Domaine Villemade

Les Ardilles - 2018 - Hervé Villemade

Loire Valley


Blend: 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay, from a parcel grown on a slightly richer soil. The vines are 20-40 years old, grown on a soil of sandy clay and flint. The estate is certified organic by ECOCERT, with natural grass ground cover between the vine rows. Harvesting by hand, careful grape sorting in the vines, well managed yields: 25 hl/ha. Vinification: harvesting of whole bunches, 20-day maceration, punching down of the cap, low temperature fermentation, indigenous yeasts, no chaptalisation, no sulphur. Matured 8 months in traditional and demi-muid barrels, bottled with 1 to 1.5 g of sulphur.
Hervé Villemade is a natural winemaker situated within the Cheverny appellation. Less of a media darling than his famous neighbour Thierry Puzelat, Hervé and his 25-hectare estate nonetheless have nothing to be shy about. You might say there’s a gentle and productive form of competition between them, a source of motivation perhaps... When the family estate was handed over to him in 1995, Hervé went into wine asking the right questions, and after his encounter with Marcel Lapierre, he would decide to adopt the path of natural winemaking. This lover of old local grape varieties has now been producing natural wines since the last millennium. His careful work in the vineyard (tilling the soil, vine treatments exclusively from natural products) is followed up by gentle vinifications and zero additives, with the exception of a tiny dose of sulphur at bottling. You might call it sensible sulphites. A family affair, and one unblemished by chemicals... Villemade, what else!

75 cl

Appellation : Cheverny

Degree of alcohol : 14,5 %

To drink from : 2020 to 2026

Country : France


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