France

France produces more fine wine than any other country and with a generous climate and wide range of soil types, good wines are made across most of the country. Wine has always been important economically and culturally to France.

It was France’s chief export during the middle-ages, it is the largest source of oak barrels for serious wine growers everywhere, and the great scientist Louis Pasteur helped France establish the science of wine making. France may have lost some ground in key export markets as “New World” producers were seen to have out-marketed them. But with its history, tradition and natural advantages, it is moving quickly to regain any lost ground which is great news for the wine consumer.

Alsace

Alsace is a prominent wine producing region of eastern France nestled in the eastern slopes of the Vosage mountains that embodies both French and German varietals and styles. In Alsace, the wines generally take their name from the grape variety from which they are made, and not from their terroir.This originality has doubtless helped create their worldwide reputation. Wine lovers appreciate the Alsace grape varieties because they reunite all the pleasures of the senses : a slim bottle that is immediately recognisable, fruit-driven aromas that identify each grape, then the unique taste of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, creating a unique palette of wines that ranges all the way from light and dry to opulent and rich.

Burgundy

Burgundy has been producing world class wines for centuries. The vineyards of Burgundy were originally classified in the 9th and 11th Centuries by the Benedictine and Cistercian monks. Burgundy itself is split into 5 major regions:
Chablis: The most northerly region of Burgundy, which grows mostly Chardonnay. The wines are crisp white wines utilizing limited oak and displaying a smoky minerality.
Cote d'Or: The most famous of the Burgundy regions, here both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown. The wines showcase the different sites used to grow the grapes, exhibiting rich earthy notes and a full fruit flavor.
Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais: South of the Cote d'Or are the regions of Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais. Producing both red and white wines, these regions are known for excellent value Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines hold a lot of the same characteristics as the Cote d'Or and Chablis, however tend to be a little fuller and done in a more modern style.
Beaujolais: Known for producing wines based on the Gamay Noir grape. Wine styles here vary from the candied simple quaffing wines of the regular Beaujolais AOP to the more structured and complex wines from the 10 Cru Villages.

Loire Valley and Western France

The Loire Valley is a simple name for so complex a wine region. The Loire River runs for 625 miles through the center of France, rising in the mountains west of Burgundy and flowing in a long arc to the Atlantic Ocean at Nantes. Old world villages and storybook chateaux bedeck the Loire, once fought over by Gauls and Romans. It drains vineyards growing a striking diversity of grapes planted on a wide range of soils. Climatically, the Loire is near the northern limit of grape growing in France (only the Champagne, Alsace and Chablis regions are farther north). White wine production dominates here, rendering wines with delicate constitutions and vibrant acidity. Loire Valley produces wines that offer value and refreshing flavors, making them ideal for barbecues and alfresco dining. And, the wide variety of bottlings ensures there's something for everyone, from light, crisp sparkling wines and elegant dry whites to fruity reds and lively dessert wines.

Rhone

The Rhone Valley region is located in southeast France and is classically divided into the Northern and Southern Rhone regions based on geography and the predominant grape varietals. Common appellations in Northern Rhone include Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage, which grow predominantly Syrah and Viognier.

Among many appellations in Southern Rhone, the best known is Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Both red and white Southern Rhones are characterized by blending of many varietals, including red varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan, and white varietals, such as Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Clairette. This region also has the excellent Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise appellation of dessert wines that rival Sauternes in Bordeaux.

Languedoc, Roussillon & Provence

In the south of France, right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, lie the regions of Languedoc, Roussillon, and Provence. These regions contain magnificently rugged and remote river valleys, medieval castles, and many small villages hidden away from modern impact. There is a long history of Greek, Roman and Moorish influence here which have provided some of the oldest vines in France. All of these regions base most of their red wines on blends of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre, and Cinsault. The white wines are predominantly Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Roussanne, and Bourbolenc.

Roussillon is the furthest South sitting right on the Spanish border. Most of the residents consider themselves to be Catalan and the culture and food reflect this. Most of the quality wine coming from this region is fortified dessert wine much in the same style as Port. The dry wines from the Côtes du Roussillon and Collioure are evolving in style and improving every season.

The Languedoc region is probably the most well known of the regions south of the Rhone Valley. The growing regions of Minervois, Corbieres, and St-Chinian have long had excellent reputations of their own. Lately other regions such as Cabardés, Limoux, and Faugéres have started to garner well deserved attention of their own.

Provence has an international reputation for complex rosé wines which pair well with food. Recent improvements in technology and awareness of more modern techniques have allowed some winemakers the ability to produce fuller style wines with a rustic twist. The Vin de Pays classification here, which allows for more experimentation from the winemaker, has opened the door for a lot of wineries to compete on the international market.

