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, Valérie and David VALLET,  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 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

Domaine de Valmengaux
Domaine de Valmengaux - EN JARRE

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)

Press review / Medals

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>>> La RVF (France) – Karine VALENTIN (May 2021): 92/100, 1st out of almost 200 Bordeaux / Bordeaux Supérieur:

« (…) the wines gives to the fruit a briliant energy, concentrated in a luscious mouth, with superb vivid tanins »

>>> LE POINT – Vin (France) – Jacques DUPONT (May 2020): 16,5/20, 3rd out of more than 120 Bordeaux / Bordeaux Supérieur:

« Really fruity, blackberry juice, much fruit, liquorice, pure, delicate tanins, tasty, very straightforward and pure »

>> Elle à Table awards 2020 Silver medal

« A Bordeaux wine aged in amphora, this is pretty uncommon ! This one successfully passes the exam. It offers a deep hue, a pure and juicy nose of blackcurrant and ripe strawberry. The palate is supple, fruity and very drinkable. Tanins are perfectly integrated and we can feel a friendly energy in this wine. Accepted in the big league, with honors! »

>>> Terres de Vins awards  2020 – Silver medal

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>>> Sakura awards 2019 (Japan) – Gold medal

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>>> Elle à Table awards 2020 –  Gold medal

« Dark red hue, some tears. The nose reveals some pretty intense aromas of strawberry, red currant and blackberry. The palate is marked by intense fresh fruits flavours. You can still feel tanins but they melt into this delicate balance. You can appreciate this enjoyable and straightforward Valmengaux from now on »

>>> Terres de Vins awards  2020 – Silver medal

>>> Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 – 90 (Silver medal)

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

>>> Sakura awards 2018 (Japan) – Gold medal

>>> in the top 3 of Bordeaux 2018 selection

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

>>> Wine Enthusiast – Roger Voss – Note 89

“Produced from organically grown grapes, this wine is generous and ripe. Black currants and blackberries dominate, giving a rich texture that is both luscious and structured. Drink this wine soon, certainly from 2020”

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>>> 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 »

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>>> Vivino: 3,9* (out of 5), from more than 700 ratings

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>>> Vivino: 4,3* (out of 5), from only 23 ratings (a few hundred bottles produced from 2015)


Valmengaux, it’s also a cottage

For your holidays with your family or your friends (sleep 8 people – 4 rooms),we welcome you at Domaine de Valmengaux in our cottage.

It is a charming old stone house, typical of the area, 140sqm on 2 levels: open kitchen on a living room with a large fireplace (and TV with Netflix and DVD player), 1 bedroom (queen bed) and bathroom and toilets on the ground floor; 3 bedrooms (2 single beds each, that can be turned into a queen bed), 1 shower room, 1 toilet upstairs. All living rooms overlook the garden and its swimming pool.

The house has undergone renovations in recent years (windows, kitchen, painting). The quality bedding is also brand new and eco-friendly. Furniture blends antique and contemporary furniture, creating a harmonious and warm style. And let’s not forget the hundreds of books at your disposal to make your stay even more enjoyable.

It is an old house. Its charm (old terracotta tommettes and large fireplace open on the ground floor, parquet upstairs) compensates for its small flaws (narrow and steep staircase to access the floor).

Finally, the cottage is built right up against the winery and has a separate entrance and parking lot (2-3 cars).

A cottage to discover Domaine de Valmengaux, its wines and much more than that

In Verac, you will stand in the heart of the vineyards of the right bank. But you’ll also be just over an hour from the beaches of the Arcachon Basin (Cap Ferret), the Medocain coastline (Lacanau, Soulac) and Royan.

All year round, there is no shortage of attractions: Blaye citadel and scenic road above the Gironde estuary, day-trip in the Médoc via the Blaye ferry-boat, Bordeaux (historic pedestrian centre, La Cité du Vin…) is a 30 minutes drive, Saint-Emilion 20 minutes and visits to Bergerac, Duras will make your day…

In summer, you can attend various music and art festivals around. And don’t miss the mascaret: a few times a year,dozen of surfers surf this unique wave upstream the Dordogne river.







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

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EARL Nouveau Domaine de Valmengaux

7, lieu-dit Godineau

33240 VERAC