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Welcome to one of the most historic wine regions in the world, a province of eastern France that is famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of other grapes are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) This is complicated and exciting territory - the hallowed ground where more than a few bonafide wine geeks end up. View our selection...
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Wine & Spirits: "Gentle strawberry fruit fills this soft rosé, its zesty finish keeping it clean. A fine aperitif." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Full, ripe wine, layered with fruits and a dry, more mineral core. The wine has good depth of flavor, strawberries, red currants and a citrus cut that keeps the wine fresh at the end." (11/2013) K&L Notes: This delightful sparkling rosé wine comes from Burgundy. It is made of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay Noir. The charming eye of the swan color comes from the addition of Pinot Noir to the wine when the lees are disgorged, following the traditional fermentation in... Read More »
From estate vineyards just south of Chielly-lès-Maranges. The 2012 Bourgogne has a very pretty nose with notes of red cherries and raspberries. On the palate it shows quite a bit more weight and structure. This is, despite its modest price, concentrated serious wine that still manages to remain charming and most attractive in character. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bourgogne Blanc is an outstanding value at $23.00 a bottle, and the good news is that there are 500 cases imported into the United States. A completely naked example of Chardonnay, almost all of it from the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais area, this wine is aged totally in tank and goes through malolactic, but displays delicious honeysuckle, apple blossom, delicate pineapple and white peach notes as well as excellent texture, gorgeous purity, and no oak whatsoever. Drink this beauty over the next several years. (RP)" (12/2014)
Pierre Meurgey, formerly the Managing Director at Maison Champy, with whom we have been working for 20 years, is now working on his own. His mother's family hails from the Mâcon, so he has particularly good connectoins with some terrific growers in this part of Burgundy. The name comes from his name, and that of his mother's family, in the time-honored Burgundian tradtion. This Chardonnay is fermented and aged only in tank to emphasize the freshness and minerality of this wine, sourced from the village of Uchizy in the northern part of Mâcon. (Keith... Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "Lively and fresh, this flavorful sparkling wine is packed with ripe lemon and quince fruit. Its mousse is a bit foamy, its aroma a bit grassy. Balanced for the richness of a lobster roll." (10/2011) K&L Notes: From Chardonnay grown in the Maconnais region of southern Burgundy, this lovely sparkling wine is fresh and floral with apple and pear notes, lots of tiny bubbles and a crisp finish. A remarkable value!
One of our favorite values in Burgundy is back. This release, is aged in tank to preserve freshness, This is the epitome of a bright, charming Pinot from this northerly region adjacent to Chablis (one of the northern most sites for still red wine in the world). And only K&L's Direct Import program makes this fabulous price possible! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)
This exciting Pinot Noir comes from the picturesque village of Monthelie, located next to the more famous village of Volnay. It is from a tiny negociant in Puligny-Montrachet named Jacques Bavard. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. This comes from 30-year-old vines, and underwent a long cold soak to extract more aromatic elements. It is bigger and richer than the Auxey-Duresses on the palate, with lovely cherry fruit and quite a bit of structure to match it. It's aromatically charmi... Read More »
The Mercurey Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard in Mercurey. The name means "the walled vineyard in that brambly area," derived from the local word "Ronde" instead of the more usual French "Ronce," meaning brambles. In a land where ownership is usually splintered, this vineyard is a rare case where the entire vineyard is under one owner, Domaine Faiveley. It lies on a gentle slope, with rich red-brown soil, a fairly high clay content and buried limestone beneath. The result is a Pinot Noir displaying rich, round fruit, both red and black, and just a ... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This possess a deep color for a Chorey along with an attractive nose of kirsch, plum and earth nuances. Here too there is good volume to the medium-bodied flavors that have a suave and very round mouth feel, all wrapped in a mildly rustic finish that delivers fine depth and length for what this is. Worth considering for value." (4/2014) Jancis Robinson: "A touch of farmyard here, plus some bright, tasty herbal notes. Leathery and dark to finish. Good density, and the first funkiness on the nose doesn’t dominate. (RH)" (1/2014) K&L Notes: Labeled as simply Chorey Les Beaune, this is esta... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding Top Value! A pungent nose of resin, straw and citrus leads to punchy and attractively textured medium weight flavors that possess good volume before concluding in a lingering finish that is markedly more complex than the typical example of the genre. This is really very good and it would make a fine choice as an all-around house white. Recommended." (6/2014) K&L Notes: Producer note, Burghound.com: "Bernard Morey's sons have each taken their respective shares of his domaine. Vincent married the daughter of a vigneron from Santenay, which explains the larg... Read More »
