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DOMAINE LAURENT & FERLAND PILLOT
Since the 19th Century, generations of the Pillot family have cultivated the hills of Chassagne-Montrachet. Today, they run 14,8 ha for a total of 22 appellations spread across Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard terroirs, but also on the soils of Santeany, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, and Beaune.
Cotes du Roussillon
The Mas Passe Temps, who gave its name to the first wine made by Laurent de Besombes Singla in 2001 (a 100 % black grenache), girded with red earth, stands on the firsts Corbières Catalans foothills. Housed in the middle of rock, scrubland, and pinewoods, the plots - 50 hectares in total - follow the natural physionomy of the place : hills, steep slopes and plains. Laurent de Besombes.
Faithful to the grapes who love the Sun of Roussillon, he creates some authentic wines, fine, elegants, full of earth that brought them. Following the cuvées, reds are made of black grenache, carignan, mourvèdre and syrah, whites, of macabeu, white grenache, grey grenache, Alexandrie's muscat, small grains muscat. Singla found the way to reveal the amazing potential of this terroir.
DOMAINE MAS DU CHENE
IGP du Gard
In 1915, Frédéric Coste bequeathed to his daughter Valentine and her husband Arthur Delon 36 hectares of vines not far from the Camargue and the Rhone Valley. Over the generations, the family acquires much more land. In turn, Raoul Delon from 1935 to 1982, Philippe Delon in 1983 and Nicole Soyris Delon from 1984 to 1999 take the reins of the estate with passion and commitment. It was when Nicole died in 1999 that her only daughter Emmanuelle decided to leave everything behind to move to the Mas with her son and continue the family adventure. Her husband Luc Vignal, after a few years as a wine merchant, decided to move to the other side of the barrier and joined her in 2008. From this union, in addition to their two daughters, many vintages were born. in single-varietal and organic.
DOMAINE DES TOURELLES
When Frenchman François-Eugène Brun laid the foundation stone of Domaine des Tourelles in Chtaura back in 1868, he couldn’t have known that he had just begun to write the story of a marvelous Lebanese wine. Honoring this great heritage of artisan know-how and quality, Domaine des Tourelles produces today the best of wine, arak (its famous label “Arak Brun”) and liqueur. The prestigious Property is classified among the finest boutique wineries of the Middle-East, described in the Financial Times as “the most seductive winery” in Lebanon. Domaine des Tourelles’ bottles have ever then conquered admirers all around the world with more than 10 countries proposing its labels. Discovering Domaine des Tourelles is a must to enter the charming world of Lebanese wines.
At Château Pesquié, the Chaudière family has set itself the task of expressing a unique terroir: the terroir of Ventoux. Willingly pioneers, the three generations of winegrowers who rub shoulders there do not lose sight of future generations: quality viticulture for each of them requires sustainable and responsible practices.
Family estate, farmed biodynamically, on the eastern foothills of the Massif Central, close to the gorges de la Loire.
Stéphane Sérol took over the estate from his father in 1996. With his wife, Carine, they selected the best potential terroirs of granite soils at high altitude (400 to 500 meters) and cleared the fields to replant vineyards.
They naturally chose to plant the region’s indigenous, local grape variety: Gamay Saint Romain.
32 hectares of Gamay Saint Romain and 2 hectares of Viognier are planted on granite soils with high density: between 8,000 and 10,000 vines/hectare.
One new vineyard of 2 hectares of Chenin Blanc, planted in 2018, offers a new white wine.
Domaine Sérol and Michel Troisgros share ownership of Les Blondins, a two-hectare vineyard of Gamay.
Harvest is carried out by hand.
Extreme rigor in the cellar allows the winemaking process to remain as natural as possible.
DOMAINE ANNE GROS
Subtle, harmonious, supple—Burgundy from Domaine Anne Gros is intimately tied with the elegant and poised character of wines from Vosne-Romanée.
While each cru faithfully reflects its terroir, it is terroir as translated through Gros’ expert touch, offering richer aromatics, rounder curves, silkier tannins. The combination is irresistible, so much so that Gros’ very limited production is snapped up by global collectors faster and faster each vintage.
Anne Gros simply is one of the top winemakers in Burgundy today, which explains why her wines have inspired such a cult-like following. Importantly for us, Gros personifies the sort of winemaker with whom we have always sought to work: an artisan with a clear vision of her terroir and talents, and the grace to be humble despite the weight of Burgundian tradition and family history.
