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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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Jun172010

World Cup Match-Up: Greece Beats Nigeria

Earlier today Greece scored its first-ever World Cup goal. Then it scored another, securing what would also, ultimately, be their first-ever World Cup victory over Nigeria, 2-1.

While we have a much more in-depth post on Greek wines scheduled, you should join in celebrating their victory this weekend with a bottle of bubbly, and not just any bubbly, but Domaine Tselepos Amalia Brut ($23.99).

Originally from Cyrpus, Domaine Tselepos owner Yiannis Tselepos was trained in oenology at the famed University of Dijon in France, graduating in 1978. He worked around Burgundy for the next couple of years, picking up knowledge that would turn him into a pioneer of the Greek wine renaissance when he returned home.  He settled in the Peloponnese where he has been making wine ever since.

This sparkler is made in the traditional method (methode champenois) entirely from Moschofilero from a single vineyard with redding clay soils. It has a uniquely floral nose that is distinctly Moschofilero, with hints of honey and crisp yellow plum on the nose and palate and freshly-baked bread. Refreshing, clean and very festive, it's a great tipple even if you're not watching soccer.