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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - February 27th, 2018 - 02/27/2018 - 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
2015 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon 94 $12.99 View
2016 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja 92 $14.99 View
2015 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) 93 $15.99 View
2016 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 91 $19.95 View
2014 Kathryn Kennedy "Serious" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot $34.99 View
2015 Delas Freres "Chante Perdrix" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 95 $44.99 View
2013 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic) 93 $49.99 View
2015 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 91 $69.99 View
High West Bourye Bourbon/Rye Whiskey (750ml) 96 $69.99 View
2013 Bodegas Aleanna "Gran Enemigo" Cabernet Franc Gualtallary Argentina 100 $89.99 View
2015 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru "Bressandes" 96 $149.99 View
2016 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Fremiets" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $189.99 View
2015 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (Monopole) 97 $199.99 View
2016 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 94 $199.99 View
2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru 96 $199.99 View
2016 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) 95 $239.99 View
Kavalan "Vinho Barrique" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $249.99 View
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 100 $289.99 View
2015 La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 99 $309.99 View
2015 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) 100 $399.99 View

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2015 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon ($12.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), the 2015 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It's a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. Drink it anytime over the coming 2-4 years. (JD)" (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Syrah/Grenache blend. Plum conserve. Rich and ripe. Structure and sweetness, bursting with delicious fruit. A wine of the sun and wind with all the intensity and concentration and balance that youd want from Côtes Catalanes. Big hug of tannins. *Very Good Value* (TC)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Jean-Marc Lafage has knocked it out of the park once again with this high-quality, low-cost stunner of a wine. Domaine Lafage is housed in their facility just outside the city of Perpignan. One of the most advanced wineries in the region, Jean-Marc and his wife Elaine are crafting "must buy" wines from the region of Roussillon. The Bastide Miraflors is a blend of Syrah and old-vine Grenache. The vineyards for this wine are practicing organic with an average vine age of 55 years. The last two years, this has been one of our ten best sellers of the year. We expect no less again.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 05, 2017

I think I just found my new favorite every day drinking red. Seriously, the Bastide Miraflors is spectacular. The nose is packed with aromas of blueberry, cherries, and dark chocolate. The wine finishes smoothly with a great mouthfeel and well balanced acidity. For the $13 dollar price point we sell it, this blend of old vine Grenache and Syrah is definitely one of the best bangs for your buck that we have to offer. Trust me when I say you don't want to miss out on this one.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

This is on my short list of price-performers in the store right now. Very delicate, dark-fruited and floral on the nose with hints of smoked meats to wrap it up. The palate doubles down on the aforementioned, with the addition of sweet berry fruit and baking spices. Personally, I'll take a shot on any sub-$13 dollar wine that a major critic compares to SQN, but rest assured, this one is worth every cent and then some.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

"Astonished, amazed, stunned, overcome, overwhelmed" are all good words to describe something, anything, that makes you put down your smartphone, look-up-stand-up and take notice, but I prefer the more colorful, old word "flabbergasted" to express my complete wonder at this intrinsically indispensable wine. Jean Marc Lafage and his wife Elaine must have a direct line to the wine gods, as the 2015 effortlessly melds ripe, expansive red fruits and floral notes to subtle spice and chocolate elements. Beautiful structure and a persistent finish complete the total experience. A prediction: this excellent wine will soon sell out, and disappear faster than you or I can say "flabbergasted"...

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

The Lafage Bastide Miraflors is a perennial favorite of mine and the 2015 is easily the best Bastide Miraflors to date! The starts out with a gorgeous nose of fresh-picked red berries and spice notes while the palate is an energetic blend of red berry, sweet herbs, clove and spice notes. Soft tannins and bright acidity give this wine great balance and lift. An ideal every day red that should be purchased by the case!

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2016 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja ($14.99)

92 points James Suckling: "More delicate and floral than many garnachas from this area with a great balance on the palate between delicately sweet fruit, fresh dry tannins and crisp acidity. A lot of energy and excitement on the long finish. Drink or hold." (08/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that over-delivers in just about every vintage, the 2016 Tres Picos is always 100% Garnacha from red/iron-laced soils, destemmed and brought up in French oak barrels. Raspberries, spice, dried flowers and potpourri notes all emerge from this juicy, front end-loaded, absolutely delicious red that has a touch of vanilla, medium to full-bodied richness, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years." (03/2018)

K&L Notes: More notes and praise from Robert Parker: "Founded in 1958, this has been one of Jorge Ordoñez' most consistently reliable producers of absolutely astonishing values from the province of Zaragoza. The appellation is Campo de Borja and this winery owns a whopping 3,706 acres of vineyards, of which 3,125 are planted to Grenache! The poor soils are dominated by the chalkiness, as this is close to the Moncayo mountain range that is nearly pure chalk. It is a continental climate and the vines are relatively young, having been planted 1981-1986. The winemaking is impressive and the values that emerge from here are mind-boggling." (11/2015)

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 31, 2017

Perhaps more than any other wine in the section, Borsao has introduced so many drinkers to great value red wine, Spanish style. Translation: this wine has loads of ripe, mixed berry fruits, an underlying earthy/smoky savory quality, and an attractive veneer of spice and toast due to a short time spent in oak. As always, there is a lot to like, particularly for fans of richly fruited wines and/or those who are just starting to explore the diversity and value of Spain's wines. One of our most popular Grenache (Garnacha) based wines.

