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Staff Favorites - Alex Schroeder

Alex Schroeder

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2014 Domaine Coffinet-Duvernay Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Fairendes "
Review Date: 07-17-2019
At our staff Burgundy tasting, this ended up being an epiphany wine for me. Five years in from an incredible vintage, this is exactly where you want a Chassagne Montrachet to end up when you finally pull the cork. The fruit flavors of lemon meringue and bright green apple have melded beautifully, with hints of white acacia and minerals complementing. The weight and texture are just phenomenal, with the signature acidity of the vintage taking the beautiful flavors a great distance on the finish. This is one to sip slowly, and let unfold in the glass. Well worth the price.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
W&S 94

2016 Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 06-27-2019
I am happy to report that this sub $20 Bordeaux blend is very deserving of its high critical scores. Merlot dominant, it has rich, plummy fruit with hints of mint and licorice, gravelly minerals and an overall refinement and elegance worthy of a much higher price point. If rich, elegant, Bordeaux style wines ever make it to your dinner table, then this is one worth stocking up on. After tasting, one probably will not be enough.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
DC 97 JS 93

2007 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This is the best price on a great classic Pessac powerhouse that I’ve seen. It has an intoxicating nose that includes red cherry, cigar box, dusty minerals, smoke and cedar. Sweet cherry kirsch comes out on the palate along with silky tannins and a wonderful integration of flavors. This will continue to age gracefully.

2007 Rieussec, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-26-2019
The Lafite group took Rieussec to the next level in 2007. Rich and layered with notes of dried honey, lemon citrus, apricots and white flowers, it definitely has great sweetness but also lift and vibrancy from the acidity. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable Sauternes on our shelves right now.

2007 Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-26-2019
Rich, lush and sweet with honeycomb, dried apricots and tangerine notes, and great acid/sweetness balance. This is a remarkably on-point, aged Sauternes for $29.99
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 92

2007 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 06-26-2019
From the famed Grand Poujeaux vineyard in Moulis, this merlot-dominant left bank blend has plenty of ripeness! It boasts rich red fruit with just hints of tertiary leather and smoke. It has thus far aged very well. The tannins are big and ripe and coat the mouth, keeping the sweet red fruit on the palate for quite a long time. This is a very good wine for the price.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2007 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This is what we call “Old-School Bordeaux” at its best. It has plenty of lovely earthy flavors in addition to the dark-currant core: cloves, smoke, minerals, and a nice peppery freshness. The tannins are soft, and converge with the acidity on the finish for a surprisingly long finish.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2007 La Prade, Côtes de Francs
Review Date: 06-26-2019
What a knockout in the under-$20 category! Rich plummy fruit, smokey game, leather and an incredibly robust, silky texture. Despite the richness, it has great balance at 13.5% abv and grippy tannins that coat the mouth on the long finish.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2016 l'Avocat Rouge, Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This is already drinking great. It is very expressive with loads of fresh berries, cranberries and a hint of orange peel on the nose. The fruit is fresh with just a pleasant hint of vanilla from the oak. It is bright, ripe and fresh with great acidity and balance.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2009 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
The 2009 Château l’Avocat “Cuvée Speciale” is from one of the best vintages of that decade, and it shows. It has pure, rich wild berry fruits on the nose with a hint of toast. It is a rich, plush wine but still has plenty of freshness and verve, and a pleasant finish that goes and goes. Again, at $29.99 this would easily hold its own at any high-end dinner party.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2004 l'Avocat "Cuvée Speciale", Graves
Review Date: 06-26-2019
This made using the painstaking “Vinification Integrale” process, where the hand-picked fruit is macerated on the skins inside the barrel for three weeks, then aged in new oak for 18 months. After 15 years, this wine is one seriously sexy sipper for $29.99. It has a rich dark fruit core framed by toasty oak, with hints of smoked meats and aged leather. The tannins are round and silky smooth, and the wine is overall still very fresh and vibrant. As the resident Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands put it after tasting it blind, “We thought it was Margaux, Margaux.”
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2018 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 05-24-2019
This is a nicely concentrated claret, with a robust perfume of dark peppery fruit, minerals, black currants and smoke. It's elegant and velvety on the palate with firm yet smooth tannins. It has a subtle balancing acidity and a long dark fruit-driven finish framed by pleasant herbal notes.

2018 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-17-2019
On the nose, very concentrated notes of dark fruit and earthy graphite. On the palate, however, very elegant and round, with great acid and nice grippy tannins. This should be a fantastic wine to age in the cellar.

