Domaine de Villargeau Coteaux de GiennoisRegular price £13.99 Save £-13.99
Domaine de Villargeau Coteaux de Giennois comes from flinty chalk soils on the bank of the Loire close to its more famous neighbour Sancerre. A beautifully soft Sauvignon with attractive citrus and green apple notes, a hint of grapey richness and mineral notes. An excellent good value alternative to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
In 1991, the Thibault family decided to create the Domaine de Villargeau on land facing south-southwest and enjoying the greatest amount of sunshine. Two brothers, Fernand and Jean-François Thibault, cleared hillsides abandoned since the phylloxera crisis in order to plant vines. The story continues when, in 2000, they were joined by one of their sons, Marc, returning to the area armed with his apprenticeship and experience in viticulture and oenology.
This 20 hectares vineyard is currently planted with 75% white grapes, the Sauvignon Blanc. The red and rosé wines are generally made from Pinot Noir but the Gamay, the wine designation’s traditional grape variety, is used in the production of a delicious red wine. The diversity of the soils is due to the geological history behind the formation of the Ligerian depression: Firstly, the flint gives all of its potential to the Sauvignon which, in this area, has a very delicate, fruity expression; secondly, the Kimmeridgian marl over limestone clay allows the Pinot Noir and Gamay to develop a good balance of body, fruitiness and freshness.
Producer website: www.domaine-villargeau.fr/en
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc