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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - November 5th 2019 - 11/05/2019 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Kalinda Medoc Bordeaux Red $16.99 View
2006 Arnauld, Haut-Médoc $19.99 View
2017 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury 93 $19.99 View
2017 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label) 92 $24.99 View
2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 95 $29.95 View
2016 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 95 $34.95 View
2015 Château du Mourre du Tendre Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 $34.99 View
Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne 90 $34.99 View
2009 Dérot-Delugny Millesime Brut $39.99 View
2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne 94 $39.99 View
Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne 93 $39.99
Wine Club Price: $34.99.
Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne 95 $49.99 View
2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) 94 $52.99 View
2008 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru "La Grand Récolte" Extra Brut Champagne $54.99 View
2000 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 94 $94.99 View
2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 96 $109.99 View
2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 97 $139.99 View
2017 Margaux, Margaux 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 99 $3,500.00 View
1989 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC 98 $7,450.00 View
2009 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 3-pack in OWC 100 $8,000.00 View

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2016 Kalinda Medoc Bordeaux Red ($16.99)

Our Kalinda private label hooks you up with awesome wine at a fraction of what you'd otherwise pay for this exact same wine under its normal label. A great value here—just in for the holidays and the holiday parties. Spicy, lively, vibrant wine. Decant it for an hour and enjoy.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 13, 2020

Fine floral notes, along with raspberries, and cassis, framed by ripe tannins. It's got an easy appeal to it, that will be a perfect pairing for whatever you have for dinner tonight.

Staff ImageMandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2020

kalinda does it again! another wonderful offering from Kalind and this time is from Bordeaux. The blend is 60% Cabernet, 35% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.beautiful bright fruit, great acidity and it is elegant. It seems to be such a great addition to many different dishes, steak or Pizza, pick what you want and enjoy the wine.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

Kalinda knocks it out of the park with its very first Médoc offering. The price-to-quality ratio is in line with other Kalinda wines, that is, stellar. This one comes from a Chateau in the northern Medoc, and is made from about 60% Cabernet, 35% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. It has bright berry fruit and baking spice aromas on the nose, with an added savory presence on the palate. The tannins are firm and well-balanced by subtle acidity. Have this with a hearty steak dish, pizza, pastas, mushrooms, even a well roasted chicken.

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2006 Arnauld, Haut-Médoc ($19.99)

Chateau Arnauld is located between Margaux and Moulis, on a large gravel outcropping on the edge of the Gironde, neighboring Chasse-Spleen and Poujeaux. The oceanic breezes off the Gironde estuary keep vines cool, promoting long, even ripening for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted to these mineral-rich, high-draining soils. The blend is typically about half Cabernet and half Merlot, often with a bit more Cabernet. The wines are made in a traditional style made to withstand the cellar: black-fruited with spicy complexity from barrel, a rich midpalate, and fine tannin structure balanced by natural acidity.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2019

At 13 years old, this classy, medium-bodied Haut-Médoc is drinking perfectly. It still has nice, lively, black currant fruit, but the tannins are completely resolved, and the texture fully developed. This subtle, intricate wine has much more complexity and interest than I would expect given the cost, and I am used to Clyde finding great deals. This wine is the exact opposite of the modern, high alcohol, inky, thick style that one finds often in the New World and from time to time in Bordeaux. I love the wine as much for its grace notes, which allow it to play so well with food, as I do for its surprising length and silky mouthfeel.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 21, 2019

This little gem of a Bordeaux is very accessible, with dark cherry fruit and softer (though not flabby) tannins. It also has some lively spice, earth and tobacco notes that add complexity and nuance. We have had very good luck here with this producer and this release is no exception to the overall balance of quality and value.

2017 Nor'Wester (Omihi) by Greystone Pinot Noir North Canterbury ($19.99)

93 points Bob Campbell: "Gently aromatic wine with bright cherry, crushed herb, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours. A supple, accessible, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with character and sophistication. It offers good value at this price." (05/2019)

93 points Sam Kim: "Wonderfully fruited and immediately appealing, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, warm spice and cedar characters, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and beautifully rounded. The wine offers terrific fruit intensity and silky texture, finishing long and delicious." (07/2019)

91 points James Suckling: "This is a dark-fruited, rich and succulent, cherry-flavored Pinot that has immediate appeal and delivers so much rich, fresh cherry flavor in a simple, drinkable guise." (08/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Nor'wester Pinot Noir (a reference to the prevailing winds) offers up a pleasing combination of mossy oak, savory, meaty notes and ripe cherries. It's medium-bodied, with a soft, dusty tannin structure and mouthfeel, and a lingering, silky finish. Nicely done. (JC)" (07/2019)

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 05, 2020

The Nor Wester is back with a bang. Despite the 2016 being one of our best-selling New Zealand Pinot Noirs of 2019, the 2017 is even better. Ive spilt a lot of ink shouting the praises of New Zealand 2017 Pinot, and the 2017 Nor Wester is another perfect example of how against all odds, New Zealand ended up with one of its best vintages in a decade. The Nor Wester is dark and concentrated; there is a remarkable amount of depth to this Pinot Noir. The touchstone here is without a doubt Cote de Nuits in Burgundy--but with a quality-to-price ratio that is absolutely off the charts. In fact, you just dont see Pinot Noir this good at $20 anywhere else. Full and round on the palate, there is a ton of minerality to this wine, with brooding, earthy components. Plenty of tannin gives this wine excellent grip along with bright, focused acid. This wine is an unstoppable value, and one of my absolute top picks in the store.

Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

Another stunning Pinot hailing from the lesser-known North Canterbury. At $20 a pop, this earthy and savory red is a real steal. The richer tones are met with bright red fruit, some spiciness, and a fresh acidity, rounding this out as a truly food-friendly wine. This would be a option to buy by the case and not worry about popping open on a Tuesday night while still genuinely enjoying whats in the bottle.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

What a remarkable bottle of Pinot Noir for the price point. This has it all: a stunning nose of crushed flowers, woodsy spices, damp earth and fennel; juicy, forest berry fruits, anise, black cherry and subtle cracked peppercorn. Silky on the palate with bright, crunchy acidity and super fine tannins. It's very refined and layered for an inexpensive bottle...totally over delivers. Impressive stuff.

Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

If you want to know what the nose of a great Pinot Noir should be like, pick this up. The fruit is sweet and bright, but it's tempered with a really lovely dark earthiness...It's absolutely intoxicating. On the nose alone, this wine over-delivers! On the palate, it's a simple being; fresh red fruits laced with a bit of smokiness / brambliness. As a weekday wine, this is exactly what I want; a compelling nose that I can enjoy all evening long with the simplicity that should pair perfectly with many of my simple weekday meals.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 31, 2019

Greystone has done it again with a beautiful cool climate moderate alcohol pinot at a great price. Bright acidity and juicy fruit combine for pure pleasure drinking. Silky smooth tannins provide just enough structure without overwhelming the palate - a very Burgundian style coming out of Canterbury that deserves a place on the table.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2019

This is serious Pinot Noir at a very fun price point. This is aromatic, structured and fresh. High toned aromatics with nice depth, with layers of spice and earth. The palate has some concentration and fresh acidity. This wine is a perfect bridge from the New World to the Old.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

.The nose of this wine shows some serious quality fruit, bright while still showing depth. On the palate this wine shows weight and a bit of stemmy grip to give the wine some structure and resonance. The finish is a bit condensed but still shows lots of character for a wine of this price-point carrying through a lot of fruit and earth

2017 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label) ($24.99)

92 points Decanter: "Expressive nose of rose petals and strawberry. Cherry and plum, bracken and undergrowth flavours, fine tannins and decent acidity."