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94 points Wine Spectator: "Clean and bracing, with unadorned fruit flavors of apple and pear. Light baking spice accents peek through as this cruises to a long apple and spice tinged finish. Best from 2017 through 2030 - B.S." (5/2015) K&L Notes: Etienne Delarche, son of Philippe who passed away in 2008, now runs this family owned estate of 9 hectares in the villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. This is a wine purchased by Keith Wollenberg right before he retired. We decided to pop a bottle for the Hollywood staff, and wow! This wine is deliciously rich and layered with subtle hint... Read More »
From estate vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay, this is rich and charming, with an open and easy elegance about it. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
On the border between Rully and Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Faiveley sources their "Les Villeranges" from an east-facing vineyard planted in clay-limestone soils. The vines were planted between 1965 and 1982 and Faiveley only produces 200 cases of this cuvee annually. This has darker and denser fruit than the 2011, but retains the supple entry and lovely red and black fruit notes on the palate. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2015)
92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux." (1/2014)92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "blend of 17 different owned 1ers plus anothe ...Read More »
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A lovely Meursault, available at a very modest price, thanks to our direct import. But we only get 20 cases. Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of wine-growers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers.
This humble domaine was founded in 1956 by André Bonhomme. Back then, Andre's father Joseph owned four hectares of vines that were sold under the Mâcon-Viré appellation. Through careful vine growing and vinification, André received enormous respect from his colleagues. He was not only the co-founder of the Independent Winemakers of the Saône-et-Loire; he also was one of the principal initiators of the new Viré-Clessé appellation in the 1990s. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that the "vieille vignes" (old vines in English) expression from Bonhomme is ... Read More »
Thierry Matrot is a fourth-generation winemaker in Burgundy, who makes wine like his great grandparents did: naturally. Located in Mersault, he and his wife Pascale have 19 hectares in five local villages, including 1er cru Puligny-Montrachet. They make meticulously crafted wines that truly reflect the storied terroir where they're grown.
Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of winegrowers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. Keith has brought these wines in since the 2008 vintage. And they sell out quickly. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L)
Leased from the proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanee Conti. Recorded in Burgundy in the 1700s, Aligoté was once widely planted, but almost died out in the early 20th century after the 19th century phylloxera epidemic wiped out most of the vineyards. It is undergoing a renaissance in the 21st century, however; Aubert DeVillaine, proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti believes so fervently in this grape that he fought for—and won—an all-Aligoté appellation in Bouzeron. Aligoté is a high-acid grape, so ripeness is important for balance. My friends... Read More »
From a well-situated vineyard near the famous Beaune Clos des Mouches, this has bright acidity, focus and lovely red fruit character. Nicely ripe but not at all over the top. Very poised. Terrific value. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
Two centuries after the Ragot family began their winemaking, they chose to abandon their other sources of income and focus solely on their five hectares of grapes. By 1973, all of the production on the property, having grown to 7 hectares, was sold in bottle around France. The name of the domaine changed from Ragot Fréres to Domaine Ragot, and was run by cousins Jean-Paul and Jean-Pierre Ragot. The vineyard is plowed several times during the year to mechanically remove the grass around the vines, thus avoiding the use of herbicides. Grass and specific pl... Read More »
This a new acquisition of one of the family's historic vineyards in Santenay from his brother Vincent who left the wine business to farm cereal grains west of Paris. It shows a very pretty thread of minerality running through it, which comes from the relatively shallow topsoil of this site, located above the more well-known Santenay Gravières. This has that combination of energy, focus and a relatively open texture on the palate that makes it very easy to like. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/2014)
