Domaine de Villeneuve
In 1993, Philippe de Roy du Bliquy, an Advertising mogul from Paris was on the hunt for some vineyards and stumbled upon the then run down Domaine de Villeneuve in the Northern corner of Chateauneuf du Pape close to Chateau de Beaucastel. Together with a good friend, Stanilas Wallut and their families, they begun restoring the 8.5ha, using biodynamic practices to heal the vines which are now certified Biodynamic by Ecocert. Only a small amount of vines had to be replanted which means that nearly all of vines are now between 30-100 years old. The duo also built a 3-tiered cellar which allowed them to use gravity in vinification. The vines are spread over three distinct terroirs: gravel, rolled pebbles and sand/clay limestone. The vines age means the yields are very low resulting in wonderfully complex wines.