Today marks a new tradition here at KLWM, and it’s a collaboration of sorts with you, our loyal customers. Diving into a range of categories spanning color, style, producer, and region, we reviewed the year in wine and are eager to share the selections that seemed to strike your collective fancy. These are wines that were enjoyed in abundance, revisited time and again, and kept so many tables decorated and glasses filled in 2022. For some, the twelve wines in this collection will read like an inventory of house favorites. For others, to whom these selections may be entirely unfamiliar, we hope this round-up, defined by the diverse palates of our wine community, guides you towards discovery, satisfaction, and something delicious in the new year! In the way of sparkling wines, Davide Vignato’s palate-refreshing “Primo Incontro” from the remote appellation of Gambellara was one of our most popular sparklers, while J. Lassalle’s classic Champagne, “Cachet Or,” continued to inspire cheer and celebration. To our delight, our customers love to drink rosé year round, and they didn’t skimp on a “Gris”: The ethereal “Gris de Marquiliani” alongside Fontsainte’s “Gris de Gris”—a not-so-secret secret and perennial favorite—were sipped and shared on a wide range of occasions. As for whites, Tintero’s slightly spritzy Langhe Arneis brought joy to many aperitivi along with Graville-Lacoste’s invigorating Graves Blanc, ever the crowd pleaser. There were reds with a bit of age, like Château Aney’s 2012 Haut Médoc. Nearly a decade since it was bottled and priced under $30, it’s unsurprising that a rare Bordeaux value captured our customers’ attention. While we expected to see that Kermit’s Côtes du Rhône blend was a staple in countless households, nothing could have prepared us for the thrill in learning that so many of you embraced an outlier like Clos Saint Joseph’s Côtes de Provence Rouge—a relatively new, and deeply soulful addition to our portfolio that seemed to have you coming back for more. How heartening! Cheers to all, and to more great wine in 2023.
J. Lassalle France | Champagne | Chigny-Les-Roses
This Champagne reminds me of a classy dinner party that opens with candlelight and ends with guests waltzing on the table. Elegant and refined, but oh so much fun.
Château Graville-Lacoste France | Bordeaux | Graves
Whatever snacks are on your table or picnic blanket, this blanc will fit the bill with its pretty notes of green apple, citrus, and subtle tropical fruits.
Domaine de Fontsainte France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Corbières
Its peachy-pink hue hints at what’s to come: orchard fruits and brambly wild berries, grapefruit and wet slate after a summer rain! A staple wine I can’t live without.
Cantine Valpane Italy | Piedmont | Barbera del Monferrato
Luscious, mouth-filling cherry fruit, a strong soil signature, and smooth tannins make this the perfect Barbera to cure your weeknight Italian craving.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe France | Southern Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Here at KLWM we’ve been referring to this cuvée as the Bruniers’ young-vine Châteauneuf for so long that those vines have gone and grown up right under our noses.
Clos Saint-Joseph France | Provence | Côtes de Provence
Contrary to the usual rough and tannic reds of the far-reaching Côtes de Provence appellation, this is fresh and lively! A gem hidden in the hills.
There has never been a better time to be a rosé lover. Far from a single profile of wine, rosé is a big, beautiful umbrella encompassing all kinds of styles and with hues ranging from faint rose-gold to light burgundy. Consider Domaine de Reuilly’s Pinot Gris, which blurs the line between blanc and rosé so expertly you can’t help but go back to your glass to ponder it again and again.
Our first-ever foray into the heel of the Italian boot might not be what you expect. It certainly wasn’t what I expected! I discovered a terroir perfectly suited to producing dry, aromatic white wines of character and freshness. Puglia is the likely birthplace of Italian wine (and, as follows, French wine!), with the vine originally traveling here via Greek settlers who crossed the Adriatic channel. Today it is the second-largest producer of wine out of Italy’s twenty regions. While the region is best known for inky, concentrated reds from grapes such as Primitivo and Negroamaro, the first KLWM Puglian imports are in fact white wines.
This collection includes a set of two bottlings (one for now, one for later) from six regions: Chardonnay from Burgundy, Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, Marsanne from northern Rhône, Gamay from Beaujolais, Nebbiolo from Piedmont, and Sangiovese from Tuscany. While every bottle is enjoyable right now, each set features one example meant for immediate consumption and one capable of significant aging.
Today marks a new tradition here at KLWM, and it’s a collaboration of sorts with you, our loyal customers. Diving into a range of categories spanning color, style, producer, and region, we reviewed the year in wine and are eager to share the selections that seemed to strike your collective fancy. These are wines that were enjoyed in abundance, revisited time and again, and kept so many tables decorated and glasses filled in 2022.
This kind of “overachiever”—a wine that delivers the elegance, complexity, or flat-out deliciousness regularly displayed by bottles much more expensive—isn’t limited to any price category. My colleagues and I have been as enamored in recent months with $19 Dolcetto from northwestern Italy as we have with soulful grand cru Saint-Émilion.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
Chardonnay is a remarkable chameleon—it has the keen ability to reflect the micro-nuances of the environment in which it’s grown. Today, we’re celebrating its versatility with a collection of wines from not only Burgundy, but Jura, Champagne, the Loire, and as far east as the Italian alps. While the common thread that holds this collection together gives us a medley of racy, bright, and mineral whites, there’s a fascinating world of difference between each bottle selected.
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