Anne Gros took over her father’s winery (Domaine François Gros) in the late 1980s. Yet there have been Gros family members in Vosne since the 1830s; land holdings have split among family members for generations. Today, there are four separate wineries in Vosne owned by the extended Gros family, including Domaine Anne Gros: Gros Frere et Soeur, Anne-Francoise Gros and Michel Gros, all of whom are Anne’s cousins.
DOMAINE ANNE GROS & TOLLOT
Minervois l Languedoc-Roussillon
Southern French spirit, Burgundian soul. The partnership of Burgundian winemakers Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot in the Minervois sets a new standard for quality and character in the Languedoc.
Finesse and precision are the two main characteristics of these Minervois wines—words more often used to describe Gros’ Burgundian crus rather than the concentrated reds of the south.
Gros has for decades headed her own estate Vosne-Romanée; her partner, Jean-Paul, hails from the family estate of Tollot-Beaut in Chorey-lès-Beaune. The pair wanted to make wine together, but the question was where—and the search, over a few years, brought them to the high-altitude hills of Minervois.
The region’s varied terroir, cooler heights (the same altitude as Vosne-Romanée, curiously enough) and very old vines offered just the combination they wanted, for wines that speak of both the sun and of silk in every sip.
DOMAINE PATRICE COLIN
The origin of the agricultural farm dates back to 1735 but it was Emilien Colin in 1900 who developed the direct sale of wine and contributed to the growth of the estate with 6 hectares of vines and 2 harnesses of horses.
The Domaine today has 25 hectares of vines including 9 hectares of Pineau D’Aunis, 8 hectares of Chenin, 2.5 hectares of Pinot Noir, 2 hectares of Cabernet Franc, 2 hectares of Gamay and 1.5 hectares of Chardonnay.
The vines are always planted at very high density; 7,500 hectare to promote competition and concentration. The originality is provided by the flint of the Loir Valley and the clay-limestone subsoil, moreover the vineyard, being located in the sinuosities of the Loir, benefits from a very favorable microclimate with little rain and a ideal sunshine thanks to a beautiful exposure.
The choice of working the soil has always been a reality on the Estate in order to nourish the soil, ventilate it and promote intense microbial life.
The vine draws its mineral elements in depth and thus best expresses its terroir. Driving in organic farming goes without saying to promote balance and plant diversity on the soil. The vinification is non-interventionist, the grapes are generally destemmed and sorted, ferment in stainless steel vats or barrels using their native yeasts. Chaptalization is banned regardless of the year.
DOMAINE ALBERT MANN
Domaine Albert Mann is part of Alsatian history. The domain is the result of two important winemaking families’ coming together: the Mann family, winemakers since the beginning of the 17th century and the Barthelmé family, the current owners, winemakers since 1654. Today, the Barthelmé brothers are at the helm of this small family domain.
Located in Wettolsheim (Haut Rhin), in the heart of Alsace, the domain spans almost 24 hectares and over a hundred parcels for the vineyards, thanks to the area’s great geological diversity. To make the most of this unique heritage of parcels, much focus is placed on replanting vines through massal selection. According to Jacky Barthelmé, “enology has arrived at its limit. As we are farmers, we work the land and nowadays, there is still some progress that can be made in the vineyard and in caring for the vines”. With Riesling, Pinot Blanc Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Muscat, the domain’s vines are on average 35 years old, though there are some very beautiful old vines over 60 years old.
DOMAINE PHILLIPE FAYS
It all started 3 generations ago with Jean Fays the grandfather, who cultivated the vines. Then the family house FAYS was created in the 70s by André, father of the current owner, who vinifies his first vintages. Since 1985, Philippe Fays and his wife Laurence have been managing a 4 Ha estate located in the heart of the "Côte des Bar".
DOMAINE MICHEL GASSIER
Costiere de Nimes
The energetic Michel Gassier has been a leading ambassador for the Costières de Nîmes for the past decade, traveling the world to promote his home region and his myriad of wines. In addition to the wines under the Michel Gassier label, he’s the winemaker for his family estate, Château de Nages, and partners in several joint ventures: Halos de Jupiter (with Philippe Cambie), Le Fervent (with Cambie and Chateau Ste. Michelle) and Cercius (with Cambie and Eric Solomon).