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Breton Legacy Pack

Breton Legacy Pack

by Jane Augustine by Jane Augustine

6-Bottle Sampler 6-Bottle Sampler

Catherine & Pierre Breton Pack

Catherine & Pierre Breton Pack

6-Bottle Sampler   

$199.00 $253.00
$199.00 $253.00
$199.00 $253.00
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If our collaboration with the Bretons has been so fruitful over the years, it’s thanks to a shared belief in wine’s greater purpose: that it brings people together.


Normally $253.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $199.00
(a 20% discount)

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It’s who you know, not what you know as the saying goes. Though in this case, perhaps a little bit of both. Marcel Lapierre gave Pierre Breton Kermit’s number back in the early nineties, sensing the introduction might lead to something great, and he was right. At the time, the Bretons had just converted to biodynamic viticulture and were drawn to the methods of Jules Chauvet, who had inspired a quiet revolution in the Beaujolais. One day, the Bretons—now joined by their daughter, France, and son, Paul—will undoubtedly go down in wine history as the vignerons who made Loire Valley wines fun. Whether it’s a spirited sparkler, an exuberant rouge, or something seriously ageworthy, their wines capture that elusive je ne sais quoi that will forever be celebrated by natural wine lovers. If you needed a sign to familiarize yourself with this beloved winery, this sampler is it.
     We’ve selected a few touchstones from the winery, including Catherine’s sparkling “La Dilettante” Vouvray. With its fine mousse, stony aromatics, and honeyed orchard fruit, it can act as a delightful apéritif or memorable bottle to close out a meal. Try one of their easy drinking Bourgueils—“Trinch!,” for example, which is a light-footed, young-vine cuvée that’s punchy and bright with loads of cassis and licorice notes. While their more fanciful wines represent one side of the Bretons’ personality, they have a serious side, too. Their other specialty is an opus of age-worthy, old-vine vins de terroirs, like the flinty “Les Perrières” or pedigreed “Clos Sénéchal.” The former is a chiseled, sturdy Bourgueil, vibrant and elegant, while the latter is densely layered, with anise, ample fruit and a touch of green peppercorn. Both will age gracefully over the next twenty years, but are brilliant now.
     In the time Catherine and Pierre have been vignerons, the region they call home has become an epicenter for low-sulfur, minimal-intervention quaffers, but purity of terroir and savoir-faire continue to set their wines apart. If our collaboration with the Bretons has been so fruitful over the years, it’s thanks to a shared belief in wine’s greater purpose: that it brings people together.

Sampler Includes:

NV Vouvray Brut “La Dilettante”  $34.00
2020 Vouvray “Pierres Rousses”  $38.00
2020 Bourgueil “Nuits d’Ivresse”  $40.00
2021 Bourgueil “Trinch!”  $31.00
2018 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”  $59.00
2019 Bourgueil “Clos Sénéchal”  $51.00

Normally $253.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $199.00
(a 20% discount)

About The Region

Loire

map of 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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Old wine bottles

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