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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - February 13th, 2018 - 02/13/2018 - 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
2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur $10.99 View
2015 Chateau Lagrezette "Seigneur de Grezette" Cahors 93 $12.99 View
2015 Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Alto Maipo 91 Price: Hidden View
2015 Gagliole "Rubiolo" Chianti Classico 92 $14.99 View
2014 La Massa "La Massa" - Tormaresca Neprica 2-pack (Elsewhere $30) $14.99 View
2015 L'Avocat Rouge, Graves $17.99 View
2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan 90 $24.99 View
2011 Badia di Morrona "N'Antia" $29.99 View
1989 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) 92 $29.99 View
Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne $34.99 View
2016 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $34.99 View
1999 Tour du Haut-Moulin, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) $39.99 View
2016 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 98 $44.99 View
2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 91 $79.99 View
1988 Cambus 29 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) $99.99 View
Glenmorangie "Spios" Private Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $99.99 View
2009 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 97 $149.99 View
2013 Castello dei Rampolla "Vigna d'Alceo" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 100 $229.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 100 $289.99 View
2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 100 $289.99 View
2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 97 $299.99 View
2006 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero (Pre-Arrival) 100 $369.99 View
2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 100 $399.99 View
2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 3-pack in OWC 97 $900.00 View
2006 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $1,110.00 View
2010 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 98 $2,399.00 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) 100 $3,399.00 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC 100 $3,599.00 View


2010 Bois-Malot, Bordeaux Supérieur ($10.99)

Château Bois-Malot, located in St-Loubes and situated on the shoreline of the Dordogne River, produces Entre-Deux-Mers from 2 hectares of vineyards from vines with an average age of 15 years. The soils are clay and light limestone with a subsoil of red pebbles and clay. Planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Full-bodied, spicy, with pepper notes and leather.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2018

This is an award-winning blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the exceptional 2010 vintage. With substantial ripe, dark fruits, lively acidity, pleasantly smooth tannins and a fresh, easy finish, this is the best Bordeaux value in the store.

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2015 Chateau Lagrezette "Seigneur de Grezette" Cahors ($12.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Produced from old Malbec vines in the second terrace above the River Lot, the wine is darkly concentrated, with solid tannins and generous black fruits. Aging for 12 months has smoothed the square corners to create a wine that is hugely rich and rounded. It has the potential to age and become more opulent. Drink from 2020. (RV)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: The history of Château Lagrézette goes back to the 12th century. Originally a Medieval fortress occupied the property and it was not until the 15th century when the Château was built over that original foundation and the Malbec grape was cultivated. The property prospered for centuries but like so many others, fell to the Phylloxera epidemic. Abandoned in the 1930s, it wasn't until 1980 when it was rediscovered by current proprietor Alain Dominique Perrin who began a decade long labor of love to restore the property and its vineyards. Bringing in consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, the property has achieved new heights of accolades making some of the regions most profound Malbec based wines. The "Seigneur" is a blend of 87% Malbec with 13% Merlot. Light barrel aging on this cuvee keeps it fresh and focused, showcasing the best that Cahors has to offer.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 02, 2018

Cahors as a region has become a bit of a mission for me. I have been singing its praises for years and once I stepped into the role of buyer for the French Regional category, I have made it one of the tenets of my wine program for K&L to educate people about the region and its history as the ancestral home of Malbec. Argentina has helped a little along the way putting Malbec onto the international stage but for me the most classic and still underrated examples come from Cahors. One of the fun things to discover along the way are some of the entry level bottlings from top tier producers. In this instance, Lagrezette makes bold powerful wines that rival top cru Bordeaux with their depth and structure. But sometimes you just want something fun to drink on a Wednesday night and that's where the "Seigneur de Grezette" comes in. The wine offers plenty of blackcurrant, raspberry and lead pencil notes but with a more open and inviting style. Mostly concrete and some larger barrel aging lends polish to the tannins smoothing all the rough edges giving you that iconic Malbec palate and flavor profile. The wine is a real treat with hearty stews and braised dishes but you can just as easily substitute for that voluptuous Argentine wine with some lovely grilled meats and a healthy dose of chimichurri on the side.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 14, 2018

Pop Quiz? What do Lou Reed, David Lynch, Elton John and former Prime Minister Tony Blair have in common? They all spent a night or more at Chateau Lagrezette, a massive, imposing fortress built in the fifteenth century and magnificently restored in the twentieth, now home to one of the finest properties in Cahors. The stellar, deeply-hued Malbec-based wines of this estate are almost as imposing, unfurling redolent aromas and signature flavors of blackberries, wild raspberries, violets, chocolate and smoke. Mellowed by a bit of Merlot, decant this wine for an hour or more and serve with a rich cassoulet. Not quite a 'walk on the wild side', but pure, lovely and delicious.....

2015 Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Alto Maipo Price: Hidden

91 points James Suckling: "A juicy and fruity wine with blackberry, plum and ripe fruit. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Fruit-forward style." (05/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The volume of the winery corresponds to the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, which in some countries is also labeled as "Reserva" but is the same wine. This is a light, ruby-colored style that, according to Ghislain de Gondolfier, has exactly the taste they want, with a light earthy touch and a little more austere than the majority of new world Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course, this wine had always had the input of Paul Pontallier from Bordeaux. What I like here is that this has very good freshness and a kind of brightness of fruit, red rather than black. It's soft and balanced, with very fine tannins. In reality this contains some 10% Syrah, which adds length and mouthfeel. You can bite into it. Affordable, elegant and powerful. It's very good. (LG)" (04/2017)

K&L Notes: A partnership between a few famous Bordelais with deep expertise in winery management, Aquitania references the historic southwestern French region of Aquitaine, whose history ties closely to that of of wine and - in particular, Bordeaux. Bruno Prats (famous for his management of Cos d'Estournel), Paul Pontellier (Pontet-Canet) and Ghislaine Gondolfier (Champagne Bollinger) have joined forces here in a prime Cabernet growing region of Chile, creating this lovely, French influenced wine.

