Here’s an opportunity to experience a diverse selection of reds from Loire luminaries Catherine & Pierre Breton. These wines, all Cabernet Franc, run the gamut from “drink immediately” to “cellar for a decade.” Think of it as a wide-angle snapshot of the domaine, in wine form. This is what you’ll find in the carton:
• The Bretons describe the Avis de Vin Fort as a “rosé the color of a red.” It’s light and irresistibly juicy, bottled in April after the fall harvest. • With a bit more body, La Dilettante is a delicate, aromatic red in the “drink now!” vein. • I always think of Trinch! as a classic bistro red, ready to wash down a plate of steak frites any night of the week. • Nuits d’Ivresse, bottled without any added sulfur dioxide, is the wildest red in the lineup—tannic, explosive, and out on the edge. • Les Beaux Monts is the suave urbanite to Nuit d’Ivresse’s mountain man. Sourced from the village of Beaumont, located within the Chinon AOC, it is utterly delicious, with a perfect balance of fruit and earth. • With Les Perrières, we’ve definitely saved the best for last. It is the longest-lived of all the Breton reds, and one of the world’s best Cabernet Francs. The 2014 is stellar, with a rich, gorgeous nose and serious, piney grip. Forget about this for a few years, if you can. There are plenty of other delicious bottles here to keep you occupied while you wait.
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