Ripe red fruit with delicate notes of tobacco and dirt on the nose; refined tannins, chalky texture and beautiful linear acidity on the palate. Needs some decanting to fulfill its aromatic potential. The 2012 is stunning right now, marrying developed complexity with invigorating energy.
Organically farmed 70 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on clay-silex over clay-limestone soils, situated on along a south-facing slope. Very low yields (20hl/ha), hand-harvest, manual destemming, 3-week natural fermentation in open-topped wooden vats. 12-24 month elevage in wooden barrels, some of which are new. Bottled unfiltered with minimal added sulphites.
Catherine and Pierre Breton: natural wine pioneers, masters of Bourgueil Cabernet Franc and close friends of Chabrol. Domaine Breton is a century-old family operation that has been bottling wines under their own name since 1985. In the late eighties they started their conversion to first organic and later biodynamic farming, and already in the early nineties they had fully adopted the “nothing added-nothing taken away” approach to winemaking. These bon-vivants are beloved throughout the wine world and their domaine is one of our favourite pit-stops during our wine trips.