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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - January 16th, 2018 - 01/16/2018 - 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 Retail Link
2016 Reynon Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 93 $14.99 View
2016 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone $16.99 View
2016 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé $16.99 View
Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne 90 $23.99 View
2016 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc 92 $24.99 View
2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Brunello di Montalcino 92 $29.99 View
2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne 91 $29.99 View
Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne 90 $32.99 View
Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne $34.99 View
2012 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino 93 $34.99 View
Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne $39.99 View
2013 Renieri "Regina" Shiraz (Pre-Arrival) 94 $39.99 View
2013 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 95 $44.99 View
2012 Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino 92 Price: Hidden View
2013 Giovanni Manzone "Castelletto" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 $47.99 View
2013 Cordero di Montezemolo "Monfalletto" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 94 $48.99 View
2015 Domaine Santa Duc "Prestige des Hautes Garrigues" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 97 $49.99 View
2015 Montevetrano Colli Di Salerno (Pre-Arrival) 98 $53.99 View
2013 Giovanni Manzone "Bricat" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 $54.99 View
2011 Ca Rome Barolo Vigna Cerretta (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum (750ml) $59.99 View
Russell's Reserve K&L Single Barrel #998 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) $59.99 View
2013 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 96 $59.99 View
2013 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 98 $69.99 View
2013 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 99 $79.99 View
2013 San Polino "Helichrysum" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 98 $79.99 View
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 100 $89.99 View
2015 Isabel Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 Price: Hidden View
2001 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru (3L) $139.99 View
2014 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri 95 $157.99 View
Krug "Grande Cuvée" 165 Ème Édition Brut Champagne 96 $159.99 View
2014 Trotanoy, Pomerol 97 Price: Hidden View
2016 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Combe aux Moines" (Pre-Arrival) 94 $279.99 View
2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe 100 $359.99 View
2014 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 97 $449.99 View
2016 Domaine Fourrier Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 96 $1,399.99 View
2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC 100 $2,129.00 View


2016 Reynon Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux ($14.99)

92-93 points James Suckling: "Lots of dried-lemon and lime character with crushed stones and salt. Full-bodied, dry and dense. Serious." (04/2017)

90 points Vinous: "The 2016 Reynon Blanc is another winner from the Dubourdieu family. Melon pear and exotic floral notes are beautifully balanced in this super-expressive Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend. Drink it over the next few years. (AG)" (02/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh tarragon, thyme and oyster shell notes lead off, followed by a brisk white peach and lemon pulp core. A super-refreshing style. Sauvignon Blanc. (JM)" (03/2018)

K&L Notes: From the family estate of Bordeaux wine gurus Denis and Florence Dubourdieu, this is a crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend that appeals immediately. Bright acidity, freshly squeezed lemon and a herbal, green edge all make for a wine that is drinkable now as an apéritif as well as with food

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2018

)- From the family estate of Bordeaux wine gurus Denis and Florence Dubourdieu, this is a crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blend that appeals immediately. Bright acidity, freshly squeezed lemon and a herbal, green edge all make for a wine that is drinkable now as an apéritif as well as with food. We have been carrying this white since the 2000 vintage.

2016 Domaine de Marcoux Cotes-du-Rhone ($16.99)

Our Rhône buyer Keith Mabry says he'd put Marcoux in his top five estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of the first producers in the region to be certified Biodynamic, their incredible attention to detail and promise to the landscape is translated in the wines. Making only two red cuvées from their 18 hectares keeps the wines focused. You essentially have great wine and extraordinary wine here--and Marcoux's Cotes du Rhone is from dedicated vineyards following all the same Biodynamic principals they use for the Chateauneuf, so it is no mere declassified or second wine. This is serious Côtes du Rhône that ages beautifully but is also out-of-the-gate charming.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

If you're a fan of Marcoux then you are definitely in for a treat with the 2016 Marcoux Cotes du Rhone. This wine starts off with an intoxicating nose of red licorice and candied red raspberries and then deftly pivots to fresh flower and earth notes. There's a distinctly Burgundian feel here with high-toned red fruits, remarkable balance and harmony and an elegance rarely found in a Cotes du Rhone. The wine finish with impressive purity and freshness and it lingers ever so slightly on the delightful finish. This is a must buy for any wine lover who is a fan of Grenache done the right way.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

Domaine De Marcoux is slowly turning into one of my favorite Southern Rhone producers, and their 2016 Cotes Du Rhone is an outstanding Southern Rhone blend. Mildly zesty, and subtle flavors of strawberry twizzlers on the palate, this wine delivers a good mouthfeel, mild tannins, and great structure. Dinner party wine for sure.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

Marcoux was my winery of the year last year for their incredible Chateauneuf releases. The 2015s were expressive, classic and layered with so much potential that they will surely deliver the goods over the next two decades. The 2016 vintage is as equally impressive (and maybe ultimately longer living). The wines show a level of depth that goes beyond simple hedonism. The basic or entry level wines from producers like Marcoux are always the great bellwether for exciting vintages because when the starter wines show this great, you know the high-end stuff will be legendary. Marcoux's Cotes du Rhone is from dedicated vineyards following all the same bio-dynamic principals they use for the Chateauneuf, so it is no mere declassified or second wine. This is serious Cotes du Rhone that ages beautifully but is also out of the gate charming. Lush strawberry, dried tobacco and potpourri permeate the glass and sweet fruit persists on the palate. So before the hype begins, drink this wine and be ahead of the curve and know what we know...2016 is great from top to bottom and Marcoux is on track to be my Winery of the Year two years running.

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2016 Domaine Tabordet "Le Champs des Vignes" Pouilly Fumé ($16.99)

Nestled in the village of Verdigny, Domain Tabordet is run by brothers Yvon and Pascal Tabordet, who took the reins back in 1981. When the two brothers first took over the estate it consisted of three hectares (7.4 acres) in Sancerre. By 1988 they had added another 4.5 hectares of Sancerre and also added 12 hectares (29.7 acres) in neighboring Pouilly Fumé, just across the Loire River. Wine growing in Pouilly Fumé dates back to the fifth century when the Romans dominated the area. In 1937 it became an official Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) of France. Wine called Pouilly Fumé is required to be 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The soils here have a similar character to those of Sancerre, but one of the defining characteristics of Pouilly Fumé wines is the smoky, flinty aromas (fumé). These aromas come from the high concentration of silex, a.k.a. flint, found in the soil here. By taking a very simple but well-focused approach to farming and vinification, Domaine Tabordet does a really fantastic job of letting the grape and all of its character shine through.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2018

If you're a fan of Sancerre, and want to try another Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire valley, you should definitely "Silex" this wine! The flint based soils, called Silex, impart a smoky, flinty note making this like a Sancerre with attitude! Complex and charming, this is a perfect wine for those wanting to try a familiar varietal from a familiar region, while still looking to branch out.

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Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne ($23.99)

90 points John Gilman: "Baron-Fuentés non-vintage Brut bottling is composed of a blend of sixty percent pinot meunier, thirty percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir, with all the vins clairs all fermented in stainless steel. It is a full malo wine and is aged three years sur latte, being finished with a dosage of nine grams per liter. I am not sure if this is the same release I reported on last year or a new cuvée, but the wine is showing very well. The bouquet offers up a fine constellation of white peach, apple, lovely meunier floral tones, a touch of patissière, lovely minerality and a hint of lemon zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a good core, a fine sense of bounce, elegant mousse and lovely cut and grip on the seamless and classy finish. Fine juice, with plenty of pinot meunier delicacy in evidence on the palate. Drink between 2016-2030. 90+" (06/2016)

Vinous: "Light gold. Fresh melon, orange and peach on the fruity nose and in the mouth. Supple and broad on the palate, showing a hint of warmth on the back half. In an easygoing style, finishig with gentle cut and good length. (JR)" (01/2015)

Wine & Spirits: "Broad and Cognac-like in its scent, this has an earthy bitterness that pushes back with gingery spice. Its rich enough to stand up to Shanghai soup dumplings." (12/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "This is the producers nonvintage cuvéea crisp, apple-flavored wine dominated by the softness of Pinot Meunier. Its fruity with an attractive and zesty acidity. A great apéritifstyle Champagne. (RV)" (06/2017)

Wine Spectator: "A firm bead and lively acidity structure this broad bubbly, with tightly knit flavors of white raspberry, candied lemon zest, pickled ginger and salted almond. (AN)" (08/2014)

K&L Notes: Baron-Fuenté is a négociant that owns almost 90 acres of vines and purchases another 90 acres "sur pied," meaning that they pick the grapes. This is an important distinction since many négociants buy "sur lattes," meaning in bottle! This delicious Champagne is composed of 10% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 60% Meunier and had been aged three years on the lees. It is fermented at relatively cold temperatures in stainless steel with 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine has a very light, white-gold color for the blend, which is predominantly black grapes and a very pretty, tight bead. On the nose it is flowery and exotic, with a doughy richness to anchor down the wildflower elements. On the palate the wine is well balanced, light and finishes very cleanly. This Champagne is a spectacular aperitif. The current batch is 40% reserve wines and dosed at 10 grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

This is the best value I've ever see from Champagne. The quality from this flagship of Marne producer Baron Fuente is unbelievable for the price. It has beautiful expressive flavors of apricot, Gala apples, and honeysuckle with a touch of spice and herbs and a rich, subtly toasty creaminess on a finish that just keeps going and going. What a value on such a crowd pleaser!

