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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - January 30th, 2018 - 01/30/2018 - 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 Qty Retail Link
2015 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae - Old Vines GSM" Côtes du Roussillon 93 >60 $11.99 View
2014 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja >60 $12.99 View
Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès >60 $12.99 View
Mas Codina Brut Rosé Cava Penedes >100 $13.99 View
2015 Laventura "Lanave" Rioja >100 $14.99 View
2015 Danjean-Berthoux Bourgogne Rouge "Chaume Ronde" >100 $16.99 View
2016 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré >60 $16.99 View
2015 Casaloste Chianti Classico 94 >100 $19.99 View
2016 Domaine Renaud St-Véran >60 $19.99 View
2011 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja >60 $19.99 View
2016 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 92 >60 $21.99 View
2011 Los Autores "El Brujo" Reserva Rioja >100 $24.99 View
2015 Domaine Courbis "La Sabarotte" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 98 96 $84.99 View
2015 Domaine Courbis "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 100 90 $89.99 View
1995 Bowmore 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) >36 $139.99 View
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 >36 $199.99 View
2000 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 100 12 $319.99 View
1996 Krug Brut Champagne (direct from Krug 2018) 100 0 $599.00 View
2000 Latour, Pauillac 100 10 $999.99 View
2000 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 100 12 $1,299.99 View


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2015 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae - Old Vines GSM" Côtes du Roussillon ($11.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An incredible value from Jean-Marc Lafage is the 2015 Tessellae Old Vines Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, which is 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from 70-year-old vines and brought up all in concrete tank. A ripe, expansive, full-bodied and undeniably sexy red that has beautiful notes of kirsch liqueur, blueberries, pepper and violets, it has ripe and present tannin, straight up fabulous purity and a great finish. This is another one of those wines where you just have to tell yourself you spent more than you actually did. The wine really is this good. (JD)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

"...my love, it's very late, 'til morning comes let's tessellate." These lyrics by alt-J, an English indie rock band, were probably more about seduction than some nocturnal tiling project, but the words reminded me of just how much this tuneful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre continues to charm and seduce vintage after vintage. A revelation of ripe raspberries, blueberries and black cherries fills the glass with enticing aromas, and the sumptuous flavors carry over with spice and floral notes on the round, lavish and sweetly rich palate. The only instrument you need to employ to fully enjoy this harmonious wine? A corkscrew......

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

Like all Lafage wines, there is no shortage of fruit in the GSM. The wine has the sensation of warm raspberry coulis drizzled over a berry compote. It almost sounds like a little much but Lafage excels at creating finesse where fruit lingers. Great acidity, plush velvety tannins and glycerol richness lead you to believe this is a much more expensive wine and gives you the balance you desire. The name Jean-Marc Lafage has become synonymous with cost to quality in our stores. Every wine is inflected with his joyously exuberant style. For wines that you can drink every day that show pure pleasure in the glass, you need look no further than Lafage's harmonious Grenache Syrah Mourvedre blend.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

Seriously, Jean-Marc Larfage is just killing it right now. In addition to being one of the most in-demand consulting winemakers in France, he continues to put out unbelievable values from his region of specialty: the Languedoc and Roussillon. Take for instance the 2015 Tessellae. Farmed from over 100 year-old-vines, this wine is utterly delicious, displaying flavors of raspberry coulis and bing cherries above a darker, medium bodied blackberry fruit. Hints of charcoal, smoke, and well-integrated spice contribute to a nuanced aroma. It is warm, upfront, fruity and an incredibly well-made wine that will work with plenty of different types of cuisines and is good for any night of the week. I would argue that at this moment, Lafage is producing the best value wines anywhere in the world. If youve loved the Kerbuccio, Bastide Miraflors, or Arqueta from Domaine Lafage, you should definitely pick up the Tessellae.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

This is my favorite Lafage release to date! The 2015 Tessellae Old Vines GSM has a hauntingly beautiful nose of red cherries, licorice, white pepper and garrigue. On the palate the wine is fresh and lively with great energy and drive. There is copious fruit notes as well as spice with a layered and complex palate. The wine shows excellent integration of its tannins, fruit and alcohol which gives this full-bodied wine a deceptively light on its feet feel.

2014 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Crianza Rioja ($12.99)

As is the case with so many other great spots in Spain, Bodega Casa Juan is located opposite the village church, in the beautiful walled pueblo of Laguardia. The winery is a converted flour mill, featuring concrete tanks for fermenting and blending the wine; and for ageing, barrels that are used for up to seven years. These are traditional Riojas in elaboration and spirit, though the site specificity of their Laguardia and Villabuena vineyards confers a fruit character all its own to these wines. And what fruit! This crianza is a potpouri of mixed berries, with great purity and cut that provides a lovely contrast to the spiciness and oak nuances. Casa Juan's wines are somehow spicy and very drinkable, yet structured and fresh in a way few classic Riojas are. 2014 as a vintage brings great structure and heft, with a depth of flavor and build which suggests some ageability. All estate fruit, hand-harvested and carefully vinified with native yeasts, this is a hand-sewn wine with the purity, texture and elegance to prove it. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer)

Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2018

I am always so excited to try a new vintage of Lesmos Crianza. The 2014 vintage absolutely exceeded my expectations. After I tried it I wanted to make sure that all of my colleagues at K&L had the chance to try and experience this wine. This Rioja is so incredibly impressive for such a low price. Everytime I drink wines from this producer, I think about how fortunate I am that I found Senor De Lesmos!

