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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

Inexplicable: Breton les Perrieres

Michael mentioned that he had a great bottle of 1997 Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil 'Les Perrieres' over the weekend, and I was reminded how much I love their wines. I took a break from Breton a few years ago because the prices had really climbed, and I'd discovered many other Loire Valley Cab Francs that I also loved. But I missed Breton's wines sorely, and when Michael mentioned them, I just had to inquire about current availability....

What I found, I could hardly believe. Their most celebrated wine, from old vines in one of the most prestigious vineyards in Bourgueil, Les Perrieres, at a price that I would have considered reasonable 15 years ago. The current vintage, 2018, of Breton's Bourgueil 'Les Perrieres' is supposed to be right around $60, and you'll find it in other states at that price. For some reason I can sell it to you for $38. I tried it last night, and it is delicious. I can't explain this situation, but I can tell you that you should take advantage.

2018 Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil 'Les Perrieres' - $38

There's a little brett here, but I'm into it... aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, blackcurrant, crushed purple vitamins, all sorts of flowers, leather, a little blood orange, walnut and applewood smoke... Supple and open-knit for a young serious Loire Cab Franc, there's plenty of tannin and acid to hold it up for many years, but those elements are not getting in the way now. Long grippy finish is full of beautiful tangy dark fruit nuance and myriad floral and earthy tones. Beautiful stuff.

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