2018 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This was one of our last stops on the en primeur campaign and it seemed by design. This was one of the best wines of the entire trip. The power and concentration were immediately evident, as rich notes of dark fruit, graphite and minerals took over the bouquet. On the palate the fruit took more of a red tone with nice sweetness, minerals and herbs, and the structure was impeccable as the tannins and acidity were already well integrated and balanced with a beautiful fruit driven finish.

2018 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is full of dark, concentrated fruit and peppery graphite on the nose, with just a touch of baking spice and toast. On the palate, more red fruits come out with nice herbs and spice underlying, and great elegance and precision from the firm tannins and great acidity. Another shining example of the greatness from St. Julien in 2018.

2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This was the star of St. Emilion during the 2018 en primeur campaign. The addition of excellent Cabernet Franc vines shone through with aromas of roses, peppery red fruit and graphite on the nose. The texture was very elegant already with wonderful concentration of fruit and tannin on the palate, and wonderful acidity that lends to a long, fresh and balanced finish.

2018 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is opulent with dark, purple, plummy fruit, toast and notes of licorice, mocha and herbs. The tannins are soft and elegant up front and then become more grippy on the finish, adding to the structure given by the balancing acidity. Great graphite and minerals underscore the ripe fruit.

2018 Capbern, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-17-2019
This is the best value in St. Estephe. Made by the same winemaking team from Calon Segur, from terroir adjacent to much more expensive properties, it has spicy black fruit, mocha, and licorice on the nose. On the palate, it is very fresh and bright while remaining dark and concentrated at its core. It has very elegant, firm tannins, with nice herbal notes on the finish.

1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-16-2019
Nothing makes my eyes widen and mouth water more than a bottle of this gem about to be opened. It has rich toasty aromas that surround a beautifully taut core of green apples and citrus meringue, with added notes of hazelnuts and smoke. The aging process has imparted perfect integration and balance, and the acidity has preserved the wine from any signs of tiredness. This is the kind of Champagne I could waste an entire evening simply smelling. On the palate the acid is still vibrant and vivacious, and the mineral texture is a marvel unto itself. This is an experience well worth the price of admission.

Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is a very rare, and very delicious 100% Pinot Gris-based champagne. The pinot gris leaves a clean, floral, mineral-laden bouquet on the nose, but on the palate the strength and power of the fruit are striking: pear and green apple, white flowers and a touch of lemon zest are amplified by serious acidity, and a long, focused finish of minerals and lemony goodness. This is Champagne like you’ve never experienced!​
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
In a direct import program that boasts hundreds of stunning grower-producer Champagnes at incredible values, the “Authentic Assemblage” from Le Brun de Neuville belongs near the top of the list not just in terms of value for the price but in overall quality. It boasts a rich, decadent style that comes from aging on its lees for five years under cork instead of bottle cap, a practice still used by only a tiny percentage of producers in Champagne. This allows for micro-oxygenation, which gives the wine a rich, rounded texture that perfectly balances out the crisp chalky minerals and the rich flavors of nectarine, honeysuckle, brioche and clove. The fact that it is available for such a low price is a miracle.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 WS 90

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
I instantly fell in love with LeBrun de Neuville’s “Authentique” Rosé. The blend, two thirds Chardonnay and one third Pinot Noir, has the best of both worlds: rich and vibrant red fruit flavors along with soft delicate notes of flowers and stone fruit. The acid keeps the blend energetic and the chalkiness of the Sezanne area it is grown in is undeniable.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

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$34.99

2012 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Revelation" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is amongst the best Blanc de Noirs in the store. It’s made entirely from a very old plot of massale-selected Pinot Meunier vines, and sees time in french oak barrels. It has an amazing bouquet of baking spice, pear, honey suckle and herbs. On the palate, the fruit profile is electrifying and complex, and leads to a long, yeasty bright finish. It has the brightness and concentration of fruit with the precision and cleanliness only the best champagnes display.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Alexandre Le Brun "Tradition" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is one of the smallest production Champagnes in our portfolio. Made from a third each of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, it offers a delicacy and prettiness you usually have to pay much more for. The fruit profile is of apricots, lemons and toasty lees with a delicate spice from the barrel aging. You will be hard pressed to find this kind of value for the money on a traditional Champagne like this.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is a value I often like to compare to one of the bigger brands in Champagne (with an iconic orange label) that has a similar grape profile. This has bright distinctively ripe citrus and apricot fruitiness, cream, flowers and toast from the seven years on the lees, and amazing texture from the chalky soils. Throw in that you actually save money for all that quality, and it's a no-brainer!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2016 S de Suduiraut
Review Date: 05-15-2019
You can’t discuss great values in Bordeaux without mentioning this delicious white which stands up to the other great white wines of France. Made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, this is such a complex, balanced, clean and refreshing wine. It has beautifully subtle and integrated oak, vibrant minerals, lovely floral aromas and mouth-watering citrus and melon fruit. This is one of the few white wines of the world I wouldn’t worry about aging in the cellar.

