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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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This is a charming Chardonnay from a small grower in the Macon. 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 wine, which is charming and elegant. This is not the super-ripe style that is suddenly popular, but is, instead, a balanced, well-made and wonderfu... 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." (11/2013) K&L Notes: 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... Read More »
From estate vineyards just south of Chielly-lès-Maranges. The 2012 Bourgogne has a very pretty nose with notes of red cherries and raspberries. On the palate it shows quite a bit more weight and structure. This is, despite its modest price, concentrated serious wine that still manages to remain charming and most attractive in character. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux." (1/2014)92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "blend of 17 different owned 1ers plus anothe ...Read More »
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One of our favorite values in Burgundy is back. This release, is aged in tank to preserve freshness, This is the epitome of a bright, charming Pinot from this northerly region adjacent to Chablis (one of the northern most sites for still red wine in the world). And only K&L's Direct Import program makes this fabulous price possible! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)
Pierre Meurgey, formerly the Managing Director at Maison Champy, with whom we have been working for 20 years, is now working on his own. His mother's family hails from the Mâcon, so he has particularly good connectoins with some terrific growers in this part of Burgundy. The name comes from his name, and that of his mother's family, in the time-honored Burgundian tradtion. This Chardonnay is fermented and aged only in tank to emphasize the freshness and minerality of this wine, sourced from the village of Uchizy in the northern part of Mâcon. (Keith... Read More »
From estate vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay, this is rich and charming, with an open and easy elegance about it. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
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 »
Wine & Spirits: "Lively and fresh, this flavorful sparkling wine is packed with ripe lemon and quince fruit. Its mousse is a bit foamy, its aroma a bit grassy. Balanced for the richness of a lobster roll." (10/2011) K&L Notes: From Chardonnay grown in the Maconnais region of southern Burgundy, this lovely sparkling wine is fresh and floral with apple and pear notes, lots of tiny bubbles and a crisp finish. A remarkable value!
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An expressive and cool nose features notes of ripe red and dark berries that display plenty of earth character. There is a nicely rich and round mouth feel to the middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture on the delicious if mildly austere finish. This should drink well almost immediately." (4/2014) K&L Notes: This shows extremely lovely fruit on the entry, followed by substantial structure and fine tannins behind it. Normally this is vinified half in barrel and half in tank, but the small crop and lovely ripeness in 2012 meant that they could age it al... Read More »
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. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2015)
Thierry Matrot is a fourth-generation winemaker in Burgundy, who makes wine like his great grandparents did: naturally. Located in Mersault, he and his wife Pascale have 19 hectares in five local villages, including 1er cru Puligny-Montrachet. They make meticulously crafted wines that truly reflect the storied terroir where they're grown.
From a well-situated vineyard near the famous Beaune Clos des Mouches, this has bright acidity, focus and lovely red fruit character. Nicely ripe but not at all over the top. Very poised. Terrific value. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
This can legally come from many of the villages in the Cote de Beaune. In this case, it comes from some vineyards quite near each other. One is in Chorey-les-Beaune, just below Aloxe-Corton, in a lovely organically and biodynamically farmed vineyard called "Les Champs Long." Other fruit comes from Savigny-les-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. The result is a lovely wine, with bright and charming fruit, a lovely mid-palate and a soft and pretty finish. This is what the British would call more-ish, as in I'll have some more, please! (Keith Wollenberg, K... Read More »
Domaine Bachelet-Ramonet describes the wines made from this site as having great richness and power.
