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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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Apr082006

Bordeaux Report: More on 2005s

So far the wines have been very easy to taste. There is so much sweet fruit on the palate that the high tannins and high acids are masked by the fruit. These wines will need cellaring for the most part-much more than the very ripe fruit low acid 2003s. It is interesting that some great chateaux known for their power hardness (Cos, Latour, Las Cases) have taken the softer style approach while more delicate wines such as Ch Margaux have gone full throttle. We will taste Haut Brion and Haut Bailly and Lascombes this a.m. We were not able to taste Cheval Blanc as they thought it was better if journalists tasted instead of retailers-not a problem as we went instead to Vieux Chateau Certan, which made a fabulous wine. We discovered a fine new property: Rochebelle in St-Emilion and bought some great older vintages. This property sits next to La Mondotte and Tertre Roteboeuf and Troplong Mondot-great terroir. In fact, the property was larger until a piece was sold and became La Mondotte. Superb value wines from Rochebelle! Some of my top wines so far are Latour, Margaux, Las Cases, Palmer and Leoville Barton. More to come! -Clyde Beffa

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