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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)
This exciting Pinot Noir comes from the picturesque village of Monthelie, located next to the more famous village of Volnay. It is from a tiny negociant in Puligny-Montrachet named Jacques Bavard. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. This comes from 30-year-old vines, and underwent a long cold soak to extract more aromatic elements. It is bigger and richer than the Auxey-Duresses on the palate, with lovely cherry fruit and quite a bit of structure to match it. It's aromatically charmi... Read More »
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)
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: "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 »
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)
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 »
Inventory: Special Order
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.
Two centuries after the Ragot family began their winemaking, they chose to abandon their other sources of income and focus solely on their five hectares of grapes. By 1973, all of the production on the property, having grown to 7 hectares, was sold in bottle around France. The name of the domaine changed from Ragot Fréres to Domaine Ragot, and was run by cousins Jean-Paul and Jean-Pierre Ragot. The vineyard is plowed several times during the year to mechanically remove the grass around the vines, thus avoiding the use of herbicides. Grass and specific pl... Read More »
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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)
One of the most difficult combinations to find in young, inexpensive red Burgundy is that ever-longing, haunting essence of forest floor and baking spices, along with just the right amount of ripe raspberry fruit. Burgundy is cold, which means that often times the fruit just doesn't ripen the way it does in other pinot noir-growing parts of the world. Tart cranberry or tannic blackberry will often await your lips upon first sip; a sign that the wine needs a few years in the cellar to soften up before drinking. But what are we to drink while we wait?! Thi... Read More »
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 »
Aged in 1/3 new French oak, this has bright red fruit and good acidity. There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish. It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent. It is elegant and bright and terrific, with focused and linear character. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Located in the heart of the vineyards of Burgundy, on the border of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, this estate was established in 1899 by Amable Désertaux. The area was then about three hectares. It was not until the arrival of Bernard and Janine Désertaux that it grew to 12 ha. The installation of their children, Christine and Vincent in 1995 and 2000, has resulted in some very fine wines, and as they still fly under the radar, these are very affordable, too! Lots of wine for an extremely modest sum.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Discreet but not invisible wood frames pretty and ripe red berry fruit, spice and soft floral nuances. There is good volume and concentration to the notably rich middle weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the mildly austere, long and solidly complex finish. The wood comes up on the finale and thus I would recommend giving this a few years of cellar time to better harmonize. Recommended." (4/2014) K&L Notes: Rated an "Outstanding Top Value" by Allen Meadows in Burghound Issue 54.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tasty, entry-level offering, the 2012 Chorey-les-Beaune stands out for its beautiful bright red fruit, expressive floral overtones and vibrant saline notes. Delineation, tension and energy are the hallmarks. This is a beautifully balanced wine in its class. (AG)" (1/2014) Wine & Spirits: "A bright, fruit-forward style of pinot noir, more New World than Old, this follows a clean, simple line of strawberry flavor with herbal highlights." (10/2014)
Albert Bichot was founded in 1831, and since 1996, Albéric Bichot has led his family’s four domaines into the 21st century while maintaining a classic and old-school approach. Through simple winemaking (cold maceration and slow fermentations), the nature of Pinot Noir comes shining through.
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)
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a lovely sense of purity to the elegant and solidly complex aromas of red berry fruit and earth nuances. In the same vein there is good purity to the precise and well-detailed middle weight flavors that offers good energy and balance on the moderately structured finish. This should be approachable young but age too if desired." (1/2014)
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)
94-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Tight, high-pitched aromas of black cherry, blackberry and licorce. At once refined and decadent in the mouth, conveying a sophisticated glossy texture leavened by superb cut and energy. Boasts a near-perfect balance of urgent dark fruits and complex minerality, saturating every square millimeter of the palate. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding rising length. A wine of great class, but still utterly primary." (1/2015) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "The reds concluded with the rich, elegant, intense and concentrated Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, its cherry and raspberry co ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a top note of herbal tea to the complex and very ripe aromas of humus, earth and red and dark berry fruit scents. The delicious and relatively suave middle weight flavors display a hint of minerality on the slightly warm finish where the warmth is enough to detract somewhat from the sense of vivacity. While by no means a poor wine I would suggest serving this a bit cooler than normal." (1/2015) Wine Spectator: "The light cherry and berry fruit is tinged with sweet sawdust and vegetal notes. Finishes slightly dry. (Web-2015)"
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light colored and fruity, this is all about red fruit—its structure and firm tannins coming out slowly. This village wine demonstrates the richness of the appellation, showing a fine balance between its ripe fruit and its smoky, dry, tannic core." (11/2012) Wine Spectator: "Perfumed, showing smoky, sandalwood and floral aromas. Spice accents the strawberry and currant flavors in this long and lean version. (Web-2013)"
Inventory: San Francisco
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)
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 »
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 »
This is one of my favorite vineyards in Morey (Grand Crus included!). It is always a bit more supple than the Grands Crus, and more feminine in character. The Odoul-Coquard cellar is actually inside htis vineyard, so it is home. This has sappier fruit than the Riotte, and is also just a bit chunkier in character. The structure remains fine and elegant. Even wiht the recent bottling this shows lovely wine and charm. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 03/2013)
Jancis Robinson: "Fragrant and open nose, then tight on the palate with high, powdery tannin. Pretty austere to taste en primeur, but the aromas are attractive and concentrated enough to give it lots of time. (RH) 17+/20 points." (1/2014) K&L Notes: Very rich and hyper-concentrated from the short crop. This has lots of length, concentrated blueberry fruit on the palate and a rich and minerally finish. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 3/2014)
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 »
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)
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Slightly liqueur-like purple fruits and violet on the nose. Sweet and broad on the palate, showing a pliant texture and plenty of energy to its blackberry and floral flavors. The tannins are rather easygoing but the finish shows plenty of grip and length. (ST)" (3/2015) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* A strikingly fresh if cool and restrained nose trimmed in a deft touch of wood offers up aromas of wild dark currant, earth and ample sauvage character. There is a subtle minerality that suffuses the delicious medium-bodied flavors that display a lovely sense of balance on t ...Read More »
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. Keith has brought these wines in since the 2008 vintage. And they sell out quickly. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L Staff Member)
96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is ultra-cool and restrained aromatically with its airy and even elegant aromas of intensely floral, spicy and stony wild dark berry scents that are also trimmed in just enough wood to warrant commenting on. There is a gorgeous texture to the equally mineral-inflected and muscular broad-shouldered and impressively concentrated flavors that possess a Zen-like harmony on the impeccably well-balanced, moderately austere and hugely long finish. This should be genuinely wonderful if given at least a decade's snooze in a cool cellar. I should also note th ...Read More »
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The Old Vine Beaune is much more limited in production this year, since one of their parcels, in Beaune Prevoles, was totally wiped out by hail damage. Such is the life of a Burgundian winegrower. This has a focused and lovely entry, with elegance and poise. On the finish it shows both structure and a steelier core than when first tasted . This can be opened now, or cellared for later enjoyment. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
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)"
Made in the Champagne method, naturally fermented in this bottle, this is a delightful, fresh rosé sparkler made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir just south of Champagne.
