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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 28th, 2017 - 11/28/2017 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2010 Rochioli "Sweetwater Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $0.00 View
2014 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône $11.99 View
Blondies Lemonade Ready to Drink Cocktail (750ml) $13.99 View
Blondies Strawberry Lemonade Ready to Drink Cocktail (750ml) $13.99 View
2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc $16.99 View
2015 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge $16.99 View
2015 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc $19.99 View
2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Petite Gardette" Gigondas $19.99 View
2015 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc 90 $19.99 View
2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre $24.99 View
2015 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses Rouge $26.99 View
Chateau de Pellehaut "K&L Exclusive - L'Age de Glace" Ténarèze Armagnac (750ml) $27.99 View
2015 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes (Elsewhere $40) 96 $31.99 View
2015 Baron de Montfaucon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 $34.99 View
2003 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône $34.99 View
2015 Domaine Guigal St. Joseph "Lieu-Dit" Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2014 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Blanc 95 $69.99 View
2014 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan 96 $89.99 View
1996 Caol Ila 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $129.99 View
2009 Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 93 $179.99 View
2010 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 96 $199.99 View
Kavalan Solist "Sherry Cask - K&L Exclusive" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $300) $209.99 View
1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) $249.99 View
2014 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 99 $449.99 View
2006 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 94 $1,439.00 View
2005 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 99 $1,499.99 View
1934 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 91 $1,699.99 View
2009 Clinet, Pomerol 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $2,100.00 View


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2010 Rochioli "Sweetwater Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Current bid (as of December 10, 2017 11:52 PM PST): $195.00.

Auction Ending on December 04, 2017 9:00 AM PST

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2010 Rochioli "Sweetwater Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (94RP, 93WE, 92ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pinot Noir Sweetwater is a large-scaled, dramatic wine. It boasts huge black fruit and notable intensity from start to finish. Sweet, perfumed aromatics develop in the glass, but the Sweetwater remains tannic and in need of at least another 1-2 years in bottle. The wine literally sizzles on the palate with energy, and my impression is it will be magnificent with time. The clones in this parcel are Dijon, 777 and Rochioli. (AG)" (02/2012)

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2014 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône ($11.99)

Wine Spectator: "The raspberry and plum fruit is lightly mulled, accented by gentle cinnamon and licorice notes. Offers a juicy, open finish. (JM)" (11/2015)

K&L Notes: Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, blending to achieve harmony and balance.

Staff ImageJim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 12, 2017

I think of all the years that we have been directly importing the wines from this very old estate, their regular Côtes-du-Rhônes have been of consistent superb high quality and drinking extremely well in the near-term. This 2014 not only continues that evolution, but I feel may be the best that they have produced to date. Rich in appearance with a medium-deep ruby robe, the flashy, bright nose offers aromas of blackberry, violets, white pepper, anise, and mocha, with background notes of forest floor and filings. In its broad, juicy palate presentation you will be treated to a Gem that is beautifully balanced, lush, and silky, yet provides exceptional structure and depth of flavor that leads to a long, almost creamy finish. Although this Gem drinks wonderfully now, it will age and improve for another four to eight years. Rusty and I love this Gem, regardless of its price point, and plan to make it one of our house reds for however long it is available. A LUSH AND SILKY VALUE! ..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS DIRECT IMPORT.. ***** 14.0% ABV *****

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 02, 2017

Hands down, the Chateau De Montfaucon Cotes Du Rhone is one of the greatest values at K&L. With a higher percentage of Grenache, there is a beautiful aroma of Garrigue and a rich mouthfeel, with great potential for aging evident in the structure of the wine.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 27, 2016

This over-achieving wine has been a best seller at K&L for close to 15 years and it seems to get better every vintage. Asian spice, garrigue, nori, a touch of licorice and an array of red fruits and berries come alive in this snappy and clean value. This is amazingly complex for the money.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2016

Bright cherry upfront with underlying dark raspberry fruit, the Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône is straightforward and easy-drinking, but with enough depth and licorice spice to feel more luxurious than your typical twelve dollar red. This producer is always a favorite and their flavorful 2014 release does not disappoint.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2016

This is a very congenial wine from the Cotes du Rhone that shows rich, ripe red berries on the nose yet on the palate there is a tartness to the fruit and the essence of sweet spices and earth. A fantastic everyday red!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2016

In the world of value-priced red wines, I'd put Cotes du Rhones on the short list of ever present bargains. Back when ten bucks seemed like a lot of money for a bottle of wine, I drank a lot of them. You could find them everywhere: Trader Joe's, Safeway, etc. They were usually good and rarely did I get a bad one. But in that world of value-priced Cotes du Rhones, there is still a hierarchy. At the top of that pyramid for me is Montfaucon. In the ever-expanding universe of $10-$15 wines, this one never gets old. The fruit is always juicy, yet restrained. The flavors are balanced, yet forward. The quality is there, yet the price never goes up. This is the quintessential French bistro wine. It pairs with just about anything and it always tastes delicious. What more can you say about dependability?

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2016

Every year, I am always impressed by the consistent, classic quality of this wine. Plenty of pretty red fruit, surrounded by subtle smoky spices, with a touch of earthy goodness. This is how classic Cotes du Rhone should be made.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2016

It doesnt get much better than this for everyday reds. Lighter in weight than the Lirac and the Baron Louis, it still displays rich Grenache flavors of blackberry and plum with smooth tannins rounded out by a long, crisp, savory and raspberry finish. At this price its worth buying a caseit never fails to please a crowd!

