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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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Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 1/19/12: Equipo Navazos

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,  

Short and to the point offer today for some extremely limited wines.....  

Most anyone who has an open mind and a knowledge of fine wine has some familiarity with Equipo Navazos.  What can be said about these Sherries that hasn't already been mentioned in the press and by wine lovers of all types?  From professional Champagne writers to leading Spanish journalists, younger restaurant wine buyers to more seasoned collectors, Equipo Navazos has earned praise for days and extra days. These are not only some of Spain's best wines, but the best bottlings are paradigm shifting examples of their style, and make ideal, cerebral introductions to the delicious, if complicated and challenging, world of Sherry.

Equipo Navazos consists of a partnership between Jesús Barquin and Eduardo Ojeda.  The proprietors use their connections in the Sherry trade to pick some of their favorite barrels from a small group of top bodegas.  These barrels are then bottled with the lightest of filtrations, and the resulting wines are truly outstanding and distinctive versions of their respective style.  They are also capable of improving with bottle age.  I love both of these wines, though it's the manzanilla pasada (in its earlier #10 iteration) which has been amongst my favorite wines of all time.  Both of these, though, are awesome and have my highest recommendation.  

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Fino #18  Macharnudo Alta Jerez - $39.99


Equipo Navazos La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada #30 Sanlucar de Barrameda  - $59.99  





Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

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