Domaine Nicolas Brunet, Vouvray
"The vineyards cover 39 acres on the hillsides of Vouvray. Nicolas Brunet is the 9th generation of winegrowers to farm this land in a very traditional way. He respects the vines and the environment, and harvests only by hand. He grows one varietal only: the White Pineau of the Loire Valley, otherwise known as Chenin Blanc. He makes sparkling and still wines, from dry to medium-dry, to mellow, and to sweet. And most importantly, Nicolas lets nature dictate the style of wine he makes from year to year. He never chaptalizes his wines (adding sugar to the wine). Depending on what nature tells him, one year his Vouvray might be sweet, and the following year, dry. The style is always the best expression of that particular vintage."
Domaine Franck Millet, Sancerre
"The vineyards of Franck and Betty are located in the village of Bué, the heart of the Sancerre appellation. Together, they farm 57 acres of land acquired from family in 1991. Their white wine are 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Their red and rosé wines are 100% Pinot Noir. Sancerre terroiris rich in rocky soil, chalk, and is made up of rolling hills and valleys. Sancerre is nicknamed the Kingdom of Sauvignon Blanc, and the Earth of Pinot Noir."
Domaine Renaissance Benoit et Mathieu Fleuriet, Sancerre
"Since 1991, our estate, which was originally a farm, has planted vines on 20 ha of sloped and fallow land in the Sancerre appellation in addition to 3 ha in Menetou-Salon. Divided among 35 parcels, our vines are planted on south or south-east facing slopes in the three main terroirs of the Sancerrois. The three soil profiles - 10% flint, 50% stony calcareous “caillottes” and 40% “terres blanches” (white earth) - are highly representative of the region’s typicity and diversity, allowing us to create blends that boast great complexity and elegant subtlety.
Our white wines are made exclusively with Sauvignon Blanc grapes while Pinot Noir is used for our reds and rosés."
Domaine Jourdan & Pichard, Chinon
"Philippe Pichard comes from a wine maker’s family, wine maker from father to son since the fifth generation. He has the passion of vines and wines. He has learnt how to grow up and to increase his estate which area is 17 ha. « I love my vines, I spend all my time in it without counting . I look at it. I respect it and take care of its rhythm week after week.» - Philippe PICHARD
« We share the same passion for wine, and this is how we met. We bought this estate in February 2012, and we continue working with Philippe, as he always did. To make a wine of quality and respect.» - Annick and Francis JOURDAN."