Breton Bourgueil Trinch (750ml)
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Catherine and Pierre Breton’s vineyards have been anchored in the Loire Valley since 1886 – more than four generations. They farm eleven hectares of vines just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné. 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 vineyard in Bourgueil enjoys a mild climate – exactly what Cabernet Franc, a late-developing varietal, needs.
“Trinch” is named after a German expression meaning “cheers” championed by the poet and philosopher Rabelais. This is a bright and fresh expression of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc; lots of ripe red berry fruit on the nose. The palate is very accessible with juicy crunchy red fruit flavours, snappy acidity and smooth easy tannins. Ultra quaffable and delicious served with a slight chill alongside charcuterie, roast chicken, grilled asparagus or artichokes or young Pecorino cheese.
Trinch is made from grapes sourced from younger Cabernet Franc vines growing on gravel soil. It is vinified in stainless steel with a cold maceration. It does not undergo any wood ageing and is bottled in the Spring after harvest. It is made for early consumption and and has very accessible fruit, soft tannins and moderate alcohol.