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 10, 2018

This is the best value champagne we have and it is absolutely delicious. I serve this a lot at home and it never seizes to amaze me how complex it is. Whether I'm cooking, eating or mingling this champagne keeps grabbing my attention to all its flavors and texturesThe added bonus is that we have 3 different sizes 375ml, 750ml and 1.5lt. It is so much fun to taste them, side by side, to taste the similarities and the differences.

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

Pretty apple and tart peach with ginger, almond skin and some saline.Broad on the palate with a light feel. 10% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay & 60% Munier. 100% Malolactic fermentation. A pretty Champagne at a reasonable price. Perhaps a second bottle?

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

Behold, Baron Fuenté Grande Réserve! This wine is easily one of the best values K&L has to offer. With a cépage that is primarily Meunier, the palate is clean, light and slightly spicy, with flavors of crisp, green apple, and a slightly nutty finish with a hint of caramel. The wine spends 3 to 3.5 years on the lees, which creates a fabulous breadth on the palate, not to mention that finish! Persistent and charming!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

With twice as much aging on the lees then required, the Grand Reserve has a rich toasted nose with scents of brioche and broad inviting earthiness. Mostly Meunier brings a soft elegance and deep fruit character by adding depth and complexity to the wine. A bit of red apple fruit and fresh sweet citrus carry the warm palate from start to finish.

Staff ImageSal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

An impressive Champagne by any standard! At this price, it would be hard NOT to purchase it by the case! Bright, fresh, and floral. The wine has a nice mineral tone throughout, and a citrus tone on its lengthy finish! A seriously incredible value!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

Consistently my favorite go-to bubble for it's freshness, deft touch and biscuity aromas, the Fuente has always punched well above its fighting weight. Much like Golidlocks, I put Fuente in my "Just Right" category. It hits all the marks of balanced fruit, doughy yeast and crunchy acidity to give me everything I want in Champagne and for sub-$25 it even qualifies as daily drinker (or couple times a week drinker). The Grande Reserve is always satisfying from whatever angle you approach it and for sheer value, cannot be beat.

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

You may know that this is one of K&L's best-priced Champagnes, but more than that, it is one of the best wines at this price from any section in the store. Although I love the other wines from Baron-Fuente, I find myself coming back again and again to their Grande Reserve. It's classic Champagne: using all three varietals to achieve a perfect balance of crisp, clean minerality, toasted brioche notes, and creamy orchard fruit. This is precisely what I'm looking for when I want Champagne, and at this price, it's easy to drink Champagne regularly!

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 10, 2017

You probably won't find a good quality champagne at this price anywhere else, and on top of that, this champagne is actually fantastic! You want to bring champagne to a party, celebration, or dinner party, but don't wanna spend more than 25 bucks? Then this is the champagne for you!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2016

Surprisingly, for such a blend of dark grapes, this is very light in coloralmost a light straw. On the nose it starts out light and pretty with aspects of fresh-cut flowers and bread dough. In the mouth it has a tight bead with very well-balanced flavors of apples (both green and gold), lemon curd and white cake, in a lighter style that finishes very cleanly. Ten grams of dosage per liter make this a perfect aperitif bubbly.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 25, 2015

"Value Champagne" doesn't begin to do this bottle of bubbly justice. Baron Fuente brings all of the class and elegance of the Grand Marque Champagne brands to your table for such a reasonable price (and with more flavor and finesse!). The aroma wafts out of the glass like freshly rising bread finished in a lemon and tangerine zest. The wine strolls gracefully balanced down your palate and finishes with a clean and friendly flourish that brings you right back to the glass wanting more. This is a remarkable bottle of Champagne, especially when you consider it's only 24 bucks.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 15, 2015

A broad, creamy, texturally rich Champagne, lots of leesy complexity, yet remarkably well balanced, and for a song of a price. Only because we import this directly can you get prices like this with quality as well!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 02, 2015

Why bother with sparkling wine when you can drink real Champagne at such a great price? This fantastic bottle is aged for three years on the lees and has great honest toast from the aging process, as well as great refreshment from the high percentage of estate-grown vines used in the blend. I love this Champagne for its friendly, open-knit personality and its easygoing refreshment, but it has more than this for those who want to take the time to get to know it... It is a serious bottle of Champagne! Don't let the low price fool you!

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2014

Gwah?!? $24 champagne that taste great! The French must be pissed. Fruit tart candies, slight brioche,leesy on the palate are evident, but not cheesy. Wonderful texture and great freshness. An inexpensive champagne with a wonderful personality.

2016 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc ($24.99)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Clos Floridène Blanc is a huge overachiever. Green apple, pear and jasmine are some of the many nuances laced into this silky, beautifully textured white. Even though it has just been bottled, the 2016 is super impressive. Today, the 2016 stands out for its brightness and overall energy. (AG)" (02/2018)

89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Taut, with pink grapefruit zest, white peach and verbena notes backed by a steely hint on the finish. (JM, Web Only-2017)"

Jancis Robinson: "Racy and lively with some richness underneath. Very broad and flattering, though not a really long-distance runner perhaps. 16.5/20" (04/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "For reasons unknown, I did not taste the Clos Floridene 2016 Blanc during en primeur, but hey, you just have to wait a few weeks and the wine is bottled and ready to go. It has a restrained nose, one that does not leap out of the glass like the Doisy-Daëne Blanc that I compared it with. This takes longer to unfurl, with cooking apple and subtle walnut notes. There is something Loire-like, almost Vouvray in style about this white Bordeaux. The palate is well balanced with just the right amount of fatness on the entry countered by a fine line of acidity. It has a very texturally satisfying, slightly creamy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is very satisfying. Tasted July 2017. (NM)" (08/2017)

Staff ImageElsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 18, 2018

This white Bordeaux wine is unique in that it is barrel-aged, which provides a more richer and complex wine. On the nose there are notes of soft tropical fruits and balanced with great acid and clean finish. If youre looking for something interesting and great tasting, this bottle will deliver that and then some. You can't beat the price on this fantastic bottle!

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2018

We always love this Dubourdieu white. And this wine will age in cellar very well. in 2005 we drank a bottle of the 1991 Clos Floridene and it was perfect. Very citrusy on the nose and palate-minerality galore.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2018

The entire wine world was shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of owner Denis Dubordieu in July of 2016. Winemaker, consultant, professor of enology, no other single individual had as great an impact on the quality of white wines being produced in Bordeaux today. He is survived by his wife, Florence, and his two sons, Fabrice & Jean-Jacques, who preserve his legacy of making spectacular wines of great depth and character. The 2016 Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc is no exception. Bright, fresh, intensely aromatic, with notes of stone and citrus fruits. Lovely weight and texture with just a hint of pain grillé. A blend of 56% Sauvignon Blanc and 44 % Sémillon. Aged in barrel (25% new) for eight months with regular batonnage. Drink or hold. Perhaps our best overall value in a white Bordeaux, and a great introduction to the style.

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2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Brunello di Montalcino ($29.99)

92 points James Suckling: "A fresh and silky-textured Brunello with light cedar, berry and chocolate character. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a hazelnut aftertaste." (12/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "Underbrush, oak and crushed mint aromas lead the nose. The palate is firm, evoking macerated cherry, star anise and vanilla flavors enveloped in dusty tannins that leave a grainy finish. (KO)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 28, 2018

Here is an easy to drink Brunello at a great price and perfect for tonight. This is plush and rounded with gentle depth to the flavors and aromas of ripe cherry fruit, wild flowers, damp soil and tar. The mineral laced finish is long, fruity and flavorful.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

This is a wonderful Brunello that is drinking well now. It has nice bright red fruit flavors that are balanced out with mineral notes. It is dry with a nice balance to it. I tasted it with a number of other wines and the Baccinetti La Saporoia stood out in the crowd. Best with hearty foods.