Bordeaux and Southwest France

The world's largest producing region of quality red and white wines has a long and interesting history. The first recorded mention of this region is by the Latin poet Ausonius (AD 310-393) and Chateau Ausone in St.Emilion is named after him. Both the English and the Dutch have had a long association with Bordeaux. The English have long been major consumers of Bordeaux wines despite the many squabbles between the two countries. They coined the term "Claret" which is still used to describe the robust red wines from here - although this term was first used during the middle ages to describe the pale rose colored wines drunk during these times. It was the Dutch who drained the marshy Medoc in the mid 17th century which then gave birth to the famous Lafite, Latour and Margaux estates. The quality and age-ability of the best red and white wines produced here continue to set the benchmark for many of the best wine producing regions world wide. The Left Bank is the region of the famous communes Pauillac, Margaux, St.Estephe, and St.Julien. Here the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is crowned king and blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. On the cooler Right Bank the climate and soil favor grapes which ripen a little earlier, here Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the major grapes used. White wines in Bordeaux are a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.Some of the wines are produced in stainless steel and are crisp and bright; other white wines may spend some time aging in barrel and acquire a fuller and deeper tone more reminiscent of Chardonnay from Burgundy than Sauvignon Blanc. The wines of the Southwest region of France are more rustic in style than their Bordeaux counterparts to the North. This is based partly on winemaking style, and partly on the use of other more rustic grape varietals such as Fer, Tannat, Ugni Blanc, and Petit Manseng.

Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Champagne began as a wonderful accident of nature. The cold winters of this region tended to stop fermentation in the bottle and a secondary fermentation starting in the spring produced the sparkling bubbles we associate with Champagne. It was mostly regarded as a nuisance for a long time because it caused many bottles to explode before they could be sold. Once the English developed stronger glass bottles, Champagne became more widely available in the 17th century. Champagne as we know it today, really began in the first part of the 19th century with the venerable widow Clicquot helped by a local chemist who calculated how much sugar to add to produce a controlled secondary fermentation. While there are now many countries producing good sparkling wines (Champagne now accounts for less than 10% of sparkling wine consumption), Champagne remains the firm favorite of many people wanting to celebrate a special occasion, or simply enjoy a great wine with a friends.

France Wine Producers

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AlsaceSchoenheitzThe Schoenheitz wines are much the same as Henri and Dominique: a wonderful blend of cosmopolitan elegance and hearty tradition. Located in Wihr-au-Val, in the Haut-Rhin's Munster Valley, this family operated estate (they have no other employees) is the only independent producer in the village. Wihr-au-Val was completely destroyed by Nazi artillery on June 18th, 1940 as retribution for a sabotage operation by the resistance that killed several Nazi troops.

Schoenheitz grapes grow on extremely steep hillsides. These slopes, often too steep for mechanical assistance, are bathed in the warm southern sun but - as were other renowned vineyards in Alsace - abandoned after WWII. Famous since the Middle Ages, successive twentieth century wars had destroyed the vineyards. Dominique and Henri have continued this reconstruction project begun by Henri Schoenheitz Sr. in the 1970s. The Schoenheitz family’s hard work and passion for winemaking have successfully restored the reputation of Wihr-au-Val.

