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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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Wine Wednesday: Turkey on the Brain

I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. I love the concept--an entire day devoted to gratitude, friends and family --and I love the food...mostly. You see, for me the problem with Thanksgiving is that there's too much food. Don't get me wrong, I love a big family feast, but the modern Thanksgiving meal often seems a little disjointed, a bunch of random dishes made to satisfy one person or another, all piled on a plate, but not always complementary. That makes finding the right Thanksgiving wine as hard as proving what the Pilgrims actually ate. Too bad America's best known historic oenophile Thomas Jefferson never weighed in on the subject.

So that brings us today's wine, which, incidentally isn't American, but has the capacity to please nearly everyone at the table--from Aunt Sally dropping ice cubes into her glass to cousin Phil, who seems to think everything he does is better or more interesting than everyone else. The 2009 La Hitaire Blanc "Les Tours" Vin de Pays des Cotes de Cascogne ($9.99) comes from Southwestern France is is made from Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Gros Manseng, similar to the composition of Cognac. Citrus-scented, the wine has hints of orange blossom, tangerine and nectarine on its nose. In the mouth, it's like biting into a sweet, juicy ripe nectarine, with hints of lime and mineral filling in. It's balanced and clean on the finish, with plenty of acidity throughout to add succulence to the driest turkey and a sprightly bounce and sweetness to cranberry sauce. Most importantly, it's priced so that you can enjoy bottle after bottle, slowly drowning out everything your cousin Phil seems to be blathering on about.

Check back tomorrow for more Thanksgiving picks, as well as some Turkey Day recipes from some of our favorite wineries.

Leah Greenstein

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