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

If you are looking for a great Brunello to start drinking while you continue to age those 10s, the 2012 Saporoia is showing really nicely. Flavors of ripe cola berry and plums, hints of violets, mint and black tea, with delicious savory umami and herbal notes. I love the richness and drinkability afforded by the riper style of Baccinetti and it should age quite nicely over the next few years.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

Since so many of our customers are regularly in search of value-priced Brunellos (and we are as well!) we wanted to make mention of Baccinetti's outstanding 2012. Since tasting it over a year ago, this wine is really showing beautifully. It opens with attractive scents of forest berries, dried florals and spice and offers captivating flavors of black cherries and red fruit with ripe tannins and mild acidity that bring it all together. It's a tremendous value Brunello that we highly recommend.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

This Brunello is coming from the user friendly vintage of 2012 this "puppy" is good to go or I should say drink. This is full-bodied wine with silky and soft caressing tannins and intense fruit (black cherries and plum) with hint of mineral flavors and was very well-crafted. I would give this a couple hours of decanting and serve with a winters hearty stew.

2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne ($29.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Aube-based producers latest vintage release is rich and creamy. It is young, although it is possible to find the texture and density that will allow it to age. It is in a crisp style, tight with acidity, finishing taut and mineral. Drink from 2019. (RV)" (08/2018)

K&L Notes: This all estate grown gem from Baron Fuente is composed of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir from around Charly-sur-Marne. This drinks great right now because of the wonderfully ripe 2009 vintage in Champagne, but will also keep great in good storage over the medium term. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 08, 2018

The complexity of this vintage Champagne it is not reflected in its incredible price, which is only possible because of our direct import program. That is an incredible opportunity to show off with a bottle of a boutique (and very hard to get) Champagne in a dinner party.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2018

While 2008s strength was structure and acidity, 2009 shines with supreme drinkability and luxurious texture. Buttery notes on the nose with pure pear fruit through the palate, plus hints of lemon and leesy toastiness, this release of Baron-Fuentes "Grand Millesime" finishes cleaner than expected for such a rich style. A welcome addition to our Direct Import Champagne collection, and a killer value as well.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

I have grown to love the opulence and pizzaz of the 2009 vintage Champagnes, and Baron Fuente's really drives the point home. It showcases the richness of the vintage with concentrated flavors of dried apricots, ripe persimmons and exotic spice but with a balancing acidity and incredible texture and toast from the long lees aging. To find vintage Champagne of this quality under $30 is truly a miracle, don't miss out on this one!

Staff ImageJordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

You will not believe this is a low dosage champagne. It is crisp and lively with the acidity well in check. Cooked apples and stone fruit with nutty yeasty flavors. Good richness and still light with fine bubbles. great with appetizers, white pasta or soft cheese. Yes please!

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

Made from 100% estate fruit from Charly Sur Marne, the 2009 "Grand Millesime" is powerful and rich. Hailing from a ripe, sunny vintage, the dosage is low, and the result is a wine that accentuates the natural quality of the fruit. The overall impression of the wine is clean and dry, but with a toasty depth and opulence.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2018

The 2009 sings with an opulence that reminds me of a stone fruit crumble. Toasty spices, hint of nutmeg with notes of white nectarine are all balanced on the framework of lovely acidity and tight bubbles. This is such a fine bottle of Champagne to drink now and over the next few years.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 19, 2018

Another fantastic bottle from Baron Fuente! The nose starts off with apple butter and poached pears, then gives way to a rich kouign amann pastry, roasted lemon and yeast. The palate has an intense nuttiness, almost like eating a handful of raw hazelnuts while still providing a clean mineral note and vibrant acidity. A great bottle to pick up for your next Champagne craving.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

In contrast to the zesty 2008, this newly released 2009 is essentially lush with (browned) apple butter, yellow fruits and caramel. While lush on the palate, it does have a nice, clean finish with fine acidity, Meyer lemon and nectarines. Another vintage gem from Baron Fuente!

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

A rich, beautiful Champagne! The 2009 was a ripe and therefore accessible vintage for enjoying now. Pretty pie crust, soft spiced pear and apple, and lemon zest with the lightest notes of chalky mineral showing as the wine warms in the glass. Lovely as your next house Champagne- or for your upcoming Oscar party!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

The lovely, old school toastiness of this Grand Millesime grabbed me from the very first sniff! Baron Fuente has got a real winner from the warm 2009 harvest here, with beurre d'isigny cream and savor, but backed up with more than enough snappy refreshment to keep me coming back for more. This is an excellent aperitif, but will also go very well with gougeres or other finger foods.

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Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne ($32.99)

90 points Decanter: "Opens with a fanfare of peach, pear and spiced lemon; subtle architecture in the mouth with a chalky subtext and attractive orchard fruit, transported by a flowing mousse. Pretty accomplished and serious. (panel tasting)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: If you have enjoyed the wines of Lallement, Bollinger and Krug in the past, I think you will very much enjoy Michel Arnould. They are bold, masculine Champagnes with plenty of toasty flavor. This is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, entirely from estate vineyards in the Grand Cru of Verzenay. This is a great party Champagne, since it is full of flavor yet refreshing and moreish. The hazelnut Pinot character so unique to the village of Verzenay is pronounced in this wine, and many good tasters have mistaken it for barrel fermented (it is actually all stainless and enamel fermented) when presented the wine blind. The texture is full and the bead is refined. In short, this is a Champagne that you will be proud to serve to your guests, or perhaps not too proud to save for yourself! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

The wines of Verzenay are some of my very favorite in all of Champagne, and Patrick Arnould of Champagne Michel Arnould makes some of the very best. This wine has the magical hazelnut quality that many (including myself!) often miss for wood treatment in blind tastings. Because this Grand Cru village faces north the wines are always electric and vibrant, even with high percentages of Pinot in the blend. This is one of our finest values in top grower Champagne, and the price makes it unmissable!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2017

This standard bearer of Champagne Michel Arnould is both high quality and a fine value. The Pinot Noir dominant blend is redolent with deep cherry fruit, toasted nuts and fine acidity. It could err on the side of big and bold but, it stops just short and offers up balance and interesting character. A great bubbly to drink on its own or to pair with fowl, pork or even lighter beef dishes.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

One of the remarkable things about our direct import program in Champagne and the many small grower producers with whom we work is the opportunity to taste wines from a specific region of Champagne, wines that reflect the particular terroir of one village or another. Upon first sip, I absolutely fell in love with the wines of Michel Arnould. In places like Verzenay and Bouzy in the Montaigne de Reims, Pinot Noir is king. These are big, bold, black fruited Champagnes that really deserve to be drunk out of a Burgundy glass and paired with a meal. The Michel Arnould Verzenay Reserve Brut Cham[pagne is a great introduction to the region, and a steal at this price.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 30, 2015

This is a fantastic non-vintage bottling from Michel Arnould. The blend consists of a heavy dose of Pinot Noir (75%) and the rest Chardonnay, which creates a wonderfully delicate and floral nose that leads into heaps of red fruit and red berries. The finish is clean and citric. A truly special bottle of bubbles.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 18, 2015

A super pretty, floral, pure and elegant Champagne. Aromas of spiced red berries, baked bread, and rose petal. On the palate it has lovely soft red fruit from the wines 75% Pinot Noir composition. Great drive and freshness on the palate. A lovely expression of this special village (Verzenay). Clean, crisp and quaffable. Great party Champagne. A serious value at just over $30. Crushes most of the "big house" guys on quality at a considerably lower price point.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 16, 2015

Creamy with a bright apple nose and solid minerality, this is classic Verzenay: qualities of hazelnut and cherry shine through, with a richness that almost defies its stainless and enamel aging. The great price makes this beauty go down even easier - a perfect party-pleasing Champagne.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 15, 2015

I love the smooth nature of this Champagne, that subtle richness of the mousse, just a creamy texture yet backed up by an excellent acidity, crisp, light and refreshing--the best of both sides. Such a deal, buy two!

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2009

Very, very good for the money. MIxed wild berry fruit show good richness with terrific cut and focus as well. Did I mention that this is a lot of wine for the money??

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 19, 2009

This Champagne has big style! I love to treat myself to a glass on a Sunday afternoon, read a good book - and pointedly ignore the laundry.

