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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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Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Maison Ilan

Keith Wollenberg

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne



Hello Burgundy Lovers,

You may have heard of the crazy guy from California who packed up his family and moved to Burgundy to make wine.  He had a profile in the New York Times and has gotten some great attention.  Ray and I talked before he went there, as he wanted to know more about Burgundy before he left, and I have been in touch with him and have visited his cuverie in Nuits to taste the wines in his cellar.

Ray Walker of Maison Ilan

We now have a small quantity of one of his 2009s available, being sold on a pre-arrival basis but due in just a week or two:

2009 Maison Ilan Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, $175.00

This is a new project for California native Ray Walker, who fell in love with Pinot Noir from Burgundy and jumped in with both feet, moving to Burgundy, setting himself up in business, learning French and making wine, all in the space of a few very hectic months.  91-93 Allen Meadows: "A very expressive nose that is at once earthy and ripe speaks of both red and blue berry fruits laced with underbrush and a hint of the sauvage that continues onto the textured, dense and focused broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent phenolic maturity and superb complexity and length. I like the sense of harmony and there is a generosity to the finish that is beguiling." (Burghound, 01/11)  My notes : « From the vrait (real) Charmes, higher on the hill next to Chambertin.  Shows notes of black cherry and ripe blue fruits on the nose, mixed with an earthy note.  Ripe and rich on the palate with a rich finish.”  (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)


A santé,




Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

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