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mainly (two-thirds) Clone 777, the 2017 Pinot Noir A2 includes almost one-fourth whole clusters and one-eighth new French oak. Floral-herbal-stemmy notes still mark the nose, but in a sexy, good-kinky sort of way, adding fragrance to deeper notes of dark cherry and plum. It's medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a silky but firm base of tannins and a lingering, slightly tart finish. (JC)" (07/2019)

2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay ($29.95)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the great values out there, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers thrilling notes of white flowers, white peach, currants, and toasted bread. This ripe, sexy wine is unquestionably at the same level as the more expensive single vineyard releases, and it will evolve for just as long.This was another thrilling lineup from Greg Brewer, and I consistently rate these wines as some of the greatest in the Sta. Rita Hills, as well as all of Santa Barbara County. In addition to the latest releases, I was also able to taste retrospectives of his Chardonnay 3D and Pinot Noir Machado, which only reaffirmed my belief in the quality and age-worthiness of these wines. These are brilliant wines." (10/2019)

93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine from Brewer-Clifton. Creamy and ample, the 2017 is absolutely delicious. Tangerine, mint, lemon peel and sweet spice notes all meld together in a striking, nuanced Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. The 2017 is positively stellar. That's pretty much all there is to it. (AG)" (09/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This appellation blend carries that aromatic hallmark of this winery's Chardonnays, with a streak of walnut oil that decorates the marmalade and toast tones. The palate is bright in acidity, giving energy to the flavors of walnut paste, dried orange peel and sun-dried honeysuckle. (MK)" (09/2019)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2019

Another absolute benchmark Chardonnay from acclaimed winemaker, Greg Brewer. Very reflective of his style, perfectly ripe fruit, powerful, focused palate, minimal oak and vibrant, racy acidity. Bursting with golden stone fruit, lemon curd, pie crust, ocean spray salinity and lingering mineral underpinnings. It's rich and flavorful but bright and zesty all at once. A perfectly judged wine that is entirely transparent and delicious. Another great addition to Greg's Brewer's significant body of work that has already cemented him as once of Santa Barbara's all-time great winemakers.

Staff ImageJohn Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2019

This is a textbook appellation-level expression of both the region and producer. Candied citrus rind, honeydew melon, white rose, sourdough, and chalk combine with hints of smokiness and toasted grain from the reductive winemaking style (no new oak usedonly neutral barrels) on the nose. Zesty, intensely focused, and flavor-packed with brisk acidity, it is fabulous now, but will clearly age beautifully. A marriage of California coastal sunshine through a Chablis-like winemaking lens.

2016 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir - 0 available ($34.95)

95 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is fabulous, while the 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. This is such a tremendous wine. (AG" (10/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: ""I'm the most proud of this wine," Chad Melville says. "This includes all 16 clones, around 130 different lots. It's like an orchestra, using what's left from the single-vineyard blends. To be able to pull aside those other sweet vineyard spots to bottle separately and still have this wine keep kicking ass - I'm becoming a better farmer and learning the land." Medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate has a very bright, sunny nose of tangerine peel, ripe red cherries, spiced cranberries and rhubarb with hints of tree bark, dried earth, oolong tea and crushed strawberries plus a white pepper hint. It's light to medium-bodied with a silky texture, intense, juicy earth-accented red fruits, softly grainy tannins and a long finish. 4,877 cases were produced and at this price point, this makes a good value-for-money casual bottle. (EB)" (09/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Starting with the value-priced 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, it was 60% destemmed, saw a long 30-day maceration, and was aged all in very old barrels. This medium ruby/plum-hued effort offers complex notes of macerated cherries, dried strawberries, forest floor, spice, and earth. With medium body, a light, elegant texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish, it's a no-brainer purchase to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years (or more)." (10/2019)

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2019

Melville is a perennial staff favorite here at K&L; wines our staff drink. So we were stoked when the new 2016 Estate Pinot garnered 95 points from Vinous! 2016 was the first vintage Chad Melville had turned over his Samsara wines to new owners and focused entirely on his eponymous brand with his father, Ron. Chad's love for whole cluster inclusion is perfectly executed in this wine giving beautiful texture and shape on the palate and adding spicy complexity and lift to the flavor profile. The wine is stunningly aromatic and expressive in a way only Pinot Noir can be. Crushed flowers, Asian spices, sandalwood, bright berry fruits and lick of exotic oak. Very vibrant and pure. Great length and poise on the palate, everything perfectly in place. This wine just delivers again and again. It drinks well beyond it's modest price point; I think this can hold up to most challengers from the region at any price point. With all the attention around the 95 point score this will go fast.

Staff ImageJohn Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 21, 2019

Fresh red plum, raspberry, and Bing cherry lead on the nose, framed by red rose, dried maple leaf, and pink peppercorn with hints of savory herbs and wet stone. Flavorful, finely balanced, nuanced, and brimming with class, this is a delightful rendition of the distinctive Melville style. A perfect companion for duck and roasted pork preparations. This is open-knit and ready to go, though itll age well if so desired.

2015 Château du Mourre du Tendre Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($34.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Château Mourre du Tendre has three hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the lieu-dits of La Crau, La Guigasse and Saintes-Vierges, all in sandy terroirs. Kirsch, leather, peppery herbs and dried herbs all emerge from the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Tres Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Prestige, which is medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet surprisingly elegant and seamless on the palate. Classic, with tons of the garrigue and herbs of the region, it has terrific tannin quality, no hard edges, and a great finish. This cuvée is 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre brought up in concrete and larger foudre for three years." (02/2018)

K&L Notes: Located in the heart of Provence in Courthézon between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Orange, the Château du Mourre du Tendre is a family property with a history of 7 generations of passionate winemakers. Since 2013, Paul (son of Florence and grandson of Jacques) took the helm and is now continuing the family business with the same drive for the pursuit of excellence that he learned alongside his grandfather. The 2015 opens with rich aromas of dried herbs, red currant and cured meats. Slightly smoky on the palate, the wine has beautifully mellow, round tannin with full body and layers of spice and fruit. The finish here is exceedingly long and complex. The wine already shows a fair amount of development and is in its first drinking window. Paired with grilled meats, it’s an immediate win. This wine is versatile and could work well with almost any savory dish that displays the right amount of body and flavor to balance the power and depth of the wine.

