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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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Editor's Note: Our fearless leader, Clyde Beffa, left for VinExpo yesterday and is slowly winding his way toward Bordeaux to taste the 2008 vintage wines. He's sending updates on the restaurants and hotels he discovers along the way. If you're planning a trip to Paris, start here. Then, read Clyde's recommendations here, from his last big trip.

Ate lunch today at La Rotisserie d'en Face in the 6th Arrondissement. 2 rue Christine 75006 Paris. Tel. 01 43 26 40 98 Quite nice and not too pricey. Try their roast chicken with heavenly mashed potatoes. Email

Tonight I head to Michelin-starred Restaurant Jacques Cagna across the street. Superb value. Only dinner where my wife, Kay, oders foie gras and I don't. We did the gourmet menu for 100 Euro (four courses, though they served six). All very good. The trotters were sans hooves, just calories wrapped with bacon. Great John Dory and excellent quenelles of bass. Wine: Good news, Daugenau for 40 Euros, bad news 2007 Serge Daugenau, fine. 1999 Poujeaux was heavenly, sweet and delicious. 14 rue des grands Augustins 75006 Paris. Tel. 01 43 26 49 39

Also, try Cafe Laurent  in the Hotel d'Aubusson. It's been there since 1690 and known for its Jazz club. Very American-friendly, fabulous location. A bit pricey but worth it. 33 rue Dauphine 75006 Paris. Tel 01 43 29 43 43. Email

—Clyde Beffa Jr



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