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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - December 10th, 2019 - 12/10/2019 - 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
2018 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine $10.99 View
La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé $12.99 View
2017 Chateau de Chemilly Chablis 96 $19.99 View
2017 Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Rouge 94 $19.99 View
2016 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana 93 $19.99 View
2016 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino 90 $23.99 View
2016 Atamisque Cabernet Sauvignon Uco Valley Mendoza 90 $29.99 View
2017 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes 95 $29.99 View
2017 Domaine des Rémizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage 93 $29.99 View
2014 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino $29.99 View
2007 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) 97 $29.99 View
2012 Clos de L'Oratoire, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 94 $49.99 View
2016 Sansonnet, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) 96 $49.99 View
2015 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2015 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) 97 $74.99 View
1994 Chateau de Pellehaut 25 Year Old "Folle Blanche" K&L Exclusive Vintage Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) $79.99 View
1989 Chateau de Pellehaut 30 Year Old K&L Exclusive Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) $89.99 View
1983 Chateau de Pellehaut 36 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) $99.99 View
Mortlach 15 Year Old "Game of Thrones Six Kingdoms" Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $149.99 View
2016 Rafael Palacios "Sorte O Soro" Godello Valdeorras, Spain (Pre-Arrival) 98 $174.99 View


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2018 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine ($10.99)

This Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine displays an intense, classic nose of cut grass, pepper and, believe it or not, pineapples and lemons, with plenty of minerality. Very crisp and refreshing, like a cross between a classic Touraine and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, at an astonishingly low price! Perfect with seafood. Grown in an area located between the Loire River and the Cher River and sandwiched between the towns of Tours and Blois, the wine shows the classic characteristics of the rich clay soils that are fortified with flint and limestone. Very bright and cheery and drinks well at any occasion, even those occasions that call for those unfortunate little clear plastic cups that you have to use outdoors.

Staff ImageMandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2019

Liquid Summer breeze in a bottle!Easy, breezy, beautiful wine this is.Fresh, light, bright, delicate and tasteful. You can't find any white wine for this price that will give you so much satisfaction. It is a crowd pleaser but that doesn't mean it falls short with a sophisticated palate.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 09, 2019

Nice and zippy, with aromatics that remind me of a softer New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of elegance. Perfect for appetizers, salads, outdoor events and parties.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2019

This joyful, mineral-inflected, citrus-infused Sauvignon Blanc is grown on clay and frangible tuffe soils near the marriage of two rivers, the Cher and Loire. I could work a pun in by remarking how sunny the Cher beams during the heights of the growing season, but Ill restrain myself. Suffice to say that this refreshing white doesnt hold back on flavor, but flaunts its fruit with textural whiffs of lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Try it with batter-fried calamari for a light summer brunch!

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La Petite Marquise Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé ($12.99)

Wine Enthusiast: "This pale rosé sparkling wine is brightly crisp. With its attractive red currants and berryies cut with intense acidity, this young, tense and fruity wine is ready to drink. (RV)" (05/2018)

K&L Notes: A wine with tiny, long-lasting bubbles, Deligeroy's Crémant de Loire Rosé is a lovely gleaming pink color with a delicate, nervy nose and aromas of fresh red fruit. It's lively on the attack and has enticing aromatic intensity and brightness. Well balanced in the mouth, this sparkler is enhanced by a fresh but subtle finish. The wine is stored for at least 12 months on racks in freestone cellars before disgorging to make incomparably fine bubbles. The fruit comes from 20- to 30-year-old vines.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2019

This is long and fine with red cherry fruit and a persistent limestone laced finish. There is an amazing amount of elegance and restraint showing here for only 13 bucks. A remarkable value that is as easy on the palate as the wallet.

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

Loire buyer Eric Story has been doing his best to provide us with relatively inexpensive bubblies and in this case, he has come through. This little winner has bright red fruits, zippy acidity and a touch of minerality. Bright and refreshing. An added bonus is the tiny, tiny bubbles. Tiny bubbles, in the wine, make me happy, make me feel fine. Thank you, Don Ho!