2015 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) ($15.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is the Pauillac-appellation portion of a larger vineyard, Château Peyrabon, which is in the Haut-Médoc. The wine is rich, perfumed and likely to age very well. Juicy acidity and firm texture go with the black-currant fruit in a wine that will become balanced and elegant. Drink from 2024. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (04/2018)

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2016 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($19.95)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe cherry fruit is cut by touches of rust and turned soil on the inviting nose of this bottling. The mouthfeel is thick and grippy, carrying rounded berry flavors, a hint of baking spice and some dried thyme on the back end. (MK)" (06/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Offering a mix of dried berry, black tea, spice and loamy earth flavors, this succeeds, delivering moderately ripe fruit and loamy tannins. Best from 2019 through 2024. (JL)"

Decanter: "The rich blackberry and strawberry nose is topped off with a hint of farmyard, while the fleshy,upfront palate is balanced by earthy tones and grainy tannins. (California Pinot Noir Tasting Panel: SB, JD, RS)" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: Hahn selects fruit from four individual Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards for their SLH bottling, which represents a fantastic value for this highly regarded AVA. A cool spring season in the greater Monterey area in 2016 set small clusters of tiny Pinot Noir berries which led to particularly concentrated flavors. The wine was aged in 1/3 new French oak for 11 months before the winemaker selected barrels for inclusion in this bottling that properly represent the Santa Lucia Highlands terroir. Hahn describes the wine with "aromas of bright red cherry and strawberry with hints of earth, spices and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel." By the by, the suggested retail price on this wine is $30...

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2018

This year's release of the Hahn SLH is a killer value and the ultimate crowd pleaser! It has a bold nose of blackberries, plum, earth and toasted oak while the palate has fantastic balance with plenty of fresh acidity. This wine is ready to drink and would make a great wine for any party or occasion. It's no wonder why vintage after vintage, the Hahn SLH is a best seller among our customers!

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 30, 2018

Year after year this is an exceptional Pinot Noir in the sub-$20 price point. I don't know how Hahn deliver such beautiful, pure fruited, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir time and time again for this price! The 2016 bottling has a little extra bounce in its step this year after the severe drought broke and California finally got some rain. The vines were obviously replenished as the fruit here is just singing. Pure red berries, ripe raspberry, cherry, sandalwood, clove. Nice richness, weight and forward fruit on the mid-palate but still very "Pinot" in its expression. Silky, expressive and balanced. Drinks well above its price point. Fantastic party wine or daily drinker; lots of character and class for a very modest price.

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2014 Kathryn Kennedy "Serious" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot ($34.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Serious Merlot is actually pretty darn serious. Aged nine months in 100% new French oak, this medium to full-bodied effort has high-class notes of creme de cassis, red plums, spice box, espresso and tobacco leaf, as well as good concentration, firm tannin and a clean finish. There's 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend and it needs a year or two to let some of this oak integrate, but it should have a decade of longevity. (JD)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: The 2014 Kathryn Kennedy "Serious" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot is one of the most perfect $50 bottles of California red wine I’ve had this year, it just so happens to cost $35 due to our recent deal. More importantly, this will be the last ever vintage of this wine, meaning these bottles will end up as historical testaments to real California winemaking, one that continues to be threatened by the perils of modern pop culture. Spending some time with winemaker and owner Marty Mathis recently, we discovered he was planning on discontinuing one of the best and most honest expressions of Merlot made in the entire state! "In my thirty year career," Marty told me, "I’ve probably crushed more Merlot than Cab - over thirty different vineyards from around California. Merlot is a fantastic variety, world class, but there’s not a lot of Merlot in the Santa Cruz Mountains, even though it’s better suited to the cooler climate.So why discontinue what is one of the "better suited" wines of the Kathryn Kennedy line-up? Because the consequences of Paul Giamatti's fatal line in the film Sideways continue to effect the market more than a decade after its initial release. People still think Merlot is something to be avoided. "I called it ‘Serious’ Merlot because I hoped the Sideways effect had faded away a bit," Marty continued; "I wanted something that could be considered alongside Pomerol." The result is immaculate, concentrated, and full of character. (David Driscoll, K&L Asst. Head Buyer)

