Finesse, minerality and overall balance using fully mature fruit, late harvesting with the presence of noble rot. Ample and concentrated with aromas of stone fruits while maintaining precision with taut mineral expression.
Former chef turned cult winemaker, Francois Villard is a dynamic vigneron making wines of power and grace with great aging potential. His cellars are situated in Saint-Michel-sur-Rhone in France’s northern Rhone Valley. When Villard began to pursue his dream of making wines in the late 1980s, he befriended Yves Cuilleron and worked with him prior to purchasing his own vineyards and releasing his first wine in 1991. He now produces twenty wines from 91 acres of vineyards, mostly his own, covering 6 northern Rhone appellations. They are farmed sustainably. Use of herbicides or other chemicals is limited as much as possible. Grapes from these steep terroirs must always be hand harvested.
A portion of whole cluster is generally included in the reds with the exception of the IGP wines. Only indigenous yeasts are used. Whites are fermented in barrel at low temperature, reds in open topped oak and stainless steel fermenters. Up to 25% new oak is used for aging of the higher end whites and 30% or more for the reds. This barrel aging ensures their longevity.