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2018

Vintage after vintage, this is consistently one of the best buys in the store. This is a fuller bodied style of Crianza, with rich dark fruit and plenty of oak spice, but all incredibly balanced and well-made, with a structure to stand up to the strength of the flavors. If you are looking for a classic Rioja, or perhaps just in the market for a new weekday red, I couldn't recommend this highly enough

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 23, 2018

Another fantastic bottling from our friends at Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos. Initial aromas reveal a lovely rustic charm to the wine, with a bouquet of dried herbs and dusty earth. Aromas of cherries and berries also come through as well. On the palate, flavors of dried fruits like dark cherry and berry intermingle with notes of earthy minerality. The wine's lively acidity lends it as an obvious choice for various food pairing applications. A great example of a Crianza Rioja, and a good value as well for being under $15.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

A classic, quite dry, savory expression of Crianza Rioja, the 2014 Lesmos opens with desiccated dark fruit and umami notes, with elegant wafts of anise. The palate is light and spice-dominated, with loads of dark, tart plum, cassis, a touch of iodine, and saline minerality. Though this cellar-worthy wine may need to breathe a bit, it does show nicely now. I would love to try it with grilled octopus!

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Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès ($12.99)

Mas Codina is a 40 hectare estate in Penedès which dates back to 1681. This Brut Reserva Cava was hand-harvested from 20 to 30-year-old vines and estate bottled. Though it does not say it on the label, the current disgorgement is based entirely on the 2014 harvest. Vines are planted in calcareous and sandy clay soils which keep the wine minerally and lively. The wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle, and is aged on its lees for a minimum of two years before disgorgement. Varietals include Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 100% hand riddled as well! Since we direct import this delicious Cava, it is arguably one of our best values in bubbly. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

This truly is one of the best values in sparkling wine we have. It's fresh, crisp and drinks well above it's price. Dry with small bubbles and an elegant mouth feel, it goes down (almost) too easily. Notes of green apple, stone fruits and a slight nutty richness make this an easy choice for any occasion!

Staff ImageElsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2017

By far the best Cava I have ever tasted! Mineral and green apple notes with a crisp and dry finish. A perfect bubbly option for any occasion, especially for upcoming holiday gatherings.So much greatness at a fantastic price. Stock up for the holidays!

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 02, 2017

For my money, Cava like Mas Codina stands head-and-shoulders above more popular, expensive, but less polished sparkling wines. The bubbles are finer, creating a mousse-y texture on the palate, while the flavors of nectarine, baked apple, and subtle flowers are balanced and restrained in a way that avoids any cloyingness. At only $12.99, this is an incredible value with truly romantic expression perfect for any intimate occasion.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 09, 2016

This is one of the best bottle of bubbles in the store for its price. The fact that we directly import this sparkler and that it is from Spain means that it drinks far and above its price point. This Cava is very clean and enhanced by bright acid while still having some weight and richness on the mouthfeel. A lovely balance of ripe fruit and citrus make this one that can easily turn heads at a party and is priced to keep a case around the house.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 29, 2016

Everyone loves a good value in sparkling wine. We would all love to drink Champagne every night, but sometimes you want to spend a little less without compromising quality. For that reason, our buyers here at K&L strive to provide a broad range of alternatives at affordable prices. Over time certain of these have become so popular among our customers and staff that they have achieved an almost iconic status, the kind of wine people buy by the case among others the Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne "Perle d'Aurore" Brut Rosé, the Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut, and the Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès. This classic Spanish cava combines traditional grape varieties like Xarello and Macabeo with those more likely to be found in Champagne like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 24 months on the lees adds richness and weight. At this price you can treat yourself whenever you like.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2015

This is one of our greatest "value" sparkling wines in the company. It is very well balanced and has a lingering finish. The overall character of golden apple fruit, with a hint of nuttiness and tart cherries, is balanced by a very clean finish that contains citrus notes and minerals. It has 10 grams per liter dosage, enough to keep it dry but, to add some light fruitiness, as well. Something here to please nearly everyone!

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 17, 2015

Clean and bright with a soft, elegant mouthfeel, this gorgeous Cava evokes stonefruit without being cloyingly aromatic - more crisp nectarine than peach - and finishes dry. A bottle of this quality goes down so easily, you'll be amazed (and your wallet grateful) that it's less than $14. Time to celebrate!

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2015

The Mas Codina Cava is easily a top sparkler in the store at $14. It is the house sparkling wine for most of our staff and has even been the wedding sparkler of choice, which speaks to the quality! Well balanced with a touch of red fruit from the pinot, green apple skin, beautiful mineral qualities, and a dry finish.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2015

This is no ordinary Cava. There is a good percentage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are used in the blend. What that means is that there is breadth and depth to this sparkler that you do not find in similarly priced Cavas. Mix that with clean fruit tones, a moderate amount of yeastiness and a classic Brut finish and you get one of K&L's best sparkling values.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2015

Mas Codina is a humble family operation, and man do they make delicious sparkling wine! They have been slowly ramping up the amount of Pinot Noir in their otherwise traditional cava blend, in order to gain a bit more in color and mid-palate presence. These are very drinkable cavas, wines that strike a great balance between ripe, bright, snappy fruit, weight, and texture. For under $14, the detail and value of this wine is undeniable.

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Mas Codina Brut Rosé Cava Penedes ($13.99)

Mas Codina is a 40 hectare estate in Penedès which dates back to 1681. This Brut Rosé consists of Pinot Noir grown in their own vineyards in the middle Penedès region. Here the Garriga brothers are quite pleased with the results they see from the Pinot Noir grown in chalky-clay soils. They have been working organically for the past several years and their first harvest doing so with certification was 2017. We direct import this delicious Cava and it is arguably one of our best values in rosé bubbly right now. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 09, 2017

How many hand picked, hand riddled sparkling wines can you find for $12.99? Not many I think! We have all been lucky enough to enjoy the Mas Codina brut for the past few seasons and now we can enjoy the rose! Being from the hot, dry region of Penedes, the Pinot Noir grapes are picked in early August to keep the sugar levels down and the acidity up to create a dry, fresh rose. The wine is filled with the classic Pinot Noir notes of fresh berries and ripe cherry with a dry, chalky backbone that makes the wine non-stop!