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2016

The Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone is always a personal favorite of mine, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one in particular, as 2014 was an especially challenging vintage in the Rhone Valley. Although it's not as big-shouldered as more recent vintages, it certainly is not lacking. There's plenty of juicy cherry and raspberry fruit in a more elegant and approachable frame. This is an ideal house wine that always exceeds its price point.

Blondies Lemonade Ready to Drink Cocktail (750ml) ($13.99)

Blondies is a ready-to-drink cocktail created by Jenny McCarthy, originally intended for her own drinking purposes, but now a full-fledged brand available at K&L in California! Never a true fan of beer or wine, but an enthusiastic drinker nonetheless, Jenny had been honing her home-made recipe for years before finally getting behind the wheel and driving her own vision for the modern market. Her vodka-based Lemonade is a 13% ABV libation with no added sugar, and no preservatives, only real fruit and Stevia for those who care about both the ingredients and the calorie content of their cockail. All that's needed to enjoy Blondies are a few shakes of the bottle (as it's all natural fruit inside), a glass with a few ice cubes, and a few of your closest friends! For more information about Blondies, check out our interview with Jenny located on our Spirits Journal blog: (http://spiritsjournal.klwines.com/klwinescom-spirits-blog/2017/10/31/d2d-interview-jenny-mccarthy.html)

Blondies Strawberry Lemonade Ready to Drink Cocktail (750ml) ($13.99)

Blondies is a ready-to-drink cocktail created by Jenny McCarthy, originally intended for her own drinking purposes, but now a full-fledged brand available at K&L in California! Never a true fan of beer or wine, but an enthusiastic drinker noneth-less, Jenny had been honing her home-made recipe for years before finally getting behind the wheel and driving her own vision for the modern market. Her vodka-based Strawberry Lemonade is a 13% ABV libation with no added sugar, and no preservatives, only real fruit and Stevia for those who care about both the ingredients and the calorie content of their cockail. All that's needed to enjoy Blondies are a few shakes of the bottle (as it's all natural fruit inside), a glass with a few ice cubes, and a few of your closest friends! For more information about Blondies, check out our interview with Jenny located on our Spirits Journal blog: (http://spiritsjournal.klwines.com/klwinescom-spirits-blog/2017/10/31/d2d-interview-jenny-mccarthy.html)

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2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc ($16.99)

One of K&L's very finest buys from France. The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove a long way (to Beaune!) on Easter Sunday to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 24, 2017

The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

I've made a lot of friends over the past few years thanks to the wonderful wines of Franck Millet. They remain one of my very favorite Sancerre producers and their 2016 speaks volumes. It's rounder and more concentrated than the most recent vintages with no shortage of chalky mineral notes, lime, lemongrass and crisp acidity. A Sauvignon Blanc not to be missed.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 05, 2017

Although bit of a frost touched the region, Mother Nature's hiccup was not enough to deter producers from this classic AOC from creating yet another exceptional expression of Sauvignon Blanc, and Franck Millet's is no exception. With perfect concentration and balance, the soft fruit notes are paired with racing acidity and a slight grassy tang at the end, giving it a sense of place.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 02, 2017

I have been very impressed with all 2016 Sancerre I have tasted so far and Franck Millet is no exception!. Fresh, vibrant, with great mineral content, juicy acidity and long-lasting finish. Just pure expression of classic Sancerre. Considering the price it just can't get any better!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 01, 2017

Our visit to the Loire Valley would not have been complete if we hadn't visited our dear friends Franck and Betty Millet. Clyde, myself and a friend were traveling through the region and arrived a day early to have a relaxing meal in the village of Sancerre. We actually surprised the Millets by popping in to see their new house which sits on the hill of the village overlooking the valley of Sancerre and its vineyards. We had an appointment to visit them the next morning but they were so gracious even with our surprise visit, they began pulling out bottles of wine for us to try, offering us food and a tour of their recently finished house. I often point to these kinds of occasions when trying to illustrate why we try to develop strong relationships with our Direct Import producers. Even though we were just stopping by to say "hello" they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and a part of their family. And that's why the Millets are part of our K&L family. When we finally did arrive at the winery for our scheduled appointment we retasted all the wines as well as some of the new tank samples for the 2016 Insolite. They had fresh cheeses and bread all laid out for us because they knew we were going to be traveling a couple of hours to our next destination. We discussed the difficulty of the 2016 vintage due to the early frost but thankfully they were not largely affected by the staggering crop losses that others felt. The quality of the 2

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 22, 2017

The wines of Domaine Franck Millet are always elegant and this is no exception. Millet is a third generation grower/producer working in the highly acclaimed village of Bue in Sancerre. On the nose, there are notes of under-ripe stone fruit, lemon and grapefruit zest and tons of minerality. Millet forgoes malolactic fermentation, preserving the zippy quality of this Sancerre. It has great acidity but also has a rounder palate due to a regular stirring of the lees for a period of three weeks to give this wine some nice roundness and body. This would be a well-suited partner for a salad with chicken and goat cheese.

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2015 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge ($16.99)

The low-alcohol Millet Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir, partially barrel aged, and absolutely delicious. Aromas of cherries and purple flowers give way to a vibrant, crunchy red-fruited palate with just a enough tannins to balance out the juicy fruit.