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2015

A holiday pairing that sparkles, this favorite is back in stock just in time for celebrating - and works surprisingly well with the main event. Softly herbal with notes of strawberry plus delicate, teeny but exuberant bubbles, this Cabernet Franc Crémant is festive, and delicious with turkey: Deligeroy is glamour that the pilgrims only dreamed of, and still drinks beautifully year round.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 28, 2015

Tiny bubbles make me happy. Very happy. They can make you happy too! This $13 Cremant De Loire Rosé is just the ticket to add a little zip to your summer. Remarkably fresh and inviting, this sparkling wine offers sweet cherry, strawberry, and tart raspberry. The minerality, acidity, and structure of this wine is worth so much more than the price tag suggests. Give it a try today, tomorrow, and perhaps every weekend until labor day...

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 27, 2015

No one's going to burst your bubble here. If you have Champagne taste on a shoestring budget, this might be the perfect antidote. With a killer price point, fun flavors of strawberry-orange, and a tart lively finish this bottle is an amazing value and super versatile. This would be the perfect choice to accompany a bucket of fried chicken, bring to a pancake brunch or just sip while binge watching Orange is the New Black.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 05, 2011

Without a doubt one of my favorites sparkling rosé wines. Full of citron, wild strawberries, cherries and FUN! I recommend it for an aperitif on Valentine's day, or with the heart shaped box of chocolate! What?! It is not Valentines just yet? Just pretend, your significant other will love it!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 19, 2011

Bright,fresh, clean and juicy, this is the perfect sparkler for parties or just plain enjoyment at any time. The Deligeroy Cremant Rose has a beautiful dark pink color, nice subtle berry flavors and a dry finish. All of this for a great price.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 03, 2011

This is well-balanced in the mouth and enhanced by a fresh but subtle finish. It also has tiny little bubbles, which always makes me happy! I love Cabernet Franc for sparkling wine, it has some great body and lovely fruit. For the price, buy a case!

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

Party bubbles. A touch darker than you'd expect. Dark fruits fine bubbles and a crisp finish.

Staff ImageGary Lai | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 28, 2010

This is the ultimate party and wedding Cremant rose of the year. It's easy on the palate, fun to drink and a great value. Nicely balanced acidity with a hint of minerality. There was even a strawberry flavor dancing in the back of my tongue...What's not to like?

2017 Chateau de Chemilly Chablis ($19.99)

96 points Decanter: "A complete wine with a beautifully complex citrus intensity, delicate floral notes, ripe stone fruit, crushed oyster shell and an underlying creamy smokiness. *Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2019*" (06/2019)

K&L Notes: Perhaps no other region in Burgundy has undergone a greater turnaround. Chablis went from being one of the most important wine regions in France to almost extinction in the 1950s, and then back to a thriving, excelling region. This is an exciting wine, with vibrant citrus notes, zesty flavors of sea breeze, wet stone, and a hint of minerality. A smart choice for crab season or as an aperitif, the 2017 de Chemilly is the quintessential Chablis value.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2019

This Chablis is a refreshing blast of cool, bright winter morning air after a snowfall. The clean aromas show sunny lemon and fresh pear while the palate is lean, crisp and citrus-focused. It completes with a long, saline finish assisted by razor-sharp acidity. Great value!

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2019

Distinctively mineral style of Chablis with fabulous chalky notes shining on the palate. This is a pure and bright wine, with clean, mouthwatering acidity and crunchy citrus fruit. Beautifully crafted, it carries on seamlessly on the palate and leaves a long, juicy finish. Great match for any given seafood, and, personally for me, just delicious on its own.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2019

This is a fantastic entry-level Chablis. Aromas of the ocean breeze, white flowers and citrus rise from the glass. The palate is electric with flavors of orchard fruits and citrus nicely buffered by racy acidity and crisp tannins. The wine is remarkably full-bodied with surprising richness and structure. The finish is outstanding with length and vibrancy. I really enjoyed this wine and will definitely be buying some for myself this holiday season.

