Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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2001 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 10-16-2018
I can only imagine the look of satisfaction on the face of Louis Miailhe when he finally tasted his new merlot blend back in the ‘30s. See, Chateau Coufran was in veritable crisis mode; the cabernet just wasn’t getting ripe. So he replanted it to 85% merlot, and today you can taste the results and the magic in this 2001 vintage. It has earthiness, savoriness, leather, anise — but at its center is a beautiful blackberry fruit core whose ripeness can be attributed, in part, to Louis Miailhe. A beautiful wine, with a beautiful story at a very affordable price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2000 Citran, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 10-12-2018
The power of the vintage is apparent immediately on the nose in this Citran, with concentrated notes of graphite, blackberry coulis, some cedar and just a hint of barnyard. There is great breadth and concentration of fruit, held up by great tannins with a structured, powerful finish that showcases a touch of amaro herbs. This screams for steak!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

1996 Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac
Review Date: 10-12-2018
The bouquet opens with very pretty notes of crushed brambly fruits, violets and just a hint of old school barnyard and toast. The fruit is concentrated and rich on the palate, with great structure from the velvety tannins that seamlessly mell into the soft but structured acid driven finish, which has just a hint of minty green pepper, a classic hallmark of the great ’96 vintage. This is a beautiful wine and would make the perfect steak accompaniment.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is magically rich champagne, as about 30% spends time in barrel, and is made from 50% reserve wines that are actually painstakingly aged in magnum sized bottles. The result is a plush, complex profile of dried apricots, pears, peaches and honeyed almonds that are balanced wonderfully by vibrant acidity. The long, arduous production method means that it requires the relatively low dosage of 9g/L to balance out the rich profile. ​

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
I love the freshness and precision of the Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve. Designed in a reductive style, this meunier dominant cuvée has beautiful bright expressive flavors of pears, white nectarines, cherries and white floral notes with incredible integration and precision from the time on the lees and the relatively low dosage. The clean, bright fruit makes this my go-to food champagne.

Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
Roederer takes great care to make sure they are putting the best fruit possible into this entry level nonvintage brut, and the quality is evident at a very reasonable price, considering. Over 55% of the fruit is estate-owned and environmentally consciously grown. It’s full of rich bright white fruits; pear, nectarine, with note of honey, a touch of smoke and toasty lees that can’t be beat. The juice is partially aged in oak tuns, giving added texture and depth. Amongst our Grand Marque Bruts, this is always a favorite.

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
On paper, this vintage champagne has a lot going for it: entirely grand cru fruit from a top producer and the best vintage since 2008. On the palate, it is even better. It has a beautiful nose of cream, subtle toast, smoke and white fruits. It has electrifying, rich, very powerful yet precise fruit on the palate, with a lovely long finish. Worth every penny, maybe even more.

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is made from 85% Chardonnay, and 15% red wine made from meunier, as evidenced by its deep ruby red color. It is not dosed at all and the result is an incredibly pure, rich, acid driven profile. It has warm creamy notes, with a little baking spice and lovely cherry/strawberry fruit with just a touch of savoriness. Delicious!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is amongst the best Blanc de Noirs in the store. It’s made entirely from a very old plot of massale-selected meunier vines, and sees time in french oak barrels. It has an amazing bouquet of baking spice, pear, honey suckle and herbs. On the palate, the fruit profile is electrifying and complex, and leads to a long, yeasty bright finish. It has the brightness and concentration of fruit with the precision and cleanliness only the best champagnes display.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the great vintage Blanc de Blancs on our shelf right now, with the richness of a great vintage that’s been barrel aged and the beautiful craftsmanship of the one-man-show Alexandre Le Brun. Creme brulée comes to mind on the bouquet, and on the palate flavors of creamy brioche, baked apples with herbs and a subtle underlying toast. The finish is so long and crisp and display the great minerals of the Sezanne where it is sourced.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Ambre de Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
On the scale of richness, this is a crisp clean and very vibrant rosé, and I love it! Made from vines planted over 50 years ago, this has a beautiful subtle onion skin color, with notes of caramlized green apple, white grapes, and flowers with just a hint of toast.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is a meunier dominant blend from one of the most environmentally conscious producers in Champagne, and the precision and complexity are stunning. It has an endlessly expressive fruit profile of lime, green apple, pears, and white flowers with very subtle, integrated autolytics.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This, the final disgorgement of the Fallet Dart 2008 Vintage Brut had its dosage adjusted down, and the result is a brighter flavor profile of apricots, honey, lemon and toast, with a distinct crisp mineral finish. The richness of the vintage is present, and the finish is long and clean with pure fruit notes for ages.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Jean de La Fontaine "La Flatteuse" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is one of the most exciting rosés I’ve tasted in awhile. It has a very pretty bouquet of flowers and red fruit, with a touch of brioche. The flavors unfold on the palate with cherries, baking spice, pear and even a little tangerine from the meunier dominant blend. The flavors are completely complementary and integrated and display great precision and balance.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Jean de La Fontaine "L'Éloquente" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-12-2018
This is the newest addition to our grower portfolio, and it has our champagne enthused staff very excited! Named after a famous French fabulist, this meunier dominant blend has bright, concentrated flavors of anjou pear, green apple and spring lilies with well-integrated autolytic notes from 3 years on the lees. Don’t be fooled by the low cost, this is bright, complex and meticulous and will impress even the most discerning champagne drinkers.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2002 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This great Medoc property has offered K&L numerous vintages of delicious library wines for incredible prices for years. The latest batch, from 2002, has great complexity with a concentrated fruit core of red cherry and blackberries with some savory hints of mushrooms, sous bois and leather with fully integrated tannins and smooth, long finish. This can’t be beat for the price.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 09-06-2018
We sell huge amounts of this staff and customer favorite every year, and the 2015 is the best vintage of Trebiac I’ve ever tasted! It has a rich and openly expressive fruit profile of blue and red berries, with notes of mint, herbs, gravel and spice. It has an incredibly approachable and drinkable nature, and is an incredible deal in terms of balance, structure and complexity in the world of red wines.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Lespault-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This wine from a Domaine de Chevalier-owned property and a top vintage is a serious showing of Pessac Leognan power and structure. It has a rich red currant and cherry core with definite minerals and just a hint of toast. As is typical for 2015, it has great tannins for cellar aging, but is actually very approachable and tasty right now.

