The Montagnac cellar was been created in 1937 on the Montagnac commune. Nowadays its soil stretches on 7 communes all along the Thau lake at the mountainous foothills of the right shore of Hérault. Around 2,000 hectares are vinified on 2 different sites which are the most important vinification areas in Hérault. A major part of the vineyard is located on clay-limestone soils with some pockets of marl as well. The climate is Mediterranean, dry and hot during summer, more temperate next to the sea. The Picpoul legend : an old legend tells that Picpoul grape was so browned and sweet at maturity that poultry on the shore of Thau lake enjoyed this sweet varietal when wine-harvest was coming, that’s how the name Pique Poule was born which has been modified then in Piquepoul and gave its name to the AOC Picpoul de Pinet.
At an elevation of around 160m the ground around Saint Saturnin is primarily made up of stony clay/limestone soils. The dry climate naturally reduces the yields here which in turn brings added quality to the finished wines.
This blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan brings together flavours of red berries and exotic fruits in a beautiful bottle.
In 2013 the Co-operative of Julienas and Macon-Chaintré united to form one company providing winemaking facilities for 169 winegrowers from across Southern Burgundy. The Cave selects the best grapes form it members and uses modern winemaking facilities to produce this range of wines that will give great pleasure immediately upon release at a price that won't break the bank.
This is a 14 hectare family estate in Le Mesnil sur Ogier dating back to the 1900s. A wide use of Oak for fermentation gives complexity and richness while the blocking of malo helps retain the crispness of a great Champagne. Their rosé is a saignée method made from Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is a lovely deep colour and full of flavour. The 2 whites are 100% chardonnay aged for 4-5 years for the Jardins and 6-8 years for the Terre de Mesnil and both are Grand Cru.
Champagne Delavenne is a family-run independent house (Recoltant - Manipulant) in Bouzy producing single village (mono-cru) dual-vintage champagnes. Annual production here is just 65,000 to 70,000 bottles annually. 4th generation jean-Christophe Delavenne is now in charge of this award winning estate. The Champagnes are exclusively Grand Cru, low-manipulation, vegan friendly, no Malo. Each Champagne is very pure and very characterful.
This family have been cultivating the vineyards of Aube since the 50s. In 1989 Laurent Breton, youngest among his brothers, together with his wife Karine Breton decided launch their own winemaking activity in the Côte des Bars area near the village of Colombé-la-Fosse. In 2005, eager to develop their own Champagne, they decided to launch “Champagne Germar Breton”, produced and elaborated by Laurent Breton himself. The domaine is named after their daughters, Gersande and Marcelline Breton.
Their Champagnes are produced from a blend of Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay. The 7.5ha of vineyards lie overs 4 villages of Côte des Bars where the soil is particularly generous and the sunshine is ideal for viticulture. The wines all go through malo prior to bottling so the style is fairly easy-drinking with 8g/l dosage.
This is a young estate with a bright future ahead of them!
The estate was created in the 60's in Château-Thierry, by Robert Lété and Liliane Vautrain, his wife. They combined their surnames to create its brand. Their daughter, Michèle, and their son, Frédéric, developed the company afterwards.
In 2011, the estate was taken over by another Champagne family, the Baron-Fuenté Family, a family with long-standing winemaking knowhow in the Marne Valley. Our eight-hectare vineyard stretches across the town of Château-Thierry and the neighbouring village of Essômes-sur-Marne.
As a producer and wine-maker (Récoltant Manipulant), we grow the eight hectares of vineyards by ourselves. They are located on limestone slopes that benefit from excellent sun exposure. Harvesting is done with the greatest care using traditional methods.
Lété-Vautrain champagnes are expressive, round and balanced sparkling wines that delight the taste buds.
Grand David de Mauvinon is a small estate on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux region. The vineyards cover 10 hectares and are certified organic,
The wine is 100% Merlot giving a plush, round body with smooth tannins. The vines have an average age of 38 years giving a lovely concentration to the wine.
Classic right bank Bordeaux!
Château Grandis is a small, relatively unheard of, estate of just 10 hectares run by Brice Vergez. Brice and his father before him François-Joseph have deliberately chosen to keep the estate small in order to tend their vineyards as much by hand as possible. It has been ‘Cru Bourgeois’ since 1932, and chose to remain affiliated in 2008 when the rules changed.
