On Friday 2 December, the Domaine de Rocheville is organising an evening for tasting wine for the festive season, along with the opening of the photo exhibition by the artist Npier. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a friendly evening under the sign of art and wine. Taste our many new vintages and get some great gift ideas for Christmas !
Saumur wines perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The fire is crackling in the fireplace, the smell of cooking is wafting through the house, the table is beautifully set, the tree is glowing with light… What is missing from this idyllic picture? The ideal wine to bring conviviality and greed to your festive meal! Fresh, fruity and festive, Saumur wines are perfect for getting everyone on board. But how to choose the best wine for the festive season ? The one that will seduce all your guests and enhance your Christmas menu?
If you are looking for wine for the festive season, don’t worry, we have just what you need!
An tasting evening to discover Rocheville’s new vintages
On December 2nd, book your evening. The winery Domaine de Rocheville invites you to taste its Crémant de Loire, Saumur Blanc and Saumur Champigny appellation wines. Fine, elegant wines, aged in stainless steel vats or in barrels, on long and artisanal maturation, made with love and passion.
Chenin and Cabernet Franc : two great Loire grape varieties
In the heart of the Saumur Champigny vineyards, Domaine de Rocheville produces wines from two emblematic grape varieties of the Loire Valley: Chenin Blanc, for the still and sparkling white wines, and Cabernet Franc, for the reds and rosés.
Also known as Pineau de Loire, Chenin brings freshness and elegance to our white wines, accompanied by a chiselled and mineral character in the mouth. Its aromatic palette is surprisingly rich. Its neighbour, Cabernet Franc, is distinguished by its suppleness and fruitiness, with hints of red fruit in its younger years.
In Rocheville, the plots of land benefit from a great diversity of terroirs. They are mainly composed of clay-limestone soils. The Cabernet Franc reveals all its aromatic expressions and its beautiful balance.
From 2019, certified organic Loire wines
After three years of conversion to organic farming (2016-2018), the range of our wines is now enriched with new vintages, organic certified from 2019 and suitable for all palates.
Come and discover our Saumur Blancs matured in barrels (La Jouvencelle, La Dame, Le Clos de la Thibaudière), and our Saumur Champigny, either light and fruity, to accompany convivial meals (Le Page, Le Prince), or full-bodied to celebrate special occasions (Le Roi and Le Fou du Roi)
A vertical tasting to compare two vintages
The end of the year celebrations are also an opportunity to offer for tasting some older vintages which express all the beauty of their grape variety after several years of ageing in troglodytic cellars.
You will be able to compare certain vintages in the company of the winemaker, appreciate their mature aromas and judge their potential for evolution.
A new wine to discover in preview !
We are all familiar with barrel ageing, as the oak adds woody notes and reinforces the structure of the wine.
Recently, we tried a new experiment at the winery. A unique and original cuvée, a red wine aged in stoneware eggs made in Limoges. Ceramic is an interesting material because it is denser and less porous thanks to its high temperature cooking.
The winemaker is constantly looking for the expression of the terroir in the production of his wines, which is what ageing in stoneware eggs can provide.
Eggs can be kept for many years, unlike barrels. Their ovoid shape creates a vortex that favours micro-oxygenation of the wine and further develops its fruity character.
Come and taste our new vintage Les Hauts de Bourreau 2018, in AOP Saumur Champigny, for sale only at the estate.
This is a plot-based cuvée made from old vines planted on the Parnay plateau and aged in stoneware eggs for 15 months. Gourmet and aromatic, Les Hauts de Bourreau expresses notes of ripe fruit, it is supple and long-lasting in the mouth.
A gourmet tasting of wine for the festive season
The winemaker Philippe Porché and his team will be present to let you taste the new Rocheville wines exclusively. Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to combine your glass of wine with an assortment of cheeses and charcuterie to please your taste buds.
The appetizers will be paired with our selection of wines, the opportunity to make great discoveries.
Art and wine: the opening of Npier’s photo exhibition
In order to combine the pleasure of the eyes with that of the palate, this evening will also be the occasion to celebrate, with a glass of Crémant de Loire in hand, the opening of the latest photo exhibition by the artist Npier entitled “Mutatis Mutandis”.
Hanging on the walls of the large tasting room, photos of old buildings discreetly accompany, on the theme of transformation and the passing of time, the tasting of our old vintages that time has sublimated.
Wine gift ideas
At the end of the tasting, take advantage of our special offers on our finest vintages, valid in the shop only during the evening. It’s time to find great gifts for your loved ones or to accompany your Christmas meal.
Wine boxes, magnums to enhance your festive table, gift cases, you will be spoilt for choice. The entire Rocheville team will also be on hand to advise you on the best way to pair food and wine for the festive season.
Tips for pairing food and wine for a festive meal
The end-of-year celebrations are fast approaching, and we are already starting to think of menu ideas to treat our guests.
“What wines should be served with festive meals?”
Foie gras, scallops, langoustines, capon…, the finest dishes will be served. It is therefore essential to find the best possible match for a successful and unforgettable evening.
The menus offer a wide choice and it is not always easy to find the right match. That is why we will offer you suggestions for food and wine pairings for all our wines, from the aperitif to the dessert.
Some tips for setting your table in the French style
The knife on the right, the fork on the left, the order of the cutlery, the tablecloth…
One thing is for sure, we don’t mess around with the art of the table in France! There are a few rules to follow to set a festive and warm table. Just like the Christmas tree, the table is an important element in the decoration of your home.
It’s time to bring out the beautiful dishes, the large tablecloths and the decorations. Discover our special festive table setting when you come, for a meal without false notes.
An evening around art and wine to discover our new vintages – wine tasting, opening of our photo exhibition and sale of wine for the festive season.
Friday 2 December, from 6.30pm to 9pm, at Domaine de Rocheville (49730 Parnay, Loire Valley, France)
Free admission, by reservation by phone or email.