C & P Breton Chinon Beaux Monts 2020
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The Bretons farm eleven hectares of vines in France's Loire Valley, 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 aging. The Bretons first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, just after receiving their organic certification in 1991. Recently, they started the three-year process of seeking biodynamic certification. In fact, they have become international icons for the natural wine movement in an area where the climate and soil can make organic viticulture difficult.
This Chinon is sourced from 40- to 60-year-old vines planted in a clay limestone parcel near the village of Beaumont. The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed. The vinification and élevage take place in wooden vats and barriques. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered after one year in wood, in the early Fall before harvest.