2015 Delas Freres "Chante Perdrix" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95 points Decanter: "Delas Frères was founded in 1835 and merged with Champagne Deutz in 1977. In 1993, both were absorbed by Louis Roederer which now owns this 30ha estate, encompassing vineyards in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. Chante Perdrix is farmed by a partner grower, highlighting the quality fruit available to them. This single- parcel wine, made by Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow has spent 12 to 14 months in oak barrels. 15,000 bottles are made. Gearoid Devaney MS: Abounding with dark fruits, roses and spicy nuances, this is an intense style that shows fine ripe tannins and a solid middle. Great acidity and a mineral streak carry it onto a long finish. Simon Field MW: Full of liquorice and violet aromas. In the mouth there are elegant tannins and firm acidity. Modern, yes, but also respectful of its provenance and granitic reputation. Matt Walls: Liquorice, tarragon and mineral black fruits. Full bodied, juicy and ripe with balancing acidity. Lots of life and a lifted glint on the finish.Drinking Window 2019 - 2029. (panel tasting score)" (10/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2015s, this is an undeniably great, great vintage from winemakers Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud. Starting with his single Cornas release, the 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a big, rich effort that makes the most of this brilliant vintage. Loaded with notions of cassis, plums, saddle leather and barbecue smoke, it's full-bodied, opulent and sexy on the palate, with sweet tannin. Drink this big, seriously textured beauty anytime over the coming 10-15 years.Delas Frères is located just outside of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols and has plenty of prime parcels spread throughout the entire northern Rhône Valley. The 2015s are the finest wines Ive tasted from this estate since the 2010s, and if anything, the wines appear to be slightly more balanced and polished, with less obvious oak. The 2016s are less showy, yet have very classic, balanced profiles, and this is unquestionably another good vintage for this estate, which appears to be firing on all cylinders." (01/2018)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "This is pulled from a selection of parcels that Jacques Grange and Claire Darnaud-McKerrow have been transitioning to organic farming since 2013. Their latest vintage is at once firm and soaring. The tannins define it, fine-textured but abundant, providing the tight structural integrity for the wine; they also provide direction for the juicy black-plum flavors, which power ahead, picking up notes of licorice and espresso beans, herbs and dark, rich earth along the way. That energy suggests theres plenty more to come with time; tuck it away for at least five years." (02/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cornas Chante Perdrix is a blend of several parcels, vinified in concrete and aged primarily in oak. It's dark and concentrated, although admittedly not the most muscular Cornas. Black currant and cedar notes combine along with peppery hints of Montreal smoked meat to yield a savory impression. It's all held together by fine-grained, dusty tannins, which leave a lingering soft texture on the long, licorice-tinged finish. Already enjoyable, it should develop well for 10-12 years or more. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Expansive aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, smoky Indian spices and olive, with a suave floral nuance that gains strength with air. Deeply concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blueberry and violet pastille flavors and building spiciness. Rounded tannins add gentle grip to a strikingly long penetrating finish that clings with strong tenacity. (JR)" (04/2018)

91 points James Suckling: "Moody dark plums, blackberries and some stony elements. This is quite fruit-focused. The palate has a succulent, open-knit red plum and raspberry core. Drink now." (07/2017)

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2013 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic) ($49.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just beginning to emerge from its post-bottling showdown, the 2013 Mature Vine Pinot Noir (released back in 2016) dresses up layers of dark fruit with hints of dusty earth and floral notes. Plum and black cherry fruit are carried by ample weight and richness, underscored by dark chocolate notes and a long, dry, softly dusty finish. (JC)" (02/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautiful Pinot from one of New Zealand's most acclaimed biodynamic producers. Plummy fruit, florals, dried leaves, white pepper and a hint of cinnamon lead into a light- to medium-bodied palate that is crisp and elegant yet powerful too, with grainy, almost chewy tannins, a warm stone character, and a long, tangy finish. Still youthful, this should go for another 7-9 years. Drink through 2027. (CP)" (03/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Spiced plum, licorice and loam flavors are complex, accented by bass notes of savory, earth, dried porcino and forest floor. The tannins add a sinewy backbone. Drink now through 2027. (MW, Web-2017)"

Jancis Robinson: "Vines planted between 1982 and 1995, all on own roots (they are very isolated up by Lake Wanaka). Organic and dry farmed. Sweet-fruited, ripe and inviting with a light earthy note. Earthy and fresh on the finish with nicely dry savoury flavours that are quite unusual on NZ Pinot Noir. Full of energy without being precocious. 17/20 points. Drink 2017-2023. (JH)" (01/2016)

K&L Notes: 95 points Winefront, March 2017: Savoury scents, sweet earth, briar, dark cherry, Chinese five spice, faint amaro sour­sweet characters. Love pinot like this. So succulent in the palate -- long, faintly sappy, crisp tannins, beautiful silky carry through the palate, finishes with tobacco­ like savouriness and amaro­orange zestiness. All perfectly meshed, so much to think about per sip. Wonderful.

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2015 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes ($69.99)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "An elegant, pure and complex nose consists of notes of plum, earth and background hints of the sauvage. There is really lovely detail to the sleek, delicious and solidly complex and concentrated middle weight flavors that are shaped by ripe tannins on the moderately firm, balanced and lingering finale. This is definitely Nuits in character but it's an elegant Nuits." (01/2017)

91 points John Gilman: "The old vine bottling of Nuits AC is excellent chez Chevillon in 2015. The bouquet is deep and very pure, offering up a complex blend of black cherries, black plums, bitter chocolate, gamebirds, a fine base of soil, a touch of vanillin oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure on the attack and sappy at the core, with lovely soil signature, ripe, seamless tannins and fine length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This will be approachable quite early by the standards of young Nuits, but will age long and gracefully as well. A beautiful villages!" (11/2016)