2016 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-15-2019
Grand Pontet is situated right next to major St. Emilion powerhouses like Chateau Canon, Chateau Beausejour Becot, and Chateau Clos Fourtet, but costs a fraction of the price. Owned by the Becot family, the winemaking team is even the same as at Chateau Beausejour Becot, and it shows. It has cherry kirsch, red currant fruit with hints of tobacco and underbrush, subtle toast from oak and a long, lingering bright finish. What a great deal for a serious St. Emilion!

2016 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This is one of the best right bank values on the market. The Bouard family (think Chateau Angelus) has poured a ton of money into renovating the facilities and the vineyards here, and since 2012, longtime friend of K&L Coralie de Bouard has been in charge of production. This is the best vintage yet. It shows gravelly minerals, fresh plums and blueberries with mocha undertones and seriously balanced structure. It is drinking great right now, but will continue to age with the best of them.

2016 Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
Review Date: 05-15-2019
I’m perennially impressed by this wine. Siaurac is located on an extension of the Pomerol plateau and has a relatively high proportion of Cabernet Franc at 20%. The result is a very complex, expressive wine with a beautiful perfume, bright flavors of red and blue fruit with mint and herbs, and great structure from a generous but balanced oak regimen. If you’ve tried any of the recent back vintages we have (like the 2010, in stock now) you know it ages superbly.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 VN 91

2016 Marsau, Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
If right bank merlot is your jam, 2016 Chateau Marsau is for you. It is from a relatively small 12 hectare property that produced this 100% Merlot, plush, voluptuous-style red with strawberry/cherry compote flavors with nice spice and great acid on the long finish. This is one of the best merlots I’ve had in awhile.

2016 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This might be one of the best left bank deals of the vintage. The team at Chateau Fourcas Hosten has been moving towards sustainability and organic methods for over ten years, and the quality really shows in this vintage. It has mouthwatering, expressive blue and black fruit, herbs, a plush smooth texture from the ripe tannins, and a long bright finish. Such balance and elegance!

2016 Bibian, Haut -Médoc
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This Cru Bourgeois Superieur has made vast improvements since being purchased by the Meyre family in 1999. The 2016 shows strength, elegance and a touch of modernity—quite impressive for under $15. The nose explodes with red fruit like wild cherries and raspberries with some toasty oak, mellow vanilla and spice that add complexity on the palate. The ripe tannins complement the sweet fruit for a rich, balanced, utterly drinkable red.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 JS 91

2016 Baron de Malleret, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-15-2019
The second wine from this Haut Medoc property has great depth and concentration, with sweet dark fruit like black cherries, blueberries and licorice with notes of toast and herbs. The tannins give great structure while remaining approachable, and balancing acidity keeps things fresh and drinkable. At this price, the Baron can’t be beat for a middle-of-the-week dinner wine
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2018 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 Brane Cantenac was another favorite of our group at En Primeur week. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Carmenere, 0.5% Petit Verdot. They produced a very elegant, sexy wine this year, with a sweet core of mocha and cola berry, silky tannins to carry the plush fruit, and overall seamless structure. This will go down as one of their greatest wines yet.

2018 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 d’Issan is a lovely wine reminiscent of its 2016 and 2005 vintages. Made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, it has a beautiful bouquet on the nose of briary blackberries, plums, mint and licorice. On the palate it has supple, ripe tannins and nice freshness.

2018 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 Malescot St. Exupery is bold, ripe and very appealing. Made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, it is classically structured. It has spicy black fruit, licorice and herbs on the bouquet, with a very round silky texture from the plush tannins and ripe fruit on the palate, and nice firm tannins on the long finish. This will age beautifully.

2018 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
2018 Labegorce offers an outstanding quality-to-price ratio. Made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it has a powerful, concentrated bouquet of black cherry, blueberry, graphite and licorice. On the palate, the powerful fruit is immediately lifted by gentle acidity and delicious, ripe mouth coating tannins.

2018 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
For value-seeking readers, there is hardly a wine more exciting than the 2018 Marquis d’Alesme. Tasted at the chateau, the blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. It has beautiful dark cherry, bright red currant fruit with herbs and hints of chocolate and vanilla bean. It has serious structure on the palate with grippy, plush tannins and a bright, lingering finish.