Leased from the proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Recorded in Burgundy in the 1700s, Aligoté was once widely planted, but almost died out in the early 20th century after the 19th century phylloxera epidemic wiped out most of the vineyards. It is undergoing a renaissance in the 21st century, however; Aubert DeVillaine, proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti believes so fervently in this grape that he fought for—and won—an all-Aligoté appellation in Bouzeron. Aligoté is a high-acid grape, so ripeness is important for balance. My friends... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding Top Value! A pungent nose of resin, straw and citrus leads to punchy and attractively textured medium weight flavors that possess good volume before concluding in a lingering finish that is markedly more complex than the typical example of the genre. This is really very good and it would make a fine choice as an all-around house white. Recommended." (6/2014) K&L Notes: Producer note, Burghound.com: "Bernard Morey's sons have each taken their respective shares of his domaine. Vincent married the daughter of a vigneron from Santenay, which explains the larg... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pungent nose features notes of straw, melon and yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is both good detail and energy to the solidly voluminous flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel and solid length though only average depth." (6/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay illuminates the potential deficiencies of the Aligote, for it is much fresher and vibrant on the nose. It comes only from vineyards in Puligny, a mixture of the family’s own vineyards and some negoce. The palate is clean and fresh with apple peel and pear, although the finish is missing a ...Read More »
87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A cool and airy nose of red currant, raspberry, earth and animale hints gives way to seductively textured and attractively intense flavors that are shaped by fine grained tannins that impart a relatively sophisticated mouth feel to the delicious finish. This should drink well young but age reasonably well too." (1/2014) K&L Notes: Fabiènne and Gilles Ballorin are behind this 100% biodynamically-farmed domaine that was established with the 2005 vintage. The Les Chenevières Vineyard name comes from the Old French word for Cotton Fields, to which once, centuries ago, th... Read More »
90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An ever-so-slightly riper nose features notes of essence of plum, earth, sauvage hints and a touch of leather. Here too there is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the middle weight flavors that are bigger and more overtly muscular before culminating in a mouth coating, textured and impressively persistent finish. This should amply reward extended cellaring and note that it will need it." (4/2014)
Crisp and clean, finished with a Stelvin Luxe twist top. This is from vineyards near Puligny, and from others in the Vire-Clesse appellation. It has pretty fruit and clean finish.
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From one of the best vineyards in the commune. It is rich and attractive in character, with lovely fruit on the entry, followed by more structure on the finish. This has a lovely nose, great density, lots of charm, a long finish and shows a real sense of place. I think this may be the best vintage I have tasted of this wine! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 3/2014)
The ancient white grape of Burgundy, spicy and crisp. it makes a refreshing aperitiv.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This possess a deep color for a Chorey along with an attractive nose of kirsch, plum and earth nuances. Here too there is good volume to the medium-bodied flavors that have a suave and very round mouth feel, all wrapped in a mildly rustic finish that delivers fine depth and length for what this is. Worth considering for value." (4/2014) Jancis Robinson: "A touch of farmyard here, plus some bright, tasty herbal notes. Leathery and dark to finish. Good density, and the first funkiness on the nose doesn’t dominate. (RH)" (1/2014) K&L Notes: Labeled as simply Chorey Les Beaune, this is esta... Read More »
90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more expressive nose that is almost as pretty exhibits more deeply pitched aromas of cassis, plum and pungent earth. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the fleshy and very generous medium weight flavors that possess an abundance of mouth coating dry extract, all wrapped in a robust and firmly structured finish. This should be lovely if you have the patience to cellar it" (4/2014)
Reserved and closed in character. Very nice lenght on the finish. This has lterrific fruit, but the structure will require q bit of patience. (Keith Wolenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/2013)