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Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé Champagne ($34.99)

This rosé bottling is 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir. The wine is made by assembling multiple vintages and red Coteaux Champenoises sourced from old vines. This lovely Rosé Champagne offers hints of raspberry, strawberry and red currant. It is refined on the palate where the berry notes unfurl into subtle notes of grenadine.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

The value that Patrick Arnould delivers with this top-notch rosé is mind boggling. This is the only rosé Champagne that I have ever had that is exclusively Pinot Noir, but made by blending wines that are vinified white with wines that are vinified red. Patrick is very proud of his Burgundian clones in his best exposed vineyard plot that he uses to make the red wine that gives this Champagne its color and flavor. This rosé has dark cherry authority as well as complex savor from that high quality vineyard. It also has easy refreshment and a dry chalky finish from the rest of his Grand Cru estate vineyard that makes the white Pinot portion. A must try for every rosé fan, and a stunning value.

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2012 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino ($34.99)

93 points Decanter: "Pale shade. Autumn leaf and pressed rose petal on the nose. Very dense, soft round palate with chunky tannins. Cherry jam and hints of green walnut. Some grip in the finish." (06/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A little earth but this show pretty floral and berry character. Hints of walnuts and meat. Full to medium body, a solid depth of fruit and a flavorful finish. Tangy at the end." (11/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Tenuta di Sesta 2012 Brunello di Montalcino presents evolved aromas of dried fruit, leather, spice and pipe tobacco. The wine opens to a dark garnet color with reddish colors that resemble brick or terra-cotta. These characteristics give the wine a savory and rugged quality that will appeal to those who love the tastes and flavors of aged Sangiovese. Despite the wine's untamed personality, it does offer subdued finesse in the mouth. This wine gives you the typicity of Sangiovese as well as the elegance of an aged Italian classic. (ML)" (03/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Good deep red. Captivating, nuanced nose offers red cherry, blood orange, roast coffee, underbrush, and licorice. Sweet and subtle, with wonderful inner-mouth perfume to the slightly balsamic flavors of menthol, dried herbs and spices. Showcases noteworthy lift and length on the refined finish. (ID)" (03/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers good grip and intensity, with leather, dusty cherry, tobacco and earth flavors. Balanced and open, with chalky tannins lining the finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. (BS)" (10/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This opens with tobacco, dark spice, forest floor and leather aromas. The palate offers dried black cherry, licorice and clove flavors, set against tightly wound, taut tannins. It still needs a few years to come together. (KO)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2018

This wine is the reason why I am currently in the midst of an Italian wine phase. When all of the elements of a great wine come together like they do in this bottle, it really is a beautiful thing. This has plenty of finesse and approachability with a dusty red fruit profile bearing characteristics of crushed stone and earth, leather, wild herbs, and well-integrated tannins. It makes me want to cook myself a four-course meal, complete with an elaborate table setting and indulge in its elegance. Outstanding.

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

Everyone just about flipped out for the 2010 Brunello, but I have to say I'm enjoying the 2012s MUCH more at this stage in their development than I did the 2010s. I love the bold richness of a great Brunello, but the best must always have an Italian elegance that's difficult to accurately describe without experiencing it directly. For me the 2010s lacked some of that quality and replaced it with a striking baked fruit theme that stretched across nearly every producer. The 2012s are a return to a calssic elegance after the ultra hot 2011 vintage. Tenuta Di Sesta has really outdone themselves with this wine. Full and textured. Clearly youthful, but so lifted and open. Dense dark red fruit on the nose. Hints of cranberry, dried hibiscus, fresh unsweetened cherry compote. The palate is mouth filling and unctuous, but not heavy at all. An absolutely diamond smooth tannin and a fabulous base of earthy spice balance out that ultra seamless red fruit. Not even an implication of oak spice or vanillas, just perfectly elegant Montalcino for a ridiculously low price. If you consume this anytime in the next 5 years allow for a minimum 1 hour decanted. This one loves air.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2018

I love this winery in most vintages, but for me the 2012 vintage is drinking particularly well. There is a great marriage of savory notes, black cherry fruit, and olive in this wine, that is irresistible. I'd highly recommend a good decant (1-2 hours) before enjoying, so that you can access all the layers of flavor present here. Don't think that the goodness ended with the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, this beautiful 2012 is so elegant and well-balanced, that it would be hard to point to a better wine for the price.

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

The Tenuta di Sesta Brunello is one of the best, ready-to-drink values in fine reds right now! Its showing beautiful, concentrated flavors of cranberries, raspberries and plums; orange peel and mint with a smokey savory edge and just a hint of saline. Incredible complexity, depth and balance for what amounts to a bargain price in the world of Brunellos.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

Big wine, little price!!! Do not let the price let you think that this is a lesser wine. This is a Great 2012 Brunelli that will develop over the years. If you open this wine in the next couple of years, give at least four to five hours decanting.

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Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne ($39.99)

Exclusively from the 2009 harvest, although not labeled as such, this Champagne is composed of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay. The Champagne has a graceful, delicate balance that Verzenay wines sometimes lack but with the signature hazelnut Pinot core. I found it to have creaminess to complement its racy cherry fruit on the palate and an extraordinarily long, dry finish. It is dosed at 9 grams per liter: very dry! It will age very well. The Arnoulds own 27 acres in the village of Verzenay, a quite sizable holding in this high-rent area. It is planted to 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, which is average for the village. The Arnoulds have quite a few plots of vines that are very old and positioned in the golden band mid-slope where the sun exposure is best. They have 40- and 45-year-old vines in the lieux-diets of Corret, Perthos, and Coutures and 50-plus-year vines in the red wine vineyard Carreaux. All of the wines made by the Arnoulds undergo complete malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and enamel vats. If you have enjoyed the wines of Lallement, Bollinger, and Krug in the past, I think you will very much enjoy Michel Arnould. They are bold, masculine Champagnes with plenty of toasty flavor. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 13, 2018

This is easily one of the best Grand Cru grower champagnes we offer, and it costs far less than it probably should. It combines the power and structure of Verzenay Pinot Noir on the Montagne de Reims with the delicate finesse and minerality of Chardonnay from Oger on the Cotes de Blancs (70/30). On the nose, I get rich doughy citrus notes, cream and minerals. On the palate, the wine is rich with almond, brioche and apricot notes lifted by vibrant acidity for a finish that lasts all night.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 26, 2018

The decadent, complex Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut is the creamiest of their lineup, featuring a toasty hazelnut note and a crisp finish, which balances well with the richness and bright cherry fruit of the palate. Although not technically a vintage release, this is from the warmer 2009 harvest, making it instantly accessible, with weighty texture and just the right amount of lift. North-facing slopes in Verzenay ripen Pinot Noir beautifully but maintain a snap of acidity that pairs well with sushi, and the raciness here cuts through anything with ponzu sauce. This is easily one of my favorite Pinot-based Champagnes in the store, and a killer value.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 24, 2018

This is one of my very favorite non-vintage Champagnes! Cinnamon and I shipped this to Costanoa, a resort by the beach (better than carrying it on our bicycle!) and enjoyed it alfresco after a day in the saddle. We carried Riedel "O" stemless glasses in our jersey pockets (don't try this at home kids!) because we forgot to ship them... We were glad we did. This wine has so much complexity and subtlety it would have been a shame to drink it out of substandard glassware. The Grand Cuvee is very powerful Pinot-based stuff, with a hint of smoke on the nose, a very supple texture and a bone dry, persistent finish. A great reward after a long ride.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

I tried this for the first time recently and was thoroughly impressed with the quality of this sub-$40 Champagne. Located in Verzenay, a historical Grand Cru rich in calcareous soil, this Champagne is full of ripe white cherries and hazelnuts with a touch of toasty croissant. It's balanced beautifully between richness and brightness with a bracing vein of acidity running through. Pick up a bottle for your next dinner date or party.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 10, 2017

Well balanced, rich, but not overbearingly so. Who knew we'd have so many fantastic Grand Cru champagnes at such a fantastic price, and this here is no exception. This champagne finishes off with a nice toasted hazelnut finish, that simply makes this grand cru irresistible!

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2009

Lovely toast on the nose. Classic pain grille, bright cherry, and hazelnut in the mouth. The ripeness of the fruit is offset by bracing acidity and an intense mineral character. A big, bold wine, this champagne will be the center of attention at any party.

