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Valmengaux: a story made of… several stories…

  • Starting with that of a couple of audacious winegrowers (Béatrice and Vincent Rapin), who chose to create an estate in 2000 from 30-70 year-old vines growing on gentle slopes with well-drained clay-limestone soil in the town of Vérac in order to make a great Bordeaux.
  • They were followed by another couple of enthusiastic new winegrowers who have been writing the next chapter in the history of this 4-hectare estate since 2017: Valérie (who maintains her human resources job in the medico-social field) and David (who spent 20 years in IT and management control with supermarket and video game companies) felt the desire to grow vines, to make good wine, and to live a different, more natural lifestyle. New chapter but same organic methods in the vineyard, with support from Béatrice and Vincent. .
  • Valmengaux’s history is also that of 50 friends who made this new adventure possible thanks to the formation of an agricultural land grouping called Les Amis de Valmengaux.
  • This part of the story revolves around a common cause: to make wines that reflect the terroir, without the use of chemicals, to provide pleasure and emotion.
  • The next instalment of Valmengaux’s history will be written when you drink the wine!
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The wines

From the vine to the bottle

The winemaking philosophy is the same in the vineyard and in the cellar – to produce the most natural possible wine. Concretely, this entails:

  • a strict respect for organic  specifications, which forbid the use of weed killers and chemical insecticides. Although certification was obtained in 2012, organic winegrowing practices were applied as soon as the estate was created
  • limiting the number of bunches per vine so as to concentrate sugar and aromas in the grapes The bunches are more evenly spread out and better ventilated to reduce the risk of rot and fungal diseases. A virtuous circle
  • natural fermentation triggered only by indigenous yeast on the grape skins and in the cellar atmosphere
  • ageing for 18 months in an environment with temperature and humidity regulated by a ground-coupled heat exchanger. The size and age of the foudres (12 and 20-hectolitre wooden vats), oak barrels, and 500-litre earthenware jars give the wines a unique patina without denaturing them

And in the bottle

What about the juice?  90% Merlotand 10% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines 30-70 years old

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Valmengaux – Organic wine: beautiful deep, brilliant crimson colour, an expressive aromatic nose of red and black fruit, as well as a beautiful long aftertaste

Available vintages: 2015, 2016 in 75 cl and 150 cl bottles

Valmengaux – En Jarre – Organic wine: aged in earthenware jars that enhance aromas. The fruity flavours are enhanced and more complex

Available vintage: 2016, in 75 cl bottles

Vintages older than 2015 can still be obtained from Béatrice and Vincent here.

Press review / Medals

2015 vintage:

Θ Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 – Score: 90 (silver medal)

« Contemporary gloss and finesse; and highly polished Merlot fruit. Brooding damson nose, big velvety tannins, and a long and satisfying finish. »

Θ Gold medal at Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2018

Θ vinogusto.com: parmi les 3 vins de la Sélection Bordeaux 2018

« Nose full of black fruits and laurel. Round and spicy. Then a long finish. An excellent meal companion. »

Θ vinogusto.com: Valmengaux En Jarre one of the 12 Bordeaux Red 2015 ready to drink!

15/20 –  Valmengaux en Jarre is a very fruity organic wine. Its concentrated fruity aromas, its delicate tannins and its very supple and pleasant have appealed to us. A nice, very mature and well velvety discovery! Pleasure in a bottle – a very nice one by the way.”

Θ Robert parker – Neal Martin – Score: 88 (barrel tastings)

“The 2015 Valmengaux has a punchy , fiesty red cherry and wild strawberry- scented bouquet .The palate is medium – bodied with a soft , supple entry ,very fleshy in the mouth , through it needs just a little more structure on the finish”

Θ Jean Marc Quarin – Carnet n° 78 – Score: 87 (barrel tastings)

Previous vintages:

Θ Press review on Béatrice and Vincent’s site here

Θ Vivino: 4* (out of 5)

Θ Blog levindetoutunchacun, 2012 – 15/20

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Big in Japan! Again!

Domaine de Valmengaux 2016 has won a Gold medal at Sakura 2019 Japan Women’s Wine Awards. Same as 2015 vintage last year!
What does make this award special? Sakura jury is only made of japanese women 

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Best wishes for 2019

2017 was the year of the frost; 2018 the year of mildew. Domaine de Valmengaux suffered fortunately limited consequences. We feel especially lucky hail did not hit our vines while it destroyed many plotss few kilometers from Vérac. We eventually harvested really nice grapes : 2018 vintage should be magnificient!

2019 should bring us some surprises, some positive, some nasty. We can alrealdy announce that we will complete the vines planting at Domaine de Valmengaux. We will be able to offer you new wines (including one white cuvée) from 2021.

To all of you, Domaine de Valmengaux’ friends and wines lovers, we wish a happy 2019 year, made of nice projects and only positive surprises!

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Domaine de VALMENGAUX

VALMENGAUX is located 40 km from Bordeaux and
20 km from Saint Émilion. We will be delighted to welcome you, to show you our vines and cellar, to offer you a taste of our wines, and sell them to you.
Please call beforehand to be sure that we are there.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

David & Valérie VALLET

welcome@vlmgx.com

+33 (0)6.43.01.97.87

EARL Nouveau Domaine de Valmengaux

7, lieu-dit Godineau

33240 VERAC

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