‘Gamay is as delicious as it should be. Alluring aromas of plum, violets, and spice invite you to take a sip and then another, and another. Light and fresh on the palate, there is a satisfying crunchy texture and beautiful chalky minerality that adds dimension to the brambly fruits, sweet tobacco, and brown spice. Serve with a slight chill and remember to share!’ Amanda Bowman, Chambers St Wines
'Herve Villemade Gamay has a really pretty floral nose with similar weight to Gamay d'Auvergne. Rich and spicy as opposed to bright and zippy.' Fiona Cashin
DOMAINE HERVÉ VILLEMADE, Cour-Cheverny
Domaine Hervé Villemade is an estate of 25 hectares (17 of which are planted) located in Cour-Cheverny. It has passed from father to son from the installation of Hervé’s grandfather in 1939. Hervé took over the estate in 1995, after studying viticulture and winemaking.
In the late 90’s Hervé tasted his neighbour Thierry Puzelat’s wines (who was then in his second year of organic viticulture) as well as Marcel Lapierre’s Morgon and was struck by their purity. He decided to turn a couple of hectares organic just to check: no synthetic products, but ploughing and hand harvest instead, and no-or very-little sulphur. The results proved to him that he should travel the non-interventionist path. Hervé’s wines carry a trademark purity of fruit, the wines are fleshy, honest, generous and articulate.