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Villebois – Offering Premium Wines From the Loire Valley

Villebois – A brand with a unique selection of award-winning Sauvignon Blanc wines.

29/08/2018

Based in Seigy and Verdigny, Villebois is situated in the very heart of the Loire Valley. Villebois is committed to creating premium wines under the prestigious appellations of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Touraine and IGP Val de Loire.

Villebois History:

Villebois Wines was founded on a common ground of passion and vision. The true passion for authentic Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Loire region and the vision to produce these distinguished wines using the latest techniques and technologies. Combined, these values have led to the creation of an outstanding range of Sauvignon Blanc wines, each of which is recognised internationally for their high quality.

In 2004, Joost de Willebois spotted a small well-run local winery in the Touraine region. The owner established a long tradition of producing the finest local Sauvignon Blanc wines.

Joost transformed the small winery into a wider producer of quality Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Loire region; Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Touraine. Joost began the Villebois’s adventure with the support of his wife Miguela and along with a small group of close friends which has grown its business years in years.

Joost has focused on building the Villebois’ reputation as a producer of distinctive Sauvignon Blanc wines.

History of the Sauvignon Blanc grape:

For centuries the grapes have grown in the Loire Valley, as early as 1534 in Francois Rabelais' Gargantua. Back then it was given the nickname 'fiers', which paired perfectly with the local bread, 'fouace'. In 1783, the Sauvignon Fumé or Blanc Fumé was indigenous to Sancerre and Pouilly- Fumé. Scientific research has proven that the grape originated in the Loire Valley, although the recognised name of Sauvignon Blanc was first established in the Bordeaux area. The Loire Valley represents 700 km2 – that’s about 0.009% of the total.

Owing its name to the French words sauvage (wild) and blanc (white), the grape certainly produces a wild white wine, packed with flavor. It offers aromas of gooseberries, nettles, asparagus and freshly cut grass. The palate reveals a fantastic combination of green apple, pear, green figs, peach, apricot, kiwi, tomato, pepper, minerals, and – of course – citrus.

Villebois Wines:

Villebois Wines brand is a unique selection of award-winning Sauvignon Blanc wines straight from the heart of the Loire Valley. The prestigious J de Villebois brand is a range of wines born in the selected, premium vineyards in the Loire Valley.

1)  J. de Villebois Sancerre 'The Damned Mountains'

Sancerre Les Monts Damnés is a cuvée from a very steep south and south-west facing slope in Chavignol composed of Kimmeridgian marl (a soil made up of fossilized seashells and clay).This terroir gives roundness, deepness and a great longevity to the wine.

2)  J. de Villebois Sancerre 'The Boffants'

The name “Les Boffants’ ” originates from the old French word” buffer” meaning strong wind hence the windmill. The Boffants’ terroir is a unique South facing slope made of a 100% limestone soils “Caillottes”.

3)  J. de Villebois Sancerre 'White Terrestrial'

The name” Terres Blanches” means” White Soils” as the stones are covering the top soils. This cuvée is made from grapes grown on the western soils of the Sancerre vineyard, these Kimmeridgien soils ( 140-145M) are identified as the calcareous marls of ” Saint Doulchard” and the Marls of ” Buzancais”.

4)  J. of Villebois Sancerre 'Caillottes'

The name “Caillottes” means “Little Stones” as the calcareous stone cover the soil. A cuvée made from the grapes grown on calcareous soils of the Sancerre appellation; these Oxfordian soils (145-150M) are from the “Upper Oxfordian”.

5)  J. de Villebois Sancerre 'Silex'

Silex Cuvée is made from grapes grown on the Eastern side of the Sancerre appellation. The Silex terroir is the smallest (in surface) of the Sancerre appellation and also the youngest (-10-60M) from the 3 terroirs. Silex means of course flint!

6)  J. de Villebois Pouilly-Fumé 'Kimmeridgian Marins'

The Cuvée of Pouilly- Fumé ‘Marnes Kimméridgiennes’ is made from grapes grown on Kimméridgiennes soils (140- 145M). These are identified as” Marnes à Petites Huîtres” or “Calcareous Oyster Marls” as the marls are made of small fossilized oysters.

7)  J. de Villebois Sancerre

The J. de Villebois Sancerre is an elegantly crafted cuvée made from the famous Sancerre terroir. The grapes are grown on the slopes of clay and limestone marl and flints.

8)  J. de Villebois Pouilly-Fumé

The J. de Villebois Pouilly -Fumé‘s complexity originates from the various Pouilly s /Loire terroirs. This wine has a pure and very fine acidity supporting these typical flavours.

9)  J. de Villebois Menetou Salon

The Menetou-Salon has an intense nose of exotic fruit flavours, peach and wild flowers with a soft yet refreshing palate. The J.de Villebois Menetou -Salon is based on a careful selection of the vineyard blocs making it a true to type wine.

10)  J. de Villebois Touraine Sauvignon Blanc "Old Vines"

J. de Villebois Vieilles Vignes is the expression of a desired and explored style of Sauvignon de Touraine. The grapes are grown towards the east of the Touraine area on sand and clay soils.

11)  J. de Villebois Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

J. de Villebois Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful harmonious cuvée issued from multiple vineyard blocks. It is made from grapes that have slowly ripened on the argiles à silex slopes overlooking the Cher Valley.

12)  J. de Villebois Touraine Sauvignon Blanc IGP

These younger vineyards less than 20 years old are situated along the Loire river banks with its clay and flint soils. The wine expresses a unique varietal and mineral character with intense gooseberry and citrussy flavours complementing a refreshing acidity.

13)  J. de Villebois Pinot Noir

This wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes grown on selected terroirs; you’ll discover a new style of Pinot Noir. A very accessible Pinot Noir with a compellingly silky palate.

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