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Breton Vertical Sampler

6-Bottle Pack

Breton Vertical Sampler 6-Bottle Pack - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Catherine and Pierre Breton boast decades of combined experience
farming and vinifying the great appellations of the Loire. If there is one wine that embodies this lifelong commitment to excellence, it is undoubtedly their Bourgueil Les Perrières bottling. From one of Bourgueil’s historic sites, a slope of siliceous clay over tuffeau limestone, this majestic Cabernet Franc is consistently the Bretons’ most complex and age-worthy cuvée. Add old vines and long élevage in used wood to the equation, and you have a profound, concentrated red of striking finesse that can evolve for decades, thanks to its chalky backbone. In fact, we have never tasted a tired bottle! Some mature vintages of Les Perrières have just arrived directly from the Breton cellars in Restigné: 2007, 2004, 2003, 1999, 1993, and 1992. This is your chance to see the wonders of aged Cabernet Franc from some of the best in the business. –Anthony Lynch

$450.00
Vintage: 2007, 2004, 2003, 1999, 1993, and 1992
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Bourgueil
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: 6-Bottle Pack
Winemaker: Catherine & Pierre Breton
Vineyard: 1 ha
Soil: Silicieous Clay, Limestone
Aging: The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after two full years in wood
Farming: Organic, Biodynamic

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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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2012 Bourgueil “Clos Sénéchal”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$35.00

2013 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$52.00

NV Vouvray Brut “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$26.00

2015 Vouvray “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$24.00

2016 Coteaux du Loir Blanc

Pascal Janvier  France  |  Loire  |  Coteaux du Loir

$19.00

2016 Vouvray

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$20.00

2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$49.00

2014 Chinon “Les Varennes du Grand Clos”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$37.00

2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

Éric Chevalier  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu

$16.00

2016 Jasnières

Pascal Janvier  France  |  Loire  |  Jasnières

$21.00

2015 Chinon

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$25.00

2015 Savennières Moelleux

Château d'Epiré  France  |  Loire  |  Savennières

$29.00

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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