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High West Bourye Bourbon/Rye Whiskey (750ml) ($69.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The 2017 limited edition release of this bourbon-rye blend, all a minimum of 10 years old, perfectly balances sweetness and spice. Rich caramel and brown sugar lead on the nose and palate, finishing with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon sizzle, plus a hint of orange peel. (KN)" (07/2017)

92 points Whisky Advocate: "Straight bourbon and rye whiskeys aged from 10 to 14 years, this nicely balances its dry oak, almost cedary, aromas with bourbon sweetness and a rye finish. The initial hit of orange peel, caramel, and vanilla flan yields to a spicy finish of lemon zest, peppercorns, and ginger. (JL, Summer 2017)"

K&L Notes: High West's latest batch of Bourye, a marriage of bourbon and rye adorned with the elusive jackalope - a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope - is back for another limited run. The Park City, Utah outpost only releases the Bourye when they have sufficient quantities of the necessary ingredients, which are getting more and more difficult to secure in today's market. This latest batch is bottled at 46% ABV and consists of rye and bourbon whiskies aged 10 to 14 years from MGP Distillery in Indiana, formerly known as LDI and Seagrams. Considering that a simple ten year old American rye whiskey seems to be worth its weight in gold, the fact that High West has included casks of a much older heritage is no simple task. The balance between both the richness of the bourbon and the spiciness of the rye is quite wonderful here. There are no rough edges, the flavors meander from mellow oak to toasted with vanilla, all with a backbone of peppery rye goodness. We never have the Bourye in stock for long and we're always handling questions about when we'll get more. David Perkins continues to captivate us with his American whiskey blends, now considered the gold standard of the industry.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2017

The excellent Bourye is always a special treat. There are so few opportunities to taste old American whiskey at a reasonable price. The Bourye is always a reminder that High West is really an American blending house. Sure, they distill stuff, but what they're good at is figuring out the precise proportions to maximize the impact of each component of a blend. The new Bourye is no exception. The heady spice of old rye and the rich, woodsy sweetness of well-aged bourbons are mingled perfectly for one of the most obvious and delicious bottles on the shelf today. Has this wonderful old-style feel to it and represents quite a good value considering many aged-stated rye and many bourbons are asking upwards of $100.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 25, 2016

A wonderful and delicious whiskey. It is rich and round and full bodied. The bourbon seems to dominate with the spice of the rye having a secondary influence. The only problem with this whiskey is that it is too easy to drink.

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2013 Bodegas Aleanna "Gran Enemigo" Cabernet Franc Gualtallary Argentina ($89.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was really looking forward to tasting the 2013 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard since all of the previous vintages have been truly exceptional, and I wanted to see what it would be in a cooler year. The bottled wine contains perhaps 15% Malbec in the blend, and they will soon stop mentioning Cabernet Franc on the label. It fermented in 500-liter oak barrels with 50% of the Cabernet Franc and all of the Malbec and then matured in used oak foudres. It's very intense and powerful, but at the same time, there is a kind of lightness on the palate that makes if feel light on its feet but with great inner power. There is citrus acidity that makes it effervescent and electric. It has some 7.5 grams of acidity and a pH of 3.45, very healthy parameters. The peppery character appears after some time, giving it a Chinon-like twist, and it also reminds me of my favorite Bordeaux, Pomerol's Lafleur. This is definitely world-class and worth lying down, as it should develop further complexity in bottle. This is one of those wines where the only improvement I can think of is having magnums rather than bottles. Bravo! Some 3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2016. (LG)" (06/2018)

99 points James Suckling: "This is a fabulous wine with blackberry, dark mushroom, blueberry and white pepper character. Full body, fine tannins and fantastic depth and length. Goes on for minutes. A magnificent red. Beautiful encore to the superb 2012. Drink or hold." (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winemaker and owner Alejandro Vigil (famous for his work at Catena) produces this now legendary Argentinian red bottling. It not only transcends grape variety, but has consistently captivated a variety of critics to the extent that it is routinely #1 or #2 amongst their top scoring Argentinian and Chilean wines. In fact, Wine Advocate's recent 100-point mark for this 2013 vintage is the first perfect Argentinian red in the publication's history (over 6,800 wines rated all time in the category).

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2018

Several of us were tasting this wine yesterday, when suddenly Kirk exclaims, "I get it, it's the Cab Franc!" What he meant was the importance of the impact of Cabernet Franc in the famous 1st growth amongst St. Emilion estates, Cheval Blanc (we were lucky enough to taste through some of their wines last year). While I don't have a cellar full of Cheval Blanc, I do see the similarity in the floral, intensely fruited, yet impeccably balanced and refined qualities of both wines. Whether it's the grape variety well adapted to its site, the limestone, the deft barrel ageing and winemaking, or some combination thereof, it is clear that this is top quality red wine which should age quite nicely for some years. This is a superlative red wine that has many of us digging deep for the appropriate words to describe it!

