domaine Faiveley. It lies on a gentle slope, with rich red-brown soil, a fairly high clay content, and buried limestone beneath. The result is a Pinot Noir displaying rich, round fruit, both red and black, and just a... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough reduction present to render the nose impossible to properly assess. Otherwise there is good freshness and intensity to the middle weight flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel and enough depth and length to be interesting. Note that this should drink well immediately upon release." (6/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Soft and round. Without quite the edge of the Aligoté! Sound with some substance." (11/2015)
Located in Gevrey-Chambertin, Frédéric Esmonin has winemaking in his blood. His father, Andre, produced the grand cru Mazis-Chambertin for the Hospice de Beaune, and his cousin Sylvie is also well regarded. From the Prince of Pinot: "Judicious use of oak, excellent concentration at every level and early bottling maintaining freshness make Esmonin's wines very attractive and finely structured red Burgundies. They are among the first Burgundies from each vintage to arrive on our shores and they are very reasonably priced considering the pedigree of the vin... Read More »
There are still treasures to be found in the Mâcon, where small producers fly under the radar. Our most recent acquisition is Château Vitallis. In classic Burgundian fashion, the Dutron family has been growing vines since 1835, and now owns some of the oldest and best parcels in the village of Fuissé in the Pouilly-Fuissé district. Our buyers happened upon the château during a trip to Burgundy last October, and it was quite evident upon their return that they’d found something special. Perhaps it was the haste with which the samples were chilled and open... Read More »
92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroir comes from five parcels from around the appellation and it includes 30% whole bunch and 30% new oak. It has a vibrant bouquet, a melange of blue and black fruit that lends it a Fixin-like personality. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin that are filigree. This has a silky texture, perfectly judged acidity and disarming purity on the finish. This is premier cru quality—period. It is not a question of whether Arnaud Mortet's 2015 Burgundies kicked arse...but how much. I was totally blown away by the ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A hint of petrol combines with notes of white orchard fruit and lemon zest. There is a lovely sense of energy to the citrusy middle weight flavors that offer just enough depth and length on the attractively crisp finish to be interesting." (6/2016)
In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves’s son Benoit has joined him, bringing to 11 the consecutive generations of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to import their wines direct.
What a delicious thoroughly attractive wine, for an equally delicious price! What attracted us to this wine instantly were the white flower notes on the nose. On the palate it is fine and elegant in structure. Nothing big or fat in character, but this is unmistakably poised and elegant, with nice minerality and a most attractive finish. If you like subtlety in your white burgs, this is for you. It comes from a single estate vineyard just below the Premier Cu "Les Chaumées
Always a charming wine, this Pinot Noir is from several vineyards mostly on the border between Volnay and Pommard and is supple and delightful on the palate.
In the case of Domaine Paul Pernot, the vigneron tradition runs back about 200 years. Although Paul Pernot founded the domaine in 1959, the family had been growing and making wine long before that—mostly for the Drouhin family. Now the third generation of Pauls is learning the classic, careful farming and winemaking that makes this domaine such a success. Based in Puligny-Montrachet, the Pernots touch some of the best Chardonnay vines on earth. But the care used on their high end wines extends all the way down through to their Bourgogne Blanc (still larg... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "The citrus and floral-infused nose flirts with a trace of reduction though I doubt that it will last for long. The clean, intense and well-detailed middle weight flavors exude a subtle salinity on the sleek, balanced and notably complex and persistent finale. This is really a very good Bourgogne and worth considering." (6/2016)
Vitallis is a new "hidden gem" our buyers found in the Mâcon, where small producers fly under the radar. In classic Burgundian fashion, the Dutron family has been growing vines since 1835, and now owns some of the oldest and best parcels in the village of Fuissé in the Pouilly-Fuissé district. In the glass, the wines live up to the hype: subtle, like any good white Burgundy, but complex, mineral-driven and poised. Denis Dutron uses all French oak, again with minimal new oak, and he also employs traditional “batonnage” practice, stirring the lees through ... Read More »
Marsannay is the northernmost commune of the Côte d’Or, and was granted its appellation in 1987, the first to cover red, white and rosé wines. In winemaking, the Pinot Noir grapes are fermented for about 4 weeks in oak vats, then matured in oak barrels for 15 months before bottling.
