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The work carried out at Domaine de Villargeau is based upon a few simple concepts that guide our work every day.

 

  • The quality of our wines is determined first of all by the vines : yield is perfectly controlled through meticulous pruning and systematic de-budding; optimal maturing through the use of grass cover; environmentally-friendly, sustainable viticulture.
  • Vinification in the winery aims to coax out the potential quality of the harves : soft, gentle pressing; slow fermentation; temperature control; ageing on the lees; limited filtration.

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White wines


The grapes are pressed as soon as they arrive in the cellars. After an 18-24 hour settling period (the juice settles naturally), the must is drawn off. Alcoholic fermentation then begins.

 

Throughout this cycle, the must is maintained at low temperature (15-18° C) in order to bring out the finest aromas. After two to three weeks' fermentation, the first wines of the harvest are drawn off from their lees and will be blended when bottling takes place in the spring.

 

Later produced wines will remain on lees until they are blended in the following summer or autumn.

Red wines


The very healthy, mature, harvested grapes are sorted and totally de-stalked to obtain supple wines, and then transferred into tanks.

 

We then carry out a cold pre-fermentation maceration to extract aroma and colour.

 

The next step is alcoholic fermentation. Maceration lasts around eight days, before the racking of the must which has now become wine.

 

The second fermentation – malolactic fermentation – is carried out in tanks, more often than not in the spring.

 

Wines are aged for one year in tanks or barrels, bringing out the aromas and softening the tannins.

Rosé wines


The blending of white and red wine?

 

Of course it isn’t. Rosé calls for a great deal more finesse than that. It is in fact made by a short maceration of red grapes before pressing in order to obtain a lightly coloured juice.

 

The aromatic wine juice is then carefully made into wine, in the same way as we produce our white wine.