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For winery & vineyard information, and tasting notes and accolades in English and French, please see: www.vins-schoenheitz.fr.
AlsacePaul GinglingerPaul Ginglinger Egusheim, Haut-Rhin
Winemaking at Paul Ginglinger is truly a family affair. For thirteen generations, Le Domaine Paul Ginglinger has been growing grapes and producing wine in the village of Egusheim with the utmost loyalty to Alsace tradition. The new generation at Ginglinger comes in the form of two brothers, Michel and Jean-Francois: Jean-Francois is a PhD student of plant molecular biology in Strasbourg and his brother Michel is the winemaker. Eguisheim, an off-shoot of Colmar, is located in the Haut-Rhin and is known as the “cradle of Alsatian winemaking.” Sustainable viticultural practices are used, all grapes are hand-harvested and the wine is made in the basement of a house that the family has lived in since 1704. Paul Ginglinger produces a full range of wines; sparkling, Vin d’Alsace, Grand Cru, Seleccion de Grains Nobles and Vendages Tardives.
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes & accolades in french, please see:www.paul-ginglinger.fr
BordeauxChateau Mayne-VieilChateau Mayne-Vieil
The Mayne-Vieil property dates back to the 16th century when it belonged to the De Paty family. Its forty-seven hectares are situated in AOC Fronsac and AOC Bordeaux and a re planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A high density vineyard enables Bertrand Seze and his family to produce elegant wines with excellent concentration of fruit and great balance. Grapes leaves are thing for better maturity and green harvested for concentration and quality. Chateau MayneVieil produces three wines: Chateau Buisson-Redon and Chateau MayneVieil, which are classic Bordeaux blends and Cuvee Alienor, which offers distinctly Fransac-styled wine of full character and elegance.
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For Mayne-Vieilwinery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see: www.chateaumaynevieil.fr
BordeauxCap Leon Veyrin The Cap Leon Veyrin estate has been owned by the same family since
1810, the estate is now run by Alain Meyre. His son Julien is the vineyard manager and his daughter Nathalie, who trained in California and Australia makes the
wines. The family also owns Chateau Julien, a property in Haut- Medoc, and in 1999 the Meyres bought the nearby Chateau Bibian. Mme Meyre also runs a Bed and Breakfast, so the family has plenty to keep them occupied. Cap Leon Veyrin is located in Listrac. This commune is between Saint-Julien and Margaux, right next to Moulis. It is more distant from the river and from the ocean than any of the other Bordeaux communes. This relative coolness of climate together with its windy situation close to the forest gives a slow, even ripening process.

The soils are principally clay-limestone soils and as a result the wines tend to be more rustic and heavier than their counterparts in the gravel soil closer to the Gironde. The average age of the vines is 30 years; Julien Meyre uses no herbicides, and the vines are green-harvested to control yields. The wine is fermented in stainless steel to retain fruit character and then are aged for 12 months in 25% new oak. The blend of the wine is 57% Merlot, 40% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
vignobles-meyre.com
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau d'ArgadensChateau d'Argadens
This 45 hectare property in the Entre-deux-Mers region was purchased by Maison Sichel in 2002. Maison Sichel embarked on an ambitious restoration program which expanded and restructured the vineyard and cellars. It now ranks as one of the top Bordeaux Superieur wines on the market. The vineyards themselves are located on one of the highest hills in Entre-Deux-Mers, and are thus well drained and receive excellent sun exposure critical for ripening grapes. The wines are aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 14 months before bottling.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.sichel.fr
BordeauxChateau BibianBrother and sister, Julien and Nathalie Meyre, are creating a reputation to be proud of at Château Bibian. The property was purchased in 1999 by the Meyre family from famous soccer player, Jean Tigana. Dating back to 1857, this property is one of the oldest in Listrac. The parcels are scattered around the village of Listrac, mostly on clay-limestone soils but also on pockets of Pyrenees Gravel. The 14 hectares are planted with vines between forty and seventy years old. Winemaking at Château Bibian is a complementary blend of tradition and modern technology. Julien Meyre, the winemaker, is assisted in his efforts by famous wine consultant, Michel Rolland. Quality is of utmost importance; viticulture practices such as green harvesting, and leaf thinning help the Meyre family to achieve results. The Bibian blend is predominantly Merlot with lesser parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged twelve months in 30% new French oak barriques. SOLD BY VINUM IN WASHINGTON & OREGON
For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes, please see: www.chateaubibian.com
GasconyDomaine de Pellehaut Domaine de Pellehaut has been owned and managed by successive generations of the Béraut family for over 300 years. Today, the wines made with passion and dedication by Mathieu and Martin Béraut win systematic praise from the trade and press in France and throughout the world. Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne red is
remarkably balanced, showing intense fruit flavors married with toasty oak. Very approachable, easy-drinking but with lots of class and depth. With its château dating back to the 18th century, Domaine de Pellehaut is situated in Montréal-du-Gers in southwest France and has been the family home and livelihood of the Béraut family for more than 300 years.

Two Béraut brothers, Martin and Mathieu, run the estate today. Covering some 550 hectares, Pellehaut is one of the biggest estates in the whole of the Gers. 180 hectares are under vine, producing still light wine and grapes for Armagnac. The remaining land is used to raise Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle and for growing cereals.

