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2018 VOUVRAY, La Folie, Demi-Sec, Sebastien Brunet. Loire

Bin:  162

Alcohol percentage:  13%


Richard Kelley MW writes:
“Sébastien Brunet is a man few words. He assumed control of Domaine Roche Fleurie in 2006, after the untimely passing of his father, Michel. The pair had worked together for six harvests following Sébastien’s graduation from the lycée viticole in Amboise, where he had studied under the figure-head of the nouvelle génération vouvrillon; the aforementioned Vincent Carême.
Michel had inherited some three hectares of vines from his father in 1974 and had quietly built up the domaine to 15hectares by the time of his death. Some of these holdings are actually rented rather than owned, coming from Michel’s brother, Jean, who is now in retirement. In the past few years Sébastien has been converting to organic viticulture.
The vineyards stretch along the valley of the Brenne, a small tributary that runs perpendicular to the Loire and hosts vines on both the premier côteau and the plateau behind. The most northerly plots are in the village of Reugny and follow the course of the Brenne down through Chançay which is where the cellar hewn out of the tufa is located.
Beyond there, the hamlet of La Folie is where the vines of his uncle are located (and was once the site of the hunting pavilion of François I), then onto Vernou, where the stream joins the Loire itself.
Everything is harvested by hand, into 15kg lug-boxes and the winemaking process sees as little intervention as possible. Just as Noël Pinguet once told me, the most important place to be in during the harvest is not out in the vines, but rather standing next to the press. Pinguet was convinced this was where the quality of the vintage was won or lost; determined by the degree of pressure and the length of the extraction. Brunet is no different; he implements a slow, gentle extraction in a pneumatic press, each load allowed up to 4h30 to ensure the capture of the best quality juice. Settling is slow and without the use of enzymes and, after 36 hours, the wines are allowed to begin their fermentation using only indigenous yeasts. As with all classic Vouvray, malolactic fermentation is never sought and very rarely occurs.
As the name suggests, this wine comes from the south-east facing slopes of Jean Brunet’s vineyard at La Folie. The vines here are an impressive 80 years of age and planted on argilo-silicieux. The wine is aged for 18 months in larger, older oak.”


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