CAZALS, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Champagne
The Cazais Champagne house is located in the heart of Côte du Blancs, in Mesnil sur Oger. Founded in 1897, it is today directed by Delphine Cazals, the great granddaughter of the founder Claude Cazals. Clos Cazals may be one of Champagne’s best-kept secrets. It sits tucked away in the Mesnil-sur-Oger, a Grand Cru village that is located in the Côte des Blancs just south of Epernay. The Blanc de Blancs produced in this small village are amongst the world’s top echelon champagnes. These beautiful and extremely limited grower champagnes are only available in the USA through KJS.
CLOTILDE, Le Mesnil sur Oger
Clotilde, an homage to the first queen of France, is a Blanc de Blanc Cuvee from the Grand Cru vineyards of Michel Turgy in Les Mesnil – Sur – Oger. This extremely limited release is only available in California and France.
ANDRÉ ROBERT, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Champagne- Ardenne
We are very proud to announce the acquisition of this stunning Grand Cru GROWER CHAMPAGNE located in the revered hill slopes of Mesnil sur Oger. The Robert Champagne Estate is above all a family business. The Robert family has been cultivating vines for several generations. Henri Robert (1881-1948) began working on vi-neyards after the 1st World War when vines were planted “en foule”. In the 1930s he established the first group of ‘growers’ to share equipment needed for pressing and wine-making.
At the start of the second World War, André Robert (born in 1925) began to work in the vineyard with the use of a horse. In 1960 he bought the Estate (dating back to the 19th century) as it is today with its amazing chalk-stone cellars for ageing. He began to sell his own bottled champagne in 1962. Bathed in the world of champagne throu-ghout his childhood, Bertrand Robert took over the estate in 1961, with his wife Colette joining him in 1990. Bertrand’s daughter, Claire joined her father in 2013 and now works beside him in the vineyards and cellar. These are absolutely stunning champagne offerings …. pure and all Grand Cru. Only available in the US with KJS.
JULIEN Le ROY, Champagne- Ardenne
Remarkably, Colette Thienot, a dear friend and inspiration, started her own label at age 86! Her historical family has been in Champagne for centuries in Orbais-L’Abbaye. This beautiful 2008 vintage champagne is the exact reflection of the year. Marked by an unusually cold and long winter, 2008 started as a difficult vintage but the sun in June brought forth an amazing vintage. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot, this fresh and elegant cuvee is extremely rare and limited to only 20 cases in the United States.
For more than 30 years now, Alain Thiénot, who comes from a family native to the Champagne region, has drawn his inspiration as an entrepreneur both from champagne brands and also from the châteaux of Bordeaux. After creating his own brand, Champagne Thiénot “a grand House of today” he continued developing his interests by acquiring vineyards in Bordeaux. For him, they represented family homes as well as places to experiment with an innovative new strategy – to bring together through quality and selectiveness the best that the most emblematic vineyards of Bordeaux and Champagne have to offer.
Château Belgrave, Haut Médoc
Situated at the extremities of the St-Julien appellation, separated from its neighbor Château Lagrange by only a stream, Château Belgrave is one of the oldest Cru vineyards in the Médoc. In 1855 it was classified as a 5th growth because of the exceptional quality of its deep gravel soils.
Château Reysson, Haut-Médoc
Château Reysson is a model for quality among the Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois. The estate has undergone a whole series of changes to exploit the potential of this magnificent terroir to the fullest. With its clay-limestone soils and admirable exposure to the sun, it provides an ideal site for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Le Boscq, Saint-Estèphe
Château Le Boscq sits on a beautiful vineyard sandwiched between Sociando Mallet and Calon Segur. It’s soils are made up of Garonne gravel overlying a clay subsoil, which is characteristic of one of the finest terroirs found in this appellation.
Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Saint-Emilion
Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is situated on stony clay-flint terraces known locally as “Graves de Saint-Emilion” (Saint-Emilion stones), which stretch from the north-west of the village towards the communes of Libourne and Pomerol. This region has long been prized for its high quality, elegant wines composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Château Rahoul, Graves
This estate’s light, gravelly soils produce extremely elegant whites from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The Rahoul Graves Blanc is aged on the lees for 8 to 10 months and is a spectacular example of the appellation.
