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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
Aug032015

Burgundian Delights

So maybe by now you're seen the connection between this past Saturday's Grand Burgundy Tasting in all three stores and today's launch of the August newsletter that features—you guessed it—more delicious wines from the Burgundy region. If you didn't find that PDF file waiting in your inbox this morning, then click here to download a copy now. Inside you'll find information about all the latest arrivals from the Cote d'Or and beyond.

From my own personal perspective, I would advocate for anyone even remotely interested in Burgundy to check out the wines from Jacques Bavard. Of all the Burgundian producers we work with on a direct basis, he's probably at the top of my list in terms of value, flavor, and overall quality. This is the fourth straight vintage we've worked with Bavard and the wines keep getting better each time around—both the reds and the whites. Because we're working with a more reasonable Euro and we're not paying normal distribution costs locally, the wines come in at rock bottom prices considering the quality of what's in the bottle. I'm currently sipping on a glass of the 2012 Auxey-Duresses "Les Clous", a Chardonnay so haunting and expressive that I'm drinking it way too quickly. For twenty-eight bucks, you're getting a lot of wine. Crisp acidity, zingy lemon citrus notes, just a bit of toasty oak, and a finish that sings of wet stones and minerality. Put it against any Puligny-Montrachet for the price and see what wins in your own personal taste-test. We should all be buying cases of this—and this is just one of the many Bavard wines we sell.

Bavard is located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet and farms all of his vineyards organically and bio-dynamically. His philosophy is to provide all drinkers with a diverse selection that showcases a commitment to viticulture and a classic expression from each vineyard's location. One of the real roadblocks towards greater Burgundy enjoyment in all of our lives is the cost of the wines. There isn't enough good Burgundy to go around, so the prices are never cheap. But with the Bavard selections, you can feel confident that you're underpaying, and there aren't many times I feel that way about a bottle of Burgundy. That's why I'm going deep this vintage. I'm casing up. I'm buying 12 of everything.

-David Driscoll

Saturday
Aug012015

Grand Burgundy Tasting Today

The only thing more Burgundian than this is the huge tasting we're doing in all three stores today. Have you seen the line-up? It's insane. Too much good Burgundy for you to miss. Because it's a special event, you need to pre-order your ticket online before coming to the store, so click on the appropriate link below to make your reservation.

Grand Burgundy Tasting, Saturday August 1st, San Francisco Noon-3pm $50.00 – Please join us for a fantastic tasting of 2012 Burgundies. We will be pouring an amazing line-up that includes the following wines: 2012 Domaine Niellon Chassagne Montrachet, 2012 Pierre Matrot "Perrieres" Meursault, 2012 Bruno Colin "La Truffliere" Puligny Montrachet, 2012 Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne, 2012 Blain-Gagnard Croits-Batard-Montrachet, 2012 George Roumier "Clos de la Bussiere" Morey-St-Denis, 2012 Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot, 2012 Lucien Le Moine "Les Suchots" Vosne Romanee, 2012 Arlaud Charmes Chambertin & 2012 Domaine Gros & Frere & Soeur Echezeaux. Tickets are extremely limited and this event will sell out quickly so purchasing tickets ahead of time is suggested.

Grand Burgundy Tasting, Saturday, August 1st, Redwood City 1-4pm $50.00 – Please join us for a fantastic tasting of 2012 Burgundies. We will be pouring an amazing line-up that includes the following wines: Domaine Niellon Chassagne Montrachet; Pierre Matrot "Perrieres" Meursault; Bruno Colin "La Truffliere" Puligny-Montrachet; Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne; Blain-Gagnard Croits-Batard-Montrachet; George Roumier "Clos de la Bussiere" Morey-St-Denis; Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot; Lucien Le Moine "Les Suchots" Vosne-Romanee; Arlaud Charmes Chambertin; and Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur Echézeaux. Tickets are extremely limited and this event will sell out quickly so purchasing tickets ahead of time is suggested.

Grand Burgundy Tasting, Saturday, August 1st, Hollywood 3pm-5:30pm $50.00 – Wines to be tasted include: 2012 Domaine Pierre Matrot MeursaultMeursault  - $49.99 2012 Domaine Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Maltroie" - $89.99 2012 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Folatieres" - $84.99 2012 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - $89.95 2012 Blain-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru - $249.99 2012 Marchand-Tawse Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Suchots" - $134.99 2012 Domaine Georges Roumier Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Clos de la Bussiere" - $199 2012 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Corton Grand Cru "Perrieres" - $279.99 2012 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Clos Vougeot Grand Cru "Musigni" - $169 2012 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Champeaux" - $249

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jul312015

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

Yes, that is Sam Neill. And, yes, he does make his own New Zealand pinot noir! It's called Two Paddocks and it's all made with premier fruit from Central Otago. No, this isn't some new little vanity project from a famous actor. Sam started the vineyard in 1993, over twenty years ago, long before people thought owning a wine label was cool. If you want to learn more about Sam's incredible journey, check out the interview I recently conducted with him over on the spirits blog as part of our Drinking to Drink series.

If you are indeed interested in obtaining some of Sam's incredible Two Paddocks wines, we have a very limited supply available on special order below. Less than 50 cases of each wine came into the United States this year, so we're talking extremely limited:

2013 Two Paddocks "The First Paddock" Pinot Noir Central Otago $74.99 - Winemaker's Notes: Sourced from the first twenty-five rows of Clone 5, which was planted in Gibbston at The First Paddock vineyard in 1993. Hand harvested and sorted then a 50% whole bunch indigenous ferment in a dedicated First Paddock French oak cuve. Matured in 30% new French oak with the balance in older wood for an extended 14 months of barrel maturation. Bramble, underbrush, black fruit and spicy aromatics, followed by a mineral infused palate. Ethereal in nature with great mid palate density and drive.

2012 Two Paddocks Estate Pinot Noir Central Otago $49.99 - Two Paddocks flagship Pinot Noir - an estate grown, barrel selection from the three small Neill family vineyards in Central Otago. These vineyards are high-density planted in a range of clonal material and intensively "man-handled" with most vineyard practices carried out by hand. In 2012, this wine was 100% Alexandra fruit from the Redbank and Alex Paddocks sites. Again, each block and clone was picked and fermented separately, with the final blending taking place prior to bottling. Redcurrant, spice and wild black exotic fruit aromatics followed by a strongly driven wine showing great texture and elegance."

2014 Two Paddocks Estate Riesling Central Otago $34.99 - Winemaker's Notes: Two Paddocks Riesling is an estate grown single block selection made from fruit grown at Two Paddocks’ Redbank Vineyard situated in Earnscleugh, Central Otago. As in the vineyard, this wine was handcrafted using traditional methods and bottled early to ensure all the integrity and vitality of the wine was preserved. The soils in this block are well draining schist loam and the vines tend to thrive. Additionally the typically extreme diurnal temperatures experienced in Alexandra (Earnscleugh) between day and night are responsible for both metabolising acidity and retaining an intense flavour profile - all this really means is that we feel a drier wine style is both possible and appropriate. This wine displays pink grapefruit, freshly squeezed limes and spicy loquat aromatics.  There is a taut mineral tension feel on the palate, elegant textural weight and very long persistence.

To learn more about Two Paddocks Winery click here.

-David Driscoll

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