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Staff Pick

"Les Mortiers", Le Briseau - 2015

Item # 19466 750mL
$29.96/ Single Bottle
$359.52 $323.57/ Case of 12
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Made from the peppery Pinot d'Aunis grape variety, a red grape that thrives in the cool climate of the Coteaux du Loir. This dry red wine is packed with white and black pepper on the palate. The fruit is a bit wild and gamey, with intense flavors of wild red berry to match.

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Staff Pick Notes

Do wines have souls? Perhaps not in the sense of having an actual consciousness, but sometimes you can feel a certain presence. Le Briseau was started in 2002 by Christian and Nathalie Chaussard, who championed natural winemaking in the Coteaux-du-Loir, France's northernmost appellation. Sadly, Christian passed away in 2012, but Nathalie has carried on gallantly, becoming a star in her own right. Here you have the rarely seen Pineau d'Aunis from hard, flinty clay soils. The wine undergoes semi-carbonic fermentation and some barrel aging before bottling, unfiltered, with a tiny bit of sulfur. It offers up lovely aromas of ripe raspberry, while on the palate it is light and juicy with raspberry, cherry, white and black peppers. It feels generous, authentic, an expression of grape, place and people. Delicious chilled.


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.