Catherine et Pierre Breton

Franc de Pied Bourgueil Cabernet Franc

9.196 ratings
9.224 pro ratings
Bourgueil, Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
Beau Carson

Funky, beautiful, and so complicated.

Funky, beautiful, and so complicated.

Nov 13th, 2017
Tina Termsomket

This is a Funk n Blue in the cool cave with a couple of sleepy bats around, hopping with acid and acquaintance finish.

This is a Funk n Blue in the cool cave with a couple of sleepy bats around, hopping with acid and acquaintance finish.

2 people found it helpfulJul 23rd, 2014
Andrew traughber

2013. Light on the palate, bright acid, texturally very elegant. Refreshing drink

2013. Light on the palate, bright acid, texturally very elegant. Refreshing drink

1 person found it helpfulJul 27th, 2015
Keith Levenberg

Tremendous performance out of this, easily the most impressive and also the most substantial Breton Franc de Pied I've had to date. I had previously viewed this bottling as a tier below the Baudry or Joguet FDPs but perhaps the vines have matured to the point where I should reassess (or maybe the wine itself is just maturing). This offers a powerful blast of complex aromatics right from the first sip, both earthy and savory and maybe even spicy, too. It's one of those wines where a lot of that personality moves into the background after a few minutes, so make sure you sample this one out of the gate instead of leaving it around to breathe all night. But from there the palate offers luscious fruit, significantly more concentrated and more layered than any prior vintages of this wine have been, with maybe a very fine bead of CO2 in there that you can barely notice through the fruit. You *can* get a sense through the fruit of some of the interesting things that were fleeting through those initial aromatics, savory root flavors and spice seasonings and what-not. But it's really the sense of power I find most impressive relative to prior vintages that were more in the camps of "elegant" or glou-glou. This is the kind of stuffing that makes you think it'll be virtually ageless and just coast forever on all that material, like the '59 Bordeauxs or something like that.

Tremendous performance out of this, easily the most impressive and also the most substantial Breton Franc de Pied I've had to date. I had previously viewed this bottling as a tier below the Baudry or Joguet FDPs but perhaps the vines have matured to the point where I should reassess (or maybe the wine itself is just maturing). This offers a powerful blast of complex aromatics right from the first sip, both earthy and savory and maybe even spicy, too. It's one of those wines where a lot of that personality moves into the background after a few minutes, so make sure you sample this one out of the gate instead of leaving it around to breathe all night. But from there the palate offers luscious fruit, significantly more concentrated and more layered than any prior vintages of this wine have been, with maybe a very fine bead of CO2 in there that you can barely notice through the fruit. You *can* get a sense through the fruit of some of the interesting things that were fleeting through those initial aromatics, savory root flavors and spice seasonings and what-not. But it's really the sense of power I find most impressive relative to prior vintages that were more in the camps of "elegant" or glou-glou. This is the kind of stuffing that makes you think it'll be virtually ageless and just coast forever on all that material, like the '59 Bordeauxs or something like that.

1 person found it helpfulMay 13th, 2015
Justin Hansohn

Once again, on the phone with my local retailer purchasing the last available bottle...on my First Glass! Perfect capturing of the grapes. Absolutely impeccable tension, acidity, tastes like whole clusters, ultra fresh and all the classic beauty and richness of the best bourgueil. Cannot recommend this more highly if you come across it...I can imagine no matter what the age these will be the bomb forever! 💣 not to mention so cheap for the substance here.

Once again, on the phone with my local retailer purchasing the last available bottle...on my First Glass! Perfect capturing of the grapes. Absolutely impeccable tension, acidity, tastes like whole clusters, ultra fresh and all the classic beauty and richness of the best bourgueil. Cannot recommend this more highly if you come across it...I can imagine no matter what the age these will be the bomb forever! 💣 not to mention so cheap for the substance here.

1 person found it helpfulMar 4th, 2015
Stephen Osgood

wonderfully aromatic nose of purple fruits and game meats. tannins nicely integrated.

wonderfully aromatic nose of purple fruits and game meats. tannins nicely integrated.

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2014
Chris MacLean

Perfect pairing with pictured pork chop.

Perfect pairing with pictured pork chop.

Jul 10th, 2016
Christine Havens

Not the best vintage of Breton I've tasted, the 2013 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Franc de Pied offers dusky aromatics of decomposing roses, earthy funk, red forest berries, iron ore and green wood. As is typical of Cabernet Franc grown in this region, it's acidic, but in this case, in this vintage, too acidic, and not as concentrated as I would like—It mostly expresses herbaceous, high-toned red fruit amid tea-like tannins and a woefully short finish. 12.0% ABV

Not the best vintage of Breton I've tasted, the 2013 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Franc de Pied offers dusky aromatics of decomposing roses, earthy funk, red forest berries, iron ore and green wood. As is typical of Cabernet Franc grown in this region, it's acidic, but in this case, in this vintage, too acidic, and not as concentrated as I would like—It mostly expresses herbaceous, high-toned red fruit amid tea-like tannins and a woefully short finish. 12.0% ABV

Feb 7th, 2016
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.1

Weedy but very pretty hazelnut green herbs cherry and wet earth.

Weedy but very pretty hazelnut green herbs cherry and wet earth.

Oct 3rd, 2015
Roel van der Burg

Sommelier at Restaurant Entrepot

9.6

Vibrantly alive & a great purity of fruit. Brilliant wine.

Vibrantly alive & a great purity of fruit. Brilliant wine.

Jul 24th, 2015