Aged in 1/3 new French oak, this has bright red fruit and good acidity. There are lots of very, very fine tannins on the finish. It will need time in bottle, but will be excellent. It is elegant and bright and terrific, with focused and linear character. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)
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This can legally come from many of the villages in the Cote de Beaune. In this case, it comes from some vineyards quite near each other. One is in Chorey-les-Beaune, just below Aloxe-Corton, in a lovely organically and biodynamically farmed vineyard called "Les Champs Long." Other fruit comes from Savigny-les-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. The result is a lovely wine, with bright and charming fruit, a lovely mid-palate and a soft and pretty finish. This is what the British would call more-ish, as in I'll have some more, please! (Keith Wollenberg, K... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 St. Aubin 1er Cru Charmois is 100% negoce fruit and is raised in 15% new oak. It has a very light bouquet that needs more fruit expression. The palate has a light, apple entry with slightly shrill acidity at the moment. It is very citric in the mouth with bitter lemon on the terse finish" (12/2013) K&L Notes: The Saint Aubin les Charmois is a bit of a lesser-known gem. It is located on the wrong side of an invisible dotted line directly next to Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Chaumees. It represents Chassagne richness, but at a more reasonable tariff than ... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tasty, entry-level offering, the 2012 Chorey-les-Beaune stands out for its beautiful bright red fruit, expressive floral overtones and vibrant saline notes. Delineation, tension and energy are the hallmarks. This is a beautifully balanced wine in its class. (AG)" (1/2014) Wine & Spirits: "A bright, fruit-forward style of pinot noir, more New World than Old, this follows a clean, simple line of strawberry flavor with herbal highlights." (10/2014)
Located in the heart of the vineyards of Burgundy, on the border of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, this estate was established in 1899 by Amable Désertaux. The area was then about three hectares. It was not until the arrival of Bernard and Janine Désertaux that it grew to 12 ha. The installation of their children, Christine and Vincent in 1995 and 2000, has resulted in some very fine wines, and as they still fly under the radar, these are very affordable, too! Lots of wine for an extremely modest sum.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A pungent nose features notes of straw, melon and yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is both good detail and energy to the solidly voluminous flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel and solid length though only average depth." (6/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay illuminates the potential deficiencies of the Aligote, for it is much fresher and vibrant on the nose. It comes only from vineyards in Puligny, a mixture of the family’s own vineyards and some negoce. The palate is clean and fresh with apple peel and pear, although the finish is missing a ...Read More »
One of the most difficult combinations to find in young, inexpensive red Burgundy is that ever-longing, haunting essence of forest floor and baking spices, along with just the right amount of ripe raspberry fruit. Burgundy is cold, which means that often times the fruit just doesn't ripen the way it does in other pinot noir-growing parts of the world. Tart cranberry or tannic blackberry will often await your lips upon first sip; a sign that the wine needs a few years in the cellar to soften up before drinking. But what are we to drink while we wait?! Thi... Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "A smoky, burnt match aroma gives way to peach, lemon pie and baking spice flavors in this lush white. Balanced and forthcoming, leaving a hazelnut aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 400 cases imported." (12/2014)
92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Among the whites, three premiers crus from Meursault show outstanding potential, the austere, racy and intense chalk-infused Perrières (92–95 points, non-blind)." (2/2015) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Meursault 1er Cru les Perrières has an attractive austerity on the nose, well defined, and actually capturing the essence of Perrières better than some of the more famous producers. The palate is crisp and precise with a keen line of acidity, well-integrated oak and a touch of grilled walnut and salinity toward the long finish. Bravo! This is very well-executed Perrières. ...Read More »
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Reserved and closed in character. Very nice lenght on the finish. This has lterrific fruit, but the structure will require q bit of patience. (Keith Wolenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/2013)
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Albert Bichot was founded in 1831, and since 1996, Albéric Bichot has led his family’s four domaines into the 21st century while maintaining a classic and old-school approach. Through simple winemaking (cold maceration and slow fermentations), the nature of Pinot Noir comes shining through.