OK, you ask--what is Clyde doing writing up Burgundy wines? The Bordeaux specialist has veered off track. Well, I tasted this wine on my February trip to the South of France--Montpellier, to be exact. My good friends Alain and Patricia Corcia were in town for the Vinisud Trade show and we got together to taste some of Alain's wines. This white Burgundy was one of the first wines tasted and I bought it on the spot. Creamy, appley aromas meshed with a touch of toasty oak. Very clean and refreshing on the palate with a lingering finish. Years ago when ... Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "A smoky, burnt match aroma gives way to peach, lemon pie and baking spice flavors in this lush white. Balanced and forthcoming, leaving a hazelnut aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 400 cases imported." (12/2014)
Wine Enthusiast: "Grown on chalk soil, this has a steely core that cuts through the more rounded, ripe tropical fruits. It’s full and rich, balancing acidity and the full fruits. The aftertaste combines toast and freshness." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Very fleshy, yet offset by lively acidity, this white evokes melon and peach flavors, offering a hint of white pepper. Tails off on the finish. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2014)"
Wine Enthusiast: "Rounded and ripe, it has tannins nicely embedded in the red plum and strawberry flavors. It’s full-bodied and already showing a delicious, seductive side. Drink from 2016." (9/2014) Wine Spectator: "A taut red, evoking pretty floral, cherry, sandalwood and spice notes. Juicy and long on the finish. Drink now. (Web-2014)"
Only a special purchase direct from the winery in France made this price possible. Delicious and creamy, classic white Burgundy.from four parcels in Chassagne below the village.The 2012 has a bit more weight and structure than the 2011 did, with good structure and a bright finish. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Among the whites, three premiers crus from Meursault show outstanding potential, the austere, racy and intense chalk-infused Perrières (92–95 points, non-blind)." (2/2015) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Meursault 1er Cru les Perrières has an attractive austerity on the nose, well defined, and actually capturing the essence of Perrières better than some of the more famous producers. The palate is crisp and precise with a keen line of acidity, well-integrated oak and a touch of grilled walnut and salinity toward the long finish. Bravo! This is very well-executed Perrières. ...Read More »
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 St. Aubin 1er Cru Charmois is 100% negoce fruit and is raised in 15% new oak. It has a very light bouquet that needs more fruit expression. The palate has a light, apple entry with slightly shrill acidity at the moment. It is very citric in the mouth with bitter lemon on the terse finish" (12/2013) K&L Notes: Saint Aubin les Charmois is a bit of a less-known gem. It is located on the wrong side of an invisible dotted line directly next to Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru les Chaumees. It represents Chassagne richness, but at a more reasonable tariff than any Ch... Read More »
Domaine Marc Jomain is a family enterprise. Brothers Philippe and Christophe Jomain and their sister Catherine, started the winery back in 1992 with vineyards left to them by their father Marc. They have holdings in four of Puligny-Montrachet's Premier Crus, as well a more than an acre in the Grand Cru of Bâtard-Montrachet. The wines benefit from extended lees contact and battonage, with limited new barrels. A great value, hand-picked from estate vineyards in Puligny Montrachet.
A total production of only three barrels from rthis vineyard located next to the village, just across the road from the winery. It is named for the rivulets of water that flow down the slope after a heavy rain. It is very vibrant and alive with the sturcture a bit tight and compressed from the recent bottling (it was bottled 10 days before I tasted it). Lots of very fine-grained tannin structure at the finish. Rather black fruit notes, but an elegant rather than burly profile. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 03/2013)
Many people think of white Burgundy as being purely Chardonnay-based. While Chardonnay may be the most famous white varietal in Burgundy, there is another: Aligoté. Recorded in Burgundy in the 1700s, Aligoté was once widely planted, but almost died out in the early 20th century after the 19th century phylloxera epidemic wiped out most of the vineyards. It is undergoing a renaissance in the 21st century, however. Aligoté is a high-acid grape, so ripeness is important for balance. My friends in Burgundy always serve a glass of Aligoté to start the evening ... Read More »
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From a site on the slopes just above the village of Savigny, en route to Bouilland. It is always a vineyard with terrific minerality, since it has the cooler air descending from the Rhoin valley, as well as shallower topsoils. Charming and elegant, with bright minerality, attractive citrus and lemon notes, lots of complexity and a long and elegant finish, this is simply terrific and an amazing value in white Burgundy!. Like many wines from this area, there may be some Pinot Blanc planted here, although you are always assured it is 100% Chardonnay. You... Read More »
Vermots-Dessus is a vineyard high on the hillside, with shallow topsoil and lots of limestone, producing whites of floral and interesting character. This shows some minerality on the palate and a very nice drive. It is solid, delicious Chardonnay from the Cote d'Or, fermented and aged in small French oak barrels, at an extremely reasonable tariff.