Since the quality of any wine begins with the quality of the grapes, Pellehaut's vineyards benefit from continuous care and attention throughout the year. Yield control, grassing over, minimum use of insecticides following the lutte raisonnée principles, are all put in place to produce the best possible harvest at optimum ripeness. Harvesting is done by machine and, on arrival at the vat house, the grapes are drained before pressing in a pneumatic press. The resulting must is cleaned and a proportion goes into temperature-controlled vats, while the remainder is vinified in 225-litre oak barrels. Once selected yeasts have been added, the musts are fermented for an average of two weeks at low temperature (15°C). Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the wines are lightly racked and then left to mature on fine lees that are regularly stirred (batonnage). The final wine is a blend of vat and barrel wines that are fined and lightly filtered before bottling.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.pellehaut.com/
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau du GlanaCovering only 900 hectares, the tiny appellation of Saint-Julien owes its world famous reputation to the high number of Grands Crus Classés properties nearby, and that in 1855, virtually all vineyards in this region were considered worthy of Classed Growth status. Château du Glana is a marvellous way of getting to know the wines from this region since it lies on the famous D2 ‘Route des Châteaux' that runs alongside the Gironde Estuary, and is situated between the villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, opposite the elegant Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. The meticulous care and attention to detail in the vineyard as well as in the vat house, and the judicious use of traditional and modern wine making, have all contributed to the reputation of Du Glana, which was given Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in the new classification of 2003.
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.chateau-du-glana.com
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau d’AngludetAngludet is one of the oldest properties in the Médoc and its history is one of downfalls and revivals. Angludet takes its name from the knight Bertrand d’Angludet, who was lord of the manor in 1150. In all likelihood, the vineyard, which appears on the Belleyme map of 1785, was there since the beginning of the 17th century.

Located on a broad gravel plateau, known as "Le Grand Poujeau", the Château d'Angludet dominates the lower lands of the Gironde estuary. All the conditions for successful wines come together in this sandy and gravely soil which provides good natural drainage, a factor that enables concentration, great finesse and remarkable elegance in the Angludet wines.

When Benjamin Sichel took charge of wine-making operations 1989, he set a goal to optimize the vines’ natural balance. This aim continues to inspire the never-ending search for the best possible expression of Angludet's extraordinary soil, which produces perfectly balanced wines with a finesse and complexity that only nature can create.
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.chateau-angludet.fr
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceMaison SichelMaison Sichel has been a family run business since the late 1800's. It has grown to be one of France's premier wine families. Taking pride in every wine they produce, the wines are sure to as different and fantastic as their home.
At the head of a wine patrimony of about 350 hectares, the Sichel family can be proud of its authentic signature of "Propritaire Vinificateur Eleveur", which enables it to have both an original and very complete approach to the production universally.
For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.sichel.fr
BordeauxMoulin de MalletChateau Moulin de Mallet is located in the commune of Pujols, just south of Saint-Emilion and Castillon-la-Bataille. The Pujol plain was originally dotted with windmills and the original miller's house is the home of the winery owners. Serge Couderc's family has owned Moulin de Mallet since 1898, and recently has been modernizing the property to create the best environment for quality wine.
The wine itself is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It is richly fruity with smooth tannins which make it an ideal wine for drinking with food and friends. For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.sichel.fr
BordeauxChateau La CaussadeLa Caussade is one of the oldest and most renowned estates of the Cotes de Bordeaux. For more than a century, the Armand family has worked in the vineyard of Sainte-Croix du Mont, adjacent to world famous estates such as Chateaux d’Yquem. The chalky soil deriving from fossilized oyster shells, is perfect for enhancing the flavors of Semillion and Sauvignon blanc, particularly in late harvest and noble wine styles. For this reason they make an outstanding wine that competes with any Sauternes. In addition, La Caussade produces an AOC Bordeaux red wine, a blend of Merlot & Cabernet, sourced with estate grown fruit from an adjacent vineyard 45 km southwest of Bordeaux. Yves Armand has made the most of this estate and his wines have all the character of well-known chateaux of the region.
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For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:www.chateaulacaussade.fr/
BordeauxChateau Lafont MenautComing from the same family which owns Château Carbonnieux one of Bordeaux's most acclaimed dry white wines, it is hardly surprising that Philibert Perrin has shown a true talent for making white wine. Close to another celebrated property, Smith Haut-Lafitte, LafontMenaut is at once elegant and rich, with intense minerallyflavours and classic Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc aromas of citrus and exotic fruit.Philibert Perrin has devoted the last 6 years to replanting and exploiting the potential of the extraordinary gravel mounds that make up the vineyard at LafontMenaut. Well situated and well exposed to the sun, the estate covers some 10 hectares of vines and produces red and white Pessac-Léognan wines and is producing excellent wines worthy of representing Pessac Leognan!
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.carbonnieux.com
BordeauxChateau SorbeyChateau Sorbey is the second label of the prestigious Chateau Julien of the Haut-Medoc. Chateau Julien was created by Alain Meyre of Chateau Bibian and Chateau Cap Leon in Listrac. The wines of the Sorbey label are created using the same vineyards as the wines of Chateau Julien. They are blends of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot.
A rich ruby color with notes of red and black fruits and some spice from the oak aging.

