Terroir: Diversity of soils as the wine is a blend of different parcels: red clay, silt and pebbles which are based on sand. Others plots are made up of silts, clay and fine sand which are based on sedimentary yellow clay.
Age of the vines: 40 years old to one hundred years old.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeast. wine is aged for 18 to 24 months depending on the vintage in concrete vats. The aim is to keep the flavour and the freshness of the fruit.
In 1993, Stanislas Wallut and Philippe du Roy de Blicquy bought Domaine de Villeneuve. They refurbished the estate, built an underground winery and set about converting the 8,4 hectares of vines to biodynamic farming. After a few years, unfortunately, Philippe had to pull out of the project because of health reasons. In 2009, Stan added another 4 hectares of Côtes du Rhône, just north of the Châteauneuf-du- Pape appellation. The complexity of Stan’s wines is due to the low yields he obtains by carefully farming but also the fact that his vines are quite old, with specimens between 30 and 100 years old.