Stay Connected
What We're Drinking


Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

Recent Videos

Tasting with Oliver Krug

Upcoming Events

We host regular weekly and Saturday wine tastings in each K&L location.

For the complete calendar, including lineups and additional details related to our events, visit our K&L Local Events on or follow us on Facebook.  


Visit our events page on Facebook or the K&L Spirits Journal for more information.

>>Upcoming Special Events, Dinners, and Tastings

See all K&L Local Events

« Weird Stuff for a Weird Month | Main | The 15th Page Man: Funky New Wines »

Barr's Gems for February

We (Clyde, to be more precise) are still finding an occasional 2000 Bordeaux (mostly of the Cru Bourgeois level) floating around from our sources both here and in France, and, in some cases, at very reasonable prices. One positive aspect of these classified lesser growths is that in exceptional vintages like 2000, they will be ready to drink at a much earlier date than the major growths. A perfect example of this comes from a 150-acre, northern Médoc estate, the 2000 Château La Cardonne Blaignan, Médoc ($14.99). Comprised of merlot (50%), cabernet sauvignon (45%) and cabernet franc, this puppy is deeply colored and exhibits lovely, opulent aromatics of black cherries to blueberries with just a touch of cedary oak as a back note. In the mouth, this well-balanced, medium-full bodied Médoc offers tons of ripe fruit, upfront and on through to the finish, soft integrated tannins, good complexity and a warm lengthy finish. Along the same thought patterns as the above, we have just received our third shipment of 2003 Château Souvenir, Bordeaux Superieur ($9.99), also from a very serious vintage. This excellent Bordeaux from Saint-Medard-De-Guizieres, just northwest of the city of Bordeaux, is totally vinified to drink now. A blend of merlot (60%) and equal amounts of cabernet sauvignon and franc, you will discover a wonderful wine that is lush, round and soft, loaded with cassis to blackberry fruit, good length and a very forward appeal. Buy this to drink near-term while you wait for your 2003 classified growths to evolve. One of the most unique and compelling red wines that I can recall tasting of late is the 2004 Domaine L’Attilon Marselan Rouge ORGANIC ($8.99). Marselan is a new grape that is a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache, and is being planted in southern France around Aude and Bouches du Rhone. This 2004 organically produced wine from Domaine L’Attilon explodes with currant to blackberry fruit with spicy undertones on the nose and in the mouth. There is a hint of floral tones reminiscent of jasmine, too, with excellent acid structure, excellent firmness and depth of character, and with a long, delicious finish. Anderson has told me that this is most definitely our house red for the month, with the other two in strong contention. Our Burgundy wine buyer, Keith Wollenberg, discovered the Mâcons of Denis Barraud, an extremely small but super-high-quality producer, in 2002. His estate productions have been exceptional, and the 2004 Domaine des Nembrets St-Veran ($13.99) from Barraud is, without a doubt, one of the finest village Mâcons that I have ever put in my mouth. It is very broad, very rich, almost creamy on the palate, yet bright and vibrant and has that classic minerality that comes from the hills of Roche De Vergisson. This is a must buy for those of you who are looking for excellent white Burgundy to buy but do not want to take a second mortgage out on the homestead to be able to afford to do so. If you have any questions regarding these wines, you can email me at Enjoy this month’s selection or else! —Jim, Anderson, & Eby

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.