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 29, 2018

I really like this wine. I haven't been this impressed with a cab under $20 in a very long time. It's a perfect union of New and Old world Cabernet. It's got the fruit and spice of New world with the structure and mouthfeel of Old world. I still can't believe it is only $14.99

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

Alto Maipo might be the bridge that connects the structure, presence and poise of left bank of Bordeaux to the ripe and pure fruit of the West coast of the Americas. I can smell and taste that connection, I will let the physcist try to explain how this particular is made and maintained, (and don't cop out with Bordeaux train French enologist and that the vineyards are in Chile, that is not fun and too easy!) This has ripe high-toned red Cabernet fruit, think Pauillac or Spring Mountain, and a savory mountain scrub/herbal note. The wine is dry, French dry not CA dry with a slight edginess to the tannins but with a nice finish for red fruit and dusty earthy tannins. This is dinner wine, not a cocktail wine, and it requires 30 mins or more in a decanter to really open up and show you what it is all about. A good wine, a great bridge from the new world to the old.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

This is a Chilean Cabernet with some serious character! From first pour, the Aquitania gives indication of It's uniqueness: light in color and extraction, with more red and garnet hues than dark ones. Bracing, sharp aromas of roasted pablano and shishito pepper seem to leap from the glass, nestled in a cloud of stewed strawberry and all spice. The bone dry palate is Chilean Cab through and through, with light but firm tannin, and slightly gamey flavors of lightly smoked meat, dried red currant, paprika, cayenne and dusty cocoa powder.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 20, 2018

I find this wine to be a great middle ground between the richer, softer Cabs of California and the savory, structured ones of Bordeaux. The bright fruit notes really stand out in this Cabernet and the accompaniment of some herbal and gravely notes balance it out beautifully. It doesn't exhibit too much heft, instead tending toward the easy drinking, juicy red fruit style. Super tasty and an easy choice for the price.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

Alto Maipo, the highly coveted portion of Chile's most important Cabernet growing region, is generally a source of fruit for Cabs that retail for upwards of $30, often times going for multiples of that price point. There is definitely something to be said for the alluvial, gravelly soil and relatively higher elevation that this sub-zone is famous for; it makes wonderful Cabernet. The Aquitania has delicious fruit expression, though what stands out most for me are actually the aromatics, red fruited and rather subtly leafy, with hints of black currant as well. Coupled with an elegant and persistent palate, this is what well made Cabernet based wine is all about.

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2015 Gagliole "Rubiolo" Chianti Classico ($14.99)

92 points James Suckling: "A full and chewy Chianti Classico with plenty of blackberry and black cherry character. Hints of flowers. Medium body, round and chewy tannins and a fresh finish." (10/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the great value wines from Central Italy. The 2015 Chianti Classico Rubiolo is a vibrant expression of Sangiovese that shows the tonic and vibrant energy of the grape. The bouquet is polished and clean with summer fresh cherry, dark fruit and grilled herb. I suggest buying this wine in bulk for those happy moments when you are cooking behind the stove or outdoor grill. This is a fantastic food-prep Tuscan red. 90+ (ML)" (08/2017)

Vinous: "The 2015 Chianti Classico Rubiolo is an attractive if somewhat light-bodied wine and shows a much more restrained style than Gagliole has been known for in the past. Bright red stone fruit and flowers are some of the signatures. This is in an especially forward, fruity style. It will be interesting to see where the Rubiolo goes in coming vintages. (AG)" (01/2018)

Wine & Spirits: "Notes of fennel seed and green peppercorn accent this wines black-cherry and plum flavors. Ten percent merlot lends a fleshy opulence to the texture. It maintains freshness and verve as hints of dark spice and fresh portobello emerge with air." (04/2018)

Wine Enthusiast: "Points0Made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, this medium-bodied red has aromas suggesting underbrush, red plum and a whiff of tobacco leaf. The round palate offers black cherry, clove and a hint of thyme alongside supple tannins. Drink through 2019. (KK)" (03/2018)

Decanter: "After years working with consultant Stefano Chioccioli, Gagliole has handed over complete winemaking duties to their fulltime oenologist Giulio Carmassi, whose previous experience includes the renowned Isole & Olena estate. Aged in a combination of wood and stainless steel, Rubino is a youthful, straightforward and fruit-driven Chianti Classico. With a mix of red berries, rhubarb and garden herbs, it is easy to drink... (MM)" (02/2018)

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

This has a beautiful Sangiovese bouquet with plums, raspberries and savory herbal notes. Sangiovese does great in warm vintages like 2015, and this is no exception with great acidity and tannins for ageability. While it is drinking delicious and fresh right now, a couple years in the cellar will do no harm at all.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

The embracing nose of toasted baking spice, oak and cherry skins leads you into a balanced Chianti with loads of bright, ripe red fruits, chewy, integrated tannins and complex earth and spice. The chewy tannins blends with the savory cherry skin character and is long on the complex finish. A lot of wine for the price!

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Modern and well-balanced, with lots of floral and mineral character and ripe plum notes .This is medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long dusty finish. A great value for a 2015 Sangiovese.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is bright, sweet and clean with plenty of plump Sangiovese fruit and spice rounding out the middle. There is more complexity here than the price would suggest and the fine, ripe tannins on the finish will let this handle even rich food. This is exactly the type of affordable and food friendly bottle I like to pop open on any Tuesday or lazy Sunday.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

This is a great little everyday Chianti Classico. Loaded with dark berry fruit, spice and hints of volcanic earth this little gem of a wine brought a big smile to my face. This is a classic, easy-drinking Chianti that I will reach for without hesitation any time I want a nice bottle of Chianti.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

The nose of this wine is full of spiced plum, bright cherry and hints of violet. On the palate the classic Castellina in Chianti Sangiovese stands out with lifting acids to center the wine and enhancing the cherry while showing more earth and spice. Theres just a tiny bit of tannin to give it a sense of structure but the overall sensation is of balance and remarkably refreshing. This is a super drinkable wine now that will drink well over the next 3-4 years and a perfect accompaniment to your favorite pasta.

2014 La Massa "La Massa" - Tormaresca Neprica 2-pack (Elsewhere $30) ($14.99)

Two for the price of one! We've taken two of our perennial favorites in Italian reds and combined them into one remarkable value. La Massa is our best-selling Super Tuscan from each of the past five years, where the Neprica almost matches that mark with our clients coming back vintage after vintage. If you went to buy these elsewhere it'll set you back $30 or more, but we've curated a unique opportunity to secure both at half that price. By the pair or by the case, there are few opportunities to secure wines of this caliber for such a price.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

La Massa, Concentrated Sangiovese fruit with layers of subtle earth and mineral scents in a soft and forward body. Wonderful to drink now! Two Thumbs up !Tormaresca,I just opened this for our staff tasting recently and this little "Puglia blend" stopped the show, with lots of oohs and ahhs from my coworkers. This wine has lots of bang for the buck. This wine is a blend of 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, medium-bodied with dark fruit, good acidity and a really long finish. Two THUMBS up !!! GuidoReally a GREAT pair to keep you warm on those cold winter nights!!!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

When we got the La Massa in earlier this year you could pick up a bottle for just under $20, and it was a steal then! Now you can get that great, Cabernet dominant Toscana paired with a great Puglia wine for under $15! The La Massa, which is full bodied with bold acidity rivaling the bold wood structure from time in new french oak, has notes of fresh raspberries and cherry skins are chased by freshly grated baking spice and purple flowers- a great Toscana to try if you love those bold California cabernets. The Neprica, a Southern Italy Red blend, is a medium bodied wine with lush fruit and bold character. It is easy, open and inviting. It is a blend of Negroamaro for classic, rustic flavors, Primitivo (Zinfandel) for rich, ripe fruits and Cabernet Sauvignon for a touch of structure and acidity. Both are flavorful and ready to enjoy any day of the week!