2017 Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Rouge ($19.99)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Cotes Catalanes Infiniment De L'Ou comes from vines around the estate, which is located on the lower plains of the Roussillon, not too far from the Les Aspres region. Awesome notes of blueberries, crushed violets, incense, toasted bread, and spice all give way to a perfumed, sweetly fruited, seamless red that has no hard edges and beautifully polished tannins. Drink through 2027." (09/2019)

K&L Notes: Séverine Bourrier came to winemaking through her own passion for the subject, not having the family history associated with so many winemakers. She studied oenology in school and worked in Bordeaux for a decade. After meeting her husband, they relocated to a property an hour outside of Perpignan in the Roussillon. They began restoring an old château and did some replanting, rechristening the estate L’Ou, which is Catalan for "egg." The property is in an oval-shaped valley that was used as a rest area by herd animals and likely the Knights Templar on their way to various crusades. The estate consists of three primary terroirs: the alluvial marl soils that make up the valley, and two higher-elevation sites, one made up of black schist and the other brown. Their key grape variety is Syrah but Séverine also grows the classic regional varieties like Grenache and Carignan. The "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes comes from the marl and alluvial soils near the estate. Made from 100% Syrah, it has a powerful nose with copious, rich, ripe fruit and spice box aromas. On the palate it is refined, delivering its power in waves, so as not to overwhelm. Excellent now or for a few years in the cellar.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 17, 2019

"A heppy heppy land fur fur away!" Stolen quote from Krazy Kat, a favorite comic strip character from the 1940s, to fittingly to describe the play of light, stunning vistas and restorative air that favors the growth of vines in the French Catalan countryside. Lovingly cultivated and crafted by the infinitely gracious and gifted Severine Bourrier, her latest Infiniment vintage once again pays homage to Syrah, a variety she instinctively knows and cultivates with passion. This wine serenades the senses with a crescendo of lusciously ripened plums and blackberries, wildflowers and potpourri. A perfectly balanced red wine that will grace any festive table with pure and lasting pleasure. And since it's the heart of the holidays, why wait?

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

The 2016 Infiniment was a superb followup to the 2015, but I must say the 2017 is probably my favorite to date. Loaded with framboise, kirsch and spices, this is a saturated and supple red that explodes out of the glass while never overwhelming. It is lush and polished and will be one of the great drinks on your table for years to come.

Staff ImageAaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

A dense bouquet filled with earthy and smoky elements that threaten to overpower the blueberry and black cherry notes that end up shining through. The palate is an explosion of fruit, dark and just slightly chewy, with a long and lingering finish. Relatively balanced tannins and acidity lend this toward a hearty meal.

Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

This is such a beautiful bottle. I thought the 2016 vintage was as good as they come, but I have been proven wrong! The bouquet explodes with young, fresh dark berry notes, wet rock, and a touch of dark floral (maybe lilac). Insanely silky, this medium-bodied Syrah has a delicate acidity that balances out some of the richness and paves the way for a tasty palate of sweet fruit, vanilla, and a touch of spice.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

The Chateau de L'Ou Infiniment is a very pleasing hybrid style of old and new world Syrah. Theres plenty of fruit up front, from blueberries to blackberries with a distant hint of cassis. But for the all the forward fruit, theres also a charming old world backdrop of wood spice, forest floor, and a floral note. This wine isnt shy but its quite polished so as to not overwhelm the taster. This would make for a nice after work glass of red and would absolutely be a wonderful compliment to savory stews and roast meats.

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2016 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana - 7 available ($19.99)

93 points James Suckling: "This shows some really impressive, herbal complexity, spanning a whole spectrum of rosemary and pine needles, before tile, crushed stones, blackcurrants and bay leaves enter the picture. The polish to the firm yet generous tannins captivates, as does the precision to the acidity and long finish." (07/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Massa is a terrific blend of 65% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon available at an accessible price. Alicante Bouschet was used in the blend until last year but has now been removed. The results are surprisingly complex and profound, although the wine's best asset is the fresh and straightforward approach it makes, especially on the palate. That inner depth will give this wine some proper aging potential I should expect. This vintage shows lots of tension and dimension. The warm 2015 vintage shows sunny softness, but 2016 has more overall freshness. (ML)" (10/2018)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 La Massa is a gorgeous entry-label wine from La Massa and proprietor Giampaolo Motta. Grilled herb, leather, menthol, plum and blueberry notes literally explode from the glass as this extroverted wine shows off its flamboyant personality. The 2016 offers superb aromatic intensity, vibrant fruit and exceptional balance. In today's world, La Massa is also an exceptional value Don't miss it! (AG)" (02/2019)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 10, 2019