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2015 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc ($19.99)

2016 Moulin de la Gardette "Petite Gardette" Gigondas ($19.99)

2015 Saint-Paul, Haut-Medoc ($19.99)

89-90 points James Suckling: "Some blueberry and black currant aromas and flavors. Medium body, savory finish." (04/2016)

Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from the northern part of the Médoc, past Saint-Estèphe, the 2015 Château Saint-Paul is a classic, old-school red with an herbal edge in its red and black currants, cigar smoke, cedar and even meaty bouquet. With medium-bodied richness, plenty of complexity, firm tannin and a silky profile on the palate, it should keep for a decade." (11/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2017

The less expensive wines from the great 2015 Bordeaux vintage are starting to arrive and this hearty and fruity bottle is a great example. The alluring aromas of ripe raspberries lead to a deeply fruited and substantial body of dark fruit and mineral. The substantial grip on the finish suggests cellaring for a few years but the plush and sweet fruit make this difficult to resist with hearty food.

2016 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre ($24.99)

One of K&L's very finest buys from France. This is a reserve cuvée, made from Millet's chalkiest limestone soils. There is a long maceration at very low temperatures to extract as much flavor and character as possible. The resulting wine is intensely charged with stone fruit and minerality, with bright citrus notes. The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage when Franck and Betty Millet drove a long way (to Beaune!) on Easter Sunday to meet Clyde and crew to present the wines. We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

This scintillating and racy wine gushes with Melon rind, Guava, Grapefruit pith, savory herb and mouth watering minerals. This manages to be both lip smacking and serious at the same time.

Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

Located just 2 hours south of Paris in the village of Bué, 3rd generation vigneron Franck Millet and his wife Betty cultivate 22 hectares of beautiful, rolling vineyards together with a focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Their premium Sancerre bottling Insolite (translated unusual or uncommon) brings together the most expressive old vines Sauvignon Blanc from the Domaine growing on clay-limestone soil.In the glass the wines bouquet develops with yellow flowers and a bold expression of citrus cream. A firm vein of wet stone minerality is accented by notes of fresh field herbs like thyme, bee-balm and dried grasses. A refreshing wine on its own, yet not delicate at all and would love being paired with seafood, white meats or of course local goat cheese is classic; Chevre.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

Back just in time for the Holidays! The grapes for the Insolite cuvée are selected from the chalkiest soils on their property in Bué. Franck and Betty (the husband and wife team behind the estate) allow the wine to macerate with the skins at close to 32 degrees to coax as much aroma and flavor as possible. On the nose the wine is fresh and racy with pronounced mineral tones, freshly cut grass, sweet green herbs and lots of fresh citrus and stone fruit. The wine has some texture, almost a creamy feel on the palate with a zippy, lively undercurrent of acidity. Considering that Dungeness crab season is in full effect, I would happily pair this with a big old plate of the good stuff, but this would work with any seafood really.

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2015 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses Rouge ($26.99)

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.

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Chateau de Pellehaut "K&L Exclusive - L'Age de Glace" Ténarèze Armagnac (750ml) ($27.99)

Chateau Pellehaut has been one of our top direct imports for the past year here at K&L. We've visited the Ténarèze producer twice over the past few years, always finding something new to bring home for our brandy fans. What really excited us this year, however, was a new project they were working on called L'Age de Glace: a young brandy meant to drink on the rocks (hence the name "Ice Age"). The fruit of the Armagnac takes center stage here, melding wonderfully with the small hint of vanilla from the wood. It's all distilled from Folle Blanche fruit and it's soft, round and aromatic, but it still has that little bit of rustic brandy flavor that I associate with old-school Armagnac. At 41%, it's light and easy going, but there's still a lot of character. I have a feeling I'll personally be going through bottles of this; lots and lots of bottles. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 11, 2017

The absolutely stupendous young "ICE AGE" Armagnac remains a go to for mixing in any number of cocktails. Two reasons for that - the incredible price and the total lack of additives (sugar or boise) to get in the way of those fresh young brandy flavors. You can always add sugar to your drink, but if they add it first you can't take it out. No other Armagnac provides this kind of quality for the price. Use it in Sidecars, Crustas, Punches or just drink it long.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 26, 2013

The concept behind this Armagnac is to offer something to drink on the rocks or in cocktails. It could, however, be enjoyed alone. It is light,clean tasting,soft and fruity, and very easy to drink.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2013

This brand new bottling from Chateau De Pellehaut is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing of all of our cocktail loving customers. The l'Age Des Glace is a light bodied, very well balanced brandy that I can't wait to get home and use for a French 75. I found it very enjoyable and laid back without it losing its uniquely Armagnac personality. Now I need to make more room in the liquor cabinet!

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2015 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes (Elsewhere $40) ($31.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I was blown away by the IGP Côtes Catalanes Secret de Schistes, and its unquestionably my favorite vintage of this cuvee to date (Ive compared this wine to a Syrah from Manfred Krankls SQN in the past). Notions of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, roasted herbs and crushed rock nuances give way to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured red that has terrific concentration and a great, great finish. Like all the cuvees here, its 100% Syrah that was fermented and aged all in barrel. Count me as a fan. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Saturated black in color, the 2015 IGP Côtes Catalanes Secret de Schistes is reminiscent of Manfred Krankls SQN Syrahs with its deep, unctuous, layered profile. Cassis, chocolate, licorice, smoked herbs and ample minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, sexy beauty that just begs to be drunk. Possessing ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great finish, it will be better in a year or two and keep for a decade. (JD)" (04/2017)

