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Coteaux du Giennois, Domaine de Villargeau 2013

White Wine from France - Loire
The Coteaux du Giennois appellation takes its name from the town of Gien and extends on both banks of the Loire, north of Pouilly-sur-Loire, making red, rosé and whites. The white is pure sauvignon and has a good deal in common with the wines of its grander neighbour further south, but at a far more modest price. Fresh trout would make a lovely partner.
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Code: LO10931

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Domaine de Villargeau

Domaine de Villargeau is situated in the little-known appellation of Coteaux du Giennois, north of Pouilly-sur-Loire. It is run by the Thibault family who have made great strides towards raising quality and a greater awareness of the appellation. The soils here are, for the most part, flint, and the majority of vines are sauvignon blanc for whites, with smaller amounts of pinot noir and gamay for the reds and rosés.

The vineyards are certified by Terra Vitis and are in organic conversion. Vines are forced to dig deep for nutrients, thanks to the planting of grass between rows. Yields are controlled through systematic thinning of bunches of grapes.

The whites are regular favourites at our Loire tastings and continue to grow in popularity. Crisp and fresh with definite flinty characters, they closely resemble those of nearby Pouilly-Fumé but at much more attractive prices.

Loire Vintage 2013

For most Loire Valley producers 2013 was a decent vintage in which white wines of freshness and vivacity were made by good producers. Reds are a slightly different story as it was difficult to get the grapes to full ripeness in August and September when the weather was mild and disappointing.

The Vouvray crop was devastated by hail storms in June with some 70% of the crop being destroyed. What remained has proved to be of very good quality in the hands of the best growers. Montlouis across the river had already suffered severe frost damage in late April but was missed by the golf ball sized hailstones that smashed into Vouvray and again quality should be good.

Overall the harvest was late by nearly a month, even after a warm dry July, August and September. Some rain in September, particularly in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou, gave growers pause to worry about some rot issues but, as ever, those who worked hard and diligently in their vineyards were able to bring in healthy...
For most Loire Valley producers 2013 was a decent vintage in which white wines of freshness and vivacity were made by good producers. Reds are a slightly different story as it was difficult to get the grapes to full ripeness in August and September when the weather was mild and disappointing.

The Vouvray crop was devastated by hail storms in June with some 70% of the crop being destroyed. What remained has proved to be of very good quality in the hands of the best growers. Montlouis across the river had already suffered severe frost damage in late April but was missed by the golf ball sized hailstones that smashed into Vouvray and again quality should be good.

Overall the harvest was late by nearly a month, even after a warm dry July, August and September. Some rain in September, particularly in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou, gave growers pause to worry about some rot issues but, as ever, those who worked hard and diligently in their vineyards were able to bring in healthy grapes. In short it was a vintage more for white wines than reds.
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JancisRobinson.com

Quite restrained onthe nose, with a wonderful cut of gooseberry on the palate. Bright-fruited andsassy, good acidity, grapefruit on the rocks. Slightly smoky. So classy! Verygood value

16.5/20 - Tamlyn Currin

Surrey Advertiser

100% sauvignon blancwith attractive floral character and a touch of the region's minerality.

- Heather Dougherty

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