Château La Garde, Pessac-Léognan
Quite possibly one of the finest gravel outcrops in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. This ambitious project is certainly worthy of this magnificent terroir. Considerable time and finances have been invested and have been rewarded with production of delicate and refined Pessac-Léognan wines. Interestingly, this estate holds one of the largest plantings of the rare Sauvignon Gris grape which is blended with Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc to produce their stunning white Bordeaux.
Château Roumieu, Sauternes
Chateau Roumieu is located on the plateau of high Barsac, about 1,000 meters Southeast of the famous first growth, Chateau Climens. The estate’s proximity to the Garonne river and its tributary, the Ciron, create the ideal humid, maritime climate for the production of botrytized sweet wines based on Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
Arbalest is Benoit Touquette’ s elegant right bank blend of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot from Bordeaux. Born in Lyon, France, he holds a Master of Science of Chemistry and one of Enology from University of Bordeaux. He has worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton. An amazing value from one of the world’s top winemakers. Limited availability for this inaugural release.
MINERVOIS - LANGUEDOC
Minervois is an AOP region located in the vast Languedoc region.
La Liviniere, where Chateau Maris is located, is one of 45 villages in the
Minervois apellation. The tiny village of La Liviniere was recently elevated to
Cru Classe status, the first in the Languedoc, and the only Cru Classe in Minervois.
CHATEAU MARIS, La Liviniere, Minervois
Robert Eden established Maris twenty years ago in the village of La Liviniere in the Minervois. The first village to be allowed to add it's name to the AOC and the first Cru Classe in the Languedoc. All wines are certified organic and biodynamic from Ecocert and Robert is just now finishing the winery which is made almost entirely from natural hemp. Certainly a trail blazer in the vast lands of the Languedoc!
MAURY - ROUSSILLON
Maury is a small village located in southern France, just 45 minutes from Banyuls and
the Mediterranean ocean, and just two hours north of Barcelona. This Catalan influenced area at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains has ancient Grenache and Carignane vines that grow in incredibly rocky soils composed almost entirely of black schist.
DOMAINE COURIER, Maury
Hand crafted from two schist laden vineyards with extremely small yields (1/4 ton per acre), this limited 224 case production of 100 year old Carignan and 70 year old Grenache is aged in large barrels for 36 months to bring out the pure expression of the unique Maury terroir and it’s incredible microclimate.
Têtu is a collaborative project born of a shared devotion to one of France’s greatest regions for old-vine Grenache. The village of Maury is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees - a stone’s throw from the Spanish border. Richard and Sarah Case, and Kimberly Jones wanted to create a new wine that displayed all the complexities of the local terroir in a style that offered both finesse and old-vine concentration. The Catalan donkey or Ruc Catalá is on the label to remind us of the stubborn, determined old vines that persevere in these toughest of soils and harshest of climates - delivering wines of unique style and expression.
CIRCUS BEAR, Roussillon
Circus Bear is our the latest addition from Maury. Made by Jean Roger Calvet, of Calvet-Thunevin, this incredible blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan is from 60 year old vineyards of schist. The label is an homage to the great fighting bears of the Pyrenees. These majestic mountains tower over Maury and form the natural frontier between France and Spain.
MAISON FOLLY, Burgundy
Introduced to us by our friends at Chateau Maris, Maison Folly is sourced from three sustainably farmed, hand-picked South East facing top Burgundian vineyards in Cotes de Nuits. They encourage chemical- and pesticide-free farming and minimal intervention in the winemaking process in order to provide the purest flavors possible.
Old vine Gamay grown on granite and schist soils on rolling hills south of Macon
in southern Burgundy.
CHATEAU PIERREUX, Beaujolais
Jean Charles Boisset is the owner of Chateau Pierreux. The actual Chateau dates from the 3rd century in the Middle Ages and is located in the Brouilly cru of Beaujolais near Mont Brouilly. The average age of the Gamay vines in the Reserve is over 80 years old.
Known since Roman times for beautiful terraced Grenache vineyards hanging tightly to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Non-fortified wines from the Banyuls AOP are given the appellation name of Colliure. Banyuls is a fortified sweet Grenache which pairs incredibly with chocolate.