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

What a steal two for the price of one, here are my reviews for both wines2014 La Massa: You can really tell the breeding in this wine, the aromatics and flavors are so well defined and focused. The wine is a base of Sangiovese about 60% then Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante make of the rest. The nose says Tuscany, wisps of leather, hints of violet the a bit of wild cherry show off the Sangiovese then the plumy richness of the Cab and Merlot squeeze in. On the palate the wine shows its richly textured body, supple mouth-feel and great drinkability while still showing that central focus one expects in Tuscan wine. On the palate the complex blend of fruit and earth come together with porcini, leather and wild cherry dominating accented with lilac, rosemary and a bit of that Tuscan dust. Agile and focused this wine is ready to drink but will easily age another 5 years, try it with your favorite pasta or like me it will be a Pork Tenderloin and roasted potatoes!2014 Tormaresca Neprica: It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PRI (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine ca

2015 L'Avocat Rouge, Graves ($17.99)

Ch. L’Avocat is from the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. I met Nicola Allison at a small conference of Women from Bordeaux and Napa Valley in Napa earlier. She followed my advice by sending her wines to our hotel in April to be tasted, and Clyde and I liked them. I followed up by visiting the estate almost eight weeks later and was shown the gravely, plateau vineyards by her husband Sean who manages the vines. The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was previously sold to Mouton Rothschild. At 300 feet above the Garrone river, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Côtes de Bordeaux, this elevation is a key factor for great drainage, and the soil is loaded with different color gravels that impart the textbook minerality both their whites and reds feature. (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux Expert)

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2018

K&L has been selling this wine for many years and it has always earned its place on the self. The 2015 reflects the vintage with a full body and deep dark fruit flavors. This is complemented by mineral notes and a nice balance. Ready to drink now, this wine is complex and a joy to drink It will go well with hearty foods.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2018

This wine showcases not only its appellation but the vintage as well. It is approachable, but a passage through the decanter will round it up. Cassis, brown sugar, and loads of minerality framed by firm but not at all harsh tannins. A wine to dress up any dinner.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2018

Year in and out, the Allisons provide the world this small-production, completely estate-fruited blend for a ludicrously low price. It shows rich brambly fruit with a touch of spice, gravelly minerals. True to the vintage, it has very soft, supple tannins with great acidity on the finish.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2018

This may be one of our greatest under $20 finds from the vintage! Don't underrate the wines of the Graves. Although the vintage was warm and many of the wines are quite big, Chateau l'Avocat has kept their wines very restrained and elegant in style. Yes, there is rich red fruit here, but it is well balanced by acidity and fine-boned tannin. The palate is loaded with red plum, cassis, baking spices, licorice, and menthol. This is a pretty little wine that will age like something of a much higher price point.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 16, 2018

The latest version of this K&L favorite is deeply fruited, powerful and a classic bargain for the appellation. This earthy and gravely wine has a middle filled with cocoa laced dark fruit and a long stony finish showing sweet tannin. Decant this fruity and structured bargain tonight or lay a few bottles away for 5 to 10 years.

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2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan ($24.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A top-notch effort from proprietress Helene Garcin, Haut-Bergeys 2004 exhibits an evolved, cedary, smoky, tobacco, and sweet cherry-scented bouquet offered in a medium-bodied, supple-textured style. (RP)" (06/2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Sexy, rather wild aromas of roasted raspberry and game. Supple but firm-edged, with good grip to the raspberry and mineral flavors. There's good fruit here but limited fat and a restrained sweetness. (ST)" (06/2007)

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 24, 2017

The 2004 Haut Bergey is another great example of beautiful, well made Bordeaux at an exceptional price point. The wine opens up with some air and reveals ripe blackberry, tobacco leaf, cedar and sour cherries with a touch of smoke. It's velvety and balanced, perfect for a burger at home.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 30, 2017

2004 is one of those often overlooked vintages. Not in the top rank for the decade but solidly good, with quite a few well-priced wines of superb quality. The 2004 Chateau Haut Bergey from Pessac-Leognan is certainly one of these. Showing nice integration of the oak and just a hint of age with notes of coffee and tobacco. Notable acidity with bright, sweet red fruits red currant and sour cherry. Classically mineral in character with firm, fine tannins.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 01, 2016

This wine is delicious now and will cellar well for another 10 years. The 2004 Bordeaux vintage was very underestimated as it came in between the hyped 2003 and 2005. Prices are very reasonable and the wines are classic Bordeaux--not overdone. This wine has that mineral nose that follows to the palate. Bright fruit and great acidity. Open an hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Under $30 Bordeaux that taste this good are hard to find.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 28, 2016

The 04 Haut Bergey is showing quite nicely at this point in its life. It took some decanting to finally get the fruit to fully unfold; but once it did its vibrancy was astounding! Rounded ripe red berries, sweet peppers, anise and old treated leather are framed beautifully by 50% new oak influence and strong, polished tannins. The finish is long and interesting with a crisp acidic edge. A top choice amongst great value, ready-to-drink Bordeaux.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 18, 2015

Here's your chance to get a lovely classic ready to drink Bordeaux at a great price. Wonderfully rich and smooth texture with a medium weight yet complex qualities of tobacco leaf, roasted nuts under lovely berry fruit. Don't miss this one!

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2015

Many wines from the under appreciated 2004 Bordeaux vintage are finally starting to strut their stuff and this is a prime example. This is restrained and balanced with a lingering sweetness to the crisp finish. The middle is filled with smoky cherry and plum fruit, notes of tobacco and hints of earth that are lively, fresh and textured. Enjoy this tonight or age further.

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2011 Badia di Morrona "N'Antia" ($29.99)

The winery is located 30 miles southwest of Florence in the heart of Tuscany. The winery has been rejuvenated and the Badia refurbished in the 1990's by the Gaslini-Alberti family, and their range of superb wines at great prices have made it the star of the region. The N'Antia blends the powerful flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon with other Bordeaux varieties for a refined and exemplary Super Tuscan.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 01, 2018

I remember tasting the 1997 vintage of this Super Tuscan in 2000 and being wowed by the combination of richness and complexity presented in such an easygoing and approachable style. The wines are even better today and its great to have them back in stock. Aromas of cherry syrup, damp soil and roasted herbs zoom from this when first poured then ease into mid-palate flavors of blackberry and huckleberry. The wine is ripe, fat textured and generous with tons of upfront charm as well as a serious nature lurking underneath. Ripe and sleek tannins glide effortlessly on the finish where there is a big dig into the Tuscan soil. Decant this delicious wine today or cellar for 10 plus years.

