Philippe Viet farms 2,5 hectares of vines in Régnié-Durette on the Haute-Ronze sector. These vines will produce wines classified in Cru Régnié and Beaujolais Villages.
This granitic terroir is known for producing smooth and fruity wines with a delicate tannic structure.0.60 hectares of Fleurie Poncié and 1.20 ha of Beaujolais (Corcelles) will add up to my vineyard in 2020.
Respecting the terroir and its soils is a constant focus to Philippe’s farming practices. Therefore, he is converting the domaine towards organic farming.
In the winery, during harvest time, wines are crafted with low intervention and gentle extraction to produce soft and elegant wines.
Château Bernadotte is a well-known Haut-Médoc property situated just over the border from Pauillac, some three kilometres inland from prestigious châteaux such as Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Batailley and Pontet- Canet.
Up until 2012 it was under the ownership of Pichon Lalande and it continues to produce exceptionally well-priced wines under the new proprieters.
The Bernadotte vineyards occupy thirty-five well-sited hectares. The vines are planted to a density of 6,500 per hectare on a mix of gravel and sand soils with some clay. The vines are twenty-five years old on average.
Thomas and Véronique Muré are the twelfth generation of this Alsace winemaking family, and have instituted two major changes since taking over from their father.
First, they started harvesting their grapes earlier, resulting in drier, crisper and more ageworthy wines that are also more versatile matches for food. More recently they have converted their entire production to organic. While the family’s own vineyards have been farmed organically since 1999, the entry-level range, which includes fruit from other growers, followed suit from the 2015 vintage. Attention to detail and precision of style are Muré trademarks; the entry-level wines are beautiful varietal expressions, while those from the Clos St Landelin capture the essence of this very special Grand Cru.
Muré’s southerly location also allows them to make arguably the greatest red wines in Alsace.
The Hamelin family has been growing vines in Chablis for six generations, each one adding to the holdings and developing the winemaking techniques.
The domaine now stands at thirty-seven hectares, spread between the villages of Poinchy, Beines and Lignorelles.
This dynamic grower and négociant moved from Santenay to large premises in Meursault a few years ago, and quality has moved up a gear with him.
Girardin is now doing the opposite of many producers: reducing volume and raising standard.
Starting out with just over two hectares in 1980, Jean-Michel Guillon has single-mindedly built up his domaine to fourteen hectares today, including some particularly choice premier and grand cru parcels. Jean-Michel is unusual in his use of 100% new oak across the range, and yet with old vines, low yields and meticulous vinification, it is fruit that sings out above all here. His is a truly stunning range.
Chateau Barbanau is a multi generational domaine run by Didier & Sophie Simonini whose own story began in 1989 when they created their first vintage from vines they inherited from Sophie’s grandfather.
Situated in the heart of Provence, the domaine covers 30 hectares of vineyard, with Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Rolle grown on a limestone and clay soil to produce the best grapes. Their annual yield is close to 100.000 bottles spread in the following way: 50% of rosé wine, 40% of red wine and 10% of white wine.
Alongside Jacques Genet, talented Anne-Charlotte his daughter and Kevin Fontaine the oenologue of the domaine have been running Charles Joguet for more than 10 years.
The domain, in phase with the rhythm of the seasons and to the natural cycle of the vine, with a marked respect for nature and tradition. Today the domain covers 36 hectares (ha) of A.O.C. Chinon vines, exclusively planted in Cabernet France and 3 ha of A.O.C. Touraine, planted in Chenin Blanc, or Pineau de la Loire.
The reputable Domaine des Creisses lies in the heart of the village of Valros, located in the Languedoc region, halfway between Pézenas and Bezier.
The domaine dates back to the 19th century and started to make wine in 1904. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault.
Philippe Chesnelong has run the property since 1998 and soon after this arrival went about making changes to the vineyards and winery to make the domaine more sustainable, with a particular interest in the workings of the terroir. Philippe is supported in the winemaking by his cousin Louis Mitjavile, an outstanding producer and wine consultant from Bordeaux. Together they contribute to the success of the Domaine and its two wines les Creisses and les Brunes
Maison Ferraton was founded in 1946 by Jean-Orëns Ferraton, the scion of family of vignerons with a small holding in Hermitage.
Expansion of the family business continued apace under his son Michel, who bought vineyards in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage which produce a number of critically acclaimed, site-specific wines.
In addition to this he established a high-quality negociant arm, producing superior wines from the length of the Rhône Valley.
Since 1998, this Maison Ferraton has been a firm proponent of organic and biodynamic farming, with an increasing number of wines produced according to these principles.
Henry Pellé takes its roots in Morogues on the far east of the Loire Valley. The family cellars are close to the village centre and each of their vineyard plots are in the neighbouring Menetou-salon and Sancerre appellation.
