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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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Mar012012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 3/1/12: Portuguese News, Finally!

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

This week, we are making up for lost time, giving Portugal its well deserved propers.   With about a decade of age on them, the wines below from Quinta dos Roques and Quinta das Maias, in the Dao region, should appeal to the more curious amongst you and those of you who, like me, love to see how wines develop after years of bottle age.  In the Dao, it is more common to see red wines with moderate alcohol (typically 13-13.5%), good acidity, and obvious minerality than in the wines of their northern neighbors in the Douro.  You may remember the 03 Quinta dos Roques Reserva we offered some time ago.  These wines are a little spendier but arguably more mineral, more youthful tasting, more interesting.  Quinta dos Roques also produces a lovely, refreshing white wine with a sneaky ability to age gracefully at least 5-6 years beyond the vintage.

 

2010 Quintas dos Roques Encruzado Dao - $16.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086754

 

2002 Quinta das Maias Jaen Dao - $18.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086752

 

2003 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional Dao - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086753

 

Saude (that's "Salud" in Portuguese),

Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Joe,

I'm lucky enough to live in Portugal and have wonderful wine like this at my (low cost) disposal. Do many of the everyday (cheap) PT wines make it to your shores - Monte Velho, Mareques de Borba etc ?

Please come and visit my site! http://www.foodandwineportugal.com
March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFood and Wine Portugal

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