Domaine du Ry d'Argent

A directly south facing hillside, between the stony ground of the Condroz and the sandy terrain of Hesbaye

Le Domaine du Ry d’Argent and the Domaine du Chenoy are two fine examples of Belgian wine success. Their vineyards are planted on the same directly south facing hillside. The land, the sun and a very particular location always spared by the hail all combine to ensure bumper yields and magnificent wine harvests...

Article published in French by the Sud Presse - La Meuse - SudPresse.be (10/09/10) newspaper
and reproduced by kind permission of the editor.

 

 

Moving from traditional farming to wine was a minor revolution

One day turning their milk into wine was the feat achieved by the Baele family in Bovesse, who decided to leave the Walloon traditional farming sector.

 

 

A relaxing afternoon in the country at the Domaine du Ry d'Argent

When one thinks of wine, one doesn’t often think of Wallonia, which nevertheless produces wines of a quality that compare very well to those of more southern regions. At the Domaine du Ry d’Argent, you can take part in a wine tasting and go on a tour of the vines and facilities…

5 hectares planted with Régent, Cabernet-Jura, Dornfelder and Solaris, produce red, white and rosé wines of an excellent quality that will easily accompany your most refined dishes.
 

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At the start of 2010, we are not going to offer you a new restaurant but rather a drink to accompany any good meal: wine!

When one thinks of wine, France often comes to mind with its many wine-making regions, as well as Italy, Portugal or even Spain…

Not many people however think of Wallonia, despite the fact that our region produces wines of a quality that compare very well to those of more southern regions…

Grape harvests at the Domaine du Ry d'Argent: hand picked by volunteers

At the Domaine du Ry d'Argent the picking is carried out with surgical precision. The 5 hectares of the Namur vineyard are harvested by hand, by volunteers. “Mechanical harvesting is perfectly possible but in all honesty, the quality of harvesting by hand can’t be equalled.”

 

Article published in French by the Vers l'Avenir - Acut24.be newspaper
and reproduced by kind permission of the editor - 14/09/2009

 

From the vine to wine: exemplary conversion in Bovesse, Namur

Bovesse, near Namur has the largest surface area of vines owned by a single tenant in Belgium. The terrain is ideal: it offers a directly south facing hillside, benefitting from a temperate microclimate. The land is also rich with shale rocks. The vine profits from all these advantages when the sun decides to shine.

For Jean-François Baele, each wine is different. "My goal is to make a wine that is first and foremost good and light, with a good nose and aromas". This required major investments, with a development of the production facilities in accordance with HACCP standards.

But what is particularly gratifying for him, is the added-value in terms of image for the farming profession provided by his new business.

 

Red wine - La Rivière 2009

La Rivière 2009 Domaine du Ry d'Argent

Vin de pays des jardins de Wallonie

This in-house red wine is characterised by its fruitiness and lightness reflecting its origins.

A profile of explosive red fruits with full bodied tannins, surprising freshness and sustained elegance. Nose both floral and fruity with notes of strawberries and raspberries.

Serve chille

 

Red wine - Le Boisé 2009

Le Boisé 2009 Domaine du Ry d'Argent

Côtes de Sambre et Meuse A.O.C.

 

"Le Boisé" was voted 2nd "Best Belgian red wine 2009" by the Flemish sommeliers of the VVS

The assemblage of Cabernet Jura and Régent, matured in oak barrels, stands out through its fullness on the palate and elegant nose.

Red wine - Le Boisé 2008

Le Boisé 2008 Domaine du Ry d'Argent

Vin de pays des jardins de Wallonie

The CABERNET JURA with its woody notes stands out through its roundness on the palate and elegant nose.

The initial nose is sweet, with notes of black fruits. On aeration the nose becomes more generous, bringing to mind wet earth, undergrowth, damp wood and mushrooms, relieved by a few spicy notes.

Red wine - La Rivière 2008

La Rivière 2008 Domaine du Ry d'Argent

Vin de pays des jardins de Wallonie

This wine composed of an in-house assemblage is characterised by fruitiness and lightness reflecting its origins.

Fruity notes develop on the nose.

Red wine - La Ronce 2008

La Ronce 2008 Domaine du Ry d'Argent

Vin de pays des jardins de Wallonie

This red wine composed of DORNFELDER and REGENT offers an assemblage of sweetness and character.

The nose is very pleasant, of good intensity, mineral at first before developing smoky notes. On aeration, the notes of ripe fruits (blackberries, morello cherries, fruit jelly) mix with vegetal notes.