Although Denis Meunier is only 26, his small domaine is one of the most old-school you are likely to see in Vouvray. Denis took over 13 hectares of old-vine chenin blanc (up to 65 years old) from his father and uncle in 2012. Even after a string of heartbreaking vintages early in his tenure, his vision and dedication are unwavering. He is moving the domaine toward organic farming, with a resolute “respect for terroir” — the distinctive gravelled tuffeau and clay-silex soils of Vernou-sur-Brenne and Chancay. Recent investment in more sophisticated equipment allows Denis to work with much greater precision on the press pad and in the cellar. The results are pure, crisp, lively chenins that both harken to a classic Vouvray style and anticipate a long trajectory of terroir-focused winemaking for this driven young producer.
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