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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - December 19th, 2017 - 12/19/2017 - 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
2016 Pala "I Fiori" Cannonau di Sardegna 93 $14.99 View
Golden Devil "K&L Exclusive" Dark Overproof Rum (750ml) $19.99 View
2016 Maison Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc (Pre-Arrival) $29.99 View
2015 Siran, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) 95 $29.99 View
2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 96 $29.99 View
2014 Schramsberg North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine 92 $34.99 View
2015 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 96 $37.99 View
2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $49.99 View
2006 William Hepburn 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $49.99 View
2016 Maison Henri Boillot Meursault (Pre-Arrival) 91 $54.99 View
2015 Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie "Ampodium" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $59.99 View
Bellevue 19 Year Old "Golden Devil" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Guadeloupe Rum (750ml) $99.99 View
1997 Hector Macbeth 20 Year Old "K&L Exclusive - Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $99.99 View
1995 John McCrae 22 Year Old "K&L Exclusive - Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $99.99 View
2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) $109.99 View
Don Julio 1942 Añejo Tequila (750ml - cannot ship, in store pick up only) (Previously $130) 98 $109.99 View
2016 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Mouchère" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $109.99 View
2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $119.99 View
Opus One "Overture" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend $119.99 View
2006 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 94 $149.99 View
2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 97 $169.99 View
Enmore 25 Year Old "Golden Devil" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Guyana Rum (750ml) $199.99 View
2004 Krug Brut Champagne 97 $269.00 View
2009 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol 100 $369.99 View
2009 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 99 $899.99 View
Krug Champagne "Creation Pack" Gift Case (6pk=1 Unit) 97 $1,499.00 View
2007 Pétrus, Pomerol 94 $2,199.99 View


2016 Pala "I Fiori" Cannonau di Sardegna ($14.99)

93 points James Suckling: "A fresh Cannonau with hibiscus, red cherries, spicy cranberries, lemons and orange rind. Medium to full body, crunchy red fruit, tangy acidity and a spicy finish. So beautiful and refined. Amazing value!" (10/2017)

Wine Spectator: "A medium-bodied red, with light tannins and a spicy thread winding through the crushed raspberry, citrus and herb notes. Fresh. Drink now through 2019. (AN, Web Only-2017)"

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

This is warm, sweet and fresh with a middle of juicy berries and aromas of ripe plums and ash. Here is a delightful super drinkable bottle to go with any kind of food and that is priced to purchase by the case.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

My only other experience with Cannonau is the brilliant offering from Sella e Mosca (both the 2011 and 2013). So I was a bit skeptical about such an affordable, young version. But wow, what a great wine! It has fresh fruit flavors of plum, blueberries, brambly fruits and herbs, with a touch of baked pastry notes. Theres great tannins, and surprisingly great acidity for a warm weather Grenache! This is going to age well for 5 to 10 years, easy!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Aromatics of purple and red plums jump from the glass as you raise it to your nose. It is fresh with lively acidity, integrated structure and lots of sweet fruits- plums, raspberries and red cherries. The use of cement and stainless steel keeps the wine's integrity and character- soft spice and a savory earth component that adds to the freshness of ripe fruit throughout.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Cannonau is one of the main red grapes of Sardinia and this is 100%. (Aka Garnacha, Grenache ) This shows, middle eastern spiciness of sandalwood, cedar and plums, with bold, dramatic fruit character alternating with bursts of brilliant spice and pepper. A great cocktail wine on a cold winters night.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is classic Cannonau. Unmistakeable from the first sniff, bold dark cherry and red fruit backed by a distinctive savory herbal note. It is medium bodied but rich and mouth-filling, with lots of juicy dark fruits, dusty myrtle herbal notes and a modest amount of tannin and acid to pull it all together. This is every night Italian wines with no edges nor extreme earthiness, yet unmistakably Italian. Think red sauce, red meat, hard cheese and good company.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Wow! This is a sexy beast of a wine. Lots of wild berry fruit, seductive aromas and silky tannins make this an irresistible offering. I had to do a double-take when I saw the price, I easily expected this to be in the mid-to-high 20s but was pleasantly surprised to see it at the jaw-dropping price of only $14.99. A flat-out delicious offering for under $15 this is a wine to buy b y the case.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Cannonau is the Grenache of Sardinia, so if you're a fan of Cote du Rhone style French wines and food-friendly bistro fare, this is the Italian version. Plush on the palate and loaded with flavors of fresh berries, herbs, and exotic spices, the 2016 Pala is the perfect wine to get you out of your Dolcetto/Barbera rut. I'm generally on the hunt for lower tannin levels in my Italian red wine because I eat a lot of pasta and vegetarian dishes, so Chianti, Brunello, and Barolo are too heavy and overpowering without the meat. The Pala did just the trick over the holidays, offering up classic Italian flavor with an elegant and easily approachable profile.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

The nose is pure, focused plumy fruit, fresh but you can smell the intensity and focus. On the palate this wine isnt ponderous it has great acidity to focus the richness of the body lifting those flavors and creating a vibrant and dynamic palate feel. The flavors are dense, powerful spiced plum with a great palate presence giving you the sensation of weight and power yet the wine is very drinkable and supremely well balanced. This is Grenache from Sardinia, it is called Cannonau there, and the Pala winery produces the Fiori or flower label as there ready to drink wines. Fermented in stainless steel then aged in stainless or cement tanks until released I find best when opened an hour ahead of time. Id pair this with lasagna or grilled sausages, something a bit more rustic and filling for colder winter nights.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 26, 2017

Cannonau has gained attention of late due to its cultivation within one of the noted "blue zones" that dot the globe. People who inhabit these places are said to live the longest, healthiest lives and the Cannonau wines of Sardegna are included due to their polyphenolic content. Aside from the said health benefits, Cannonaus like this one are tasty, versatile red wines that our customers love. Pala's is bright and lively with scents of fresh raspberry, prickly pear, white pepper, and a pleasant touch of wild herbs. It's medium-bodied in texture and fills out with a bit of aeration. This is a great everyday red that will pair with a wide variety of mild and spicier foods. A wonderful island red.