To this end each row of vines is ploughed rather using systematic herbicide and harvesting is entirely done by hand, as is pruning and a green harvest that helps to ensure full phenolic ripeness in each berry. After picking the grapes are painstakingly sorted by hand and then the grapes from each plot are vinified separately so that each plot can produce a wine interprets each nuance of terroir. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats before malolactic takes place. Each vat is then tasted and its quality assessed and those that are of good enough quality and possessing the right character are used to blend the final wine. The final assemblage is then matured for between 12 and 18 months in oak depending on vintage
The philosophy here is ‘balance’, producing wines that sit with a fine balance of ripeness, acidity, sugars and fruit flavour while keeping both a sense of place and allowing each vintage to show its character. These are classically styled in every sense of the word.
These are classic long lived wines as shown by the back vintages available, we are choosing to offer 2010 and 2011 at present which both still have plenty of life in them, and for this reason Brice is in no hurry to sell each vintage on.
James and Sarah Wilding bought Château Grange Cochard in 2008 and have set about completely re-invigorating this old estate. They are fortunate to have some 8 hectares of the best vineyard holdings in the area, including the top of the prestigious Côte de Py. These vineyards are managed sustainably - much of the work is done by hand, no insecticides are used and only organic fertiliser is applied to the soil. The old vines here, mostly between 40 and 100 years of age, produce wines with depth, complexity and concentration rarely found in Beaujolais.
Haut Barrail is a small 12 hectare estate owned by Cyril Gillet whose family bought the estate in the 1980’s and have set about renovating it entirely since then. The vineyards are on gentle slopes facing the Gironde with Clay/Limestone soils more similar to St Emilion than the Gravel of the Southern Medoc – and for this reason 70% of plantings are Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Viticulture is ‘Lutte Raisonée’ (Sustainable Viticulture), which allows the vineyards to speak but does also mean that Cyril is able to take necessary action to protect his crop. Cyril uses a consultant Oenologist to help improve the wines and shares the same Oenologist as Chateau Rieussec, Saransot-Dupré, Labégorce, Cissac, Caronne St Gemme, Bouscaut and Desmirail.
The ‘Grand Vin’ comes from 6 hectares of the domaine’s oldest vines which are planted at high density. The grapes are picked and transported to the new ultra modern winery where the grapes are de-stemmed and gently crushed. fermentations take place in Stainless Steel, temperature controlled tanks over 2 or 3 weeks. Free run juice is then run off, before pressing to get press wine.
Maturation is for 15 months in oak barrels of which 75-80% are new with the remainder 1 and 2 years old.
Les Tourelles de Barrail is the second wine which is made from a 3 hectare parcel of younger vines, 50% Cabernet and 50% Merlot which is aged in 20% Oak and 80% in tank.
An 8 hectare estate certified Organic and hopefully obtaining Demeter Biodynamic certification next year. Florent and Marine bought the estate in 2016 when he gave up his job as an industrial welder to follow the dream of running a biodynamic vineyard.
The plot of Semillon is 1.2 ha half planted with old vines and half with young and the range is completed by 4ha of Merlot and 2.5ha of Cabernet Franc.
This is a great little estate in Sauternes, not available on La Place and now exclusive to Vindies in the UK. Due to it's small size everything is done by hand resulting in a truly artisan wine. The grapes are hand harvested over multiple 'tries' and fermented in Inox to preserve the fruit profile. The wines are then aged partly in barrel to add complexity and partly in tank. 2010 and 2015 vintages are available in full and half bottles.
Château Lapuyade are a small 8 hectare estate owned and run by part time winemaker Jean-Joseph Aurisset. Both their vineyards and wines are certified as biodynamic and as such are one of a only a few in Jurançon.
The Cuvée Dentelle is 100% Petit Manseng. The grapes are picked very ripe, end of October / start of November, as if picking for a sweet wine. This gives the wine huge concentration along with low yields of 15-18 hl/ha. The wines are vinified in entirely in 1-2 year old barrels sourced from some of the best Châteaux in Bordeaux. Jean-Joseph uses natural yeasts which can be challenging to vinify given the level of ripeness of the grapes. Throughout the process SO2 levels are kept at a minimum in line with biodynamic regulations.
Château Montlau is situated on the hilltop overlooking Saint-Emilion and offers one of the best panoramic views in the area.