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2018

The last vintage of this sold in a flash due to Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate) comparing it to Lafleur in his lofty 98+ point review. Although I didn't get a chance to try that one, tasting the 2013 it became incredibly apparent why. It is an incredibly seamless, elegant, compact Cab Franc that will age beautifully for years. It is also one of those wines that will be fascinating to follow as it develops and I find myself hoping for that opportunity. One of the most refined Argentinian wines I've ever tried, it also shocked and impressed some of the most devoted Old World wine lovers here at K&L. This is one that should be on any collector's radar for sure.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 21, 2018

After pouring a glass, this is one of those wines that continues to develop and become more and more nuanced by the second. To say the least, the 2013 Bodegas Aleanna "El Enemigo" is an absolute knockout. It is dark-fruited with a floral edge that tapers into subtle notes of black peppercorns and licorice. All of this is framed within a perfectly structured body and wraps up with an incredibly fine tannin. This multidimensional wine is one that should line the walls of your cellar. A true drink or hold.

2015 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru "Bressandes" ($149.99)

96 points Decanter: "A brooding nose of kalaeidescopic complexity, featuring notes of red and black cherry, cassis, iron-like soil tones, woodsmoke and cocoa. It is deep, full-bodied and beautifully minerally on the palate, structured by fine tannins and juicy acids.Drinking Window 2018 - 2075.(WK)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Corton Bressandes Grand Cru, which was completely de-stemmed, has a fresh, lively and more generous bouquet than the 2015 Corton Grand Cru, the 14.5% alcohol neatly disguised. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. It is full of pretty dark cherry and blackberry fruit, white pepper and even a touch of tangy marmalade towards the finish. This should flesh out by the time it finishes its élevage. Excellent.(NM)" (12/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A slightly more elegant if not quite as fresh combination exhibits a pretty mix of red currant, cherry, plum and subtle earth nuances. There is excellent volume to the richer and slightly rounder medium-bodied flavors that are at once utterly delicious yet entirely serious, all wrapped in a lingering finish where hints of bitter cherry and warmth appear. This is finer if not quite as vibrant as the regular cuvée of Corton and should mature a few years earlier." (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Inviting dark red color. Aromas of black cherry, currant, raspberry, woodsmoke and soil convey a juicy quality, as with the other 2015s I tasted at this address. Densely packed, suave and quite concentrated, conveying a minty medicinal reserve to its dark berry and black cherry flavors. Serious Corton grand cru with terrific inner-mouth energy. This refined, penetrating wine is most impressive today on the back end, where it spreads out to perfume the mouth without leaving any impression of weight. The firm tannins are perfectly supported by the wine's intense fruit. This should evolve slowly and gracefully. 92+ (ST)" (01/2018)

2016 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru "Fremiets" (Pre-Arrival) ($189.99)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A background note of menthol sits atop the spicy combination of floral and the pure essence of dark pinot fruit. The highly energetic and equally pure middle weight flavors brim with minerality on the beautifully refined, saline and even firmer finish that also exhibits a trace of youthful austerity. This well-balanced effort is really quite lovely and very Frémiets in character." (04/2018)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Brooding aromas of black cherry, blueberry and violet. Dense, sappy Volnay with compelling sweetness to its dark berry fruit. Finishes with dusty, broad tannins and good saline lift. The estate lost 25% of this parcel to frost, but Guillaume d'Angerville told me that the ultimate crop was actually larger than he thought it would be during the summer. (ST)" (01/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets offers a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose, quite floral with hints of crushed violet and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasant fleshy mouthfeel. This is not a deep Fremiets, but there are fine-boned tannins and it is potentially a pretty and feminine Volnay with a touch of piquancy on the finish. Lovely. (NM)" (12/2017)

91 points Decanter: "Like the premier cru blend, Fremiets is quite fragrant and expressive this year, offering up notes of plum, raspberry, raw cocoa and a touch of violets. The wine is deeper, more concentrated and taut on the palate, with a firm chassis of tannin which is likely to become more integrated after racking and further élevage. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040." (10/2017)

91 points John Gilman: "The 2016 Fremiets has a nice sense of black fruity sappiness to it on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of cassis, black cherries, venison, espresso, dark sol tones, a dollop of spicy new oak and a topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full, pure and sappy, with good focus and grip and a long, ripely tannic finish. This will be very good in the fullness of time. 2025-2060." (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 93 points Jasper Morris (MW) : "Mid slope, small stones, very little topsoil. Vibrant crimson purple with an exuberant dark raspberry nose, some youthful astringence with fresh mineral finish, perhaps a touch saline. But all the elements are there to make a fine Volnay." (1/2018)

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2015 Domaine Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (Monopole) ($199.99)

97 points James Suckling: "I'm amazed! This is extremely fresh with orange zest and smoky notes, as well as intense cherry aromas. With its stunning concentration and vitality, this could wake the dead! A great and dynamic expression of this unique terroir that could be drunk now, but it also has a huge future ahead of it." (02/2018)