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Golden Devil "K&L Exclusive" Dark Overproof Rum (750ml) ($19.99)

With tiki culture experiencing a full renaissance and rum appreciation reaching its highest level of enthusiasm in decades, we thought it was time to create a custom K&L dark overproof edition that offered our customers something unique, well-priced, interesting, and flat-out delicious in that category. Made with a unique blend of rums from Jamaica and Guyana, this 57% ABV edition combines the aromatic and funky pot still flavor of the Jamaican rum culture with the textural compounds of Guyanese column-distilled beauty. Hints of green banana and molasses penetrate the palate on the first sip, but the power of the proof takes over half way through and turns dry and robust on the finish with notes of earth and oak. We're expecting our friends in the tiki industry to go nuts for this, both due to the quality and the value proposition blended into each bottle. Don't be surprised if your favorite rum bar has a few bottles of this behind the counter next time you go.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

This is a real bargain. I thought that it cost more when I tasted it. It has early spring time herb and floral aromas. In the mouth, it is dry but has dark sugar flavors and is easy and complex.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

Just in time for Holiday party's (and to be honest for a Sunday Funday) this beautiful little bottle of Dark Overproof is exactly what is needed for cocktails, punches, and parties. Seriously, this is excellent, especially given the price, for those who need a good dark and strong rum for winter cocktails. Dark chocolate on the nose with a little coffee on the nose leads to a lighter palate than I was expecting. Caramel and fudge pudding with a rising heat and spice from the proof all come together here. Fantastic!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2017

After watching rum interested at K&L begin picking up again this past year, I reached out to one of our partners in the UK to see if we could come up with an exclusive blend that would give rum enthusiasts a serious run for their money. Tiki cocktail fans are always on the hunt for a new dark overproof option and this baby uses flavorful and expressive Jamaican pot still as the base, fleshed out by the column still rums from DDL in Guyana. Everyone I've given it to thus far has freaked out and I've got bartenders begging me to let them buy it wholesale. I'm hoping it's a big hit because we can definitely keep this going should rum drinkers want us to!

2016 Maison Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

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2015 Siran, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

94-95 points James Suckling: "This really is fantastic with so much ripe fruit and ripe tannins. Exquisite purity and beauty. 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Petit Verdot." (04/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Siran is a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot picked between 17 September to 12 October. It is raised in 25% new oak plus one-year barrels. It is a little richer and more opulent than its neighbor, the 2015 Dauzac, due to the higher proportion of Merlot. It veers to more red fruit here, wild strawberry and later cassis. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, very well defined with a keen thread of acidity. It grips the mouth, implying that there is more Cabernet than there actually is. I like the volume here, and unlike previous vintages that seemed to show some warmth on the finish, here the finish is much more linear and controlled, fanning out gracefully but with power emanating from that Merlot. This is likely to be proprietor Edouard Miailhe's best wine in recent years. (NM)" (04/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Soft, ripe and juicy, this is an immediately attractive wine. Its tannins are already well integrated into the black-currant fruits and rich berry flavors. The wine will mature relatively quickly and should be ready to drink from 2021. (RV)" (12/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Plush, with crushed cherry and plum fruit flavors carried by hints of violet, chocolate and lavender. The long, velvety finish features a gentle swath of roasted cedar. (JM)" (01/2018)

88-91 points Vinous: "The 2015 Siran is a dark, burly Margaux. Still, there is good depth and texture throughout. It will be interesting to see if some of the contours soften. Today, the Siran is a bit rustic and rough around the edges. Dark cherry, plum, leather, smoke and tobacco add complexity on the finish. Because of the high percentage of Merlot this is not a typical Margaux, but it is very pretty just the same. Tasted two times. (AG)" (04/2016)

90 points Decanter: "Fine Margaux florality and very good depth of fruit. Almost has the breed of a cru classé with good natural charm, tannins and acidity for the future." (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Lustrous dark crimson. Really polished and compelling on the nose. Very round and ripe yet with lovely freshness. The best Siran I remember tasting! Really sappy and energetic. (17/20 points)" (04/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2016

2015 will not only be remembered as the vintage that brought sanity back to Bordeaux pricing, it will be remembered by enthusiasts as the year Margaux dominated the communes. Just about every wine we tasted from the region was balanced, beautiful, and elegant. When the combination of great pricing and great quality comes together, it only adds to our initial excitement. Just like the Malescot before (a Margaux wine we sold TONS of), the Siran showcases everything we loved about the vintage but at an even lower price. The difference here is the Merlot dominance, but the grace is still there under all that dark fruit. The wine is alive and kicking, plush on the palate, and loaded with drive and panache. It's also less than thirty bucks. I'd say: go for it.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 05, 2016

The 2015s from Margaux are stunning and perhaps the best region for the vintage. Another great value wine here-a bit old school like me, the Siran has 55% merlot and the black fruit flavors are intense. So sweet on the palate-you want to drink it now, but it has great balance for the cellar.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

The commune of Margaux was without the a doubt the Star Commune in 2015 because damn near every wine we tasted was very good. But if you ask me for the greatest overall wine for the money it is Ch. Siran. We visited owner Edouard Mialhe here a few years ago and have been watching his wine continue to improve; I think his 2015 will be the wine that brings Ch. Siran back to the forefront of the marketplace. The wine has beautiful sweetness in its ripe fruit, good richness and weight, fine mid palate texture and a lovely finish! By far the best wine from Ch. Siran Ive ever had. This is a marvelous bottle of Margaux at a great price!

2015 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

95-96 points James Suckling: "Extremely firm and silky. Dark berry, violet, salt and mineral. Full body. Energy, vibrant and verve. Layered and compressed. Best ever here. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc." (04/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A total blockbuster from new owner Peter Kwok, who purchased the estate in 2012, the 2015 Château Tour Saint Christophe is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc brought up in 40% new wood. It boasts a deep purple color and sensational notes of ripe currants and crème de cassis, as well as background graphite, cedar, and spice nuances. Full-bodied, deep, layered, and perfectly balanced, with sweet tannin and integrated acidity, its one of those wines where everything is in the right place, it has no hard edges, and a beautiful finish. It needs short-term cellaring to come together, but you shouldnt miss this beauty. Its worth mentioning the estate is managed by the talented Jérôme Aguirre and utilizes Michel Rolland as a consultant." (11/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Tour Saint-Christophe, owned by Peter Kwok since 2012, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc cropped at 33 hl/ha between 3-16 October and matured in 40% new oak. It has an intense nose, perhaps slightly on the alcoholic side due to the Merlot (14.8%). The palate is more controlled and refined. There is still some new oak to be absorbed, but the tannins seem fine, and it is endowed with blood orange and citrus fruit lending freshness and tension on the long, sensual finish. Bottle-age will temper the nose and it should ultimately turn into a very impressive Saint Emilion. (NM)" (04/2016)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Tour Saint Christophe is the most beautiful wine I have tasted off this property. Dark, sumptuous and yet also strikingly vivid, the 2015 possesses superb nuance to balance its natural intensity. Cloves, new leather, crème de cassis and sweet spices give the 2015 much of its unctuous feel and overall texture. This is a superb showing from Tour Saint Christophe and the team led by proprietor Peter Kwok and consultant Michel Rolland. (AG)" (04/2016)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a perfumed, minty wine, attractive and freshly fruity. It has great acidity and fine, firm tannins, ripe and potentially with a generous, full texture. (RV)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: Chateau Tour Saint Christophe is a mid-18th century property located at the limit between the two villages of Saint-Emilion and Saint Christophe des Bardes. Consisting of 11 hectares on the eastern clay and limestone hills of Saint-Emilion, the chateau overlooks beautiful, ancient dry stone terraces restored by hand during a renovation by the owners in 2012. Says K&L owner Clyde Beffa, "One of my top ten values under $30 for this great vintage. Rich and round and quite sexy - a property to watch."