2013 Renieri "Regina" Shiraz (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

94 points James Suckling: "The palate here shows dark fruits with hot dusty stones and hints of dried meat. Not an obvious expression of syrah. Full with a wonderful juicy intensity that follows through to the finish. Drink now. Why wait?" (07/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "Made entirely from Syrah, this opens with black-skinned fruit, tilled earth and roasted coffee scents. The straightforward palate delivers blackberry, black pepper, espresso and vanilla flavors, framed by firm tannins. (KO)" (04/2017)

2013 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "An intense perfume of juniper, bay laurel, sage, rose and berries marks this silky red. The structure is there, yet superb balance and refined tannins help this retain elegance through the long finish. Almost ethereal in its presence. (BS)" (03/2018)

94 points James Suckling: "A wealth of ripe fruit with spice, orange peel and cherry. Full body, fine tannins and a bright and vivid finish. Drink in 2021." (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is absolutely unique in terms of its aromatic display. To me, the nose is particularly beautiful because I have a preference for balsamic notes of cola, mint or medicinal herb (that may not be to everyone's liking). You get those in spades here. These aromas are often more prominent in cooler vintages like 2013 in the Brunello appellation. In this case, they resemble intense eucalyptus. There is subtle fruit at the back, with wild berry and plum. The mouthfeel here is absolutely silky, fresh and streamlined. It is stitched finely together like lace. I am curious to see how a wine like this ages and whether the aromas hold tight or eventually fall flat. I would suggest a slightly shorter drinking window. But for now, this is my kind of Brunello. Bottoms up! (ML) 94+" (02/2018)

93 points Vinous: "Bright red. Extremely perfumed aromas of violet and raspberry on the enticing nose. Then more raspberry, but also blueberry and strawberry flavors and a strong juicy fruit-cocktail-like quality on the palate that persists nicely. Really lovely Brunello bursting at the seams with fresh bright fruit, and already utterly irresistible now. I had trouble not gulping my glass down all at once. (ID)" (04/2018)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2018

The nose is full of spice, fruit confit with a seemingly never ending flow of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is long and elegant, not a blockbuster but exceedingly flavorful. Well-balanced showing some weight and structure but an overall expressive and stylish wine, super drinking.

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2012 Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino Price: Hidden

92 points Decanter: "Intense yet elegant, maturing black fruit aromas, heightened by notes of undergrowth, dried roses and oriental spices. Medium-bodied in the mouth with layered yet refined tannins, mobilising to a long, spicy finish. Drinking Window 2021-2030." (08/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a fine expression of sweet cherry fruit, along with tobacco, wild herb and leather flavors. Precocious, with more impact up front than on the finish, yet with a good tannic structure and freshness. Best from 2019 through 2030. (BS)" (06/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "A little lean with berry, coffee and nut character. Medium body, firm tannins and a savory finish. Drink or hold." (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino La Mannella sees fruit sourced from the northern side of the appellation where the winery headquarters are located. The wine is savory and rich, with dried fruit and earthy tones of underbrush and autumnal leaf. It offers lean consistency and moderate acidity (which is low on the Sangiovese scale). The warm vintage has crafted a wine that is better suited for near or medium-term consumption. Smoke, tobacco and crushed mineral add pretty contours to the finish. (ML)" (02/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Good bright medium ruby-red. Aromas of raspberry, green tea, licorice and violet. At once smooth, sweet and nicely delineated, with good floral lift to the red berry and lightly saline flavors. Finishes with sweet tannins and sneaky concentration and length. (ID)" (03/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and licorice feel warm and ripe, belted together by firm tannins and lifted scents of violet. Balsamic notes add to the impression of sweetness, yet the wine finishes on a dry and mineral note." (04/2017)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 23, 2017

The nose is classic wild cherry with bits of leather and hints of vanilla. On the palate the wine shows depth and richness while more savory flavors take over, salted plums, porcini and a bit of cherry. A very long finish, well balanced where the savory components still show their presence. This winery has changed its name from La Mannella to the family name of Cortonesi, it has been a generational change as son takes over for father. The winery is located in the on the Versante Senese, the slope under the town of Montalcino facing Siena.

2013 Giovanni Manzone "Castelletto" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($47.99)

95 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Castelletto is another superb wine from Manzone. Beams of Castelletto tannin and bright acidity give the wine its super-distinctive feel. A wine of focus and drive, the Castelletto will appeal most to readers who enjoy taut, vibrant Barolos. This is another superb showing from Manzone. (AG)" (10/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo Castelletto offers a frank and accessible personality that opens this wine up to near and medium-term drinking. It offers vibrant, youthful Barolo aromas of dark fruit, tar, licorice and white truffle, and although those elements will become finer and more elegant with time, they already taste great now. This is a bright and beautifully intense wine that offers a friendly and disarming approach. Some 6,000 bottles were made. (ML)" (10/2017)

2013 Cordero di Montezemolo "Monfalletto" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($48.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Very floral with dried strawberries, plums and light toffee. Smoke, too. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Turns polished and agreeable on the finish. Drink in 2018." (07/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Wild berry, aromatic herb, crushed blue flower and exotic spice aromas lead the way in this full-bodied wine. It delivers ripe but elegant Marasca cherry, cranberry, licorice and vanilla hints framed by taut, fine-grained tannins that lend structure and finesse. Drink 2021-2033. (KO)" (10/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Cordero di Montezemolo's 2013 Barolo Monfalletto is radiant, open-knit and quite pleasing, even at this early stage. The 2013 has more than enough fruit to play off its tannins and acidity. Sweet red cherry, plum, blood orange and pomegranate give the 2013 its racy, bold personality. The 2013 has a bit more depth and mid-palate pliancy than the 2012 tasted alongside it. I would prefer to drink this stylish, mid-weight Barolo over the near and medium term. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. 92+ points. (AG)" (02/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Eucalyptus, rosemary and juniper aromas and flavors make this red more savory, with sweet cherry, leather and spice notes in the wings. Finishes on the firm, astringent side. Best from 2019 through 2028. (BS)" (11/2017)

2015 Domaine Santa Duc "Prestige des Hautes Garrigues" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2015 Gigondas Hautes Garrigues (60/40 Grenache and Mourvèdre) is a beauty boasting killer notes of dark fruits, crushed rocks, pepper, garrigue and scorched earth. This seriously good 2015 has building richness, a stacked mid-palate and a huge finish, all suggesting short-term cellaring will be your friend. It will keep for two decades of more." (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Full ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, incense, spicecake and candied flowers show outstanding energy and clarity. Sweet, seamless and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that fan out steadily with air. Rich but nervy and precise as well, carrying no excess fat. Velvety tannins frame an extremely long, incisive finish that leaves behind notes of sweet dark berries and candied flowers. (JR)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Delightfully ripe, with a mélange of blackberry, black cherry and fig compote flavors melded together, backed by licorice root, roasted alder and bittersweet cocoa notes that add range through the finish. A hefty style, but has the detail to match. (JM)" (09/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "Mourvèdre steps up to one third of the blend while the balance is grenache. This has an attractive array of ripe dark cherry and blue plum fruits. The tannins are framed up with a deeper, wider shape. Try from 2020, this needs time." (09/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Unfined, the sample of the 2015 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues was wonderfully fragrant, redolent of flowering garrigue and red raspberries, but it also was brutally tannic and hard on the finish, making it difficult to evaluate. 90-92? (JC)" (10/2017)

2015 Montevetrano Colli Di Salerno (Pre-Arrival) ($53.99)

98 points James Suckling: "I love the polish and complexity to this red. It delivers subtle currant, dried herb and spice character as well as a full body that is tight and focused. Such polished tannins. It goes on for minutes. One of the best vintages in years!" (10/2017)

2013 Giovanni Manzone "Bricat" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

95 points Vinous: "Dark cherry, plum, lavender, mint, wild herbs and smoke infuse the 2013 Barolo Bricat. Dark, powerful and brooding, but also very much medium-bodied in structure, the 2013 is wonderfully complete and full of allure. There is plenty of tannin, but the wine is impeccably balanced from start to finish. The darker and more muscular side of Gramolere comes through very nicely. There is so much to like, but the 2013 also shuts down quickly in the glass, which suggests it is likely to require a good few years in bottle to fully come together. (AG)" (10/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made with a selection of fruit from older vines, the 2013 Barolo Bricat is a tightly knit wine with extra power and support at the back. This is a long-term wine that promises a slow and graceful evolution over the next ten years. The wine needs that time to soften and to find its center. In its current state, this Barolo is brimming with possibility. The bouquet is dark and brooding with blackberry and tangy aromas of spice and smoky ash. This new release has a long life ahead. 94+ (ML)" (08/2017)

2011 Ca Rome Barolo Vigna Cerretta (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

97 points James Suckling: "A Barolo with beautiful berry, cappuccino and terra cotta character. Full body, round and velvety. Long finish. Better in 2018." (04/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and refined, this opens with aromas of wild berry, leather, game and a note of chopped herb. The round, full-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, clove, toast, mint and licorice alongside ripe, velvety tannins and fresh acidity. It should develop more complexity over the next decade. Drink 2016-2026. (KO)" (02/2016)