There are 25ha of vines, two thirds of which are Merlot and the rest Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon. There are also 3ha of white planted with Sauvignon, Muscadelle and Semillon.
The flagship wine is the Château Montlau but we also offer their second wine, Château Fontblanche which provides excellent value for money and a lovely white Entre-Deux-Mers.
Château Puybarbe is situated at the highest elevation of the Côtes de Bourg appellation, looking over the Gironde estuary on the right bank of Bordeaux. The 41 hectare vineyard comprises mainly Merlot and cabernet sauvignon and is cultivated according to sustainable philosophies. A brand new winery was inaugurated in 2001 and the winemaking is a mix of traditional and modern showing ultimate respect for the grapes and the terroir.
This winery offers seriously good value to Claret fans, all the character of great Bordeaux with the price tag of a Côtes de Bourg!
This 55 hectare domaine has been in the Victor family for four generations. Since 1987 Jean-Philippe has been in charge and the quality has continued to rise. This is a classic Provence Rosé made using a blend of 40% Grenache and 60% Cinsault. The grapes are hand harvested, undergo a cold soak for 18 hours at 14C then gently pressed. The press juice is blended with the free run juice and vinified at 20%. With it's amphora shaped bottle, cork closure, pale hue and very competitive price this is an ideal wine for wholesale into the restaurant trade.
One of the foremost Listrac estates as you may gather from the Dupré name, the estate’s vines sit between Fourcas Dupré and Fourcas Hosten on a particularly favourable site. The key in Listrac which is cooler than other areas of the Medoc is to rely not so heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon which in many vintages will struggle to achieve full phenolic ripeness and instead look to Merlot and Cabernet Franc to fully ripen and give a wine intended for medium term enjoyment.
Or rather to quote Robert Parker ‘The high percentage of Merlot ensures that in ripe vintages, this wine has a degree of opulence and fullness not often found in Listrac wines. The wine is usually dark ruby in colour, with a bouquet redolent of black fruits such as plums as well as licorice and flowers.’
To give added depth and complexity to the finished wines Yves Raymond uses only his old vines for Saransot-Dupré and uses Château Pérac for any young vines.
As the Decanter article naming Saransot-Dupré as one of the most improved Château states the wines have improved from the 2010 vintage when Robert Parker stated it was ‘Possibly the best wine made in Listrac, brilliant. This is classified growth quality’
Mickaël Hardouin runs 21 hectares in Saumur Champigny that he took over in 2007. By 2012 the estate had converted to organic farming knowing that it required a far more hands on approach in the vineyard but with the aim of making wines that speak much more about their place and show off their grapes and Cabernet Franc in particular to their full potential.
This is a family business handed down from three generations. Today, Guy and Olivier run the estate which is set over 13 hectares of vineyards in the hear of Chablis. These vineyards are worked with great care and yields are kept low to produce expressive wines with concentrated fruit.
The brothers take great care in the winery employing gentle pneumatic pressing, stainless steel tanks and gentle racking to allow the fruit to be the star of the show and express itself fully in the finished wine.
Domaine Belleville was created in Rully at the beginning of the 20th century, in the heart of the wine-making Burgundy. With 22 hectares of vineyards spread out from North to South Burgundy, Domaine Belleville offers the all range of distinctiveness proposed by both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties.
The Badoz family have been vignerons in Poligny, in the heard of Jura since 1659, transferring traditional winemaking techniques and local know-how from father to son for more than 10 generations. In 1970 Bernard Badoz set about a varietal re-planting programme to match varietals with the different soils found in the ‘Roussots’ vineyards of the family domaine. This rigorous work enabled him to develop high end wines combining an expression of grape varietal with that of terroir. In 2003 his son Benoit took over and brought about further changes and new wines which further improved the overall quality.
Domaine Billard has approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyards in different appellations throughout the Cotes de Beaune. Their largest holdings are in the Hautes Cotes de Beaune with other small plots located in Saint Romain, Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Auxey Duresses and Beaune.
The domaine passed from father to son recently and Jérôme Billard has brought a new philosophy to his family domaine. Farming is done with respect for nature and follows the principles of organic farming. Yields are kept low through the use of cover crops and severe pruning and all the vines are harvested by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation. Jérôme’s father sold his wine to the local cooperative but Jérôme is now estate bottling his entire production.