2015 Laroze, St.-Emilion
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This is an impressive showing of St. Emilion power with rich, dark cherry and black currant fruit with great notes of toast and espresso underlying. It has a lush, rich mouthfeel with plush tannins, but with the acidity and focus to make the finish long and utterly delicious.

2015 La Tour Cordouan, Médoc
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This has the rich, full black and red cherry fruit the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is renowned for, with a nice touch of toast and minerals. It offers the richness of fruit and tannin with effortless lift from well integrated acidity and a nice, long finish. This is a great bottle of red!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This delicious right-bank blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cab Franc offers a more resplendent, utterly drinkable style of Bordeaux with dense red currant and blueberry fruit, a touch of espresso and toast and a silky tannic texture that lends the wine a real luxurious feel in your mouth. After trying some back vintages from the early 2000s from the same producer, this wine is the real deal and ages beautifully.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 JD 91

2015 Fonréaud, Listrac
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Chateau Fonreaud hit the sweet spot with this 2015 vintage! It has a bright and expressive nose of fresh cranberries, raspberries, herbs, mint and a touch of toast; everything very well integrated. There’s a perfect touch of savoriness to round it out and make it out-of-this-world drinkable! Great food wine.

2015 Crabitey Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 09-06-2018
A delicious 50/50 Cab/Merlot blend from Graves, this offers everything positive the 2015 vintage has to offer for a great price: very full, round red currant, raspberry and dark cherry fruit richness with great minerals with an overall soft-edge feel and a crisp finish. It will last in your cellar for several years, but this is one you really don’t have to wait to immensely enjoy.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 Pessac-Léognan de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This delicious third label from one of my favorite properties in Pessac Leognan is resplendent with flavors of red currants, dark cherries, tobacco cigar box and minerals. It has a very full and plush texture, with great acidity that leaves a great, sweet fruit finish.

2016 La Roque de By, Médoc
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This 50/50 Cab/Merlot blend is my pick for top deal in red wine in the entire store right now. The red and blue berry fruit is bright, expressive and well integrated with notes of thyme and other spices. The tannins and well-balanced acidity lend a really nice texture and drinkability. The finish is pleasant and long.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 89 - 91

2016 d'Arce, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 09-06-2018
This is an outstanding standout among our early 2016 red Bordeaux. It has rich raspberry and dark cherry fruits with licorice, a hint of toast and serious structure from the tannins and acid…it is displaying the balance and finesse of the ’16 vintage very well.

2016 Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Croix Mouton can be depended on year in and out for outstanding value reds, and the ’16 overdelivers. It has an expressive fruit melange of jammy blue and red fruits with subtle toast undertones and great acid on the finish to give it lift and great drinkability. This promises to please the Bordeaux-loving palate.

2015 Lespault-Martillac Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Lespault Martillac is a Domain de Chevalier property in Pessac Leognan, and the quality associated with it is evident. It has great weight and phenolic texture, with bristling minerals and great balance between tropical and lemon notes, and a long, crisp finish. This is great Bordeaux blanc!