93 points Vinous: "The 2011 Barolo Vigna Cerretta is sumptuous and racy to the core. Hints of cinnamon, pipe tobacco and orange zest add an element of exoticism as the 2011 opens up in the glass. Soft and pliant throughout, the Cerretta is a rare 2011 Serralunga Barolo that will drink well with minimal cellaring. (AG)" (03/2015)

Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum (750ml) ($59.99)

Foursquare distillery on the island of Barbados is quickly becoming a sensation in the aficionado world of rum drinkers and tiki specialists for its pure, unadulterated flavor and transparency as it pertains to age statements and additives. It's also gaining quite the reputation at K&L for its must-have limited edition releases, like the Smuggler's Cove blend and now this incredible 10 year old "virgin oak" edition. Using rums aged in both ex-Bourbon casks and brand new oak barrels, then dialing the ABV from 40 to 46%, this is the richest and most vanilla-laden edition of the Real McCoy yet. There's more sweetness, more molasses, more spice, and more weight than the standard 12 year edition despite the younger age statement and the rum finishes with a Bourbon-like kick. The blend is comprised of the two wood types, aged separately and then blended together. The ex-Bourbon matured component is all 12 years of age, while the virgin oak-aged rum was matured for the entire decade in new oak, Even though it's labeled as a 10 year old rum, a large proportion of the rum is 12 years old. This limited edition produced only 3000 total bottles for the world and we were lucky enough to grab a large chunk of it. Grab a bottle while you can!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

This rum from Foursquare Distillery is easy to drink and has a lot to offer for fans of rums that are on the dry side. There is a nose that is classic rum with burnt sugar nuances. In the mouth it is rich and round with a pleasant fruitiness. It is, however, not very sweet. There is a long finish with notes of vanilla.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

What a great surprise! This fabulous bottle of sipping rum has an subtle, intricate complex nose not only of butterscotch and exotic fruit, but also mellow vanilla. In the mouth it is rich, without being at all sugary. The serious, no additives allowed approach shows through in the laid back complexity and long, long finish. I can't wait to have a glass of this by the fire tonight after dinner!

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Russell's Reserve K&L Single Barrel #998 Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) ($59.99)

If you've ever dipped your nose into a box of cinnamon red hots and inhaled all that sweetly-spiced goodness, then consider yourself well prepared for our latest single barrel (#998) from Wild Turkey Distillery, the spiritual home of fine Kentucky Bourbon. We rummaged through the warehouses with both Jimmy and Eddy Russell to dig out this concentrated cask and there was a unanimous sense of awe in the room after we tapped this particular barrel. Originally filled in October of 2008, we bottled this baby right after its 9th birthday, right about the time Jimmy Russell believes these Wild Turkey whiskies show their best. Emptied at 118.4 proof, everything about this whiskey showcases the textbook and trademark characteristics of the distillery style: loads of baking spices, vibrant oak tannins, creamy corn, and a finish of both savory pepper and sweet vanilla. Getting to select a barrel like this with the father and son duo is about as fun as our job gets-if you don't count the part where we actually get to drink it. Only 120 bottles from this tiny, concentrated cask.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I love this whiskey! The feral rye character of this Bourbon marries perfectly with corn richness and fabulous new American oak vanilla roundness. The Russell's have another winner with this big, 110 proof whiskey. Our stocks of this are limited, so I better buy my bottle of this single barrel stuff now.

2013 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

95-96 points James Suckling: "A dark and brooding Brunello with lots of blackberry and blueberry character. Full body, a wealth of fruit and a flavorful finish. Kir-like. Made from biodynamically-grown grapes." (11/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Raspberry syrup, milk chocolate, violet and mocha on the fresh nose. Silky-smooth, intense and very ripe; lively but harmonious acidity energizes the raspberry, floral and sweet spice flavors. Finishes with mounting but polished tannins and noteworthy length, not to mention intriguing floral perfume. Still very youthful, this needs time to develop fully and show all it can really give. (ID) 92+" (04/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Baked plum, crushed violet, dark spice and wild berry aromas are front and center. Its full-bodied and youthfully austere, showing Marasca cherry, tobacco leaf and star anise set against taut tannins and bright acidity. Give it time to fully develop. Drink 2023-2033. (KO)" (05/2018)

2013 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Spectacular aromas of dark fruits such as cherries with undertones of peaches and orange peel and some floral character, too. Full body, layered and rich. Lightly chewy tannins. Incredibly long and flavorful. Makes you want to drink it now but it will age beautifully." (11/2017)

2013 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: " Enticing aromas of ripe berry, chopped herb, new leather, tobacco and a whiff of eucalyptus all mingle together on this gorgeous, vibrant red. The stunning, savory palate boasts juicy red cherry, pomegranate, white pepper and star anise while firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity lend structure and balance. Its already extraordinary and elegant but also young and primary, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2023-2043. (KO)" (05/2018)

98 points James Suckling: "Opulent aromas of plum, dark berry, flower and sandalwood. Full body. Dense yet vivid and energetic. Wonderful exotic character and intensity. Great finish. Drink in 2021." (11/2017)

97 points Vinous: "Good full pale ruby-red. Knockout aromas and flavors of red cherry, raspberry, licorice and minerals, complicated by hints of iris and violet. Extremely suave and polished on the extremely long, pure, mineral finish. Deeper, richer, more tannic and longer than the lovely 2013 Brunello Classico from Altesino, this is an absolutely beautiful Brunello. I especially like that the pristine, refined aromas and flavors of the famed Montosoli site are showcased to maximum effect here. One of the best Brunellos of the vintage. (ID)" (04/2018)

2013 San Polino "Helichrysum" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is an impressive wine with blackberry, currant and spice. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A rich and structured young Brunello. Try in 2021." (11/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " Alluring scents of ripe plum, tobacco, underbrush, fragrant blue flower and a whiff of new leather set the tone. The taut tightly-knit palate delivers juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and baking spice framed in bright acidity and a backbone of assertive, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023-2038. (KO)" (05/2018)

2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($89.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another perfect wine from this brilliant estate is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which matches the otherworldly 2007. A classic blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah brought up all in old foudre, this beauty's deep purple color is followed by a mammoth bouquet of kirsch liqueur, black currants, blueberries, Asian spices, and garrigue. Full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful, it nevertheless is as graceful as a ballerina on the palate and has ultra-fine tannins, a silky, seamless texture, and a finish that just won't quit. Hats off to vigneron Paul-Vincent Avril!" (08/2018)

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)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied but balanced, with plenty of richness and concentration but also a certain paradoxical lightness. It offers complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry and raspberry fruit, a silky texture and a long finish that shows no sign of the wine's 15.8% alcohol. For technocrats, the wine's pH is 3.7, which is sufficient acidity to maintain a fine sense of balance. This lovely wine should drink well for at least two decades. Together with the 2015 and the 2017, it will be a compelling trio of wines to follow over the years. (JC) 97+" (08/2018)

95-97 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. Ripe, intensely perfumed raspberry, blackberry, cherry pit and pungent flowers on the highly expressive, mineral- and spice-tinged nose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining yet graceful red and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and an exotic suggestion of candied fennel. Delivers flavor intensity without excess weight and shows no rough edges. Closes sweet, sappy and extremely long, with smooth, slow-building tannins framing lingering red fruit preserve and floral notes. (JR)" (07/2018)

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2015 Isabel Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From some of the appellation's cooler sites and 60- to 80-year-old vines, the 100% Grenache 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is a stunner. It has a true sense of garrigue, along with dark fruit, peppery spice and rich, velvety tannins. I wouldn't turn down a glass now, but it should be even better in a few years' time. (JC)" (10/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis is a more open, sexy wine based on very old vine Grenache from the sandy soils of the Colombis, Cristia and Rayas lieux-dits. Framboise, incense, potpourri and floral notes all emerge from this pretty, elegant, complex Grenache that has sweet fruit, polished tannins and a great finish. Like all the 2015s, it's made in a more elegant style, yet still packs ample fruit. Id happily drink bottles anytime over the coming 10-15 years." (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Offers gorgeous mouthfeel, with very fine-grained tannins thoroughly embedded into the core of crushed blackberry, raspberry puree and plum pâte de fruit flavors. Mouthwatering licorice snap, black tea and graphite notes drive the finish, adding serious length and depth. Integrated enough to be tempting now, but this will deliver much more after cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Highly fragrant scents of ripe red berries, Indian spices, garrigue and candied flowers; a smoky mineral element builds steadily in the glass. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that show a suave marriage of depth and vivacity. Closes spicy, gently tannic and impressively long, leaving lingering notes of emphatic red berry, allspice and floral pastille behind. (JR)" (03/2017)

2001 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru (3L) ($139.99)

Duluc is the second wine of Château Branaire-Ducru, made from vines aged 15 years or less. "Pretty bouquet of fruit with some balsamic notes," according to the chateau's vintage note. "Nicely balanced on the palate, very straightforward, very pure."

