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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 Saumur Champigny “Terres Chaudes”

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$40.00

N.V. Vouvray Brut “Méthode Traditionnelle”

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$23.00

2014 Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

2014 Clisson “La Molette”

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$38.00

2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Gorges”

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$40.00

2013 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$54.00

2015 Vouvray “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

2003 Vouvray “Trie de Vendange”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$74.00

2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

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$16.00

2015 Savennières Moelleux

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$29.00

2015 Chinon

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$25.00

2014 Chinon “Les Grézeaux”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$30.00

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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