A white wine from Loire, France made from Chenin Blanc. Vivid and intense with a lean citrus core and some stony, mineral notes. Classic and intense in dry style.
White wine from the Loire Valley in France made from Chenin Blanc.
This Chenin Blanc is from 80 years old vines organically farmed. Vivid and intense with a lean citrus core and some stony, mineral notes. Vital and concentrated and still quite tart and unfurled with hints of herbs and cheese rind. Classic and intense in a dry style.
Domaine de la Roche Fleurie, near the small town of Chançay in Vouvray, was passed to our Sébastien Brunet from his father Michel, who had received it from his own father.
Sébastien, already well-acquainted with the ways of the vine, completed a degree in oenology and worked alongside his father for six years before taking over.
In 2006, upon assuming the reins of the Domaine from Michel, Sébastien renamed his family’s vineyard “Domaine Sébastien Brunet,” and began a new era on the estate.
Since then, he has practiced organic farming on his fifteen hectares of Chenin Blanc vines, using only natural vine and soil treatments on his sometimes pebbly and often silex-rich tuffeau and clay soils.
Yields are kept low, averaging about 40 hL/ha for the still whites and 50 hL/ha for sparkling whites.
The vines on the estate are, on average, 45 years old, and grapes are hand-harvested selectively, and fermented without the addition of industrial yeast, with no chaptalization, and with low amounts of sulfur.
The cellar, too, reflects this organically-centric approach to wine and has been carved into limestone.
The biggest telling sign of Sébastien’s ingenuity in the cellar and the vineyard is, of course, his finished product: refreshing both for the palate and for the discouraged Chenin Blanc enthusiast.