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Over the years the Alary family have have learnt to understand their different terroirs in Cairanne. South facing slopes with white and blue clays-soils, the lower terraces of the Garrigues, the high plateau with cobbles covering underlying white and red clays, along with the richer soils close to the Plan de Dieu...
The village of Bailly in Burgundy is the birthplace of the AOC Crémant de Bourgogne. In an underground quarry that provides unique natural conditions, Bailly Lapierre has crafted the finest sparkling wines of Burgundy. The classic noble grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are hand-harvested then vinified in a traditional manner...
La Belle Pierre Rosé is the quintessential southern French "Provencal" style Rosé. The grapes are grown on sand, limestone and shale. The cepage is a predominantly Grenache/Carignan based field blend with an average vine age of 30 years. The grapes are picked at optimal maturity and are 100% de-stemmed then receive a ultra soft pressing followed by a cold ferment...
Cradled in the hollow of the hills of Saint-Romain, the two energetic brothers Franck and Frederick have inherited their family’s passion for the land. We meet on a crisp spring morning; the boys (Franck and Frederick) put on a generous tasting, a tour of the vineyards, then a delicious lunch at their local restaurant…a seriously enjoyable mornings “work”...
A National Heritage Site in Beaujolais, Château de Corcelles has 90 hectares of beautiful old vines spread over several terroirs enabling Gamay to express a range of styles, this clearly is a major benefit to the final blend. The Château produces Beaujolais in its signature traditional bottle...
I love Muscadet - its simplicity and beauty seems to sum up what’s so great about French wine. It’s the quintessential seafood wine; Chateau de la Ragotiere's Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Old Vine Selection is dry, racy and full of freshness. The organically grown vines are between 40 and 60 years old and contribute deep fruit flavours and mineral complexity to this delicious wine...
The pretty village of Volnay is perched high on the hillside, as befits a place whose wines have long been reputed as the finest of the Côte de Beaune. Volany is old, the names of several vineyards remain unchanged for 700 years. The Delagrange coat of arms dates back to 1570. The family has been vineyard owners from this time forward...
Château Gantonnet dates from the 19th century. It is situated in Sainte Radegonde, a small village with its origins in the Middle Ages and within the Entre-deux-Mers region. The château is close to the Dordogne river, overlooking the village where it enjoys excellent exposure to the sun...
The Gassier family is one of the oldest in Provence and they remain firmly rooted there. The Château Gassier vineyard boasts a unique environment, at the heart of the Còtes de Provence Cru Sainte-Victoire appellation...
Château Husson is located on the eastern slope of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, in the town of Courthézon. The estate is fortunate to have old vines with deep root systems that can draw cool moisture during periods of hot, dry weather...
Fèvre families have been working at the heart of Chablis vineyards since 1745. Nathalie and Gilles both oenologists, run their property with a deep respect to the labor of previous generations. They use minimal vine intervention and, environmentally friendly techniques so that the authenticity of the soil can express itself both naturally and fully...
Standing in Veronique Peysson’s sunny cour tyard, she showed me the steep mountain peak on which her Gigondas vinyards are perched. They seemed ridiculously high and, to the naked eye, to have no access road, but those were indeed her vines. The famous battering Mistral wind does many things and when your vineyards are, intermingled with the mountain, it adds flavour into the wine...
Nathalie controls every aspect of her wine and she was the first woman to have the tittle Vigneron and Oenologist. She is to this day one of the very few women in Champagne to carry out both jobs simultaneously. And she does it with innervation and with dazzling results...
Moulin-à-Vent is the most structured and age worthy of the elite ten Cru’s of Beaujolais. I was told that Patrick Bertrand, the owner of Domaine de la Merize, has proudly been to Paris - once.  A quietly spoken mischievous man with arms like Popeye, I know that he is immensely proud of his wines and his region, but would certainly never say so...
Domaine du Nozay is a majestic castle located on a beautiful 17th century property. Today, 15 hectares of exquisite Sauvignon Blanc vines surround the castle. This is an isolated and preserved environment that results in sublime Sancerre. His wines are harmonious, they are pure and graceful, but most of all they are so pretty and fresh...