K&L Notes: Séverine Bourrier came to winemaking through her own passion for the subject, not having the family history associated with so many winemakers. She studied oenology in school and worked in Bordeaux for a decade. After meeting her husband, they relocated to a property an hour outside of Perpignan in the Roussillon. They began restoring an old château and did some replanting, rechristening the estate L’Ou, which is Catalan for "egg." The property is in an oval-shaped valley that was used as a rest area by herd animals and likely the Knights Templar on their way to various crusades. The estate consists of three primary terroirs: the alluvial marl soils that make up the valley, and two higher-elevation sites, one made up of black schist and the other brown. Their key grape variety is Syrah but Séverine also grows the classic regional varieties like Grenache and Carignan. For white grapes, they grow Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Muscat and of all things, Chardonnay, which is renowned for being one of the best in the region.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2017

I recently had the chance to revisit the "Secret de Schistes" and what a rockstar this wine is! I was with friends and we did a mixed grill of ribeyes and pork chops plus some roasted sunchokes and kabocha squash. The wine unfolds immediately, dripping with rich black fruit and copious spices. Throughout the evening, I kept checking in and tasted as the tannins mellowed and the flavors expanded into savory, smoky and layered fruit. By the end, it was a dead ringer for a Cote-Rotie worthy of three times the price. With stellar reviews, this wine overwhelmed our fulfillment center with pre-arrival requests well before it arrived in the US. The wine is here and it has more than delivered on its promise of greatness. All the wines from Chateau de L'Ou are organic, artfully made and delicious. The "Schistes" is the top expression of the property's brown schist vineyard site. Because we are the importer of record, we have and continue to have the best price in the market. After my dinner, it was not a difficult decision to add a half dozen more of these to my wine cellar (I already had a half dozen there). With so much going for it, it will continue to please for years and maybe even decades to come.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 08, 2017

OK, ready? Strap yourself in, lie back, get comfortable while I adjust the tricky knobs and dials, and take you on a sedimental journey through time, back 1.65 millions years to the Pliocene era and the sweeping view of prehistoric life and surging riverbeds carved by great mountainous glaciers that forever left their mark on the then-unnamed Roussillon plain. Now zoom ahead, to a more sedate landscape covered in vines that plunge their roots into the ancient alluvial soils, lending their complex mineral expression to the fruit. The Secret de Schistes, grown on higher slopes, is a spellbinding Syrah, all barrel-aged, deeply concentrated and elemental, with pure flavors of cassis, black cherry, dark chocolate, garrigue and licorice. A strikingly seductive wine that will likely send you back though time.....

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 14, 2017

It's no secret that the Secret De Schistes is one killer bottle of Syrah. The structure in this Syrah, which all comes from brown schistes soils on the estate of Chateau De L'Ou is very well balanced, yet it's deeply complex. The finish is packed with dark stone fruit, chocolate, and baked spices. This bottle was always more driven to be terroir focused, and it showcases beautifully in this 2015 vintage.

2015 Baron de Montfaucon Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($34.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Youthfully taut, with singed alder and cedar notes framing the core of red currant and cherry fruit paste flavors. Light savory and sanguine accents emerge steadily through the finish. A light echo of brick dust at the end keeps this in the old-school camp. Best from 2018 through 2025. (JM)" (11/2017)

K&L Notes: One of our most popular direct imports, the price-to-quality ratio we've found in these wines year after year is simply unbeatable. Our customers have come to rely on this family-run winery to provide great quality, drinkability and value. The 2014 was the first vintage of Chateauneuf du Pape produced by Montfaucon. A single hectare of mostly old vine grenache yields a deliciously balanced and refined CDP that shows the integrity of Rudi des Pins winemaking and honest representation of the region. A stellar bargain for sure. The Wine Advocate agrees: "Based in Lirac, which is just to the west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Montfaucon reliably produces high-quality wines that almost always represent solid values." (JD, 12/2016)

2003 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône ($34.99)

Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe (in Châteauneuf). The 2003 Baron Louis is focused, rich and concentrated with an aroma of violets and a hint of rosemary. Elegant and classic. The vintage 2003 was quite hot in the rhone-too hot for Montfaucon to make any white wine-a bit of the best white went into the red blends.60% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% Mourvedre 10% Carignan. Small production year.

2015 Domaine Guigal St. Joseph "Lieu-Dit" Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A big step up over the base St Joseph cuvee and from one of the prime terroirs in the appellation, the 2015 St Joseph Lieu Dit St Joseph is shockingly full-bodied and layered, with a deep, layered bouquet of cassis, charcoal, licorice and ample minerality. Its a big, downright-sexy St Joseph that does everything right. As always, my visit with Marcel and Philippe Guigal is one of the highlights of my entire time spent working in the northern Rhône. As I think the list of wines demonstrate, this is a huge lineup, yet the theme across the entire range is incredible quality. Looking at the top Côte Rôties, the current releases in bottle are the 2012s and these are rich, supple, sexy, even flamboyant wines that will be relatively approachable in their youth, yet have broad drink windows. The 2013s are much more backward and restrained, and built for the long haul, but the long élevage favored at this estate is certainly helping to soften the tannin and give the wines a suppler texture. As to the 2014s, I was shocked at the depth and density this team was able to get in these wines, but this is another vintage that will be approachable in its youth. Lastly, and from vintage described by Marcel as the best of his lifetime (hows that for perspective?), the 2015s are inky and primordial, with mind-boggling depth and density. These will be reviewed two to three more times before release, but start saving today! Lastly, its also worth pointing out that the estate has starte.(JD" (12/2016)