2015 Laventura "Lanave" Rioja ($14.99)

A 50-50 Tempranillo and Garnacha, with great structure, fruit and minerality, particularly for a sub $15 bottle of red. Native South African Bryan MacRobert grew up in a farming family, and has been quietly making some of that country's best value wines. He fell in love with a girl from Rioja as well as the region's wines (we forget in which order) but quickly became fascinated with the inimitable terroirs and endless potential for wines in the region. A proponent not only of organic viticulture, but also a strong believer in the importance of legacy organically cultivated vines on top quality sites, Bryan is picky about where he grows and sources vines. The winemaking is no frills but clearly well thought out and opinionated; think lots of smaller cement vats and wood in sizes greater than 225l barriques. He's a fan of Stockinger cooperage. Particularly with the whites, these are wines where transparency, minerality and acidity drive the style. His red features organically farmed Rioja Alavesa Tempranillo with some Rioja Baja Garnacha and Rioja Alta Mazuelo (from San Vicente) blended in as well. It is a tense and taut style, very mineral, yet not at all weighed down by oak. Some whole clusters are used. What some may see as a bit strict and atypical, others such as myself see as a potential new way forward for reds in this region. Either way, this is a very well made, wholly original take on red Rioja.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

A blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha from trusted vineyard sources, this is Rioja with the Bryan MacDonald treatment! Turns out that ends up delivering you an amazingly fresh, red fruited wine with great cut, purity and poise. This tastes like no other young Rioja I have ever tried, and yet even as a Rioja fanatic (ok - at times, purist) I want more. How does Bryan Mac D do it? While it obviously starts in the vineyard with terrific sources, I also think that Bryan approaches wine making rather differently from most of his colleagues in Rioja. The result is a wine that you must try, regardless of whether or not Rioja is your thing. Super tasty and interesting wine, a real eye opener!

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2015 Danjean-Berthoux Bourgogne Rouge "Chaume Ronde" ($16.99)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 27, 2018

Well, folks, we've found it! A phenomenal value for 2015 Bourgogne Rouge, well under 20! This wine has all the lovely round fruit and palate weight that we are finding in many wines from this vintage, but it doesn't sacrifice structure. Don't be deceived by the price point here. This little wine could easily age gracefully for 5 to 10 years. That's the beauty of Burgundy in a great vintage like this. You can find phenomenal wine with structure and depth from a lesser known area that is built to age.

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2016 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré ($16.99)

Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

This is a great, entry level white Burgundy that is appropriate both for those who are seeking to switch over from CA chardonnay and for those who appreciate good, affordable white Burgundy. At first classically clean, with bright minerality but, it fleshes out mid-palate with white stone fruits and a hint of green apple. Clean, lingering finish. Lovely.

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2015 Casaloste Chianti Classico ($19.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A beauty, silky and packed with dark cherry, leather, iron and earth aromas and flavors. Harmonious and long, with a well-integrated structure and a mineral-tinged aftertaste. (BS, Web-2017)"

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chianti Classico is a bold, juicy wine. Black cherry, lavender and expressive spice provide much of its exotic, alluring personality. Lush and racy, but with vibrant fruit and tons of Sangiovese structure, the 2015 is a winner. (AG)" (01/2018)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 07, 2018

I can't tell you how many people walk into the store, ask for a GREAT red wine and then scrunch their face up when I recommend Chianti. I get it. Sure there's crap Chianti, but there's crap being made nearly everywhere. I blame restaurants for relying on a classic name and deferring the blame. Nonetheless, for those in the know Chianti remains one of the most exceptional overall regions with a few absolute gems scattered throughout. This 2015 Casaloste is exactly that. This isn't thin acidity basket wine, this is bold rich dark fruited and structured. What might be an overly harsh tannin in a lesser vintage is the perfect counterpoint to the dense black and purple fruit. That means we've got something that's going to just keep getting better in the cellar. It doesn't have the international appeal that some of the ultra ripe style Classicos do, but for any lover of bold structured wines (I'm looking at you Napa lovers) it will be difficult to replicate this experience for less. And while the wine definitely appeals to the broader market, it still has this wonderful rusticity -a hint of gritty texture and subtle savory high note hat will satisfy even the most curmudgeonly connoisseur.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

It is hard to find a Chianti Classico under $20 that is worth a look, but the Casaloste falls into that small category! 95% Sangiovese brings depth and complexity to the wine. It fills the glass with savory earth while allowing a beautiful weight of fruit from the excellent 2015 vintage take charge. (All without skimping you on the acidity!) A touch of merlot rounds out the tannin structure to be presently pleasant and a little french oak added for some spice and good measure.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

This is a classic in every sense of Chianti Classico, a Panzano producer with character and verve. I've always liked Casaloste but more intellectually than hedonistically, but in this vintage they've put everything together. This is a wine with tannic structure, grit and earth but in this vintage the glorious fruit of 2015 gives those big bones a jacket of supple richness and sweet fruit. Layers of spicy fruit, bright, clean and superbly aromatic. This isn't a simple wine it is just low priced, there is a lot to love hear but it is definitely something to have with food or drop in the cellar for a decade...yes a decade this wine will be tremendous in a decade!

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 01, 2018

This is exactly what I want in a Chianti: Bright fruit flavors driven by lively acidity, slightly grippy tannins, a hint of earth and a real affinity for food, particularly savory and salty things: anything topped with grana padano cheese, charcuterie, grilled sausages. I believe this is one of the more satisfying Chianti's we have featured in a while - molto tipico y delicioso!

