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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
Mar202014

Pretty Much Whisky Heaven

Please listen to this lovely song to help set the mood for this blog post. Think wide eyed child full of wonder and pure, innocent, unsullied happiness. Then add hundreds of yards of warehouses containing hundreds of casks of Scotch, and an American in Scotland seeing this for the first time….Happy reading! 

There are independent bottlers, and then there is Signatory. They are the grandaddy of them all, with an immense warehouse that seems to stretch on endlessly. Full of anything you can dream up. It would be like taking the Hershey's Chocolate factory tour and then heading over with a golden ticket to see Willy Wonka and his Factory. 

A chocolate factory that consists of hundreds of tightly-packed barrels that span the length of many warehouses. It was our job to climb into the nooks and crannies, down the rows, over the top of barrels, behind casks, to hunt out the literally hidden beauties just waiting to be tasted. 

With so many amazing casks on my left and right, I had to put my inner Veruca Salt in check – "DADDY (David) I want to try that NOW!"

We methodically made our way through a symphony of casks. Some names rarely seen in the states, like 1995 Imperial and 1998 Mortllach; to barrels of 1980 Glenlivet and 1997 Macallan which certainly raise some eyebrows. So many amazing things. Too many, actually – the Signatory Warehouse is the everlasting Gobstopper of bottlers. 


All in all, we spent a thorough six hours combing through the rows and rows of barrels. Climbing ladders, and barrels, pulling bungs, tasting, spitting on the floor, making sure to leave no stone left unturned. There is no such thing as too much chocolate, and there is no such thing as too much whisky when it is this darn good.  The list of casks that we ended up with feels like the keys to the factory. We can't wait to share them with you!

-Kyle Kurani

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