The legendary wines of the Chateau de Brézé, lauded in the classical literature of the 15th century by King René of Anjou, were served at all the royal courts of Europe. In fact, the wines were exchanged regularly with the great Chateau d’Yquem, amongst others. In the 1600s, the white wines of Chateau de Brézé were so well known that throughout Europe they were referred to as “Chenin de Brézé.”
Here’s a story of politics in wine… When the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlee- “controlled designation of origin”) of Saumur Champigny was established in 1957, the owner of Brézé refused to be part of the appellation. He claimed that his vineyard collection was the best of the entire area and that it should have it’s own AOC. His claim was probably true; if you talk with winemakers in the area, most would tell you that the vineyards of Brézé may be the best vineyards in both Saumur and Saumur Champigny. Unfortunately, the wines were terribly made at the time so his request was denied for the singular AOC of Brézé. He was offered to be a part of the prestigious appellation of Saumur Champigny. Remaining defiant, he refused, and the vineyards on the hill of Brézé were placed under the lesser appellation of Saumur.
The good news is that in 2009, the new owner, Le Comte de Colbert, asked Arnaud Lambert from Domaine de Saint Just to take over complete management of the estate. Arnaud accepted immediately, with a 30 year lease on the property, as he knew how important the vineyards of Brézé were to the region.
Immediately, Arnaud converted the vineyards to organic farming, and he is currently in the process of converting to biodynamic viticulture. At the moment, the wines are relatively inexpensive, but that will change soon as the word starts to get out on this once forgotten glories of French wine.
Pedro Parra y Familia - 2017 Hub Cru
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