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2012 Chinon “Saint Louans”

Catherine & Pierre Breton

2012 Chinon “Saint Louans” Catherine & Pierre Breton - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

A recipe for Côte de Veau Forestière à la Catherine Breton

A big wine calls for big flavors, so Catherine Breton recommends preparing veal and mushrooms (ideally morels) with the domaine’s Chinon Saint Louans. This wine has a huge potential to age, and the 2012 is at a sweet spot right now, with an intense stewed fruit palate that contrasts with the pepper and earthy notes in this dish. Sauté two veal chops over medium-high heat for five minutes. Turn the chops, add salt and pepper to taste, and sauté another five minutes until medium rare. Remove to a plate. Add mushrooms to the skillet and sprinkle with flour. Add ½ cup of chicken broth and simmer until thickened. A bit of cream, nutmeg, and salt and pepper will seal the deal. Remove from heat and spoon the sauce over the chops.

Emily Spillmann

Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Vineyard: 60 years, 1 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged in 550-L barriques for two years before being bottled unfiltered and unfined
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117


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