Breton Bourgueil Nuits de Livresse (750ml)
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Catherine and Pierre Breton’s vineyards have been anchored in the Loire since 1886 – more than four generations. They are winegrowers of natural organic and biodynamic wines in the Loire Valley and cultivate a family vineyard of 17 hectares in Indre-et-Loire in Benais: 10 hectares in the Bourgueil appellation, 1 hectare in the Vouvray appellation and 6 hectares in the Chinon appellation. The Bretons first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, just after receiving their organic certification in 1991. They have become international icons for the natural wine movement in an area where the climate and soil can make organic viticulture difficult. Their wines are beautiful expressions of terroir, conscientious teamwork, and artisanal savoir-faire.
Pronounced red fruit and floral notes on the nose. The palate shows great concentration of crunchy red fruit, fine tannins and fresh acidity.
Nuits d’Ivresse “Drunken Nights” is the name of a special cuvée of selected old vines from top clay and limestone sites in Bourgueil. The grapes are meticulously selected and hand harvested. Vinification is exclusively with indigenous and natural yeasts. The wine is vinified in barriques and kept in wood for a year then bottled the following December a little over a year after harvest. This wine is an homage to the methods of Jules Chauvet and does not see a drop of sulfur throughout its lifetime (harvest, vinification, bottling).