Hervé Villemade Cheverny AOC Rouge 2020

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Hervé Villemade Cheverny AOC Rouge 2020
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation/Sub-Region Cheverny AOC
Grapes Pinot Noir, Gamay
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. This delightful blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% gamay is hard to put down! Grapes are macerated 80% whole cluster/20% destemmed for 15-20 days in a combination of concrete and large wooden vats. It is bottled unfiltered with a tiny amount of sulfur added only at bottling. Juicy and light on its feet, the gamay brings lively freshness and tart red berry fruit, while the pinot contributes silky texture and the faintest hints of licorice and smoke. The combination is precise, elegant and refreshing – light in body, with shades of herbs, violet, black cherry and plum. Great with seared albacore or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes). Certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.