For a long time, Château de Villeneuve has been a reference from Saumur. Its organic, fresh, pure and fruity wines attract connoisseurs from all over, all the more since the domain’s cuvées have excellent value for money.
Château de Villeneuve was built in the 18th century, at the top of the village of Souzay, on a tufa limestone hillside overlooking the Loire. Several owners succeeded one another, including the De Villeneuve family in the 16th century. The parents of Jean-Pierre Chevallier, winemakers for three generations in Dampierre-sur-Loire, acquired the domain in 1969.
The vineyard covers 16 hectares of Chenin and 20 hectares of Cabernet Franc, planted on limestone soil from which are extracted the tufa stones used to build the houses in the region. The vineyard is certified organic since 2013. Fields are ploughed, yields are limited and harvesting is manual. The estate uses herbal infusions and decoctions to strengthen the plant’s immune system.
In the cellar, maturing in 400-to-500-litre barrels is particularly well mastered. In 2016, a new cellar was inaugurated, located under the chateau.
Today, Jean-Pierre Chevallier, a graduate from Bordeaux Institute of Oenology, runs the family domain and produces good local wines, distinguished by their freshness and pureness. A reference domain from Saumur-Champigny, with a particularly attractive value for money.
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Coming from a small enclosed vineyard (clos, in French) of 1.5 hectares, this little-extracted wine vinified on the fruit seduces with the tenderness of its fruitiness, it is flamboyant and easy to-drink. A nice tasty wine, to share with friends.
This cuvée from Saumur-Champigny, made from 100% old vines is a true reflection of its terroir with limestone soils. On the palate, the result is breath-taking: an explosion of red fruits, but also liquorice and spices. A wine that can be aged for a maximum of 10 years.
This wine comes from one of the most beautiful terroirs of Saumur. Vinified in 12-hectolitre casks, this wine offers white flower, exotic fruit, and citrus aromas. The mouth is round and mineral, refined and precise, with bright fruit. A superb white that will only improve with time and pair perfectly with crustaceans or scallops.
From the enclosed area around the chateau, this wine is produced only in the finest vintages. It is aged in wooden vats of 12 hectoliters for 14 months. This wine stands out for its freshness, great finesse of tannins, soft texture, elegance and chalky and tasty finish. A great wine that will require at least 5 years of ageing before boasting its full potential.
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