'La Dilettante' is Catherine Breton's baby. Her natural take on Chenin from Vouvray is one of our favourites and has remained so from vintage to vintage for many years now. As natural wine specialist Doug Wregg so eloquently puts it, this is a 'high toned white fruit notes meld with honeycomb and goat's milk wrapped in a loving shroud of sweet blossom.'
In a nutshell? Heaven!
Pierre’s family have been winemakers and vineyard owners in this area for four generations. Catherine is from the village of Vouvray, where her family, like Pierre’s, have been farmers and winemakers for four generations. Pierre and Catherine’s philosophy stems from a love of the land. The Bretons farm eleven hectares just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné. They produce Chinon and Bourgueil, as well as a bit of Vouvray, creating honest wines for both early consumption and longer ageing.
They first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, 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. Catherine and Pierre are two of the hardest working people we know of in the wine business. This explains why their wines, despite the fact that they are totally natural and unadulterated, are so consistently pure and delicious.