Sébastien Vaillant

Loire, loire France

Sébastien Vaillant learnt winemaking as the cellar manager for Jean Tatin at Domaine des Ballandors in Quincy. He then returned to his 22 hectare family domaine in Valençay, in the western part of the Loire's Central Vineyards. Valençay achieved official AC status from the 2002 vintage and is the only area to hold this for both its wine and its distinctive pyramid-shaped goat's cheese, which is also the ideal accompaniment for the wine.

Sébastien's vineyard sits in the rain shadow of the nearby forest, which provides dry, healthy conditions for viticulture. Unlike most producers, Sébastien grows Chardonnay as well as Sauvignon Blanc, making his Valençay wine a unique blend in this part of the Loire. The Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the distinctive flint soils, which give the characteristic mineral quality to all the best wines made in the area, while the Chardonnay is planted on sandy lime soils, which adds richness to the wine.

This great value Valençay is an unoaked blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chardonnay. Sébastien feels the Chardonnay adds body and texture to the wine and offers a slightly different flavour profile to that of its more famous neighbours, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.


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