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A bottle of red, A bottle of white - Burgundy at sale prices - 09/17/2009 - Insider's Advantage

To all those who say they don't have a Burgundy budget, we say: pshaw. These two lovely Burgundies are drinking well and priced right. What more could you ask for?

2004 Domaine Arnaud Combier St-Veran "La Goutte de Charme" ($35 Elsewhere) ($19.99)

92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Yellow-gold. Idiosyncratic aromas of lime, hazelnut, lees and Chartreuse, with a stony mineral underpinning. Deeply concentrated citrus and peach pit flavors are complicated by brown butter and botanical herbs, with a strong licorice quality carrying into the finish. One of the most unique wines I've tasted in a long time, offering depth, vivacity and vaguely oxidized dried fruit character reminiscent of a old-wave Italian white wine or something from the Jura. Emphatically different and not for everyone..." (03/08) So critic Josh Reynolds from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar has wonderful things to say about this St-Veran, but he does describe this wine as "not for everyone." I definitely agree that the wine won't touch everyone the same way, but it most definitely is a wine for fans of rich, vibrant, mature-styled whites. Aromas of roasted hazelnuts, citrus rind, white flowers and chalky minerality - what's not to like about that? The wine also has a wonderful streak of acidity that keeps it focused and a long lingering finish with a hint of wood spice. Yes, this wine is an idiosyncratic adventure, but like most Burgundy of this kind, it is a journey worth taking. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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2005 Domaine Catherine & Dominique Derain Mercurey "La Plante Chassey" (Was $45 Elsewhere) ($19.99)

Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely take the minimalist approach. They farm biodyamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulfur in their winemaking approach. The "La Plante Chassey" site is a south-east slope comprised of deep clay soils. A small percentage of Pinot Beurrot (an ancient Burgundy varietal) is planted in this vineyard and provides a touch of nuance to the wine. There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Given the economics of our time this is an extraordinary introduction to this region at an appealing price. Fans of Burgundy won't be disappointed and we may even make a few converts from the New World. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 27, 2009

With crisp red fruits and a structured core, this burgundy has enough detail to be studied and enough pure refreshment to be 'drunk'! For maximum enjoyment I highly recommend pairing it with a roast chicken 'white lasagna' flavored with gruyere, sautéed mushrooms and herbs de provence.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 24, 2009

There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranite. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavendar on the nose. Given the economics of our time this is an extraordinary introduction to this region at an appealing price. Fans of Burgundy won't be dissapointed and we may even make a few converts from the New World.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 21, 2009

I've said it before and I'll say it again: for terrific value in red Burgundy, Marsannay and Mercurey are where it's at. This particular example from the ripe, critically acclaimed 2005 is showing surprsingly well. Ripe cherry, plum, dried fruits and subtle dried tomato aromas show just a hint of development. Flavors of fresh and dried cherries, dried cranberries, and a slight floral tinge show amazing freshness and purity. I look forward to drinking this wine now and over the next couple years, possibly stashing a bit away for longer as an experiment.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 21, 2009

This is a very pretty Burgundy (in both appearance and taste) at a great price. The color is translucent ruby red, and the wine is very extroverted aromaticly, with violet and strawberry aromas. On the palate it has very firm red fruit, with plenty of refreshing acid and a tickling of tannin that would pair perfectly with a rack of lamb. This is Pinot Noir bliss for me and the Plante Chassey has more class and persistence than any Mercurey that I have ever tasted.

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