Jean-Christophe Bott is heir to the family tradition dating back to 1795, when his ancestor, Jean-Martin Geyl tended his vines and made his wine. Jean-Christophe Bott has been responsible for Domaine Bott-Geyl since 1993 and he converted the vineyards to be organic in 2000 and then biodynamic in 2002.
In the vineyards he concentrates on low yields and in the cellars he oversees the vinification in the most natural and minimalist manner. The whole art is to bring together tradition and modernity, to perpetuate the vignoble for posterity and to protect its ecology
To quote Allen Meadows; ‘the quality of these wines is nothing short of phenomenal compared to the usual quality of the respective appellations’. Claude Marechal makes his wines as naturally as possible, taking his inspiration from his late friend Henri Jayer who he trained with early in his career. In common with Jayer he makes wines above and beyond the expectations of his terroirs. His wines are pure and sleek with vibrant fruit and great potential to age. These wines are available in very limited quantities but are something you should definitely have in your cellar.In the vineyard ripeness is the watchword and the vines are maintained in order to maximise phenolic maturity every vintage whatever the conditions. No chemical fertilisers are used and the harvest is hand picked each vintage, Claude says he is usually the last in each appellation to pick which shows on the ripe fruited nature of his wines. After harvest the bunches are sorted by hand and gently de-stemmed before vinification using natural yeasts. The fermenting must is pumped over twice daily and once alcoholic fermentation is finished the wines are placed into oak barrels where they mature for between 10 and 15 months.
In 1974 Christian Bellang took over his parents' estate with vines mainly in Meursault as well as some of his father in law's vines in Savigny-Lès-Beaune. His son Christophe joined him in 1995 and together they expanded the estate to a total of 9 hectares. Today Christophe manages the estate and bottles around 40% of production under his own label. He makes wines which are fruit forward, easy going and perfect for drinking young.
Vines are grown according to the principles of Lutte Raisonnée. The wines are vinified in oak barrels using indigenous yeasts and are aged barrel for between 10 and 18 months depending on the vintage and the appellation.
Domaine Christian Bergeret et Fille is situated in the little village of Nolay approximately 8km west of St Aubin. The 'fille' is Clotilde who joined her father at the domaine in 2000 and has since then taken over from him. Almost the entire production from their estate is sold locally to a loyal list of customers - indeed for some of the wines there is a waiting list to be able to buy the wines!
The wines here are full, hearty and delicious and despite the small production and availability the prices are more than fair.
The idea behind Domaine d'Audaux is to take the undervalued and extremely high quality grape, Petit Manseng and make the very best wine possible irrespective of the cost and other economic considerations that confine all commercial grape growers the world over.
The Petit Manseng grapes were picked from 2 estates in 2 distinct terroirs which complement each other (Monein grapes bring richness and Lasseube bring freshness). Normal estates can't do this type of blend as they don't have grapes in both regions. The grapes are then hand sorted by the villagers of Audaux, foot trodden then basket pressed. The juice is fermented to dry in oak as above with the occasional battonage and was bottled last month.
Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW
''Fermented in three to five year old barrels used for smart white Bordeaux. Firm with all the tang of Petit Manseng but awfully young. Very ambitious. Will need quite a bit of bottle age. Admirably long. Citrus and tension.''
Score 16.5 / 20 (JancisRobinson.com)
These wines come from a 21 hectare family estate in the heart of Cour Cheverny.
The star of this estate is the Cour Cheverny itself which is made form a parcel of 4.5h of Romorantin, found only in this tiny area of the Loire.
The grapes come from a plot of 50+ year old vines and are harvested in October when fully ripe.
Delicious and characterful wines full of a combination of Loire minerality and graceful fruit.
Jean-Bernard Chauvin comes from a family of winemakers who first came to St Lambert du Lattay in the 1920s. Passionate about the vine and wine, he became head of the estate in 1984 with his wife Catherine. Today, Denis, their son, has joined them in this adventure , continuing the line of family winemakers.
The vineyards have always been a priority, it is for this reason that the Domaine de Clayou joined the "Terra Vitis" network of vingerons who work their land in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive way.
Domaine de Coquin dates back to the middle ages and used to be part of Château de Coquin which no longer exists. In French Coquin means 'naughty or 'tease' and when referring to land usually refers to land that is tough to work. The vineyards are spread over three villages within the appellation, Menetou-Salon, Parassy and Vignoux sous les Aix.
