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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 might think they're from a much higher (and more expensive) appellation - and this is such a wine. 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.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A rich, ripe while still mineral wine, this is concentrated and dense with fruit. It has a good texture as well as a layer of toast that gives extra depth. The wine has spice and a stylish, crisp aftertaste. (RV)" (10/2016) K&L Notes: 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 steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.
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 »
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 steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.
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 »
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 »
Wine Enthusiast: "This ripe, yellow-fruit-flavored wine has a smooth, rich texture. Full and flavorsome, it conveys a ripe, nutty character. The wine with its warm fruitiness is ready to drink. (RV)" (10/2016) K&L Notes: Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you might think they're from a much higher (and more expensive) appellation. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This one example, harvested from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small... Read More »
In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming. All their young vines are either organically farmed or under organic conversion and all the... 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)"
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
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* The wine comes from the Leflaive home village and the blend (from more than 20 parcels) demonstrates the intimate knowledge the family has with its terroir. It has a fine balance between the ripe yellow and white stone fruits and acidity. These are given structure by the wood aging and strong mineral texture. This is still developing and still filling out, so drink from 2018. (RV)" (12/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A bracing white, whose acidity marshals lemon, green apple and baking spice flavors. Shows a hint of honey and ends with savory, salty notes on the ...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)
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* This opulent wine is full of ripe fruit and has a generous texture. Apricot and pear flavors give richness that is cut by acidity that gives the wine tremendous lift. The toast adds the lightest touch at the end. Drink from 2019. (RV)" (10/2016) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Racy and rich, with a core of peach, lemon, spice and pastry flavors. Beautifully balanced, presenting a long aftertaste of toast. Best from 2017 through 2025. (BS)" (9/2016) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Vergers might well be the most conservative, the strictest on the nose from the do ...Read More »
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 »
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)
Wine & Spirits: "Meursault-like in its pale power and toasted hazelnut richness, this is punctuated by acidity and a complex wet clay and limestone minerality that lasts. A smoky, full-on white Burgundy." (4/2017)
After working as the winemaker at his father's domaine, Pierre Yves Colin began his own in 2005 to much acclaim.
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.
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 »
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)
Allen Meadows reports on Faiveley's 2013 vintage: "Erwan Faiveley and Bernard Hervet describe 2013 as a 'difficult vintage that contrary to what one might have easily expected produced some really lovely and classic wines. The growing season was very challenging, especially in the Côte de Beaune but even in the Côte de Nuits it was no cakewalk. We began picking in the Côte de Beaune on the 26th of September and in the Côte de Nuits on the 30th. Sorting was highly variable with some parcels requiring quite a bit and some almost none at all though as a ver... 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 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Saint Aubin 1er Cru le Charmois, which sees a modest 5% new wood, has a crisp and slightly floral bouquet, just a hint of white peach coming through flanked by vanilla. The palate is fresh on the entry, very fine line of acidity, very tensile with a refined, quite sophisticated, Puligny-like finish. This is an excellent Saint Aubin from the domaine. (NM)" (12/2015) 89-91 points Vinous: "Orange zest dominates the nose. Thick and smooth but fresh thanks to harmonious acidity and an underlying mineral piquancy. Fine-grained, stylish wine with citrus and rock flavors domin ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Cooler, more precise aromas of pear and lemon ice. Juicy and aromatic in the mouth, showing very good precision to the flavors of pear, stone fruit and white flowers. The wine's touch of sweetness (actually, 2.2 grams per liter) is nicely buffered by ripe acidity and saline minerality. Finishes savory and long, with good mineral firmness. Terrific balance here. (ST)" (9/2014) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A smooth talker, boasting peach, apple pie, spice and distinctive mineral flavors. Dense and taut, with a long, complex and spicy finish that suggests the b ...Read More »
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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)
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet Le Trezin, a late ripening vineyard because of its altitude, has a well defined, engaging bouquet with a touch of flint and smoke lending it an almost Chablis-like personality. The palate is clean and fresh with a touch of fatness on the entry that is surprising. Driven by a keen line of acidity and plenty of spicy lemongrass notes on the finish, this Puligny punches above its village cru status. (NM)" (12/2015) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding Top Value* This is a ripe yet cool effort with its pretty and well-layered mix of white flowers, green fr ...Read More »
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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). (BS)" (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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90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding, Top Value* Some unabsorbed post-bottling sulfur still lingers and it's enough to dominate the nose at present though not so much that I believe there will be any lingering problem. Otherwise the middle weight flavors possess the hallmark elegance and refinement of a classic Puligny as the mouth feel is impressive, all wrapped in a complex, balanced and lightly mineral-inflected finale. This is a terrific Puligny villages and highly recommended." (6/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Puligny Montrachet has a little more vivacity and precision than the Meursault, ...Read More »
"Located in Meursault, this estate consists of some 30 acres of mostly Chardonnay with some Pinot Noir in Pommard and Volnay. Young Charles Ballot took over from his father, Philippe, in 2001. The wines have been consistently brilliant. A lot of old vines and work in the vineyards utilizing severe pruning results in low yields and concentrated wines." (The Underground Wineletter)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes has the most compelling bouquet of Bruno Colin's range (at least the ones that I tasted). This displays very fine nuance, lively citrus fruit and apple-blossom with a gentle undercurrent of mineralité. The palate is very well balanced and harmonious. The acidity is nigh on perfectly pitched whilst the finish has real verve and salinity. This is a great 2014 from the domaine--chapeau! (NM)" (1/2016) 90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A deftly discreet application of wood easily allows the citrus zest, floral and white orchard fruit-scente ...Read More »
