Domains

CHÂTEAU MALIGNY

Jean Durup

The Durup family, wine growers for generations, have cultivated the vineyards of Chablis for centuries. Jean Durup reassembled the vineyards of the Château de Maligny, an estate managed during the last century by Paul Gally his great grandfather.The overwhelming percentage of ideally exposed hillsides, flinty soil and steep slopes, guarantees wines of exceptionnal quality. L’Églantière is Jean Durup’s most renowned label in France.The different Chablis... read more

DOMAINE MANUEL OLIVIER

Manuel Olivier

To those who complain that it is not possible anymore to find some good burgundy wines at a decent price, we suggest them to taste the wines from Manuel Olivier.Established in Nuits-Saint-Georges, he vinifies his own grapes (and some that he purchase from Côtes de Nuits et Hautes Côtes de Nuits), finding back the noble floral aromas of pinot noir. With a real sense of the classical style of beautiful “villages” of Côtes de Nuits. In blind tastings, Manuel Olivier’s wines amazed us with their incredible vinosity and their class. The style and the race of his... read more

DOMAINE FRANÇOIS GAY & FILS

François Gay

Francois Gay owns around 7 hectares of vineyards, around Chorey-les-Beaune. The annual production of 40,000 bottles goes mostly to French regular customers and restaurants with just a small amount for export. His son pascal took over the property and continues producing some expressive and powerful wines, with a nice fruit and aging well. This domain is producing Savigny Les Beaune Rouge, Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Aux Serpentières Rouge, Ladoix Rouge & Chorey Les Beaune Rouge.


DOMAINE TRAPET PERE & FILS

Jean-Louis Trapet

Domaine Trapet Père et Fils is one of the greatest estates of Gevrey-Chambertin, with superb holdings in three of the top grand crus in the village and a legacy of great wines that dates back to their earliest days of estate bottling. While the family has been important vineyard owners in Gevrey-Chambertin since 1870, it was not until the 1960s that they began to bottle a majority of their production and offer their wines directly for sale to clients. Previously they had been one of the finest sources for top négociants in the region, including... read more


DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE

Michel Lafarge

Michel Lafarge, now in his eighties, and his son Frédéric make use of their combined experience top produce some of the greatest Burgundy wines in Volnay. There is nothing modern in their winemaking, though the meticulous care of their biodynamically farmed vineyards puts the domaine at the forefront of viticultural practices. When they are working on a patch of vines they are usually accompanied by their hens who eat up any little pests which may be lurking! They have around 10 hectares of vines and own some of the very best sites in Volnay.

DOMAINE JEAN-MARC BOILLOT

Jean-Marc Boillot

Jean-Marc Boillot set up his estate in Pommard in 1985, after having worked at the family domaine in Volnay and then with the négociant Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet. Today he farms a total of 11 hectares of vineyard with his two children, Benjamin and Lydie. A team of four people, Vincent, Pierre, Georges and Paul help them in the vines and in the cellar throughout the year. The parcels are spread over the communes of Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet andChassagne-Montrachet. Jean-Marc Boillot created his own... read more


DOMAINE DE L'ARLOT

Jacques Devauges

Bio... dynamic! The attention here is to details. There is a clear influence from Domaine Dujac here, as JP Smet, winemaker from whom Olivier took over in 2006, had been a long time protégé of Jacques Seysses... Two sorting tables are used (one in the vineyard, the other at base camp), stalks are retained as much as possible, and the Domaine purchases its own wood to air dry it for two years, prior to send it to their cooper...

DOMAINE JEAN-NOËL GAGNARD

Caroline Lestimé

Caroline is Jean-Noël Gagnard's only daughter. After studying business in Paris, she returned in 1989 to the village where she was born and grew up. For the first year she divided her attentions between managing the estate and learning about viticulture at the Beaune Lycée Viticole and about oenology at Dijon University. Not one to back down when challenged, Caroline first had to make her place in a world where men are not used to being confronted by women. As soon as she took over management, she introduced a terroir-based policy. This included... read more