The vines are planted on South West facing slopes of Kimmeridgian limestone which are scattered with ancient oyster shells. Viticulture here is sensitive to the environment with ploughing and grass cover crops rather the use of excessive chemicals.
This 30 hectare estate lies in Provence's Golden Triangle, at the base of the Massif des Maures. It is perfect terroir for growing delicate Provence rosé. 80% of the production from Domaine du Grandpré goes into making rosé and they consider themselves specialists. These two wines are made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourverdre, Syrah and Rolle. The Cuvée Favorite is light and elegant whilst the Cuvée Minotaure is a more serious style which is great with food.
The Cormerais family have cultivated vines for as long as anyone can remember, the passion for winemaking and grape growing has been passed down through generations since the 1800s. Today it is Bertrand who runs the business having joined his father Joel in 1994. His philosophy is very simple - he starts in the vineyard with great attention to detail to produce the very best grapes he can while maintaining great respect for the environment.
Owned by the Mestre family, Domaine de la Côte de l'Ange has been run since 1988 by Corinne Mestre and her husband Yannick Gasparri, who were joined in 2017 by their son Jules. The vineyards are situated in plots around Châteauneuf du Pape with a small parcel of Côte du Rhône.
While not registered the Domaine is managed with great respect to the environment, pheromone traps are placed to confuse male butterflies and prevent them mating while the rows are ploughed rather than use herbicides. The aim here is to get the healthiest possible grapes into the winery while looking after the natural world.
The Domaine de Saint Ser is based in the Saint Victoire area of Provence and their vineyards are the highest of the appellation and facing full south. This gives the wines concentration and elegance. The vineyards are all worked Organically and Biodynamically and most wines are certified as such. The white Cuvée Prestige is made from 100% Rolle or Vermentino and is aged in terracota amporae. It's a really interesting, aromatic wine, full of complexity and spirit! The red Cuvée Prestige is appellation Côtes de Provence Saint Victoire and is majority Syrah with some Grenache and cabernet Sauvignon and is rich and delicious.
Domaine des îles is a family winery located in Saint Etienne du Bois that Mr Pierre Pénisson established in 1985 with only 0.5ha of vines. Since then, he has bought and planted around 1 to 5 hectares per year of Vin de Pays White (Chardonnay, Grolleau Gris, Pinot Gris), Red and Rosé (Gamay, Grolleau, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir). And today, Pierre and his sons own 130 hectares of vines on selected sites to produce light, fruity and aromatic wines, all of which they make at the Domaine.
Domaine des Mailloches has been family owned and operated for 8 generations and is devoted to the sustainable farming of a single grape variety - Cabernet Franc. The vines grow on three distinct soils, sandy clay, gravel and clay limestone which allows Samuel Demont to draw out different characteristics in his wines to give greater complexity.
Domaine du Landreau has passed through four generations of vine growers in the Loire. Here the vines are cared for meticulously and are picked by hand with several passes through the vineyard so that only those grapes that are at optimum ripeness are picked. Slow fermentation allows the wines to develop more character before they are rested for 3 years 'sur lattes' to ensure they are served at the optimum time.
This tiny 6.5 hectare domaine in the Loire was started by Emile Balland in 1999. The Ballands have been making wines in the Loire since 1650 and his father was instrumental in achieving recognition for the young AOC Coteaux du Giennois in the 1980s.
Emile has just one hectare of Sancerre and his cuvée Croq’Caillotte comes from the steep, south facing slopes of the Amigny area of Sancerre and is one of those rare wines that hugely over-deliver on quality. The Beaux Jours blanc is produced from vineyards on the slopes of the Loire river at Bonny and Beaulieu and is a complex wine with leesy character and great finesse but at an everyday price.
The Sorine estate is owned and run by the heirs of one of the oldest families in Santenay. The family estate was rebuilt in 1946 by Jean Sorine and was then taken over by his son Christian in 1990. Today Christian is joined by his wife Emma in the vineyards and winery. With limited vineyards available in Santenay the estate has grown and now also includes some Maranges.
The Sorine's have chosen not to gain organic certification however in many areas they would qualify, the aim here being to make wines that are true to their place, and have minerality and purity.
