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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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Monday
Aug062012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Exciting New Arrivals from Portugal

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

Boa tarde Portuguese and Spanish wine lovers,

After a bit of an hiatus, Portugal finallly returns to the spotlight on this email list, as we just received in our long awaited wines from one of the Iberian peninsula's most exciting wineries.  Based in the Lima sub-zone of Vinho Verde, Aphros embodies some of the traits which make Portuguese wines (Spanish as well, of course) so exciting right now. Thoughtful, responsible (in this case biodynamic) crop cultivation, intellectual curiosity, a restless creative spirit, and an emphasis on crafting honestly made, brightly acidic, energetic, delicious wines for drinking!

Vasco Croft is a furniture designer and architect by training, who was a student of Steiner and biodynamics long before he began making wine. His keen fashion sense and Hollywood good looks (a composite of Owen Wilson and Richard Gere, perhaps?) may make him popular with the ladies, but it is his range of delicious vinho verdes which has quickly earned him some fans in the Bay Area. 

We have chosen to focus on two wines you are not likely to see too much of, locally or elsewhere for that matter.  One is an amazingly, lip smackingly good bottle of 10% ABV vinho verde from loureiro grapes.  The other is a thought provoking rosé nearly the color of red wine, but with bracing acidity and refreshingly tangy red fruit - one of my two favorite rosés of the season in fact (right up there with Pradeaux Bandol, another direct press rosé, albeit in a very different style).  This one is from the dark skinned, dark pulp vinhao grape.  It's too bad we have had to wait until August for this rosé; fortunately though our warmest summer days are yet to come. 

I'd be remiss if I were not to mention the winery's excellent top of the line red, as well, produced from hand harvested vinhao grapes grown in granitic soil, a really spicy, beautiful expression of the grape and granite soil (think Northern Rhone on this one).

 

2011 Aphros Vinhao Rosé Vinho Verde - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109049  

 

2011 Aphros "Ten" Loureiro Vinho Verde - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109043  

 

2009 Aphros "Silenus" Vinhao Vinho Verde - $39.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109054  

 

Obrigado and Saude,

-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