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2014 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Blanc ($69.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The white of the vintage in Saint Joseph is the 2014 Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc. Coming all from one of the top terroirs in the region, the granite soils of the lieu-dit Saint Joseph, this 100% Marsanne release boasts terrific aromas and flavors of buttered citrus, poached pears, honeysuckle, spice and caramelized pineapple. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and textured, yet also elegant and silky, it should be a must buy by anyone who loves northern Rhône whites. (JD)" (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, but restrained in style, with a core of creamed yellow apple, anise, melon and white peach flavors carried by a light citrus zest thread. Drink now through 2024." (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Pale gold. Pungent lemon zest, quince and peach scents show very good clarity and mineral lift. Taut and nervy on the palate, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors that spread out steadily and pick up a honeysuckle nuance with aeration. Closes smooth and sappy, delivering building minerality and impressive length. (JR)" (07/2017)

2014 Pape-Clément, Pessac-Léognan ($89.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Intense blackberry and blueberry aromas as well as mushroom undertones. Violets, too. Sweet tobacco. Full-bodied and layered with polished tannins. Very long and beautiful. Give it two or three years to show what it has but already a beauty." (02/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pape Clement has quite a potent bouquet with lavish red cherry, kirsch, iodine and pastille-like scents, the oak probably needing another couple of years to fully integrate. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite refined and focused with appreciable tension towards the finish that comes laden with succulent, tobacco-infused blackberry fruit. This is a sumptuous and yet refined Pape-Clement that demonstrated the most matière or substance out of all the Pessac-Léognan 2014s that I tasted, except for the Haut-Brion. It is certainly a wine destined for a long future. (NM)" (03/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pape Clément is strikingly beautiful. Dark, sumptuous and creamy, it exudes class. Black cherry, mocha, spice, espresso, menthol and new leather are all pushed forward in a spherical, rich wine that captivates all the senses. As always, this is an overt style, but the purity of the fruit comes through nicely now that the oak has started to integrate. There is plenty of the Magrez trademark richness, but done in a slightly more restrained style than in the past. This is a gorgeous wine by any measure. (AG) 94+" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe and richly fruity, the wine is full bodied with great acidity as well as firm tannins. It will keep for many years. Bold tannins and a fine tension between the fruit and acidity are all promising for the future. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lavish in profile, this sports a range of warm fruitcake, anise and black tea aromatics followed quickly by a gush of raspberry, plum and boysenberry confiture notes. Velvety, showing ample structure through the finish, pulling the fruit and wood notes together. A rare bird, stylistically, in this generally understated vintage. (JM)" (03/2017)

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1996 Caol Ila 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)

Caol Ila's whisky can be as transitive and unpredictable as the Islay weather itself; sometimes it's light and breezy, while other times powerful and thunderous in its character. At cask strength, the salt, smoke, and peat aromas often leap out of the glass, but when tempered the creaminess and fruitiness of the spirit itself is allowed to shine, fat and unctuous in its texture. With this cask of 20 year old Caol Ila, we have the best of both worlds: a full proof, no-water-added single barrel whisky that has naturally proofed itself down to 46% after two decades in wood. The nose is an absolute dream: sweetly-tinged smoke, burning embers, with faint aromas of peach and apricot in the background. The palate is simply perfect: sweet vanilla intermixed with peat, salt, and ash, but always with a roundness of texture that's a product of the distillery's wide-necked pot stills. It's a perfect Caol Ila specimen, highlighting the strengths of the Islay distillery's personality, each with equal concentration and intensity, all in harmony and balance.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2017

If you are a fan of Islay whisky just buy this, seriously this is just absolutely beautiful Islay at a wonderful age. I have said on more than one occasion that Caol Ila may be my favorite Scotch once it has had a chance to age because it just always seems that somewhere right around the 20 year mark this whisky just all comes together and sings. This bottling is no exception and the price is fantastic for what you are getting. Light fruit, honey, ash and smoke on the nose lead to an incredibly balanced palate. Here an immediate strong core of just doused campfire smoke carried the young sweet fruit, honey, and seaside notes effortlessly. The balance is amazing and the finish is surprisingly soft and mild. Just delightful!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2017

This cask of Caol Ila was a lucky find because it has so much to offer. There are pleasant smoke aromas that should please any fan of single malts from Islay. My first though when I tasted it was that this cask is really something special. There is such a nice mixture of smoke, sea like flavors and malt , and it is concentrated and intense. I tasted this with no additional water because it was 46% alc/vol. when bottled which probably helps explain the lovely concentrated flavor.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2017

It's my favorite time of year here at K&L. Not only are we hitting our stride in the busy season for wine, but it's finally whisky season. I wait all year to see what David has hidden up his sleeve. As the market for fine malts gets tighter and tighter we still manage to procure things like this. 20 glorious years in barrel has brought the full proof down, integrated the smoky and salt, and let the barley shine through. The end result is one of the most approachable and lovely Islay whisky's I've tasted this year. The big brash smoke of Caol Ila's youth has been tempered with age into an assertive and confident dram, the salt air of Islay permeates the glass. Fresh fruits of a distant land waft in and out. The palate is smooth and lingering. There is a touch of sweetness on the back end and a little piquant spice. This is a no brainer for the whisky lover in your life during the holidays...even if that whisky lover happens to be yourself.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This might be the deal of the holiday season in Scotch whiskeys. After tasting it, Im almost tempted to use the word perfect to describe it. It showcases the beautiful Islay brininess and smoke as a subtle undertone to the rich, sweet malt profile. The flavor punch from the full strength, single cask is incredible but balanced and fully integrated. Definitely my top pick for holiday Scotch.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

One of my all time favorite whiskies was the old distillery edition of the Caol Ila 18 - a beautiful rendition of the Islay single malt that packed equal weight and richness of texture with all that peaty goodness. It wasn't a cask strength edition, which is what really made the difference for me. If a distillery can manage to find the sweet spot with water, I'm all for reduced spirits in bottle. The beauty of this 20 year old Caol Ila is that it's at cask strength, but has naturally reduced itself to the perfect 46% ABV (exactly where many distilleries will reduce to). The result is the closest thing I've ever tasted to that legendary 18 year bottle that is now just a memory. The nose is simply haunting; an enticing combination of vanilla, creme brulee, and campfire embers. The whisky rolls over your tongue with creaminess and texture, but it leaves a trail of peat smoke in its wake. If you want the perfect Islay whisky, this is it. It doesn't get much better than this. Buy three if you can afford it.