Launois "Veuve Clemence" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2018
This old-vine, estate-grown Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is one of the marvels of our Champagne portfolio. It has dried lemon, granny smith apples and honey-dew fruit flavors, with aromas of flowers and subtle toast and an intense mid-palate richness that’s lifted by chalky mineral texture and bright acidity for a long, sumptuous finish.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2018
Launois Quartz is one of this legendary producer’s prestige bottlings. It is made from a single parcel in Mesnil, and is aged at a lower atmospheric pressure level than usual to better showcase the quality of the fruit behind finer bubbles. It has incredible minerality with a touch of saline, beautiful cream, citrus, melon, honey and white floral flavors, and a long precise finish. The elegance, complexity and utter drinkability are what makes this a must-have in prestige Champagnes.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-28-2018
This stands front and center as the undisputed staff and customer favorite of the K&L Champagne portfolio. Made entirely from the Grand Cru Chardonnay grown on the Cotes des Blancs outside Mesnil, this is the pinnacle of quality-to-price value in Blanc de Blancs Champagne. It has a zesty, floral bouquet brimming with chalky minerality, bright citrus and melon fruit, creamy richness and a subtle nutty toast. Only Launois gives you this level of richness and balance for such a low price, which is why it sells out so quickly.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2015 Labadie, Médoc
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This wine is from one of the hottest categories in wine today: 2015 value Bordeaux. The outstanding quality of the vintage, combined with updated, modern winemaking techniques make wines like this an unprecedented value for customers. This has very plush, silky black and red fruits, a touch of spice and earth, just a hint of oak. Everything masterfully integrated and balanced. Don’t miss it!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2017 Tenuta Roveglia Chiaretto Rosé
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This incredible Italian rose puts most of our other imported rosés to shame with its depth of flavor and texture, while remaining in essence refreshing and quaffable, not to mention affordable! It has flavors of red currants, dried apples, lemon and just a hint of almond, with stellar acidity for freshness and verve, and a very long pleasant finish. Stock up on this one and ride out the summer.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2012 Gilbert Jacquesson Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This Blanc de Noir, made entirely of massale selected Pinot Meunier planted by Gilbert’s mother back in the 60s and 70s, has a very pretty bright nose of pear, stone fruit, tangerine, flowers and exotic spice. It is equally expressive on the palate with a rich texture, incredible acidity, balance and an seemingly eternal finish. This is Meunier made as well as you might expect someone who was raised with the vines to make.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2008 Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-01-2018
Nicolas Feuillatte has become France’s number one growing Champagne house since opening in 1976. I visited and tasted at the very impressive new facility in Chouilly, and while the excellent value NV Brut is impressive in its own right, this 2008 Brut Vintage is a real treat! On the nose, fresh apricot, lemons, white flowers and apple fruit. Lovely texture from the extended aging, though still very fresh. Like many of the 2008 vintage, it's holding up very well and will continue to age well for years to come. The 2008 vintage Champagnes are becoming difficult to find on the open market, and this one represents a great opportunity to grab up a great one at a great price!

2015 Cap St-George, St-Georges-St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-01-2018
This delicious, small production St. Emilion blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and is medium bodied with tasty, expressive fruit flavors of currants, bramble and dark cherries, and just a hint of toast from new oak barrels. The balance of flavors is impressive and lends the wine a fineness that pairs very well with fine cuisine at a great price.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
DC 93

2012 Louis Brochet "Alain" Millesime Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-25-2018
The precision and longevity of the Champagnes of 2012 are ever present in this incredible millésime from one of the finest grower producers in our portfolio. Louis Brochet is the third generation of his family to produce wines from the family vines in Eceuil, and his expertise at the craft is evident here. 2/3PN, 1/3CH. It has bing cherry, raspberry and apple notes with very subtle toast and a certain roundness on the palate, while chalky minerals and precise acidity focus the finish to incredible length. It has, as Louis Bochet likes to say, “Richesse, finesse, and a bit of sweetness to round it out.” This is another incredible vintage Champagne deal that shouldn’t be missed.​
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Compass Box "Delilah's XXV Special Edition" Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2018
With each new special edition Compass Box, distiller master John Glaser seems more and more like a veritable Alchemist. Delilah XXV actually uses the 2013 Delilah XX blend as its base (28%), having aged in a Spanish sherry cask these last five years. It is then blended with Miltonduff, Teaninich, Linkwood and ‘malt whisky made near the town of Aberlour’, plus grain whisky from the Cameronbridge distillery. The result is a stunning sherried blend whose opulence is matched only by its complexity. On the nose, notes of dried apricots, tropical fruits, vanilla, caramel apple, and just a passing hint of smoke. On the palate, the robust sherry wood profile is highlighted by notes of clove and cinnamon, with lifted flavors of peaches and cream. The spicy fruit profile stays on the palate for ages. While most limited edition Compass Box bottles fly out the door pretty fast, I expect this one won't even last that long. Get yours!
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
WE 97