From a site on the slopes just above the village of Savigny, en route to Bouilland. It is always a vineyard with terrific minerality, since it has the cooler air descending from the Rhoin valley, as well as shallower topsoils. Charming and elegant, with bright minerality, attractive citrus and lemon notes, lots of complexity and a long and elegant finish, this is simply terrific and an amazing value in white Burgundy!. Like many wines from this area, there may be some Pinot Blanc planted here, although you are always assured it is 100% Chardonnay. You... Read More »
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The ancient white grape of Burgundy, spicy and crisp. it makes a refreshing aperitiv.
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a lovely sense of purity to the elegant and solidly complex aromas of red berry fruit and earth nuances. In the same vein there is good purity to the precise and well-detailed middle weight flavors that offers good energy and balance on the moderately structured finish. This should be approachable young but age too if desired." (1/2014)
90 points Wine Spectator: "A linear, racy style, displaying melon, lemon and pastry notes. This bracing wine leans toward the acidity as the long, spice-filled finish plays out. Best from 2016 through 2024." (9/2014)
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Discreet but not invisible wood frames pretty and ripe red berry fruit, spice and soft floral nuances. There is good volume and concentration to the notably rich middle weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the mildly austere, long and solidly complex finish. The wood comes up on the finale and thus I would recommend giving this a few years of cellar time to better harmonize. Recommended." (4/2014) K&L Notes: Rated an "Outstanding Top Value" by Allen Meadows in Burghound Issue 54.
A total production of only three barrels from rthis vineyard located next to the village, just across the road from the winery. It is named for the rivulets of water that flow down the slope after a heavy rain. It is very vibrant and alive with the sturcture a bit tight and compressed from the recent bottling (it was bottled 10 days before I tasted it). Lots of very fine-grained tannin structure at the finish. Rather black fruit notes, but an elegant rather than burly profile. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer 03/2013)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright lemon-yellow. Peach, white pepper and noble dried herbs on the nose and palate. Juicy, spicy and fresh, offering good cut and a whiff of banana. Finishes with good length." (9/2014) K&L Notes: Outstanding Puligny for under $50 is a treat. A charming combination of creaminess and minerality. We only get about 20 cases here so do not hesitate.
90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An ever-so-slightly riper nose features notes of essence of plum, earth, sauvage hints and a touch of leather. Here too there is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the middle weight flavors that are bigger and more overtly muscular before culminating in a mouth coating, textured and impressively persistent finish. This should amply reward extended cellaring and note that it will need it." (4/2014)
94-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Tight, high-pitched aromas of black cherry, blackberry and licorce. At once refined and decadent in the mouth, conveying a sophisticated glossy texture leavened by superb cut and energy. Boasts a near-perfect balance of urgent dark fruits and complex minerality, saturating every square millimeter of the palate. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding rising length. A wine of great class, but still utterly primary." (1/2015) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "The reds concluded with the rich, elegant, intense and concentrated Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, its cherry and raspberry co ...Read More »
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Crisp and clean, finished with a Stelvin Luxe twist top. This is from vineyards near Puligny, and from others in the Vire-Clesse appellation. It has pretty fruit and clean finish.
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light colored and fruity, this is all about red fruit—its structure and firm tannins coming out slowly. This village wine demonstrates the richness of the appellation, showing a fine balance between its ripe fruit and its smoky, dry, tannic core." (11/2012) Wine Spectator: "Perfumed, showing smoky, sandalwood and floral aromas. Spice accents the strawberry and currant flavors in this long and lean version. (Web-2013)"
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90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more expressive nose that is almost as pretty exhibits more deeply pitched aromas of cassis, plum and pungent earth. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the fleshy and very generous medium weight flavors that possess an abundance of mouth coating dry extract, all wrapped in a robust and firmly structured finish. This should be lovely if you have the patience to cellar it" (4/2014)