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Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($34.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly floral, this creamy crowd-pleasing Champagne shows good balance, with a lively mix of Honeycrisp apple, passion fruit and smoked almond. (AN)" (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "100% Chardonnay from Oger, Cramant, and Avize. From a 50-ha estate. Olivier Bonville is the third generation to make wine here. Super-clean fresh nose, smells like a health scrub. Vigorous mousse. Crisp edges and a creamy middle, streaked with verbena. More green than lemon, and just slightly sour. Quite weighty and substantial yet with a cutting edge, like prow of a ship. *Good Value* (TC)" (12/2014)

K&L Notes: All Champagne producers should be judged on their entry-level wine, and Olivier's is as good as they get. This is always the fastest non-vintage Champagne to sell out--so get it while we have it! The nose is effusive, with baguette, white flowers, and a nice salinity, while the flavors have a fine balance of white fruit, cream, and precise Avize chalk. Don't miss this. The Underground Wine Letter also rates this wine Outstanding Plus: "This is a terrific Champagne with great balance, flavor, and style, and it is a real value. Pale yellow in color, the wine has a lovely perfume with hints of peach and citrus and faint floral nuances accented by a kiss of vanilla. Creamy and very flavorful, this is a Champagne that is very harmonious showing subtle hints of peach, citrus, and spice. Elegant and long on the finish this is gorgeous to drink now or keep for many years."

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 15, 2019

Olivier Bonville carries on the tradition of his grandfather, Franck, producing wines of incredible richness and complexity from his estate vines in the Grand Cru villages of Avize and Mesnil on the picaresque Cote de Blancs. It has the rich flavors of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, white apricots and a touch of delicate spice. The real magic is in the chalky minerality and zippy acidity that the Cote de Blancs is famous for. When you consider that similar offerings from the Big Houses cost three to four times more, this becomes a must-buy for anyone who loves Champagne.

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 13, 2019

This delectable all-Chardonnay Champagne has a wonderful little secret: 50% of what's in the bottle is reserve wines. So even though it's non vintage, Bonville is utilizing a lot of its premium older wine for this Grand Cru. This Champagne comes at you with bracing minerality and acidity. There are notes of green apple, lemon tart, and enough chalk to get stuck in your teeth. That pucker factor along with a velvety soft mouthfeel makes this one of my favorite Champagnes right now.

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2019

Another great Grand Cru bottle at such a reasonable price, especially with 50% reserve wines which is almost never heard of. This is fresh and tart like grapefruit but has a roundness that softens that acidity. There is lots of minerals swirling in this bottle too. This champagne will hook you right at the very 1st sip!

Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2019

I couldnt ask for anything more from this champagneI always have a few bottles tucked away somewhere in my stash! On the nose its clean and elegant with a slight white-floral aspect; on the palate the fruits are pure, lean, and beautiful, with the classic chalky texture that you find in all of the best champagnes; on the finish, its like an old friend that leaves 45 minutes after the first, Good-bye, is said.

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2019

Franck Bonville constantly tops the staff picks charts and this blanc de blanc is no exception. The nose is clean, with a nice minerality and subtle floralness that opens up the palate with its balanced acidity with a peach blossom note. The finish is what takes the cake for me amongst other wines at this price point. Long and mouthwatering, this is a must for parties and celebrations.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2019

I am a sucker for a good Blanc de Blanc. Something about the rich, round, honeyed quality that chardonnay based champagne can bring always puts a smile on my face. Franck Bonville is an exceptional producer, and when you can get your hands on a bottle of 100% Grand Cru fruit at a price this low, it's a no brainer in my mind. The nose is fot, with notes of cherry, vanilla, and white flowers. The Palate is laden with cashew, marzipan, and a long toasty finish. This is a beautiful wine made from exceptional fruit that for the the price, is going to be hard to beat!

Staff ImageChris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2019

One of the K&L staff's all-time favorite producers earned its place for a reason, and the non-vintage Franck Bonville Grand Cru is another phenomenal example of classic blanc de blanc champagne. Floral, and bright, this wine fills the glass with Asian pear notes and subtle cream and chalk that, when matched with bracing acid, make for an awesome drink by itself or with many foods....sushi anyone?

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

Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne for just $ 34.99! Lively and rich with flavors of apples some bready notes with a touch of saline and vanilla. Crisp and clean with persistent bubbles. This is a favorite at my house

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 20, 2017

This is one of K&L's best selling Champagnes for a very good reason. The Bonville family has some of the best terroir imaginable for growing Chardonnay--every acre that they own is super chalky, east-facing Grand Cru on the Cote des Blancs. They have been making their own Champagne here since the 1920s, and growing here for many generations before that. This is their entry level bottling, and what a way to start! It is made of at least half reserve wines, giving it not only the dry, chalky drive that makes this area famous, but also giving the wine toasty, creamy, delicious drinkability. A must-try for any Champagne lover.

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

This is basically the non-vintage champagne that everybody wants, everybody needs, and everybody can have! It checks every box. It suits any occasion. It fits nearly any budget. It delivers in every single way. Perfect blanc de blancs nose, vibrant soft white fruit, fresh crisp apples and citrus, slight saline, and that grand cru chalkiness that you can't miss. Lively, pointed and open - it slips from the glass like a slithering snake, just disappears. Where did it go? I don't know. Buy another.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2011

When it comes to Champagne this is probably our all time staff favorite. The fact that it is a direct import and sells for less than half what it would if it went through the same distribution system as the big name brands doesn't hurt either. Fresh and ripe Chardonnay flavors, intense mineral notes and hints of earth leap from this vibrant and full-textured bubbly.

Staff ImageJason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2010

Made from all estate fruit from Bonvilles Grand Cru vineyards in Avize, this champagne displays ripe citrus and apple fruit on the nose, followed by a rich mid palate and a snappy mineral finish. The Bonville Prestige has everything I am looking for in a Blanc De Blancs at an extremely reasonable price!

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2010

For me, one of the best finds at our recent Champagne tasting! It's off-dry, with beautiful fruit and a nice toasty nose. All this from third generation winemaking family whose holdings consist of 15 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards. The winemaking here is all about elegance and finesse and allowing the terroir to speak for itself and it shows.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2009

What a great producer Franck Bonville is! This excellence shows in the Brut Selection Blanc de Blanc. When one opens the bottle and pours some of this Champagne into a glass, beautiful aromas are the first teasing impression. The Champagne is dry and crisp with clean delicate flavors. Great alone or with lighter foods.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 20, 2009

If there is such a thing as a Champagne for everyday use, well this has to be it. Not because of the price, but for its quality and poise. Very crispy, citrousy end elegant. Perfect for hors d'oeuvres, seafood, egg dishes, guacamole, goat cheeses, and "fantastic" with caviar!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 27, 2008

There is simply no better Blanc de Blanc in the store at this price! Classic Avize minerality with crisp apple-y fruit, lemons, limes and wet stone aspects. A wonderful Chamnpagne with caviar or baked Brie. Too good of a value to pass up. We can also go for months without having this sparkler in stock. Also available in 375ml and magnum. It also comes in a gorgeous 2002 vintage as well!

