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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.

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Monday
Mar062006

Bienvenidos a Alimentaria!

It is day 1 here in lovely Barcelona and everything is fabulous. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 people attending the fair this year and it showed. I was lucky enough to be invited to a big tasting by one of the most important wine shops of Barcelona, Viniteca Vila. For those of you who are traveling to Barcelona and you are looking for that perfect hard to find Spanish wine, I highly recommend a visit to Viniteca Vila. The tasting highlights today were the 2003 Aalto, 2003 Aalto PS and a barrel sample of the 2004 Clos Erasmus…all awesome! Complete tasting notes will be available when I return. Well, it’s off to get ready for my 10 pm dinner reservation! Saludos! Anne Pickett

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