94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This too is extremely ripe yet manages to avoid any sense of surmaturité on the once again liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, anise and lilac scents. This is a massive wine, with simply huge mid-palate concentration, power and muscle that terminates just like the Rodin in a borderline painfully intense finale that both coats the palate and lasts for minutes. I take considerable pains to point out however that this ultra-structured and overtly austere effort is not only built for the long haul but for the very long haul. I have suggested an initial drinking window of 25 years from now but it may very well be 30 to 40. In sum, this is very old school Corton." (01/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Full medium red. Deep, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, redcurrant, coffee and underbrush; not quite as black as it was from barrel in late 2016 but still conveys a brooding menthol quality. Enters the mouth plush and utterly seamless, but terrific soil-driven saline minerality gives definition to the middle palate. A bit reticent today but the slowly mounting, extremely long finish saturates everything in its path. The tannins are huge but plush, saturating the front teeth and incisors. I recall technical director Jérôme Flous telling me last year that this wine has an IPT (indice polyphenols totaux) of 90, compared to a normal 50. This outsized grand cru shows the sweetness of the vintage's best examples and appears to possess the stuffing and structure to go on in bottle for 25 years; in fact, it shut down rather dramatically with time in the recorked bottle. (ST) 95+" (01/2018)

93 points Decanter: "The Clos des Cortons from Faiveley is impressive in its ambitious style. Its nose of black fruits, liquorice and game bird is framed by a generous application of high-quality new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, sapid and nicely intense, with polished, fine-grained tannins and a bright core of fruit. This should offer dramatic drinking over a long period. Drinking window 2026 - 2045. (WK)" (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Cask sample. Monopole. Mid to deep crimson. So perfumed you might even say there was a lightly floral quality to the red fruit. Compact and yet scented on the palate too. Surprisingly approachable but the tannins close in on the finish. 17.5/20 points (JH)" (01/2017)

2016 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

92-94 points Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Slightly medicinal aromas of blackberry, licorice and violet complicated by a rocky quality. Pungent, tangy and high-pitched, offering a very fine-grained texture to its flavors of cassis, black cherry and violet; aeration brought a slightly less black note of raspberry and sexy savory soil tones. From vines on very shallow soil just across the Route des Grands Crus from Chambertin, this wine offers terrific punch and building sweetness. Both these vines and those in Mazoyères-Chambertin were planted shortly after World War II but a small part of the Charmes was replanted in 1998. (ST)" (01/2018)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more elegant and airy mix features an array of various red berries that is laced with notes of lavender, violet and earth. Once again there is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the big-bodied flavors that exhibit evident power and punch, all wrapped in a dusty, balanced and focused finish. This is presently quite compact and though it's not quite as structured as the Rognets, this is still going to require at least some patience." (01/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has quite a candied bouquet with vivacious red fruit laced with orange blossom and a touch of Earl Grey tea. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, juicier than the Corton Rognet but maybe without the same degree of precision on the finish. This is a gutsy, generous Charmes-Chambertin that should age well over the next 10 to 12 years, though in this vintage it is the Mazoyères that has the upper hand. Romain Taupenot has been behind the ascent of Taupenot-Merme in recent years. It is almost as if fashion has caught up with them, traditionally furrowing their own path of slightly leaner, terroir-driven wines that were as much about texture as fruit, now many growers have changed back more to this style. Meanwhile, I think Romain has refined the quality here in recent years, the wines showing better integration of whole bunches (although everything was destemmed in 2016), tweaking the fruit up just a shade, certainly achieving more refinement and sophistication. (NM)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 92-95 pts Jasper Morris, MW: "Pretty, mid purple, the fruit takes a little coaxing but it does have the characteristic appealing sweetness. Lovely full mouthful, especially in the middle of the palate, then a graceful easy-going finish. Very sound."(01/2018)

2015 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru ($199.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru has a very intense bouquet with lifted redcurrant, raspberry, spice box and quite a noticeable marine influence coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin. This is very focused, almost athletic in terms of tension and somehow "nimble" in the mouth, no heaviness here (a great attribute in such a warm growing season). This is one of the best Mazoyeres Chambertin that I have tasted. (NM)" (12/2016)

95 points Vinous: "Good bright, dark red. Explosive nose combines raspberry, plum, mocha, tobacco, earth and smoky underbrush. Wonderfully silky and sweet but with surprising verve and tension to its red berry, spice and salty mineral flavors. This compellingly rich, deep wine finishes with fully ripe, smooth tannins, outstanding length and terrific spicy lift. I underestimated this wine in late 2016; it now displays exceptional class for Mazoyères--and all the elements to make a great bottle. (ST)" (01/2018)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Once again there is ample sauvage character to the underbrush, humus and earth nuanced dark currant and floral-scented nose. The mouthfeel of the big-bodied flavors is quite interesting in that its at once succulent yet powerful with plenty of punch to the imposingly-scaled, firm and impressively persistent finish. This too is excellent but like the Corton, its going to require at least 8 to 10 years of patience first and last for decades thereafter. In a word, terrific." (01/2018)

94 points John Gilman: "The 2015 Mazoyères-Chambertin from Domaine Taupenot-Merme is every bit as promising as the Charmes-Chambertin, delivering a superb bouquet of sweet dark berries, dark chocolate, lovely floral tones, roasted venison, vanillin oak and a distinctive topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, sappy at the core and supremely elegant in profile, with lovely focus and grip, fine-grained tannins and lovely backend energy on the long finish. Fine, fine juice. 2025-2075." (01/2017)

