Grape(s): 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay
Localization: Cheverny, Loire, France
Tasting Notes: The nose is herbaceous and floral with notes of Meyer lemon peel, green apple and white flowers, and the palate shows a snap of green apple, with a softer, rounded finish of orange peel and yellow peach.
The Domain: Hervé Villemade adopted organic farming and natural winemaking practices in the 90s, for his 22 hectares of vines in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire. His vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Menu Pineau, Romorantin, Côt, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Chenin Blanc. Soils here divide roughly between sandy-flint and clayey-flint. Vines are spaced relatively wide at two meters, and even wider for the older vines that comprise the historical heart of the estate.
His chief concern, as he’s expanded over the years, has been minimizing frost risk. It was frost losses that impelled him, in 2002, to partner with sommelier-turned-winemaker Olivier Lemasson to found Les Vins Contés, a négoçiant business that Lemasson continued after the pair parted ways in 2006. Villemade founded his own négoçiant company in 2008, which he continues to this day. Not all purchases have organic certification, although he emphasizes that all grapes are farmed organically.