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  • Clos Lalfert | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    cellar space or equipment with which to work Slowly but surely he has found cellar space to rent equipment to borrow and a community in which he can spread his wings True grit and raw optimism have launched this gifted young garagiste into France s final winegrowing frontier Baptiste s vineyard is situated in La Boissière twenty five kilometers northwest of Montpellier at the foothills of the Cevennes Mountains This climate here is optimal where cool mountain air prevents heat spikes that are often typical in this drier Mediterranean region This type of climate also serves in creating balance in the wines it facilitates a slow ripening of the grapes essential for phenolic development and translates into bright acidity Finding equilibrium is the essence of Baptiste s philosophy As one of the newest additions to the KLWM portfolio we are confident in his potential and if his most recent vintage is any indication we see a bright future for this passionate newcomer Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Vin de Pays de l Hérault Rouge Varies Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Carignan 11 65 years Clay Limestone Flint 1 25 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Vines are trained in gobelet and in cordon de royat Bud pruning is used to limit the yields Rigorous sorting of the grapes as they come into the winery from harvest Only indigenous yeasts are used Punch downs are performed daily Wine undergoes occasional light pump overs Fermentations last between 30 40 days Wine ages for about 6 months in cuve then another 9 months in barrel 2010 Vin de Pays de l Hérault Rouge 90 Syrah 5 Cabernet Sauvignon 5 Carignan Wine aged for 12 months in barrel 25 new then 8 months

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  • Marcel Lapierre | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    His son Mathieu and daughter Camille confidently continue the great work that their father pioneered now introducing biodynamic vineyard practices and ensuring that Marcel s legacy lives on The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares and the vines are an average of 45 years of age Grapes are picked at the last possible moment to obtain the ripest fruit which is a trademark of the estate style The Lapierres age their wines on fine lees for at least nine months in oak foudres and fûts ranging from three to thirteen years old These wines are the essence of Morgon bright fleshy fruit with a palatable joie de vivre that was undoubtedly inherited from their creator In the words of KLWM salesperson Sam Imel They are meant to be devoured Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Morgon Gamay 60 yrs Granitic Gravel 10 ha Morgon Cuvée Camille Gamay 50 75 yrs Granitic Gravel 1 ha Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre Gamay 100 yrs Granitic Gravel 1 5 ha Raisins Gaulois Gamay Granitic Gravel 1 5 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Old vines with naturally low yields Organic farming used to stimulate the natural immune system of the vine Manually harvested as late as possible to achieve maximum ripeness Rigorous sorting of the grapes Indigenous yeasts only Whole cluster fermentation à l ancienne maintained at low temperatures lasts for ten to twenty days Wines aged on fine lees in old Burgundy barrels from third to thirteenth passage Wines are bottled unfiltered Raisins Gaulois

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  • Domaine Larue | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    one of the under rated gems of Burgundy The domaine s premier cru vineyard in Puligny Montrachet La Garenne sits at a high altitude in the Hameau de Blagny bordering Meursault Their largest parcel Saint Aubin premier cru Murgers des Dents de Chien shares its name with the Dents de Chien lieu dit of Le Montrachet that is right around the corner and is the domaine s prized vineyard capable of producing wine that can age and improve in the bottle for decades Wines from Larue possess purity energy and an invariable minerality derived from the predominant limestone soils of Saint Aubin The Larues are meticulous and precise in all aspects of winegrowing and winemaking and their wines reflect these qualities Tasting the full range is a veritable tour of the appellation with each terroir s individual and striking signature clearly evident These wonderful white Burgundies have the additional benefit of being approachable young although they are tightly wound and can always benefit from a few extra years of bottle age Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Saint Aubin Chardonnay Planted 1995 2006 Clay Limestone 25 ha Saint Aubin 1er Cru En Montceau Chardonnay Planted 1963 2000 Clay Limestone 43 ha Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Combes Chardonnay Planted 1985 Alluvial deposits Clay Limestone 46 ha Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Cortons Chardonnay Planted 1992 Clay Limestone 48 ha Saint Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Chardonnay Planted 1989 Limestone 35 ha Saint Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien Chardonnay Planted 1946 1964 1972 1990 1997 Clay Limestone 1 12 ha Saint Aubin Rouge 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou Pinot Noir Planted 1966 1995 Clay Limestone 1 10 ha Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne Chardonnay Planted 1946 1950 1963 1975 Clay Limestone

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  • Château de Lascaux | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    is passionate about supporting the richness and diversity of this ecosystem so the domaine s conversion to organic viticulture was a logical choice There is a freshness and purity finesse and complexity in the Lascaux wines that is rare in this wild landscape The consistency of the winemaking the quality of their wines and great values they present make this domaine a treasure of the KLWM portfolio According to KLWM salesperson Mark Congero they are an absolute go to domaine in the Languedoc Generous friendly wines of excellent quality that offer great bang for your buck Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Languedoc Blanc 50 Vermentino 20 Roussanne 20 Marsanne 10 Viognier 15 20 years Clay and limestone on bedrock of marl and marly limestone 4 5 ha Languedoc Blanc Pierres d Argent 40 Roussanne 40 Marsanne 20 Vermentino 15 20 years Clay and limestone on bedrock of marl and marly limestone 1 5 ha Languedoc Rosé 40 Cinsault 30 Syrah 30 Grenache 5 10 years Limestone 5 ha Languedoc Rouge 60 Syrah 35 Grenache 5 Mourvèdre 10 20 years Limestone 14 ha Languedoc Rouge La Grange de Lascaux 60 Syrah 30 Grenache 10 Mourvèdre 15 20 years Limestone 15 ha Languedoc Pic St Loup Rouge Carra 60 Syrah 40 Grenache 10 20 years Fractured Limestone 14 ha Languedoc Pic St Loup Rouge Les Nobles Pierres 80 Syrah 20 Grenache 25 35 years Fractured Limestone 5 ha Languedoc Pic St Loup Rouge Les Secrets 80 Syrah 20 Grenache 25 35 years Clay and limestone on bedrock of marl and marly limestone 2 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION In 2001 the vignerons of Pic Saint Loup pleaded their case to the I N A O asking for the right to their own A O C As of yet the request is still pending however in 2007 Pic Saint Loup was granted its own denomination within the A O C Coteaux du Languedoc In 2007 all wines designated as A O C Coteaux du Languedoc were changed to a new appellation A O C Languedoc Growers have a period of time in which they must comply Future vintages will thus read as A O C Languedoc or A O C Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Grapes are de stemmed in their entirety Languedoc Blanc Grapes are pressed after a short cold maceration of the skins Racking of the must Ages in cuve for 7 months before bottling Languedoc Blanc Pierres d Argent Grapes are pressed after a short cold maceration of the skins Vinification in 1 3 year old oak barrels Ages in barrel for 9 months then for 3 months in cuve Languedoc Rosé Direct press Traditional vinification at low temperatures Wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation Ages in cuve for 7 months before bottling Languedoc Rouge Traditional vinification lasts for approximately three weeks Ages in cuve for 14 months before bottling Wine bottled unfiltered Languedoc Rouge La Grange