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.vignobles-meyre.com/i
BurgundyFrédéric MagnienA fifth-generation winemaker, Frédéric Magnien not only makes wine under his own label but is the winemaker for his father's estate, Domaine Michel Magnien. He only uses the highest-grade François Frères oak, aged three years and allocated to other exclusive estates such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Comtes de Lafon.
Magnien's selection process is fascinating and very unique. A few times each week he rides his bicycle through the small trails that crisscross the vineyards of the Côte d'Or. Magnien knows them all by heart. What he's looking for is which vineyards catch the earliest rays of sunshine. These are the ones to watch. If the owner of the vineyard is already out tending his sun-blessed vines, it is doubly good. Magnien's label includes small quantities of the finest premier and grand cru wines from about 25 different parcels in Burgundy.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
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BurgundyMichel Sarrazin et FilsIn a small village southwest of Givry lies the town of Jambles, with only 500 residents it is an easy place to miss. Jambles is special because of its vineyard-covered hills, the source of stunningly noble, high-altitude wines that are truly a vinous world apart from the better-known flatland cuvées of Givry. Brothers Guy and Jean-Yves Sarrazin run the family winemaking business of Michel Sarrazin et Fils. The wine from the hill-side vines is deeper and more complex, with more distinctive and fresher flavors than those of the typical flat land Givry cuvées. Sarrazin wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered to help retain all of the character of this wine.

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BeaujolaisPascal Granger Pascal Granger is the latest winemaker in a long legacy of wine-making passed from father to son over the past 200 years. The Granger family began in the village of Chenas and for the past 25 years have lived and worked in the village of Julienas;
The Granger estate encompasses approximately 10.5 hectares of vineyards, 8 of which are within the appellation of Julienas.
The domaine's principal holdings are found in the lieu-dits of Croix Rouge, Fouillasses, Gonnards, and Mouilles.

In addition, a small amount of Chenas is made from 2 small parcels within the commune of Chenas,
All of the harvest is done manually to select only the best bunches. The fruit is pressed quickly and the temperature is lowered to 20 C to maximize aromatics.
The basic cuvee of Julienas is racked into stainless steel and bottled in March of the year following harvest.

The finest product of the old vines parcels is selected and racked into a combination of large and small oak barrels where it completes the aging process. The "Cuvee Speciale" is the result, slightly more body and power than the standard Julienas.

Julienas and Chenas are 2 of the northern Cru villages of Beaujolais.

Julienas is named after Julius Caeser. Wines from this village are rich and spicy. One of the first villages planted by the Romans.

Chenas is the smallest Cru village and noted for a highly aromatic wine reminiscent of roses. The village is named after the forest of French oak trees (Chene) which used to grow here.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.cavespascalgranger.fr
BurgundyDomaine ArlaudDomaine Arlaud has established itself as one of the leading family wineries in the Côte d'Or. The winery in Morey-St.-Denis has a new, modernized cellar for use by Father and son winemaker team Herve and Cyprien Arlaud. Their vineyards are organically tended-and even plowed by horse by sister Bertille, rather than by tractor. This helps to keep oils out of the soils and is a far less damaging for the vines. Wines from this domaine are always pure and utterly natural, thanks to the family's dedication to organic viticulture and overall smart, diligent work in the fields. Hand pruning and green harvests are the norm here.
The "Roncevie" Bourgogne Rouge comes from a Bourgogne classified vineyard surrounded by fields classified as Gevrey-Chambertin village and is undoubtedly one of the finest Bourgogne Rouge wines for the price.

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www.domainearlaud.com
BurgundyBichotThe Bichot family moved to Burgundy in 1350, but did not establish themselves in the wine industry until 1831 when Bernard Bichot started a wine brokerage. Alberic is the current owner and is the 6th generation to run the house and recognized that in order to survive in this new era change would be necessary, and the direction the company has taken in response to this realization has largely been down to Albéric.

This meant purchasing either land, or grapes when still on the vine, giving the team greater control over methods of cultivation, date of harvest and so on. Today the company owns around 100 hectares of vineyards between 4 estates.
At each different estate one team is devoted to vineyard work which ensures intimate knowledge of each parcel and the vines planted there.

