Producer: Domaine de Veilloux
Wine: 2017 Cheverny Blanc
Varietals: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Menu Pineau
Nose: Aromas of quince, kumquat and hints of exotic fruit
Palate: Fresh, clean, very indicative of the Loire Valley
Food: Chicken and sausage stew, tart with caramelized onions, poached trout with beurre blanc, basil and fingerling potatoes
Cellaring: Drink now or enjoy through 2023
DOMAINE DE VEILLOUX
Fougères sur Bièvre - Loire
Based in Fougères sur Bièvre, Domaine de Veilloux is a family owned estate of 50 acres of vineyards. The story of the estate is very old as it used to belong the Château de Fougères (18th century). The domaine wasn't only producing wine at the beginning of its existence but was more oriented towards poly culture (cereals, cattle, etc.) and slowly expanded throughout the years.
Sylviane and Michel Quenioux purchased this family owned and operated domaine in 1994, which was certified organic in 1998. The estate is managed according to natural principles (certified organic by Ecocert) with a great care of the various local grape varieties (Menu Pineau, Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay). The soils are mainly made of clay but with slight differences according to the plot considered (clay with sand or clay with flint). The winemaking is respectful of the fruit and the aging is usually long, thus producing complex wines that truly reflect the terroir of the Cheverny appellation.
The appellation area is situated in Loir-et-Cher south of Blois, and encompasses 24 communes.
Near Sologne and Castles of the Loire Valley, the Cheverny AOC is imperative. Wines of Cheverny have an originality : they always arise from blends, that is to say they are composed with several grapes : Pinot noir and Gamay for red and rosé wines and Sauvignon and Chardonnay for white wines.
Between the Loire River and the Sologne, the area of production extends over a surface of 1418 acres on 24 municipalities of Loir-et-Cher.. About forty wine growers produce 27 000 hectoliters a year. The production divides up into parts more or less equal: half in the white, half in the red and the rosés. Implanted from the Middle Ages around abbeys, the vineyard arouses the interest of kings of France in the XVI century.
In 1577, the parliament of Paris promulgates a law forbidding the Parisian the purchase of wines produced unless twenty leagues (88 km) by the capital. To answer its demand, the extension of plantations is made at first around Orléans, then more and more towards the downstream, in the direction of Blois and Tours.
The terroir and the men will make a quality wine which will be recognized in 1993 by the AOC.
Information by: House of Cheverny Wines
Strongly marked by the erosion of the Loire (erosion and deposit of terraces), the geology of the production area of Cheverny is rather original compared with the other appellations of the Loire Valley. It is derived either from dominant sandy soils or soils developed on calcareous substratum.