2009 Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($179.99)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A reserved and also quite floral medium-pitched nose speaks of wet stone and anise on the restrained and pure red pinot fruit aromas that complement well the mineral-driven flavors that offer a seductively textured and energetic finish that possesses picture-perfect balance and excellent length. This is not a big wine and though it's not strict, neither is it especially generous at present. However, a fine Latricières often puts on weight and flesh as it ages and I suspect that is what this will do too." (01/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Latricieres-Chambertin reveals gorgeous inner perfume and depth. The fruit is vibrant, chiseled and full of energy. Latricieres is one of the cooler sites in Gevrey, which was a big help in preserving freshness in 2009. A long, intense finish rounds things out in style. This is a superb wine from Rossignol-Trapet. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. (AG)" (05/2011)

2010 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($199.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Mazoyères-Chambertin boasts a haunting, impossibly elegant bouquet. Hints of dark cherry, espresso, licorice and spice develop in the glass, adding considerable depth but no weight whatsoever. The Mazoyères remains light on its feet and impeccably refined. Sweet, candied notes resonate on the finish. Ultimately the Mazoyères is all about textural finesse, and there is no shortage of that here. (AG)" (02/2012)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2010 Mazoyères-Chambertin from Domaine Taupenot-Merme is also outstanding, offering up a very deep and refined bouquet (particularly for young Mazoyères) of sweet dark berries, grilled meat, a touch of eucalyptus, espresso, currant leaf, woodsmoke and a gentle base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and quite reserved, with a rock solid core of fruit, excellent focus and balance, ripe tannins and outstanding length and grip on the poised and still quite primary finish. One can easily appreciate how different the personalities are of this and the Charmes, and it is quite sensible to not blend the two wines. A dynamite, young Mazoyères-Chambertin. (Drink between 2022-2075)" (06/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "0.86 ha. Dark crimson. Very majestic nose. Not simple sweetness but just lovely density and concentration but also great balance. Dances and shows no excess of anything. Very sweet but also very firm. But not tough or drying in any way despite the obvious register of tannins here. Bravissimo! 19/20" (07/2011)

K&L Notes: Romain Taupenot took his family's estate from relative obscurity to one of the great values in 1er and Grand Cru collectible Burgundy. The acclaim is nearly unheard-of - starting with the 2009 vintage, the domaine seems to merit top-of-the-vintage marks (even in line with the region's elite) from Galloni, Robinson, Meadows, Martin, and more. Very few properties in modern Burgundy can sustain this kind of success and keep prices reasonable. Having tasted the wines, it's nearly impossible to disagree with the hype. The wines are simply stunning.

Kavalan Solist "Sherry Cask - K&L Exclusive" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $300) ($209.99)

After months of waiting and waiting, we finally have our very own Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask (Solist is the International name for their single cask bottlings, it doesn't appear on the label in the US, but it's from the exact same line). The ultimate sherried malt from the special King Car Distillery in Taiwan is easily a contender for whisky of the year in my book. Kavalan is well known for producing top tier single cask single malt and we've had great success with previous bottlings. Last year we secured nearly an entire cask selected by our distributor. It disappeared in minutes. Since then it has been completely out of stock. Availability has been a huge issue for this mark and when we had the opportunity to buy our own cask I jumped at the chance. I was excited, but could not have predicted the outrageous quality of the samples we received. We expect Kavalan to be explosive and powerfully flavored, ultra dense and complex, but we don't often find those qualities so perfectly in balance as we did in this special cask. Few whiskies on our portfolio achieve the incredible depth and complexity of the Kavalan Solist Sherry cask and none come anywhere close at this price point. Just one taste easily explains the brands incredible rarity and international acclaim. We're absolutely honored to have been chosen to offer this special cask. It's the ultimate holiday surprise for any whisky lover and the perfect way to finish a cold winter's night.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

The "Solist" line of single casks from Kavalan has taken the whisky world by storm. They're winning awards left and right. Asian Whisky of the year! Single Cask Single Malt of the Year! World's Best Single Malt! It's almost unfair. I don't know exactly what these guys are doing at that special distillery on this humid Pacific island, but I know that their whisky is easily out-classing the competition across the globe. Maybe it's because they're committed to quality in a way the Scottish distillers no longer are or maybe they're even using paxarette to season the barrels after the long voyage to the Pacific (this controversial practice was outlawed in Scotland in the '80s, but has since been deemed responsible for some of the great sherried malts of the latter half of the 20th century). It really doesn't matter to me how they do it. The whiskies are extraordinary and in a class totally on their own. This special cask is the first "Solist" Sherry we selected ourselves and will be available exclusively at K&L. It represents a huge percentage of the entire allocation of the brand for California over the next year. It's arresting and intense but balanced beyond any Solist I've yet to come across. The nose is pure Oloroso, deep dense hazelnut and pecan butters, sweet molten brown sugar, Christmas cake, stewed apricots, fig jam, dried cherries and raisins. The palate explodes with spice, yet the alcohol heat is almo

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2017

Powerhouse Kavalan Solist feels like Oloroso immediately, with caramelized sugar on the nose, black walnut notes and baking spice through the palate. This is a luxurious sherried whisky that hits a bit harder than expected on the finish, in the best possible way. There is a focus here, but the texture is decadent and the quality is undeniable. Add that to the fact that we hand-selected this barrel, and you have another Asian spirit to add to your wish list.

