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FALL 2018

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78 | MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) l o IR e AND P R ove NC e T H e L O i R e Be YON d W ith the bigger names of Anjou to the west and Chinon and Sancerre to the east, it's easy to see why most of world has missed the appellation of Saumur. Within its confines is a small number of producers who have been breathing new life into the region, yet none other can claim both the size and focus on terroir that the Domaine Arnaud l ambert can. With a combined 50 hectares of vineyards to work, the Domaine currently produces seventeen individual still-wine bottlings. e ach one hails from a distinct terroir. However, from the walled-in "Clos" of the famed Breze vineyard, Arnaud l ambert creates his crowning achievement, the Clos de la Rue. m ade from old-vine Chenin Blanc grown in soils of silty clay and sand over limestone, the Clos de la Rue is a wine that has it all: power, intensity, texture, structure, stimulating acidity, the ability to age, and a price that can't be beat. ✦ Chateau de Breze Saumur Blanc Clos de la Rue 2015 $45 "... All at once savory, pretty and intense... moved across the senses with laser-like precision... it's a wine that really makes its presence known." Eric Guido (1470270) P ROV e NC e Be YON d R OS É T he historic estate of Chateau Simone has been in the hands of the Rougier family for over two centuries, and over that time, they have created a virtual monopoly in the appellation of Palette. They believe in the land's ability to create wines of importance, Red, Blanc and Rosé that can rival the best of France. In many cases, these are culled from vines that are over 100 years old, all of which are tended to by hand. The Palette Blanc is made from a blend of Clairette with small amounts of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, u gni Blanc and a touch of m uscat Blanc. The grapes are crushed and fermented with native yeast before being placed for one year in 20–30 hectoliter casks, then for another year in older barrels. In its youth, you'll find soft textures and lush fruit contrasted by brisk acidity, yet this is a white that matures more like a red in your cellar, as time adds sensual depths of texture, minerals and richness. Some people say it's a 20-year wine, but most can't keep their hands off long enough to find out. ✦ Château Simone Palette Blanc 2011 WS 90 » $64 "Distinctive...melon rind, dried chamomile, bitter orange and toasted shortbread notes...a waxy feel through the finish..." (1470014)

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