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

Opulent and deep with a rich core of black and blue fruits, cocoa powder and integrated oak (30% new). Polished but bright finish with mineral and suave tannins. A breakout year for the brilliant team at Tour St-Christophe.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Tasting the 2015 next to the 2012 was a great way to contrast the vintages. The 2012 is an elegant and rounded wine with lovely highlights of red fruit, whereas the 2015 is a darker beast, full of fleshy Merlot and intensely concentrated black fruits with highlights from the oak and ripe tannins. The terraced slopes of Tour St. Christophe's vineyards are a very special place, capable of creating truly expressive wine, and this 2015 cuvee is just another example of that fact.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Barrel tasted April 9, 2016: Inky color, lots of upfront fruit, very ripe and layered in the mouth, loaded with mocha, cream and blackberry flavors, shows a fair amount of structure and the wine is fresh on the finish. This is a sleeper and a great buy from the 2015 vintage!

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Our third vintage for this property (12 and 14 also available)and a property I picked three years ago as one to watch. The only property on our April trip where we visited twice to taste their amazing wines. The 15 is their best yet. Situated across the valley from Barde Haut, the terroir is tops and one of the highest in St Emilion. 80% Merlot and 20% Cab Franc - 14.8% natural alcohol and you can't tell at all. Very spicy black cherry aromas and flavors. Long and lingering on the palate. So good and under $30. One of my top 10 value wines of the vintage.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 15, 2016

Outstanding value!! Loaded with blueberry/blackberry fruit backed up by good minerality and salinity. Soft tannins and ripe fruit make this a delicious St. Emilion that won't break the bank.

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2014 Schramsberg North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine ($34.99)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Delivering a happy midpoint between its youthful exuberance and the tight, serious, layered character of top-end sparkling wine, this still-nascent effort has more than enough charm in its crisp, clear, fruit-infused aromas and strong, creamy, finely crafted mousse to make an impressive statement today. Yet, for those who would put a few bottles away, there is a richer, more complex future ahead and we will join you in putting some aside." (12/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This subtle, restrained and elegant wine from a classic producer leads with nice doughy, toasty aromas. It fills the mouth with delicate bubbles and lingers on the finish, giving more toasty complexity and lasting fruit impressions. *Editors' Choice* (JG)" (12/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully floral strawberry and peach aromas lead to rich and creamy flavors that glide toward a snappy finish. (TF)" (10/2017)

2015 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($37.99)

95-96 points James Suckling: "Very powerful and chewy with super concentration of tannins and richness. Full and superbly structured. Made from certified organically grown grapes. Best ever from here." (03/2016)

91-94 points Vinous: "One of the more intriguing wines of the year, the 2015 Fonplégade is powerful and exuberant, yet retains a mid-weight sense of structure. Black cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. Dark, sumptuous and impeccable in its balance, the 2015 shows the more modern side of Saint-Émilion. This is a highly promising showing from Fonplégade in the first vintage made by consulting oenologists Stéphane Derenoncourt and Romain Bocchio. (AG)" (04/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is richly layered, offering boysenberry, fig and cassis flavors that stay fresh and focused, with fine chalky minerality buried throughout. (JM)" (01/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Fonplegade has a tightly wound bouquet, broodier than its peers, a subtle marine influence filtering through the red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, perhaps falling a little short of the sophistication and complexity that I was anticipating coming through on the nose. Perhaps this is a wine not showing on the day, because this estate can produce excellent Saint Émilion wine, hence the question mark against my score for now. 90-92? (NM)" (04/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Very dark crimson. Silky ripe freshness. Very seductive and well balanced. Racy and lifted. A bit forward, but nothing exaggerated here. (JR)" (04/2016)

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2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99)

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2006 William Hepburn 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

In order to understand the secret contained inside this very special Sovereign bottle, you have to understand a bit about how the Scotch industry works and what teaspooning means. There’s a long history of barrel trading and brokering between blenders and distilleries in Scotland, and some producers are very protective of their name brand. As you’ve likely noticed, we’ve been able to secure single cask selections from top names like Bowmore, Caol Ila, and Highland Park over the years, and those distilleries allow us to use the name, but others take more drastic measures. By adding a teaspoon of a second single malt whisky into the barrel, the whisky instantly becomes a blended malt rather than a single malt, rendering the labeling of that whisky as a single distillery illegal. This 11 year old William Hepburn comes from a distillery in the Speyside known for its sherry matured 12 year and 18 year old editions, as well as its Fine Oak collection. While recently offering up a Classic Cut higher proof edition, rarely do we see non-sherried editions of this whisky at full proof. Despite the 56.9% ABV, the renowned elegance of this distillery shines through here with soft stone fruits (pears and nectarines), supple vanilla, and creamy malt flavor highlighted with oak spices on the finish. Highland whisky fans will be thrilled with the bolder, more concentrated edition of a classic profile. Fans of the big Mac will rejoice, snagging a serious discount with this teaspooned edition.

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

This selection is bright and lively.The nose is pretty and inviting. In the mouth it is juicy, round and soft.It is a very easy to enjoy and should appeal to many people. There is a beautiful balance and no smoke flavors. I tasted this with a splash of water.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

Those of you who just bought our 24 year old Macallan Old Particular cask on pre-order, might also want to have a look at this special 11 year old mystery barrel from "William Hepburn" as both ultimately emanate from the same place. This 11 year old edition is distilled Highland refinement in a bottle. It's gorgeous from front to back, no frills, nothing out of the ordinary, just classic sweet stone fruit, grains, vanilla, oak, and malt flavor at full proof with no water added. The only thing that's been added is a teaspoon of a second malt whisky, rendering this barrel a "blended malt" rather than a single malt. That means 99.99999999% of it is from....William Hepburn....and the other .000000001% is from somewhere else. That's why the price is so good. I'll take the secret deal over the expensive brand name every day of the week.

