One of my favorite Loire Valley producers is the Breton family. These wines are intensely transparent and always lovely, with air in youth or properly long cellaring. They’ve been Organic since ’91 and Biodynamic since ’94; some of the earliest winemakers to do so. This honest-to-soil approach adds depth and complexity to the wines: farming in this manner is about harmonizing the surrounding agricultural life with the far-reaching roots of the vines.
Their cuvee “Les Perrières” from the village of Bourgeuil is perhaps the pinnacle of their many great wines. It is a prized vineyard, perfectly situated on a hillside with clay-silex soils. Their vines average over 70 years in age, which only lends the wine more dimension.
I’ve been blessed to try old vintages of this wine many times, and they are ideal Cabernet Franc. Though it rewards patient cellaring, it is also delectable in its youth, given some air. 2014 is a lovely Loire vintage, and we’ll properly decant these Mags to ensure the wine is open and accessible. We’re looking forward to enjoying this wine for the entire week.
ALL WEEK LONG (2/24 – 3/1)
Catherine & Pierre Breton,
Bourgueil ‘Les Perrières’ Loire Valley 2014