2009 Dérot-Delugny Millesime Brut ($39.99)

This 30-acre estate only keeps one third of their production for making their own Champagne, selling off the rest of their fruit. They are the oldest grower-producer in their village; they have been estate-bottling Champagne since 1929, and they’ve been growing grapes longer than written records go back. Everything is aged in a hillside cellar that is over 50 feet deep at the back. This ten-year-old vintage Champagne is a blanc de noirs, composed of half each Pinot Noir and Meunier from the oldest vines on the estate. It has a wonderful sourdough toast nose and a touch of smoke on the savory, dark cherry palate. After eight years on the lees it still has a vigorous bead, and will go very well with paté, stuffed mushrooms or savory tarts this holiday season.

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2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne ($39.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Almost entirely Chardonnay, with just a whisper of Pinot Noir, this is a dry Champagne. It is crisp, lively, steely and with great intensity. The apple and lemon flavors are just a part of this impressive wine that could age longer. Drink from 2019. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (12/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A firm version, with a light and lacy mousse carrying pretty hints of ripe black cherry, apple blossom, chalk and biscuit. Clean-cut on the moderate finish. (AN, Web-2017)"

K&L Notes: This classic Sézanne Champagne is composed of 96% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Noir aged over 8 years on the lees. It is dosed at under 8g/l and all stainlees steel fermented. This is a classic 2008, with fantastic drive, length and minerality, and should age very well if you can keep your hands off of it! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2019

A perfect celebratory sparkler, Le Brun de Neuville Grand Vintage is Champagne from one of our favorite producers, aged 8 years on the lees, from a coveted vintage, at a killer price! Bright and elegant, with snappy acidity rounded out by subtle brioche, this is a gorgeous, high quality offering that ticks all the boxes. Wow.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 15, 2019

Bright and poised pear, apple and lemon zest fruit flavors with a voluptuous mid-palate texture and just a hint of red fruit from the Pinot Noir on the back end. The acidity, like every vintage 2008 Champagne Ive had so far, is electric and stimulating, amplifying the fruit flavors for an almost never-ending finish. Incredible value from this grower champagne from what is quickly becoming a legendary vintage. Amazing value on an '08 vintage champagne!

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 14, 2019

My absolute favorite Le Brun to date! The 2008 Grand Vintage utilizes 96% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Noir. Why are the proportions like this? I have no idea what the method is behind the madness, but whatever it is - it works like magic. I pick up layers of green apple and yellow apple along with Meyer lemon and decadent brioche bread. The palate offers up spice and excellent toastiness from the oak, chalky goodness, and then there's an elegant floral quality that carries throughout. This is an ideal celebration Champagne.

Staff ImageChris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2019

A zippy, tight bottle of bubbles, the "Grand Vintage," was enjoyable drinking now but begs to be aged to really open up the teasing meringue and panna cotta living now under the high acid that will round out over time even more. Clean as anything, this almost blanc de blanc has all the chalkiness you'd expect, but a bit more heft that usual, especially for how liner it is, which was really intriguing.

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2019

I have an update on the current release of this champagne. More Chardonnay at 96% now and it seems to be fresher. What a great year and what a great champagne!Most 2008 champagnes are wonderful. Not very many are $39.99. If you are a Blanc de Blancs fan, you're love this one. The label doesn't say Blanc de Blancs, but it's 94% Chardonnay! It's rich and flavorful. This may sound bizarre but this is a champagne that's visual for me. I see/feel threads of minerals closely knit with the acid and green apples that gives it depth and a smooth texture. I love the slight salinity on the nose.

Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2019

The golden apple fruit characteristics that drive this wine are so clean here! And because of that, everything else just falls into place to easily. On the nose, theres a fun yeast quality as if youre smelling a baguette. Theres a small but wonderful accent of almonds that follows the fruits through to the finish. This champagne also has a velvety viscosity to it, and along with that the chalky texture is presented as if on a soft cushion. Keep for the years to come, or drink it in a few months; either way, this is very enjoyable!

Staff ImageJackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2019

2008 was a great year in Champagne and this Grand Cru is a fantastic example of that statement. At 97% Chardonnay and only 3% Pinot Noir the blanc de blanc designation goes out the window but the aromas and flavors seemed to be worth it. Notes of apple blossom honey tickle the nose on a triangle of light toast, while a nice acidity mingles with unripe nectarines. This would be a great wine to pair with spicy Asian foods or great on its own as it finishes with beautiful orchard fruits.

Staff ImageAndrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 07, 2019

This might be one of the oddest blends I've seen from champagne. Now I have had Syrah with just a touch of Viognier blended in to soften it up a bit, but never before have I seen a 97% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Noir Champagne. Nevertheless the oddity of the wine makes it all the more interesting. The nose opens with Vanilla and Brown sugar, apple blossoms with a hint of cinnamon come with a bit of air. The palate is lovely and rich with a hint of graham cracker. Champagne fans really should give this bottle a try, you won't see much else like this!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 10, 2018

This was one of the biggest highlights of my trip to Champagne this year. This spectacular offering from Le Brun De Neuville is all from Bethon, in the heart of the Sézanne. It is composed of 96% of Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Noir from some of the chalkiest soil in all of Champagne. You friends will not believe that they are drinking a Champagne that is well under $50 if you pop this tonight. Given how well the 1988 Le Brun De Neuville showed, it only can get better if you can keep your hands off of it!

Staff ImageRobert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2018

Upon nosing the 2008 "Grand Vintage" Brut from Le Brun de Neuville I was immediately captivated by beguiling aromas of brioche, green apple and lemon zest. It's dry, fresh and lively on the palate with a creamy and elegant mouthfeel. This is an absolutely GORGEOUS Champagne! The price to quality ratio is simply off the charts here. This is an amazing value from a stellar vintage!

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2018

For the second time within a year, I have tasted this great little bargain of a 2008 vintage Brut. It has a bright, clean, limestone and nectarine nose due to the high percentage of chardonnay. Granny Smith apple and Anjou pear on the palate, with a very long finish that has chalk and minerals. Clean and crisp!

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

The 2008 vintage for champagne is tasting really amazing right now, and this 2008 Grand Vintage Brut should be on your list, if you're looking for a fantastic bottle of vintage champagne. Smooth and fresh, this champagne has an outstanding minerality that I often look for in most white wines, and I absolutely love the chalky presence on it's finish.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 08, 2017

Of course the great '08 Vintage Champagne from anywhere is in high demand, but once a few customers get to try this beauty it should disappear quickly. The nose is incredibly intriguing leading you right into a full palate of layers of complexity. Lovely and rich with a ripe apple delicious fruit braced by an nice crisp acidity. The 8+ years on lees is nicely evident without being overwhelming

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Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne ($39.99) Wine Club Price: $34.99.

