The Chevallier family purchased Chateau de Villeneuve and moved in 1969. Jean-Pierre Chevallier is a 4th generation winegrower. when he was 14 years old, moving the family into the domain and making it the base of their wine-growing efforts. He grew up a few miles down the river from the winery in the village Dampierre-sur-Loire, where his parents were highly regarded winegrowers.
A reference point for top-level Saumur Champigny, Chateau de Villeneuve has been continuously producing wine since 1577, with elevage taking place in the labyrinth of tunnels that wind underneath the spectacular romanesque church, castle, and walled vineyard that define this historic property.
In total, Chateau de Villeneuve’s holdings cover 60 ares of vineyards that sit on a limestone plateau overlooking the Loire above the village of Souzay. This is the most prime section of the appellation.
Farming and winemaking has been certified organic since 2011. The work in the vineyard is done without the use of weed killers, pesticides or chemical fertilizers, according to the principles of organic farming. Soil cultivation, yield limitation, manual harvesting. Everything is done to give the plant its natural balance and produce respecting wild fauna and flora.
The NEW Winery of Jean-Pierre Chevallier in Château de Villeneuve in Souzay-Champigny , which uses the amazing cellars/caves that run under the Château. The caves are extensive and remarkably dry.
Saumur Champigny AOC 2017 – Awarded Gold by Singapore Newspaper
Terrific exposure, combined with lowest in the appellation yields and natural farming, make for unusually intense fruit material in a basic Samur Champigny AOC wine. Distinguishes this wine by keeping the tannins unusually silky.
This bottling makes up about 80% of the winery’s production and is a well-known by-the-glass benchmark in serious restaurants throughout France
Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Chevallier | Vintage: 2016 | Wine Type: Red
Varietal: 100% Cabernet France | Origin: France | Appellation: Loire Valley, Samur-Champigny
Elaboration: Entirely handpicked in the morning, brought to the winery on the estate where it is sorted, destemmed and delivered to tank with gravity. No Saignée. Fermented in stainless steel with native yeast and punched down once per day. After it is finished fermenting, 40% is kept in stainless steel, 30% is moved to new oak and 30% to second use French oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES : A vibrant Cabernet Franc with bright varietal notes, bursting with ripe fruit and acidity.
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