While the 2015 showcased the resulting ripeness and weightiness of the vintage, the 2016 has a more classic frame that highlights the Sangiovese (that is deftly integrated with Cabernet and Merlot) in a medium-to-full-bodied blend with a touch more acidity and liveliness. This may be my favorite of the recent vintages of La Massa and I'm confident that super Tuscan fans will love it as well.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 04, 2019

When it comes to smooth, delicious, drinkable red wine you can always count on La Massa to please a crowd. It's consistently approachable every vintage but I feel the 2016 is the best I've tasted yet. 2015 was deeper and more ripe but in 2016 great acidic balance has returned. There's plenty of plush fruit here but it's brighter and more lifted- it sings more like a second-soprano than the baritone of 2015. La Massa for the masses!

Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2019

This wine has lovely fruit flavors of plums and black currants. It has great weight and density all framed by nice acidity, making it very well balanced. I would love to lay some down and see it evolve over the next 5-7 years. A lot of wine for your money. Highly recommended!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2019

I have customers coming into the store all the time looking for a great wine to take to dinner with their boss or in-laws, and need a wine thats both extremely impressive, but at a great price point. Enter La Massa. This wine is a bullseye every, single time. Full bodied and bold, while well-balanced and full of black cherry fruit and fine tannin structure, this is one of the most consistent, hits-above-its-price-point wines in our Italian selection. You know youre onto something good when those customers come back into the store a week later raving about how everyone at the table loved it.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 30, 2019

The nose of this wine is focused, layered and shows lots of complex herb, wild brush, leather and rosemary but behind that is a core of intense fruit. On the palate the wine shows structure, balance and excellent length. The hallmark of the 2016 vintage is a concentrated center and it is readily evident here adding a real depth and intensity. The flavors show a savory aspect more than a fruit forward character adding in that umami like soy, mushroom and salty tang while the fruit comes up in the back. While this wine sounds like its big and bold it is exceptionally well balanced and while it does have size it is so in harmony that you can drink it now or age it for another 7-10 years. This is the best La Massa that Ive had, powerful, supple, smooth tannins, very complex this is one to stock up on. Bravo Gianpaolo!

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2016 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino ($23.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The folks at Sesta di Sopra are releasing this wine later than usual. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino (with 8,400 bottles made) is a terrific expression that acts and tastes like a full-fledged Brunello. The wine opens slowly in the glass, revealing budding complexity as it does. It shows bright berry intensity with grilled herb, pressed violet and potting soil. The mid-weight finish is elegant and tight. (ML) 90+" (02/2019)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 23, 2019

If you dont want to pop for the Brunello right off the top, you should try the Rosso di Montalcino. All Sangiovese, and from one of the regions best vintages of all time, it is stunningly good. The nose of Sesta di Sopras Rosso just jumps out at you. Spicy, complex, with wild cherry fruit, salted plums, and hints of sage and leather, its intriguing, seductive, and inviting. On the palate the wine is broad, full-bodied, and rich, yet not heavy. It has an elegance, is supple yet forceful, and it is savory, not fruity. It tastes like you should be having it with a meal, like veal shank or just a big hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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2016 Atamisque Cabernet Sauvignon Uco Valley Mendoza ($29.99)

90 points Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby. A note of raisiny ripeness to the aromas of redcurrant, dark cherry, licorice, pepper and spices. Plush, slightly herbal, fine-grained wine with lovely sweetness and some torrefaction oak notes from the 100% new oak. Very Cabernet in its herbal/chocolatey character but doesn't convey quite the harmonious ripeness, fruit sweetness or class of the Malbec. Finishes savory, energetic and firmly tannic, with lingering chocolate and herb notes and sneaky rising persistence. This wine, too, should develop gracefully in bottle. (ST) 90+" (09/2019)

2017 Château de L'Ou "Secret de Schistes" Côtes Catalanes ($29.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the gems in the lineup is the 2017 Cotes Catalanes Secret De Schistes which is all Syrah from the higher elevation sites of schist soils. Aged 17 months in new oak, it has a beautiful perfume of crème de cassis, blue fruits, classy oak, and graphite that opens up with time in the glass. Possessing full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and again, this voluptuous, weightless texture, its a brilliant wine that will keep for over a decade. This is one of those wines that blends elegance and richness brilliantly. Drink through 2031. *Top 100 Wines of 2019*" (07/2019)