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4th Growth Branaire-Ducru is perhaps my favorite of the classified St-Julien properties. Its quality, price, and classic appeal translate into multiple vintages in my cellar. I have had very few opportunities to taste the second label, Duluc de Branaire-Ducru, but that changed when Clyde recently brought in some larger format bottles including the 2001 Duluc de Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien (3L) $139.99. A terrific price for a double magnum, we have already sold a number of these for family gatherings and larger events. Typical of the 01 vintage, the wine combines lively acidity with good ripeness. Aging perhaps a bit precociously, notes of tobacco and cedar are already apparent. Spot on and absolutely delicious. Drink or hold.

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2014 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri ($157.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of red berry, blue flower, menthol, exotic spice and a whiff of French oak take shape on this impeccably balanced radiant red. The palate is vibrant and focusedalmost etherealdelivering raspberry compote, Marasca cherry, star anise and cinnamon framed in elegant tannins. Weightless and loaded with finesse, it's an incredible result for what was a cool wet vintage in most of Italy. (KO)" (12/2017)

93 points Decanter: "Relatively pale and limpid, this has a hauntingly beautiful aromatic quality of lilies, violet, cassis and cherry, which in sum is utterly beguiling. In the mouth it is demure and delicious with bright succulent acidity and an almost Burgundian sweetness and structure, replete with filigree tannins. Here the fruit is youthful raspberries and red berries with a hint of savoury graphite and violet. In comparison to other, more broad shouldered, Sassicaia vintages such as the 2012, this is altogether more delicate and lacy, yet still retains great length and precision. This is not a Sassicaia for the ultra long haul and is so precociously good and drinkable now that it will take some resistance not to pull the cork sooner rather than later. That said, it would easily repay another decade in bottle. (JS)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is my official review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been graciously invited to the estate for various barrel samples spanning back several years. I have watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye and am impressed by how its real quality is diametrically opposed to the poor expectations of this difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favor. (ML)" (04/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctly Old World in style, this red boasts savory, cedar and mineral accents to the core of black currant and macerated cherry fruit. Elegant and persistent, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. (BS)" (09/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A pretty and fresh red with berry and cherry character. Hints of walnut. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Fine and delicate. Lighter than past vintages." (08/2017)

90 points Vinous: "The 2014 Sassicaia is polished and expressive for the year. But it is also quite a bit darker and more concentrated than when it was a young wine. That search for a level of depth in aging that the vintage did not provide on its own also concentrated the tannins, which are a bit out of balance for the structure of the wine. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 gains aromatic expressiveness and layers. Today the wine is at once light in body and also tannic. (AG)" (04/2018)

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 165 Ème Édition Brut Champagne ($159.99)

96 points Vinous: "I imagine the MV Grande Cuvée 165ème will go down as one of the most profound and also perplexing Champagnes in Krug's history. The wine itself, based on the 2009 vintage, is positively stellar. Sensual and powerful, yet with terrific freshness for the year, the 165 is a total knock out. Bright citrus, floral smoke and mineral notes add freshness, tension and energy throughout. It is hard to believe today, but in 2008/2009 Krug went through a very challenging period. Because of the economic crisis, Krug bottled very little Champagne in what will surely be seen as a very shortsighted business decision, if it isnt already. Production of the 165 is about 1/12th of normal, or the equivalent of one months supply, and Krug did not bottle any vintage Champagne. Consequently, the 165 was shipped to just 4-5 markets, including the Unites States, UK and France. Most countries will never see the 165. Readers who have a chance to buy it should not hesitate, as it is likely to become a collectors item, along with the 2008. Once again, I am reminded of the many conversations I had at Krug about ten years ago. No one cares about the base vintage in the Grande Cuvée, numerous people there told me. Thats when I stopped reviewing the Grande Cuvée. How ironic it is that several recent releases have become precisely so coveted because of the base vintage. It is always a mistake to underestimate the consumer. (AG)" (07/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Vivid acidity drives this richly expressive Champagne, while wild cherry, blood orange sorbet, lime blossom, spun honey and spice notes play on the fine, satinlike mousse. Its tightly-knit and racy, with the lasting finish echoing the expansive flavor range. Disgorged fall 2016. (AN)" (04/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Grand Cuvée 165ème Édition Brut (ID 416039 -- disgorged IV/2016) is a multi-vintage Champagne based on the 2009 vintage and includes a wide range of reserve wines from fine vintages going back to 2001. The 165th edition is comprised of 127 wines and opens with a beautiful, very clear and delicate bouquet that displays very fine toast, nougat, hazelnut, ripe and dried fruit (raisins), floral and concentrated (and refreshing) citrus fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a generously rich, mature yet fresh, highly finessed and elegant prestige cuvée with a long, complex, tensioned and beautifully mineral finish with tangy citrus flavors. Under perfect storing conditions, the 165ème Édition should gain even more depth and finesse during the next 10 to 15, maybe even 20 years. Tasted in Reims in April 2018. (SR)" (06/2018)

K&L Notes: Based on the 2009 vintage, and the "rarest batch ever for Grande Cuvée because of caution instilled by the economic crisis," according to Jancis Robinson. Antonio Galloni echoes this sentiment saying it is a mere 10% of normal, only going to select markets, and not one to miss. He also calls it a "total stunner" and on par with the 97-point 164th edition - don't wait on the press, it'll most likely be gone by the time anything formal is written on this gem.

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2014 Trotanoy, Pomerol Price: Hidden

97 points James Suckling: "Spellbinding aromas of flowers such as lilacs and honeysuckle with strawberries and blackberries. Full-bodied, super tight and polished with wonderful finesse and length. Seamless, fine tannins give this endless mouthfeel. Drink in 2022." (02/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Trotanoy had (que surprise!) closed down on the nose compared to its JP Moueix stablemates. A few swirls of the glass and it reveals very precise, mineral-soaked black fruit laced with black truffle and subtle sous-bois aromas. It soon gathers momentum and the aromas were gaining more and more intensity after five minutes. The palate is outstanding. There is brilliant structure here, immense and almost staggering purity, incredible focus and tension with an electrifying spiciness on the finish. Best Pomerol of the vintage? The only thing wrong with that last sentence is the question mark at the end. (NM)" (03/2017)

95 points Vinous: "A dense, powerful wine, the 2014 Trotanoy wraps around the palate with serious intensity. The flavors are dark and boldly sketched, with plenty of earth-driven undertones that add complexity and nuance. In a vintage that produced so many wines that speak to finesse rather than power, Trotanoy retains its signature broad shoulders and breadth. It will be at least 10-15 years before the 2014 is ready to drink. Readers can look forward to a long drinking window of pure pleasure beyond that. (AG) 95+" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a powerfully structured wine from a 18-acre property on the plateau of Pomerol. Rich Merlot dominates and gives the wine both its alcohol and its intense tannins and juicy red fruits. The wine is dense with the potential for aging over a considerable time. Drink from 2025. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, featuring a loamy edge that runs throughout, while the core of crushed plum, fig and blackberry fruit plays out slowly. Licorice root and warm stone notes pervade the finish. A bit brooding, but give this time, as the lurking fresh bay, tobacco and iron elements should develop with age. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM)" (03/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Château Trotanoy is a beautiful, incredibly sexy 2014 that offers more character, texture, and fruit than most in the vintage. This wine is medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated, yet elegant as well, with terrific notes of black cherry and darker styled fruits intermixed with loads of underbrush/damp earth, hints of truffle, and plenty of cedar. With beautiful sweetness of fruit, ripe, polished tannin, no hard edges, and again, a sexy, pleasure bent style, you can safely drink this terrific 2014 anytime over the coming two decades or more." (02/2018)

2016 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Combe aux Moines" (Pre-Arrival) ($279.99)

91-94 points Vinous: "Good moderately saturated red. Deep, brooding aromas of black cherry, licorice and smoky minerality. As mineral-driven as the Goulots but with more size and breadth to its dark fruit and spice flavors. Sweet and seamless in the middle, spreading out horizontally to saturate the palate; lovely floral element. Finishes suave and very long, with fine-grained tannins; at once fully ripe and vibrant. This beauty will need at least a few years in bottle to reveal its full personality. (ST)" (01/2018)