1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) ($249.99)

Part two of Garnheath is finally here! Part of our lost whisky collection (meaning distilleries that have since closed and/or been demolished), we bring you the follow-up to our absolutely stunning cask of old Garnheath, a grain whisky from the once-active distillery site inside of Inver House's Moffat site located just east of Glasgow on the road to Edinburgh. The distillery was located next to another closed malt producing site: Glenflagler. Closed in the mid-eighties, now just a memory and a story to share among friends, the spirit of Garnheath lives on (literally) in this single barrel, cask strength edition bottled just for K&L. Not only is the Garnheath a lost legend, this 43 year old edition is one of the smoothest, roundest, most luxurious whiskies we've ever had the pleasure of selling. It rolls across the tongue effortlessly, coating the palate with rich waves of caramel, honey and maple syrup. In classic grain whisky style, there's no maltiness or smoke here. It's just four glorious decades of barrel maturation at work: orange zest, candied sugar and apricot. A true whisky classic in the making and a piece of history, to boot. The whisky is a year older, but the price remains the same. This is the last cask of Garnheath in the warehouse and it will be the last we bring in under the Old Particular label.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

This Garnheath grain whisky aged 43 years is, simply put, a beautiful thing. After over four decades in the barrel, its taken on a beautiful light brown color with vanilla, cocoa, and honeyed cereal notes that are smooth and creamy all the way across the palate. Its an experience to behold, not even considering its an irreplaceable piece of history.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This is one of the richest, most burnished and appealingly maple/cola/sweet-ish grain whiskies I have yet to try. The alcohol is perfectly balanced, the lush burnt sugar and spice notes are expansive and linger on the palate for a long while. If you're after older grain whiskey, or even if you're a Bourbon fan chasing after something rare, old and delicious, I would strongly recommend the Old Particular Garnheath 43 Year Old. Yes, 43 year Old! Delicious stuff.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love when I get a chance to taste any whisky with significant age on it and the single grains we get in from Old Particular are always the best way to get truly older whisky. Even so I was surprised in the best way possible with this bottling from Garnheath. I did get some older wood characteristics in the nose alongside vanilla, and white toffee the palate was shockingly young and vibrant. It did not necessarily taste like a younger whisky, it has the elegance and complexity that age brings. However it was brimming with power and flavor, vanilla notes with white fudge swiftly turn to rising spicy layers and finish with a maple syrup sweetness. There is nothing off putting or odd in this bottling, just spectacular old whisky that reminds me more of an older American than an old Scottish whisky.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

At 43 years old this grain whiskey is still alive and delicious. Beautiful caramel aromas lead to a whiskey that is packed full of concentrated flavors. It is big and round with sweet richness and a touch of spice. There is a long sweet tongue coating finish that helps make this a good selection for grain whiskey lovers.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

The delights of old grain whisky are numerous. The sweetness, the round profile, the cream and vanilla, and of course, the price! Where do you find 43 year old cask strength whisky at this kind of price!? No where but K&L. The nose is seductive and warm and gives fair warning that whisky in your glass will be creamy and rich. Toasted coconuts, grain tea, sweet oak spices carry the palate through to a long and enjoyable finish. This is the kind of whisky that makes a perfect gift. It has a huge number on the front, tastes delicious and there are few people who, when poured a glass, won't enjoy it.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

If you want to knock someone's socks off this year with the perfect bottle of Scotch, go with the Garnheath. Few people will know what it is, but everyone who has tasted this whisky thus far has been absolutely bowled over by its richness and concentration of flavor. Not only is the whisky absolutely delicious, it's unbelievably rare. Garnheath was only open for two decades during the sixties and seventies before it was shutdown for good. It's a forgotten piece of the past come back to life in this bottle. Old grain whiskies are still incredibly affordable for the price (even rare ones like this), but that's starting to change. Nikka has seen tremendous success with its Coffey grain expression at $60 per bottle, so imagine a more intense version of that whisky, more than four times as old, and 1000x as rare. That's what you're getting for $249.99. Creamy on the palate, and reduced down to 47% naturally after four decades, this is an ultra smooth Scotch with loads of fudge, maple syrup, and spice. This is the rare, limited edition bottle for people who don't want to drop $10,000 for Macallan.

