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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 12/1/2011: Bodegas Riojanas tasting this Friday 12/2!

By Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish and Portuguese Wine Buyer

Hey everyone,

This week we are focused on one thing and one thing only: the special Bodegas Riojanas tasting with Luis Moya of Vinos Unico this Friday at 5pm in our Redwood City store.  In addition to having some delicious tapas prepared courtesy of Chef Raquel Hermosilla of Spain at Home Catering, we will be featuring a full line-up of Bodegas Riojanas wines, including the '78 Viña Albina and legendary '64 Monte Real Gran Reservas.  Those two bottles alone, if they were for sale (they're not, we're pouring them just for fun and educational purposes) would likely go for $200 each. 

The price of the tasting is only $8. 

Here is the line-up: 

2004 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Reserva Rioja - $19.99

2001 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja - $34.99

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja - $39.99

1998 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja - $39.99

1978 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja (not for sale)

1964 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja (not for sale)

I look forward to seeing you all there and enjoying some terrific, traditional Riojas with you.



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


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