1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-12-2018
It’s not fair to compare an aged Haut Bailly to current release value Bordeaux, but we just finished such a staff tasting and the Haut Bailly was jaw droppingly good. It has beautiful fleshy red current and cherry fruit, a touch of earth, a hint of smoke and a balance and elegance that has me flirting with the term “perfect.” If you have a special dinner coming up, consider having this with it.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 92 RP 91

2002 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvée Rare" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-03-2018
This prestige cuvee from Piper Heidsieck is currently one of the best deals on the prestige Champagne market. It is one of the last still available from the lauded 2002 vintage, and is currently showing that vintage beautifully with an incredible, unctuous texture that only father time can bestow, and a rich flavor profile that is somehow fresh and complex at the same time, with flavors of baked peaches, toasted almonds, marzipan, honey and toasted brioche. The acidity is stellar and amplifies the flavors wonderfully.​

2017 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 06-20-2018
This is an exciting project from our friends and veritable wine-making experts at Amici Cellars in Napa, who traveled to the land of the best rosés in the world to make this stellar cuvée. It opens with fresh, wild cherries and minerals on the nose, offers rich vibrant fruit on the palate with a focused, bright, acid-driven finish that screams for another sip. Once again, the Olema brand lives up to its moniker, offering incredible value at a low price.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

2013 Michel Arnould "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-07-2018
Experts will tell you that 2013 was a Chardonnay vintage in Champagne, with the Cote de Blancs wines showing exceptionally well. The Carte D'Or (Gold Card) from Michel Arnould is made from half Chardonnay from Mesnil on the Cotes de Blancs, the other half from the best of the family Pinot Noir vineyards in Verzenay. This vintage offering has incredible concentration of fruit and minerals on the nose, and shows great elegance and balance on the palate. The finish is incredibly long.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2017 Trians Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé
Review Date: 06-07-2018
This is a slightly richer, more red-fruited take on Provence rosé, and I love it! Open-knit, and juicy with notes of ripe strawberries and bing cherries, it still hits very refreshing notes with balancing acidity on the back end. With the fact that the fruit is entirely organic and estate-grown, this is a rosé deal that can’t be beat.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2008 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The world has been patiently awaiting the arrival of the highly anticipated 2008 vintage of Cristal from Roederer, and in this instance the patience will prove particularly rewarding. The vintage was marked by a very long, cool growing period that allowed for that special combination of high ripeness and acidity that marks truly great champagnes. This shows bright, fresh and concentrated flavors of stone fruit, citrus, apples, ranier cherries and white flowers, with subtle notes of hazelnuts and saffron. The flavors are fresh, balanced and integrated, indicating incredible aging potential, and the finish just goes on and on. This will be a collectors vintage, so grab yours before they snap them all up.

2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Our friends at Talley Vineyards are touting this as the “best vintage in their 30 year history,” and their second label Pinot Noir shows why. The mostly estate bottling features rich savory strawberry, black cherry fruit with notes of black tea and kirsch, an incredibly smooth, integrated texture and a long finish. Best bang for under 20 bucks in the store.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
This displays the singular beauty that is Grand Cru Pinot Noir in Champagne. Beautiful ripe expressive fruit flavors of strawberries & cream, white cherries and just a hint of flowers and spice, but the fruit is perfectly poised and focused so that the distinct minerality can shine through as well. The texture is rich, smooth and minerally all at once somehow. Don’t miss this one for the price.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

2016 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Somehow the folks at Banshee are able to impress year after year with a quality-to-price ratio on their Sonoma County Pinot Noir that just can’t be matched. They achieve this using mostly (81%) Sonoma Coast fruit that lends the rich Sonoma fruit a crisp, lifted and very long finish that gives this bottle a much more expensive feel than it actually is.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
This is a vintage bottling made using a small percentage of Bouzy red wine from 2007. It has beautiful, soft, delicate red fruit that is perfectly integrated with round cream and a slight autolytic toast note. Its richness is focused and balanced with a slightly tannic texture and great acidity.​

Alfred Gratien Brut Classique Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
If you love rosé Champagne, you shouldn’t pass up one that uses 12% Bouzy red wine its blend for under $50. Bouzy red is thought to be the best of all the red Pinot Noir in champagne and lends Alfred Gratien’s vibrant rosé flavors of cherry, strawberry and cream with a touch of honey and smoke. The round red fruit is focused on the finish by crisp acidity and minerals. This is out of this world good!

2008 Alfred Gratien "Cuvée Paradis" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2018
I’ve been conditioned, much like Pavlov’s dog, to salivate when I see 2008 on a bottle of Champagne. For lovers of this unbelievable vintage, Alfred Gratien delivers in a big way. It’s bursting with flavors of fresh bergamot, baked apple, rich toast and flowers with a vibrant acidity and stunning finish that is the signature of the vintage. The balance, focus and complexity are stunning.

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