2016 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) ($239.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Mazoyeres Chambertin Grand Cru has more sophisticated and mineral-driven bouquet than the Charmes-Chambertin, with a mixture of red and black fruit, damp earth, minerals and pressed flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth, quite effervescent in the mouth that tingles with its coiled-up energy on the finish. This is a deeply impressive follow-up to the 2015 and it may improve once in bottle. It has great potential, the standout from Taupeont-Merme this year. Romain Taupenot has been behind the ascent of Taupenot-Merme in recent years. It is almost as if fashion has caught up with them, traditionally furrowing their own path of slightly leaner, terroir-driven wines that were as much about texture as fruit, now many growers have changed back more to this style. Meanwhile, I think Romain has refined the quality here in recent years, the wines showing better integration of whole bunches (although everything was destemmed in 2016), tweaking the fruit up just a shade, certainly achieving more refinement and sophistication. (NM)" (12/2017)

91-94 points Vinous: "Dark red-ruby. Aromas of blueberry, black cherry, licorice and crushed warm stones. Thick but pungently spicy and bright on entry, then more backward and soil-driven in the middle palate than the Charmes-Chambertin. A bit less sweet than the Charmes as well, showing slightly edgy acidity and finishing with a firm tannic spine. This deep, layered wine, which Romain Taupenot believes will ultimate be "stronger" than the Charmes, will require substantial patience. (ST)" (01/2018)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is enough wood to merit mentioning present on the interesting nose that blends both upper and lower register aromas together that include the essence of red cherry and lavender that contrasts with plenty of earth, underbrush and sauvage elements. The rich, powerful and relatively robust flavors possess excellent size and weight along with very solid concentration where the abundant amount of dry extract does a fine job of buffering the very firm tannic spine shaping the youthfully austere and impressively long finish. Over the past 5-ish years or so this wine has become the most consistent entry in the Taupenot portfolio and it appears that 2016 will be no exception." (01/2018)

93 points Decanter: "The Mazoyères is the king of the cellar in 2016, revealing a brooding bouquet of wild berries, spicy coniferous forest and incipient suggestions of game. On the palate the wine is concentrated, ample and full-bodied, with good energy and a fine-grained chassis of savoury, sapid tannins. Drinking Window 2024-2040. (WK)" (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Racy and beautifully textured. Almost more Morey than Gevrey with its insouciant, lifted nature. Lovely wine! 17.5/20 points." (01/2018)

K&L Notes: 93-96 points Jasper Morris (MW): "Glowing purple, with a more chiselled nose than the Charmes but still with a weight of sweet fruit. Dense, delicious, greater liveliness at the finish. At the moment the mid-palate is quite reserved, unlike the Charmes, but all will come together."(01/2018)

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Kavalan "Vinho Barrique" Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($249.99)

After so much time spent merely reading about the great single malt whiskies from Taiwan's Kavalan distillery, we can finally get our hands on them here in the states! Kavalan uses a process, not unlike Lagavulin for their Vinho Barrique expression, called STR: shave, toast, and re-char. In the case of Kavalan, they take old wine casks from Portugal and reseason them to create a dark, heavily-oaked, intense flavor of whisky. It couldn't be further from all the quarter-cask, super-oaked craft stuff we see here in the U.S. This is like a more concentrated version of Macallan Fine Oak that has way more intensity. It's actually quite spectacular, especially with the extra proof to balance the spice. It's the humid conditions of Kavalan's warehouse that allows the maturation to take place much faster -- and while I'm normally skeptical of such accusations, the proof is in the pudding here. This is real deal whisky from the next big thing. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac - 1 available ($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.

2015 La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($309.99)

99 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are stunning with lavender, rose petals, walnut skin, strawberries and raspberries. Captivating. Full body, layers of polished tannins and perfectly ripe fruit. Dense and very long. Breathtaking classicism. Try in 2021 and onwards." (02/2018)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the undeniable superstars of the vintage is the 2015 La Fleur Petrus, which is 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. This awesome wine builds with time in the glass and shines just as much for its purity and elegance and richness and power. Boasting a deep purple/plum color to go with thrilling notes of tobacco leaf, currants, licorice, and subtle oak, it has a multi-dimensional, layered, elegant, and full-bodied style on the palate that just begs to be drunk. Nevertheless, it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will keep for 2+ decades. Its a sensational wine!" (11/2017)

97 points Vinous: "The 2015 La Fleur-Pétrus is a magical wine. Soaring aromatics, beautifully layered, translucent fruit and exceptional balance are the signatures. Hints of orange peel, white pepper and rose petal add an exotic flair. A wine of total harmony, the 2015 offers superb intensity and structure to play off the natural richness of the year. A dollop of Petit Verdot rounds out the blend. The 2015 is like a full-on orchestra where all the instruments are clearly heard but also come together in unison to create a wall of sound that is overwhelming in its beauty. (AG) 97+" (02/2018)

