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Domaine de la Chevalerie Bourgueil Breteche 2015

$29.99

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The Breteche vineyard has a very thin layer of topsoil with a bit of clay, but more limestone than the other single parcels. This lends itself to a very elegant, precise and mineral variation of Cab Franc. One that also ages very well.
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Over the past decade or two the best Cabernet Franc producers in the Loire Valley have finally been given the attention and accolades they deserve. Names like Bernard Baudry, Charles Joguet, Pierre & Catherine Breton and Olga Raffault are now known globally and can be found on many of the world’s best wine lists. And of course there is Clos Rougeard.

For some reason the Domaine de la Chevalerie is not always mentioned in the same company, but it should be! The Caslot family has been living and working at the Domaine since 1640 and for many years they have produced among the very best wines in the Bourgueil appellation.

Pierre Caslot was the patriarch who set the tone of quality for decades until his passing in 2014. In the 1990’s he began to eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides, and when his children Stephanie and Emmanuel joined the team a few years later they began converting everything to organic and biodynamic farming. They were certified organic in 2008, and biodynamic in 2012.

Pierre was also one of the first in his region to begin isolating individual vineyards and terroirs and bottling them separately. His attention to the soil and the land and his gentle, hands off approach in the cellar resulted in wines that were both elegant and structured. They were also extremely long lived. His children have kept up this focus on terroir, elegance and structure and the wines continue to be world class examples of Cabernet Franc.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"The 2015 Bretêche offers layers of aromatic intrigue from smoked meat, florals to herbal notes. Low yields are reflected in the density of fruit. It is a broody, sapid and structured Bourgeuil hailing from clay-limestone slopes and will benefit from further time in bottle thanks to its abundant tannins and acid-derived line of tension. Put it with a hunk of protein, and you could think about getting the corkscrew out, but I would hold off. I do have a slight query on the barnyardy finish, but at this stage, it isn’t drying out the tannins or masking the wine…" -Vinous

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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