93 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Combes aux Moines from Jean-Marie Fourrier was also down by thirty percent in quantity, but is absolutely stellar in quality. The stunning nose soars from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, grilled meats, raw cocoa, black minerality, woodsmoke and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with great purity and soil signature, ripe, perfectly integrated tannins, bright acids and fine focus and grip on the very, very long and very pure finish. This will take a couple more years in the cellar to come around than the Goulots, but it will be every bit as refined and elegant when it has reached its plateau of maturity. Superb juice." (01/2018)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate amounts of wood and menthol characters serve as a less than neutral backdrop for the earth and sauvage-inflected dark Pinot fruit-suffused nose. The supple, round and unusually forward flavors possess a seductive mouthfeel though the finish immediately tightens up which suggests that this will need the better part of a decade to reach its apogee." (01/2018)

91 points Decanter: "The Combe aux Moines was still quite heavily charged with CO2 when I tasted it, but this warm site has produced another sweet, open-knit wine which offers up aromas of ripe cherry, summer fruits and rose petal, and a rich, full-bodied, ample palate impression. This is just a little brief on the finish, which keeps the score down a touch. (WK)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 95 points Jasper Morris, MW: "0.87ha planted in 1928. Medium deep purple, offering slightly darker fruit than Goulots. Fine balance, very classy, lovely steely thread to this, and proper Gevrey austerity. This has some of the same density, if not plumpness, as Champeaux but a classier finale." (12/2017)

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2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe - 12 available ($359.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It's intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022." (03/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal 2003. With 13.7% alcohol (an all-time high at Montrose), it is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Some structure and minerality can be detected in the background, but the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+. (RP)" (12/2011)

97 points Vinous: "Bright, deep ruby-red. Drop-dead gorgeous nose offers cassis, mineral and candied violet aromas of great depth. Enters the mouth sweet, suave, and dense, showing utterly seamless, highly complex flavors of dark berries, underbrush, minerals and cedar. For a wine with such amazing depth of flavor, this comes across as almost weightless. Though it displays the upfront fruity charm of the 2009 vintage, this is a complex, rich monster that will prove extremely ageworthy. One of the wines of the vintage, and the best young Montrose I've yet tasted. (ST)" (07/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enormous tannins, dominant black fruit and a solid, dense structure. The wine, packed with dark fruits, dry tannins, very firm in character. With its huge tannins as well as fruit, this is a wine that really needs many years of aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2012)

K&L Notes: Chateau Montrose is a Second Growth St. Estêphe comprised of 95 hectares in exposed gravel along the Gironde. The vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot (though the actual percentages in the final blend will vary from year to year). 98 points from Neal Martin, Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 2009 Montrose is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 17 September and 5 October. It has a very powerful and opulent bouquet that is irresistible, blackcurrant pastilles, cedar, violets and a hint of vanilla pod. The palate is full-bodied, powerful, grippy in the mouth with layers of black fruit laced with tar and white pepper. It is a dense Montrose, heady unlike any other vintage with a spicy and purposeful finish that lingers long in the mouth. Almost knocks you sideways! This is immense. Tasted September 2016."

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2014 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan ($449.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Beautifully perfumed with rose petals, violets and currant bush. Full body, very silky tannins and bright acidity. Tannins are super fine-grained. Goes on for minutes. Racy and refined. Persistent. Drink in 2025." (02/2017)

97 points Vinous: "One of the stars of the vintage, the 2014 Haut-Brion is an exceptionally beautiful and vivid wine. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, tobacco and menthol are some of the notes that run through the 2014. Just as it did from barrel, the 2014 boasts tons of opulence, intensity and richness. Dried flowers, tobacco, menthol, licorice and smoke wrap around the huge, baritone-inflected finish. Readers should not be in any rush with the 2014, as it is likely to require a number of years before it even starts to drink well. (AG)" (02/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "With seriously dense tannins, this shows great structure. Rich and full of ripe fruit, it also has a fresh streak that gives it a lift. The structure will allow the wine to age over many years while the fruit and acidity will give it crispness. Drink this impressive wine from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (04/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Loaded with warm tar, singed juniper, plum reduction and cassis notes that are perfectly melded, giving this a remarkably supple edge. The finish lets tobacco, bay leaf and incense accents glide in. Shows lovely mouthfeel and superior refinement overall. *Collectibles* (JM)" (03/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Haut Brion is a blend of 50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 11 September and 10 October, cropped at 42.9 hectoliters per hectare and raised in 70% new oak. As I observed when I made the comparison in barrel, the Haut Brion exudes more red fruit than La Mission Haut Brion, adorned with wild strawberry, bilberry, tobacco and again, just that hint of menthol in the background. The palate is very fresh and taut on the entry. The acidity is very nicely pitched and there is a touch of marmalade and blood orange that is tangible at the back of the mouth. There is real frisson to this Haut Brion, not quite as seductive and as smooth as its sibling over the road, but very persistent in the mouth. I noticed that over 15 to 20 minutes that the Haut Brion just gained more and more complexity, putting a small distance between itself and La Mission, as if determined to mock my opinion in barrel that La Mission would have the upper hand! Be my guest. Haut Brion has an inch, just an inch ahead of its 'rival' sibling. (NM)" (03/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Bright, healthy, deep crimson. Stony nose with masses of ripe fruit. Lots of flesh and interest. Good balance and interest. 17.5/20" (02/2018)

2016 Domaine Fourrier Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($1,399.99)

96 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Griotte-Chambertin from Domaine Fourrier is a great wine in the making. The bouquet is pure, sappy and quite expressive, but the palate is still on the primary side and the wine will deserve a fully twelve to fourteen years in the cellar to start to properly stir from hibernation. The nose is a superb blend of red and black cherries, gamebird, a very complex base of chalky soil tones, woodsmoke, spicy oak, mustard seed and a pungent topnote of roses. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and already quite velvety on the attack, with a sappy core, lovely transparency and grip, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy, refined and laser-like focus. There will be plenty of temptation to drink this on the earlier side, unless it closes upsignificantly after bottling, but it would be crime to really touch a bottle before at least 2030! 2030-2100." (01/2018)

92-95 points Vinous: "Bright medium red. Light, lively scents of raspberry, rose petal, minerals, menthol and black pepper, with some riper earth and truffle notes lurking. Plush, sweet and fine-grained, showing a light touch but remaining quite closed in the mouth. Shows lovely floral and mineral nuances but this very suave wine will need time in bottle to come alive and express itself. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and less sweetness than Fourrier's négociant Chambertin. (ST)" (01/2018)

95 points Decanter: "The Griotte is beautiful in 2016, the inherent elegance of the vineyard synthesising perfectly with Fourriers limpid style. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, rose petal and liquorice mingle with subtle nuances of rich soil, introducing a full-bodied, silky wine, its fine, chalky tannins cloaked in a deep and ample core of pure, glossy and succulent fruit. This should be very special with some bottle age.Drinking Window 2026 - 2050.(WK)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "(from a .26 ha parcel planted in 1928). An elegant, pure and beautifully complex blend of cool red berries, rose petal and spice are trimmed in an all-but-invisible application of wood. There is the same lovely sense of underlying tension suffusing the sleekly muscular middle weight plus flavors that exude a subtle minerality onto the dusty, balanced and impressively persistent finish. This wine usually matures slowly and while its not firm to the point of youthful austerity, the tannic spine is sufficiently tightly wound to make clear that this needs patience. 2028+" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 95-97pts Jasper Morris(MS): "0.26ha planted in 1928. There is perhaps a touch of raisin to the nose, certainly very ripe. This is dense dark, a bit chocolatey, super concentrated, undoubtedly a rich mouthful. I do not quite get the grace of some other wines, nor the electricity, but it is a gorgeous, sumptuous mouthful nonetheless, with exceptional depth of flavour and very persistent." (12/2017)

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2009 Montrose, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC - 2 available ($2,129.00)

100 points James Suckling: "Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It's intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022." (02/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal 2003...the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+. (RP)" (02/2012)

97 points Vinous: "Bright, deep ruby-red. Drop-dead gorgeous nose offers cassis, mineral and candied violet aromas of great depth. Enters the mouth sweet, suave, and dense, showing utterly seamless, highly complex flavors of dark berries, underbrush, minerals and cedar. For a wine with such amazing depth of flavor, this comes across as almost weightless. Though it displays the upfront fruity charm of the 2009 vintage, this is a complex, rich monster that will prove extremely ageworthy. One of the wines of the vintage, and the best young Montrose I've yet tasted. (ST)" (07/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A bit of a brute, with a very chewy bittersweet ganache, tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood, allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish, with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there, but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.