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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
Jul192010

Trockenbeerenauswhat?

Look, I don't speak German. Or French or Italian, for that matter. And I'm guessing you might not either. But I do like wine from the countries where those languages are spoken, and I work in the wine business, which makes it doubly-embarrassing when I mispronunce terms or regions. That's why I think the new Enotria Guide iPhone/iPod Touch app is pretty friggin' cool. Created by K&L's very own Melissa Lavrinc Smith, the Entoria Guide is an audio database of more than 200 French, German and Italian wine term pronunciations. From varietals to regions to German QmP styles, this snazzy little guide will help you say it all like a pro, and make you look über-sophisticated in front of wine nerds and neophytes alike. Plus, because it's organized by region and varietal and includes things like Premier Cru classifications, it's a great study guide whether you're just learning about wine or studying for a sommelier exam.  And while I wish it dug a little deeper, and also had Portuguese and Spanish pronunciations, it's a great start. Now if I could just get my dad to download it.

Leah Greenstein

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Please update the Enotria app!!! I really find it useful but it needs to be expanded. thanks
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichard P.
I'm sorry, I've been working on it but am having trouble with Apple not having it available in their store. As soon as I do an update I will do another blog post on it.

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