2016 Maison Henri Boillot Meursault (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

89-91 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. Very ripe apricot and sexy oak on the nose. Plush, thick and concentrated for village wine, conveying an intriguing sweet/salty balance and surprisingly firm acidity and cut. Finishes saline, serious and long; this will probably need a couple years in bottle to harmonize. A very promising village wine.(ST)" (09/2017)

2015 Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie "Ampodium" (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable. (JC)" (12/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Youthful violet. Sexy, mineral-driven aromas of ripe red and dark berries, candied flowers and Indian spices show excellent clarity and lift. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy, nicely concentrated black raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. A subtle olive nuance arrives with air and carries through a long, youthfully tannic finish.(JR)" (04/2017)

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Bellevue 19 Year Old "Golden Devil" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Guadeloupe Rum (750ml) ($99.99)

Bellevue distillery on the island of Guadaloupe has been run by the Damoiseau family since they purchased the ancient facility in 1924, eventually merging with La Martiniquase, one of France's largest drinks companies. Since the mid-nineties, the extra support has led to a serious reinvestment in the distillery grounds and today Bellevue uses only locally-sourced sugar cane for all of its rhums, most of which is planted right next to the site itself. Bellevue is an agricole rhum distillery, meaning the spirit is made from fermented sugar cane juice rather than molasses like most rums on the general market. Using red and white cane varieties, Bellevue uses a column still for its production, distilling to a proof of nearly 160 and maturing in ex-Bourbon and ex-Cognac barrels. Generally unavailable in the U.S., we purchased this 19-year-old single barrel from Europe and had it bottled by our friends at Golden Devil in the UK. At 59.7% cask strength, the rhum is far from the bold and grassy agricole specimen we see from Martinique. It has an herbaceous character on the initial palate, but the color is dark and brooding and the flavors range from flat cola to ginger and root beer on the finish. Tiki fans will rejoice, but Rum fans of all kinds will be thrilled by the opportunity to secure a single cask selection from one of the industry's more elusive (and expensive) agricole producers.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

This is a real treat. In the nose it is rich and full with caramel aromas. In the mouth it is smooth and pretty and round with dried fruit and burnt sugar flavors. The Guadeloupe 19 is dry and complex. There is a tasty dusty after taste. I tasted this with a splash of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

I have exclusively drunk young agricole rum up until now and so getting to taste this 19 year old single cask from Bellevue was exciting. With the age and distillation process the powerful vegetal components of an agricole are softened by dark figgy pudding notes and Christmas spice. The rum is a fascinating blend of warm spice and vanilla pudding all framing a long floral core typical of an agricole followed by a long finish. Any true fan of rum will happily work their way through this bottle, although it may disappear faster than planned.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2017

The first rum I ever had from Bellevue was bottled by Berry Bros & Rudd and it was both incredibly delicious and obscenely expensive. I was definitely on the hunt for Guadeloupe's amazingly refined agricole spirit from that point on, but I was convinced we could find a more cost effective way to bring it to K&L. After a few years of searching, I found my opening. Our friends at Golden Devil secured a 19 year old cask from Europe and got it bottled for us this past Fall. Those expecting Neisson or La Favorite flavor, don't be put off. This is not a super grassy, herbaceous, intensely aromatic agricole rhum. Those elements are there, but they've been softened by 19 years in wood and are integrated with flavors of cola, fruit, and spice. This is a complex sipper from a distillery we rarely see stateside. I'd recommend it to anyone remotely interested in rum, but especially to those on the hunt for something rare and interesting.

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1997 Hector Macbeth 20 Year Old "K&L Exclusive - Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

In order to understand the secret contained inside this very special Sovereign bottle, you have to understand a bit about how the Scotch industry works and what teaspooning means. There’s a long history of barrel trading and brokering between blenders and distilleries in Scotland, and some producers are very protective of their name brand. As you’ve likely noticed, we’ve been able to secure single cask selections from top names like Bowmore, Caol Ila, and Highland Park over the years, and those distilleries allow us to use the name, but others take more drastic measures. By adding a teaspoon of a second single malt whisky into the barrel, the whisky instantly becomes a blended malt rather than a single malt, rendering the labeling of that whisky as a single distillery illegal. This 20 year old Hector MacBeth single barrel comes from one of the Grant family's famous Glens and it only takes one sip of this rich, supple, and oak-laden whisky to instantly recognize that classic profile. While the 21 year old distillery version of this whisky will run you $150 or more, this cask strength, single barrel 20 year old release offers a serious bang for your buck proposition in exchange for the anonymity. The initial flavors are oily with vanilla and sweet resin and brandied peaches, moving quickly into concentrated oak, toasted barley, and creme brulee. The finish is dry and spicy and at 56.4% the heat is on! There's no three-sided tin with this bold edition, just superb value!

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

This single barrel has a beautiful golden color. The nose is complex with honey, wax and floral notes. In the mouth its is full bodied and concentrated, packed full of many flavor nuances. This selection has a lot going on. There is no smoke. I tasted this with a touch of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

If you're not excited by the value proposition of a teaspooned cask - read David's explanation and you will be. The Hector Macbeth is a home run. I found it surprisingly salty on the nose with a touch of pretty and fresh herbs. The mouth is rich and velvety, loaded with baked bread, cinnamon, and apples. It's basically an American Apple Pie in a scotch. There is a little sandalwood on the finish which is long and full. This is an absurdly good deal.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

Of the three Sovereign teaspooned casks we have to offer this December, the Hector MacBeth is the darkest, oakiest, and most concentrated of the bunch and when you taste it there's really no doubt about where it was made. You've seen the ubiquitous green tins for the 12 year lining the major liquor stores and airport duty free shelves all over the world, the mark of the deer above the distillery name. This is a 20 year old, single barrel cask strength edition of that classic Highland profile for a cool $99.99. Why the deal? Because of the small teaspoon of a second whisky added into it. I'll take that deal every time, however. I'm guessing at least 200 other fans of the Glen will take the plunge with me.

