Domaine De VilleneuveSouthern Rhone, France
In 1993, Stanislas Wallut and Philipe du Roy de Blicquy bought Domaine de Villeneuve.
They refurbished the estate, built an underground winery and set about converting the 8,4 hectares of vines to biodynamic farming. The estate is made up mostly of old Grenache, growing on galets, which are typical of the region, and help the grapes reach optimum ripeness. After a few years, Philippe had to pull out of the project because of health reasons, and then in 2009, Stan added another 4 hectares of Côtes-du-Rhône, just north of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The complexity of Stan’s wines is due to the low yields he obtains by carefully farming but also the fact that his vines are quite old, with plants between 30 and 100 years old. Stanislas runs his domaine without pretension, his cellar and tasting room are simple and straight forward, his approach to his work is according nature's natural rhythms. His wines are far from simple yet they are very easy drinking and always bring you back for more.
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