laurent combier | Crozes hermitage, rhone valley, france
DOMAINE LAURENT COMBIER
The Combier family first moved from the Ardèche to the Rhône in 1936 when Camille Combier bought three hectares of vines in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation , and sold his wine to the Tain l'Hermitage co-operative.
The domaine is now run by Laurent Combier, a very practical, open minded winemaker, who produces amazing Syrah, exuberant and élégant style of wine.
He believes that in order to make a great wine, he must allow nature to dictate his work in the vineyards, and bases his decisions on the soils, the living organisms and the lunar calendar.
Since more than 20 years, Domaine Combier is considered as one of the best winery of the appellation Crozes Hermitage.
The very exclusive Clos des Grives, is his famost cuvée of the Domaine, and it is the most wanted bottle in world for Crozes Hermitage.
His 13 hectares of vineyards are farmed organically since more than 30 years, long time before the organic trends.
Since few years, the sons of Laurent Combier (Julien and David) join their father in order to continue this amazing legacy.
DOMAINE DE FONDRECHE
The Domaine de Fondrèche estate is situated at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the famous mountain in the Vaucluse department of the South of France, and covers a surface area of 38 hectares. For over twenty years the vineyard has been tended using natural methods to create a harmony between the vines, the earth, and the surrounding environment, and to produce wines that reflect the local terroir. The yield of each varietal is reasoned, no chemical weed killers are used, and the earth is worked mechanically to strengthen the natural defences of the vines, encouraging the roots to burrow deeper and thereby protecting the vines from bad weather. Fondrècheis a unique place, with a special terroir and climate due to the influence of Mont Ventoux which brings currents of cold air and leads to big differences in temperature between day and night.
sebastien vicenti | luberon, rhone valley, france
DOMAINE DE FRONDRÈCHE
DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Domaine de la Janasse, thanks to the great talents of winemakers Christophe and Isabel Sabon, has become one of the finest estates in the Rhone. Whilst the Domaine has built its reputation on the quality of its Chateau neuf-du-Papes and Cotes du Rhone reds, Christophe s white and red IGP Pays merit similar accolades. From IGP Pays to Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, the same levels of care and attention are lavished on the wines. Tiny yield from the old vines give great intensity of fruit, while the flavours are preserved by temperature control, and expertly sculpted by judicious us of barrique. Christophe s talent is to express the brightness and intensity of the grape, and capture all the nuances of terroir.
Producing wines since Roman times, today the estate is owned by the Roozen family, who are continually striving to produce delicious wine, whilst protecting their environment. A beautiful estate of 400 hectares, the 186 hectares of vineyard spread over the hills at altitudes ranging from 280m to 499m, the site of the famous plot ‘Les Griottes’. If you are in Provence do visit this beautiful estate, admire the wonderful gardens, and try its splendid wines.
Since 2005, the gardens have been ranked as "Outstanding Gardens" by the French Ministry of Culture and were awarded "Garden of the Year" in 2008 by the French Association of Horticulture and Garden journalists.
Definitely one of the best value winery of our beautiful range of wines.
Luberon, rhone valley
DOMAINE OLIVIER LAMY
There have been Lamys growing vines in St-Aubin since 1640 - today it is run by Olivier Lamy. Olivier is representative of a new breed of Burgundian grower keen to progress. He worked at Méo-Camuzet before taking over in 1996 from father Hubert. Olivier ceased supplying négociants in 1997, grubbing up and selling off peripheral vines, keeping only the best and oldest sites. Currently he is experimenting with different planting densities in a quest to capture even greater expression of terroir.
The domaine produces both reds and whites and now has 16.5 hectares of vineyards, mostly in St-Aubin but a few parcels in Chassagne-Montrachet and a tiny plot in the Grand Cru Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. Yields are kept low and a recent innovation has been the introduction of selection tables in the cuverie to ensure that only the healthiest and ripest grapes are used.
Vinification is traditional and the wines are matured in oak casks (20-30% new) for 12 months before minimal filtration and then bottling. The quality is very high and is often superior to many wines from more fashionable villages that sell at twice the price.
