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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-10-2022
Often imitated, seldom replicated, and in this day and age when little is left that you can rely on, Billecart Salmon Rose is the old friend you can trust. Made with a nearly traditional blend of champagne's greatest grapes, this wine pulses with life and makes a heady companion to poached salmon, grilled langoustine or even a rich and fatty tuna tartare.

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 05-10-2022
The classic, hard to get these days and even harder to put down once you've popped that top and gotten it into a glass. Fresh, with hints of flowers, stone fruit and a gentle yeasty scrumptiousness that has you crying out for more. Please come down and get some before it all disappears again.

Pierre Mineral Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-10-2022
Bursting with pomegranate, cherry and petunia sweetened air, this is an exemplary Rose champagne. You know a K&L direct import when you see a wine that should cost way more but there it is, right within budget. You'll love what this wine brings to your next fish dinner, or next cheese-filled book club meeting.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Mineral Mesnil "Vieillie En Fût" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-10-2022
You know that when K&L staffers immediately buy a wine opened up at a staff tasting that it's a winner. Pierre Mineral's Viellie En Fut is read to deliver on all your expectations. Treated as a luxury wine, but for a price we can all take a swing at. An autumnal nose of apple and pear skin and a hint of sweet spice transform on the palate into a riotous, mouth filling celebration of bright citrus, subtle stone fruit and the slightest salty finish. Don't sleep on this.
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Pierre Mineral Mesnil "Signature" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 05-10-2022
This is a fresh, zippy, inviting blanc de blanc champagne. It's got fresh cut apple, loads of citrus flowers, and a soft creamy mousse. This is an excellent aperitif wine and you'll love inviting guests over and having a bottle of this open over a spread of hors d'oeuvres while you put the finishing touches on the dinner you've elegantly crafted. Even more, your guests will love you if you have a second bottle just in case!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Pierre Mineral Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-10-2022
Bright shimmering green apple, hints of white flower and a fresh mineral tang on the palate make this a serious Champagne without a serious price tag. All the confusing rules behind whose fruit goes into whose wine could be in the conversation with this wine, but when you pour it into a glass and take a sip all conversation fades to the background and you'll only care that this is really good wine.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Iteration #24 Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2022
Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle, tête de cuvée extraordinaire. The no. 24 is a brilliant blend of 11 grand crus, 55% chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir from the powerhouse years of 2004, 2006 and 2007. It spent 10 lingering years on lees and which eroded away any sharp edges leaving a core of perfectly balanced wine, bursting with citrus, buttery crackers and the slightest honey sweet air. The finish persists like a good dream, etching its way into your heart.

Solemme "Ambre de Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2022
This batch of Ambre de Solemme, mainly from 2015, is everything you want in a 100% Pinot Meunier champagne. All from one plot of 50 year old Massal selected vines, this wine is lacy, energetic and full of well balanced acid. No dosage lets the juicy Meunier really shine and when your nose dives into the glass, you can close your eyes and feel like you've entered a Parisian bakery freshly pulling crackling almond croissants out of the oven. Pale amber in color. this wine has a touch of skin contact which gives it some gentle texture which you'll appreciate with a variety of delicious warming foods.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-04-2022
This is a wine that reminds you why you love wine so much. Solemme makes beautiful expressions of fun, terroir driven wine, biodynamically farmed and beckoning you to fill your glass over and over again. Their name Solemme references the sun and a certain kind of femininity that really comes out in this wine. Tense and finely perfumed with jasmine flowers, juicy pear and a hint of nutty pizazz, you wont be surprised to find out that this wine spent a lovely five years languishing on their lees. This generous decision by monsieur Langlais allows you to take advantage of that beautiful thing-- Lees for Less--and you'll be chuffed to bits that you did.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

W.B. Saffell Limited Edition Batch #1 107 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (375ml)
Review Date: 02-01-2022
Andrew and David do a great job of delivering you the heady nuances of this whiskey--I'm just here to hype. This bourbon is everything you want in an American whiskey, leaping across the room from any glass it's poured into to smack you with deep caramel notes and fragrant earth and spice. Even taking small tasting sips like we do at work, this whiskey lingers on your senses, creating a cacophony of smells and flavors that will be sure to delight even the casual lover of whiskey. If you've already got a bottle of this, grab another, you never know when you might run out.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Chartogne-Taillet "Sainte Anne" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-21-2021
You aren’t going to find many centuries-old-families that plow their ancestral fields by horse in Champagne; the Chartogne-Taillet family respects the ancient terroir of Merfy (7 km north of Reims) as religiously as the Benedictine monks did back in the 7th century when the old lieu dits were first sanctified into history. The Sainte Anne bottling captures all of the nuances and variety in the different vineyards that winemaker Alexandre Chartogne obsesses over. When you pour it into a glass, the bubbles burst forth in a flurry of metallic almond colored clouds. Notes of bruised orchard fruit and gentle macadamia nut leap out of the glass. The beautiful velvety mousse comes at you with bright raspberry and ripe strawberry and a clean and juicy finish. For balance and complexity, Alexandre mixes in some reserve wine to give this wine the round smooth taste that you can talk about for days and days. Who better to celebrate these days than a winemaker in Champagne that lives and breathes terroir.

2007 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 06-24-2021
Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Billecart-Salmon; some artists need no introduction. While the venerable family owned Champagne house's wines may not be framed on a wall--on yours they might be, no judgement--they also don’t have a multimillion dollar level of entry. Never has there been a better time to get a piece of Art, than right this moment. Due to our special family-like relationship we got a killer price on this champagne which we lovingly pass on to you. It’s ready to drink now but craves a good sleep in a nice cellar to mature its bold and bright flavors. 2007 was a stellar year for Champagne’s chardonnay grapes and Billecart went with some heavy hitting Cote de Blancs vineyards for this fine cuvee. You’ll want to drink this with rich foods, seafoods, crunchy foods and if you just drink it by itself ,sans foods, totally worth it.

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

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

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