Winery of the BROTHERS
winemaker : Valentin and Henri Bruneau
Region: Loire Valley
Surface Winery : 11 ha
Certification: Organic farming underway
The wines of Winery des Frères
Henri and Valentin Bruneau, from Winery des Frères, offer with their first vintage (2020) healthy and precise natural wines in the Chinon appellation.
Training with the greatest names in natural wines
As you can see, Henri and Valentin are brothers. After spending their youth in the Chinon region, they both turned to office jobs. But after a few years behind the computer, both of them were fed up. A few years apart, they enrolled in a BTS (vocational training certificate) in viticulture and wine-making and had many experiences with different winemakers. Henry finished his training with Patrick Corbineau (near Saumur) whom he named as his mentor. Valentin, on the other hand, spent time with Yvon Métras (in Beaujolais), Philippe Chigard (Tours) and Bernard Baudry (Chinon). Not bad either! After half a dozen years of experience each, it's the big jump. The two brothers agreed and decided to start their own family business at Winery . The objective: to offer healthy and precise wines from beautiful terroirs. The region or setting up shop? It doesn't matter to them, as long as they find beautiful plots!
A Winery composed of high quality plots
The search began in earnest in 2017. The Bruneau brothers made a series of visits and phone calls. They were not idle in their search and did not want to buy by default. After 2 years, they are back home! Indeed, they found an 11-hectare plot at Winery in the region where they grew up, in Beaumont-en-Véron, in the Chinon appellation.
10 hectares of red wine (Cabernet Franc) and 1 hectare of white wine (Chenin) divided into several parcels, on 6 different terroirs. The vines are on average 40/45 years old and are located on hillsides and plateaus. The vast majority of the vines come from massal selection.
The choice of organic farming
Henri and Valentin have been running the vineyard organically since the installation (certification for the 2022 vintage) and only use a little sulfur and copper for treatment. In order to keep the soil alive and aerated, the Bruneau's try to use the tractor only once a year and prefer to use the quad for treatments (when necessary).
At Winery des Frères, the harvest is of course manual and starts early (during the day), as maturity is essential. The aim is to keep the grapes fresh when they arrive in the cellar.
A very precise vinification with maturation in barrels and bottles
Always with the aim of offering healthy, precise wines that are representative of their terroir, the vinification is carried out on a parcel-by-parcel basis, without any input, and the fermentations are carried out using indigenous yeasts. The juices are regularly analyzed (by them) to follow the good progress of the fermentations.
The future of natural wines in Chinon
After spending several hours with them, one sentence comes to mind: "Work always pays off". The work accomplished by our two companions in so little time is considerable and shows us that the two nice brothers have a good head on their shoulders. They know what they want and where they are going. Their first vintage seems set to be great. The wines tasted have all their own identity and surprise by their elegance and freshness. The future belongs to them.