In a 1997 newsletter, Kermit announced the arrival of the latest vintage from Domaine Roland Lavantureux, writing, “If you like real Chablis you will find what you want right here. Save money, too; this is better than most premiers crus.” He’s imported Lavantureux for nearly 40 years, since Roland’s 1982 vintage. Today his sons David and Arnaud run the show dutifully. Their acquisitions of premier cru and grand cru vineyards have elevated the domaine to new heights, and proof of an inherent passion for purity and goût de terroir can be found in each bottle. Yet somehow, after four decades of flawless Chablis, this treasured domaine has managed to remain a hidden gem within our Burgundy portfolio. With every release, these staff favorites get scooped up by the case by the folks here at KLWM, and by those seasoned customers who’ve figured out by now the outstanding pleasure and value this producer provides vintage after vintage. It’s been long predicted that someday we’ll be unable to offer Lavantureux’s wines without allocating them — the potential for glory and fame is right there in your glass. It’s difficult to keep my hands off the bottles I’ve stashed away, especially during this season. Mineral-driven, complex, and lively, these quintessential winter whites shine bright alongside the seafood currently gracing our tables — think grilled oysters in butter sauce, clam chowder, or garlicky mussel stew. I recently enjoyed a memorable bottle of Bougros during a weather-induced power outage. We boiled a couple of fresh Dungeness crab by the light of our headlamps and melted garlic butter in a crock on the woodstove. The combination of simple feast and soulful wine was an illumination on that dark and stormy night. Whatever the weather, Lavantureux’s wines are as heartwarming and spirit-lifting as ever — and incredible values, considering the craftsmanship that goes into each bottle. We’ve put together a collection of what we have in stock — their classic Chablis, a handful of single-vineyard cuvées, a premier cru from the prestigious Vau de Vey climat, and a couple of stellar grands crus — so you can get them at a discount and savor these beauties in their seasonal element.
15% off wines in the collection, now through the end of the month!
The great thing about these wines still being under-the-radar is we can enjoy them unabashedly now and over the next decade or so. Who knows if we’ll be able to get our hands on a case of Lavantureux in 10 years! Better tuck some bottles away for a rainy day.
Domaine Roland Lavantureux France | Burgundy | Chablis
David describes it as “direct and pure, full of energy”—a perfectly steely Chablis for oysters-on-the-half-shell, certain to remain tightly coiled for many years to come.
Somehow, after four decades of flawless Chablis, this treasured domaine has managed to remain a hidden gem within our Burgundy portfolio. With every release, these staff favorites get scooped up by the case by the folks here at KLWM, and by those seasoned customers who’ve figured out by now the outstanding pleasure and value this producer provides vintage after vintage. It’s been long predicted that someday we’ll be unable to offer Lavantureux’s wines without allocating them — the potential for glory and fame is right there in your glass.
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