2018 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
Chateau Rauzan Segla produced one of the top wines in Margaux of the vintage, in its classic style. It is made from 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Delicious, rich blackberries, plums, graphite, smoke and toast on the palate, with such a silky texture and mouthfeel. The finish is pure fruited, long and steady.

2018 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-15-2019
This wine is stunning. It was made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. It has a robust bouquet of spicy blackberries and black cherry, violets and licorice with the essence of jam on toast. The mid-palate was replete with rich fruit, while the tannins were integrated and smooth, retaining Palmer’s signature elegance and femininity in the face of all that power. The low production numbers and the high quality make this a wine to buy on futures, as it is sure to be a rare sight on retail shelves.

2016 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-03-2019
This is a delicious white Bordeaux that has it all at a low price: fresh, citrusy fruit flavors, vibrant minerals and a very easy-to-drink nature at a price that is set to please even the largest crowds of discerning drinkers.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2017 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 05-03-2019
Verquiere CDR is a staple at K&L for a reason. It’s made by 3rd generation winemaking brothers from entirely estate-grown, organic fruit that’s completely destemmed and aged in steel vats for pure, blueberry, plum fruit, silky tannins and subtle lifting acidity on the finish. This is easily the best value in red wine in the store! Great for a summer BBQ!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2018 Olema Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 05-02-2019
This is an exciting project from our friends and veritable wine-making experts at Amici Cellars in Napa, who traveled to the land of the best rosés in the world to make this stellar cuvée. It opens with fresh, wild cherries, cream and minerals on the nose, offers rich vibrant fruit on the palate with a focused, bright, acid-driven finish that screams for another sip. Once again, the Olema brand lives up to its moniker, offering incredible value at a low price.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 91

2017 Lúuma (AKA Wine Co.) Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-01-2019
This is a delicious Sonoma Coast Chardonnay made by 4th generation California farmers, the Mariana brothers. They use only 10% new oak, and 15% malolactic fermentation, for the brightest, purest expression of the excellent Sonoma Coast terroir. Soft citrus, stone fruit, just-there white flowers, a creamy texture from lees aging, and a long bright finish.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart

2018 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-01-2019
Given all that this property has going for it— its superb terroir located between Chateau Latour and Chateau Pichon Baron; its winemaking team led by the legendary Claire Lurton; the excellent vintage seen in Pauillac in 2018— it should really be no surprise that this tasted as good as it did during En Primeur week. It showed the power of the vintage with a concentrated black cherry-kirsch core, plenty of gravelly minerals and graphite, notes of licorice and earthy herbs, while still retaining elegance and a long, acid-driven finish. At the price, this is one of the best pre-arrival values from the appellation.

2018 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-30-2019
Tasted at Leoville Barton during En Primeur week. Very expressive, bursting with bright briary red fruit, licorice, cola and cranberry, with even a touch of orange. Very expressive and bright with great acidity, and well extracted tannins for great ageability. 13.85% abv.

2018 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-30-2019
Tasted at Branaire Ducru during En Primeur week. Immediately out of the barrel this is a pretty wine, with rich, mouth-watering red fruit flavors of cola berry and cherry with herbs and licorice and a very subtle toast. It has perfectly integrated, approachable tannins and a very long fresh finish. 14.3% abv

2018 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-30-2019
One of the top wines tasted at the Union des Grands Crus at Chateau Beauregard in Pomerol during En Primeur week. Clinet has expressive red fruits, cranberries and dark cherries, plenty of smoke and graphite, with a pleasant lingering acid driven finish. There is plenty of structure from the concentrated fruit, robust tannins and bright acidity, so this will age well for at least a couple of decades.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-30-2019
It only takes one small whiff to realize that this is a special wine, but it begs for countless more to uncover all the layers that this blend of over 120 different wines from over 10 vintages provides. The older vintages provide aromas of honey and marzipan and dried apricots, the younger base wine provides fresh citrus and nectarine notes. The texture is perfect after a minimum of 7 years of lees aging and the finish lasts for well over a minute. This isn't the least expensive Champagne on our shelves, but it is by far the best value available for the price.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart
JG 96 RP 95

2015 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 04-24-2019
On the nose are red currants, savory strawberry compote, a touch of scorched earth and gravel and a bit of the mint and eucalyptus typical of Margaret River red wine. The fruit is rich but vibrant and fresh with an acid line that gives lift and cuts through the ripe fruit perfectly. This is a knockout.

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