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1995 John McCrae 22 Year Old "K&L Exclusive - Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

In order to understand the secret contained inside this very special Sovereign bottle, you have to understand a bit about how the Scotch industry works and what "teaspooning" means. There’s a long history of barrel trading and brokering between blenders and distilleries in Scotland, and some producers are very protective of their name brand. As you’ve likely noticed, we’ve been able to secure single-cask selections from top names like Bowmore, Caol Ila, and Highland Park over the years, and those distilleries allow us to use the name, but others take more drastic measures. By adding a teaspoon of a second single-malt whisky into the barrel, the whisky instantly becomes a "blended malt" rather than a single malt, rendering the labeling of that whisky as a single distillery illegal. For that reason, we can’t call the whisky by its name or reveal where it was made, but we can give you a few hints! This round, luscious, soft-textured 22-year-old malt whisky is from Scotland’s Speyside region, made at a very famous distillery renowned for its doublewood expressions and its famed wooden blending vats, sometimes referred to as tuns. While there’s no sherry maturation in this single hogshead, this whisky is grace and elegance defined: golden grains, supple vanilla, richly-textured stone fruit, and generous oak on the finish. Independent casks from this distillery are almost never available, making this John McCrae a true rarity for those in the know.

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

This single barrel has a lot to offer.It has a wax and floral nose that is absolutely pretty. In the mouth it is pure ,soft and direct with nice malt flavors and a very subtle hint of spice. There is a long finish. It is hard not to like. I tasted this with a touch of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

This struck me as my favorite of the 3 new Sovereign casks. It's lovely, rich, clean, and bright. There is an easy fruitiness full of apples and stone fruits. The spices lean towards the baking type, not peppery or savory. The palate is creamy and smooth, almost like a caramelized marshmallow. The finish is long and clean. All in all a special cask of whisky.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

We have to be very careful revealing the source of this particular barrel as we got in trouble last time around from the distillery who wanted to know where we had tracked it down and how it made its way into our hands! All I can tell you for right now is that it was made by one of the most famous producers in the Speyside and that it tastes every bit as soft, creamy, succulent, and refined as all of the official distillery releases. If you're a classic Highland fan who loves the purity of single malt that tastes like fruit, barley, oak, and spice, then you're going to treasure this bottle. It's simply Scotch whisky perfection without gimmicks, barrel enhancements, or any other unnecessary additions.

2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

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Don Julio 1942 Añejo Tequila (750ml - cannot ship, in store pick up only) (Previously $130) ($109.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A stunning limited-edition añejo. The golden color and caramel scent hint at whats to come: sweet agave flavor, a lingering whisper of smoke and mellow notes of tropical fruit, Sauternes and butterscotch. (KN)" (05/2011)

K&L Notes: Cannot be shipped, will call pick up only. Don Julio is particularly proud of this limited-edition Añejo, and rightfully so: "I established my first tequila distillery in 1942 and to commemorate that very special year, I have created Don Julio 1942 a unique and limited edition, I personally selected the stock for this new release. Its golden line and perfect clarity I find appealing and a testament to its purity. The aroma is sweet and ripe with layers of agave and notes of ripe apple and oak. The taste is smooth, rich and clean with oak and vanilla finish. Don Julio 1942 will appeal to both connoisseurs and collectors of fine tequila. I hope you enjoy it."

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2017

Tasting Don Julio 1942 is always a SHOCKING experience. I truly doesn't compute how they're able to create something so heady and sweet using just highland distilled agave and oak barrels in the quantities that they must. The nose an explosive mix of sweet coconut, fresh vanilla bean, chocolate nibs and tropical fruit. On the palate the richness is jaw dropping, I can't help but let out a guttural exclamation. Uhhhhhh what the hell did they do here? Yes it's sweet, but it's so decadent you almost want to compare it to Sauternes or Quart de Chaumes. Baked tropical fruit, smooth silky texture and a long lingering finish. I tasted this next to slow BBQ cacao crusted short ribs and couldn't imagine a better pairing. We've also got this killer price so there's that too...

2016 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Mouchère" (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

93-95 points Vinous: "(13.3% alcohol with 4.5 grams per liter acidity; cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare, from vines up to 80 years of age): Bright light-medium yellow. Utterly pure scents of stone fruits, apricot, nuts and honeysuckle. Rich, deep, silky and moderately saline but also powerful and backward, displaying terrific precision and purity in the mouth. A superb, classic Clos de la Mouchère: utterly plush and seamless without being heavy or over the top. Boillot noted that he will slowly replant these very old vines in a series of tranches over the next 15 to 25 years. (ST)" (09/2017)

2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru "Les Genevrières" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Medium yellow. Discreet aromas of mandarin orange and musky smoky oak. Suave, silky wine with a lovely balance of thick yet precise yellow fruits, soft citrus flavors and saline minerality. Finishes very long, spicy and pure, with a slight youthful aggressiveness. This tactile, extract-rich premier cru should age well.(ST)" (09/2017)

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Opus One "Overture" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($119.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Then multi-vintage blend that until recently has been available only at the winery in Napa Valley, now being commercialised to beat the drum a bit more for Opus. Deep ruby with a pale rim. Very sweet, ripe, penetrating nose that screams Napa Valley. An edge of cocoa. Light, lively and open with just a little bit of rusty nail on the end. (JR)" (09/2016)

K&L Notes: Only recently made available as a commercial release, Overture has been the second wine of Opus since 1993, following in the tradition of the great Bordeaux estates. Made exactly like Opus One and sourced from the same estate vineyards, the Overture is a classic Bordeaux blend, with Cabernet Sauvignon making up around 70%.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2015

This release of Overture is a blend of 2010, 2011 and 2012. These 3 very different vintages combined to make a very interesting wine. A bit of power is coming from the 2010, acidity, finesse and complexity is coming from the 2011 and a big wallop of fruit is coming from the 2012. The Overture is made in the exactly same facilities, uses the same fruit sources and is made by the same wine-making team as Opus One. It just sells for less than half the price! Opus makes this wine to drink upon release and this wine is drinking excellent right now.