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  • Champagne J. Lassalle | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    complexity and depth from the beginning of their range up to the luxury cuvées Don t miss their Blanc de Blancs sourced uniquely from premier cru Chardonnay grown on the Montagne de Reims It is a classic vin de terroir that ages beautifully Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Brut Rosé 1er Cru Approximately 85 Pinot Noir 10 Chardonnay 5 Pinot Meunier 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut Réserve Cachet Or 1er Cru Approximately 1 3 Pinot Meunier 1 3 Chardonnay 1 3 Pinot Noir 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut Cuvée Préférence 1er Cru Approximately 60 Pinot Meunier 20 Chardonnay 20 Pinot Noir 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut Cuvée Angéline 1er Cru 60 Pinot Noir 40 Chardonnay 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut Blanc de Blancs Millésimé 1er Cru 100 Chardonnay 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut Spéciale Club Millésimé 1er Cru 60 Chardonnay 40 Pinot Noir 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut 1er Cru Rosé Cuvée Spéciale 37 Pinot Meunier 37 Pinot Noir 26 Chardonnay 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total Brut Millésimé 1er Cru Cuvée Spéciale 50 Pinot Noir 50 Chardonnay 50 years average Clay Limestone 16 ha total ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Grapes are crushed on a traditional wooden press parcel by parcel The must rests for 12 24 hours to allow the juice to settle The alcoholic fermentation lasts from 8 10 days Wines go through malolactic fermentation to soften their acidity The blend of grapes changes every year for every wine with consideration given to the conditions presented by the vintage the terroir and the house style Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle for 6 8 weeks Bottles are riddled in pupîtres and are adjusted a quarter turn at a time for 6 weeks Bottles are disgorged manually Rosé is made in the traditional style oeil de perdrix eye of the partridge a very pale delicate style found among the most elegant of Champagnes Préférence is aged for one year longer than the Cachet Or before release Disgorgement dates are engraved on each bottle Brut Réserve Cachet Or 1er Cru Aged 36 months on the lees before disgorgement Current disgorgement 11 20 14 Vintages in the current disgorgement 2010 and 2011 Dosage 9g liter Brut Cuvée Préférence 1er Cru Aged 48 months on the lees before disgorgement Vintages in the current disgorgement 2009 and 2010 Aged for a minimum of 4 months after blending in enamel lined tanks before bottling Dosage 8g liter Brut Rosé 1er Cru Aged minimum 36 months on the lees before disgorgement Completes malolactic fermentation Chardonnay Pinot Meunier and all but 6 of Pinot Noir is direct press Current disgorgement 5 9 14 Vintages in the current disgorgement 2010 and 2011 Dosage 8 9g liter Brut Cuvée Angéline 1er Cru Aged minimum 7 years on the

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  • Domaine Roland Lavantureux | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    however they imbue the wines with a crisp lively freshness and zesty citrus aromas that speak to the deep mineral component of northern Burgundy There is no accounting for these imaginary boundaries because the pedigree of his wines is palpable As Roland once told Kermit I don t know why the INAO named some vines Chablis and others Petit When I stand in the middle of my vineyard the row to my left is Chablis to the right it is Petit Chablis but you can t see any difference His wines display show stopping nerve to be enjoyed as easily before dinner as they are with a piece of grilled fish or oysters on the half shell These wines drink as honestly as the man who makes them they are staff favorites year after year Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area Petit Chablis Chardonnay 28 years average Clay Limestone Portlandian 4 5 ha Chablis Chardonnay 30 years average Clay Limestone Kimmeridgian 14 5 ha Chablis Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 60 years average Clay Limestone Kimmeridgian 0 9 ha Chablis Vauprin Chardonnay 25 45 years Clay Limestone Kimmeridgian 3 ha Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Chardonnay 25 years average Clay Limestone Kimmeridgian 1 0 ha Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir Chardonnay 40 years average Clay Limestone Kimmeridgian 2 6 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Petit Chablis Fermented and aged in stainless steel The wine is aged on the lees for 5 10 months depending on the vintage Chablis Fermented in stainless steel 70 of wine aged in stainless steel 30 aged in 3 to 6 year old barrels Chablis Vieilles Vignes Fermented in stainless steel 60 aged in 3 to 5 year old barrels and 40 in stainless steel Chablis Vauprin