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

It makes me hungry just thinking about how perfectly this gorgeous Chianti will pair with food. Serious structure well-balanced by dark berry fruit, the harmonious 2015 Casaloste is a crowd pleasing red with depth: its rich palate restrained by earthier, almost savory herbal notes, with solid tannins on the finish. Plus its barely twenty bucks and it even has points mangia!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

I hate to admit, I'm the guy who steers people away from basic Chiantis unless it's from one of my favorite producers - Rocca di Montegrossi, Fontodi or Felsina. I'm a sucker for northern and southern Italian reds and often find mid-tier Chianti a little lacking. You usually have to go up market to get something really special and complex. But here is something that delivers gorgeous Chianti flavors at a price that makes it an upstart to some of the bigger boy wines from one of those other producers I mentioned. Detailed and utterly pleasing, the Casaloste has flavors of ripe cherry, raspberry, savory spices and hints of floral fruits. There's a touch of back bone here in the structure that says, I'm good to rest for a few years or drink me with a big plate of bolognese. Utterly sophisticated and pleasing, I could easily see, Casaloste joining the ranks of my other favorite producers if they keep delivering wines at this quality.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

This is bold, dark and structured with earth and mineral tones streaking through the deeply fruited middle. Traces of cocoa and oak add aromatic complexity and flavor but the ripe tannins beg for hearty food. Bring on the chicken cacciatore or eggplant parmigiana.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

This is a lot of a Chianti for under twenty bucks! Casaloste is a small family farm in the foothills of Tuscany, and they produce just a few thousand cases a year using entirely estate-owned, organic vines in the heart of Chianti Classico. Think rich savory wild berries and dark cherries, notes of mocha and herbs with nuances of smoke and toast from French barrels. It has supple, elegant tannins due to the little bit of Merlot, and great acidity from the Sangiovese for a long, focused finish. Get me some gabagool!

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

Beautiful, bold, rich expression of Sangiovese for those looking to get into a perfectly priced full-bodied Chianti. This wine gives dark fruit, leather, and some earth on the nose while giving way to red cherry, blackberry, and solid coating tannin. While there is plenty of boldness in this bottle, everything here works together to bring about a pleasing wine experience.

2016 Domaine Renaud St-Véran ($19.99)

Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This is such a wine, from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St-Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

2011 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja ($19.99)

A K&L Direct Import! This is our latest arrival from Miguel Merino, whom we like to call "the hardest working man in Rioja." Having begun his humble "retirement project" in the early 1990s by restoring an older bodega just down the hill from the historic town of Briones, Miguel either owns or rents to own a total of around 8 hectares of vines, all of which are located in Briones; not only is this village specific Rioja, but it happens to come from one of the most sought after villages in all of Rioja Alta, where many top bodegas have some of their most prized, older vineyards. For Vitola, Miguel uses fruit from vines (primarily Tempranillo with a bit of Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo) averaging 40 years of age. He is going for a modern classic style of wine, structured but both ageworthy and drinkable upon release. The 2011 is a richly fruited, generous vintage. Given that we are in Briones, Rioja, however, the wine also has intensity, chalky minerality and the authority of Rioja Alta fruit from mature vines. Some quick vine growing/winemaking notes: Organic (non-certified) vineyards, native yeast fermented, regular barrel topping, no fining and a very gentle filtration employed. Do not be shy about popping this open now, though it will certainly continue to improve and hold well for at least another 5 years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff ImageIvan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2018

The Vitola is consistently one of the best values in Rioja around. A balance of traditional and modern winemaking techniques manifest in the bottle perfectly and create a wine of extraordinary depth and flavor. Almost Bordeaux-like in its presence on the palate, it shows cherries and red currants, woodsy spice, herbs, roasty coffee, leather, and finishes with flecks of pepper. Streamlined acidity and soft tannic structure make this really easy-going on its own, and an ideal pairing with filet mignon.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

An inviting Rioja that is easily one of best values in the respective category. Ripe plum and berries are at the forefront of this wines aroma profile, but not overly so. Leather and baking spices also come through. On the palate, flavors of prunes, blackberries, and vanilla give way to dry tannins and an elevated acidity. Quite food friendly; will go well with charcuterie and various stewed meats. A prime example of the modern-classic style of Rioja

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

Vitola may be Miguel Merino's most affordable wine - a reserva bottling, at that - but here affordability is not to be conflated with "simple" or "entry level" as this is a serious bottle of wine. Primarily Tempranillo from 40+ year-old vineyards in the prime Rioja Alta village of Briones form the basis of this structured, yet fresh and limestone laden medium to full bodied red. Aged for 22 months in barrels with American oak staves combined with French tops and bottoms, Vitola is a great introduction to the wonderfully tasty Riojas of this boutique Rioja Alta bodega. Buy some to drink now and some additional bottles to cellar for up to another (conservative window, here) 7-8 years.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

This is a beauty of a Rioja from a vintage rated unanimously "excellent" by the Control Board. With a deep garnet hue that verges on black, this wine has wonderful clarity. Classic aromas of fresh dill and ripe and dried plum hit you first, while raspberry preserves and red apple follow in a complex trail. The palate is expansive and powerful, but with a soft, integrated tannin and very well balanced acidity. Lush, with ripe and tart fruit notes, the wine finishes on a spicy, lingering peppery note.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

Nicely showing very pretty oak and brambly fruit with fine grained tannins, this is an amazing bargain. Purely Rioja, but with a modern twist. Grill up some lamb chops and open this for a fantastic dinner!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

This is a lot of wine for this price. It has an expressive nose that is layered and inviting. In the mouth this complexity continues with full bodied dark fruit flavors that are dry and complex. There is a subtle hint of earthiness. This will go great with hearty foods.