This is a 23 hectare family run domaine situated in the small village of Bernouil, close to Chablis. They currently only bottle 10% of the production but are expanding to meet demand. The wines are crisp and mineral and typical of the Chablis region. The Bourgogne Blanc Cuvée de L'Empéreur comes from a small parcel of vines which are 170 years old and on their own roots. The soil in the vineyard has a high sand content and has managed to resist phylloxera and avoid the need for grafted rootstocks. The wine is more intense and mineral driven than the straight Bourgogne Blanc and quantity is very limited. The Chablis makes a great entry level wine as it is easy and approachable and the 1er Cru is amazing value.
Gaëlle and Jérôme Meunier are based in the village of Barizey, 5 miles from Mercurey. They also have parcels of vines on the Côte d’Or including some excellent parcels in Puligny-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Champ Gain. The wines are rich and easy going in style with great balance and depth of fruit. The Mercurey is light and fruity and perfect for drinking young.
Ludovic and Emmanuel (sons of late Gérard) run a small family business estate located in Mauves on the right bank of the Rhône river, south of the Saint-Joseph designated area of production – formerly nicknamed “Vin de Mauves”. Courbis’ vines average 40 years old and are rooted deep in granite slopes split in high lying terraces only allowing for manual labour. Most of the estate plots of vines are clinging to the famous Saint-Joseph cradle hillside – nearing the villages of Mauves and Tournon-sur-Rhône. This privileged situation in both Saint-Joseph and Cornas (with some acreage in newly acquired property), where the up-to-60%-steep slopes benefit from exceptional drainage, sunshine and maturity, enable the Courbis’ to produce unique wines expressing tremendous freshness, melted tannins and yet an almost ethereal style with full-on terroir expression.
This is a relatively new domaine, having been created in 2008. The Gondard familly have been ensconced in the Mâconnais village of Viré for centuries and have been vine growers since 1981. Until 2007 they were selling their grapes to the local co-op buy came to realise that their parcels of vines produced grapes of such good quality that they deserved to be vinified seperately and so created their own domaine and started to vinify and bottle the wines themselves. The wine show the typical richness of mâconnais wines but also a surprising level of elegance and minerality. Lovely white Burgundy from a lesser known appellation at sensible prices.
In 1984, Hervé Richard became the third generation wine producer from his family in Chavanay, a small village located at the heart of the Pilat regional natural park. With the Condrieu AOC revival and the development of the Saint Joseph AOC, and with the help of his parents, he was able to specialize in these Rhône Valley "grands crus" wines.
Since then, Domaine Richard has come a long way and by 2007 Hervé Richard was working 8.5 hectares of vines with his wife, Marie Thérèse, who had joined him in 1997. Athough the growing conditions on the "coteaux" (slopes) are very tough, they endeavour to work in the most environmentally-friendly manner possible.
Michel Reverdy farms 14ha of vines of which 11 are given over to producing Sancerre blanc. This is a benchmark producer of Sancerre, farming the old fashioned, tried and tested way - hard work and sweat! His family have grown grapes in the area since the 16th century with Michel joining his father and brothers in 1971. When his father and brothers died he was left to run the domaine with his mother during the early 1980's.
Created in 2001 by wine growers going back four generations, Domaine La Loyane is a family owned vineyard cultivating 25 hectares in the communes of Rochefort du Gard, Saint Laurent des Arbres and Saze.
Profiting from an exceptional geographical and geological setting, the vineyard is managed with respect for the environment with low yields from the oldest part of the property. Each parcel is hand picked and vinified separately to give the family complete control over their finished wines, with the complex geology of their vineyards gives them scope to produce wines not only that have great concentration and length but that show real complexity too.
Domaine La Sarabande was established so that Paul and Isla Gordon could fulfill their dream of making serious long living robust wines. The vineyards were carefully selected to establish a balanced mix of schist soils, good drainage, good aspect and a mix of young and very old vines. The vineyards are organic which means that no chemical herbicides or fungicides are used. Only organic fertiliser is used to replenish the soils.
Laurent Lebrun was trained as a winemaker at Montpellier, spent his formative years training in Australia and then returned to France to take up the position of General Manager and Head Winemaker at Château Olivier, Grand Cru Classé in Bordeaux. He has recently taken over the running of his family estate in Pouilly-Fumé which makes classic, flinty wines from 9 hectares of vines on the slopes of St. Andelain.
