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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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Oct222009

San Francisco WhiskyFest 2009

K&L's David Driscoll pours Caol Ila and Highland Park at SF WhiskyFestWell, the biggest whisk(e)y event of the year has come and gone, and I'm completely exhausted.  I had a blast meeting everyone and pouring our delicious selections for the drinking public.  This being my first WhiskyFest, my strategy was simple: let every other vendor bring out their big guns, while I brought out affordable malts that every ticket holder could love and afford.  The consensus was simple - I asked most tasters what their favorite malt of the night was and they gave me the specifics on some 20+ year old relic that was being held back under the table of a specific vendor.  When I asked if they planned on buying a bottle of that delicious dram, 100% of those asked responded with "NO! Too expensive!"  I am happy to report that the K&L selections seemed to be the malts that everyone wanted to actually shell out their hard earned money for, and that makes me happy! Our $35 bargain bottle of Highland Park 8 year got rave reviews as did the 10 year Laphroig and the 8 year Caol Ila.  I didn't get to taste the whole floor, but my whiskey of the night went to a single barrel cask strength bottle of Four Roses, which knocked my socks off.  I absolutely love what they are doing over there with Jim Rutledge and company.  Anyway, here are a few photos of the event. 

David Driscoll

 

K&L San Francisco's Jeff Jones holds down the fort.

 

K&L's David Driscoll with the Malt Advocate's guru John Hansell.

K&L's David Driscoll with the crew from Four Roses, his favorite producer of the event.