2016 Chateau De Breze Saumur Rouge Clos MazuriqueCabernet Franc from France
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"The cabernet franc wines of the Loire have been perennially great values, and this remains true even though wine writers have for years been desperately trying to give away th...
"The cabernet franc wines of the Loire have been perennially great values, and this remains true even though wine writers have for years been desperately trying to give away the secret. Arnaud Lambert of Château de Brézé is among the leading vignerons raising the level of quality in the Saumur region. The lovely Clos Mazurique is rich, spicy, earthy and floral, characterized more by its acidity than its tannins. " - Eric Asimov - New York Times - Featured in the 20 under $20 article in January 2018!
Lauded by King Réné Anjou in the 15th century classical literature, the Château de Brézé wines were regarded with such esteem that the royals exchanged them annually with the great Sauternes of Château d’Yquem. The vineyards belonging to the Château de Brézé entered a Renaissance of their own in 2009 when Count de Colbert conferred upon Yves and Arnaud Lambert management of the viticultural estate. The father and son team have immediately converted the entire 25 hectares to organic methods, with official certification as of the 2012 vintage.
Brézé is a unique site due to its relatively high elevation and eminently nuanced geological profile. 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. Clay and sand also lend themselves to the diversity of the terroirs, giving body to the reds and richness to the whites.
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.