Domaine les Caizergues is a family-owned vineyard that nestles in the foothills of the Cévennes. All the wines produced on this small estate are made with real passion, dedication and oodles of skill. Rich and fruity, the wines bear witness to the vineyard’s wonderfully warm, sunny climate. They also exhibit all the freshness you would expect from its location high above sea level. The estate is now well on its way towards formal organic accreditation and when it comes to wine-making the philosophy is to keep things simple.
A small, 5.5 hectare estate in the middle of Davaye Ludovic is the 4th generation to run the domaine. The winery is modern but the winemaking is traditional using a mix of old oak foudre and barrels to ferment the wines. The wines themselves show a good amount of fruit with really well integrated oak and loads of drinkability.
Maxime Dubuet-Boillot is the grandson of the famous Pierre Boillot from Volnay. He uncle heads up the family estate but Maxime has a different view of winemaking and as such has started his own business and this is his third vintage. The grapes come from family vineyards and he has vinified just 3 cuvées in 2019 showing elegance and refinement alongside a fruit forward character and silky tannins. One to watch!
The 2020 IGP Pinot Noir is a great value Pinot from just outside the Bourgogne AOP area.
André Moingeon created this domaine in the 50s although certain parcels of vines have been in the family for over 150 years. André was joined by his son Michel 1978 and now by his grandson Florent and together they have grown the domaine to encompass 10 hectares of vines around St. Aubin. The style is open and modern and easy to drink although the Puligny retains it's taut minerality perfectly. They only bottle 50% of the harvest each year and Michel maintains that prices are amongst the lowest in St. Aubin...and indeed, Puligny!
The Montesquiou family have been a source of Jurancon wines for generations, today it is run by brothers Sébastien and Fabrice who have raised the quality of the estate to a new level. The brothers employ many of the techniques of biodynamic viticulture so that no insecticides and herbicides are used. This philosophy demands that they put a great deal of work in their vineyards to produce healthy grapes that have good balance between ripeness and acidity. Having picked healthy grapes the brothers intervene as little as possible in the winery allowing both the grapes and vineyards to speak for themselves. The results are stunning.
Domaine Olivier Guyot is based in Marsannay but has vineyard holdings all over the Côte de Nuits including the 3 Grand Crus, Clos de la Roche, Clos st. Denis and Clos Vougeot. Until a few years ago he ploughed all of his 17 hectares using his own horse but since he has gone lame he now employs a professional horse. Olivier has a light touch in the winery and makes superbly well balanced wines combining power, fruit and elegance to make delightful wines which drink well young and will also reward aging. The Marsannay la Montagne, from 85 year old vines has more power and fruit than many more exciting appellations from other growers and the Vines for the Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux were planted in 1901!
Philippe Jaboulet spend 30 years working as production manager at the family domaine Paul Jaboulet Ainé. Aling with his son Vincent they have now started their own domaine taking some of the family vines with them and adding in other parcels. They now work 30 hectares which are certified ‘Haute Valeur Environnemental’, have a modern winery and produce a lovely range of wines blending modern techniques with a traditional terroir driven style.
You will not believe the prices on these wines! Remi has just over 7 hectares of vines in and around Morey-St.Denis. The vines are much older than average, with all of his Vieilles Vignes village bottlings being at least 50 years old, and the Morey St Denis over 60. This gives a natural concentration to the wines which are both well structured and elegant. Remi is a firm believer that wines are made in the vineyard and this shows through in the pure, concentrated style of the wines and the cautious use of new oak.
Gilles Remoriquet is not a winemaker who rests on his laurels. He is forever looking for ways to improve his wines. Most recently he has been to the Jura to see a specialist about selecting the right blend of manure and has bought a second sorting table which eliminates under-ripe berries by flotation! Cuvaisons are long, giving a light colour yet concentrated, intense fruit flavours. Remoriquet is one of the top estates in Nuits but the prices have yet to catch up. At the top of the range the Vosne-Romannée 1er Cru au dessous des Malconsorts is situated next to La Tâche and tastes like it is!
Domaine René Cacheux is tiny - just 3.26 hectares - but they have some very fine vineyards including 1 hectare of Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots and 0.18 hectares of Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaumonts. Their single site Bourgogne from Les Champs d’Argent is also worth a special mention.