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is crisp, with a mineral texture that is tight and allows for considerable citric acidity. A riper background conveys rich apple flavors and a taut, nervy, steely character. Drink this concentrated wine from 2017. (RV)" (5/2016)
A gateway white Burgundy for California Chardonnay drinkers! Venturing out of a California Chardonnay drinking comfort zone into white Burgundy can be totally enlightening, enjoyable and surprisingly economical. The "Alain Corcia" is among the terroir-driven Burgundies we offer that expresses distinct style at a reasonable price point, and is sure to please Chardonnay drinkers on both sides of the fence.
Nicolas Potel, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker in Burgundy, has founded a new Domaine (estate-owned vineyards) and Maison (a négociant, making wine with fruit from other growers). The emphasis at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers that Nicolas works with are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables Nicolas to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven ... Read More »
91-94 points Vinous: "(fully destemmed; 50% new oak): Moderately saturated medium red. Very ripe aromas of plum, red cherry and redcurrant energized by floral and minty nuances. Conveys a stronger impression of vinosity than the Frémiets owing to its underlying saline minerality but the red fruit and sweet oak flavors still give it attractive sucrosité. This nicely sappy, high-pitched wine finishes with excellent subtle persistence and mineral grip." (1/2017)
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90-93 points Vinous: "this wine and all of the estate's crus were vinified with 50% whole clusters in 2015): Healthy dark red. A touch of meaty reduction to the complex aromas of plum, earth and smoky minerals, with the stem element bringing nuances of white pepper, spices and menthol. Tactile, solid, salty wine; more soil-driven and drier than the basic village offering in the early going, with its fruit still in the background--but then this is still in barrels while the other wine has been assembled. Conveys a considerably more austere impression along with noteworthy ener ...Read More »
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90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* A pungent nose is presently composed of wood toast and reduction. By contrast there is even better punch and mid-palate concentration to the moderately stony and beautifully well-detailed flavors that also display focused power on the broad-shouldered, firm and driving finish. Good stuff if you have the patience to allow this at least 6 to perhaps even 10 years of bottle age." (1/2017) 91-93 points Vinous: "Healthy dark red with ruby tones. Wild aromas of black cherry and blackberry lifted by spicy, minty high notes. Quite primary on the palate, but the slightly m ...Read More »
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Maison Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. We found him a few years ago on a tip, and found the purity of his wines to be most impressive. Thanks to importing his wines directly, we have them available at a very modest price. This exciting Pinot Noir comes from the picturesque village of Monthelie, located next to the more famous village of Volnay.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A ripe, fresh and markedly earthy nose displays a hint of the sauvage that can also be found on the vibrant and well-detailed if lighter weight flavors that exhibit mild austerity on the acceptably persistent and complex finish." (1/2016)
93 points Vinous: "Medium ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, crushed stone and bitter chocolate; a step up in class and complexity from the Jouises. Deep, sappy, concentrated wine with a tactile quality to its complex, very intense dark berry, spice and saline mineral flavors. Finishes with serious but suave tannins, lovely mineral pungency and slowly rising length. This very stylish, classically dry Gevrey premier cru really calls for at least five years of cellaring. (ST)" (1/2017) 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top value* Background notes of wood serve as a relativel ...Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection *** Up the slope above the Grand Cru of Le Montrachet, this vineyard once grew hemp (hence the name cheneve). This poised wine is both stylish and rich, with good acidity allied to ripe apple and citrus fruits. These cut through the mineral texture and promising a generous wine as it ages. Drink from 2020. (RV)" (8/2016) 94 points Wine Spectator: "An expansive, mouthfilling version that's both broad and focused. Vivid acidity drives the peach, melon and lemon flavors, while spice and pastry notes add depth. Shows fine equilibrium and length, with a mineral eleme ...Read More »
94-96 points Vinous: "Healthy bright, dark red. Knockout nose offers scents of kirsch and maraschino cherry, minerals, spices and white pepper. Tactile, chewy wine with an outstanding combination of sweetness, mineral verve and definition. Really bulletproof fruit here. Finishes very long and penetrating, with incredible energy and lift to its anise and spicecake flavors. These 2015s are wonderfully fresh and transparent to terroir. (ST)" (1/2017) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a perfumed bouquet with dark cherry fruit, blackcurrant and briary tinged with fine mineralit ...Read More »