DOMAINE MADELOC, Banyuls
Domaine Madeloc in Banyuls is one of Pierre Gaillard’s estates supervised by his daughter Elise. The location is breathtaking and stunning, with old vineyards overlooking the beaches of the Mediterranean in the city of Banyuls. Granite, quartz and schist soils dominate and the wines are bright and refreshing with minerailty and the "sense of place" is definitely noticeable in the wines.
The Rhone Valley stretches along the mighty Rhone river from the city of Lyon in the North to Avignon in the South. Roman ruins litter the valley which is separated into Syrah dominated reds and Viognier in the North and Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre red blends in the South.
PIERRE GAILLARD, Rhone Valley
Pierre Gaillard began his career working for both Vidal Fleury and Guigal before he struck out on his own in 1985. Since then, both his reputation and his vineyards have expanded, mainly in the St Joseph, Côte Rotie and Condrieu appellations, but now also Cornas and an estate in the south-west, Domaine de Madeloc, where Banyuls and Collioure are produced. He was a key member of the Guigal team in the 80’s, helping create La Turque. Every time you open a bottle with his name on it you know you are going to get a thrilling, bristling expression of the site from where it came. There is no dead weight in the Gaillard cellar and each wine offers precision and purity of fruit. The quality of fruit he harvests, allied to his fine touch in the cellar, results in some of the most evocative, flavorsome, and stylish Northern Rhône wines available.
JEANNE GAILLARD, Rhone Valley
Jeanne Gaillard is the daughter of Pierre Gaillard in the Northern Rhone. At the age of 24 she landed 13 hectares of vineyards, five in Crozes Hermitage and eight in the Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes. Her IGP Syrah is a stunning value planted just outside of the Crozes-Hermitage AOP on granite plateaus.
GRATEFUL PALATE, Toro and Murcia
Grateful Palate is a wine producer and international distributor based in Los Angeles and Barcelona producing wine in Spain primarily working with old vine Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Malvasia, with innovative labels aiming for the cutting edge of wine and design. The wines are distributed worldwide. Owner and founder Dan Philips.
One of the most inviting way to welcome a guest with a delicious glass of Spanish sparkling wine from the Penedes region of northeastern Spain near Barcelona. This Catalonia classic is made in the Methode Champenoise way of Champagne using the Macabeo (Viura), Parellada and Xarel-lo grape varieties. The Martin Soler Rose uses the very rare red grape Trepat.
CAL VIN& HOCKS, Artisanal Cavas from Spain
CAPITA VIDAL, Cava
Named for the owner, Capitan Vidal, who spent his life at sea before starting the winery in 1985.
MARTIN SOLER, Cava
The Martin Soler farmhouse was built in 1616 with vineyards in the heart of the Alt Penedes. It is still a family operated Cava house which produces this Rose made entirely from the rare Trepat grape.
CA N’ESTELLA, Cava
Rabettlat Cavas are from the estate of Finca Ca N’Estella in Penedes, whose vineyards date back to 1789. All of the grapes used in the Cavas are estate grown and hand picked, giving them the ability for meticulous care of the vines and grapes. The Bodega is family owned by Merce Rabetllat and her husband Jaume Vidal. The grapes in this Brut Cava: Xarel-lo and Macebeo.
How do you bottle the richness of the land that is Portugal? How do you bottle the melancholic notes of Fado, the salty sea air of the Atlantic, the smell of wet earth, the wise and ancient gastronomy, and the tradition of a thousand-year old country that stretches its limbs once more?
With a passion for finding that affluence, NLC Wines brings their private selection of unique brands that deliver a Portugal rarely experienced before. Their portfolio of wines brings forth Portugal’s new, old-world traditions with exquisite bouquets of national grapes, state of the art technology, and discerning designs.
Vinho Verde is the biggest wine producing region in Portugal, located up in the cool, rainy, verdant North West. The vines grow in fertile, granite soils along rivers that flow from the mountains of the east to burst out into the ocean between golden surfing beaches. From this unique region and its native grapes comes an unique white wine. Light, fresh, young and delightfully aromatic. Vinho Verde can also be red, rosé, or sparkling.
ESCUDO REAL, Vinho Verde, Portugal
Produced by the recognized winemaker, Carlos Teixeira (Quinta da Lixa), the Escudo Real selections are both fun and gourmand.