Gerald Cacheux is the fourth generation and his wines are hand crafted from old vines and judicious use of new oak. They have a beautiful purity. This is a domain to watch, although if you stop and look too long you will miss out!
In the heart of Volnay this is an estate that was handed over to the son 8 years ago. Pierrick has since won the title of ‘Young Vigneron of the Year’ from Bourgogne Aujourdhui magazine. He uses minimal sulphur, none during fermentation and lets the wines evolve naturally. The results are wines with very pure fruit, not masked by oak, silky tannins and really good length. They are fantastic Volnay and taste just as Volnay should.
Sylvain Dussort comes from a long line of winemakers and coopers based in Meursault. He took over the estate in 1982 with his wife and over the years has expanded the estate with the acquisition of new vineyards as well as the modernisation and enlargement of the winery buildings. The estate now totals 6.5 hectares, half of which is Bourgogne Blanc and this is the wine Sylvain takes the most pride in. There are two cuvées, Cuvée des Coutures is from vines aged between 15 and 35 years old and is mainly aged in tank whereas the Cuvée des Ormes comes from vines aged 35 to 60 years old and is aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
Sylvain practices lutte raisonnée across his vineyards which are all hand harvested. He harvests early looking for elegant, mineral, terroir driven wines which will age at least 4-6 years in bottle. The wines are fermented using indigenous yeasts and vinified either in stainless steel tanks or most often in oak barrels. The wines are aged on their lees for between 12 and 18 months for the whites and 12 to 14 months for the reds.
Font de Joubert are made by the Charrier family from old vines, many over 100 years old. These gnarly old vines produce a concentrated grape juice from a number of small plots that are co-fermented. Almost entirely Grenache, just 3% is made up of a mixture of other permitted varieties which are planted in among the Grenache vines. The focus here is on fresh elegance with great concentration rather than power and volume.
Edouard and Marcel Guilbaud founded Guilbaud Frères in 1927 dedicating themselves to making high quality Muscadet. A second and then a third generations have since continued this mission, with the same rigorous attention to detail, and abiding by the family motto for taking wine and tradition seriously.
The privilege of having family vineyards, an intimate knowledge of the land, and of having established close relations over the years with the wine-growers of Mouzillon and surrounding areas have given Guilbaud Frères a reputation for quality. They draw upon their wealth of experience and local knowledge to judge, select and produce the finest wines.
A Vin de France from a well know Provence producer. Fresh, fruity, fun and fully certified Organic.
The grapes for this range come from vineyards in Provence, Roussillon & Languedoc and deliver loads of fruit with an elegance that comes form the naturel winemaking.
The rosé is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon in stainless steel and cement vats. The white is made from Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc & Vermentino in stainless steel. The red is made from Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon in cement vats. Take off is 100% Syrah with no added Sulphites and aged in stainless steel and is truly lovely!
Guilbaud Frères have been making wine in the Loire for four generations and as well as having their feet firmly rooted in the past they are forward looking and progressive.
This ethos is reflected in their wine making with this pair of varietals.
The 100% Chenin is cool fermented to retain freshness and matured on the lees for 6 months for complexity. It is fruity and refreshing, perfect for apéro time!
The 100% Grolleau Gris is from an overlooked Loire variety with pink berries giving a lovely very pale rosé. perfect for when you can't decide whether to drink white or rosé!
Created in 1956 by 7 passionate winegrowers, today that number has increased to 78 across 130 hectares, mostly in Gigondas but now also taking in Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise. Here at the foot of the Dentelles the unique microclimate combined with 7 soils types allows the winemakers to craft wines that have complexity and freshness while maintaining hand harvesting and traditional winemaking techniques ensure that quality is always good.
Le Véritable, Jurançon Sec is a wine that we have produced in conjunction with the Cave deJurançon with the aim of making a wine that our members can sell as a really good alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. This is fresh, light and very pure with lovely fruit aromas. A great little wine!
This is a one-off parcel from Maison Sichel. The wine is declassified from a Château that we are unable to name but in the words of Maison Sichel is the ‘’ultimate Pauillac Grand Cru Classé ‘’. We are not allowed to say who it is made by but it’s a good wine and well worth £21.99. It’s classic Pauillac, a little on the light side but ultimately drinking really well.