The natural wine movement has gained momentum in recent years—though the techniques have existed for centuries! The category of natural wine is not strictly defined; there is no official classification for what it constitutes. To state a complex philosophy as simply as possible, natural wine is made without any added ingredients and with an absolute bare minimum of intervention when growing the grapes and making them into wine.
Catherine and Pierre Breton are icons in the Loire Valley and in the natural wine movement. They make mostly Chinon and Bourgueil, with a small amount of Vouvray, using Cabernet Franc (and a small amount of Chenin Blanc). Their wines come from a diverse range of soil types, including gravel, slate, clay, schist, and the yellow “tuffeau” typical of the Loire.
Their 15 acre estate has been farmed organically since 1991, and biodynamically since 1997. Their goal is to create wines that are the ultimate expression of its terroir and vintage. They are as non-interventionist as possible, using minimal sulfur dioxide and indigenous yeasts for fermentation. All their wines are unfiltered.
They divide their portfolio into three ranges: Natural Wines, perfect for everyday consumption, Classic Wines, which represent the regional typicity, and Wines of Terroir, which are parcel selected and vinified. Each wine is different, yet still adheres to a recognizable style. Their passion for authentic and delicious wine shines in every bottle.
The Wines of Catherine and Pierre Breton
- Clos Senechal 2012
- Les Galichets 2013
- Nuits d’Ivresse 2012
- Trinch 2014
- Beaumont 2014
- La Dilettante 2014
Clos Sénéchal benefits from a unique hillside location clay-limestone soils. With two years of patient aging reveal silky tannins and fruit as fine and precise as lace! An model of what fine terroir can create.
A classic representation of old vines on gravel soils. From Revues des Vins de France: “[This wine has] depth, pleasure, and terroir: the gracefulness of the Loire Valley at its best.” Galichets shows the the incredible potential of the domain. Fine tannins and a hint of menthol rounds out the savory finish.
This ambitious wine offers aromas of red fruits, rosehips, and earth. It is sourced from old vine vineyards in Bourgueil and bottled without added sulfites. It is a perfect pairing for red meats or seared tuna.
A blend of younger vines grown on gravel and clay-limestone soils. Young, fruit-forward and easy-drinking, full of brambly fruit, spice, and leather. The perfect accompaniment for a spontaneous picnic. Add to your collection
Old vines and clay-limestone soils give this wine its chewy yet balanced tannins. A handsome example of Chinon that would quaff even Gargantua’s thirst!
This fresh, dry white comes from clay and silex soils. Its remarkable balance and minerality come from this terroir, balancing both the acidity and ripeness of the grapes.