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The philosophy at Domaine Breton can be summed up by this quote from Jules Chauvet, known as the godfather of natural wine: “To succeed in wine, as in life, one must live dangerously.” Controlled risk-taking is indeed a fundamental element of winemaking with Catherine and Pierre Breton, from their reliance on ambient yeasts for fermentation to their scrupulous use of sulfur and decision to bottle reds unfiltered. But with more than twenty-five harvests under their belt, this fun-loving couple has mastered the nuances of crafting world-class wines using these methods. This cuvée showcases 50 year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted on gravelly, alluvial soils not far from the banks of the Loire. It is an irresistible Bourgueil, rife with peppery aromas (paprika, black pepper) and ripe red fruits. It has structure, yet the finesse of its tannins allows them to glide over the palate almost unnoticed, enabling uninhibited quaffing. Chauvet would have been proud!
|Producer:||Catherine & Pierre Breton|
|Winemaker:||Catherine & Pierre Breton|
|Vineyard:||50 years, 3 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after one year in stainless steel|
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
Inspiring Thirst, page 236