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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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Thinking on Drinking: Collecting

At last count, which was just a couple of weeks ago, I'd lived in 26 different houses/apartments in seven states (some duplicates) over the past 11 years, not including places where I'd been for just a couple of months. My lifestyle wasn't exactly an ideal pairing for collecting wine, but for half that time I toted around a bottle of 1997 Limerick Lane Zinfandel given to me by a fellow wine-loving friend when I graduated from Sonoma State University. I was supposed to drink the wine when I published my first book of poetry. After a few years and a few states I downgraded that requirement to the publication of my first book, period. I finally opened the bottle in 2006 when I published my first big article in the San Francisco Chronicle; it was on pomegranate cocktails. The wine, a bit rusted at the edges, was just starting to decline, but it had lovely (and appropos) pomegrante fruit notes, plus earthy tones and hints of violet and lavender that were buried beneath the bold fruit upon release. 

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Leah Greenstein