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Excellent Wines of the 2012 Vintage from Breton, Pelle, and Pepiere


The trio of wines features in today’s post should be on everyone’s list of wines to drink.  All three on are top form and my recommendation to drink them transcends any score.  The 2012 Domaine Henri Pelle, Les Bornes Blanc drinks well right out of the bottle.  The floral, fruit, and grassy mixture engages while the texture and long finish draw you back for another sip.  The 2012 Domaine La Pepiere, Clos des Briords, Cuvee Vieilles Vignes took until the third night to fully open up.  Drunk warmer than cold it was if a switch had been flipped.  The tart flavors surround a core of ripe fruit which delivered texture and power.  I personally feel this should be cellared but if you must try it then double-decant it the day ahead.  Finally, the 2012 Catherine & Pierre Breton, Beaumont reminds me of the beauty of Cabernet Franc.  It was one year ago that I drank The Arresting 2010.  This current vintage may not have the flavor concentration but the combination of fruit, minerals, acidity, and tannins is so pleasing.  I would cellar it another six months before drinking.  These wines are at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine Henri Pelle, Les Bornes Blanc, Menetou-Salon – $18
Imported by Potomac Selections.  This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from 25 year old vines on soils of Kimmeridgian marl.  It was fermented then aged for six months in stainless steel. Alcohol 13%.  The nose had a nice mixture of floral and yellow fruit aromas.  It became a little grassy and remained delineated.  The mouth began with minerally start before acidity came out on the sides of the tongue.  After more mineral notes the wine turned drier and gripper with a persistent texture and long aftertaste.  A little grassy flavor came out in the finish. Good personality.  *** Now-2017.

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2012 Domaine de La Pepiere, Clos des Briords, Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Muscadet Sevre et Maine -$16
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections.  This wine is 100% Muscadet sourced from vines planted in 1930 on soils of clay and silica over granite.  Alcohol 12%.  The color was a very light straw.  There was a fresh nose of flinty white fruit.  This wine was best on the third night when it had a ripe and tart entry followed by a ripe core of fruit.  There was plenty of focused acidity through the aftertaste as well as ample flavors of stones.  There was a good finish and aftertaste with good ripe spices.  This tangy wine had lemon flavors and good power which left a tart texture on the gums.  ***(*) 2015-2019.

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2012 Catherine & Pierre Breton, Beaumont, Chinon – $22
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 40 year old vines on soils of clay and limestone.  It was both fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for one year in wooden vats and barriques.  Alcohol 12%.  The nose preceded the mouth where there were focused black and red fruit flavors which were a little tart.  There were nice, black and drying tannins, minerals, and acidity which hit the back sides of the tongue.  There was a powdery, vintage perfume note.  The wine took on a little weight and expansion in the aftertaste.  So drinkable.  *** 2014-2019.

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