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1989 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) ($29.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Exotically perfumed violet and rose petals burst on your palate, accompanied by dried apricot, lemon and honey flavors. Gorgeous and subtle, glowing on the finish." (04/1995)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from the Château reserves at the estate. The 89 is a little lighter in hue compared to the Suduiraut 90. The nose offers caramelized pear, frangipane, yellow flowers and a touch of quince, moderate vigour at first, but opening nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of bitter orange rind on the entry, marmalade, quince and a mandarin and dried apricot on the finish. (NM)" (09/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vibrant aromas of fruit salad and honey. Moderately viscous and bright in the mouth; not nearly as powerful as the '90. Nicely balanced, even if there still a bit of acidity to be absorbed. Intensely flavored and youthful. (ST)" (07/1998)

Jancis Robinson: "Luminous copper. Full and round and very opulent. Round and full and clean and open on the nose. Though not desperately subtle. More almonds on the nose. Very round, not especially complex but clean and bumptious and again with a slightly burnt undertow. Full finish, rather opulent and exciting. Already quite evolved. 18/20 points." (07/2004)

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Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne ($34.99)

Our best deal in pink bubbles! Fans of Billecart-Salmon take note: this is an elegant, dry style that is made entirely from estate-grown fruit in Brouillet. This Champagne is a blend of half and half Pinot Noir and Meunier. The color comes from 12% Meunier that is vinified red, from an old-vine plot that gets quite ripe. It is a very pretty tarnished pink color and has a lazy bead from over five years of aging on the lees. Our current selection has a 2012 base wine. It has gorgeous red cherry fruit on the nose and mid-palate, but still finishes snappy and dry. The wine also has a nice mineral note on the finish, and I can't help thinking about all the fossils that I filled my pockets with in their vineyard while enjoying its long finish. Now with the Aspasie label. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 27, 2016

An electric rosé! Composed of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Meunier, this expensively-made wine goes through carbonic maceration and the saignée method, with a little still red wine added in. The result is stunning: gorgeous wild berry fruit with delicate bead, bracing acidity and a clean, minerally finish.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2016

A perennial favorite, the rose does not disappoint on this go-round. Pretty raspberry and black cherry notes highlight the freshness and richness of the wine. Unbelievable quality at the price.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 27, 2016

Just astonishing how delicious this is for the price. It hits every note you want from a rose champagne, both power and elegance, round and rich with great long structure, aromatic pinot fruit with a hint of savory spice. You could decant it and serve it with a filet mignon as easily as you'd serve it with your aper'eau. A triumph of wine making fit for the most frugal lover of bubbles and the most opulent spender alike.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 03, 2015

Nobody in Champagne works harder on making a great rose than Paul-Vincent Ariston, owner of Champagne Aspasie, and no bottle that we carry is as outstanding of a bargain. Most producers either make a red wine to blend into their white or do a maceration of all the skins for a short time to make rose. Paul does both, as he likes the complexity that the maceration method brings to the wine, and the control that the addition of red wine offers. This isn't just a good deal, it is a Champagne of spectacular depth and character, that is also super easy to drink.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 04, 2015

Lovely rose champagne from one of our favorite producers! With a pale coral color, this is a light bodied rose with hints of wild strawberry, vanilla, clove, and a gorgeous, creamy texture. Certainly one of my top rose champagne picks!

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2014

Always my favorite rosé champagne here at K&L. Drank it with Thanksgiving dinner this year. Quite dry with a pronounced red fruit character - crisp red apple and tart cherry. For die hard Pinot fans - 50/50 Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2012

This my friends is my go to Rose Champagne! Great acidity, intermingled with some bright cherry notes. Balanced minerality which is perfect for some salmon or Friday night sushi!

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 29, 2011

Minerally, cranberry and tart- the perfect pairing with smoked salmon appetizers. The richness of the salmon would be outstanding with the crisp mineral zip of this fantastic rose. Another excellent demonstration of the care and passion that Ariston Aspasie and family put into their champagne. Drink deep- Happy New Year!

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2010

Profound and fun at the same time. Deliciously rich but still delicate, with an explosion of berry fruit. My first choice for a Lobster Bisque, hors d'oeuvre, sushi or to accompany a romantic sunset...

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 09, 2009

It blows my mind. $32.99, really? Small production grower rose champagne, aged on the lees for 5 years?? Are you sure, only $32.99? Beautiful to behold with its tawny pink color - and a joy to consume with layers of flavor and aroma. Enjoy alongside baked ham, herbed quiche - or even smoked almonds as an afternoon treat!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 26, 2008

Fresh off de boat! Just tried this last Saturday night (4th of July). Those of you who are fans, don't be confused by the new Aspasie label! It's the same wine you have loved for years! Loads of raspberry, strawberry and bing cherry fruit. Hints of minerality hit the tongue and make this a winner for those of you who like the Billecart-Salmon style at a greatly reduced price. We always sell out of this one!

2016 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Sixtine is the finest vintage of this cuvée ever made, surpassing the 2003, 2007, and 2010. Deep purple/ruby-colored, with a full-bodied, deep, powerful bouquet of blackcurrants, ground pepper, crushed violets, and spice, it's full-bodied, has a voluptuous, powerful texture, sweet tannin, and a great, great finish, all while staying light and graceful. A blend of 50% Grenache and 25% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, its going to keep for two decades." (08/2018)

92-94 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby-red. Powerful red berry liqueur and Asian spice aromas open with air and pick up suggestions of succulent flowers and smoky minerals. Intense, palate-staining, appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors are lifted and sharpened by a jolt of white pepper. At once vibrant and concentrated, finishing extremely long and delivering powerful red fruit thrust, supple tannins and lingering florality. (JR)" (07/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah. Cask sample. Sumptuous, succulent red fruit on the nose. Lovely savoury note on the palate lending gravitas without severity. Well-integrated tannin. This has poise and power but not too much density, making it drinkable early. Drink now through 2044. 17.5/20 Points (RH)" (10/2017)

1999 Tour du Haut-Moulin, Haut-Médoc (1.5L) ($39.99)

Wine Spectator: "A pleasant, chocolaty red, with berry and coffee flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. (JS, Web-2002)"

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 14, 2018

A magnum of mature Bordeaux from a very good vintage for under 40 bucks is insane so drag this to your next party and watch it empty surprisingly quickly. This soft, silky wine has caressing red fruit flavors and a touch of earth in the plump middle and a long, soft finish. Here is an absolute bargain in perfectly stored ready to drink Claret.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 06, 2018

This is old school, pure, mature Claret- Very good length and fresh cassis flavors. A great discovery but we only have about 100 bottles left to sell. I love the sweet red fruit flavors and length on the palate.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2018

This magnum is drinking with exceptional freshness and has excellent complexity for the price. Getting the inside track on Bordeaux like this is one of the biggest perks to working at K&L. This is old school, pure, medium bodied claret with very good length and fresh cassis flavors. We enjoyed this with short ribs, and it had plenty of good cut for the rich dish. I think it would be even better with a grilled ribeye!

