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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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Saturday
Aug152015

Bordeaux Saturday

Every year we send our Bordeaux team to the Gironde to taste the most recent vintage releases. Today, in all three stores, you can talk to that team while you taste through a line-up of 2009, 2010, and 2012 releases. Put our experts to the test! Talk their ears off! Drink Bordeaux like a champ!

We start at noon in San Francisco, at 1 PM in Redwood City, and at 3 PM in Hollywood.

We'll see you there.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Aug132015

Loire Valley Chenin Domination

France's Loire Valley is one of the most diverse and eclectic regions for wine production in the entire world, known for producing outstanding expressions of sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc, pinot noir, and more. It's the white wines made from chenin blanc, however, that really have us gushing into our wine geek pants here at K&L. No other white grape varietal—not even riesling—has as much variation, as much potential for aging, and the ability to shine in either a dry or sweet style. If you want to walk into a wine party and own the room, you walk in with a dry Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, or the Samur; bonus points if it has a bit of age on it.

We just brought in four new expressions from the Loire this week and they pretty much took the top crown at Tuesday's staff tasting. Here's what's new:

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.

2013 Château de Brézé Clos de Midi Saumur Blanc $18.99 - Bone dry and intensely tangy on the first sip, with vibrant acidity tickling the taste buds. It quickly moves into a piercing mineral note and finishes with rich fruit and dried apple notes. Delish!

2012 Château de Brézé Clos David Saumur Blanc $34.99 - The 2012 is all estate-grown chenin blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It's a whopper of a wine; the kind of tasting experience that forces you to sit back and say, "WOW!" The palate has plenty of crisp acidity, but it's balanced by a rich, oxidized note reminiscent of a great white Burgundy. This is serious, serious wine for the money. Like aged Chassagne-Montrachet, but with more gusto.

Savennières is perhaps the most respected chenin blanc growing region in the world (although the Vouvray folks might not agree with that). There's a focus and a consistency in Savennières that is just unmatched, earning it global recognition as perhaps the best in show when it comes to serious chenin blanc. The wines can sometimes age for decades before showing their true colors, hence their steeper price tags.

2012 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie Savennières Roche aux Moines $57.99 - Nicolas Joly is the grandfather of the bio-dynamic movement in the Loire, working tirelessly on behalf of better vineyard practice for the region. His daughter is now taking over part of that burden and bringing the estate into the next generation. The 2012 Clos de la Bergerie is haunting and elegant, not at all ready to show what it's capable of. While not sweet, there's a bit of botrytis fruit used in the cepage, so the perception of riper fruit comes through on the palate.

2011 Damien Laureau "Le Bel Ouvrage" Savennières $44.99 - Offers a mix of bright white peach, ginger, persimmon, almond and melon flavors that weave through the finely beaded finish. Deliciously crisp and fresh.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Aug112015

New Italian Exclusives

Around the city of Verona, in the Veneto region of Italy, lies the Soave region—containing both a DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and DOGC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) within its boundaries in terms of vineyard sites. Soave wines are primarily made with a varietal called Garganega; a grape usually fermented dry, typically displaying flavors of lemon and spice. They are rarely expensive, drink wonderfully with a variety of cuisine, and can offer stunning complexity if vinified under the tutelage of a serious winemaker. Enter Le Battistelle: the newest producer under the K&L banner and one of the most exciting new additions to our already incredible line-up of Italian producers.

Thanks to the relationship skills of our Italian wine buyer Greg St. Clair, we were able to bring in three outstanding Soave wines from winemaker Gelmino Dal Bosco, the head of Le Battistelle located in the tiny town of Brognolino. All three constitute superb value and quality for the dollar.

2014 Le Battistelle Soave Classico "Montesei" $10.99- A soft-textured Soave with clean flavors of citrus and stonefruit. Perfect for patio sipping and simple Italian fare.

2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico "Battistelle" $14.99- Imagine the same rounded texture of the "Montesei", but with more acidity and zip on the mid-palate. A refreshing finish makes this the perfect pairing for olive oil based sauces, or simple pesto pasta dishes.

2013 Le Battistelle Soave Classico "Roccolo del Durlo" $19.99 - The depth of flavor in the "Roccolo del Durlo" comes from the 100 year old Garganega vines that make up part of its cepage. There's a pureness of fruit, crisp acidity, and a mineral finish that continues on for minutes after each sip. Vini Buoni d'Italia ranked Battistelle's Roccolo del Durlo Soave Classico with its top score of a Gold Crown. This is serious, serious Soave.

If you're looking to mix things up on pizza night, look no further. These are simple, but superb Italian whites purchased directly from the grower. As always, we pass along that savings to you.

-David Driscoll