Despite being a négociant the focus is on the Domaines rather than the name of the Bichot. This is especially clear at the Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis.
This historic domaine was in the ownership of the Abbey of Pontigny for more than six centuries, and was then purchased by Depaquit after the Revolution. It is now in the sole ownership of Albert Bichot.
There are 65 hectares of vines, which include vast holdings of Grand Cru vineyards, and of course the La Moutonne site (which straddles Les Preuses and Vaudésir.) recognised as the unofficial 8th Grand Cru

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www.bourgogne-bichot.com
BurgundyDomaine de la MadoneThe town of Le Perréon boasts extraordinary terroir, with pink granite soils that remind of cru Fleurie; the vineyards themselves are ridiculously steep and are some of the highest in the region (more than 1,500 feet above sea level).
The wine itself is completely tank made to preserve every bit of fresh, aromatic and concentrated fruit from the family's ancient-some more than 100 years old-vines.
The mouth is all supple and sweet, with endless waves of red and black fruits, good grip and freshness. The "Le Perréon" has outstanding concentration and complexity, this is Cru Beaujolais in everything but name.

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BurgundyDomaine de la MeuliereDomaine de la Meuliere has been making Chablis since the end of the 19th Century.
Nicolas and Vincent are now the 4th generation to be making wine at this family owned Domaine. Using more traditional methods; organic fertilization, hand harvesting, and manual racking of the barrels, the character of the vineyards is expressed in these wines. Nicolas and Vincent pride themselves on a minimalist approach to winemaking. A soft touch and lots of patience is required to produce wines in Chablis.

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www.chablis-meuliere.com
BurgundyDomaine Marius DelarcheThe style of Delarche Burgundy, both red and white, is determined completely by terroir. All of their wines are mineral-rich in the most complex and tantalizing ways, with a luscious core of citrus-spiced fruit. Never superficial, the wines respect the soils that produced them and are slavishly true to them.
Another characteristic all Delarche wines share is their ability to age gracefully. This isn't immediately obvious, as so many of his wines are rich and approachable upon release. Yet underneath those smiles lie delicious depths and mysteries just waiting to be discovered years-or even decades later.

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Loire ValleyAmpelidaeAmpelidae was founded by Frédéric Brochet in 1995. This unique winery is set up in the small village of Marigny-Brizay near Poitiers in western France.

Marrying the genius of modernity and the talent of tradition, Frédéric and his team produce two lines: Marigney-Neuf and their super-premium wine, Ampelidae. The name “Ampelidae” is inspired by the Greek word Ampelos which means vine.

All Ampelidae wines are farmed and produced organically. With the belief that great wine starts in the vineyard, Frédéric produces a range of expressive and one-of-a-kind single varietal and sparkling wines.
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Languedoc-RoussillonJean-Louis Denois A sixth generation wine producer from Champagne, Jean-Louis Denois has brought world-class technique to the sparkling wines of Limoux. An area that has produced sparkling wine for hundreds of years longer than Champagne. Limoux is best known for its Blanquette, made from Mauzac. The sparkling wine, Blanquette, gets its name from the white color of the bottom of the Mauzac’s leaves. However, Jean-Louis is not a fan of the local Mauzac grape variety, which he has ripped out of his vineyards. Nevertheless, he is a fan of the terroir in Limoux. In the Languedoc, Limoux is an area of contrasts. The vineyards are relatively high in altitude, at 200 to 400 meters above sea level. The soil is clay and limestone with many pebbly areas. The combination of this soil with higher-altitude, cooler vineyards, creates one of the best settings in the Languedoc for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. However, less than 1% of the wineries bottle and sell their own wine.

Known for his consistency and innovation, Jean- Louis is also a bit of a rebel. He fought with authorities for the right to plant Riesling and Gewurztraminer. He was finally blocked by the Alsatians who claimed it is illegal to plant these varietals in France, outside of Alsace. He is also a strong believer in environmentally friendly vineyard practices and maintaining low yields.
ChampagneJean VesselleDelphine Vesselle is a perfect example of what the next generation of winemakers in Champagne (or France, for that matter) is capable.
Trained both in France as well as in South Africa and Australia, Delphine is steeped in both modern techniques and family tradition. The ancient family estate (more than 300 years old) is located in the Côte de Noirs town of Bouzy, most famous for its powerful Pinot Noir wines. Her wines have a classic Bouzy signature, but also show impressive finesse and grace.
After the death of her father, Jean Vesselle, in 1996, Delphine has preserved his memory by continuing the family tradition of making outstanding Champagne. She told us that she "tries hard every day to honor his confidence by working towards quality and respect for the wine, with passion and dedication".
The family wines hail from two vineyards which they own. Their vine holdings are 90% Pinot Noir (much of which grows on mineral-rich Kimmeridgian soil) and 10% Chardonnay.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see:
www.champagnejeanvesselle.fr
ChampagneMichel TurgyMesnil's reputation is firmly rooted in the integrity of its vineyards, every one of which is rated grand cru. The village is located on a hillside that could easily be mistaken for some of the finest terroir of the Côte d'Or.
Every minute of sunlight is precious in northerly Champagne, and Mesnil is pitched just right to capture both morning and afternoon exposures. Every wine from this historic terroir is by default blanc de blancs, as Chardonnay is the sole grape that grows on these alabaster soils which give the Côte de Blancs its name.
Many great Champagnes are made by masterfully blending many different cuvees to create a single cuvee greater than the sum of its parts. The wines from Turgy are unique in that they have a slightly lesser dosage than usual, and include a special addition of reserve wine for added character.

