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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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Iberian Wine News 10/12/2011: Sherry Master Class this Friday at K&L RWC

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member
Spanish & Portuguese news:  10/12/11

Muy buenas tardes and greetings from "The West Wing" here at K&L Wine Merchants World HQ in beautiful unincorporated Redwood City/Atherton, CA!
As usual, we've got some news for you.
1.)  Friday 10/14 SHERRY Tasting/Master Class featuring JJ Clifton of Estate Wines
(Redwood City, 5-6:30pm)
This will be serious.  It will be fun.  It will be serious fun.  In all seriousness, I have not been as excited for a store tasting as I have been for this one in a long while.  Unfortunately, I will be 3,100 miles away in Baltimore, but don't worry about me - I have tasted and enjoyed these wines many times.  In order to vicariously experience this tasting, I intend to drink at least one of these in Bawldimer, MD.
Known as an instigator of the #sherryrevolution, importer Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections  represents the sherries we will be pouring this evening.  He extolls the virtues of volatility, respects the almacenista and respects the flor.  If none of this makes sense to you, then I encourage you to ask JJ for an explanation.  For $5, you will taste some of the best wines in the world, one of whose average age exceeds 50 years.  Also, how about some Rioja from Remelluri? Here is our anticipated line-up:
2007 Remelluri Reserva Rioja - $34.99
Grant Fino "La Garrocha" El Puerto de Santa Maria (375ml)
El Maestro Sierra Fino Jerez de la Frontera (375ml)
El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 12 Year Jerez de la Frontera (375ml)
Gutierrez Colosia "Sangre y Trabajadero" Oloroso El Puerto de Santa Maria (375ml)
Gutierrez Colosia Palo Cortado "Viejisimo" VORS El Puerto de Santa Maria (375ml)
2.) Killer Garnacha from outside Madrid
Anyone remember that delicious, inexpensive garnacha we sold with the picture of the woman, glass in hand, on top of a bear?  Well that wine would be the 2009 Camino de Navaherreros,  a garnacha based wine produced from fruit grown in high altitude vineyards around the village of Sanmartín de Valdeiglesias, a bit south of Madrid.  We should be carrying the 2010 Camino de Navaherreros shortly (this is their entry level), but we just brought in two of their single vineyard garnachas.  I'm generally not a grenache fan, but if you tend to favor the bright, intense yet higher acid, mineral, transparent, more elegant expression of this grape, DO NOT PASS THESE UP. They are not cheap, but they are great.  Drink now or cellar for a decade.  I rarely encounter (if ever?) young grenache as tasty as this.
2009 Bernabeleva "Arroyo del Tortolas" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid - $39.99
2009 Bernabeleva Garnacha De Viña Bonita Vinos de Madrid - $49.99
3.) Some events we're looking forward to
Sunday October 16th Vibrant Rioja walkaround tasting at Campanile Restaurant, Los Angeles (4-6pm)
$25 to taste at least 25 wines, including some top producers and our new direct imports from Miguel Merino and Bodegas Puelles. Tickets available online:
Thursday October 20th (5-6:30pm in Redwood City) -
Rioja tasting featuring our new DIs:  Puelles and Miguel Merino!
Friday, December 2nd (5-6:30pm in Redwood City) - Bodegas Riojanas! 
More details later.  There will be food for this one:  chorizo, jamón, maybe even paella?  Stay tuned and check the event link on facebook for updates. 
4.) Portuguese sure shots
Both of these are inexpensive, interesting, and sure to be a success at table.
2010 Luis Pato Maria Gomes - $11.99
I'd offer something enticing and snappy, but Susan Thornett already did that with her own terrific review:
2009 Marques de Montemor Alentejo - $11.99
A lot to like here, read about it in the link below
Joe Manekin
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


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