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2006 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac ($149.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the property, the 2006 Château Pichon-Lalande has a voluminous bouquet with outgoing blackberry, cassis and violets scents, a touch of boysenberry jam tucked just underneath, although it does not quite have the delineation of the Lynch Bages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels very composed in the mouth, quite fresh with well-judged acidity, harmonious and tensile on the finish. This deserves a higher score than I awarded out of barrel and it continues to improve year by year. (NM)" (05/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The success of this wine owes as much to Merlot as to Cabernet. The Merlot has created the ripeness and smoothness of the wine. While the Cabernet keeps it firm and closed up, there is a base of rich, sweet fruit here that will show over the next two years. The style of the wine is moving away from elegance to power under the new regime of owners, Champagne Roederer. (RV)" (03/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, cedar, licorice and mint. Rich, lush and sweet, with noteworthy depth to the flavors of dark fruits, smoke and chocolate. Wonderfully broad and tactile in the middle palate. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and sneaky persistence. This fine-grained, stylish and downright sexy wine is clearly more successful than the 2005. (ST)" (06/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Displays currant and blackberry, with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with round, chewy tannins and lots of fruit under the structure. A rich wine for the vintage, needing plenty of bottle age. Best after 2014. (JS)" (03/2009)

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2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne ($169.99)

97 points Vinous: "One of the stars in this tasting, the 2004 Dom Pérignon is starting to express the potential it hinted at as a young wine. Specifically, the 2004 has gained quite a bit of volume and overall depth within the last few years. The first signs of aromatic nuance are starting to develop, which suggests the 2004 will soon enter its first plateau of maturity. (AG)" (07/2017)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "With all the lush plenitude of the 2004 vintage, this wines explosive flavors give it a bold, broad, layered impression on the palate. But the tight structure and edgy tension of the acidity reins it in, capturing the wines aromatic power and extending it into graceful length. This is a precise and sophisticated Champagne suited to the cellar." (12/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "A return to regular form after the wild 2003 edition, this is business as usual in terms of the composed and complex swagger that is a hallmark of Dom. Good deep autolysis here, toasty yeasty characters wrap around a wealth of grapefruit and pithy lemon citrus notes; the chardonnay rings clear as a bell at around half of the blend. The palate has assertive, driving power and fully formed deep-seated phenolic presence with a chord of acidity steering it through a long, fresh and gently nutty finish. Classic Dom is back! Best drunk around 2019. (NS)" (08/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A graceful Champagne, with minerally drive. Firm acidity and a rich vein of smoky mineral meshes with the plush texture, offering finely woven flavors of mirabelle jam, toasted brioche, crunchy pear, honey and smoked almond. Delivers a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2029. (AN)" (12/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid yellow. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, quince and jasmine, with smoke and toasted grain qualities adding bass notes. Spicy, penetrating and pure, boasting impressive vivacity to its fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Gains weight and breadth with air while maintaining vivacity, picking up a gingery nuance that carries through a long, smoky finish. I'd bet on this taut, youthful Champagne rewarding many more years of patience. (JR)" (11/2013)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

When Champagne lovers ask me about what vintage they should think about collecting, I always bring up 2004 first. While many other vintages such as 2002, 2006 and 2007 have produced fabulous wines, they have all been crazy in one way or another. Because of climate change, the only two harvests that could be counted as typical, classic Champagne vintages in the last 25 years are 1988 and 2004. Of course, many vintages in the past 25 years have been great; 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002 and almost certainly 2008 and 2012. All of these vintages have a story, and all of them are odd. Even vintages with plenty of water and slow ripening, which over the last 200 years would be considered typical and classic, are an endangered species. The character of the 2004s is very transparent, revealing of terroir (especially in single vineyard wines), long and light on its feet. The wines do not have the weight and authority of the 2002s or the crazy concentration of the 1996s. What they have is deft, elegant balance and I believe that they will, like the 1988s, prove to be great. The Dom is a great indicator and example of the strength of this vintage. I cant remember liking a vintage of Dom when it was first released as much as this since the 1990, or finding one of such good potential since the 1996. I wanted to make the most out of this chance to drink the 2004 as a preview and decided to prepare a special dinner for Cinnamon and I. I picked up an ounce of Osetra and we started out enjoyin

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2013

This newest release harkens back to the quality of the 1996 and 2000 vintage DP. A beautiful nose of white flowers, toasted almonds and cocoa. Much cleaner than the 2003 vintage, with clean citrus notes to balance the yellow apple and stone fruit palate. A very nice effort!

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Enmore 25 Year Old "Golden Devil" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Guyana Rum (750ml) ($199.99)

Enmore was once the home of El Dorado's famed wooden coffey still, but the distillery was closed in 1993 and all of the equipment was eventually moved to DDL's main Diamond site where all the former Guyana distilleries are now consolidated. This single barrel edition, distilled in 1992, represents one of the last runs at the former site and for serious rum fans these lost distillates are as collectable as can be. This particular rum, however, comes not from the wooden coffey still at Enmore, but rather a single pot still, potentially the wooden pot moved there from the defunct Versailles distillery before eventually landing at the Diamond site where it sits today. Guyana's pot distilled rums are valued by blenders and other experts as a source of very heavy bodied, very flavorful, and deeply aromatic rums. Dark in color and earthy on the nose, the flavors are rich and expansive with molasses, burnt sugar, roasted coffee, and cocoa on the finish. For many collectors, Enmore is the Port Ellen of rum, yet its price points are still well within reach considering its rarity and value on the market. Bottled at 63% cask strength, this Golden Devil single barrel edition is a true gem of magnificence and a valued piece of rum's long and ever-evolving history.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

This 25-year rum is lively and delicious. In the nose if offers sugar and floral aromas. In the mouth it is round and lush with deep dried fruit and dark chocolate flavors. There is a creamy mouthfeel. A beautiful expression of a mature rum. I tasted it with with a splash of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

This 25 year old Golden Devil from Enmore made me come back a couple times to the sample bottle and I had to leave it reluctantly. Dark spice over fruitcake with a subtle wood notes on the nose hint to the richness and complexity. On the palate the rum had a wonderful dried fruit and pudding quality that morphs into savory chocolate and coffee notes. Earthy mocha and baking spice with dark berry notes make up the finish that seems to last forever.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2017

What's crazier than the fact that we were able to secure a single cask of rum from Guyana's former Enmore distillery, is the fact that we were able to do so for the same price as last time; despite the huge differences in today's market. This is not only from Enmore, mind you, it's from Enmore's old pot still rather than the wooden column, so the flavors are more intense, loaded with earth, molasses, coffee, and richness. I've had people emailing me about this cask for over five months, asking if they could pre-order or secure a bottle in advance. I'm not expecting it to hang around for long.

