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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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Tasting Report: Ruinart

 Ruinart Somm Arnaldo Burgos Pours Ruinart RoseLast night at K&L Redwood City we had a great event with Ruinart. Somm Arnaldo Burgos who poured two great non-vintage wines from Ruinart to a packed house of Champagne fans. We have been anticipating this event for months here at K&L and were very excited to share these great wines with our customers and friends.


The tasting started with the Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($62.99)which impressed me with its pale straw color, creamy aroma and crisp flavors. If I had to guess, I would say that this was based on 2008 because of its excellent ripeness and acidity. This is one of the few Blanc de Blancs to use not only Chardonnay from the Cote de Blancs, but also from the Mountain of Reims in its blend and this mountain fruit gives the wine a lushness that is not common in pure Chardonnay Champagnes. It was a big hit at the tasting and we carried a lot out the door after the tasting.


Arnaldo also poured the Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne ($72.99)which was full of black cherry Pinot Noir flavor balanced out by vivacious Chardonnay snap. Last year when Ruinart cellar master Frederic Panaiotis visited he explained that they loved to use red wine from Sillery to give their rose its flavor and color. I think this is one of the reasons that I find deeper flavor in this rose than other grand marques that use Bouzy and Cumieres.

Gary and Arnaldo enjoying Ruinart in all sizes

Of course, we also have magnums like the one I am holding in this picture available at K&L! The Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L) ($149) and Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L) ($129) will always create an instant party. For nights when you are celebrating on your own we also have the Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (375ml) ($39.99) and the Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml) ($44.99). A toast to you! -Gary Westby