Coteaux du Giennois is a wine region of around 190 hectares in size producing white, rosé and a little red wine. It is based around Gien (hence the name), a town near Sancerre, in the Loire Valley. The Sauvignon vines are planted on limestone and flint soil - locally called Silex - which lends itself to the delicate, fruity character of the varietal from this area.
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Harvested grapes are slow pressed for 2 hours, then settled for 12-18 hours. Fermentation at controlled temperatures takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine is aged on its lees to elevate the purity and intensely aromatic character of the wine, while adding a subtle weight and texture.
Drink now and over the next 12 months.
A relative newcomer compared to nearby producers, the Thibault family - under brothers Fernand and Jean-François - created Domaine de Villargeau in 1991, replanting abandoned vineyards on prime, south, south-east facing slopes. In 2000, son Marc (who had completed his oenology studies) joined the running of the business.
Enjoy on its on its own, or with asparagus (and Hollandaise sauce, or melted butter and white pepper), or any white fish, simply cooked. Also a delight with English or French goat’s cheese and some fine bread.
In the press
Silver- International Wine Challenge 2016
Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (2013 Vintage)
Bronze- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Bronze- International Wine Challenge 2014 (2013 Vintage)
The Wine Gang - "Classically styled Loire Sauvignon from a little known region not far from Pouilly-Fumé. Dry and racy with vibrant, chalky gooseberry and grass flavours and zingy but modulated acidity. At its mix-six price of £8.99, it makes a good-value alternative to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé." 87/100, Joanna Simon,