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!
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% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines 30-70 years old
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: 2018 (from April 2020), in 75 cl bottles (2015 and 2016 sold-out)
« 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)
One month has gone since 2020 has started, yet. A good opportunity to respect “Dry January” – you’re free… to do what you want… any old time… If you did so, relief is coming very soon. The occasion for you to celebrate this renaissance by uncorking a bottle of Valmengaux! And for others too, just to keep up the pace!
ageing reduced to 12 months, as wine evolution si faster in jar
new corks, DIAM Origin: cork clumped together by a binder of natural origin. Cork taint free guaranteed
3,240 bottles thanks to the two 800L jars purchased in 2018 (in addition to the other two 500L jars)
We just need to be patient and wait for 2-3 months before enjoying it. This is how long it takes Valmengaux to recover from the shock caused by bottling.
What’s up in the vineyard? Pruning has started, for a week. I took back my pruner and, after the first 2 days of rusting off, I found my cruising speed. Younger vines – planted over the last 2 years – will be pruned last, in March.
Last, back on the road to Lyon Organic Wine Fair at Campus UCLY, Place des Archives, LYON 2ème (here), February Sat. 8th (11am-10pm) and Sun. 9th (10am-6pm). Take advantage of the invitation below!
Do you know Puisaye? No? Well, drive 2h south of Paris this week-end to VINS! BOIRE BIO (Wines! Drink Organic fair). 20 winemakers, all organic (at least), including Domaine de Valmengaux and 10 writers (wineters?) will showcase their production. A great opportunity for you to find a lot of good wines before Xmas then. And if you want more, book your seat to Saturday dinner with the winemakers (and their wines!) prepared by chef Laurent Chareau (restaurant Le Chat).
VINS! BOIRE BIO fair will welcome you at Château de Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye (here), Saturday Nov 30th (11am-7pm) and Sunday Dec 1st (11am-6pm). Come and join us!
Come and meet us from November 1st to 3rd at Salon du Goût et du Vin (food & wine fair) at Bois-Plage-en-Ré, rue des Barjottes (it’s here). About 40 wineries and food producers (oysters, delicatessen…) will offer you to taste and buy their products.
We will be delighted to meet you and make you taste Domaine de Valmengaux organic wines