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ChampagneEgly-OurietFrancis Egly is at the top of the small grower elite, with his estate located in the heart of the Montagne de Reims, surrounded by 100% grand cru Pinot Noir vineyards.
Part of what makes Egly so special is the lands on which his grapes flourish. Egly owns vines in Bouzy, Verzenay and in the heart of Ambonnay--"Les Crayeres", "Les Secs", "Les Feucheres" and "Les Beurys". These perfect, south-facing vines are on average 40 years old (ancient for Champagne vines) and are vinified separately, to preserve as much individual character as possible.

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ChampagneBoizelFive generations, five couples, five eras, five cuvées, but a single passion that continues to be perpetuated from father to son and daughter: the love of Champagne. Evelyne and Christophe are more passionate than ever; from the vines to the cellar they dedicate themselves to creating fine Champagnes.

Boizel is a Negociant Manipulant house;"In Champagne, there have always been two professions: cultivating grapes and making the wine. My parents and grandparents preferred to make the wine well, leaving their friends, the growers, to cultivate good grapes"—Evelyne Roques-Boizel.

In their cellars under the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay, frequent tasting and analysis allows Evelyne and Christophe to achieve the harmony and complexity that produce a singular Boizel stamp and style
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ChampagneLegras & Haas The Legras & Haas family has been producing wine for seven generations. The first few acres, of the current family domaine, were purchased over two-hundred years ago. These vineyards include some of the most highly regarded terroirs in Champagne. Today Legras & Haas is lucky enough to own vineyards in both the Côte des Blancs and in the Aube. The Côte des Blancs vineyards are regarded as among the very best Chardonnay producing vineyards in Champagne. In addition, the Aube is reputed to be among the very best Pinot Noir producing vineyards in Champagne. This diversity of terroir not only helps them to remain independent, but it also helps to insure the quality of their wines from year to year. In addition, this exceptional palette of terroir allows them to make very complex and expressive wines.

At the age of 13 François Legas began working with his father Lucien in the vines. Now, François and Brigitte’s sons Remi and Olivier have joined them at the winery. The family has a great deal of respect for their vineyards and practice lutte-raisonée (sustainable farming methods). An enormous amount of care goes into their winemaking. The grapes are fermented separately by varietal and by parcel, in small stainless steel tanks. The wines are left to settle naturally, in tank, for seven months before they are placed in bottle. They then spend a minimum of three years in bottle before disgorgement.
Legras & Haas’ combination of high quality grapes, years of experience, and great vineyards sites all come together in the bottle to produce an exceptional Champagne.

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www.legras-et-haas.com
ChampagneLancelot-RoyerSurrounded by 100% grand cru vineyards, the tiny Champagne village of Cramant is a hidden gem-which is exactly why we are devoted fans.
Domaine Lancelot-Royer nurtures its great vineyards in the heart of this chalky, terroir-driven town, and since the 1960s has been crafting vinous Champagne from 100% Chardonnay grapes.
The non-vintage "Cuvée des Chevaliers", is a 100% Chardonnay wine that is aged much longer on its lees (on average 3 1/2 years) than the family's regular blend. This process gives the wine added complexity, texture and breathtaking depth-with just a few opalescent strands of tiny bubbles.
Our selection is always disgorged just before shipment, to ensure you enjoy the freshest, most vibrant bottle of Champagne possible.

