When Philippe du Roy de Blicquy and his business partner Sanislas Wallut bought Domaine de Villeneuve in 1993, they had a lot of work ahead of them. It used to belong to the Arnaux family, but was in a poor condition by the time of purchase. In order to fully utilise gravity in the process of vinification, a new winery was built underground over three levels.
They have 8 hectares of vines, some are around a century old, mainly of Grenache but also with smaller numbers of Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette. The vines grow across three soil types: sand, clay and limestone; gravel; and soil containing “galets” – small pebbles that retain heat during the day to keep the vines warm at night. The land is ploughed by horse, and biodynamic practises have taken place here since 2007, when it was certified as such.
The domain produces only small yields, at around 24 to 28 hl/ha, and up to 20,000 cases every vintage. Fermentation takes place in cement tanks.
|Châteauneuf-Du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes"||Login||Bottle (75cl)||2015|