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2014 Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton

2014 Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante” Catherine & Pierre Breton - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
In truth, this wine is made not by both Catherine and Pierre, but by Catherine alone. The wines of Vouvray are especially dear to Catherine, as this quaint village—known for growing Chenin Blanc—is where she grew up, born into a five generation winemaking family. Though it is just an hour’s drive from Restigné (next door to Bourgueil), where she now lives, she maintains a connection to her hometown through this cuvée.
    The innate characteristics of the terroir and Catherine’s delicate, evenhanded touch bring out the best that Vouvray has to offer. There is something emotive about this wine, with its soft texture, stroke of mineral, and notes of wildflowers. It is a wine of true pastoral pleasure.

Clark Z. Terry

$24.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: Vouvray
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Vineyard: 40 years, 5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: There is no maloactic fermentation and the wine is bottled in the spring following 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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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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