Cour-Cheverny 'Les Acacias' 2017 — Romorantin
A Wine That
is the quintessence of Hervé's many years of farming and making wine naturally. It is powerful and saline. As Aaron Ayscough writes in the winemaker profile, "it possesses an unusual potency, with persistent notes of salted almond and delicate white honey." From the rare romarantin grape variety, this is a real jewel.
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- Winemaker: Hervé Villemade
Where and How?
As Aaron Ayscough writes in the winemaker profile of Hervé:
"The jewel of Villemade’s production remains his Cour-Cheverny “Les Acaçias,” from 55-year old romorantin vines on sandy-flint soil. Unique to the Cour-Cheverny appellation, the romorantin grape is known for its unflagging minerality."
The wine ages for two full years on the lees in old barrels, for added complexity.
Hervé Villemade adopted organic farming and natural winemaking practices in the 90s, for his 22 hectares of vines in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire. His vineyards are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Menu Pineau, Romorantin, Côt, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Chenin Blanc. Soils here divide roughly between sandy-flint and clayey-flint. Vines are spaced relatively wide at two metres, and even wider for the older vines that comprise the historical heart of the estate.
His chief concern, as he’s expanded over the years, has been minimizing frost risk. It was frost losses that impelled him, in 2002, to partner with sommelier-turned-winemaker Olivier Lemasson to found Les Vins Contés, a négoçiant business that Lemasson continued after the pair parted ways in 2006. Villemade founded his own négoçiant company in 2008, which he continues to this day. Not all purchases have organic certification, although he emphasises that all grapes are farmed organically.