Hervé Villemade "Orbois" 2018

100% Menu Pineau
A still white wine from the Loire region of France.

Mineral and sapid. Honey suckle and yogurt.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Orbois from Hervé Villemade has a deep golden colour.

On the nose this Menu Pineau is very mineral with wet stone and graphite. It has a floral note of honeysuckle. Yogurt and lemon curd. Plus some herbaceousness with chamomile.

In the mouth it’s medium body and a touch spicy. Sapid and mineral. It shows a nice freshness.

It’s pleasantly bitter on the finish which is medium long.

Score 90

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Hervé Villemade "Orbois" 2018
Orbois (2018) Review
Estate making Orbois Estate Hervé Villemade
Orbois (2018) Label Orbois
Style of Orbois Style White & Still
Country of Hervé Villemade Country France
Region of Hervé Villemade Region Loire
Grape blend of Orbois Grapes Menu Pineau
Vintage of Orbois Vintage 2018
My review of Orbois Points

How it's made

The grapes grow on 50 year-old vines on clay and flint terroir.

2/3 of the fruits is pressed directly, it then ferments and ages on the lees in concrete eggs. 1/3 macerates on the skins for 15/20 days, again in concrete eggs.


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Lees (fermentation)

Deposits of residual yeast and other particles in wine-making

In the wine world “lees” is the fancy name for dead, decomposed yeast mainly, and some other particles, that are left in the bottle after fermentation.

The lees are extremely important in the process of winemaking. The yeast decomposition, known in the wine world with the name of autolysis, is responsible for the development of those bready, fragrant, buttery notes we all love in great sparkling wines.

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