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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
Aug082015

Domestic Wine Tastings Today

We'll have the new 2013 Varner "Bee Block-Spring Ridge" Chardonnay in all three stores today, plus many more delicious California pinot noirs, cabernets, and red blends. $20 for the whole show. Walk in and grab a glass!

From 12 PM - 3 PM in our San Francisco store.

From 1 PM - 4 PM in our Redwood City store.

From 3 PM - 5:30 PM in our Hollywood store.

We'll see you there!

-David Driscoll

Friday
Aug072015

Champagne Friday with Charline Drappier

Hollis Nelson, Gary Westby and Charline Drappier pouring last night in SF- Tonight we do it again in Redwood City!

Tonight in Redwood City we are having what promises to be the best yet Champagne Friday event. From 5:00-6:30, Charline Drappier, the 8th generation of the Drappier family will be presenting her fantastic Champagne. She is visiting us after travelling from the tiny village of Urville in the Aube department- by way of New York City! Her family has been producing Champagne since 1808, and they make some of the most nuanced, elegant wines in all of Champagne. Unlike many of her big name neighbors in the Marne department, her wines remain stunning values. The cost will be just $10, and we will pour the following:

Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne $39.99

Drappier Charles de Gaulle Brut Champagne $69.99

Drappier Rose Brut Champagne $54.99

2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne $99

These bottles are chilling right now- we can't wait to open them for you tonight!

If you are intersted in reading more about this great house here is an excerpt from my original offering on the Champagne's that I sent out in March of this year:

Champagne Drappier is THE high quality negociant in the Aube, but has struggled to find good representation in the USA. Recently, they started working with a very good importer, Dreyfus Ashby, and we have them back on the shelf here at K&L. Drappier was founded in 1808 in Urville, in the center of the Aube department. It was Drappier that brought Pinot Noir to the Aube in the 1930’s, a move that was mocked at the time- now it is by far the most planted grape in the region.

A little more than half of Drappier’s production is comes from their over 130 acres of estate vineyard. The other part comes from long term contracts. The wines go through malolactic, with very little sulfur; they claim to have the lowest sulfur counts of any major negociant. Like Billecart-Salmon, they pride themselves on low temperature fermentation and the wines share the clean precision that cold fermentations are known for.

A toast to you!

Gary Westby

Thursday
Aug062015

Adventures in the Pacific Northwest

I'm currently in Seattle hanging out with the gang from Westland Distillery, and our domestic wine team is simultaneously in Oregon, drinking pinot noir with a number of local growers. Make sure you check in with our Instagram page to follow all the action live. We'll be updating throughout the week.

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-David Driscoll