K&L Notes: Séverine Bourrier came to winemaking through her own passion for the subject, not having the family history associated with so many winemakers. She studied oenology in school and worked in Bordeaux for a decade. After meeting her husband, they relocated to a property an hour outside of Perpignan in the Roussillon. They began restoring an old château and did some replanting, rechristening the estate L’Ou, which is Catalan for "egg." The property is in an oval-shaped valley that was used as a rest area by herd animals and likely the Knights Templar on their way to various crusades. The estate consists of three primary terroirs: the alluvial marl soils that make up the valley, and two higher-elevation sites, one made up of black schist and the other brown. Their key grape variety is Syrah but Séverine also grows the classic regional varieties like Grenache and Carignan.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

I have the great pleasure of tasting more wines on a weekly basis than I care to admit; and this was easily one of the most impressive I tasted at a recent session. I love the complete package of blue fruits, stony minerality, the hint of roasted tar, all dusted by a touch of Asian spice. The wine possesses opulence but its kept quite compact on account of the very impressive structure. Syrah enthusiasts would be well served loading up on this one. Very impressed!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

Firing on all cylinders, the wines of Chateau de L'Ou's Severine Bourrier are some of our most popular and well received. The depth of fruit is tremendous and they cross the appeal of modern and fleshy with French sensibility. They have been compared to the style of Manfred Krankl's Sine Qua Non's many times in the past and it is hard not see why. The Secret is the flagship wine that first really caught my attention. All farmed on a small plot of brown schist, these older vines yield some of the most concentrated Syrah produced anywhere in the Roussillon. The wine goes through barrel aging for about a year and then rest in bottle for another year before shipping. That concentration needs a little time to unwind but when it does, the layers come flooding through. Blueberries, cherry compote, creosote, smoked paprika. There is a lustiness to the wines but loads of complexity underlying there as well. The 2017 reaches the heights of the past two successes, both the 2015 and 2016, so its hard not to see why she's one of our favorites.

2017 Domaine des Rémizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage ($29.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The only 2017 presented, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Christophe comes from older vines (65- to 70-year-old vines) and was brought up in 70% new French oak. Its saturated purple color is followed by a ripe, powerful bouquet of blackberries, blackcurrants, ground pepper, saddle leather, and leafy herbs. With subtle background oak, full body, ripe tannins, and terrific balance, it's a big rich, stacked Crozes Hermitage that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade or more. 93+" (12/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "This has rich, dark-plum and chocolate aromas and flavors with a savory thread of licorice, graphite, espresso and toasted oak spice. The tannins are very plush and attractively fleshy. Really glossy plums to close. Drink or hold. (NS)" (10/2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the white clays around Larnage and aged entirely in barrel (70% new), the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Christophe is still quite firm and crisp, with almost briny, zest-like notes framing a linear palate. White pepper and ripe cherries provide enough flesh to think that this will blossom in a couple more years. Drink through 2028. (JC)" (12/2018)

K&L Notes: This straight Syrah hails from the relatively cool climate of Crozes-Hermitage, but is full bodied and inky in profile. Deep and weighty on the palate, it has incredible, earthy depth and classic smoky pepper notes to round out its deep cassis fruit. Although this varietal can sometimes present a rather tannic front, Domaine des Remizières does an excellent job here, integrating and managing the tannin perfectly. They use a touch of French oak to finish out the wine and add balance to the intensity of the Syrah.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 07, 2020

It's rewarding to encounter vines that are older than I am, for they often bequeath the wines with a certain enduring character and authority of place that can only be realized over time. The Demeures family has been traditionally farming these septuagenarian Syrah vines for three generations, and this sense of stewardship informs the sound decisions made in both the vineyard and cellar. Named for the eldest son, the Cuvee Christophe was aged in new oak for 15 months, and reveals fresh blackcurrant, pepper and black olive notes with mineral undertones, layered over a smooth, licorice-tinged finish. An excellent pairing with seasoned lamb or a truffle-flavored risotto.

Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

This is a fairly rich Syrah with aromas of cooked meat, espresso, and a touch of dark chocolate. Each sip brings to mind a steak dinner followed by an affogato. It could use a little aging time, but it will develop very nicely over the next 3-6 yrs. On the tongue youll find a rich but subtle profile of dark fruit (blueberries or plum), with a lingering taste of cooking spices, cool herbs, and wet earth. There is a prevalent French oak, which helps to soften out the intensity and will smooth out over time. This will be a great Rhone addition to your cellar and is a worthy purchase.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

The wines of Crozes-Hermitage have improved so dramatically over the past 20 years that this is now your go-to source for world class Syrah; and best of all, at a user friendly price. Thanks to the efforts of producers like Domaine des Remizieres, this appellation has undergone a radical upgrade in quality now producing some of the finest Syrah sporting all that classic northern Rhone character. While this may not quite be Hermitage or Cote-Rotie, you can pick up a case of this wine for what you might pay for one bottle of its better addressed neighbor.

Staff ImageAaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

Bright and lively nose rife with dried blackberries and a hint of brushy sage complements and intermingles with tobacco. Juicy black and red fruits on the palate with rich tannins and a healthy acidity makes this an excellent candidate for richer meals and cheeses. A really delicious pure Syrah from the Northern Rhone.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2019

The wines from the Desmeures family have become some of my favorite in our Northern Rhone portfolio. They are rich and saturated with loads of Syrah flavor but they still reflect their region and land with balance and grace. The 2017 Cuvee Christophe is reminiscent of the 2015 which was so deep and so rich. That had the backbone of the 2015 vintage and really wanted to rest for a few more years before it really shows all it has to give. The 2017 offers more immediacy in its approachability. Deep red and black fruited notes riding high on black cherry followed by a panoply of African spices and smoked bacon. I recently tasted this wine over the course of a couple of days and it opened and developed even more. Even with this accessibility it still has loads of concentration for aging. Another triumph from this emerging estate!

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2019

A very classic Northern Rhône Syrah with its characteristic violets, vanila and meat aromatics, along with blood orange and white pepper. Very good wine to pair with all kinds of stews and Indian food as well.

2014 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino ($29.99)

Poggiarellino is a small property in the north of Montalcino and is not far from Altesino, they started making wine with the 1996 vintage and slowly grew their production, K&L started importing their wine with the 2000 vintage. Their Brunello di Montalcino production is usually about 450 cases to 500 cases and about half of that number for the Rosso di Montalcino. The Brunello is aged in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels and the Rosso di Montalcino is aged in stainless steel tanks.

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2007 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) ($29.99)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powered by dry botrytis, this is a wine with immense potential. It has weight, complexity and richness, all under the cloak of botrytis. To leaven the power, there is acidity, but this is certainly for aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (06/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dried lemon and floral aromas lead to loads of botrytis spice and bitter lemon peel in this young, full-bodied sweetie, with hints of lively lime and honey. Medium sweet. Very intense. *Collectibles* (JS)" (03/2010)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow-gold. Subdued but powerful nose offers fresh stone fruits, grapefruit zest, ginger and honey, all lifted by a floral topnote. Lush, thick and honeyed, but with superb acidity framing the flavors of mandarin orange, pineapple, honey and chalk. Finishes very long and subtle, with a saline nuance and terrific fruit penetration. (ST)" (07/2008)

94 points Vinous: "The 2007 Suduiraut was cropped at 16hl/ha. It has a similar bouquet to the bottle I last encountered in 2016. It opens gradually with scents of dried honey, apricot blossom and a touch more melted wax than I recall. The palate is very well balanced with intense botrytised fruit, a fine line of acidity, perhaps just a little drier than it was a couple of years back, though developing intriguing notes of mandarin, tangerine, white pepper and Clementine. It is drinking beautifully now although it will clearly continue to age gracefully over another two decades. 131gm/L residual sugar. (NM)" (03/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid gold. Complex, vegetal but interesting. Weight and ruffle of botrytis and strong orange peel note, proper stuff, great!! Just a little bitter citrus peel at the end. 18/20 points (JR)" (10/2009)

2012 Clos de L'Oratoire, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the von Neipperg estates, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is an undeniable success story. Dense ruby/purple, with plenty of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, licorice and spice, full-bodied, opulent and sexy, it is a hedonists dream wine. Pure and long, it has a great finish and terrific palate presence. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. Yields were exceptionally small in 2012 25 hectoliters per hectare. (RP)" (04/2015)