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Pure and complex aromas speak of plenty of yeast, brioche, freshly sliced citrus and a whiff of rose petal. On the palate there is equally good complexity thanks to the high percentage of pinot noir to the medium-bodied, firm and utterly delicious flavors that are shaped by a moderately firm and fine effervescence before culminating in a refreshing and inviting finish. This isn't the most elegant Champagne you'll try but I'll wager you won't taste many that have this kind of depth for the price." (06/2018)

K&L Notes: This Champagne is composed of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay. The Champagne has a graceful, delicate balance that Verzenay wines sometimes lack but with the signature hazelnut Pinot core. I found it to have creaminess to complement its racy cherry fruit on the palate and an extraordinarily long, dry finish. It is dosed at 9 grams per liter: very dry! It will age very well. The Arnoulds own 27 acres in the village of Verzenay, a quite sizable holding in this high-rent area. It is planted to 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, which is average for the village. The Arnoulds have quite a few plots of vines that are very old and positioned in the golden band mid-slope where the sun exposure is best. They have 40- and 45-year-old vines in the lieux-diets of Corret, Perthos, and Coutures and 50-plus-year vines in the red wine vineyard Carreaux. All of the wines made by the Arnoulds undergo complete malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and enamel vats. If you have enjoyed the wines of Lallement, Bollinger, and Krug in the past, I think you will very much enjoy Michel Arnould. They are bold, masculine Champagnes with plenty of toasty flavor. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne ($49.99)

95 points Decanter: "The original 'green' Champagne producer, organic since 1970 and biodynamic since 1989. I picked the Brut Sonate 2011 to include in my book, which is a little more expensive, but this blanc de noirs is also brilliant, rich and creamy but dancing with a salty minerality. (JA)" (12/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "Beautiful florals with light and bright red fruit and brioche pastry. The palate has a crisp, silky feel with fine, red-fruit flavors. From organically grown grapes." (07/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This balanced version is lightly mouthwatering and open-knit, an accessible Champagne with a fine range of crushed black raspberry, blood orange granita, toast and spice flavors. (AN, Web-2017)"

K&L Notes: This is a real-deal Champagne from Courteron, a village in the Aube department of Champagne, closer to Chablis than the city of Reims! Their methods are as Burgundian as their location. They practice biodynamic farming, which is the strictest form of organic viticulture. The assemblage of several Pinot Noir vines from different years results in a very expressive and intense Champagne. Fruity and delicate, this elegant and long-lasting Champagne is classic, smooth and quite rich in style. Mr. Fleury's obsession with quality shows through in the wine; it is the most exciting all-Pinot Noir blanc de noirs in our stock. The dosage is very low--one of the driest Champagnes we have--with a wonderful black-cherry-fruit quality that reminds us that it is all Pinot! It is long and refreshing and very well balanced. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 23, 2017

I was all ready a Fleury freak before I tasted the new BdN, but this just solidified what we already new. Fleury is a world class producer of Champagne and should recognized as one of the very best. A beautiful honeyed hue. A stupendous nose of bright candied cherries, honeysuckle, and zesty citrus. Very racy on the palate, ultra clean and precise. The style is so drinkable here, but I would love to see what would happen in the cellar for a few years. Stock up while you can.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2015

This bottle has the best texture of any non-vintage wine in this price range, with perfect streamers and elegant creaminess. The brioche, custard and meyer lemon aromatics carry through on the palate, yet the finish is all about freshness. If you havent tried this in a while, you should. It is one of the most impressive wines they make, and a great flagship This is not entry level stuff!

Staff ImageSarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2012

Every time I try this wine, I wonder why I don't drink more of it! Apple, toast and mineral make this champagne from our friends at Fleury perfectly balanced and well-suited to food. Grown organically and biodynamically, the care that is taken with each bottle will shine through. Perfect gift or party bubbly for the holidays!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 14, 2012

This is one of my flavorite Champagnes now in stock. The Fleury Carte Rouge is full bodied, juicy and round, yet dry. It is clean and elegant and pure joy in a glass.It will taste good alone but will also go well with lighter foods.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2011

In his unwavering maxim that "we leave the earth to our children," Jean-Pierre Fleury was the very first winegrower in Champagne to adapt strict biodynamic principles and techniques in his steeply-sloping, calcareous vineyards near the northern village of Courteron. His exquisite Blanc de Noirs is an homage to the perfectability of Pinot Noir under his meticulous stewardship, and certainly one of the finest, long-lasting champagnes we carry at any price. Hand-crafted from select vintages, the Carte Rouge is emblematic, dry and complex, with a well-developed gamut of flavors from brioche and beeswax to cherry and acacia. Hard to say what 'not' to drink this with, but I guarantee you will be reaching for another glass after tasting this redolent, rewarding sparkler.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 23, 2011

Fascinating nose of caramel, toffee, some cocoa powder and a surprising whiff of pain-au-chocolat and cherries that brought back memories of a breakfast on a back street cafe around the Champs Elysées. A great wine not only for a very elegant apéritif, but also to enjoy with omelets, eggs Benedict, anything salmon, truffles (black and white), lobster and prawns, or even blue or goat cheeses.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 28, 2010

A great bottle of bubbles. Rich and very dry this Blanc de Noirs is perfect dinner Champagne.

2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) ($52.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries and stone with some dried-flower notes. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, silky tannins and a medium finish. Linear and refined with a very fine line of tannins running through it." (01/2020)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Malescot St. Exupery is scented of crushed red and black cherries, warm plums and mulberries with touches of roses and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of vibrant red and black fruits and soft, plush tannins, with a long, perfumed finish. (LPB)" (04/2018)

91-93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Malescot St. Exupéry has a simpler bouquet than recent vintages with high-toned red cherry and raspberry fruit, quite 'warm' compared to its peers and it would benefit from a little more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It is not a complex Malescot St. Exupéry but I admire the balance and focus. There is plenty of tightly wound red berry fruit laced with cedar and smoke, quite finessed towards the finish with a long spicy aftertaste. I would just like the aromatics to step up to the grade of the palate, so lets see how this shows once in bottle. (NM)" (05/2018)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a fruit-driven wine, packed with a strong black-currant character and bright acidity. The tannins are light, though they lend ample structure for medium-term aging. It is more about freshness and attractive fruit. Drink from 2023. (RV)" (04/2018)

90-93 points Wine Spectator: "A breezy and fresh style, with pretty damson plum and cherry fruit lined with high-pitched floral and savory notes. Elegant mineral details run through the silky finish. Pure and graceful, showing sneaky length. (JM)" (04/2018)

90 points Decanter: "This is fairly substantial on the palate, although the fruit is just a notch below full ripeness. They have done a good job here, producing an enjoyable wine. There is evidence of winemaking on show which is skilfully carried out, but it just finishes a little short. Enjoyable medium term drinking from owner Jean-Luc Zuger. (JA)" (04/2018)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 18, 2018

If you have been buying Jean Luc Zugar's Ch Malescot in the last 10 years you are very smart. He continues to make outstanding wine that rival's the best wines in Margaux at nowhere near the price. The 2017 has a lovely nose of fresh grapes, on the palate it is sweet and supple, with a little grip on the finish and great tasting. Ralph Sands

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 16, 2018

Here they lost 10% due to frost and 20% more with tropical rains and rot. 52%CS and 48%M. Deep blackish color. Great aromatics of red rose and cassis. Very sweet entry on the palate-lots of red fruited flavors. Lush and seamless-three in a row here for top quality.Almost $30 less than the 2015.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2018

Malescot is great again in 2017 - one of the true gems in Margaux and spectacular in a vintage where their neighbors struggled. Production is down a third from the previous vintage. Warm, inciting aromatics of licorice and dark red/black fruit lead a palate that is full of blackberry, vanilla, and cassis. Terrific concentration, plenty of new oak, bright acidity, and structure to tie it all together. The soft-spoken Jean Luc Zuger knew he had a winner here and the wine spoke for itself. Well done. Drink 2023 to 2038.