DOMAINE BRUNO COLIN

Bruno Colin

Michel Colin was the third generation in his family to grow grapes in Burgundy within the prestigious Côte de Beaune. When he retired in 2003, he handed the property over to his sons, Philippe and Bruno, who split the holdings between them to bottle under separate labels. With the help of his wife, Stéphanie, Bruno farms eight hectares of land, in thirty different parcels scattered over five communes, with sometimes as little as just a few rows per parcel.To farm under these circumstances is quintessentially Burgundian, where the old Napoleonic codes of...read more

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DOMAINE BRUNO CLAIR

Bruno Clair

Bruno Clair founded the domaine which bears his name in 1979. The domaine at that time included plots in Marsannay and Fixin, the Dominode vineyard in Savigny-les-Beaune, and a large plot lying fallow in Morey-St.-Denis - "En la Rue de Vergy. He is the son of Bernard Clair (1920-2005) and the grandson of Joseph Clair (1889-1971), originator of the famous Domaine Clair-Daü which was founded in Marsannay in 1919. Following Joseph's death, family disagreements led to the dismantling of the Domain Clair-Daü in 1985. In 1986, Bruno was entrusted with...read more

DOMAINE THIERRY ET PASCALE MATROT

Thierry et Pascale Matrot

Thierry and Pascale Matrot established and developed a limited liability company allowing them to buy and sell the harvest of the vineyards of “Héritiers du Domaine Joseph Matrot”. Thierry has been running the estates SCE Pierre Matrot and Héritiers du Domaine Joseph Matrot for many years. He ensures constantly high quality regarding all stages of the winemaking process: ?cultivation of the vines, vinification, maturing the wines and selling them.

DOMAINE AMIOT SERVELLE

Christian Amiot

Christian and Elisabeth Amiot hold most of their vineyards in the best Premiers Crus of Chambolle, with a slight inclusion in the neighboring Clos de Vougeot. The estate, organically farmed since 2003, produces wines offering a fruity and modern character, although there is no great reliance here on oak (between 20 and 50% new oak depending on the Cru).

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CLOS FLORIDÈNE

Denis Dubourdieu

Clos Floridène vineyard, in Pujols sur Ciron, located in the Graves region, has been slowly developed since 1982 by Denis and Florence Dubourdieu, thanks to the successive purchases of plots located in the best terroirs. The name of the estate is derived from the two founders’ first names. Clos Floridène Rouge is strongly marked by an unusual association in Bordeaux, Cabernet-Sauvignon on calcareous soil. With a bright and intense color, it has black-currant and wild strawberry aromas, with hints of mint, liquorice and smokiness. The fruit and tannin are powerful, silky and fresh.

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CHÂTEAU CADILLAC

Arnaud Lesgourges

On land where the king is Merlot, Château Cadillac is a quality benchmark. Thirteenth century wine estate near Fronsac in the geological axis of Saint-Emilion, Château Cadillac has two types of soils: a clay-limestone plateau (20%), hills on Molasses Fronsac (80%).

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CHÂTEAU CABANNIEUX

Regine & Jean Pierre Dudignac

Château Cabannieux is an old property run by the same family for many generations. Since 1874, it is mentioned in the «Feret » (encyclopedia directory of bordeaux châteaux) as «Première Catégorie» then in 1881 as «Cru Exceptionnel ». In 1939 the château white wines were selected by the Regional Comity to represent white wines of the Graves region to the New york Universal Expo. With constant quality,Château Cabannieux has been awarded...read more

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CHÂTEAU D'AGASSAC

Jean Luc Zell

Besides any differences that are specific to each particular vintage, experts agree on a certain number of immutable qualities: character, appeal, finesse, opulence and aromatic length. Concentrated and ever well-matured, Château d’Agassac will appeal to connoisseurs for its purity and elegance. A wine for laying down as well as a wine for pure enjoyment, Agassac can be drunk in its youth for its fruitiness, touches of spice, breadth and soft tannins and, after a few years, for its character, concentration, power and freshness. Whether young or old...read more