93 points Vinous: "A deep, dense wine, the 2012 Clos de l'Oratoire is going to need at least a few years to settle down. Today, distinctly stony, mineral notes dominate. With some coaxing, hints of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, wild flowers and smoke start to emerge, hinting at the wine's potential. (AG)" (01/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "Intense nose showing dark cherries, dried flowers and soft spices. Full body, ultra-fine tannins, fresh acidity and a long, spicy finish. Beautifully crafted. " (02/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This has a ripe, fleshy feel, offering a core of plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with licorice, carrying through the toasty yet integrated finish. Very solidly built for the vintage." (03/2015)

2016 Sansonnet, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) - -83 available ($49.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "An estate that has been firing on all cylinders recently, the Merlot-dominated 2016 Château Sansonnet sports a saturated ruby color as well as a beautiful bouquet of macerated black cherries, blackcurrants, smoked earth, spice, and tobacco. This ripe, sexy, full-bodied beauty has terrific overall balance, a layered texture, no hard edges, and a beautiful finish. It's a gem in the vintage and is well worth a case purchase. The blend is 90% Merlot and 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, all brought up in 80% new French oak. Dont miss this brilliant wine. *#1 Red Wine of the Year*" (02/2019)

96 points Vinous: "An exotic, heady wine, the 2016 Sansonnet is a total stunner. Crème de cassis, lavender, bittersweet chocolate, menthol, licorice, graphite and sweet spice saturate the palate in an explosive, stunningly beautiful Saint-Émilion that balances concentration and vibrancy with impeccable class. Put simply, the 2016 Sansonnet is a total pleasure bomb. Don't miss it. Tasted three times. (AG)" (01/2019)

95 points James Suckling: "The blueberry and blackberry aromas are very impressive and lifted right out of the glass. Full-bodied, very tight and defined with beautiful berries and focus. Long and vivid. Traditional style with precision and verve." (02/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Sansonnet (composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a little youthfully mute, revealing suggestions of crushed black plums, baked cherries and blackberries with nuances of fallen leaves, black olives, lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with energy, giving mouth-coating red and black fruits with a firm, grainy frame, finishing long and lively. (LPB) 94+" (11/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Bold, with a broad beam of warm cassis, plum reduction and braised fig flavors striding through, underscored by a strong graphite edge and backed by alluring black tea and well-roasted apple wood notes. Despite the heft, this is polished and integrated already, and should be a hedonistic delight in the near term. (JM)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: 94 points from Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Sansonnet has a pure bouquet of small dark cherries, fig and blueberry, beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The medium-bodied palate is smooth and sensual, offering supple tannin and layers of slightly toasted black fruit, plus a bit of white pepper toward the persistent finish. This should mature with panache in bottle." (1/2019)

2015 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This understated Brunello delivers dried cherries, cumin, terracotta, rust and bark. The full-bodied palate presents an intricately detailed tapestry of finely interwoven tannins, interspersed with compressed, vibrant cherries and gilded in colorful, gleaming acidity. The finish is vivacious and polished and very long. Drink in 2024." (09/2019)

2015 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) ($74.99)

97 points James Suckling: "A beautiful cascade of blue and darker fruit precedes generous, enticing notes of saffron, dried orange rind, cumin, roasted thyme and nutmeg. Balanced and tightly framed on the medium-to full-bodied palate with mouthwatering fruit and crunchy acidity, coloring an ornately woven structure of silky tannins. Very long and velvety on the finish. Everything is where it should be." (09/2019)

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1994 Chateau de Pellehaut 25 Year Old "Folle Blanche" K&L Exclusive Vintage Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) ($79.99)

While Bas-Armagnac gets all the press, and the Haut-Armagnac gets completely ignored, the Tenareze region of Armagnac is quietly producing some of the best brandies in the world. Much like the Borderies region in Cognac, the Tenareze brandies seem to have more fruit and a bit more life than the more classic Armagnac style. We visited Chateau Pellehaut on our first day in Armagnac last January and were completely overwhelmed by the quality of spirit. Using only new or first fill barrels for the beginning years of maturation, the Armagnacs have richness, weight, and spice. This incredible vintage of distilled from 100% Folle Blanche showcases the incredible depth and purity that the Chateau can obtain without masking the inherent quality of the spirit completely by oak. The fruit character is at the forefront--that little flurry of spice and floral nature that Folle Blanche tends to bring to the party. Again, the quality to price ratio is off the charts. No one can top Pellehaut in the bang for your buck category.

