Grapes: Cab Franc
Region: Chinon, Loire, France
Soils: Limestone + Silex
Vinification: Manual harvesting at night to start the fermentation at low temperature. Manual sorting of the grapes in the cellar, destemmed but not crushed, and put directly in cement tanks. Light maceration for 10 days.
Aging: In cement tanks for 6 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: 1 ppm at bottling
Notes from the Importer: Domaine des Freres is a new domaine in Chinon, created, by two brothers, Henri and Valentin Bruneau. After a career as engineers in Paris, they decided they were not fit for the corporate world and decided to come back to their home land of Chinon to pursue their dream of making wine. Both of the brothers went back to school to learn wine making. After his degree of enology and viticulture, Henri interned with few winemakers in the South West and Loire where Patrick Corbineau, a cult natural winemaker, became his mentor. Valentin obtained his enology and viticulture degree in Macon and then worked with the Metras in Beaujolais and Bernard Baudry in Loire. It took them 18 months to find a beautiful 27 acres, old vineyard within the Chinon AOC. It is planted with a majority of selection massale Cabernet Franc and Chenin blanc on 6 different terroirs of tuffeau (local name for limestone), sands and clays. The viticulture is converting to organics while they are experimenting their own indigenous plant preps and sprays. They work the vineyard with a quad allowing them to be light on the soil and 4 times faster to treat when necessary. They prune only once a year. They harvest very early in the morning to bring the coolest fruit in the cellar. Each plot is vinified separately with indigenous yeast and no So2. While their first vintage (2020) is still aging in a beautiful underground tuffeau cellar, they released their first two cuvées in December 2020 (Le Pérou) and in April 2021 (Les Pucelles). Four other reds and a white will be released later this year.