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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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Thursday
Oct042012

Oktoberfest: Hot Deals aus Deutschland

Just in time for Oktoberfest, our German wine buyer Eric Story has secured three new rieslings that represent über-value for their price points.  The Wegeler is simply a tasty, expressive wine to enjoy now, while the other two will continue to improve with a bit of cellar time. Here are the specifics:

2006 Wegeler "Pure" Riesling Medium Dry $7.99 (previously $22) - Five years in the bottle have really done this wine some justice. The petrol and secondary flavors are starting to show themselves, but stonefruit is still lush and at the forefront. One of the best deals in the store from any region. Wegeler is a family winemaker with estates in both the Rheingau and Mosel. 

2009 Von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spätlese $15.99 (previously $30) - This wine is delicious right now, with ripe cocktail fruit flavors and sweetness that is completely balanced by the vibrant acidity. Eberhard von Kunow, the owner and winemaker at Von Hovel, has been making delicious wine in Germany's Mosel-Saar-Ruwer gebiet for some time now.  To get a wine that's cellar-worthy, yet entirely drinkable now for this price is insane.

2009 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr "EL" Riesling Spätlese $29.99 (previously $45) - This is a serious, serious wine - a bottle that should probably be buried away for decades in your cellar, but perhaps pulled out for a special meal if you can't resist. The Sonnenuhr vineyard, located in Brauneberg, is one of the most famous in the world, known for incredible riesling grapes of the highest quality. 2009 was a fantastic vintage for the region and the depth exhibited in the Fritz Haag is incredible. A combination of stone and tropical fruits, supple textures, and hints of spice with a mineral undercurrent.  I can only imagine what this will taste like two decades from now.

You've got wine to drink now, wine to drink now or later, and wine to stow away for the future. All three are delicious and, at these prices, likely to sell through quickly.  You all get the news first because you read the blog!

-David Driscoll

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