A little letter in between to share some hot news. A series of our wines came to the attention of Jan van Lissum and Proefschrift. You can read a nice article on his site about a recent tasting of Domaine Breton wines. And another article that features some of our favourite summer wines.
We already knew that these bottles are the bomb. But confirmation from such an experienced winepro and Nestor of Dutch gastronomy is a big fat cherry on top of a chunk of chocolate cake. Not only we are sharing this news, but we also made a very attractive offer for this selection of fine bottles.
Proefschrift is a prominent Dutch online food and wine magazine. Jan van Lissum (Gault Millau/Wine Professional) is the founder and editor-in-chief. Together with his team, he constantly is looking for new discoveries in the wine and hospitality industry.
Best of Breton Box
Chabrol’s Janneke van Leer currently works at Domaine Breton. Last month she visited and brought us some nice new wines to taste. A couple of these little gems will hit the shelves by the end of this month, including a cheerful Pet-Nat and a summerstyle, very glouglou-able Cab-Franc. Tasty thirst-quenching, accessible fermented grape juice.
A selection of the more serious range of the domain received a very appraising evaluation from Van Lissum. We’ve put three of those showstoppers together in a beautiful black box, ready to send off to your special wine buddy or anybody else with a great palate…
Translation of the Proefschrift tasting notes
La Dilettante Brut, Catherine et Pierre Breton, Vouvray, France 2019, 2018
Chenin blanc, organic, clay-pebble soil; clean and interesting, rich and aromatic, lively, good suspense, lots of substance and length (13%)
Pierre Rousses, Catherine et Pierre Breton, Vouvray, France 2019
Chenin blanc, 55-year-old vines, organic, clay flint soil, very long natural fermentation in old barrels, 10 months ageing in used barrels, wine made by son Paul Breton; light colour, very clean, ripe, aromatic, stylish, real meal wine
Franc de Pied, Catherine et Pierre Breton, Bourgueil, France 2017
Cabernet franc, 25-year-old vines, ungrafted, biodynamic, pebbly clay soil, 3 weeks natural fermentation in stainless steel, 6-12 months ageing in used barrels; solid colour, broad scent, nicely developed, stylish, terroir wine, ripe aromas, beautiful tannins (12%)
Summer wines Concours selections
Every year, Proefschrift organizes various competitions to guide consumers through the wilderness of wine offerings. In recent months, this team of tasters worked their way through a range of summer wines, including fine rosés, refreshing sparkles, crisp whites, and smooth reds. We proposed some summer bangers and three featured their line-up. It will not be of any news to our regular customers that exactly these three wines were well received. In particular, the Vermell as a light, smooth red came out excellent.
Proefschrift dissertation on the summer bangers of Chabrol
Costers de Vinya, AT Roca, Penedès, Spain 2020
Agusti Torello Roca, a descendant of one of the most important quality-oriented Cava domains, has started a new company in the Penedès appellation with his father and aunt. Starting points are organically grown indigenous grape varieties, high-altitude old vineyards with mainly maritime soils, and patiently executed vinifications with natural yeasts and careful elevation.
50% macabeu, 40% malvasia de Sitges, 10% xarel-lo, organic; strikingly different in smell, clearly a blend, smell and taste aromas match, filling, fresh, fruity, small bitter, good balance, good length and versatile (12%)
L’Écho, Roussely, Vin de France, France 2019
Located in Angé-sur-Cher, Clos Roussely owns vineyards within the Touraine and Chenonceaux appellations. Today, the Domaine is run by the youngest member of Vincent Roussely, whose synthetics-free farming and cellar practices combine tradition with a spirit of experimentation. The winery itself is located in 250-year-old vaults deep in the limestone slopes, allowing precise temperature-controlled vinification without too much technical ingenuity.
Sauvignon Blanc, organic; beautiful hue, very distinct range of fragrances, ripe tones, nice filling, aroma and taste aromas match, a striking palate of this sauvignon blanc, clean, round, ripe fruit, coated sauvignon blanc, pleasant, nice acidity, balanced wine with a lot of length, gastronomic excellent deployability (12.5%)
Vermell, Cap de Nit, Alicante, Spain 2019
A small bodega in the Marina Alta region of Alicante, makes modern terroir wines based on moscatel and the autochthonous grape giró. Spontaneous fermentation in small stainless steel vats, some red wines are aged in amphora.
Giró, organic, 5 days maceration; elegant colour, slightly distorted at the edge, very distinct scent fan, surprising on the tongue, clean, transparent, balanced, nice and fruity, excellent acidity, nice spiciness, pleasantly drinkable summer wine (12.5%)
The summer bangers and the entire Breton range are also available for a 10% discount as individual bottles in our online shop and in the store.
Read the Proefschrift articles directly online (Dutch)