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2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”

Catherine & Pierre Breton

2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières” Catherine & Pierre Breton - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Pierre Breton comes from a family of vignerons in the Loire Valley—Cabernet Franc therefore runs through his veins in more ways than one. The family cellar is full of ancient bottles, a testament to the longevity of the great reds from Bourgueil and Chinon sourced from top vineyard sites and produced according to traditional methods. Les Perrières, Pierre’s greatest red, is from a sloping plot of clay and stones over tuffeau chalk, soils known to give the appellation’s most structured, complex, and long lived wines. Biodynamic practices in the vineyard include plowing the soils instead of using herbicides, and administering herbal extracts to boost the vine’s immune function. In the cellar, Pierre opts for spontaneous fermentations, long aging in neutral oak, and bottling without filtration and minimal sulfur. This philosophy results in one of France’s great terroir-driven reds: deep, rich, and earthy, Breton’s Perrières represents Loire Cabernet at its finest.

Anthony Lynch

$49.00
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Bourgueil
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
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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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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