89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the nose is much more restrained with a cool but ripe and very pretty nose that mixes notes of exotic tea, spice, floral and dark berry fruit liqueur scents. There is excellent tension and detail to the lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess a very suave and round mouth feel before terminating in a delicious, firm and well-balanced finish. If this can add depth in bottle my range could be excessively conservative." (4/2014)
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright, dark red. Crushed black and blue fruits lifted by violet on the nose ('black fruits are a sign of great phenolic maturity,' noted Humbert). Saline, sappy and rich, with dark fruit, licorice and menthol flavors spreading out to saturate the palate. More minerally than the Petite Chapelle, with an element of complexity that comes from successful ripening in a cool combe. Should make a terrific accompaniment to game dishes. (ST)" (3/2015)91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* An equally elegant nose features notes of pure extract of red and dark berries with subtle floral ...Read More »
93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also quite reduced in fact so much so that nothing is discernable, not even the spice. This is bigger, richer and more powerful than the Chapelle with more mid-palate concentration as well with a lovely mineral streak that runs the length of the wine before culminating in an explosive finish that really does a slow build. I very much like the overall depth yet it's all but certain that more will develop as this possesses ample amounts of underlying material. A classic Bèze that is built to age." (1/2015)95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright red. Knockout vibrant nose comb ...Read More »
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95-97 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Clos de Vougeot is one the most polished and refined wines readers will taste from this site, the largest Grand Cru in the Côte de Nuits. All of the elements of the Grivot house style come together in a wine that impresses for its harmony and total class. Graphite, pencil shavings, violets and menthol all flesh out in a brilliant, chiseled Burgundy that hits all the right notes. The 2012 finishes with vibrant, saline minerality, hints of dried rose petals and fabulous energy. Readers who can find the Clos Vougeot should not hesitate. It is magni ...Read More »
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Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A distinctly earthy and rather somber nose of ripe dark berries, in particular black cherry. The mid-palate is impressively concentrated with a velvety, even opulent mouth feel that contrasts against an overtly rustic finale that displays some asperity. I like the concentration and punch though the balance is not perfect." (4/2014) K&L Notes: This is an organically certified, biodynamically farmed vineyard with vines of over 45 years in age, on deep clay soils. The 2012 is concentrated without being heavy, but has lots of structure. Nice concentration is the hallma... Read More »
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Volnay Santenots is pure silk on the palate. It reveals striking suppleness and mid-palate pliancy in its expressive red berries, plums, flowers and licorice. This is an inviting, totally alluring wine graced with tons of sheer sexiness. A voluptuous, creamy finish takes things to their logical conclusion. There are no hard edges in this exceptionally elegant, polished Volnay. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034. (AG)" (2/2012)94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! As was the case from cask, moderate reduction still renders the nose difficult to assess though it does not seem ...Read More »
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This delightful Pinot Noir comes from one of my favorite vineyards in Pommard, "Maison Dieu," just below the RN74 as you pass through the beautiful row of trees on the way to Meursault. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)
94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is the largest cru, from 1.37-hectares of vines located in the upper mid-slope of the clos. It has a gorgeous bouquet with dark berry fruit, touches of dried violet petals and minerals that open in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannins, plenty of finesse and superb tension on the citrus-tinged finish. Great length. Excellent. (NM)" (12/2013)95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off admirably pure aromas of various dark berries, pungent earth, floral and soft spice nuances. There is good ...Read More »
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Located on the border with Gevrey Chambertin, kitty-corner from Charmes Chambertin, Grands Cru. Much more open at present than the Crai gillon, with lovely red fruit on the entry, followed by a tighter structure. Finishes with substantial fine-grained tannins. Lots of volume, and a lovely nose. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2013)
90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Outstanding* This is easily the most complex wine in the range with its broad ranging and beautifully layered aromas of plum, spice, black raspberry and sandalwood. There is excellent concentration to the ripe, serious and sleekly muscular flavors that possess a beguiling texture on the balanced and impressively persistent finish. This is textbook Sentiers as it combines power with a certain finesse, all wrapped in an ageworthy package. Recommended." (1/2014)