Although Catherine and Pierre Breton are known primarily for their Cabernet Francs from Bourgueil and Chinon, they also craft a sparkler as well as a few whites from Catherine’s home AOC, Vouvray. In 2002, about a decade and a half after they began making reds, Catherine turned to her parents’ domaine to source the Chenin Blanc grapes for these newer bottlings.
Today, Catherine and Pierre are joined by their daughter, France, and son, Paul, who shows a particular interest in the white wines. Reflecting the at times dramatic vintage variation of this slice of the Loire Valley, the Bretons’ Vouvrays are incredibly transparent vintage after vintage. In some years—2016, for example— La Dilettante can be slightly tense, even while retaining a sturdy spine of acidity and minerality.
This great 2017 vintage, by contrast, is dry, floral, and all lean muscle, with notes of pear, green apple, and Meyer lemon. Elegant nose of lime and lychee with white flowers and honey and a chalky streak.
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Delicate, precise, and succulent at the same time, this beautiful blanc will pair well with fresh seafood and light, crunchy salads.