2016 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is unquestionably the greatest wine made from this estate to date and surpasses the 1998, 2007, and 2010. Checking in as a normal blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance Cinsault, it offers a heavenly bouquet of blackcurrants, ground pepper, new saddle leather, garrigue, and an assortment of exotic spices. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly concentrated, yet with the purity, elegance, and finesse that makes this vintage so special, it can be drunk any time over the coming two decades or more. Bravo!" (08/2018)

95 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. An exotically perfumed, expressive nose evokes ripe cherry and black raspberry, and cola, licorice and floral pastille notes add complexity. Shows impressive depth as well as energy on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit, lavender and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. In a suave, graceful style for the vintage, showing outstanding clarity and a sexy floral nuance on the strikingly long finish, which features harmonious tannins and a sneaky mineral quality. (JR)" (07/2018)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Sister-brother team Claire Michel Fabre and François Michel have run this estate together since 2012, taking over from their father, the legendary Lucien Michel. Working with 40 acres of vines, some planted as far back as 1900, theyve turned out an exceptional 2016. Mostly grenache, blended with a range of the other 12 red and white varieties allowed in the appellation, it unfurls like silk across the palate. First come the cherry notes, red and black combined; then come scents of rosemary, sunburnt scrub and warm rocks that fill the wine with a deep savor. The tannins are firm and polished, giving shape to a wine that keeps offering new dimensions, and promises to hold well for another 10 or 20 years." (10/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a solid effort. Blueberry, cherry and garrigue notes mark the nose, while the palate is firm but silky, with a fine balance between ripeness and grip. I've seen some internet criticism of this estate for moving to a riper, more modern style, but I don't understand thatunless good cellar hygiene is now considered a problem in certain circles. This is a relatively traditional, balanced example of Châteauneuf, with spicy, savory elements combined with generous fruit. A blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah and 5% Cinsault that weighs in at 14.8% alcohol, this foudre-aged wine should drink well for a couple of decades. It was a delight to visit Claire Michel and her brother, François Michel, at this family domaine in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Both of their parents owned vineyards, so it's a decent-sized estate, with 16 hectares of vines (including a single hectare of white varieties). The first estate bottling took place in 1967, so the 2016 represents the 50th vintage. When François said the vintage is "a mix of 2009 and 2010," Claire chimed in to say, "Round like 2009," and François finished with "Structured like 2010." The white is a blend of Clairette and Roussanne that sees only stainless steel and never undergoes malolactic fermentation. The red is partially destemmed, fermented in concrete and aged in foudres. No 2008 was available for tasting, but I was offered the 2015 and 2010. I may have slightly" (08/2018)

94 points Decanter: "Fermented in concrete, then aged in foudre. No Cuvée Spéciale produced, just one wine. It's not terribly expressive on the nose at the moment. The palate is full and firm, a touch hard and tannic, though it should soften in time. Lovely weight and intensity though, showing real concentration and intensity of fruit, with a long finish. A muscular wine with real savoury thrust. Drinking Window 2020 - 2031. (MW)" (10/2017)

2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too is wonderfully fresh with its appealing array of both red and dark currant, earth and soft wood scents. I very much like the sense of vibrancy projected by the solidly intense and well-detailed medium weight flavors that terminate in a notably firmer finish that exhibits a touch of youthful austerity. This is also very good for its level and recommended." (01/2018)

90 points Decanter: "Chevillons Nuits villages is very attractive, with an expressive bouquet of wild berries, blackcurrant and rich soil. On the palate the wine is medium-full, supple and concentrated, its fine but firm chassis of tannin nicely cloaked in a core of ripe, juicy fruit. (WK)" (10/2017)

90 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Vieilles Vignes is a beautiful wine and very black fruity in personality this year. The nose jumps from the glass in a classy blend of black cherries, dark berries, bitter chocolate, a fine base of soil, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep. pure and sappy at the core, with lovely soil signature, ripe, suave tannins and fine length and grip on the focused and complex finish. Lovely villages. 2023-2060. 90+" (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 90 point Jasper Morris, MW: "Dark centre with purple rim. Deep dense and juicy dark fruit. Solid, full of fruit, raspberry seedless with ripe bramble notes behind some wood tannins. A thoroughly satisfactory village Nuits." (01/2018)

1988 Cambus 29 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Cambus, along with Bowmore, is a distillery we will always stock from when available. One of Diageo's top grain distilleries until it was closed forever in 1993, not are the Cambus whiskies smooth and round in character from front to back, because the distillery has been gone for 25 years now it means that every bottle consumed from this point out moves the whisky a step closer to total extinction! This 29 year comes in at 46.9% with less richness from the oak than our previous 25 year cask, but with more vanilla and nuance. In essence, if you're a fan of the Nikka Coffey Grain expression, consider this an older, full proof version for a hot price. The nose is a standard grain profile of buttery oak, but on the palate those flavors open up into toasted coconut and cookie dough. It's a mellow, easy drinking whisky and an ice cube works wonders.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 12, 2018

I tasted this wonderful grain whiskey once alone and then with a splash of water. Without water it is soft and round with sweet caramel undertones. It was very good. But it really opened up with a touch of water becoming much more complex and interesting with a velvet mouth feel and a subtle spice note. There was also a sweet vanilla nose. This grain whiskey is easy to drink and enjoy.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 08, 2018

A quick glance at the very first order on my K&L profile confirms what I already knew when I sniffed this glass. I loved Cambus then, and I love it even more now. I'm shocked to realize that the 21 year old Cambus I bought many years ago was $109!!! This 29 year old clocks in under $100! It's nearly 30 years of grainy goodness. Rich, easy, cereal driven and luscious. Fans of the more recent North British grains rejoice. This is a slam dunk.

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Glenmorangie "Spios" Private Edition Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($99.99)

Whisky Advocate: "The ninth release in Glenmorangies Private Edition series was matured fully in American oak barrels that previously contained rye whiskey. A reticent early nose: melon and a hint of lemon, then warm, oily cereal notes and honey develop. Initially fruity on the palate, with ripe banana, then slightly earthy, with nutty spice and cocoa powder. Zesty spices in the finish, drinking chocolate, and youthful oak. (GS, Summer 2018)"

K&L Notes: The ninth release of the award-winning "Private Edition" from Glenmorangie is a true labor of love for their Chief Whisky Creation officer, Dr. Bill Lumsden. The good doctor explains that his obsession with rye whiskey (in particular the casks that had previously aged that rare American whiskey) began when famed whisky and beer writer Michael Jackson visited the distillery with a sample of the venerable American whiskey. It was Bill's first time diving into one of America's great spirits, and at the time, sometime in the '90s, rye whiskey was next to impossible to acquire. It took Dr. Bill a full decade to secure casks that had previously only held whiskey from Kentucky distilled with rye as the main grain. Into these he put the majestic and elegant Glenmo spirit, and approximately another decade later released this special whisky. Spios, a Gaelic word meaning spiced, is as accented with the rye casks as you might expect. Cinnamon, clove, hints of nutmeg and sweet creamy vanilla from the American oak work wonders around the fruity, open Glenmo malt. For anyone who appreciates the excellent malts being released in this wonderful line of limited edition whiskies, as well as single malt drinkers seeking new and exciting flavor profiles, this is a must buy.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 06, 2018

In a world that is begging for more intensity, more peat, more sherry, it is nice to remember that there is also Spios. Dr. Bill Lumsden has taken the ever-elegant Glenmorangie and done something out of passion, with foresight, that began many years ago. Spios preempts the current craze for off-the-wall and envelope-pushing finishes and instead of a kitschy marketing piece, he has made a whisky that is ethereal, elegant, and commanding of your strained attention. Take a moment to realize that what is before your nose isn't rye. At a first lazy blush you might be forgiven for thinking so as the nose shows the peppery spice you'd hope for and the tiniest hint of herbaceousness that reminds you rye is a grass. There is an incredible amount of nuance behind that. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove all work their way to the fore. American oak makes its presence known. There is a slight creaminess to the palate. Underneath it all, there is the balanced spirit that we know and love as Glenmorangie. Wonderfully floral, fruity, and malty all in one. This is a whisky with a unique finish that deserves your time and contemplation. Step back from the obvious and heavy hitters, and delve into something deeper, with more substance and artistry. Your taste buds will thank you.