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CHÂTEAU JEAN FAURE

Olivier Decelle

Château Jean Faure benefits from a unique situation. This 18 hectare property is located within the same terroir as the most prestigious Grand Crus Classes of Saint Emilion. Indeed, the famous premier grand cru classe A. Classified Graves Premier Cru as of 1898 by the Feret Bordeaux wine bible, Château Jean Faure was also recognized as a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe in 1959. However it was exluded from this classification felt it had fabulous potential. He went about draining and entirely restructuring the estate. Winegrowing consultant... read more

CHÂTEAU MOULIN HAUT LAROQUE

Jean-Noël Hervé

Château Moulin Haut Laroque is a prime example of a Bordeaux family vineyard. It has been in the Hervé family for many generations and was finally constituted in its modern form at the end of the phylloxera crisis at the end of the 19th century. The estate consists of around fifteen hectares of vines that grow on the slopes of several hills in the village of Saillans or on the highest plateau in Fronsac. They grow in pure chalky clay soils with an alkaline pH, which are particularly predisposed for the production of great wines. The famous Saint-Emilion hill... read more

CHÂTEAU D'OUPIA

André Iché

Château d’Oupia has been in the hands of the Iché family since 1860 and André Iché was in charge since 1969 until he sadly passed away in November 2007 when his daughter took over the running of the Château. The Château now has 53 hectares around the village of Oupia, including some 100 year old vines. The Ichés are of the “old school” wine making stock and very traditional in their approach. Their winemaking equipment is stored in a barn across the road from their village house. The Ichés’ wines are made in extremely small quantities and have... read more

CHÂTEAU LA LIQUIÈRE

Vidal Family

Chateau la Liquiere is one of the longest established and most significant estates in the region. It was all started two generations ago by the Vidal family, and remains in family ownership to this day. In the vineyard is Bernard Vidal, the son of the original proprietors, whereas in the winery is fully qualified oenologist Sophie Vidal, his daughter. The estate is now planted up with sixty hectares of vineyards, mostly a red, stony schist rich in iron, or grey schist, perfect terroir for both red and white varieties. There is manual harvesting and even a sorting... read more


LE MAS DES CHIMÈRES

Guilhem Dardé

Guilhem Dardé is one of the most extraordinary characters in the southern French wine business. Conservationist, activist, Mayor of the village of Octon and owner of one the most sensational moustaches one may ever encounter, he has made his own wine on his twelve hectares since 1993, when he withdrew from the local co-operative. His lands are to the west of the Lac du Salagu, on ancient volcanic rock made bright red by the high iron content. The landscape of his town Octon is, in fact, other worldly. Poor soil and dry, harsh weather conditions... read more


LE CLOS DES FÉES

Hervé Bizeul

Herve Bizeul practices a ruthlessly controlled viticultural regimen focused on some 130 parcel s of selection massale vines in the dramatically rock yet clay permeated limestone environment north of Vingrau, and his pursuit of concentration and purity continues with meticulous selectivity of plot sandlots as well as of clusters and berries. Add to this a fruit-pampering vinification, and the result is wines that have turned heads every bit as much as does the local scenery and brought Bizeul well-deserved recognition as a beacon of Roussillon quality he is so... read more


LE ROC DES ANGES

Marjorie Gallet

Marjorie Gallet is the young woman behind Domaine Le Roc des Anges and she brings real commitment and passion to this far south west corner of France. Roc des Anges was founded in 2001. A carignan vine planted on a vein of quartz gave gave the name to the estate. A white soil surrounded by black schist: the lieu-dit is called "Roc Blanc", and became Roc des Anges. Everything done in the vineyard is traditional, from the use of local stone to create low walls to divide the parcels of land, all bound up in the notion of respect for the cultural heritage... read more

DOMAINE GAUBY

Gérard et Lionel Gauby

Harmony... 80 hectares from which half are planted with vines and the rest left to guarrigues, the Gauby estate is far from a desert and represent a real ecosystem. "Harvested" insects are here collected from the triage table and sent back to theVineyard, hedges of trees are planted to welcome birds, and different grape varietals are planted together within the same plots to further develop a unique symbiosis also found in the wines...

