The coming together of Catherine & Pierre Breton is not just a beautiful romance, but also the combination of Bourgueil and Vouvray. Together with their family, they tend their vineyards of Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau biodynamically, and make soul-searching natural wines; from Crémant to carbonic.
LITTLEWINE visited the Bretons during harvest 2020
"The balance definitely comes from working organically. Even if it’s not something you can taste straightaway, it’s the balance in the primary materials – in the grapes – that we work towards."
People: Catherine & Pierre, son Paul, and their daughter France and her partner Baptiste
Place: Bourgueil, Chinon & Vouvray, Loire, France
Varieties: Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau
Farming: Biodynamic (Demeter certified)
Wines: Click here
Did You Know?
La red cuvée of La Dilettante, French for the Dabbler – alluding to their experimental nature, was spearheaded by Catherine in 2002. They had been inspired by wines from other regions, namely Beaujolais, that were made according to the carbonic maceration technique; resulting in a lighter style of wine with silky tannins.
Pierre began experimenting with no-sulfites-added in 1994 with the flagship cuvée Nuit d'Ivresse (which is still made every year, always without sulfites added), and since they have always kept to a minimum. No sulfites are added during the fermentations, and only a small amount at bottling (the reds contain less than 20mg/L and the whites less than 50mg/L).
Creating wine with little sulphites takes skill. Baptiste explains,