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2009 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne ($149.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is a DP that shows the ripeness of the 2009 vintage yet remains full of energy. Gorgeous aromas of cream, apple, mango, honeysuckle, and chalk follow through to a full body and super fine, tight texture. Dense and agile. Vinous. Its like a top grand cru white Burgundy. Think Batard-Montrachet. More depth than the 2006." (07/2017)

96 points Decanter: "Unbroken sun through August and early September helped to shape an idyllic harvest, on 12th September. Superb maturity of fruit in flawless health has produced a wine with wafting scents of both fresh and confit of spiced lemon and wild cherry. Despite the heat, the wine has freshness, vitality and length. Still a youngster, this will grow greatly by 2019. A more stylish son of the '03, and cousin of the slender and charming '06. (ME)" (05/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "There's a subtle power to this graceful Champagne, which boasts a firm, crystalline frame of acidity married to the fine, satinlike mousse and notes of white raspberry, brioche and Earl Grey tea. Seamless through to the long finish of smoke and spice accents, this opens beautifully in the glass. Drink now through 2029. *Collectibles* (AN, Web Only-2017)" (11/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Dom Pérignon is open, seductive and radiant, as it has always been. Soft curves, mid-weight structure and tons of plain allure make the 2009 impossible to resist in its youth. This bottle, the best I have tasted so far, offers a distinc citrus and floral-driven profile that adds a good deal of brightness. Above all else, the 2009 is a gorgeous Champagne to drink now and over then next few decades. This is the first time in the houses history that a vintage was not released sequentially. (AG) 94+" (07/2018)

K&L Notes: This is one of the first Dom Perignon offerings to come out of order — they are still ageing the 2008 in their cellars in Epernay!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 28, 2017

The 2009 Dom Perignon is one of the purest and most elegant that I have had of this famous tete de cuvee. I had an opportunity to taste a preview bottle back in March, and I was very impressed. The wine is much less yeasty than the 2006, and has rounder, riper fruit than the more mineral driven 2004. In an unusual move, but certainly a smart one, they decided to release this ahead of the 2008, which is still resting on its lees in Epernay!

2013 Castello dei Rampolla "Vigna d'Alceo" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($229.99)

100 points Vinous: "Readers should do whatever they can to get their hands on a few bottles of the 2013 d'Alceo. Seamless and voluptuous in the glass, it is an epic wine that embodies all the qualities that make these terraced vineyards in Panzano so special. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, plum, licorice and spice meld together in the glass, but it is the wine's textural intensity that elevates it into the realm of the profound. The 2013 has been nothing short of moving on the two occasions I tasted it recently. (AG)" (01/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Truffle, plum, mocha and pipe tobacco are some of the aromas youll find on this compelling wine. A polished blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, the smooth full-bodied palate delivers spiced blueberry, cassis, licorice and exotic spice framed in tightly knit ultra-refined tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. Drink 2020-2033. *Cellar Selection* (KO)" (05/2018)

96 points James Suckling: "Strawberry, plums, chocolate and green pepper frame this beautiful red. So much black currant too. Full-bodied with round, mouth-coating tannins. So much going on here. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Better in 2021." (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of pine, wild rosemary, black currant, iron and tar hold court in this dense, inky red. The tannins run roughshod on the finish, so cellar or tame with grilled beef or lamb. Best from 2021 through 2033. (BS)" (05/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2013 d'Alceo shows an inky dark appearance with impenetrable color saturation. This is another gorgeous wine from an estate I admire deeply. The fruit intensity peels off this wine with elegance, power and intensity. With similar momentum, the wine glides clear over the palate with silky and long intensity. There are some pungent or volatile notes (similar to what you find in the other wines), but they are a plus, not a minus. They give support and intensity to the wine's persuasive aromatic performance. This wine needs more time to unwind in the cellar. (ML)" (10/2017)

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($289.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine Ive been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, its as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet!" (02/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2011)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A superb wine, with the purest fruit, great freshness and ripeness. It is certainly structured with dry tannins, but the blackcurrant freshness is all there. The wine has a great limpid, flowing feel, but also power. (RV)" (08/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (ST)" (07/2012)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 25, 2018

A quick check in on a living legend a week ago - there's still no doubt that 2009 Pontet-Canet is a special, reference-point wine in Bordeaux. Among a table of some of the most seasoned professionals, negociants, and winemakers, the bottle we had was emptied very quickly. Deep and brooding still at this young age, it is loaded with copious red/black fruits, extremely fine grain tannin, and a finish that easily passes a minute. Certainly a rival for the First Growths in a vintage like 2009, it will continue to be a wine that is a must-have for any collector for a few decades to come.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 04, 2015

Just a perfect wine and enough said. Can enjoy in a few years until 2050.

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2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($289.99)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terroir. Try after 2018." (11/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely amazing wine... It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and thats assuming it doesnt close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canets 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet! (RP)" (02/2013)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dense, yes, but this is also a handsome wine that balances complex tannins with pure black currant fruits that shine. This biodynamic wine has a generous, full and rich feel, ripe with just a touch of restraint. The greatness of the wine shows in its purity with a deceptive simplicity that hides the final complex tannins and structure. (RV)" (05/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish. Very long, with a great tug of scorched earth at the end. A terrific combination of power and precision. (JM)" (03/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Superripe, soil-driven aromas of currant, plum, cherry pie, mocha and minerals; almost liqueur-like in its ripeness, in a 1947 way. Then huge, sweet and plush, with great volume and depth to its flavors of cassis, flowers, minerals, game and olive. Finishes with big, ripe, horizontal tannins and great mounting length. This remarkably thick wine is actually a bit youthfully stunted today and should really be cellared for ten years. It should go on for three or four decades in a cool cellar. 95+ (ST)" (07/2013)

Decanter: "Masses of concentrated cassis fruit, but already has wild violet fragrance of the greatest Pauillacs, superb middle sweetness, perfect structure and length, perhaps more elegant than Pontet-Canet's great 2009. 18.5/20 points." (04/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Delicious milk chocolate, raspberry, blackcurrant and peppery spice. Actually bears a resemblance to top class Syrah. Opulent, expressive, scented, aromatic and rich but all within a classic claret structure. 18/20 points. (RH)" (11/2014)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2015

A perfect wine just like the 2009. Classic 100 point wine for one fourth of the first growth prices.

