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2015 Bourgueil “Trinch”

Catherine & Pierre Breton

2015 Bourgueil “Trinch” Catherine & Pierre Breton - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
This is the most ethereal and quaffable of Catherine and Pierre Breton’s reds, and the name says it all. For those of you unfamiliar with antiquated German beer hall idioms, it means Cheers!, and the word was famously popularized by the sixteenth century French scholar Rabelais, who shouted the term ad nauseum with his drinking buddies. This supple, peppery Cabernet Franc is designed to slide down your gullet with such ease you may not even notice. Give it a light chill before you quaff away. –Anthony Lynch

$24.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Bourgeuil
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Soil: Gravel
Aging: 30 years, 5 ha
Farming: Organic, Biodynamic
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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 Sancerre Blanc “Cuvée Marcel Henri”

Daniel Chotard  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

$35.00

2014 Clisson “La Molette”

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet

$38.00

2015 Savennières “Cuvée Spéciale”

Château d'Épiré  France  |  Loire  |  Savennières

$30.00

2014 Chinon “Les Petites Roches”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$23.00

Chenin Blanc 3-Pack

3-Bottle Sampler  France  |  Loire  |  Various

$98.00 $122.00

2012 Chinon “Saint Louans”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$49.00

2016 Vouvray “La Cuvée des Fondraux”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

2014 Chinon “Les Grézeaux”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$30.00

2015 Pouilly-Fumé “Vieilles Vignes”

Régis Minet  France  |  Loire  |  Pouilly Fumé

$25.00

2016 Bourgueil “Trinch”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgeuil

$25.00

2015 Savennières Moelleux

Château d'Epiré  France  |  Loire  |  Savennières

$23.20 $29.00

2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

Éric Chevalier  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu

$16.00

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

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