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2009 Pierre et Catherine Breton "Les Perrières" Bourgueil

SKU #1088679 90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From 60 year old vines in a rocky, clay-rich site, and tasted from barrel, the Bretons' 2009 Bourgueil Les Perrieres exudes sweet, musky perfume of peony, heliotrope, and narcissus, with black raspberry and cassis scents leading to a richly-fruited, polished, incipiently creamy palate that at the same time preserves levity and refreshment. Hints of black tea, walnut oil, and crushed stone add further allure. There is density and structure at the heart of this, but it’s tannins are superbly refined and sublimated. It's so lovely now that I have to wonder about its not being destined for bottling until September, 2011, but the 2005 was certainly not handicapped by comparably long elevage. And if this makes it into bottle preserving and perhaps even enhancing its present virtues, it ought to be worth following for a decade. (90-91+) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

K&L Notes

This bottling is the finest red wine bottling from Domaine Breton and a top expression of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. The single hectare of old vines in Bougueil yield a mere 20 hectoliters/hectare annually. Breton practices strict organic and biodynamic viticulture with a focused eye on terroir in this particular bottling. Les Perrières was bottled after a full two years in barriques.

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