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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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Wine of the Week: 1994 Corbin Michotte, St-Emilion  ($39.99)

Wanna drink like Clyde? The 1994 Corbin Michotte, St-Emilion ($39.99) is a delicious, "old school" Pomerol, aged to perfection for your enjoyment tonight.


Yes, K&L founder Clyde Beffa loves Right Bank wines.  He has a soft spot for what he calls the "old school" style of these Merlot-based wines - rustic, earthy bottlings from the less hyped vintages -with at least a decade or two of bottle age, of course.  While it might not be the bomb that critics like Robert Parker appreciate, the 1994 Corbin Michotte ($39.99;  $54 elsewhere) will surely appeal to those looking for balanced, mature Bordeux to drink tonight.  This wine is "sweet and lush, ripe and forward [with] tons of blackberry fruit," notes Clyde. "This is not Parker's style because it is a bit older school and not garagiste. I think it's a fabulous value for mature Right Bank wine. This Chateau always flies under the radar."

This obscure wine from the border near Pomerol will surprise you with its overall quality and gentle charm. This is soft and lush for the vintage and has a mineral component that tastes more of Pomerol iron than St-Emilion limestone. Plush, elegant and gentle, this tastes of cedar, plum, dusty cherry and mineral. A high quality well aged Bordeaux at this price is a rare find. -Steve Bearden, K&L Staff Member 8/9/2011

 

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