QUINTA DO CASAL DO RAMILO
Quinta do Casal do Ramilo is a privileged estate, situated between Sintra and Mafra, which has sheltered four generations of the Ramilo family. The estate has an area of 20 acres, which, since the early twentieth century, were devoted to agriculture and wine. The estate is located in a valley with southern orientation in a rural setting and landscape of rare beauty, with non-populated mountains and the famous hills of Sintra and the Pena Palace as a background. This estate is part of a major wine producing area in the nineteenth century. The European crises of the mid twentieth century led to a gradually abandonment of the vines in the region, due to the high costs of production caused by the mountainous terrain. The Ramilo family is proudly saving their family vineyards and continuing their heritage of winemaking.
CASAL DO RAMILO, Sintra, Portugal
Since 1937, the Ramilo family has been dedicated to wine making on the Atlantic Coast between Colares and Mafra, on the Portuguese west coast. Four generations later, unwilling to accept the abandonment of local traditions, brothers Pedro and Nuno Ramilo dropped everything and returned to their origins. Facing opposite streams, moving rocks and mountains, they rehabilitated the family estates, saved old vines and replanted new ones. They rescued to oblivion the true vineyards of Colares and the noble grape varieties of the region. Their wines tell their story of this amazing region and family history.
Long famous as the source of port wine, the Douro is now also renowned for its fine, rich unfortified wines, both red and white. Steep slopes shelve deep into the River Douro. Hills stretch off into the horizon, and narrow roads wind around the hillsides. Vine terraces bask in the sun, their soil pure schist and granite. This wild and beautiful part of northern Portugal offers extraordinarily good conditions for wine grapes, though life is not easy for Douro winegrowers. Roots force down between layers of rock seeking out the limited water, while the schist absorbs and then radiates heat. For centuries, Douro growers have been supplying an eager world with Port. Now wine experts the world over recognize that the Douro region also offers ideal conditions for making unfortified wines of the highest quality, both red and white. Producers here are crafting stunning and highly distinctive wines that rank amongst Portugal’s most intense and complex. There are separate DOCs for unfortified wine and for Port in the Douro, although geographically both lie within the same outer boundaries
QUINTA DO FOJO, Douro
We like to go as old-school as we can get. And for the Douro, that's Quinta do Fojo.
Led by Margarida Serodio Borges, the Fojo vineyards have been over-delivering some of the most impactful red wines from the Cima Corgo region...shockingly, in only 5 vintages. Big, concentrated, penetrating wines were immediately recognized coming out of the gate in 1996. Five vintages later, Quinta do Fojo goes on a hiatus, until now.
While we will begin focusing on older vintages (1999 & 2001). Older vintages from the Douro are not only a rarity, but a treat. These, sustainably produced under Integrated Production practices, are drop dead gorgeous with fruit galore, elegance throughout and a finish that reminds us of why Douro is royalty. Truly intellectually stimulating wines with a dynamic that is ever-evolving. Absolutely to drink...and hold for years to come.
BODEGA CORAZON del SOL, Mendoza Argentina
Corazon del Sol crafts captivating Malbec wine that capture s the best of Argentina’s unique, high altitude terroir. Cultivated in the Uco Valley, which is situated in Mendoza on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, where vines enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year.
KEUSH WINES, Armenia
Keush crafts méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine from Armenian indigenous varietals. With grapes hand harvested from un-grafted vineyards that are over a century old, in volcanic and limestone soil, Keush wines reflect the Armenian terroir and its historic tradition of winemaking that dates back millennia. Situated between 1500-1800 meters above sea level, Keush sources grapes from the highest vineyards in the world that produce méthode traditionnelle. Winemaker Arman Manukian. Consulting Winemaker Jerome Barret.
WEINGUT KÖSTER-WOLF, Albig
Weingut Köster-Wolf is nestled in a village of Albig, in the heart of Rheinhessen (Germany´s largest wine growing region), surrounded by vineyards that have been cultivated by generations of winemaking families for many centuries. This winery was founded in 1648 and is currently in the hands of the 11th generation. Three generations are living in the estate and wine-maker Claus Wolf is being assisted by his wife Bärbel and his mother Heidrun. The estate with 33 hectares of vineyards belongs to the largest in the area and the sites are in: Albig Flonheim Heimersheim.