posted on February 28, 2015
Château de Villeneuve dates back to the 16th century. The current owners, the Chevalier family bought the estate in the 1960s, and have completely renovated both the château, and the vineyards. Since 1984 the estate has been managed by Jean-Pierre Chevallier who introduced lutte raisonnée.The vines are treated to severe winter pruning, bud removal in the spring, green harvests, and strict leaf management to encourage low yields and maximum physiological ripeness. Harvests are by hand, with total de-stemming. Fermentation is through indigenous yeasts, and ageing is in a mix of new and neutral barrels.In 1969, the estate was purchased by the Chevallier family, and since his return from teaching oenology at the University of Bordeaux in 1984, has been managed by Jean-Pierre Chevallier. Under his stewardship, both the château and the vineyards have been completely renovated, and the estate is widely regarded as one of the few producers in the Loire Valley that excels at both white and red wines.
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