Guide to the Loire regions

Côte Roannaise

Grower Profiles


Domaine du Pavillon
Eric Villeneuve, the son of former vigneron and éleveur, Maurice and is cousin to Frédéric Villeneuve who runs his domaine at Château de Champagny, joined Maurice Lutz in 1995. Together, they created their domaine working out of the old cellar at the Domaine du Pavillon, situated on the road into Ambierle. Lutz was originally from Kayserberg in Alsace where his father, Paul, had vines. He came to the Roannaise in 1951 and developed his own enterprise starting with just 1.5 hectares. Their joint venture helped combine Villeneuve’s access to family vineyards whilst utilising the viticultural talents of Lutz. The collaboration made sense, but when Lutz retired in 2005, his own two sons were not interested in perpetuating the career line, so it left Villeneuve looking for a new partner which he found in Jacques Heymans, whose family had built up the local mineral water business, Eaux Minérals de Saint-Alban, in the early 1970s.

Today, Eric Villeneuve works a total of seven hectares of vines with an average age of 55 years old, although some date back to the first decade of the last century. 

The cellar here is very basic, tagged onto the side of a manor house which in itself is badly in need of attention. Production here is around 7,000 bottles of a passable red a year, plus a further 1,000 bottles of a rather limp rosé, but there is little here to get excited about.

Eric Villeneuve
Domaine du Pavillon
Le Granger
T: + 33 4 77 65 65 49
P: + 33 6 25 73 01 79
F: + 33 4 77 65 69 69

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