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2016 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes ($21.99)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This rich wine is dense and concentrated, with beautiful apple and spice flavors lifted by acidity. The fruit and the minerality typical of the appellation give this wine both its fine texture and its tangy fruitiness. Drink from 2018." (11/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pouilly Fuisse Vieilles Vignes, from vines between 55 and 80 years old, has an attractive, quite strict bouquet with citrus lemon and apple blossom aromas, an underlying mineralité coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, focused and tensile with quite a persistent citrus finish. This is a well-crafted, fresh and vibrant Pouilly-Fuissé. (NM)" (08/2017)

K&L Notes: Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 20, 2018

What sets this Pouilly Fuisse apart from our other selections is the beautiful acidity. It has generous, golden apple and pear flavors with baking spices, as well. The finish lingers and the bright minerality comes forward for a super strong, amd memorable, finish.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2018

A lovely more lifted expression from one of our best DI white burgundy producers. The 2016 Renaud Pouilly-Fuisse shows wonderful aromas of white blossom, Asian pear, and golden apple. There is a richness of fruit and texture that Renaud is known for while maintaining bright beautiful acid that lifts and drives the wine.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2017

A perfect introduction to white Burgundy and one of my favorite Direct Imports, the Pouilly Fuisse from Domaine Renaud is kept fresh by utilizing stainless steel for the wines maturation and fermentation. Notes of yellow plum and citrus are complemented by crisp acidity and fresh mineral notes. Wonderful as a party wine or with white meats such as turkey and chicken.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2017

This was rather a pleasant surprise for me! In the past wines of Renaud from Pouilly-Fuisse were rich and on the heavier side. But this 2016 vintage is totally different. wine still has lovely weight of the fruit but there is no pronounced oak and texture is bright and fresh with crisp acidity that sparkles from start to finish. Such a delight!

2011 Los Autores "El Brujo" Reserva Rioja ($24.99)

Los Autores is a new, specialty negociant label charged with finding some of the most exclusive, compelling, unusual and traditional bottlings of Rioja on the market. We are excited to bring these wines into the United States, with the help of our friend, partner, and long-time Rioja resident María Alvarez. Future editions of Los Autores will always be available in tiny quantities; in this case 2,520 bottles. For the inaugural bottling, the last wine ever made by Rioja legend Ezequiel "El Brujo" García, we have a timeless, traditionally styled, Reserva wine: primarily Rioja Alta fruit from long-time contracted mature vineyards in top sites, fermented in tank, racked into seasoned barrels generally 8-10 years of age, where the wine stays for 36 months prior to blending, a long rest in tank and then ageing in bottle. 82% Tempranillo, 8% Mazuelo, 8% Garnacha, 2% Viura. Think somewhere between La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" and Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" in aromatic and palate profile, though released just a little bit younger.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2018

Often, our wine reviews will lead with the value proposition at hand: an extremely limited production, terrific value for money, the complexity of aromas and flavors. In this case, I find it necessary to open with an introduction of one of the more towering personalities in the wine world (or in any world, for that matter) I have ever met: Ezequiel "El Brujo" García. El Brujo studied with the great Bordeaux oenologist, Emile Peynaud. He made the incredible Cune wines of the 1960's. He was responsible for fine tuning Cune's Monopole white, a wine which absolutely dominated in its day (and a style which has become fashionable once again). He also became a friend of mine later in his life, someone who would enthusiastically discuss Rioja history, his experience informally advising wineries (amongst them, Lopez de Heredia), and really anything related to the region's local traditions and culture of wine. I love the name of this Rioja, Los Autores, because it was crafted by a true auteur. Ezequiel drew the image on the bottom right hand side of the label. He had an intimate understanding of the vineyards which would form the blend, as well as an idea of what proportion of the various grape varieties should be involved (typical of El Brujo's wines, there are important components of Mazuelo, Garnacha, and even white Viura grapes included). Finally, Ezequiel also selected the well seasoned, 8-10 year old barrels that the wine would age in for 36 month

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

Coming to us from the late, great winemaker Ezequiel El Brujo Garcia, formerly of Cune Bodega, the 2011 Los Autores is beautifully integrated and developed, ready to sing. With a complex bouquet of subtle vanilla, sweet hoisin and dill, stewed and dried cranberry and raspberry, dried rose petal and strawberry seed, this wine energetically expands on the palate. With bright acidity, soft, dusty tannins and slightly briny persistent minerality, nothing is out of balance.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

A quintessentially classic Rioja. This wine holds the name El Brujo, which roughly translates to "the wizard." This was the nickname bestowed upon winemaker Ezequiel García, who made the legendary CVNE Riojas of the 1950's-1970's. This 2011 Reserva was selected by García from top vineyards in both Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. The aging process was performed in the traditional manner (3 years of aging prior to release, with at least 1 year of aging in oak barrels). The wine leads initially with aromas of dill and vanilla. A bouquet of cocoa powder along with notes of fresh cherries, berries, and plum also reveal themselves. A distinct dusty minerality shines on the palate along with elevated acidity, and flavors once more of plum; some cherry coulis, leather, and savory notes too. Quite nicely balanced. A fantastic wine; especially as an accompaniment to food.

