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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 2nd Edition: Spain!

K&L Wine News: May 20, 2013: Spain. Click to read!  

K&L Wine News

Electronic Newsletter Second Edition!

May 20 2013: Spain

This edition features one of our favorite regions for value: Spain! Our buyers and experts give you recommendations that span the spectrum from traditional modern. From old-school Rioja to new-school Garnacha, there's something in here to please all palates. Saludos!


Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: When It Rains It 'Flors'

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Long time, no Sherry! That's what I was thinking to myself as I sipped one of my last bottles of Equipo Navazos Manzanilla en Rama "I Think" recently. Well, when it rains, it flors (this pun's for you, Majeski!). We have a few new faces in the section, not to mention a host of new sherries due to arrive later next week from a bodega that arguably boasts the most diverse and impressive line-up of wines from the region. Of course I'm referring to Valdespino. More on those next week, just keep your eyes peeled.

For now though, in no particular order I have some wines which have recently arrived which may be of interest to some of you.

2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina - $19.99


2008 Domino do Bibei "Lalama" Ribeira Sacra - $29.99


2000 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja - $49.99


Un Saludo,




Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


Newsletter Correction: Lo Auténtico

Editor's Note: In the next few days, the November 2010 edition of K&L's Wine News is going to show up in your mailbox. But Joe Mankekin's article is actually from November 2009. Go figure. Anyhow, Joe's sent us the following picks for THIS Thanksgiving that we thought you shouldn't miss. Of the wines mentioned in the newsletter, we actually have the new vintage of the Botani Moscatel and a couple of wines from Bodegas Juan Senor de Lesmos. And Joe has offered up fresh picks for this year below.

Lo Auténtico

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed experimenting with many different wines at the Thanksgiving table. As useful as this can be to figure out what works with Thanksgiving food, doesn’t it strike you as a wee bit tedious?  Well, it is.  Thanksgiving is a holiday best enjoyed by those with a hearty appetite for food and drink. Lining up a bunch of different wines and exploring all the possible wine pairings in front of you is a distraction from why we truly cherish this holiday: the abundance of good food and wine, appreciated with family and friends.  

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