2014 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac ($449.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Incredible iodine, oyster, currants, peat and cedar. Yet subtle. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and great depth and complexity on the finish. I love the spice and blueberry character on the finish. Vibrant. A sexy style of Mouton. *Top 100 of 2017*" (02/2017)

97 points Vinous: "An exciting, beautifully layered wine, the 2014 Mouton Rothschild is one of the clear highlights of the vintage. A stunning interplay of crème de cassis, graphite, menthol, sage, mocha, dark chocolate and leather takes of all the senses. The 2014 is dark, voluptuous racy. Above all else, it speaks to a total sense of balance. (AG)" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The label of this vintage is designed by David Hockney in memory of Philippine de Rothschild. It is a powerful wine in the rich style of Mouton with strong black-currant fruits from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is dense and dark, ready to age for many years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers a large core of pure, unadorned cassis, accented by notes of anise, plum cake, mint and bitter plum coulis. The core has serious heft, supported easily by a riveting iron spine that shows superb length through the finish. A prodigious display of power and cut. (JM)" (03/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Mouton-Rothschild was closed at first when I tasted the wine in bottle with winemaker Philippe Dhalluin. But as it transpires, this First Growth is just toying with you. Initially quite understated, it responds to aeration like a young child peeking from around a corner and then running out, waving its hands. It suddenly hits you with gorgeous black cherries, bilberry, cedar and wilted rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry. This is utterly seductive: a wine without a hair out of place. It is not as powerful or as complex as the 2015 Mouton-Rothschild, yet the precision and focus here is beguiling. It will require five to seven years to absorb the 100% new oak, then it will be an utterly delicious and to use a term employed at en primeur, 'cerebral' First Growth that is destined to give two or three decades of pleasure. (NM)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Could be the wine of the vintage? And it is half the price of the 2009 or 2010. The label is a tribute to Baroness Philippine, by David Hockney.

2006 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 4 available ($1,439.00)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Pontet-Canet has an extremely pure, vivacious, perfumed bouquet with crushed violets infusing the blueberry and blackberry fruit. But it is all about the detail and precision in this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth: lightly toasted black fruit, dried orange peel, cedar and a pinch of white pepper. This feels very cohesive and poised with just a touch of mint entering right on the finish. What a great wine from Alfred Tesseron and Jean-Michel Comme. Go grab the corkscrew now, but don't feel that this wine has to be opened for another 5-6 years. (NM)" (05/2016)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Inky cassis, black raspberry, graphite and pungent minerality on the very ripe nose. Dense, rich and silky, with a brooding inky minerality and an almost liqueur-like dark fruit sweetness leavened by a savory peppery element. This very ripe, deep and concentrated wine boasts wonderful lushness without any undue weight thanks to its sheer energy. Like its neighbor Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet's 2006 conveys a powerful impression of soil character. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and superb lingering sweetness. Should be long-lived. (ST)" (06/2009)

93 points James Suckling: "This red is now soft and fruity with plum, berry and mineral character. Its full-bodied with fine tannins and a gorgeous finish." (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry, currant and plum tart aromas lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit, sweet fruit and silky tannins. Generous and round, with lovely richness for the vintage. (JS)" (03/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "At this early stage in its development, this wine shows more structure than richness. The tannins are fully developed, dark and dense. The complexity is there, but the fruit and the elegance are still to comeand that suggests good aging potential. (RV)" (03/2009)

K&L Notes: Robert Parker himself was 95+ on this wine in his initial review of the finished wine: "The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/purple-colored 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage as well as this estate’s 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern day classic is a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+." (Wine Advocate, 2/2009)

2005 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($1,499.99)

99 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit in this is fascinating with plums, currants and other dark fruits. Then there is another layer of spices and chocolate. So much cassis. Full and very layered with chewy polished tannins and a long, long finish. Just starting to open. Changes all the time. Still needs a year or two but gorgeous to drink already." (10/2015)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Cos dEstournel is another great success from this property, which is owned by Michel Reybier. A superstar of St.-Estèphe in this vintage, this wine has a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful, sweet cassis and blackcurrant fruit, some floral notes, spice and a touch of oak in a full-bodied, layered, impressive multi-dimensional style. The tannins are surprisingly sweet and well-integrated, as is the acidity, alcohol and wood. This is a beauty and certainly the top wine of St.-Estèphe. Drink it over the next 25+ years. (RP)" (06/2015)

97 points Vinous: "I have been fortunate to taste the 2005 Cos d'Estournel three times in recent weeks and it has never been anything less than stunningly beautiful, as it is once again on this night. The interplay of dark, ripe fruit and the more mineral, savory-inflected nuances typical of Saint-Estèphe yield a compelling, wonderfully complete Bordeaux that simply has it all. An exotic mélange of graphite, gravel, smoke, cured meats and dark-fleshed fruits flow through to the explosive finish. Riveting today, the 2005 Cos will continue to thrill those fortunate enough to own it for several decades. Given its price vis-à-vis many of the high-flying wines of the year, the 2005 Cos remains a terrific relative value in its class. (AG)" (11/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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1934 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 6 available ($1,699.99)

91 points Vinous: "A much racier wine, the 1934 Lafite is deep, complex and nuanced, especially for a wine of its age. Barnyard and game notes are at the limit, but all the elements are nicely balanced just the same, in this mature but showy (for its age) Lafite. (AG)" (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Tastes smooth and elegant, with that difficult-to-describe character that some call finesse. Its straightforward, crisp cherry flavors are overlain with a wonderful, spicy bottle bouquet." (11/1991)

2009 Clinet, Pomerol 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($2,100.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine boasts an opaque black/purple color in addition to a gorgeous bouquet of truffles, charcoal, asphalt, blackberries, blueberries, and meaty, smoky notes. This dense, unctuously-textured Pomerol is built like a skyscraper with multiple layers, sweet tannins, and enormous concentration as well as length. The good news is there will be 4,000 cases of this modern day legend in the making. It should drink well for 30-35 years. While its hard to eclipse a 100-point wine (1989), the 2009 appears to be the finest Clinet has ever made. (RP)" (04/2010)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.