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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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2004 Reginac Tops 2004 First Growths in Blind Tasting

Château Reignac. Photo by habitatgirl via Wikimedia Commons.

Ever heard of Château de Reignac? No? Well, that makes two of us. Reignac is located in Saint Loubès, which is nowhere near the famous communes of Bordeaux, but they make a solid wine (with the help of Michel Rolland) stamped with the catch-all Bordeaux Supérieur AC. At less than $15 a bottle, Reignac is one of the least expensive Bordeaux that K&L carries. But don't think that means that this is simple, casual wine. On the contrary. The 2004 Reignac ($11.99) smells like crushed berry-scented tobacco, with cola and bittersweet chocolate accents, an undercurrent of sweet earth and a structure that belies its wonderfully modest price.

What sets Reignac apart from many of our other favorite value-priced Bordeaux, is that the 2004 recently beat out the same vintage of first growth Lafite-Rothschild, second growths Cos d'Estournel, Pichon-Lalande and Pichon-Baron, and fifth growth Lynch-Bages in a blind tasting in Hong Kong, receiving top honors from the participants. And while that's just one group's preference, it speaks quite highly of the wine, and goes to show that when it comes to taste, price doesn't really matter.

Check out the video below, and then get yourself on the waiting list for this spectacular, award-winning Bordeaux, which should be arriving at K&L soon. You won't regret it.

Leah Greenstein


2009 Bordeaux: The K&L Team's Top 10s

Editor's Note: Now that our team has settled back in after their rigorous trip to Bordeaux - all that tasting is tough, guys, we know - they've put together their personal Top 10 lists. Here we go:

Clyde Beffa's Top Ten (other than the First Growths)

1) Léoville-Las Cases

2) Malescot-St-Exupéry

                 3) Pavie-Macquin

                 4) Cos d'Estournel

                 5) Troplong Mondot

                 6) Ducru-Beaucaillou

                 7) Pontet-Canet

                 8) Haut-Bailly

                 9) Palmer

                10) Calon-Ségur

Trey Beffa's Top Ten

1) Pétrus

2) Latour

                 3) Léoville-Las Cases

                 4) Margaux

                 5) Ducru-Beaucaillou

                 6) Palmer

                 7) Lafite

                 8) Mouton

                 9) Pontet-Canet

                10) Malescot-St-Exupéry


Jeff Garneau's Top Ten (other than the First Growths)

1) Malescot-St-Exupéry

2) Cos d’Estournel

                 3) Léoville-Las Cases

                 4) Calon-Ségur

                 5) Pontet-Canet

                 6) Smith Haut Lafitte

                 7) Ducru-Beaucaillou

                 8) Haut-Bailly

                 9) Troplong Mondot

               10) Trotanoy


Alex Pross's Top Ten (other than the First Growths)

1) Malescot-St-Exupéry

2) Troplong Mondot

                 3) Calon-Ségur

                 4) Montrose

                 5) Léoville-Las Cases

                 6) Pontet-Canet 

                 7) Trotanoy

                 8) La Violette

                 9) Haut-Bailly

               10) Nenin