Pierre and Catherine BRETON, Restigné
A husband-and-wife operation in the Loire Valley, the Breton`s built their reputation on making pure Cabernet Francs from Bourgueil and Chinon using Biodynamic viticulture and vinification from their 10.5 ha estate.
Soon, they will be just as well known for their stupendous whites.
The Breton philosophy stems, in their own words, from a love of the land. The vineyards see ultra-intense organic care, no mean feat in this northerly clime; they avoid chemical fertilisers and weed killers, restrict yields to something like 40-45 hl/ha (although some cuvées are below 35 hl/ha) and harvest by hand.
The Bretons use indigenous yeasts and their desire for “natural” winemaking comes through strong in their resistance to the use of sulphites, with typically just 10 mp/l added at bottling to many cuvées, although some are bottled without any sulphites at all. And they are bottled unfiltered.
Bourgueil Trinch! is Cabernet Franc in its happiest, most fruit-driven and mouthwatering form as you will ever find. The nose is clean and shows dark berries, plums and fruit of the forest, the palate is medium to light and has a mouthwatering freshness to it, with delicious ripe berries, red cherry and cranberry. Eminently drinkable.