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88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Bourgogne Blanc, which the final blend spent five months in vat, has an elegant bouquet with touches of limestone and dewy green apples, sedate and nicely focused. The palate is well balanced with green apple and freshly sliced pear, showing fine transparency and tension on the elegant finish. This is as good a Bourgogne Blanc as you will find." (12/2015) 86-89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Mild reduction is enough to shave the top notes from the floral and white orchard fruit scents. Otherwise there is both good volume and richness to the medium-bodied flavors that possess slightly ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows reports on the 2014 vintage from Faiveley: "Last year just after the harvest Erwan Faiveley and Bernard Hervet described 2014 as a 'great vintage in white and a very good one in red.' Now that a year has passed and the wines have had a chance to further develop, they still call 2014 great vintage in white but they have also upgraded their collective view of the reds and now believe that they are merit being called 'great, at least in the Cote de Nuits but the late June hail storm rendered things much more challenging in the Cote de Beaune..... Read More »
88-90 points Vinous: "Pale green-tinged yellow. Spearmint and dusty stone aromas suggest an austere wine. Then juicy and uncompromisingly dry on the palate, with a cool quality to the flavors of mint, white pepper, crushed stone and pine nuts. Finishes with a slightly bitter lime edge. In a classic, laid-back style: I never would have picked this as a 2015. (ST)" (9/2016) K&L Notes: 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 t... Read More »
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The Mercurey Blanc is a chardonnay from a mix of clay and limestone soils in the Cote Chalonnaise. From the domaine: "When the grapes reach perfect maturity, they are harvested and transported to our winery of Mercurey. The must is extracted by using a pneumatic press, then decanted. The vinification can lasts 4 weeks and is made partially (20%) in barrels. Aging process lasts 11 months for this wine, 20% in barrels with regular stirring, the rest being raised in tanks. This allows the wine to acquire delicate woody notes without masking the vivacity and... Read More »
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90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a smoky component to the mildly reduced nose so once again I would suggest decanting this first. Otherwise there is both good richness and punch to the rounded and plump medium weight flavors that possess a notably refined texture though neither the depth nor the minerality that I'm used to seeing from this wine. To be sure it's a more than competent effort but it doesn't appear to be at its usual level." (6/2016)
Lovely white Burgundy from Morey-Coffinet. Not a big oaky wine, but rather a focused, delicate and very elegant style. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Wines) About the producer from Wine Advocate: "Here is another new name for TWA: Domaine Morey-Coffinet. You’ll find them on the southern side of Chassagne village not far from the likes of Ramonet and Guy Amiot, a rather imposing winery that overlooks the square. The domaine was born in 1978 by Fabienne Coffinet and Michel Morey, the son of Marc Morey, and now their son Thibault is at the helm of 8.5 hectares of v... Read More »
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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 »
Maison Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of winegrowers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. We found him a few years ago on a tip, and found the balance and freshness of his wines to be most impressive. Thanks to importing his wines directly, we have them available at a very modest price. His 2014s may be the finest vintage we have had a chance to offer! This rich Chardonnay comes from vineyards below Puligny-Montrachet.
91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A beautifully layered nose combines notes of white flowers, citrus, pear and wet stone. There is an appealingly sleek, intense and textured palate impression to the delicious middle weight flavors that evidence a subtle minerality on the balanced and lightly saline finale. Lovely stuff and very Charmois in character." (6/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Saint Aubin 1er Cru le Charmois has a reserved, quite Chablis-like bouquet with cold granite and flint scents, white flowers and perhaps a hint of baking powder in the background. Lovely definition here and beautifully focus ...Read More »
96 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Moulin-à-Vent 'Les Trois Roches' from Domaine du Vissoux is another absolutely stellar example of the vintage from Pierre-Marie Chermette, coming in at 13.5 percent octane and offering up all of the depth and intensity of the vintage, without sacrificing any of the customary Vissoux precision and purity. The stunning nose is youthful, but oh, so promising, as it delivers scents of sweet cassis, black cherries, espresso, violets, dark soil tones, a touch of licorice, gamebird, woodsmoke and lead pencil. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied ...Read More »
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.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a blend of several parcels throughout the appellation including some Premier Crus. It has the power of the appellation along with the elegant Leflaive house style. That makes for a fine structured wine with great acidity, apple and pineapple fruit and a strongly mineral aftertaste. Drink starting from 2019." (12/2016) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is plenty of petrol character to the ripe nose of white orchard fruit and resin aromas. The delicious and solidly dense flavors possess good volume and focus before concluding in a clean, dry and persistent finish that is slight ...Read More »
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* Like the Mâcon there is plenty of smoky character present on the hazelnut, citrus and white orchard fruit-suffused nose. I very much like the sense of underlying tension to the ultra-fresh and pure medium weight flavors that culminate in a clean, dry and ever-so-mildly austere finale that displays near perfect balance. Again, this offers very fine quality for its level and is recommended, plus it will age." (6/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Meursault spent 11 months in oak. It has quite a complex nose considering that this is a village cru, precise with gran ...Read More »
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding, Top Value* Here the reserved nose plays right on the edge of reduction but it's not enough to mask the pretty floral, citrus and pear-scented nose. Once again there is plenty of energy to the solidly intense and well-detailed flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel, all wrapped in a more complex and persistent finish where a trace of minerality arises." (6/2016)
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a bit more reduction present and about all that peeks through the funk are citrus hints; as such I would advise decanting this if you're going to try a bottle soon. Otherwise there is good freshness and punch to the bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors where the citrus elements suggested by the nose reappear on the balanced finale." (6/2016)
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