2008 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru "La Grand Récolte" Extra Brut Champagne ($54.99)

This wine is composed of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from two sites that are now being used to make single vineyard wines by Antoine and Quentin Paillard. Both are from their estate in the grand cru of Bouzy on the south facing slope of the mountain of Reims. The Pinot Noir comes from a plot called Les Maillerettes, which was planted in 1970 and the Chardonnay comes from Les Mottelettes, planted in 1961. Both are the mother vines for the massal selections made in-house at Champagne Pierre Paillard and both vineyards are just .8 acres. Old vines like these, in a terroir as special as the Grand Cru of Bouzy, produce great wines even in less special years. But in the vintage of a generation they have given something truly remarkable—a concentrated, streamlined vintage Champagne that will last for generations to come. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2019

Wow. Razor-sharp acidity, gorgeous berry fruit, and a long, chalky finish, the 2008 Pierre Paillard "La Grand Récolte" Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne hits it out of the park. Paillard wines are always excellent - with balance and complexity, and a bit racier than most, thanks to super low dosage - but this release takes a celebrated vintage and elevates it. Layered yet focused, this release showcases all the character and quality of Grand Cru village Bouzy and makes it a stellar cellar-worthy investment. But you wont want to wait to drink it.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

Fans of Pierre Paillard will undoubtedly love this Champagne. It has energy and focus, and is a great representation of the stunning 2008 vintage. It's layered with apple, pear, brioche, a touch of nutty character and long dry finish. This Champagne has a long life ahead of it, so it's a true winner for collectors, but don't be afraid to enjoy it now with your favorite seafood dishes!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 19, 2019

What do you get when you combine the critically acclaimed 2008 vintage with one of the most innovative and focused families in Champagne? The best sparkling wine I've tasted this year, that's what. Unmistakable in its quality, I bought several bottles of this as soon as it came in before I even tasted it. Best decision ever. The high acid nature of 2008 combined with the low dosage means this wine will continue to age without fault for another couple decades. I hope I can hang onto a bottle or two for a while to see how it evolves, but that seems pretty unlikely given how incredibly tasty it is now. It would be impossible to overstate how good this wine truly is.

Staff ImageCindy Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2019

I'm lucky to have tasted this wine on two separate occasions this week, and therefore am DOUBLY sure this champagne is firing on all possible cylinders. While we are on to the 2012 and 2014 vintages at some champagne houses, it is especially exciting to see a 2008 vintage in ample quantity for the holiday season. The Paillards have done much of the aging for you - and now there is nothing more to do than enjoy it.

Staff ImageMuriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

All I can say is YUM! This is a lively champagne with lots of complexity. It's intense but subtle about showing it. The layers keep changing. On the nose, I get some yeast mixed with dusty hazelnut with there skins. On the palette come a tingling mineral blast that opens up to pear, almond and brioche. The acid is always present to the very end. Like I said YUM!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

Like the 2008 Cristal and the 2008 Launois Special Club, this wine has amperage not usually found in any wine. I served this as the aperitif at birthday party, and it was over the top fantastic. This is an extremely long, laser like experience, ideal for shellfish, or with salmon pate, which is how I tried it. That power will in time broaden out and turn into a prized cuvée even in the most star-studded of cellars. This is the quintessential 2008, driven, chalky, and super long. The dosage is just 1.8 grams per liter, making this the driest yet that we have offered from this vintage. A super star for the ages!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2019

This is my Champagne of the year. Is it any surprise? Vintage Grand Cru Bouzy from one of the best years on record. It has a rich bouquet of fruit and minerals, with laser-like precision on the palate and no signs of tiredness despite the 11 years since the fruit was picked. The balance is superb with richness, elegance, distinct fruit and brisk minerals, all while staying focused and fresh. This is a Champagne I plan to experience many times in the years to come.

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2000 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien ($94.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The nose shows loads of plum, spice and meat aromas, as well as hints of licorice. It's full-bodied, with firm, yet velvety textured tannins. It's big and rounded. If you can't afford Las Cases, try some of this. Some might call this a second wine, but it comes from a plot of vineyards not deemed worthy of Léoville Las Cases. So it's like its own estate. *Smart Buy, Top 100 Wines of 2003* (JS)" (03/2003)

91 points James Suckling: "This is very open with plum and sweet tobacco notes, and a round and juicy body. Really just starting to open up." (06/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the great sleepers of the vintage and probably the best Clos de Marquis I have ever tasted, this wine could easily compete with many of the vintage's classified growths. (RP)" (04/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium ruby. Superripe, exotic aromas of roasted currant, smoked meat and cocoa powder. Sweet, lush and silky, with compelling depth of texture and an intriguing gamey note. Very long finish features lush tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

K&L Notes: 92 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Robertson’s Las-Cases vertical. The 2000 displays good intensity on the nose: blackcurrant, pomegranate, a touch of raspberry and vanilla. At present, this is more generous than the 2005, although not quite the same definition and breeding. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannins on the entry, graphite and a touch of tar interlacing the dark fruits. This is very masculine and punchy at the moment, although doubtless it will mellow with another 3-4 years ageing." (7/2011)

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2019

This was my holiday treat this year! What a treat it was. 2000 Clos Du Marquis, I feel, is drinking beautifully right now. Rustic, earthy with a nice balance of fruit to round it out. Big splash of cedar, cassis and cherry. This is very well integrated but still has some big grip and tannin. I would highly recommend a lamb roast be brought to the table.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2019

To this day some consumers still think of Clos du Marquis as the second wine of the prestigious Léoville Las Cases. It is not. It is made from grapes that come from this specific Clos within the estate of Léoville Las Cases, but with a different terroir. It is what we like to call, old-school, which means lots of spices, pronounced tannins, and a lovely touch of meaty leather. I would suggest decanting this old classic 2000 wine for a couple of hours at least.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 24, 2018

OK-so it is not the second wine of Las Cases, but a separate clos on the property. This wine is vibrant, lively, sweet, and full-bodied. Perfect with your steak tonight.

