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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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Wednesday
Jun272007

Castiglion de Bosco

Outstanding Brunello that just arrived at our warehouse...

2001 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino ($34.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful blackberry, cherry and lightly toasted oak on the nose. Full and silky, with berry and cherry flavors and fine tannins. Balanced. Best after 2008." (04/06) K&L's notes - 4 Four Stars! Plum and spice, sweetness and fresh leather waft delicately out of the glass. Its complexity seems restrained, yet is really more pacific as you might see in the placid face of the Dalai Lama, so full of character but no need to brag. In the mouth the wine is thick, concentrated and powerful, yet overwhelmingly supple, not loud just big, strong and confident. The wine with this sort of description could have nothing but excellent balance and this leads to a wonderfully complex, long finish. The wine reminds me of an elegant, sophisticated, country Lady, whose power is subtle but far reaching. Age 3-5 years and then drink over the next 15+ years. 2,916 cases produced. (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)

1999 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Campo del Drago ($63.95)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Plenty of crushed blackberries with hints of minerals. Very clean. Full-bodied, with layers of fine tannins and a long caressing finish. A beauty. Very well done for this estate. One to watch in the future. Best from 2005 through 2010." (Web only, 2004)

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