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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
Jul182015

Big Bordeaux Tasting

Today was a spectacular Bordeaux day at K&L. All three stores had epic tastings featuring multiple vintages from Cantemerle, Tronquoy-Lalande, Brown, and La Tour de Mons, with a special appearance from Domaine de Chevalier's incredible blanc from the 2011 vintage. It was so incredible that Redwood City had a historic headcount, with over 80 paid tastings at the door. Our own grizzled veteran Ralph Sands almost drowned in a sea of humanity and alcohol while attempting to manage the thirsty faithful.

People came. They crowded in. They drank. And they drank some more! What were the standouts?

2011 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc $109.99 - It doesn't really get much better than this (except for maybe the same wine fifteen years from now). Honeysuckle, racy acidity, incredible grace. God, that's delicous wine.

2009 Chateau Brown $34.99 - A fleshy and enjoyable value from Pessac-Léognan that really showcases the fruit of the vintage handled with restraint and class.

2010 Chateau La Tour de Mons $24.99 - One hot deal from Margaux and an absolutely pretty wine from front to back. Soft tannins, gentle red fruit, and a lovely finish.

2009 Tronquoy St. Anne $16.99 - This wine never fails to impress, and it didn't fail today either. We sold cases and cases of this after people checked the sticker price. Yes, it's that good and it's only $16.99.

2010 Chateau Cantemerle $44.99 - The wine tastes great now, but man it's only going to get better. The plump fruit of 2010 is such a tease, but this Cantemerle is built for the long haul.

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jul172015

Charles Rose and Ginger Chicken

Can you spot the tabby photo bomber? Morsel is rarely in evidence right after Champagne sabering!

Rose Champagne is one of the world’s most flexible food wines, and doesn’t get the credit it deserves for how well it works with cuisine. I love how it interacts with the complex flavors of Asian food, and it has been a staple on our Thanksgiving table for years. It is too bad that it has taken me so long to pair rose with Cinnamon’s ginger garlic chicken thighs as this dish has both the rich poultry and layered sweet and savory elements of both.

We enjoyed the Charles Heidsieck "Rosé Reserve" Brut Champagne ($59.99) immensely with our dinner. This Champagne is composed of 1/3 each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier and treated to 20% of the famously old and complex reserves that this house is well known for. It gets 5-6% red wine Pinot Noir added for the color and flavor and is aged for at least three years on the lees. Cecile Bonnefand, the CEO of Charles Heidieck, released the revamped Charles Reserve wines in 2012. This was not just a packaged change- she had cut the vineyard sources in half, keeping only the best, and increased the age of the reserves significantly. I interviewed her when these wines were first released, and you can check that interview out here

We usually drink Pinot Noir with this dish- this time it had bubbles!

The Charles rose has the honest toast that comes from extended lees contact and very high quality, subtle dark cherry fruit from the still red wine added to the blend. The best thing about the wine is that this rich toasty character is balanced perfectly with top class chalky drive on the back end. Pairing it with ginger garlic chicken, the Champagne had the vinous power to match the assertive flavors of the dish, and the cut to refresh the palate after each rich bite. I love rose Champagne that can provide both richness, dark fruit flavor and top class refreshment- this Rosé Reserve from Charles Heidsieck delivers it all!

A toast to you!

 

Gary Westby

Thursday
Jul162015

Champagne Staff Tasting

Tuesday is always our training day here at K&L; the day when one of our many buyers takes over the tasting bar and educates the rest of the staff on a particular wine region of the world. This past Tuesday we focused on Champagne with Mr. Bubbly himself: Gary Westby. The big news, of course, was the return of the Baron Fuente Champagnes—some of the best bang-for-your-buck deals in the history of our sparkling selection. Check out all the new stuff we just sampled:

Baron Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut $23.99 - Three years on the lees ("on the lees" means the wine ages with the retired yeast cells in the bottle) and blended with 40% reserve wines for extra richness. It's hard to imagine something better for less than $30. I think that's why we always sell through this so quickly.

Baron Fuente "Galipettes" Brut $34.99 - The Galipettes is made from Baron Fuente's own estate vineyard, which is all certified bio-dynamic. Four years on the lees adds weight, but there's a steely, mineral note that penetrates all that richness and balances it out. A spectacular wine with a truly unique Champagne character.

2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" Brut $29.99 - Five years on the lees for this clean and zippy vintage Champagne. This could age for another twenty years according to Westby, so put this one down in the cellar.

Baron Fuente "Espirit" Brut $34.99 - Eight years on the lees with 30% reserve wines mixed in to create the richest and toastiest of the Baron Fuente line-up. Veuve Cliquot fans should hit this up and save $12 per bottle.

The other big arrival was the return of Michel Arnould—one of our most popular direct-imports from the Champagne region. Remember, when we directly import a wine we can cut down the distribution and import tariffs, passing that savings directly to you, the customer.

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut $32.99 - Made with 75% pinot noir, the nutty character of the grape really comes through. Gary attributes that flavor to pinot noir grown in the village of Verzenay, so this wine is truly about terroir. 

Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rosé $34.99 - Made with 100% Grand Cru pinot noir, the rosé is made from an assemblage of multiple vintages and 10% actual red wine. Delish.

2008 Michel Arnould Carte d'Or $49.99 - This is the richer, toastier version of Michel Arnould, a wine that can stand with some of the best brands in the business like Bollinger or Krug. Breadcrumbs and apricots all the way through.

2007 Michel Arnould "Memoire de Vignes" Brut $69.99 - The staff knows each year to purchase as much Memoire de Vignes as each of them can afford. Simply put: this is one of the most elegant and exclusive products we carry as a retailer. Made with grapes harvested from 60 year old pinor noir vines, from the best parcel on the Arnould property. Incredible delicacy and grace. We don't get much, so grab it while you still can.

-David Driscoll

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