2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($109.99)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This dense wine is setting out to be fine and rich. It has power and density along with ripe blackberry flavors. Its concentration and dark tannins suggest a long life ahead. (RV)" (04/2018)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Theres really good flesh here for the vintage, with cassis, plum and blackberry compote flavors that are a step ahead of the pack in concentration. Light charcoal and iron notes score the finish, which is racy and fresh. Textbook Pauillac. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

92-95 points Vinous: "The 2017 Lynch-Bages is a wine of impeccable balance and class. Deep, fleshy and inviting, the 2017 should be ready to deliver pleasure with minimal cellaring. All of the Lynch-Bages signatures come through in a very pretty, deceptively medium-bodied wine loaded with personality. Lynch-Bages is never a huge wine, but like most of his colleagues, proprietor Jean-Michel Cazes opted for especially delicate extractions. (AG)" (05/2018)

95 points Decanter: "They've had their foot on the extraction pedal here, but the extremely dark fruit has great finesse. It is broad-shouldered and savoury-edged, and each time I tasted this wine it seemed a little richer and more complete, over-delivering for the year. This is going to age extremely well. 2% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. 75% new oak. (JA)" (04/2018)

95 points James Suckling: "This is a focused and tight Lynch with beautiful blackcurrants, slate, graphite and lead pencil. Medium to full body. Very fine tannins and brightness. Linear line of tannins that runs nicely through the wine. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot." (01/2020)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Lynch Bages is beautifully done and has an upfront, charming, yet concentrated style. Crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and plenty of spice characteristics give way to a medium to full-bodied Pauillac that has beautifully ripe tannin, solid mid-palate depth, and notable purity of fruit. Its not massive but just sings for its purity, balance, and expansive texture." (04/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Lynch Bages is a barrel sample blended of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with energetic crushed black cherries, black plums and blackcurrants scents plus underlying notions of baking spices, underbrush, unsmoked cigars and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, the palate offers a well-sustained mid-palate and firm frame of grainy tannins with loads of freshness and minerality on the long finish. (LPB)" (03/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Deepest crimson. Lovely classic aroma of cassis and graphite with an attractive dusty/mineral overlay. Deep and still elegant, with refined dark fruit, super-fine tannins and a long harmonious finish. Shapely and elegant. (JH) 17/20" (04/2018)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 29, 2018

Another solid Lynch Bages from an estate that seems to go from one strength to another. Graphite, pine, and blackberry lead very fine aromas that precede flavors of bright black fruit, integrated tannin, and a general easy-going profile. Very accessible for such a young Lynch Bages, well made for the vintage, and one to enjoy while waiting for the 2016 (or even 2010) to come around. Drink 2021 to 2031.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 25, 2018

Tasted twice with consistent notes. Lots of brisk and zippy, crunchy red fruits on display here. A tasty mid-weight Lynch and a classic claret that will round out with time. Reminds me of 2001.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 23, 2018

70%CS, 24%M, 2%CF. In my top twenty wines from this vintage. Fantastic aromas of red roses and cassis. Sweet and long on the palate. Great rounded tannins. Very balanced on palate. They lowered their price 21% from the 2016. One of the less expensive Lynch bages on the market. I recommend buying some.

2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($139.99)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Certainly a fine wine, this has ripe tannins that are balanced by the fine, black fruits. With its smoky and black currant character, it has the structure for aging, as well as the attractive fruitiness of the vintage. (RV)" (04/2018)

95-96 points James Suckling: "This is a really fascinating young Pichon Lalande with a dense center palate of currants, crushed stones, salt and seashells. Really long and intense. Wonderful energy. Showing character of some of the top years of the 1980s." (04/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This barrel sample is 100% new oak, whereas the final blend will be only 60% new oak. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is very deep garnet-purple in color with an incredibly fragrant nose of roses, lavender and baking spices over a core of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and fresh plums plus touches of iron ore and underbrush. Medium-bodied and elegant with firm, grainy tannins, it's quite taut and muscular, with lots of perfumed and mineral layers and a long finish with lingering cinnamon and anise notes. (LPB)" (04/2018)

92-95 points Vinous: "The 2017 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is gorgeous, but it is also going to need time to come together. The sensuality and allure typical of so many Pauillacs is not at all evident here. A rush of dark cherry, plum, smoke, charcoal and exotic spice make a strong opening statement in a powerful Pichon Comtesse that is not ready to show all of its cards. The 2017 was incredibly reticent in several tastings, which is probably a very good thing for its long-term potential. Today, though, the 2017 is dense, powerful and closed in on itself, without the layers that define the 2014, 2015 and 2016. (AG)" (05/2018)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The Grand Vin 2017 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande checks in as a rough blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc, with yields a modest 36 hectoliters per hectare. Still again in 60% new French oak, it sports a deep ruby color as well as textbook Cabernet flair in its black and blue fruits, leafy herbs, violets, and building minerality. Hitting 13.1% alcohol, its medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate. It doesnt have the weight of the 2015 but shines for its incredible purity and precision." (04/2018)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, with a rounded, enticing core of plum and black currant preserve flavors supported by savory and tobacco notes. Has sleek tannins and fresh acidity for ample length and a nice graphite edge at the end. (JM, Web Only-2018)"

94 points Decanter: "If you just taste the big name Pauillacs, you would be hard-pressed to understand that 2017 has been a challenging year. This is one of my wines of the vintage, no question. It's from 21ha, biodynamically farmed, with Vincent Masson as consultant. Just a few plots further away from the river were affected by frost. The slight austerity of 2017 is evident, with a savoury quality to the fruit, but this is exceptionally good, with plenty of stunning fruit and well defined tannins. The aromatics are very refined, and the intense cassis fruit doesn't sacrifice any intensity or power. It demonstrates the energy that Comtesse has displayed so consistently in recent vintages, with gorgeous finesse and structure to the tannins. The new cellar has raised the level of Cabernet from 65% to 70+%, with 12% press wine. This is going to age extremely well. (JA)" (04/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "More evolved, more immediately charming nose than the Pichon Baron. Glossy and polished. Sweet and round very unlike the Baron, even though the Merlot portion is almost identical. Glamoureux (sounds like Glumineau, as in director general Nicolas?) and really very appealing indeed with excellent refreshment. 17.5/20 points. (JR)" (10/2019)

K&L Notes: 93-95 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2017 Pichon-Lalande was picked from 7 September to 2 October and underwent a 23 day cuvaison period. It is intense on the nose, the new oak coming through a little strongly since the sample came from a new barrel, the final blend consisting of 60% new wood. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, the Cabernet Sauvignon driving this alone with layers of black fruit laced with cedar and graphite. It is a very 'Pauillac' Pichon Lalande, less opulent and giving than recent vintages and more in the style of say, the 1996 or 2010. There is very good persistence on the saline finish but it is clearly a wine that is going to require more cellaring than its peers. Tasted four times in total, each time this gained more substance and density." (5/2018)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 07, 2018

Outside of the first growths candidate for wine of the vintage. Tasted twice and outstanding both times. A serious wine with layers of deep, sweet grapey fruit. Lovely mid palate texture and length. This wine is a fantastic combination of power, concentration and elegance. Ralph Sands

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 07, 2018

7% loss here. 70%CS. Spicy, cedary aromas and flavors. Good weight on the palate. Lovely, spicy, lush wine-like they made in the 80s I love this winethey are doing great at Pichon Lalande these days. Better than their 2015 for sure.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 20, 2018

There is no shortage of fans of Pichon Lalande at K&L, and it is wines like the terrific 2017 that show why. There are no qualms calling this one of the wines of the vintage. The aromas are complex with wood, pine, and wild cherry. There is tons of red plum and spice on a dense, compact, dense, and linear palate. It is layered in way that shows immense potential and pedigree, and both samples tasted showed the same upside. Superb. Drink 2025 to 2040+.

