Chateau de Villeneuve Saumur Blanc 2021 Chenin
Nestled in one of France’s most significant wine-growing areas, Château de Villeneuve overlooks the Loire River. From 1969 it became the property of the Chevallier family. The 25 hectares surrounding the fortress are planted with Cabernet Franc and Chenin, two indigenous grape varieties, one red and the other white, which belong to the Saumur Champigny and Saumur Blanc appellations, respectively.
The criteria of organic cultivation are followed in caring for the vineyard, thus avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides. Careful tillage, low yields and manual harvesting-everything is designed to preserve the natural balance of the plant while fully respecting the surrounding environment. The wines have organic certification guaranteed by the certifying body Bureau Veritas.
There are three Cabernet Franc produced and they differ mainly in the origin of the grapes.
A delicate and mineral Chenin, wrapped in a suave roundness. As an aperitif, with seafood, in the sun or rain. Serve between 8° – 12° C, aging 4 to 7 years.
Varietal: 100% Chenin
Type of wine: still white
Vinification and aging: indigenous yeasts – fermentation steel – no malolactic – aging tonneaux 40% and steel for 8 months
Soil: Clay and limestone
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET.
Size: simple “Loire Valley” 6-eye Guyot.
Vinification: A slow fermentation in 500-liter barrels called tons on 40 percent of the volume. No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Four months on fine lees to give the wine fruitiness and complexity. Storage: 7 years.
Natural alcohol content: 13%
Notes: The vineyard is in Organic Farming. They favor golden clusters and avoid botrytized clusters to give this fruity wine saltiness.