2015 Domaine Courbis "La Sabarotte" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($84.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Deeper and richer than the Champelrose, the 2015 Cornas La Sabarotte comes from a great vineyard in the middle of the appellation and was raised in new barrels. Its huge nose of black raspberries, cassis, licorice, and violets give way to a full-bodied, incredibly seamless, gorgeously polished 2015 that's perfectly balanced, has sweet tannin, and a great, great finish. Give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following two decades.The Courbis brothers have hit a home run with these 2015s, the finest wines Ive tasted from this brilliant estate. All three of the single vineyard Cornas are incredible wines, with the Les Eygats being one of finest Cornas ever made. The 2016s are also terrific wines that arent far behind the 2015s, and theyll be approachable at an earlier age as well." (01/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The utterly profound 2015 Cornas La Sabarotte comes from a terrific lieu-dit located in the heart of the appellation and is brought up all in new French oak. Its deep purple/blue color is followed by incredible notes of black raspberries, blueberries, spring flowers, caramelized meats and licorice. Deep, full-bodied, utterly seamless and profound on the palate, with building, sweet tannin, it's a tour de force that will have two decades or more of longevity! (JD)" (12/2016)

93-95 points Vinous: "Youthful purple. Black and blue fruit preserves, Indian spices and fruitcake on the deeply perfumed nose. Plush, broad and sweet on the palate, offering intense, impressively concentrated blackberry liqueur, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors underscored and sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes on a smoky mineral note, delivering outstanding power and length and slow-building, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (04/2017)

2015 Domaine Courbis "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the inky colored (it's even deeper than the Sabarotte) 2015 Cornas Les Eygats comes from a cooler terroir located in the northern part of the appellation. Raised in equal parts new and used barrels, it offers an utterly profound bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, scorched earth, pepper and liquid flowers. Possessing sensational purity of fruit, integrated acidity, sweet tannin and perfect balance, it's another remarkably elegant yet powerful, heavenly Syrah from this estate that readers shouldn't miss. It's up with the finest Cornas ever made. Bravo!The Courbis brothers have hit a home run with these 2015s, the finest wines Ive tasted from this brilliant estate. All three of the single vineyard Cornas are incredible wines, with the Les Eygats being one of finest Cornas ever made. The 2016s are also terrific wines that arent far behind the 2015s, and theyll be approachable at an earlier age as well." (01/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even inkier-colored than the Sabarotte, the 2015 Cornas les Eygats is another single vineyard release that comes from a site located on the northern edge of the appellation. Aged in 50% new French oak (the balance is in once-used barrels), it offers sensational notes of plums, blueberries, crushed violets, pen ink and barbecue smoke in an utterly profound, decadent, layered, heavenly profile. There's ample tannin here, but they're sweet and polished, and it has an awesome finish. Don't miss it! (JD)" (12/2016)

92-94 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Heady aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry liqueur, potpourri and incense, along with a spicy topnote. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering energetic, palate-staining dark berry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors enlivened by a spine of juicy acidity. Silky tannins build slowly on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which leaves behind notes of candied blue fruit, cracked pepper and violet. (JR)" (04/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and well-built, with a core of raspberry, blackberry and plum pâte de fruit flavors still coiled up, while graphite, anise and tar notes hold sway for now. Has excellent drive and energy, and will be a winner when the elements meld fully. (JM)" (11/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Fulsome fruit in a wide, charged nose. Juicy richness and bounty in a striking wine, with character and very good length.Drinking Window 2019 - 2032" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Loads of floral character and rich, succulent blackberry fruit. Fresh, perfumed, much more satisfying and complete than their Champelrose. Incredibly lengthy. Absolutely wonderful and broad stretches across the back palate. Superb. (RH) 17.5/20 points" (03/2017)

1995 Bowmore 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($139.99)

We're going back to the Bowmore well again this winter, albeit with an older cask (22 years instead of 20) for an ever better price ($139 instead of $149)!! Aged in a refill hogshead cask and bottled at full proof with no chill-filtration, this is yet another must-have Islay malt for peat fans who like a bit of richness with their smoke. What stands out immediately about this 22 year old Bowmore is the creamy texture and the sweetness of the malt. The initial palate sensations are sweet vanilla and soft, supple oak, before the phenolics kick in and couple with the salty brine, emblematic of a whisky clearly aged by the sea. The finish brings forward notes of ash and campfire smoke, smoldering embers intermixing with what's left of the sweet malt character. With supplies of rare Islay casks dwindling on the wholesale market currently, we're thrilled with the pricing and we hope you are as well. This Bowmore 22 year is representative of everything our direct purchasing program strives to achieve.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

As my colleague Alex said when I asked if he had tasted our sample bottle, "It's one of the best scotches that has ever passed my lips." I think that sums things up nicely. Especially when you consider the context. 22 years old, cask strength, single barrel, etc...I can't argue. This whisky ranks. It's loaded with citrus, fresh peat smoke, sugar candy and caramels. It's a little salty. That classic brine character really shines through and complements the delicate fruitiness that lingers on the palate. Add in the complex herbaceous notes that waft in and out and you've got yourself a very complete, very balanced whisky. In short: you've got old Bowmore. I expect the only complaints we will register in the Spirits department on this one are about not having enough bottles to sell.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

Lets go down the list with what is yet another stunning deal from our direct barrel program with Sovereign: 1) the standard edition of Bowmore 25 year sells for about $400, while the standard 18 year comes in around $130. At full proof, this 22 year comes in at well less than the 25 and for only a bit more than the distillerys 18 year old edition. Thats a great price. 2) Despite the isolated single barrel character, this whisky is incredibly balanced. Youve got loads of vanilla, plenty of peat smoke, and a lovely, oily texture. Youd think this was blended into a harmony, but it just so happens to taste that way right out of the cask! 3) Finding Islay whiskies with age in this market is getting harder and harder. We can get as much no-name Highland whisky as our customers can buy, but to secure barrels from the legendary peated whisky distilleries is becoming a tough task. Im doing everything I can to lock down more supply, but the truth is its not something I can assume will continue with any frequency at this point. Needless to say, you cant go wrong with a classic expression of Bowmore. This isnt an anomaly in any way. Its everything you hope it will be with no rough edges and plenty of richness to balance out the campfire notes.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 17, 2018

This is one of the best expressions of Islay peat that Ive ever tasted. The peat is subtle on this one, almost lost in the aromas of honeyed grains and marmalade on the nose. On the palate, the smoke shows up elegantly behind the rich creamy sweetness of the malt, eventually matching that intensity for a full proof, 51% abv masterpiece. The complex and delicious flavors stick around for an incredible finish.