DOMAINE LÉON BARRAL

Léon Barral

Léon Barral has 35-hectares of biodynamically-farmed vineyards on slightly acid schist soils in which a little of everything grows. Everything starts from the soil which must be made as healthy as possible. ?Léon is a perfectionist in the vineyard and believes in totally natural vinification. Triage is vital for the quality of the grapes which makes or breaks the wine. The fermentation is done with wild yeasts, pigeage is by hand, long macerations are followed by ageing in wood, and the assemblage (all grape varieties are vinified separately) follows... read more


CLOS MARIE

Christophe Peyrus

Christophe Peyrus took over his family’s vineyards in 1991. Prior to this, his father had sold the grapes to a local cooperative. From that point on, he sought council with some of the greatest winemakers in France (Didier Dagueneau, Clos Rougeard, Grange des Pères, etc) and now the French wine press considers his winery to be at the top of the appellation. The twenty hectare (50 acres) property is situated in and around the village of Lauret, north of Montpellier and the vineyards are scattered around the terraces that rise from the village up to... read more


MAS JULLIEN

Olivier Jullien

Mas Jullien is a young estate with a long history deeply rooted in the hillsides of Languedoc. Olivier Jullien grew up in the vineyards that his father and grandfather worked. As a boy in the late 70's, Olivier witnessed the winegrowers' uprisings in the region, which resulted in the death of two men. The vineyards of Languedoc were in a critical state. Decades of over cropping to produce inexpensive plonk with little thought given to quality were coming to a painful but necessary end. The young generation of the time wanted nothing more than to... read more

DOMAINE HEGARTY

John Hegarty

"We grow our grapes biodynamically (AB and Demeter certified), treating the vineyard as a whole, to achieve balance through a relationship of the soil, native vegetation, animals, bees and rhythms of the Universe.We create our own composts, using organic manure and biodynamic preparations which, when spread on the soil, encourage a rich microbial life that in turn nurtures the vines.Water is a precious commodity, so we collect rainwater from the roof of the Cave via water butts which feed into a large underground container. This softer water increases"... read more

DOMAINE NAU FRÈRES

The Nau Brothers

This 19 hectares family estate is run by two brothers who have always been on the forefront when it comes to produce typical wines of their AOC Bourgueil. Their domain is based on the first terraces of Bourgueil, with a soil made of chalkstone and grave stones. The Nau brother really own their fame sticking to the old way of making wine, with no industrial yeast, doing a manual harvest and using very few products (lutte raisonnee). Their vineyard is now composed old vines delivering superb value. Another wine insider’s gem.

DOMAINE OLGA RAFFAULT

Sylvie Raffault

Winemaking at Domaine Olga Raffault has been a family tradition for more than 60 years. The estate has terrific plots of land in the Savigny-en-Véron. The ‘les Picasses’ vineyard stands out from the rest: old vines of 50-ish years on a fairly steep slope from the riverbank that is alluvial clay with a chalk limestone base. The fruit is particularly expressive of dark fruits of cassis and dark cherries with a terrific mineral content and good acidity for structure. The ‘Picasses’ spends two to three years in oak, to reduce the wine and soften the...read more

DOMAINE THIERRY VÉRON

Thierry Véron

With 5.5 hectares of vineyard in AOC, it is one of the smallest producers in the Sancerre region. Vines are 30 years old on average and are all situated on the sloping hills around Chavignol. This domain take special care of the vine as we consider that the quality of wine greatly depends on the quality of the grapes grown. The harvest is entirely done by hand.


DOMAINE FRANÇOIS CHIDAINE

François Chidaine

In the village of Husseau, François Chidaine has worked alongside his father Yves for many years on two independent estates. François has strong feelings about viticulture, and works his vines the old-fashioned way, but does not want any mention of organic viticulture on his bottles although he converted the majority of his domaine to biodynamic viticulture. Chidaine looks resolute, serious and thoughtful and his methods are exacting, precise, perhaps even demanding. His wines we think reflect that, showing a precise, defined linearity that exceeds expectations... read more