For a long time Menetou-Salon lived in the shadows of its popular Sancerre neighbours, with the Pelle family contributing into bringing the appellation into light.
In Morogues, four generations of Pellé have passed on their passion, one to the next and have built a solid reputation on the quality and robustness of their Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blancs wines.
Paul-Henry Pellé like his great-grandfather, grandfather and father, chose to become a wine grower. He is currently running the domaine and progressively took an organic approach to its wines.
The domaine is planted exclusively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The parcels are grown without the use of weed killer or pesticide and the soils are ploughed. The work carried out in the vineyards is designed to take the unique expressions of each one of the terroirs from the vine to the bottle.
Nestled down a traditional street close to Reims, in the historic Champagne region, you’ll find Champagne Jean Boucton.
What quickly becomes clear when you hear about Jean Boucton is it is all about family.
The champagnes are born out of close ties within the same family of long-established producers.
Based in the same village, each family member runs their own property and vineyards and while every property has its own range of champagnes, we have pulled together to create a new high-end range of vintage and cuvée champagnes independent of those.
Also, champagne Jean Boucton is a one of a kind family arrangement. It’s a novel idea which manages to harness the best that each family member and property has to offer into a single signature style.
The family is united in a vision, using their expertise to create a unique range of cuvees, driven by passion, dedication and the desire to keep the traditions that have been passed down through the generations very much alive and present in the wines.
Domaine René Bourgeon was founded in 1969 in the commune of Jambles, a small appellation in the Cote Challonaise sub-region of Burgundy. In the 1980’s, René decided to work towards the larger Givry appellation, famously recognised as King Henri IV’s favourite style of wine during his rule in the 15th and 16th centuries. Despite the majority of wines in Givry being produced from Pinot Noir to make red wines, Domaine René Bourgeon also produces a lesser-known, but equally delicious, white wine from Chardonnay.
Having a sustainable approach to viticulture is key for Domaine Bourgeon, by working the chalk and clay soils only two to three times a year. This minimal intervention philosophy lessens the chance of compaction and encourages biodiversity, one of the many methods which helps return a natural balance to the soil.
All of the red wines produced, be they village level or Premier Cru, are treated the same way, ensuring consistency of style and quality in their wines. Before a natural fermentation from indigenous yeasts begins, the crushed grapes are exposed to a cold maceration for six to twelve days to enhance colour and flavour without over-extracting tannin. Fermentation usually lasts between two to three weeks after which time malolactic conversion takes place naturally. The wines are then racked from tank to barrel to mature for 18 months in a mixture of foudres and new oak barrels to soften and round out the tannins. The wines from Premier Cru sites, such as Close de la Baraude and En Choué, see a heightened level of new oak to create a smoother, richer mouthfeel, before being bottled on site.
With only 45,000 bottles produced every year, René Bourgeon is a boutique domaine who produce each wine from vineyard to winery to glass. These wines are incredibly terroir-driven, with real character and typicity of the region, a style that René’s son, Jean-François, has upheld since returning to the family business in 1992.
Having fallen into obscurity in the 1950s, Seguin is an excellent example of a Château that underwent a renaissance.
Since 1987 the present owners the Darriet family have worked hard to renovate the vineyard and their winemaking facilities, bringing the Domaine back to its glory.
At Château Seguin particular care and attention is paid to the environment through sustainable viticultural practices and thanks to excellent terroir in the heart of the Pessac-Leognan are able to produce powerful, well-balanced and elegant wines.
The Pessac-Leognan appellation is located close to the city of Bordeaux, producing both red and white wines with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 60% of the vineyards. Planted in a bed of river stones, gravel, clay, limestone, shell marl and sand the Pessac-Leognan fine wines are unique in their character.
Jean-Luc Marteau, the cellar master of Domaines Rollan de By, acquired domain Tour Perey in 2011.
The castle Tour Perey is located in the municipality of Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens in the jurisdiction of Saint Emilion.
The small 3,5ha property is split in two: 2,20Ha on of Saint Emilion Grand cru and 1,30Ha of Bordeaux.
The vineyards of the domaine are planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc.
Its oldest vines were planted 70 years ago, the youngest one are 30 years old.
After he graduated in oenology from the University of Reims in Champagne, Xavier Vignon travelled the world and worked for some of the most prestigious Domaines.
Based in the renowned village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for the last 20 years, he is now considered one of the most eminent Oenologists of the Rhône wine region in south-eastern France.
Each Xavier wine is the fruit of a meticulous work and a rigorous selection (terroir, vines etc.)
The diversity of the soils combined with the talent and experience of Xavier allow his blends to combine concentration, flexibility and nobility of the fruit, adding a touch of modernity to the sincere expression of the Rhone’s terroirs.
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