The Vouvray Appellation

The Vouvray wine-producing area lies to the east of Tours on the right bank of the Loire River. The region first began to produce wine in the year 372 when the Marmoutier monastery was founded by Saint Martin.

The Vouvray Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, created in 1936, covers 2,000 hectares encompassing eight communes and represents around 300 wine-producing estates.

The authorised grape variety is exclusively Chenin Blanc, or Pineau Blanc de la Loire. The only pruning allowed is short pruning with one or two spurs of two or three buds per branch, bearing in mind that a vine stock should never have more than thirteen buds.

Maison Huet

Founded in 1928, the Huet estate now covers 35 hectares divided between three properties: Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont and Le Clos du Bourg.

Le Mont

Le Mont is an 8-hectare estate which borders the slopes of the Loire Valley, in the first slopes area. The soil is pebbly and consists mainly of green-coloured clay and silica. The wines produced are elegant and feminine.

Le Haut-Lieu

This estate covers 9 hectares, with very deep clayey limestone soil, predominantly brown clay. This rather heavy soil generally produces supple wines.

Le Clos du Bourg

This 6-hectare "Clos", surrounded by stone walls, is located on the first slopes above the church in Vouvray. In the 7th century, this was a fiefdom owned by the Saint Martin collegiate church in Tours. The rather thin soil, only about one metre in depth, lies in direct contact with the non-active limestone. Le Clos du Bourg produces a powerful and well-structured wine.
Le reste du vignoble est réparti sur diverses parcelles situées à proximité des trois propriétés précédemment décrites.

The vines

At all these properties, we ensure that the planting distribution is as follows :
  • 15 % of vines are between 1 and 10 years old,
  • 35 % of vines are between 10 and 30 years old,
  • 50 % of vines are between 30 and 50 years old.