DOMAINE DES ROCHES NEUVES

Thierry Germain

No one is producing Cabernet Franc like Thierry Germain. His approach is closer to a Burgundy wine-maker than a typical Loire producer. This 50 acre Domaine, situated in a superb viticultural location in the appellation of Saumur Champigny, has been a winery since 1850. Germain, from a long line of Bordeaux winemakers, arrived here in 1991, attracted by the regions’ perfect balance of grape varietal, climate and terroir, which he considers one of the finest in France. The vineyard is worked in a natural way with the goal of keeping the vine and the... read more

LA COULEE DE SERRANT

Nicolas Joly

The estate is located in the commune of Savennières in the Loire region in France. The owner Nicolas Joly (born 1945) is a living legend, and is one of the leading pioneers of biodynamic winemaking. He is an economist by training, with an MBA from Columbia University in New York, and took over the estate from his parents in 1977. Inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, Joly converted the entire operation to anthroposophic guidelines. The vineyard area totals 15 hectares. This includes the monopole steep slope vineyard Coulée-de-Serrant... read more


DOMAINE DIDIER DAGUENEAU

Benjamin Dagueneau

Below is the history of Didier Dagueneau prior to Didier's untimely death in 2008. His son Louis Benjamin Dagueneau, who had been working with his father for several years, took over the winery two weeks before the harvest of 2008. Didier's were no small shoes to fill, but Benjamin, now with three harvests under his belt, has more than proven to be up to the task. The 2008 "Pur Sang" is the apotheosis of the Loire. Voluptuous yet finely etched, it wraps its flavors of crystallized grapefruit and lemon zests around the tongue. Grandiose. A vin de meditation... read more


DOMAINE VINCENT PINARD

Vincent Pinard

Vincent Pinard is one of the most innovative and dedicated producers of the Loire Valley. He has 10 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 2.5 hectares of Pinot Noir, planted mainly on the hard chalky land of the commune of Bué. These wines are made in the vineyard where low yields result in exquisitely elegant wines of great subtlety, complexity and concentration.


DOMAINE BOTT-GEYL

Jean Christophe Bott-Geyl

The young Jean-Christophe Bott’s commitment to purity, concentration and varietal character has focused the world’s attention on this tiny domaine in Beblenheim, which lies in the heart of the Alsace region. Bott-Geyl began in 1947, but has reached true greatness under Jean-Christophe’s watch. He strives to balance the region’s tendency towards overwhelming sugar levels and over- the-top concentration with wines that marry delineated terroir and bright, clean fruit.

DOMAINE DES ENTREFAUX

François Tardy

Domaine des Entrefaux, located in the small village of Mercurol, was once part of the local cooperative at the beginning of the century. The owners, Charles Tardy and his son Francois, decided to produce wine under their own label in 1979. They currently grow grapes and walnuts. They farm 25 hectares (61.75 acres) of vines: 21 hectares of Syrah and 4 hectares of Marsanne. The yield is a small 40 hectoliters/ hectare with average vine age of 30 years old. The vineyards lie in Mercurol thought to be the best location for Crozes-Hermitage. The grapes... read more


DOMAINE GONON

Pierre Gonon

Pierre Gonon farmed some of Mauve’s best slopes in the heart (some say the birthplace) of the St-Joseph appellation. In 1989, he turned direction of the property over to his sons, Jean and Pierre. This friendly, talented team of brothers has since earned a reputation as the domaine of St-Joseph. This appellation sits along the western bank of the Northern Rhône, with its neighbor, Hermitage, across the river. The eastern exposure in the vineyards allows for fewer hours of sunshine, lending an unusual freshness and joie de vivre to these Northern Rhône whites and reds.


DOMAINE GEORGES VERNAY

Christine Vernay

A pioneer in the renewal of the Condrieu appellation, Domaine Georges Vernay has always made wines of unique style, notable for their finesse, elegance and harmony.Three generations have left the mark of the philosophy on the estate, while perpetuating its traditions in the greatest respect for both vines and winegrowers.The Domaine Georges Vernay lies among steep slopes of the northern Rhone Valley.The property has become a major emblem of Rhone Valley winegrowing, from the time when Georges Vernay saved the Condrieu appellation... read more