2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is going to be beauty! As is normal I was able to taste through numerous foudre of different blends, as well as a foudre of the final blend, all of the samples showed distinct, rich, even opulent profile, terrific purity and ripe backbones. The final cuvee shows the classic sweet core of fruit thats the hallmark of this estate, as well as notable complexity in its peppery herbs, dried flowers, scorched earth and graphite aromas and flavors. This is a darker fruited cuvee than normal, and I suspect its going to rival the 2007 and 2010." (12/2017)

98 points Decanter: "Yields are always low at Clos des Papes, but this was Vincent Avril's biggest harvest since 2007, with yields of 25hl/ha. A tasting of various different blends highlighted the part played by each main variety, but the final blend shows a young wine that is already aromatically harmonious, bright and detailed. It's fuller-bodied than an average vintage, deep yet fresh. It has a powerful tannic and acidic framework this year, but the wine is very well balanced and very long, with a sublime freshness. An effortlessly brilliant Clos des Papes.Drinking Window 2024-2040. (MW)" (10/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted his 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape from several different foudres, including number 30, which he said best approximated the final blend. It boasts everything you could ever want in a full-bodied red: complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry, peach and blueberry fruit, a lush, creamy texture and a long finish. With its power and concentration, it should age well for at least two decades. Because there are fewer wines to taste at Clos des PapesPaul-Vincent Avril steadfastly produces only a single white and a single red Châteauneuf du Papethere is more time to talk. "I love Burgundy," he says, and that preference is reflected in the wines. On the other hand, "Maturity for Grenache is never under 14.5%, but it's not at 16% or 17% for me." He also allows that it's not all about Grenache, saying that complexity comes from blending varieties and sites, which he often does in the same fermentation vats. There's no oak used for the whites because he feels the wines lose too much freshness. For the reds, it was instructive to taste through various foudres to see the differences that varietal makeup and site can have on the wines. He compares 2016 to 2010 and 1990, while 2015 he likens to 2005 and 1978. You won't be disappointed in whichever one you choose. (JC)" (10/2017)

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2000 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 12 available ($319.99)

100 points James Suckling: "A classic Las Cases with masses of mineral, floral and blueberry character. Full and chewy, with so much power. Its just opening now." (04/2014)

100 points Wine Spectator: "Absolutely fantastic. This is one of the most exciting young reds I have tasted in a long, long time. It shows intense aromas of berries, currants and minerals, with hints of mint. Full-bodied and packed with fruit and tannins, its long finish is refined and silky. A benchmark for the vintage. Las Cases has always wanted to make first-growth quality in a top-notch vintage, and it certainly did in 2000. *Collectibles, Ranked #5 on the Top 100 of 2003* (JS)" (03/2003)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2000 Leoville-Las-Cases is a quite fabulous, magisterial Saint Julien that is only just beginning to flex its muscles. It has a very intense and beautifully defined bouquet with mineral rich blackberry and bilberry scents, outstanding focus and harmony, and very well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, impressive backbone and focus in situ. There is a touch of mint infusing the fruit here, superb tension with a touch of mulberry and Hoi Sin lingering on the finish that still feels backward and sinewy. What was remarkable was to observe the melioration in the glass, achieving wondrous energy and delineation with time, still improving after a couple of hours. Buy it, cellar it, drink it. (NM)" (02/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "A classic in development, a wine that will last for decades. It is certainly powerful, but already the shape is finalized, with its plums and berries settling down with perfumes, acidity, just enough tannins and a warm, welcoming richness." (12/2007)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted currant, violet and black licorice. Powerful and highly aromatic in the mouth, with brooding black fruit, violet and chocolate flavors. A step up in acidity from the Clos du Marquis, giving the wine great vinosity and cut. Extremely long and aromatic on the finish, with big, chewy, thoroughly ripe tannins. (ST) 95+" (06/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark black cherry colour. Oaky and spicy up front. Peppery spice. A little bit of leafy freshness but bags of generous fruit. Slight dustiness. Rich, smooth and dry minerality over rich deep, sweet fruit. Firm chocolate-textured tannins. Bold but not brash. Still quite a bit of oak spice. Not giving itself yet. Powerful. Maybe could drink it sooner with food. Very dense and Cabernet-dominated (77%). 18/20 points (JH)" (02/2011)

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1996 Krug Brut Champagne (direct from Krug 2018) - 0 available ($599.00)

100 points Wine & Spirits: "It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this last year, as if the wine had no time for mere humans with their limited sense receptors. If you stop to taste ripe pear, ginger spice, apple blossom and butterscotch the wine leaves you lost in random flavor descriptors as it soars off into a vinous glow that lasts for minutes. This may well be the greatest vintage wine of Henri Krug's career (unless it is challenged by the 2002). It is impossible to predict how long this wine will thrive in bottle, though considering the current fine condition of the 1959 Krug, the first 50 years are a given." (12/2008)

99 points Wine Spectator: "A powerful, majestic Champagne. Deep and compelling, with aromas of whole-grain toast, coconut and dried citrus that draw you in. Lean and racy on the palate, with a creaminess that's yet to be integrated. A classic '96, with ripe, exotic aromas and a steely structure. Still a baby, with the long, resonant finish confirming its potential. Best from 2009 through 2040. *Collectibles and #10 on Top 100 Wines of 2007*(BS)" (07/2007)

