Anjou "Pur Breton", Olivier Cousin
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Anjou "Pur Breton", Olivier Cousin - 2020

Item # 30270 750mL
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Certified Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

Tasting Notes

"Breton" is the local name for Cabernet Franc, and this one is a complex rendition, full of pomegranate fruit with a touch of leather and spice. Bacchus wholeheartedly approves, and so do we. Don't miss out on this juicy Loire Valley red. No sulphur was added at bottling.

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Staff Pick Notes

I’m sometimes guilty of being a little too cerebral when drinking a wine. I’ll dive in head first with wines that make me wax poetic. While that’s all well and good, most of the time what I really want is a wine that is a little more quiet and chummy. For this reason Cabernet Franc has always been an old friend. The wines made from this grape have the innate ability to cozy up with your food. They offer freshness, acidity, wholesome fruit, and an earthy dimension to boot. Sometimes you don’t want to thumb through a wine list looking for the “Pièce de Résistance.” You want a bottle at the table that will look around and say, “Alright, how can I help?”

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.


At the far western end of the Loire Valley lies the town of Angers, for which the region of Anjou is named. The wines of this region enjoyed great fame throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, when wine production was dominated by the white varietals Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Then, when phylloxera wiped out most of these plantings, the area was replanted with a large proportion of Cabernet...

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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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