Wine Review – 2007 Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Trinch!, Loire Valley, France

Winery: Domaine Catherine et Pierre BretonBreton

Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Region: France

Sub-Region: Bourgueil, Loire Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $19

Purchase Details: Purchased for $16.99 plus tax at the Redwood City K&L Wine Merchant store.

Tasting Notes: On the nose, stinky blue cheese and dirty athletic socks.  In the mouth, this wine is all about acid and texture.  Juicy dark sour cherry fruit, plum and a kind of briny olive tapenade flavor.  Good grippy tannins that are also silky and caressing.  I can’t get over how alive the wine tastes due to the underlying fresh, palate-cleansing acidity.  A really nice finish that lingers and then fades very slowly.

I have to warn you, if you’re not used to the smell of pungent, stinky blue cheeses in your wine, this may be a little off putting at first.  Once you you let the wine open up though, most of the funk blows off.  There is still some of that funk left though, but it’s really what gives the wine its character.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: This wine can be drunk with a wide range of foods as well as enjoyed on it’s own, just slightly chilled and sipped while you unwind.  We had this with pizza, which I didn’t think would go well, but surprisingly it did.

Winery & Other Background Information: I’ve been really digging the cabernet franc grape as of late, especially the ones from the Loire Valley.  They’re wines that have wide appeal to a range of palates, but also have enough character to be unique and singular in their own right.

Pierre and his wife Catherine make several other cuvees from vines in Bourgeuil and Chinon that are vinified according to character, which is based mostly on soil types and vine age.   Pierre practices organic viticulture and minimizes the use of sulfur in his wines.

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