DOMAINE ROGER SABON

Roger Sabon

The Domain is made of 2 different properties located on 2 banks of the Rhone River: On the left bank are the 17 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape, which are divided, in 15 different parcels made of pebbles. The other property named Chapelle de Maillac is on the right bank of the Rhone River and is made of 28 hectares of different appellation of origin: 12 hectares of Lirac, 6 hectares of Cotes de Rhone, 10 hectares of Vin de Table. The production changed depending on the year but generally 590 hectoliters of Chateauneuf du Pape are produced from...read more

CHÂTEAU LAGREZETTE

Alain Dominique Perrin

A man of passions, Alain Dominique Perrin has devoted much of his time and energy to the task of restoring Château Lagrezette and giving back to the estate its true vocation : wine-growing. His wines, which are at once powerful, generous, elegant and refined, are the expression of a profound love of the region, of its art of living, culture and traditions. Today, the quality of Le Pigeonnier, the Cuvee Dame Honneur, and Château Lagrezette is unanimously recognized throughout France as well as abroad.

LES JARDINS DE BABYLONE

Benjamin Dagueneau

Below is the history of Didier Dagueneau prior to Didier's untimely death in 2008. His son Louis Benjamin Dagueneau, who had been working with his father for several years, took over the winery two weeks before the harvest of 2008. Didier's were no small shoes to fill, but Benjamin, now with three harvests under his belt, has more than proven to be up to the task. The 2008 "Pur Sang" is the apotheosis of the Loire. Voluptuous yet finely etched, it wraps its flavors of crystallized grapefruit and lemon zests around the tongue. Grandiose. A vin de meditation... read more

DOMAINE DUPRÉ

Jean-Michel Dupré

This dynamic winegrower works hard but with good results on an estate of very old vines, both in Beaujolais and Régnié. Forget the widespread image of easy wines and don’t be surprised by these terroir wines which require a year before delivering their full flavour.

DOMAINE RÉGIS CHAMPIER

Régis Champier

On this estate, four generations of wine growers have followed, keeping the passion intact. Everything is done to focus on the typicity of the appellation: working the soil, putting the vines under grass, limited use of chemicals and natural fermenting with wild yeast. Régis Champier selects and grafts his seedlings himself. Here nature is sovereign and the vines remain unperturbed.

DOMAINE GÉRARD CHARVET

Gérard Charvet

"Faithful equerry to the Lord of the Crus is the Moulin à Vent". This could be Gérard Charvet’s motto, colourful character who uses the means of the most renowned Burgundy estates to reach great heights. For him, no compromise: he works with the best equipment but also practices grape thinning and a drastic selection of the harvest (which most of his fellow wine growers find excessive). No matter, the results are here to prove him right.

CHÂTEAU RÉAL MARTIN

Jean-Marie Paul

Château Réal Martin, a superb 18th century Bastide, sits on a hillside between Correns and Le Val, a remote and preserved area in Provence, south of France. Former property of the Counts of Provence, Chateau Réal Martin is now a family owned business, run by Jean-Marie Paul, who became winemaker for the love of the soil and wine. His son Dominique, and all the people working for Château Réal Martin, share the same feeling and enthusiasm. An enterprising, epicurean man of taste, Jean-Marie Paul has always made “Only the Very Best” his objective... read more

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DRAPPIER

Michel Drappier

The Drappier vineyard, which extends over more than 75 hectares, represents the essential, typical and authentic nature of our cuvées. Since 1808 our family has applied its expertise in selecting parcels of land particularly well exposed to the sun and rich in limestone. They produce expressive and aromatic wines. Champagne Drappier principal growing areas are : Urvil, Bergères, , Ambonnay, Mareuil-Sur-Ay and Cramant. In an area rich in history and tourist...read more

DOMAINE DUPONT

Jerome Dupont

Located in Pays d'Auge, a part of Normandie well known for the quality of its agricultural products, is the Domaine Familial L. Dupont, one of the truly great makers of calvados.the Dupont Family runs since 4 generations a 50 hectares Domain, of which 30 hectares of apple ciders orchards. The soils of the Domain, mainly marls and marly chalks, produce fruits with low yields that are rich and complex. Etienne Dupont follows his forebears in the artisanal tradition but is constantly innovating in little and big ways to improve a line of traditional and innovative gastronomical products.