Herve Villemade, Pinot Noir - Vin de France


Hervé Villemade's Pinot Noir grapes come from Cheverny, however to bear the appellation's name it must be a blended red instead of a single varietal wine such as this. Nervous cherry fruit, stemmy tannins, great with a chill. Native yeast ferment, no filtering or fining, very little to no sulfur added.

Organic, Natural

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.