2017 Margaux, Margaux 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($3,500.00)

99 points James Suckling: "There is ripeness and opulence to this, in an almost exotic and sassy way. Crushed berries with chocolate and spice. Floral and cashmere undertones. This starts off slowly and just rolls off the palate with beautifully polished tannins and a salty, minerally note to the long, extended tannins. Really brilliant. So classy. Structured." (01/2020)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Château Margaux charges from the gate with opulent kirsch, raspberry preserves, wild blueberries and cassis notions accented by roses, violets, Chinese five spice and fragrant earth with touches of underbrush and truffles. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant, ripe red and blue fruits, layering in perfume and spice nuances. It's framed by very finely grained and plush yet firm tannins and great tension, finishing with epic length. (LPB)" (04/2018)

94-97 points Vinous: "The 2017 Margaux is one of the highlights on the Left Bank. Surprisingly powerful and virile, the Grand Vin clearly reflects the influence of a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Beams of tannin give the wine support through the mid-palate and into the finish. Estate Manager Sebastian Vergne told me the winemaking team opted to raise temperatures at the end of fermentation to gain a bit more color, depth and polymerization of tannins. The Grand Vin represents 37% of the estate's production. (AG)" (04/2018)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "There is a firm, tannic structure here, although it certainly doesn't take away from the concentrated fruit. This wine is intense, full of black currants and great fruitiness. Both the fruit and structure are in harmony and balance. It's a fine selection, although it's not a wine for aging over many years. Drink from 2025. (RV)" (04/2018)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Compared to 1996 by winemaker Philippe Bascaules and from only 37% of the total production, the 2017 Château Margaux is unquestionably in the top 2 to 3 wines of the vintage, and its certainly the wine of the vintage in Margaux. Boasting a deep purple color as well as an awesome bouquet of cassis, blueberries, smoked herbs, graphite, and crushed flower, it builds incrementally on the palate and is full-bodied, multi-dimensional, and layered. It has surprising ripeness, yet like all the wines from this estate, it stays vibrant and fresh, with plenty of tannin. While most Margaux in 2017 seem to have a charming upfront style, this backward, concentrated beauty will need at least 5-6 years or bottle age." (04/2018)

96 points Decanter: "Wow! This makes the whole room smile. The stunning nose hits you right off the bat, followed by wonderful fleshy damson fruit. This has some of the best aromatics in the business this year and a wonderful creamy texture through the palate. There's great density, and the tannins flatter it but they have menace and intent too, pulling the structure inwards and bouncing along to finish beautifully. This is more opulent than the Pavillon, which has some clear austerity, and the scale of the fruit is a little fresher than the 2015, with around the same ripeness level as the 2016. The 3.7pH is a little higher than the last two years, while an IPT of 73 is the same as last year. 37% of production went into the grand vin, including a 1% drop of Petit Verdot. (JA)" (04/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep glowing crimson. Pure, very dark cassis fruit. Fragrant and lightly floral too. And the fruit smells sweet, the oak so subtle. Intense without being flamboyant. Firm, smooth, chocolate-textured. Creamy and rich and supple on the long finish. Depth of fruit, both red and black on the mid palate. Well sustained.The tannins are powerful but hidden by the lovely fruit. Succulent even though well structured. 17.5/20 points. (JH)" (04/2018)

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.

1989 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC - 2 available ($7,450.00)

98 points Decanter: "Beautiful, rich and still extremely young, this is Lafite at its gulpable, elegant, sculpted, age-defying best. Deeply-spiced cassis notes are joined by touches of cedar - the result of a dry year that saw one of the earliest harvests since 1898. The grapes were picked with high alcohol and ripe tannins and they have absolutely lasted, and will continue to do so. The tannins are cradling the fruit, barely perceptible and yet still fully in control. (JA)" (05/2018)

97 points James Suckling: "I have never been a huge fan of this Lafite but it seems to be coming into its own now. It's a wine with a character of cloves and berries with hints plums. It shows loads of potpourri. Roses too. Full and so balanced. Tight and youthful. The winemaker at Lafite says that when he wants to show someone a perfect example of Pauillac this is the Lafite he pours. Maybe he is right?" (06/2016)

95 points John Gilman: "The 1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild is an outstanding example of the vintage and this is one of my favorite wines from this very, very successful decade at this great property. The bouquet is pure and nicely ripe with the vintages generosity, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of cassis, black cherries, tobacco leaf, a beautiful base of gravelly soil, a touch of fresh herbs and a very well-done framing of toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very suave on the attack, with impeccable focus and balance, a lovely core of black fruit, fine soil signature and a long, seamlessly tannic and complex finish. Just a lovely, lovely vintage of Lafite." (03/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle, yet rich and decadent, offering meat, sweet berry and fresh leather on the nose. Full and very soft, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. This has so much ripe fruit. Reserved and firm, this is turning to a very fine and shy Lafite. This is fresh and structured, but still holding back. (JS, Web-2010)"

K&L Notes: *Direct from Lafte-Rothschild's cellar in October 2019* 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.

2009 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 3-pack in OWC - 2 available ($8,000.00)

100 points James Suckling: "This is what the Medoc is all about. The freshness and delicacy of this wine in combination with its serious concentration and firm core are totally stunning. Time has already worked its magic and this is already delicious, but has decades in front of it. Drink or hold." (02/2019)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+. (RP)" (02/2012)

98 points Decanter: "It displays, as Lafite always does, more of a laid back elegance than Latour, and the difference between the two once again highlights the huge differences in terroir between north and south Pauillac, with the deep gravels here giving finesse, composure, almost nonchalance. It tames with a whisper, bringing you to submission by gently, purposefully and ever so slowly layering one thing on top of another. It has gorgeously pure and precise fruit on the nose, while the palate displays a multitude of flavours, from charcoal to cassis to crushed stone, and yet no one thing dominates. There are a ton of tannins, but they are individually fine, and it's only in retrospect that you realise how many of them there are. The tone of Lafite is speaking over the vintage, and it's going to run and run. (JA)" (02/2019)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig, currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso, black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style, long and velvety, with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting." (03/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Classic Lafite aromas of cassis, cedar and graphite are lifted by a fragrant violet note. Then pure and vibrant on the palate, with seamless flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, iron and flint. The very smooth tannins provide plenty of support to the fruit flavors, while the wine's harmonious acidity really draws out the finish. This outstanding Lafite is all about grace--in contrast to Latour's power. (ST) 96+" (07/2012)

96 points Vinous: "The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is quite high-toned and expressive on the nose, perhaps the most ostentatious of the top flight 2009s with upfront black cherry and boysenberry fruit, lavish new oak and touches of violet. The palate is sleek and satin-like in feel with copious dark cherry and boysenberry fruit, fig and dates, almost honeyed in texture towards the precocious finish that has an opulent bent, almost hedonistic, unusual for this First Growth. But it is kinda irresistible. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)" (03/2019)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, solid in structure. The wine is rich and concentrated, very textured. Great spice go with just enough fresh acidity, in this big wine. (RV)" (08/2010)

K&L Notes: *Direct from Lafte-Rothschilds cellar in October 2019* 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. 97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "The deep garnet colored 2009 Lafite Rothschild bursts from the glass with red and black currant preserves, warm plums, mulberries and kirsch scents plus suggestions of sweaty leather, cigar box and menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant and firmly structured, it has wonderful freshness and a long earthy/meaty finish." (03/2019)