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2012 Lété-Vautrain Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-23-2021
This 2012 Lete Vautrain drinks crisply and smoothly throughout your whole meal. It’s a great sipper to open when a friend comes over to catch up on life, and it can hold its own when that quick catch-up inevitably turns into an impromptu fish dinner. Hailing from the sandy banks of the river Marne to the west of the Champagne appellation, this is Meunier country and the juicy, vibrant, and expressive grape stakes a hard claim all over this wine. Oozing with orchard fruit essence, on the nose you get dusty red pear, spiced apples and that yeasty, shortbread finish you would expect from a vintage wine. The wine feels rich and velvety in the mouth with great acid. It’s not explicit, it won’t fight the delicate food you might find yourself preparing on a Thursday night after work.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 01-23-2021
Baron Fuente’s Brut Nature disputes the notion that zero-dosage added to the wines in Champagne yield terse, withholding and stoic results. The cold wine growing region, which shares a latitudinal line with the border between Canada and the USA has historically relied on the addition of sugar to its wines in the final stages to add palatability and eschew its reputation as the ultimate heartburn kindle. 6 years resting sur lie and wholesome additions of Chardonnay’s juicy, rich costars Meunier and Pinot Noir, help to lift this wine into the perfect pair for hearty seafood dishes or anything that would benefit from the zip of acid. On the nose it’s all sharp lemon peel, juicy pear, touch of grassy herby qualities with fine buttery cracker. The medium finish feels clean and brisk, with hints of tea and a honey dry varnish with a touch of gunpowder. The bubbles, unbuoyed by that dosage, are soft like angels wings and never fight your palate.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2020
What I love about our Direct Import Champagne program at K&L is that you never have to wonder if you’re getting your value’s worth; just like knowing the sky is blue and grass is green, the Champagne we bring in directly to our store bubbles with the worth of a good purchase. Whether it’s a bottle or case you take is the only hard choice. Baron Fuente Esprit unites the three powerhouse grapes of Champagne into a bouquet of crushed rock, pears and yellow apple, hints of grassy herbs and buttery cracker. The flavor is sophisticated and doesn’t shy away from expressing the extended period of bottle maturation that you could never dream of in a bottle of this price. The smooth and fine bubbles are easy going and elevate the richness in this wine which should help it to pair up with spicy Thai food or savory Sichuan cuisine. Pork rinds and warm savory pot pies filled with creamy chicken or leftover turkey would be great too.

Ariston Aspasie "Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-20-2020
My wife and I drink a bottle of Champagne every Friday, we call it Champagne Friday. It’s been running strong for almost a year now and I am amazed that we haven’t gotten around to Ariston Aspasie Réserve. The price wrongly directed me to think that this wine would ride the middle of the road in terms of quality and taste and I’m always happy to admit I’m wrong when the reward is this good. In the bright and sultry nose it’s all lemon peel, pretty orange flowers, toasted almonds, flaky croissant and a hint of orchard fruit demonstrating the power of this 40/30/30 ratio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. You can really taste the zippy, zingy and punchy flavor of the exceptionally well grown cool climate grapes and world class wine making facilities. We enjoyed our bottle with a succulent and fatty pork chop--not too intensely flavored but rich in flavor and the biting acid of this wine really helped to make the flavors sing---but aperitif and after dinner cheese would also make this sing.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2018 Moulin de la Gardette "Tradition" Gigondas
Review Date: 11-05-2020
When I put this wine to my nose, I am immediately transported to the South of France. I can see the sunlit verandas, the limestone daggers jutting out from the hilltops, the olive groves and orange clay topped villages peppered throughout the landscape. Now, I've never been to Gigondas, but it doesn't take a lot of imagination; once you open this bottle and pour it into a glass, you will disappear, and Hello! South of France, there you are. Filled with rich ripe red fruit and a silky smooth white pepper finish, you can buck this wine up against hearty grilled steaks, aromatic food from around the Mediterranean. Or, bring it over to Mother's house and take her to that trip along the coast of France you've been promising her for far too long.

2018 Whitcraft "La Rinconada Vineyard" Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 10-24-2020
10 miles from the coast in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, lies La Rinconada Vineyard where Drake Whitcraft works with growers to maximize efforts to regenerate the soil through natural methods. Blessed with optimal cool weather growing conditions and prime soil environment, this Chardonnay expresses itself with bright notes of Meyer lemon and green apple. The pretty nose gives way to crisp acidity and a silky smooth finish, and is practically begging for a Triple Cream Brie on crackers or some fresh shucked oysters. Skip the lemon and mignonette, drink some wine instead and repeat.
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