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2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero ($299.99)

97 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. Explosively perfumed aromas of fresh ripe red fruits, floral oils, pipe tobacco and incense take on sexy vanilla and woodsmoke nuances as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet shockingly lithe on the palate, offering intense cherry liqueur, red currant and spicecake flavors given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows superb energy and clarity, finishing sweet, smoky and extremely long; velvety tannins add gentle grip. (JR)" (05/2017)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "The N-122 runs like a spine across Ribera del Duero from east to west, separating the Vega Sicilia winery from the Unico vineyards across the road. Those vineyards face north, on undulating slopes rich in chalk, and give wines that can live for decades. Thats the case for this 2005. The concentration of this vintage was so great that Vega Sicilia held the bottles back an extra couple of years; now, that patience has been rewarded with a beautiful, enchanting complexity of aromas and flavors that encompass earth, spice, roses, black fruits and minerals. It still feels tense and energetic, a lively, radiant Unico that will continue to develop for at least a decade in bottle--even though now, sitting in front of a half-empty glass, it is difficult to imagine how it can be better. It can." (06/2017)

96 points John Gilman: "The new release of 2005 Vega Sicilia Único is an absolutely stunning wine in the making, with great depth, precision and vibrancy that augurs very well for its positive evolution in bottle. The bouquet is very pure and still quite primary, wafting from the glass in a nascently complex constellation of black cherries, black plums, Montecristos, raw cocoa, a complex base of soil tones and a masterful base of smoky, gently spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and utterly seamless, with superb depth at the core, impeccable focus and balance and a very long, ripely tannic and youthful finish. This vintage of Único seems to be cut from the same cloth as the more elegant legendary years like 1970 and 1985, but it is still a very young wine and needs at least another decade in the cellar to start to blossom and drink with conviction. (Drink between 2027-2085) 96+" (03/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Neal Martin had already tasted the 2005 Único in 2012, before I joined The Wine Advocate, but then they released 2007 and 2008 before and the 2005 has been kept until now, as they thought the vintage required some more time in bottle. It's mostly Tempranillo with some 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and aged for almost six years in 225-liter French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. The extra time in bottle has helped the wine to develop its bouquet, and it feels very aromatic and open, with the classical Vega Sicilia perfume of yesteryear, earthy, leafy and spicy, even if they wine was kept because of its power. It's still powerful, but at the same time it's elegant and has a polished mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins. 93,545 bottles, 2,391 magnums, 146 double magnums and six imperials produced. It was bottled in June 2011. Next year they will release the 2006, and the following vintage to be released in 2019, will be 2009. Further than that they don't know, as the only newer vintage in bottle today is 2010 and they are about to bottle 2011 now. (LG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Earthy, spicy plum and berry aromas here suggest full ripeness. Tight, scratchy tannins lend the otherwise soft and ripe palate some grip. Lightly oaked flavors of tobacco, dried cherry and raspberry grow more chocolaty and raisiny on the finish. This is an Unico to drink over the next dozen years. *Editor's Choice* (MS)" (06/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This polished red offers flavors of tobacco, cedar and leather, with a core of cherry and tea. Firm tannins support the thick, smooth texture, while lively acidity keeps this balanced. Harmonious and long. *Collectables* (TM)" (06/2017)

94 points Decanter: "Único is the Vega Sicilia classic, famously built to last, but this vintage is remarkably approachable already. Aromas of truffle and forest floor introduce a bright and warm palate of red berry fruits, lifted by a tangerine acidity and a fine, mineral finish. The 12 years of ageing have achieved smooth and supple tannins that are well integrated. This is not destined to be the most long-lived of Únicos, but is full of pleasure now. 94% Tinto Fino, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. This spent six years in French and American oak, both new and used barrels, and 20,000 litre vats. (JE)" (01/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe fruit and layers. Very polished. Pretty density and freshness. Rich and flavorful yet a little loosely knit. Incense, hints of vanilla and flowers. Tight still." (07/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "All new oak. Deep leathery garnet with bricky rim. Sweet and leathery on the nose. A hint of undergrowth but still has a surprising amount of fruit. Super-sweet in its fruit and gentle decay, with finest of tannins, just a very fine grain, and that leathery finish. Theres a firm grip even though the tannins are resolved. Deep and firm and incredibly long. Still very much a promise though delicious now. So long. A little more earthy and less elegant than the Reserva Especial and more muscular. 18/20 points (JH)" (12/2016)

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The 2005 Vega Sicilia is an awe inspiring wine that ranks up with the finest bottles in the world. I was blown away by the kaleidoscopic complexity of this perfectly textured, medium to full bodied red. Most of the time, wines with a reputation as great as this can only disappoint, but this over delivered. This will be at home on the table with the best and most expensive wines that the world has to offer, and drinks fabulously now with the promise of generations of enjoyment to come!

2006 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero (Pre-Arrival) ($369.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Incredibly floral and beautiful with dark berry, spice, cedar and mint. Chinese plums. Asian spices. Bark. Tea. Full body, dense and so soft and complex. The finish goes on for minutes. Endless and fine. January 2017 release. This reminds me of the gorgeous 1991 or 1964. Drink forever. A wine that you want to spend time with." (01/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted the 2006 Único again, and it's clearly the best Único produced in the last few years, to which I don't find much logic, as on paper 2004 and 2005 were better years in Ribera del Duero. However it is, the 2006 is a fantastic modern Vega Sicilia in the making, powerful and clean, still very young and marked by the élevage with a whiff of American oak and a creamy texture in the palate. It should age very well for a very long time. I'd wait to pull the cork, even if it's drinkable and quite showy already. This is the current vintage in 2018, even if the 2007 and 2008 were released before it and even before the 2005. (LG)" (08/2018)

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2012 Marcassin "Marcassin Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($399.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard, which will probably be released in a few months, displays great minerality, notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, poached pear, and white flowers as well as a touch of quince. A wine of great intensity, yet incredibly ethereal elegance, this light greenish gold-colored wine is full-bodied, stunningly rich, and altogether remarkable. When you consider that they use 100% new French oak and 100% heavy toast for both their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, it is remarkable how little oak appears in these wines. This wine should age well for 10-15 years, as most of the Marcassin Estate Chardonnays have done to date. (RP)" (03/2016)

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2005 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 3-pack in OWC - 11 available ($900.00)