96 points Decanter: "The soils here are gravel and deep iron-rich clay, and this wine captures the Pomerol sexiness that is such a pleasing signature of the appellation, but in a complex style with densely layered dark fruits and tiny pulses of acidity - a beautifully seductive experience. I love this wine. Drinking Window 2023 - 2040. (JA)" (11/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 92% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 la Fleur-Petrus is a little reticent on the nose to begin, offering up beguiling notes of tilled soil, black olives, charcuterie and dried Provence herbs over a core of preserved plums, black cherries and black raspberries with touches of tar and new leather. Full-bodied, rich, plush and seductive in the mouth, it finishes with persistent, slowly revealing earthy/savory layers, which will keep you reaching for another glass. (LPB)" (02/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Warm ganache, fig bread and blackberry compote notes give this a fleshy feel. Loam and warm espresso details glide underneath, further accentuating the dark profile. Shows ample drive and energy, with graphite and roasted alder elements and fresh acidity coursing through. Serious juice. Best from 2025 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big tannins and superripe fruit give this wineits powerful character. Acidity, black fruits and a rich structure add to the sense of power. The wine is rich, showing lush fruits as well as the tannin. It needs some serious aging. (RV)" (04/2018)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 la Fleur-Petrus has tightened up since I tasted it in barrel, now a more linear, very focused, not austere but maybe conservative bouquet that may already be shutting up shop after bottling. But there is purity here and wonderful mineralité. The palate is more open: concentrated blackberry and boysenberry fruit, white pepper, clove and a touch of curry leaf. This has substance in spades, enormous depth with a persistent and satisfying finish. This is destined to be a great la Fleur-Petrus. Anticipated maturity: 2023 - 2050." (2/2018)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 10, 2016

A wonderful wine that will compare favorably to their 2009 and 2010 in the years to come. 92% Merlot here and blackberry fruits abound. So Sweet and elegant. I much prefer this to Trotanoy in 2015. Tremendous depth of flavor-perfect balance for the cellar. Long and lush. Not a big production and well worth a buy on futures.

2015 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) ($399.99)

100 points James Suckling: "The blackberries, blueberries, oyster shell and violets are so mesmerizing. Full-bodied, focused and deep. It takes you to another space and plane. Dried flowers and dark fruit. The tannins are perfectly crafted. Keeps going as you taste it. Drink in 2023 but why wait?" (02/2018)

100 points Vinous: "The 2015 Vieux Château Certan is every bit as magnificent from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, sumptuous and explosive in the glass, the 2015 is pure class. The flavors are deep and boldly sketched in this sumptuous, spectacularly ripe Pomerol. Inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, lavender, licorice and menthol all develop in the glass, but it is the wine's textural richness and intensity that stand out most. As good as the 2015 is today, it is going to need at least 15-20 years to be at its very best. Is there anything more I can ask of the 2015? No, there is not. This is a tremendous showing. (AG)" (02/2018)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautifully fragrant wine that has power along with an elegant acidity. It has wonderful juiciness that cuts through any of the tannins to give great freshness, a silky texture and fruitiness at the end. Perfumed and stylish, this is a very fine wine. (RV)" (04/2016)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Vieux Chateau Certan opens with profound notes of blueberry compote, dried mulberries, black forest cake, licorice, violets and garrigue with wafts of black truffles, sandalwood and rose hips. Medium to full-bodied, very earthy/savory and beautifully layered with very plush yet present tannins, it offers lovely freshness and a very long minerally finish. So very Pomerol! (LPB) 98+" (04/2018)

98 points Decanter: "Dense and complex but shy. Hint of blueberry fragrance. Creamy texture with sculpted tannins. Has drive and energy: harmonious despite the power. Built to age. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045. (JL)" (05/2018)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Expressive and alluring aromas of warm plum reduction and boysenberry puree lead off here, followed by fleshy, seamlessly layered notes of blackberry, black currant, melted black licorice and smoldering tobacco. Shows a lovely tug of dark earth through the finish without sacrificing a sense of polish or giving ground to the waves of fruit. Displays terrific latent energy through the finish. Best from 2023 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Very intense nose with strong mineral notes - lots of Cabernet Franc influence. Massive impact with really luscious ripe fruit but massive tannins too. Very satiny initially but underneath there is massive tannin. Lovely fragrant top note. Beautifully married. Very sophisticated and with many layers. All vineyard not winemaking. Very savoury - very unlike Merlot stereotype. 18.5/20 points (JR)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: 99 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Vieux Chateau Certan was bottled in mid-May as usual. This was one of the wines of the vintage out of barrel, and now it has a compelling bouquet with blackberry, smoke and iris. There is wonderful delineation here, a cerebral bouquet that is quite mercurial in the glass, traces of black truffle emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and just a killer line of acidity, a Vieux Chateau Certan surfeit with energy and joie de vivre. It fans out in glorious, almost swaggering fashion with truffle and white pepper, a touch of truffle on the persistent finish. This is clearly destined to be one among the canon of legendary wines from the estate although it does deserve requisite cellaring. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2055." (02/2018)

Staff ImagePhilip Bohorfoush | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 17, 2016

**One of the wines of the vintage** Perfumed and very fine with rich black fruits, graphite, liquid minerals, and cocoa powder. Exotic mouthfeel and weight (14.6% alcohol) yet completely in balance. Cashmere from the Cabernet Franc with power from the Merlot. On the palate, this is absolutely seamless, long, and pure. Extraordinary.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2016

I loved this wine. In my opinion, one of the best three of the vintage.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 04, 2016

This one wowed us! Amazingly pure and elegant, with a velvety texture and seamless lush sweet core of fruit that goes on and on in the mouth; it is not a monster but the definition of elegance, balance and finesse -A blend of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.