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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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Champagne Friday: Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee is Here!

Kyle Kurani of K&L with 1990 Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privee" Brut Vintage Champagne in magnum. By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee Is Here!

When it comes to great wine, there is no substitute for age. A young wine, as fabulous as it may be, can only be graded on its potential. Of all the cellars in the world, none can compete with the Crayeres of Reims; 90 foot deep galleries dug into pure chalk in the Roman era. It is in one of these, named the Cave Privee at Clicquot where these incredibly special Champagnes sit untouched until now. I have been lucky enough to taste them both on multiple occasions, and better yet to drink them with food- they are both spectacular. The magnums are particularly attractive (if you have an extra person to help your drink them!) since Champagne is always best from this format.

With a smaller crop than usual because of spring frosts and a huge amount of sunshine without excessive heat, 1990 was a truly special year. The 1990 Cave Privee is composed of 56% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 11% Meunier from 17 different villages, all Grand or Premier Cru. This wine is incredibly rich and toasty, as one would expect from Champagne aged in excess of 15 years on its lees. It has aromas of chantrelle mushrooms and fresh butter and flavors that I can only compare to the nutty glory of Corton-Charlemagne.

We received a very limited amount today, but more is on the way in the coming weeks, so I have opened them up for special ordering against the quantity that we have confirmed. Here they are:

1990 Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privee" Brut Vintage Champagne $199

1990 Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privee" Brut Vintage Champagne 1.5L $425

You may also inquire about the 1989s:

1989 Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privée" Brut Rosé Champagne $239

1989 Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privée" Brut Rosé Champagne $499

 A toast to you!


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