This small Domaine is situated on the famous flinty slopes of the Vouvray region just to the north of the majestic Loire River. It produces tiny quantities of exquisite white wine from very old Chenin Blanc vines. Their soils are packed with flint and silex – miniscule million year old sea fossils, dating back to a time when the sea covered this part of Northern France...
Domaine Pradelle remains a family run estate since 1854.  It is managed by the Pradelle brothers, Jacques and Jean- Louis, and Antoine Pradelle, the son of Jacques.  They lovingly work the land to create some of the most honest, earthy, spicy and bloody expressions of Northern Rhone Syrah...
Whether you are into “natural wine” or not, La Roche Buissière’s results make for delicious drinking. They are located north of Vaison- La-Romaine, in-between Provence and the foothills of the Alps; their 18 hectares vineyards are planted with Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre...
Along curving back-roads you find Château des Rontets located on top of a hill overlooking the village of Fuisse. Pouilly-Fuissé is the important white wine appellation in the Mâconnais district of Southern Burgundy. Being on top of a hill means that the only water to pass through the vineyards comes from above; purity is the hallmark of Château des Rontets...
Clos Roussely is situated near Château Chenonceaux (second only to Versailles as the most visited Château in France) in the appellation of Touraine. The oldest vines on the estate are over 80 years, worked by horse and harvested by hand. The Winery itself is dug deep into the 250-year-old Tufa (Limestone) walls, so wine making is at a constant temperature allowing for slow ferments...
Laplace – a family firmly rooted in the Madiran terroir! Three generations have succeeded at Chateau d’Aydie since 1927. In the 1930’s, Frédéric Laplace was the first in the area to focus on viticulture in a countryside where mixed farming was very much the norm. In 1952, his son Pierre took over, continued planting vines and improving the vineyard and was responsible for the first estate-bottled wine at Chateau d’Aydie...
One of the best properties in the appellation of Vacqueyras, certainly the best-named, Le Sang des Cailloux is located on the limestone escarpment which divides the villages of Vacqueyras and Sarrians. Serge Férigoule is famous for two things, one trivial and the other very serious...
Unlike the usual warmer Côte du Rhône climates yielding lush fruit, this fourth generation farm is located on 250 acres in the cool foothills of the Alps near the village of Valréas, where the Mistral winds whips through this north-eastern corner of the Southern Rhône...
The Château des Tours has cultivated vines since 1153 (that’s old!). It is the emblem of the Brouilly appellation, possessing 48 hectares in one whole piece giving focused, structured wines. Another 20 hectares of vineyards in Saint-Lager, to the north, has land that is less steep, producing “rounder” wines that are full of charm...
The ever-innovative Emmanuel (Manu) Rybinski is without question Cahors' hottest young star. Overseeing 24 acres on the plateau of Villeseque, Emmanuel Rybinski tends to some of the best terroir in Cahors. Emmanuel's 24 acre estate sits atop an iron rich plateau on the southern border of the appellation...
The beautiful organic vineyards of Rosé du Vallon borders the prestigious Domain Ott, so wine maker Romain Ott didn’t have far to travel from his family’s estate. “Petit rosé tout simple”, the new label states, quite simply Rosé! A modest and slightly ironic claim considering the biggest names in Provence are involved with its production...
Bandol, with its stonefeilds, sun and wide spread of varities, is also one of the oldest vineyard areas in France.  The first vines to be planted where by those clever Romans 2500 years ago.  Château Vannières is recognized as one of the most prestigious domains of Bandol making; excuisite pretty, peachy white, a red with delcatable aromas moveing towards spicey soft tannins and then the most “to die for” sumptios Bandol Rosé!..
 
In 1896 the Willm family founded the Willm Estate in Barr, at the foot of the majestic Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru vineyard. Owner of the famous Clos Gaensbroennel, the vineyard is famed for producing one of the world’s best Gewurztraminer wines. The Estate’s wines were the first from Alsace to be exported to the United States in the early 1930’s, after prohibition laws were lifted...