2004 Krug Brut Champagne ($269.00)

97 points John Gilman: "The new release of 2004 Krug is absolutely beautiful and is already quite elegant andopen on both the nose and palate and is drinking with great finesse. I had expected this wine tobe a bit more steely in structure out of the blocks, but the refinement of the blend this year hasproduced a wine that is already a joy to drink at age thirteen, though it will continue agegracefully for many, many decades to come. The cépages in 2004 is thirty-nine percentchardonnay, thirty-seven percent pinot noir and twenty-four percent pinot meunier, with the winehaving been disgorged in the winter of 2016. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a refined mixof apple, a touch of walnut, warm bread, lavender, a superb base of soil tones and a topnote ofsmokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with vibrant acids, great focus and grip, a lovely core, refined mousse and a very long, complex, racy and energeticfinish. There is marvelous precision here on both the nose and palate, not to mention a sense ofharmony and grace that is fairly rare in the 2004 vintage. Chapeau! 2017-2060." (11/2017)

97 points Vinous: "Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. (AG) 97+" (12/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Fresh, zesty spiced lemon and citrus notes of top Meunier and elegantly built Chardonnay, with a hint of honeysuckle and spice. Supremely subtle mouthfeel, showing textural quince and plum flavours.Optimally ripe, not heavy, with magical, very Krug-like acidity. It's so fresh. From a fine Chardonnay year, it has the ideal blend of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier. Great potential. (ME)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "ID 216022. 39% Chardonnay, 24% Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir. They thought this would be ready before the 2002, so they had some bottles disgorged in 2014. The 2004 growing season benefited from 2003 when there was such a small yield post frost that the vines built up reserves, meaning that 2004 was a very generous crop and selection was permitted. Very pure and greenish straw. Savoury nose. Very dense but flyaway linseed nose. Quite rich on the palate. Tight knit. Very solid with baked-apple flavours. Lots of density. Called luminous freshness by the Krug team. Masses of energy. (JR) 18+/20 points" (09/2017)

K&L Notes: The much-anticipated 2004 vintage release from Krug is composed of 39% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir and 24% Meunier. It was first disgorged after 12 years of ageing on the lees, and held for another year in the cellar before release. As the Maison articulates, "The wines of the year [2004] were at once highly expressive, bright and undeniably elegant. The vivacity, tension and citrus notes of the Meuniers and the shining Chardonnays combined with the backbone of the Pinot Noir gave rise to a very balanced year. Combining generosity and precision, elegance and character, Krug 2004 tells the vibrant story of a fresh year."

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 16, 2017

Next to the legendary 2002 vintage Krug, this 2004 is also a star. Very, very, bright with generous acidity that combines with white stone fruit and almond flavors. It still retains the elegant mousse and brioche of classic vintage Krug, but, the acidity is the star player here. Super fresh, and clean, and bracing. This bottling has the potential of being the star of your cellar and may even overshadow the 2002 eventually. If you prefer to drink it without cellar time, give it a few minutes to air in your glass so that the glorious texture has a chance to come out and say "hi". The 2004 is a classic and will be remembered as being one of Krug's best!

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 15, 2017

I was lucky enough to taste the Krug 2004 Vintage right next to the Krug Grand Cuvee Edition 160 - which has 2004 as its foundation. It was a joy to contemplate the artistry of both approaches. The Grand Cuvee featuring the expert blending of reserve wines back to 1990 to create the top expression of this house. Contrasted with the purity of the 2004 Vintage. A glimpse into that particular growing season, like a portrait representing a moment in time that will be referred back-to again and again. The 2004 Vintage is exquisite, vibrant and fresh - a prime candidate for cellar ageing. And when compared to some of its peers from other regions like Burgundy or Bordeaux, a supreme value!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

The latest vintage release from Krug since the legendary 2002 release is a different animal altogether. It comes from a vintage that fully benefited from the poor crop output of 2003, using the unspent energy for amazing crop yields across Champagne in 2004. It offers fineness, intensity, complexity and real aging power. Upon its release, some 13 years after production, it is vibrantly youthful and fresh, with nuanced notes of citrus, yeasty toast, saffron and dried apricots. This will go for many more years.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 23, 2017

Tasting the new 2004 Krug next to the 2002 was a revelation for me. This has the power and mid-palate presence that we all love from this great house, but it is married to the extraordinary freshness, minerality and purity of the 2004 vintage. As soon as I touched my lips to the glass I was transported back to the moment over a decade ago when I tasted the 1988 on release. The 2004s and 1988s are like peas in a pod, and I think this will be a vintage that collectors will be kicking themselves for not paying enough attention to. The finish on this bright, lively Krug is still with me the morning after drinking it. It is a Champagne for the ages.

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2009 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol ($369.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020." (02/2012)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009's nearly 14% natural alcohol, exquisite ripeness, and incredible complex bouquet of Asian spices, fruitcake, licorice, smoke, blackberries and black currants are to die for. A blend of 84% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses a viscous texture as well as a freshness and vibrancy that are remarkable given the wines weight, richness and potential massiveness. This extraordinary effort is one of the finest Vieux Chateau Certans made over the last sixty years. It will undoubtedly shut down in bottle, requiring a decade or more of cellaring. It should keep for 50 years thereafter. Proprietor Thienpont thinks it is a modern day version of the 1948. (RP)" (02/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This shows gorgeous silk and polish, brimming with beguiling plum, cherry eau de vie and red currant fruit flavors laced with supple toasty vanilla and cedar hints. But in the background brews a darker side, with loam, maduro tobacco and iron notes, which take over on the finish authoritatively. This feels like it will get a lot bigger before it fully melds--and that will be a while. (JM)" (03/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium-deep ruby. Musky aromas of red plum, blackcurrant, cocoa and tobacco leaf. Juicy, sappy and rather stylish on the palate, combining pepper and herb qualities with a subtle touch of sweetness. Not a hugely concentrated wine but amazingly well balanced and silky, and with insidious depth of flavor. Finishes with suave, spreading tannins. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Firm crimson. Firm Cabernet and scented. Suave. Appetising. Very sophisticated. Racy and wonderful bone structure. Amazingly long. Beautiful wine. Glossy. 18.5/20 points." (03/2013)

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2009 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac - 9 available ($899.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Mouton-Rothschild is as concentrated as the 2010, but it presents itself in a more consumer-friendly, seductive style. Opulently textured and full-bodied with gorgeous levels of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast and chocolate, it possesses high but sweet, velvety tannins, massive body, and fabulous purity as well as length. This could turn out to be a candidate for perfection in another 8-10 years. It will drink well for 30-50 years, but will always be much more approachable and charming than its 2010 counterpart. (RP)" (12/2014)