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A restrained and cool but clearly ripe nose features notes of violets, plum and earth where the latter element is more prominent still. There is good punch to the notably rich flavors that retain moderately good detail on the rustic but delicious finale where the wood is more completely integrated." (4/2014) K&L Notes: This comes from the section of this vineyard called Petit Clos Rousseau, likely due to the fact that the lay of the land is such that the rows are shorter in this section of the vineyard. The name may come from the local dialectical word for Chardonnay... Read More »
Young Etienne Delarche has been making ever more elegant wines since he took over the reins of this family estate in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The harvest is hand-picked and the wines made in the traditional manner. The grapes are pressed and the must left to settle. Fermentation takes place in small vats at a temperature not exceeding 20°C for the Pernands while the Corton Charlemagnes go straight into barrels. All the wines spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels. They have subtle aromas and are well-balanced with spicy, min... Read More »
This a new acquisition of one of the family's historic vineyards in Santenay from his brother Vincent who left the wine business to farm cereal grains west of Paris. It shows a very pretty thread of minerality running through it, which comes from the relatively shallow topsoil of this site, located above the more well-known Santenay Gravières. This has that combination of energy, focus and a relatively open texture on the palate that makes it very easy to like. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
Wine Spectator: "A sleek, racy style, boasting flavors of lime, white flowers, apple and citrus peel. A mineral accent peeks through on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2017." (9/2014) K&L Notes: This Chardonnay, 100% hand-harvested, comes from a single vineyard well-situated on gravel-rich soil in Meursault. Traditional aging in oak barrels for one year helps to produce this fresh though fleshy, robust white. This is a domaine to watch. As Charles Ballot, in his 20s, has taken over from his father, Philippe, the wines have gotten better and better. They are pruning very stric... Read More »
Lush and lovely wine, with extremely well-robed tannins and unmistakeable old vine character form the 60-year-old vines here. Lovely length, terrific weight -- a lot to like! Bravo! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 3/2014)
From the vineyard next to Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains Premier Cru; the 2011 scored 90 points in Wine Enthusiast.
Philippe and Etienne Delarche run a family estate of 9 hectares in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. The harvest is hand-picked and the wines made in the traditional manner. The grapes are pressed and the must left to settle. Fermentation takes place in small vats at a temperature not exceeding 20°C for the Pernands while the Corton Charlemagnes go straight into barrels. All the wines spend a minimum of 12 months in barrels. They have subtle aromas and are well-balanced with spicy, mineral flavours. Young Etienne Delarche has been mak... Read More »
91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An exquisite, high-toned and elegant nose featuring spice, red fruits and hints of earth and underbrush combine with rich, sweet, refined and detailed flavors that possess good depth and plenty of finishing punch and persistence. This is wonderfully pure and a classic Chambolle in style and character that could actually be enjoyed now though there is enough structure to warrant cellaring it for another 3 to 5 years. In short, this is really lovely stuff." (4/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Still quite pale. Light nose, though with promise of velvet and prunes. Very deep impression ...Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top Value* There is enough reduction to knock down the expressiveness of the nose so I would suggest decanting it first. There is good volume and richness to the attractively precise and energetic flavors that exude a discreet earthiness on the ever-so-slightly austere finish. This is a very fine and ageworthy Bourgogne that is worth a look." (1/2014) K&L Notes: Named after Philip III, the best of the Dukes of Burgundy, also known as Philip the Good (Le Bon). And, Gilles says with a wink, this is good Burgundy. Fresh and bright, with focus, acidity and a... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is just enough wood to notice framing the pretty mix of both red and dark berry fruit and soft earth aromas. The middle weight flavors possess good volume and a lovely sense of energy before terminating in a clean and dry, in the best sense, finish that displays a touch of youthful austerity. This should drink well young." (4/2014) K&L Notes: Lovely cherry fruit. This is done in 15% new oak. It is made from a mixture of estate-grown fruit and purchased grapes from a grower in Santenay with whom they work each vintage. It is bright, rich and open, with good co... Read More »