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  • Yves Leccia | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    Spend some time with Yves and you won t hear him boast or even talk much about his accomplishments His name Leccia is Corsican for Oak The name is ironic if you look at Yves wines given that he s never had his wine touch a single oak barrel and has never allowed wood to enter his cellar The name is less ironic if you look at Yves himself with his stoic manner and understated personality Kermit touts the aging capacity of Yves reds He opened a 1998 in 2010 that he still talks about comparing it to the best the south of France has to offer Technical Information Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area I G P Île de Beauté Blanc 70 Vermentinu 30 Biancu Gentile 5 to 20 years Clay Limestone Schist 4 35 ha I G P Île de Beauté Rouge 80 Grenache 20 Niellucciu 20 to 40 years Clay Limestone Schist 7 1 ha I G P Île de Beauté Blanc Biancu Gentile Biancu Gentile 5 years Schist 1 ha I G P Île de Beauté Rosé 70 Niellucciu 30 Grenache 20 to 40 years Clay Limestone Schist 2 5 ha Patrimonio Blanc Vermentinu 20 to 50 years Clay Limestone Schist 3 ha Patrimonio Rosé 60 Niellucciu 40 Grenache 20 years Clay Limestone Schist 4 6 ha Patrimonio Rouge 90 Niellucciu 10 Grenache 20 to 40 years Clay Limestone Schist 7 1 ha I G P Muscat Sec Cuvée C281 Muscat Planted in 2005 Schist 5 ha ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Since 2013 domaine is in a certified organic conversion with Ecocert Full certification in 2016 All grapes are harvested by hand and sorted Corsican spellings of grape varietals White Wines After grapes are pressed the must is cold soaked for 24 hours before fermentation begins Fermentation occurs in stainless steel cuves and lasts 15 to 20 days depending on the vintage White wines do not undergo malolactic fermentation Wines are aged in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves for 6 months Patrimonio Rosé Rosé is made from a 12 hour saignée Must is cold soaked for 24 hours before fermentation begins Fermentation occurs in stainless steel cuves and lasts 15 to 20 days depending on the vintage Rosé does not undergo malolactic fermentation Wines are aged in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves for 6 months I G P Île de Beauté Rosé Rosé is made from direct to press Fermentation occurs in stainless steel cuves and lasts 15 to 20 days depending on the vintage Rosé does not undergo malolactic fermentation Wines are aged in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves for 6 months Red Wines After sorting all red grapes are de stemmed then placed in stainless steel cuves Fermentation lasts 12 to 15 days with daily pump overs After fermentation the grapes are pressed and the wine is blended to taste Red wines are aged for 12 months MISCELLANEA Yves Leccia has devoted an

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  • Domaine Les Mille Vignes | Our Wines | Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
    Grenache Blanc 2 Vermentino 2 Malvoisie 2 Clairette 2 Colombard 2 Macabeu 30 40 years Clay Limestone 10 ha total Vin de Pay de l Aude Blanc Muscat Sec Muscat à petit grains 30 40 years Clay Limestone 10 ha total Vin Doux Naturel Muscat de Rivesaltes Muscat à petit grains 30 40 years Limestone Schist 10 ha total Vin Doux Naturel Rivesaltes Grenache Gris 50 years Limestone Schist 10 ha total Vin Doux Naturel Noir de Grenache Grenache Noir 100 years Limestone Schist 10 ha total ha hectares one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres VITICULTURE VINIFICATION Hand harvested All wines de stemmed Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in open top tanks Reds aged for 18 months in tank and bottle Whites are aged for 6 months on lees and in bottle Fitou Atsuko Only produced in exceptional vintages Fitou Les Vendangeurs de la Violette Vines are selection massale Vin Doux Naturel Rivesaltes Aged 5 years in Cognac barrels MISCELLANEA Explaining the names of the wines from Domaine Les Mille Vignes Vin de Pay de l aude Rouge Chasse Filou Chasser means to chase in French Filou is a dated term one could loosely translate to villain but also more affectionately rascal So literally it s a rascal chaser This is inspired by a text by French poet writer songwriter Boris Vian from 1956 called La Complainte du Progrès In this song Vian creates names for imaginary household tools and Chasse Filou is from what Valérie tells me the one used to chase the Filou who comes to see Madame when Monsieur is not around It is also a play on words with the appellation Fitou as this wine labeled as a VDP has chased the Fitou from its appellation Fitou Cadette A wink to Valérie s younger sister in French cadet cadette is often used instead of plus jeune to describe the age difference between siblings Fitou Les Vendangeurs de la Violette This wine comes from the original parcel of the domaine planted with 1000 vines hence the domaine s name There are wild violets growing all around the parcel The staff of the domaine and a group of friends not hired harvesters has always done the picking for this parcel So the cuvée name is a reference to the violets growing in the vineyard and an homage to the people harvesting the grapes Fitou Atsuko In the late 1990s a group of Japanese diplomats living in France discovered Mille Vignes and asked if they could come visit Valérie s father Jacques lead the diplomats and their wives on a tour of the domaine and the vineyards and a tasting of the wines The delegation was lead by the second in command of the Japanese embassy in Paris He came back in early 2000 and asked Jacques why he didn t make a 100 Grenache cuvée Jacques liked the idea a lot and made the first Atsuko from the 2000 harvest All of the fruit comes from

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