CHÂTEAU DE VILLENEUVE, Souzay-Champigny Biodynamic
Jean-Pierre Chevallier owns this outstanding 28-ha property located on the spectacular chalky slope of Souzay. Graduated from Bordeaux school of oenology, Jean-Pierre produces ripe, elegant and multi-dimensional Cabernet Franc, while the Chenin blanc always combine perfect ripeness and freshness.
In his relentless quest for quality, Jean-Pierre spares no effort in the work of the vineyards, “lutte raisonnee” is de rigueur, and biodynamic techniques have been introduced in recent years.
Saumur-Champigny comes from 30 to 40 year-old Cabernet Franc vines grown on soils made of clay and chalk. Powerful nose of summer berry fruit with gamey hints. The palate is ample and rich, with ripe blackberry, plum and cassis notes. Very good ripeness throughout, yet quite fresh and balanced finish.