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2014 Bourgueil “Nuits d‘Ivresse”

Catherine & Pierre Breton

2014 Bourgueil “Nuits d‘Ivresse” Catherine & Pierre Breton - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Pioneers of natural winemaking in the Loire Valley, Catherine and Pierre Breton do not adhere to dogma. Rather, they seek to make the best wines possible from their terroir, using sustainable farming and noninterventionist winemaking as a means to that end. In other words, they strive to make great wine first, and great natural wine second. Here we have the only Breton cuvée bottled without a drop of added sulfur, but that should neither attract you nor scare you away. Still, if you want to drink a truly compelling Cabernet Franc—broad and well structured, reminiscent of smoky black fruit, spice, and wild bramble—then this is the wine for you.

Anthony Lynch

$34.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Bourgueil
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Vineyard: 50 years, 3 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: The wine is vinified in barriques and kept in wood for a year then bottled the following December a little over a year after harvest
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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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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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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