Vouvray, on the right bank of the Loire, is one of the Touraine's great terroirs for Chenin. A grape that is remarkable for its character and richness of expression that allows it to produce all types of wine, from sparkling to sweet to dry and demi-sec. Having rested on its laurels for some years, a generation of young winemakers has blown a breath of fresh air into the Vouvray appellation. One such winemaker is Sébastien Brunet.
When he took over the family domain in 2007, Sébastien Brunet created an estate that is among the most representative of the Vouvray appellation, at once in its exacting farming and its search for the truest expression of the terroir. The domain's parcels are split between the villages of Vernou-sur-Brenne and Reugny, on clay-flint soils on a clay-limestone subsoil. The variations in soil type, aspect and age of the vines dictate the different cuvées: sparkling wine Le Naturel and Arpent have a heavy presence of flint, the cuvées Renaissance, Fosse Rouge (60-year-old vines), Les Pentes de la Folie (80-year-old vines) and La Folie (demi-sec) come from vines on tuffeau soils. Frank, chiselled Chenins, true to the Vouvray style.