Adeline Bonnet is the fourth generation of her family to farm the property and (with the help of her father) is the first to make Champagne. Her 5.5 Hectare-property is just outside Bragelogne, the Southernmost village of the Côte des Bar and consequently, Champagne. The next village over to the South-East is Côte d'Or houses and to the South-West is Chablis Houses. [continue reading...]
Piot-Sévillano is in the hands of Christine and Vincent, who are the 10th generation of independent growers to make wine on this family domaine. Located in Vincelles, in the Marne Valley, Christine and Vincent have been running the estate since 2007 and in 2011 they implemented new agricultural techniques in order to preserve their soils and biodiversity. [continue reading...]
Third generation, Corinne is the young gun, the ambitious winemaker slowly taking over from her traditional father. He still has the upper hand on traditional winemaking, and masters the best qualities of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Gewürztraminer and Saint Laurent, while she is bringing in ancient and more contemporary practices into the vineyard and cellar from drones to Qvevri. [continue reading...]
Vincent Gross is a really talented young winemaker from a four-generation family estate in Gueberschwihr, a few kilometres south of Colmar, Alsace. The 10 hectares of vineyards, including the Grand Cru Goldert, are farmed and vinified using biodynamic practices throughout and Vincent's objective is wines bursting with aromatic expression... [continue reading...]
Brand new dream-team in one of our favourite French regions, Beaujolais, these school friends Sebastien Dupré and Guillaume Goujon grew up here and have had their domaine since 2015. Seb's uncle had dream plots on the S.E. facing slope of Côte de Brouilly, exceptional terroir in the Héronde and Pavé lieu-dits, but sold his grapes to the co-op. Without any interested children, the boys took full advantage of this rare opportunity [continue reading...]
On the sandy Médoc plains around the village of Pauillac, down a dirt track road there are two small parcels making up about 30 rows of 60-year-old Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted by Sophie Martin’s father and grandfather. They sold the grapes to local cooperatives until 2010, when neighbouring coop growers started selling their land to Lynch-Bages, Sophie decided to build a barn in her garden and buy winemaking equipment.. [continue reading...]
Max has been working at top wineries around the world his whole life and came back to Bordeaux, the place of his upbringing to start a family. On the side Max had an organic and biodynamic conversion consultancy firm, when a small parcel of old-vine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon came available to rent from 2021. His only condition was that he could do a half vintage in 2020 to test the waters, soils and vines and I have managed to secure 120 of the 450 bottles produced of their very first vintage. [continue reading...]
(Jean-Baptiste Duquesne) Graves, Bordeaux
Jean-Baptiste Duquesne is Pirate, shaking up the conventions of Bordeaux. Author of "Une Histoire de Cépages" a detailed history of 19th Century grape varieties in the Bordeaux. Obsessed, he turned his winery into the largest library of ancestral grape varieties, such as: Mancin, Castets, Bouchalès, St- Macaire, Jura...
Brother and sister winemaking duo Rachel and Guillaume Hubert inherited Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours in 1997 and immediately introduced biodynamic practices. When I met with Rachel and Guillaume I was struck by the calibre of their wines across the full range, not just for the high quality, but also the affordable price. [continue reading...]
On the sandy northern banks of the Dordogne river, just kilometres before it turns into the Gironde estuary, Frederic Mallier, along with his wife and two sons, have been running a 5-hectare estate since 2006. Although the estate hosts a 12th Century chapel and ephemeral outdoor bar overlooking the wide, cooling Dordogne, who's banks are only metres away, the real magic, as usual, is in the vines.
Nicole is the 16th generation of the Tapon family to make wine on Bordeaux’s iconic Right Bank. Despite the region’s reputation for red wines, Nicole is best known for her ‘Clairet de Bordeaux’ -a rare style of deeply coloured, age-worthy, dry Rosé. During our visit in 2021, we tasted the 2018, 2013, 2010 and 2006 each wine provided a compelling, gastronomic experience that combined the best of mature Claret with a fragrant, fresh lift. [continue reading...]
Antonin Jamois is orginally from Paris and after studying agronomy, moved to Madagscar for 10 years. With the arrival of his daughter, they moved back to his father in law's 6 hectare property in Lugasson in the Entres-Deux and learns how to make wine on the job. His fascination in ancient Bordelaise vareties that were forgotten about after Phylloxera, leads him to expand the 0.8 hectares of Merlot to 2.5 hectares, by planting Castets (pictured above), Mancin (also red) and most recently, Sémillon. [continue reading...]
Brother and sister duo, Olivier and Laure Lacoste, who took over their family vineyards just 4 years ago and have converted it to Biodynamic farming. Château Lagrange is made up of 9 ha of white Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. As with many Bordeaux producers, they have slowed down on the oak and started using amphorae in the winery, which provides the wines with more freshness and fruit definition. [continue reading...]
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