97 points Vinous: "Fermented in large oak tanks and aged for six years in new French and American oak barriques. Saturated ruby. Explosively perfumed aromas of fresh ripe red fruits, floral oils, pipe tobacco and incense take on sexy vanilla and woodsmoke nuances as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet shockingly lithe on the palate, offering intense cherry liqueur, red currant and spicecake flavors given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows superb energy and clarity, finishing sweet, smoky and extremely long; velvety tannins add gentle grip. (JR)" (05/2017)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "The concentration of this vintage was so great that Vega Sicilia held the bottles back an extra couple of years; now, that patience has been rewarded with a beautiful, enchanting complexity of aromas and flavors that encompass earth, spice, roses, black fruits and minerals. It still feels tense and energetic, a lively, radiant Unico that will continue to develop for at least a decade in bottleeven though now, sitting in front of a half-empty glass, it is difficult to imagine how it can be better. It can." (06/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mostly Tempranillo with some 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and aged for almost six years in 225-liter French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. The extra time in bottle has helped the wine to develop its bouquet, and it feels very aromatic and open, with the classical Vega Sicilia perfume of yesteryear, earthy, leafy and spicy, even if they wine was kept because of its power. It's still powerful, but at the same time it's elegant and has a polished mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins. It was bottled in June 2011. (LG)" (02/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This polished red offers flavors of tobacco, cedar and leather, with a core of cherry and tea. Firm tannins support the thick, smooth texture, while lively acidity keeps this balanced. Harmonious and long. Drink now through 2028. (TM)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: The original first growth of Spain, Vega Sicilia was once again in excellent form in the strong 2005 Ribera del Duero vintage. In fact, the winery believed that the wine required additional time in bottle and so it released the 2007 and 2008 vintages ahead of the powerful 2005. A modern day classic, perhaps even something of a throwback, the 2005 Vega Sicilia promises a terrific and long life in bottle. PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-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.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 07, 2018

The 2005 Vega Sicilia is an awe inspiring wine that ranks up with the finest bottles in the world. I was blown away by the kaleidoscopic complexity of this perfectly textured, medium to full bodied red. Most of the time, wines with a reputation as great as this can only disappoint, but this over delivered. This will be at home on the table with the best and most expensive wines that the world has to offer, and drinks fabulously now with the promise of generations of enjoyment to come!

2006 Vega Sicilia "Unico" Ribera del Duero 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($1,110.00)

100 points James Suckling: "Incredibly floral and beautiful with dark berry, spice, cedar and mint. Chinese plums. Asian spices. Bark. Tea. Full body, dense and so soft and complex. The finish goes on for minutes. Endless and fine. January 2017 release. This reminds me of the gorgeous 1991 or 1964. Drink forever. A wine that you want to spend time with." (01/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted the 2006 Único again, and it's clearly the best Único produced in the last few years, to which I don't find much logic, as on paper 2004 and 2005 were better years in Ribera del Duero. However it is, the 2006 is a fantastic modern Vega Sicilia in the making, powerful and clean, still very young and marked by the élevage with a whiff of American oak and a creamy texture in the palate. It should age very well for a very long time. I'd wait to pull the cork, even if it's drinkable and quite showy already. This is the current vintage in 2018, even if the 2007 and 2008 were released before it and even before the 2005. (LG)" (08/2018)

95 points Decanter: "From vines averaging 35 years of age across 40 hectares, Único undergoes a minimum 10 year ageing process in both small and large American and French oak barrels, plus time in bottle. After a while in the glass the aromatic profile grows, charming with redcurrants, roses, and fine oak. In the mouth it lives up to its 'Unique' name. The depth of flavour impresses, and so too does the complex layering. Mineral, chalk, red fruit, wood smoke and fresh herbs - theres so much to discover, and all of these characteristics are building materials for the future, along with the very bright line of freshness. Very promising. (MJE)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers 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.

2010 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 6 available ($2,399.00)

98 points Vinous: "An eternal wine, the 2010 Pichon Lalande is a total showstopper. The first impression is one of explosive power, but time in the glass brings out the wines more delicate, floral side. Violet, graphite, crème de cassis, licorice and menthol overtones recall the 1996, but the tannins here are much softer, sweeter and more polished. In two recent tastings, the 2010 has been positively stellar. The alternation of hot days and cool nights led to a late harvest. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest did not start until October 7; by that date in 2009 all the fruit was in. Readers who can still find the 2010 should not hesitate, as it is a modern-day classic. Thats all there is to it. (AG) 98+" (10/2017)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "With signs of new wood on the palate, this is a wine that maintains the polished feel of the wines from Pichon Lalande. It has a stronger presence of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than in the past, making it more structured than its predecessors, with a dominance of black currant flavor. It shows the soft side of the vintage, but is also meant for aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a classic Pauillac profile of cassis, iron and graphite. Layers of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit cover the grip for now, but there's serious muscle for the longer haul, revealing a lingering pastis hint. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM, Web Only-2014)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated much more by Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot), the wine is a tighter, more tannic and structured version of this famed Pauillac, which often tends to have more of a St-Julien-like personality than most Pauillacs. Structured, backward and tannic, yet showing a fat mid-palate that is more savory, broader and more expansive than I remember from barrel, this wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1986, given the Cabernet Sauvignon domination of the blend. Full-bodied, impressively endowed, and less sexy and velvety than normal, this is a somewhat different style of Pichon Lalande than most readers have been used to. Whether you like it more or less will depend on your point of view, but this wine, unlike most Pichon Lalandes, needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years. (RP) 95+" (02/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "More intense on the nose than the Réserve de la Comtesse. Very supple and sweet on the top with masses and masses of well-managed tannins underneath. The limit of ripeness, Id say, but its not overripe. Needs real patience but it should be rewarded. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (09/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers 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. 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Like the Grand Puy Lacoste 2010, the Pichon Lalande has a very attractive sea-influenced bouquet with brine and estuary scents infusing the crisp black fruit that gain intensity in the glass, yet remain very focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity, silky smooth texture and a complete, harmonious finish that is very seductive. Beautiful." (03/2014)

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (12 pack in OWC) - 3 available ($3,399.00)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine Ive been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, its as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet!" (02/2018)

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "98-100 Barrel sample. A superb wine, with the purest fruit, great freshness and ripeness. It is certainly structured with dry tannins, but the blackcurrant freshness is all there. The wine has a great limpid, flowing feel, but also power. (RV)" (08/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (03/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2009 Pontet-Canet is a wine that I have tasted several times throughout the year. Here, it is clearly bestowed a very powerful and intense bouquet with raspberry jam, boysenberry, graphite and cold, wet limestone aromas - very well defined and focused, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, in a funny way more like a 2010 towards the finish thanks to its structure. It still feels quite backward and with much more to give, a sense of coiled up energy conveyed upon the extremely persistent finish. It remains a deeply impressive Pauillac with decades ahead of it. Tasted December 2016. (NM)" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Vinous: "Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (ST)" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers 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. Robert Parker's initial 100-point review after the wine's release: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075." (2/2012)

2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC - 5 available ($3,599.00)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine Ive been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, its as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet!" (02/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. (RP)" (12/2011)

98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "A superb wine, with the purest fruit, great freshness and ripeness. It is certainly structured with dry tannins, but the blackcurrant freshness is all there. The wine has a great limpid, flowing feel, but also power. (RV)" (08/2010)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try in 2018." (02/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. Best from 2018 through 2038. (JM)" (03/2012)

96 points Vinous: "Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (ST)" (07/2012)

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 pulp shippers 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.