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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: Stupidly Low Prices on a Fabulous Vintage

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer


Hello Burgundy Lovers,

As many of you know, 2009 was an amazing vintage in Beaujolais.  In fact, the senior statesman for the appellation, Georges Duboeuf calls it “The Vintage of a Lifetime”.  His wines are truly great in this vintage.  All hand-harvested, and lovely Cru Beaujolais.

Now, thanks to crazy eddy at the local wholesaler, whose green eyeshade must have been a size small, we can offer these at prices so low you cannot afford not to drink some!  I love it when importers are facing the end of their fiscal year, and do silly things.

Needless to say, we bought all they had, so when these are gone, they are gone…

2009 Georges Duboeuf Morgon Domaine Versauds (Elsewhere $11.99) $7.49 

In Parker's Wine Advocate: "Duboeuf’s 2009 Morgon Domaine des Versauds – from the Charmes sector of its appellation – displays concentrated blackberry and dark cherry with overtones of pungent herbs, toasted nuts, and game. Quite dense if also a tad rough, it lacks the refreshment or clarity – not to mention complexity – of its counterpart from the Domaine Mont Chavy, but may well pick up post-bottling." (WA, 08/10) 

2009 Georges Duboeuf Brouilly Flower Label (Elsewhere $9.99) $7.49

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says: "The Duboeuf 2009 Brouilly favors ripe blueberry and blackberry with pleasant hints of tartness and bitterness reminiscent of berry skins and seeds that lend a sense of invigoration as well as of counterpoint to the sweetness of fruit. A faint hint of warmth and slight dry spot in the finish are minor blemishes (no doubt alcohol-related) to a wine of otherwise pure, generous fruit." (WA, 08/10) 

2009 Domaine des Rosiers (Georges Duboeuf) Moulin-à-Vent (Previously $17)   $9.99

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, bold and fruity wine that is full of ripe berry fruits, rich and generous. This is Beaujolais at its most exuberant, a celebration of delicious fruit. It could age, but is ready to drink." (12/10) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The effects of extended maceration and maturation in one and two year old barrels is very evident in the 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Domaine des Rosiers – still in barrel when I tasted a pre-assemblage – which combines resin and vanilla with cassis and boysenberry; offers an almost thickly ... Read More » 

2009 Chateau La Tour du Bief (Georges Duboeuf) Moulin-à-Vent (Previously $17)   $9.99

91 points Wine Spectator: "Roasted mint and thyme seasons kirsch, girlled plum and bousenberry notes in this elegant red, which is grippy, with a creamy texture and a lingering smoky finish." (Insider, 12/8/10) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Duboeuf 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Tour de Bief – in tank when I tasted it – betrays lanolin, coconut, and vanilla from time in barrel though its ripe black fruit aromas also presage its full, ripe, powerful (yet not alcoholically warm) palate presence...this manifestly ambitious cuvee simply needs time in... Read More » 




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