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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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Wednesday
Oct312012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 10/31/12: Rioja Tastings This Week!

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

TASTINGS, we got 'em! If you're curious to see how well great Rioja ages, please join us for our final Vibrant Rioja in-store tastings of the year in San Francisco and Redwood City.

 Vibrant Rioja Part III: San Francisco - Thursday 11/1 (5-6:30pm) $5

Vibrant Rioja Part III: Redwood City - Friday 11/2 (5-6:30pm) $5

We've got a fistful of Lopez de Heredia Tondonia for both of these...the whites. See how the 1996 Blanco Reserva and the 1991 Blanco Gran Reserva are showing.  We will also be featuring the lovely 1995's from Ontañon, a reserva and gran reserva. I won't overemphasize the point, but for anyone who has tasted any of these will tell you, $5 to try these four wines is a steal.

Also, for all of you who live and/or work in SF, please join us for what promises to be a fun Rioja tasting with our friends at 18 Reasons (3674 18th St) on Friday 11/9 from 6-8pm. There will be some cheese and other Spanish nibbles while you enjoy wines from Peciña, Remelluri (yes, including the vaunted white!) and others. Twelve great wines and snacks for $15. All killer no filler, as they say. Spanish wine importer/local celebrity José Pastor may even make an appeance. It's going to be fun.

Alright, gotta go, too much going on!  Hope to see you at one or more of these tastings.

Saludos,

Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

Friday
Oct192012

Champagne Friday: Champagne Tent Events This Weekend! 

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Happy Champagne Friday! I am looking forward to seeing 550 Champagne-loving K&L customers this weekend, and I hope that you will be among them. We are hosting two back-to-back sold out Champagne Tent Event tastings, starting on Saturday from 4pm-6:30pm at our Hollywood store, followed by Sunday from 2pm-5pm in San Francisco. These should be the best Champagne Tent Events we have hosted to date.

Folks often approach me at these events to ask what they should look out for, so this year I have prepared a little guide with my highlights.

Complex and intense, the 2002 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne is a must try! Quentin Paillard from Champagne Pierre Paillard will be attending for the first time. He is pouring one of the most intriguing flights of wines under the tent, with two single vineyard, single varietal Champagnes: the Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne and the Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Champagne. These two sites are blended together in equal proportions in the 2002 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne. I can count on one hand the number of times that I have been able to taste sites like this separately as finished wines, and then blended together as an older vintage… Don’t miss it!

Also brand new this year are the Louis Sostene wines. They are being shown by Martine and Pierre Gonet, and are primarily made from vineyards in Chigny-les-Roses, the same village that brings us Lassale and the Ace of Spades. These are great values and far too easy to drink.

We are excited to welcome back Jeremy Fluteau (right) to K&L! Another young producer, Jeremy Fluteau will be returning for the 2nd time. His families vineyards are in the far south of the Aube, and they make one of the darkest, most intensly fruity, all Pinot Noir roses in the world of Champagne. This is a love it or hate it style, and a must to taste. His mother is from Chicago, so don’t pitch him easy questions. He speaks perfect English!

Beauty and substance: 2004 Perrier Jouët "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne One wine that does not get enough respect is the 2004 Perrier Jouët "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne. Just because it has a pretty flower on it doesn’t mean that it isn’t serious on the inside! No vintage is more recommendable to collect right now, as classic, cool, even growing seasons are now very rare due to climate change. This Belle Epoque gets its soul from great estate vineyards in the grand cru of Cramant, and will more than hold its own with any tete-de-cuvee.

The biggest Rodney Dangerfield wines in Champagne are the sweeter styles. They really have a hard time getting any respect at all, and usually for good reason. To many producers treat them as a throw away, and figure that people with bad palates are going to drink them with cake when they are already half in the bag. On producer who is coming wants to change your mind about them, Michel Loriot. He makes a great sweeter style in his Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne which shows how good these wines can be. He created it as a historic style to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his family as growers in Festigny. He is the current president of the independent vignerons of Champagne, and all of his wines are worthy of the respect his peers have bestowed on them.

Champagne Lanson, most famous for being stolen out of Prince Charles fridge, will be showing two great tete-de-cuvees that they just premiered. Both the Lanson Extra Age "XA" Brut Champagne and the Lanson Extra Age "XA" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne are great examples of long aged non-vintage wines without malolactic fermentation, this batch of Lanson Extra Age is based on a blend of 2000, 2002 and 2004. It is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from Grand and Premier Cru villages and aged for more than five years on its lees. Check it out!

The rare Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut ChampagneTwo producers will be showing Champagne made from varieties that almost went extinct after phyloxera, and if you have never tried wines like this, now is the time! The Ariston’s will be showing the show stopping  Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne made from 40% Meslier, 40% Arbanne and 20% Pinot Blanc, which is one of the best Champagnes at K&L at any price. Morganne Fleury, who is coming to pour for the first time, will show her tribute to her great-great grandfather, the Fleury "Cuveé Robert Fleury" Brut Champagne, which is a barrel fermented blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. This is big stuff!

Taste the NEW Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne! At the Charles and Piper Heidsieck table, Jim Pollock (one of the most fun guys in the wine business!) will be pouring the brand new Charles Heidsieck, which I wrote about last week. (If you mised this post, which includes the video of my interview with CEO Cecile Bonnefond, you can catch up here). This brings an almost Krug like solera of old vintages (which are 40% of the blend and average 12 years of age) to the Champagne lover for a very reasonable introductory price of $44.99. This wine has it all- freshness from great chalky crus and honest depth from the generous portion of old wines in the blend.

Speaking of old Champagne at reasonable prices, head over to talk to Eric de Brissis at the Champagne Baron Fuente table. His Baron Fuente "Esprit" Brut Champagne gets seven years on the lees! This wine is a must try for anyone who loves the toasty style. Instead of using dilute fruit to bring the toast to the front, at Baron Fuente they get the toast the old fashioned way- they age this bottle for seven years on the lees!

See you at the tasting!

A toast to you,

Gary

Thursday
Oct112012

Take the K&L Blind Tasting Challenge This Weekend! 

Put your Palate to the Test!

Join us for our first-ever 2-day Blind Tasting Challenge, hosted by the expert staff at K&L in Redwood City. The Challenge includes the Blind Chardonnay Tasting on Friday 10/12 (5pm-6:30pm) and the Blind Cabernet Tasting on Saturday 10/13 (1pm-4pm). Attend both tastings and vote on your favorites! The lineups will be revealed after the tasting, and the most popular duo of Chardonnay and Cabernet will be featured the following week on Uncorked.

This is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of these two important varietals and their potential for incredible diversity in expression based on factors of terroir, climate, viticulture, and winemaking technique as you sharpen your blind tasting skills and learn from the pros. If you think you know Chard and Cab, think again...

All palates welcome! The main goal is to learn, taste, and have fun, and anyone is welcome to attend and share in these tastings, voting is optional. No RSVP required. Come on down!

 
K&L Redwood City Blind Chardonnay Tasting Friday October 12th (5pm-6:30pm) | $10  Details

K&L Redwood City Blind Cabernet Tasting Saturday October 13th (1pm-4pm) | $20  Details

May the best wine win!

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