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1989 Chateau de Pellehaut 30 Year Old K&L Exclusive Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) ($89.99)

Chateau Pellehaut has been one of our top direct imports for the past year here at K&L. We've visited the Ténarèze producer twice over the past few years, always finding something new to bring home for our brandy fans. While Bas-Armagnac gets all the press, and the Haut-Armagnac gets completely ignored, the Tenareze region of Armagnac is quietly producing some of the best brandies in the world. Much like the Borderies region in Cognac, the Tenareze brandies seem to have more fruit and a bit more life than the more classic Armagnac style. We visited Chateau Pellehaut one January day and were completely overwhelmed by the quality of spirit. Using only new or first fill barrels for the beginning years of maturation, the Armagnacs have richness, weight, and spice. This incredible vintage of distilled from 100% Folle Blanche showcases the incredible depth and purity that the Chateau can obtain without masking the inherent quality of the spirit completely by oak. The fruit character is at the forefront--that little flurry of spice and floral nature that Folle Blanche tends to bring to the party. Again, the quality to price ratio is off the charts. No one can top Pellehaut in the bang for your buck category.

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1983 Chateau de Pellehaut 36 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Tenareze Armagnac (750ml) ($99.99)

Chateau Pellehaut has been one of our top direct imports for the past year here at K&L. We've visited the Tenereze producer several times over the past few years, always finding something new to bring home for our brandy fans. Rich, dark-fruited flavors and barrel spices come fast, but the texture is soft and round on the palate. This 36-year-old brandy was distilled from Ugni Blanc, but still clocks in at 48% despite three decades in wood. We've brought this vintage in once before and it's spent the better part of the last half decade simply getting better. Shockingly, the price remains incredibly reasonable. We won't be surprised if this one doesn't last very long in stock very long. It's just so far beyond any other mature spirit option we have right in terms of quality and price, no one can touch Gascogne on that scale.

Mortlach 15 Year Old "Game of Thrones Six Kingdoms" Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

The ninth (and final?) release in Diageo's Game of Thrones Collection, Six Kingdoms, is a 15-year-old Mortlach single malt, matured in a combination of first-fill oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon casks. With an Independent North, Westeros is down to just Six Kingdoms, but any excuse for more great whisky is fine with us. The Beast of Dufftown has had a resurgence of late with Diageo placing a focus on the incredible malts that have historically just been for Johnnie Walker blends. Complete your collection of the Game of Thrones whiskies.

2016 Rafael Palacios "Sorte O Soro" Godello Valdeorras, Spain (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($174.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I had high expectations for the 2016 Sorte O Soro, one of my favorite modern unfortified white wines in Spain. The wines have gained precision in the last few years, and I was curious to see in which direction this O Soro was going. This comes from a single plot of old-vine Godello planted in 1978 on a north-facing, sandy granite amphitheater at 710 meters in altitude. The vineyard is organically farmed and is in the process of being certified by Demeter. The must fermented in new 500-liter oak barrels with indigenous yeasts and had an élevage of seven months with the fine lees in those barrels. However, there is no oak to be found on the nose or in the flavors, and it's fragrant, subtle and elegant with aromas of white flowers with the coldness of granite. It feels like an updated version of the 2014, silky and elegant but also very intense with pungent and persistent flavors and a strong saline sensation on the finish that lingers in your mouth for a very long time. Vibrant, electric, intense, regal and noble, with great purity, this is one of the finest white wines produced in Spain. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. 2,800 bottles were filled in September 2017.(LG)" (02/2019)

K&L Notes: "I found the wines to be very pure, serious and a little closed and reticent, as they took time to open up in the glass and evolve very slowly. They seem to have gained precision in the last few years, and they reckon it's through viticulture, working organically and removing all the chemicals that had been used in the vineyards before they took them over. They have not really reduced the amount of oak, but it feels much better integrated. They have also been able to reduce the amount of sulfur used on the vines. This is one of the best white wine-only projects in Spain." Wine Advocate Luis Guiterrez