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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
Sep082010

Wine Wednesday: Franck Bonville "Brut Selection" Blanc de Blancs

Whether or not you're celebrating Rosh Hoshanna tonight, or just the fact that it's already Wednesday (thank you, shortened holiday work week), you'll want to do it with a bottle of Franck Bonville "Brut Selection" Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($29.99) (assuming that you drink non-Kosher wine). This is my favorite Champagne in the store for a couple of reasons. First, it's the Champagne that got me to like Champagne. Before drinking the Bonville, I had concluded that Champagne was ridiculously overrated, sickly sweet at its worst and sappy at best. Since drinking the Bonville I discovered that I just don't like BAD Champagne, wine with little character and lots of sugar, but I do like GOOD Champagne, and K&L has it in spades, including others from Bonville, Ariston Aspasie and Philippe Gonet, to name a few.

Second, it's affordable! No it's not a $10 bottle of wine. But to think that you could drink estate, Grand Cru Champagne without forking over at least twice what this Bonville costs is delicious insanity. This iteration is a blend of three very good years--2005, 2006 and 2007. And, like previous bottlings, it has a fantastically elegant texture, citrusy fruit and a vein of minerality that adds character and charm; the Audrey Hepburn of Champagnes.

Finally, this is the Champagne that we served at my wedding. And you know what? Dozens of people who had, like me, previously thought they didn't like Champagne, loved it, even my husband. I had planned on pouring a Cremant de Loire or Prosecco de Valdobbiadne, but couldn't resist the temptation of winning more converts. Plus, it pairs well with food.

On a side note: K&L is, once again, hosting two incredible Champagne events next month. On Saturday, October 23rd in Hollywood and Sunday, October 24th in San Francisco, you'll get to taste more than 40 spectacular artisan and grand marque Champagnes, plus have the rare opportunity to meet Isabelle Bonville from Champagne Franck Bonville as well as a number of other grower-producers flying in just for these tastings. Visit our local events page for more details.

 

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