98 points Decanter: "New oak dominates the nose, but theres ample blackcurranty fruit too; a crunchy black fruits character gives charm too. Suave attack, juicy and succulent, velvety despite the tannins, which are firm but ripe. This is hedonistic stuff, with good structure and acidity too. Relatively forward, but has a lot more to give. Excellent finish, with flair as well as persistence. A gorgeous wine. (SB)" (03/2014)

98 points Vinous: "The 2009 Mouton Rothschild is exceptionally beautiful. A huge, powerful wine, the 2009 possesses stunning richness and radiance, with plenty of underlying structure to support all of that exuberance. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco and incense give the 2009 much of its exotic, captivating personality. Seamless, opulent, yet with terrific freshness, the 2009 is sure to thrill those fortunate to own it for several decades. In a word: dazzling. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Harvest took place between September 23 and October 6 in a year marked with dry weather, higher than average temperatures and generous sunshine. (AG) 98+" (05/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Super fruity and layered with incredible depth and length. Currants, plums, dried strawberries and cherries. Full body, soft and round tannins and gorgeous fruit. Sexy and voluptuous. Better in 2020." (11/2015)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This will always be a great contrast to the dark power of the 2010, sporting lush layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture, carried by velvety tannins, flowing through a long, anise-, tobacco- and cocoa-fueled finish. Not shy on grip, but much rounder and plusher in feel. Hard to resist now, but there's absolutely no rush. Best from 2020 through 2050. (JM, Web Only-2017)"

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque, almost impenetrable purple-ruby. Closed nose hints at ripe dark plum, cassis, violet, coffee, minerals and ink. Opulent flavors of blackcurrant, minerals and herbs are pure and clean, with harmonious acidity lifting and extending them on the very long, rich, suave finish. This wine has improved considerably since the Primeurs. In fact, this is even more true of the 2010, which makes me think that Mouton may now require extra patience and leeway when it's tasted during the spring following the harvest. Another stellar wine for this property. (ST) 97+" (07/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The purest Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, with dark chocolate and intense dark berry flavors. The tannins are so enveloped by the fruit and yet they promise great aging. At this stage, wood shows through the fruit, but the texture is so rich and opulent that it should easily become integrated. (RV)" (02/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Philippe Dhalluin: The best vintage I made in my life I prefer subtlety to muscle. Closest to 1945. Barbie to 2010s Ken. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot. Last vintage made in the old cuverie. Even darker than 2010, and more youthful looking. Blackish crimson. Amazing opulence and richness. So sweet and yet with classic build and tension. Richness and tension. Long. Already enjoyable even if so youthful. 19/20 points." (07/2015)

K&L Notes: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot. Great, perfumey aromas of cassis and currants mixed with tobacco and cedar wood. Super-concentrated wine, with a finish that lasts a minute or more. 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2009 Mouton-Rothschild is a stunning wine. But you know that already. Here I remarked upon its deep co lour vis-a-vis recent vintages. The aromatics have 'firmed up' since I last tasted it, takes a little encouragement from the glass, and then its sheer purity washes across the senses. Blackberry and cold stone notes, bilberry and just a touch of graphite that was less noticeable than before. The palate remains weighty in the mouth, extraordinarily dense and yet still utterly composed and beautifully focused, segueing towards an intense spicy finish. I noticed Philippe Dhalluim almost laughing at the quality of this 2009, such is its pedigree and yet will it eclipse the 2010 Mouton-Rothschild? Time will tell. Magnificent. Tasted May 2016."

Krug Champagne "Creation Pack" Gift Case (6pk=1 Unit) ($1,499.00)

97 points Decanter: "This is the current and latest vintage release from Krug, and is a fitting successor to 2002, though it's very different in style - unusually, the blend contains more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir. Despite this, it is hallmark Krug with its oxidative profile. It has a luminous freshness and good density without heaviness. Theres a controlled power to this poised, vinous, linear 2004, displaying candied fruits, minerals, gingerbread, white chocolate, caramel and marzipan. This has a long, dry autolytic finish, great balance and lovely bead. Disgorged just after the next, and very different, vintage we tasted, the Krug 2003. Drinking Window 2017-2037. (JS)" (11/2017)

97 points Vinous: "Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focused, with a translucent sense of energy, the 2004 captures all the best qualities of the year. Moreover, the 2004 is clearly superior to the consistently underwhelming 2002 and the best Krug Vintage since 1996. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is a magical bottle. (AG) 97+" (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "ID 216022. 39% Chardonnay, 24% Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir. They thought this would be ready before the 2002, so they had some bottles disgorged in 2014. The 2004 growing season benefited from 2003 when there was such a small yield post frost that the vines built up reserves, meaning that 2004 was a very generous crop and selection was permitted. Very pure and greenish straw. Savoury nose. Very dense but flyaway linseed nose. Quite rich on the palate. Tight knit. Very solid with baked-apple flavours. Lots of density. Called luminous freshness by the Krug team. Masses of energy. 18/20 points." (08/2017)

K&L Notes: Inside this case, you will find three bottles of vintage 2004 and three bottles of the 160th edition of the Grande Cuvée, which is based on 2004. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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2007 Pétrus, Pomerol - 4 available ($2,199.99)

94 points James Suckling: "This Petrus is solid for the vintage with bright and pretty fruit. Its full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a berry, Indian spice, and cinnamon character. Long and intense. Better than most may believe. Still needs some time but who can wait?" (10/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Petrus has a sumptuous bouquet with ample mulberry, truffle and pain d'epices aromas that are beautifully defined. It just seems to gain more and more volume in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, plenty of leather-tinged red fruit, clove and black pepper, a Pomerol with quite a sturdy finish that should see it age with style. This Petrus just seems to be coming into its own now. This is excellent. (NM)" (06/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Scented nose offers violet, minerals, menthol, tobacco leaf and pipe tobacco. The palate displays lovely subtle intensity and inner-mouth perfume, with precise flavors of red fruits, minerals and mint expanding and rising on the firm back end. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and a light touch. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this showed a somewhat darker, deeper fruit quality, with the menthol and mineral notes coming to the fore. Should repay a few years in the bottle but shows the fairly soft structure characteristic of the year. (ST)" (08/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This offers pure, subtle fruit, with blackberry, sliced mushroom and blueberry notes. Full-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins, a pretty finish and just the right amount of wood. Powerful for the vintage. (JS)" (03/2010)