Established in 1975 by Chantal Lescure and her husband , Xavier Machard de Gramont, Domaine Chantal Lescure is a family estate, currently owned by their children : Aymeric et Thibault Machard de Gramont. The Domaine Chantal Lescure owns 18 hectares of vineyard, from Chambolle-Musigny on the Côte de Nuits to Volnay, on the Côte de Beaune. In1996, death of Chantal Lescure, Aymeric Machard de Gramont decided to manage the Domaine. All the organization and specially the way to work in the vineyard changed. François Chavériat is hired as maître de chai. The new team work now in the respect of the vine and look for the best expression of each terroir. In 2001, Aymeric Machard de Gramont had to move to other responsability. He confided the Domaine to François Chavériat. Today, the domain is certified BIO.
JULIETTE JOBLOT | GIVRY, BURgundy, France
Domaine Joblot is one of the oldest generations of winemaker in Burgundy, since the XVII century. It was the favorite wine of the king of France, Henry IV Now Juliette Joblot , a young and dynamic girl is making exceptional wines, all with the respect of her family’s spirit.
Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin is not one of the oldest properties in the Northern Rhone Valley. Far from it. In fact, the estate was created in 1983 by Jean Michel Gerin, although it was not until 1987 that he began to bottle and sell their wine. The following year, in 1988 Gerin made his first purchase of vines in La Grandes Places. In 1996, Gerin added to his holdings with the purchase of land on La Landonne. Not content to only produce wine in Cote Rotie, in 2002, he entered into a joint venture with a few other French wine makers to produce wine in the Priorat appellation in Spain.
JEAN-MICHEL GERIN | Cote rotie, RHONE valley, france
“The beauty of a terroir, in the true sense of the word, is offering a unique, recognisable product that can be kept over time.”
The Wine estate Clos Centeilles is located in the very heart of the area “Minervois la Livinière”, 1st of the Languedoc’s “cru” to be recognized in 1999. Since 1995, Patricia Boyer-Domergue dedicated herself to reimplantation of old vines forgotten.
DOMAINE PJ VILLA
Since 2012 Pierre Jean Villa is settled in his own estate. He vinifies sumptous wines, aged from 12 to 24 months depending on the cuvees. He produces wines according to his philosophy : respect for the wine, minimal intervention, only native yeasts and word according to the lunar calendar. Saint Joseph, Condrieu, Cote Rotie and PGI: each wine by Pierre Jean Villa is elaborated with passion
cote rotie, rhone valley
DOMAINE LAURENT FOURNIER
Domaine Jean Fournier is seen as one of the best producers of Marsannay and winemaker Laurent Fournier is certainly at the forefront of elevating Marsannay as a wine and as a community. Fournier’s current holding cover 17 hectares of wines with many ranging between 20 and 70 years old and covering the most lauded sites of the AOP. With newly planted vines replacing older vines by massale selection, 21 hectares will be producing quality fruit by 2018.
DOMAINE CORNU CAMUS
Pierre Cornus and Bernadette Camus, are both issue from winemakers family. They work together since 1981, and work now with their daughter Lydia. The vineyards extend on 12 hectares in the area of haute cote de Beaune. They respect their terroir and their environment. The harvest is manual. They are working on famous appellations like Beaune 1er Cru, Pernand Vergelesses, or cote de Beaune.
DOMAINE REMI JEANNIARD
The vineyard of 6.5 hectares (mostly Pinot noir) of domaine Rémi Jeanniard is located in Morey-Saint-Denis, in the heart of the Côte de Nuits over 3 places: Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. Rémi Jeanniard is the eldest of a family of 8 children. After working for 20 years in his father's vineyard, he created his own winery in 2004 with the help of his wife. Harvesting is done by hand and a strict selection is made. The entire harvest is destemmed to produce wines the more faithful to the soil generations.
The immensely talented Vincent Dureuil, only in his mid-30s, produces a stunning range of single-vineyard white and red Burgundies in the Cote-Chalonnaise village of Rully, where his family has been since the 1500s.Vincent’s wines are balanced, precise, crystal-clear in their expression of terroir, and always fiercely mineral.
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