DOMAINE DE VILLAINE
Winemaker: Pierre de Benoit
Size: 12 ha
Variteties: Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
"In order to obtain the healthy, high-quality grapes we need in order to express every facet of an exceptional terroir, we have chosen to adopt organic agricultural methods. Since 1986, we have been certified by Qualicé-France. To respect the natural balance and interaction of the soil and vines, we use no pesticides or herbicides, and fertilizer use is restricted to organic vegetal compost.
These variables well in hand, let us turn to the vine itself. To create a wine that rises to the potential of the varietal and the terroir, Domaine de Villaine controls its yield through selective planting and a regimen of sevre pruning and occasional pre-harvest thinning. The domain's harvests average about 20% /ower than the yields authorized by the already-stringent AC regulations."