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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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K&L Electronic Newsletter 4th Edition - Bordeaux: The King of Wines

K&L Wine News June 17 2013: Bordeaux K&L Wine News

June 2013

Electronic Newsletter Fourth Edition

Bordeaux: The King of Wines 

The 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux vintages are two of the best ever back-to-back vintages  in Bordeaux we've ever seen! This issue features highlights and recommendations from our expert staff, a preview of 2012 vintage, and links to browse our incredible selection of stunning values. 

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BDX Files: The A-Team Pouring 2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte at the Wine Spectator Grand Tasting!

K&L founder Clyde Beffa (left) with Bordeaux expert Ralph Sands at the 2013 Wine Spectator Grand Tasting.

K&L represented at the Wine Spectator Grand Tasting last night pouring the knockout 2010 Smith Haut Lafite Rouge. Don't miss your chance to order this wine! Pre-arrivals are still on offer but availability is dwindling fast!

2010 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) $149

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7. (98+) (2/ 2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

*Cellar Selection* A beautifully ripe wine with great black fruits that burst through the classic tannins. In its richness and in its structure, it combines the best of the vintage. Dark, complex, fruity and very rich, a magnificent wine for long-term aging. (3/ 2013)

96 points Wine Spectator

Gorgeous, with alluring black tea and warm ganache notes that unfurl slowly, while the core of intense steeped plum, anise, blackberry compote and black currant confiture sits patiently in reserve. The beautiful loam-, tobacco- and tar-filled finish displays major heft, but also remarkable polish and grace. Should age very slowly. Best from 2018 through 2035. (3/ 2013)

95 points James Suckling

Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Lots of mushroom and fruit undertones. Very polished. Such finesse yet structure to this young wine. (2/ 2013)

18/20 Jancis Robinson

That fine combination of pure dark fruit and savoury graphite that is so Bordeaux. On the palate it is much more fluid than most that have this much structure. Even with all that structure there is a lightness of touch and a freshness on the finish. Real finesse and subtlety. 18/20 points. (11/ 2012)

Purchase through or contact Ralph for assistance!


Ralph Sands

Bordeaux Expert

Senior Wine Specialist

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City and San Francisco Ca.

1-800 247-5987 Ext# 2723

Direct Line 650-556-2723


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