The legendary wines of the Château 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 Château d’Yquem, amongst others. In the 1600’s, the white wines of Château de Brézé were so well known that throughout Europe they were referred to as “Chenin de Brézé.”
In 2009, Arnaud Lambert from Domaine de Saint took over complete management of the estate. Since taking over he has 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 these once forgotten glories of French wine.
Brézé is an altogether different place than anywhere in Saumur. It is assumed that tuffeau limestone is the mother rock that sits below the surface on nearly all vineyards on this hill. On top of that are variations of limestones mixed with clay and/or sands. The cold temperatures of this hill coupled with the highly active calcium content in the soils create still wines that have crazy finishing pH levels within the range of 2.85 to 3.05; on the lower end, numbers you’d be more likely to see in Champagne. Brézé is a special place that tastes like no other of its kind in either variety or terroir.
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