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91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Notes of herbal tea, floral, spice and earth add breadth to the very ripe black raspberry and plum scents. The exceptionally rich, lush and concentrated big-bodied flavors coat the palate with sap before culminating in a youthfully austere, serious and wonderfully long finish. This is a substantially constituted wine but it's not huge." (1/2017) 91-94 points Vinous: "Good dark red with ruby tones. Blackberry, dark raspberry, licorice and violet on the nose. Very concentrated but youthfully imploded, with its intense dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors firmed by minerality. ...Read More »
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93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru includes 40% whole bunch and matured in 50% new oak, originating from the usual three vineyards: Petit Chapelle, Gerbaudes and Bel-Air. Apparently the berries here were particularly small. It has an understated bouquet at first, but it rapidly unfurls with pure dark cherries, crushed strawberry and rose petal aromas, an underlying mineralité surfacing with a few swirls of the glass. The palate is supremely well balanced with a killer line of acidity that slices through the layers of pure and compelling red cherry and st ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more complex and slightly more elegant nose offers up ripe but cool aromas of red currant and more evident earth nuances. There is good verve to the nicely detailed and appealingly textured middle weight flavors that offer better depth and persistence. This pretty effort would make a fine choice for an all-around house red." (4/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Mid to light cherry red. Enticing red fruit with a touch of spice and just a light note of vanilla sweetness. Like the bourgogne, this has very good harmony of structure and fruit in a lighter style. Here there is a slightly ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh, cool and pure nose offers up notes of various red berries along with touches of earth and underbrush. There is fine intensity and energy to the supple and delicious flavors that culminate in a refreshing finish that delivers sneaky good length. Domaine Charles Audoin was founded in 1972 with only 2 ha of vines that have now been augmented bit by bit to its present size of 12 ha. Charles' son Cyril joined his father in 2000 and is now completely responsible for the vines and winemaking." (1/2016)
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A fresh and overtly fruity nose displays notes of apple and citrus that leads to round, delicious and supple flavors that possess an easy-to-like finale where a hint of salinity adds a bit of lift. Drink: 2016+" (10/2015) Wine Spectator: "Verging on creamy in texture, with white peach, apple and lemon flavors. This firms up, leaving a mouthwatering finish. (BS)" (12/2015)
Régis Bouvier’s two parcels in Marsannay are adjoining; the Clos du Roy is on the slope and Les Longeroies is between the slope and the valley floor. The average age of the vines in the Les Longeroies is nearly 50 years.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A spicy, ripe and agreeably fresh array is composed by notes of both red and black pinot fruit, violets and soft wood nuances. Once again there is good volume to the velvety and suave medium weight flavors that deliver good length and reasonably good depth on the balanced finale." (1/2016) K&L Notes: Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur is run by Bernard Gros and son, Vincent.
92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't miss!* Moderate reduction presently renders the nose difficult to evaluate but there is lovely intensity to the strongly mineral-inflected and muscular big-bodied flavors that display fine cut and plenty of punch on the pure and relatively refined finish that delivers flat out superb length. This is potentially excellent though note well that it's going to require plenty of bottle age to realize its full potential." (6/2016) 95 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, charming white, featuring lemon, baked apple, vanilla, clove and nutmeg flavors, with fine concentration and length. ...Read More »
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89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is aromatically similar to the Chaignots but perhaps just a touch fresher. There is fine richness to the very round and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors where the minerality is a bit more pronounced on the relatively powerful finish that is slightly longer though slightly less complex. At the moment these two wines are qualitative equals but the expressions are quite different." (1/2015) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A pretty red, this delivers strawberry, cherry and mineral flavors matched to a lean, athletic frame. Turns tight on the finish, but this should relax in a ...Read More »