99 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light gold. Remarkably perfumed nose projects an exotic bouquet of deep, leesy yellow fruit, minerals, honeycomb, smoked meat and flowers, with Asian spices building expanding in the glass. Almost painfully concentrated, offering a surreal parade of orchard and pit fruits, smoked meat, toasted brioche and marrow braced by intensely salty, stunningly incisive minerality. Imagine a Frankenstein's monster of Chablis Le Clos and Clos Ste. Hune-but one with perfect balance, of course-and you get an idea of what I found in my bottle. The energetic, stony character builds exponentially on the finish, which didn't seem to, well, finish. The best analogy I can come up with for the intensity, focus and clarity of this Champagne is liquefied barbed wire. Utterly hallucinatory and one of the most amazing wines I've ever been fortunate enough to drink. At the risk of sounding completely out of touch with reality, this is a value. (JR)" (12/2007)

98 points Vinous: "The 1996 Vintage is magnificent. A towering, explosive Champagne, the 1996 delivers the houses signature breadth in a full-bodied, structured Champagne with enough pure density and acidity to age well for decades. Warm nutty and spiced overtones add nuance on the finish. The 1996 is just beginning to enter the early part of its mature stage, where it is sure to remain for several decades. Krug's Vintage is one of the truly epic wines of the year. (AG)" (10/2014)

97 points John Gilman: "The 1996 vintage of Krug is a stunning and very young example of the year, and the wine really needs at least another six to eight years in the cellar to fully blossom and start to show all of its potential. The bouquet is deep, complex and youthfully tight, as it offers up a very, very promising nose of apple, lemon, stony minerality, a touch of orange, caraway seed, citrus peel and rye toast. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very, very pure, with a rock solid core of fruit, a soil-driven personality, the broad shoulders of a vintage Krug from a ripe year, elegant mousse, and brilliant length and grip on the focused and quite youthful finish. This will be a great vintage of Krug in the fullness of time. (Drink between 2016-2050)" (11/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It has been a while since we met, but the Krug 1996 is unequivocally a brilliant slice of champagne the nose cut from some slab of limestone that must of plummeted into the Champagne countryside from outer space. The palate is rapier like acidity, life-affirming mineralite and a focus and freshness that is nothing less than thrilling. Krug is one of lifes great pleasures and this is one of their finest vintages. Tasted November 2012. (NM-Wine Journal)" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: This great vintage from Krug is rich, toasty and decadent on the nose, concentrated and ultimately vivacious on the palate. It has it all, from hazelnuts and cream to citrus zip. This wine is expansive, with a peacock's tail of flavors revealing itself after the wine has been swallowed and continuing on for as long as you care to pay attention. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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2000 Latour, Pauillac - 10 available ($999.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decadesand this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, its an emotional and soulful red." (04/2014)

99 points Wine Spectator: "The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there's so much vivacity here, there's no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000's high-class field. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is such an expressive wine, with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge, rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away, and still never get to the end of the wines complexity. At every stage of its life, it will reveal a new character, but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge, black, fruit. (RV)" (06/2003)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is 'packed and stacked.' The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009. (RP)" (06/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. 'Almost too easy today,' says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

Decanter: "Big concentrated red, still very young, fine Cabernet concentration with great finesse and vineyard definition, robust yet elegant with superb length. 19/20 points" (03/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Light, bracing nose. Not the most intense Latour vintage but it is at least more Latour than 2000. Very solid and mineral with some lift and I should think no disappointment in the long run, though I would strongly recommend the more expressive Forts in the short term. 18.5+/20 points" (03/2010)

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2000 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac - 12 available ($1,299.99)

100 points James Suckling: "The nose is fresh, bright, and dense. With aromas of violets, minerals, spices, cool stones, mint, dark fruits, and plum skins, this is beautiful. Very much still a baby right now, it needs much more time. This is a wine for the next generation. Finesse and elegance, truly a wine that makes you contemplate life. This is not about power, there is really nothing like it. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon. Do not even think about touching this for another ten years, 2020." (02/2011)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "Perhaps of all the first growths in the totally un-classic 2000, this retains most of the classic Bordeaux. It is certainly almost black in color, while the new wood flavors are very present. But it shows an impressive restraint, leaving the power of the wine to be revealed over the years rather than immediately. This could well be the longest-lived of the Pauillac first growths. *Best of 2003* (RV)" (06/2003)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This is remarkably young, with a deep well of succulent black currant, fig and blackberry fruit notes that feel 10 years younger than most peers, carried by wave upon wave of velvety tannins. Despite the density and heft, there's glorious length and finesse too, with alluring black tea, smoldering charcoal and warm paving stone notes just starting to emerge. Awesome wine. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000. (RP) 98+" (06/2010)

98 points Vinous: "The 2000 Lafite-Rothschild is utterly sublime. Delicate, sensual and wonderfully nuanced, the 2000 is majestic. The purity of the fruit is simply striking. (AG)" (11/2017)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Flamboyantly perfumed aromas of cassis, graphite and tobacco, lifted by a floral nuance and stony minerality. Very young and precise but not austere or forbidding. A remarkably rich, silky, seamless Lafite with superb vibrancy for the vintage. Tannins are noble and the aristocratic finishing flavors go on and on. (ST)" (06/2003)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

K&L Notes: Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the five first growth Bordeaux châteaux, and one of the most famous and collected wines in the world. The vineyard covers 112 hectares and is well-drained and well-exposed, with soil made up of fine, deep gravel mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone. The estate dates back to at least the 13th century and has had an amazing and prestigious history to look back upon.