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2015 Bourgueil “Les Galichets”

Catherine & Pierre Breton

2015 Bourgueil “Les Galichets” Catherine & Pierre Breton - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The “Galichets” in question are gravelly soils home to fifty-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, which the Bretons farm biodynamically and coax into producing this delightful little red—using only the most natural methods, of course. The Revue du Vin de France aptly described it as having “depth, pleasure, and terroir,” and I’ll add that the pleasure really takes the upper hand in this cuvée. Not only does it demonstrate the merits of a nondogmatic approach to noninterventionist viticulture and vinification in a dynamic environment amid ever-changing
market demands due to shifting trends in mainstream consumer culture, but also it is a damn tasty drink.

Anthony Lynch

$30.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Vineyard: 50 years, 3 ha
Soil: Gravel
Aging: Wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after one year in stainless steel
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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2015 Chinon “Beaumont”

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2016 Savennières

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2016 Pinot Gris

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