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Loire ValleyDomaine du MargalleauWinemaker Jean-Michel Pieaux represents the third generation of this humble family estate, one that always dedicates the cream of its Chenin Blanc crop to crafting pure, artisanal sparkling wine.
Unlike other Vouvray domains that consider sparklers only in lesser years, Domaine du Margalleau every vintage keeps 20 percent of its crop for its impressive bubbly. And with a year such as 2005-one of the Loire's finer vintages-this sparkling Vouvray is simply dazzling, with a brisk, invigorating mineral character and plenty of fresh, sweet Chenin fruit.
The domaine's vineyards benefit from a combination of clay, chalk and silex (or flint), which contributes to its firecracker-fresh personality. Fruit for the vintage was perfect ripe and clean-delivering abundant aroma, a full-bodied and sweet, yet utterly dry mouth, and plenty of mineral-driven, honeyed Chenin flavor. With such stuffing we'll be sure to grab an extra case and lay this one down-like any great Chenin, it is certain to reveal even more remarkable character with cellar time.

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Rhone - NorthJaillanceThe Die region of France has been renowned for its famous Clairette since before history began, and out of these traditions a cooperative, called La Cave de Die Jaillance,was formed in 1950. This cooperative flourished under the direction of Henri Bonnet and a few vine growers, who shared common passions for work well done, solidarity and, even then, a concern for nature conservation. Nowadays, this cooperative is known as Jaillance and has shared their knowledge with over two hundred vine growers and nearly another hundred wine producers in Bordeaux, in Vouvray, and in Burgundy to provide several acclaimed noble AOC sparkling wines.
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ChampagneJoël FalmetJoël Falmet’s vineyards are located in the Aube (Bar-Sur-Aube) within the Côtes des Bar region of Champagne. The domaine consists of a small family vineyard of only 6.5 hectares (approx. 15.5 acres) with a total annual production under 2000 cases. The domaine has been passed down through the family for several generations. Joël took over the family domaine in the early 1990s. Joël, along with the help of his brother Yves (now a producer in Saint-Chinian), was the first in the family to produce an estate bottled wine. Today they produce about 1200 cases of “Brut Tradition” and an additional 400 cases of a “Grand Reserve” from some of their older vines. The style is clean, straightforward, and full bodied, which is typical of a Champagne from the Aube that is made primarily from Pinot Noir.

The soil in the Côtes des Bar is very different from that of the Marne. In the Côtes des Bar the soil is primarily Upper Kimmeridgian, the same soil that is found in Chablis, while the soil in the Marne is light “Champanian” chalk. In fact, the Côtes des Bar is
geographically and geologically much closer to Chablis than it is to the Marne. The Côtes des Bar generally produces richer, fuller-bodied wines than the Marne, partially because it is further south and therefore slightly warmer. In addition, the Kimmeridgian soil of the Côtes des Bar tends to produce richer wines than the light, fine chalk soil, found around Epernay.
ProvenceDomaine de La BrillaneDomaine de La Brillane was built from the ground up by Rupert Birch and Mary Mertens, 2 people who have a strong passion for wine. The vineyard is located 7km north of Aix en Provence, within the appellation of Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, where wine has been made since the Romans.

Domaine de La Brillane is set at an altitude of 400 meters, on the slopes of a small range of hills Ð the Trevaresse. Facing predominantly south-south east, the prevailing wind is nonetheless the mistral, wile difficult to work during, nonetheless dries out the vines after the rains and thereby helps to reduce the incidence of disease in the vineyard.

The vineyard is run on an organic basis, with the belief that you don't need to add synthetic substances to your soil, and can achieve the desired end result of clean healthy vines by means of a little elbow-grease.

The end result are beautiful wines that reflect the love and attention to what Rupert and Mary have put into their vineyard and their passion.
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Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine Mas AmielIn the middle of what seems like nowhere, so far south in France it seems like Spain, is the undisputed star of the Côtes Catalanes.
The history of Mas Amiel is colorful, chock-full of gamblers, snake-oil charmers and whole lot of rocks. A certain Monsieur Amiel some two hundred years ago sat down at a game of cards with a few other well-placed individuals. When he left the table, he found himself richer by one, very large Maury estate in the Côtes du Roussillon. Historically, the domaine is known for its succulent sweet wines but, increasingly, its noble dry reds and whites are also turning heads. Mas Amiel is a 180-hectare property comprised 70% of steep hillsides. For more than 200 days per year, the wind blows on average 60 kilometers per hour. Mas Amiel is completely dedicated to organic agriculture, and harvests in multiple passes over a one and one-half month period. This results in wines with a Chateau d'Yquem-like selectivity and quality.

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ProvenceDomaine du DragonLocated just outside of Draguignan, a village nestled in the hills in eastern Provence not far from Cannes, Dragon tends 24 hectares of older vines on a larger, 60-hectare property. The estate's vines are 40 years old on average, and are terraced into the chalky hillsides. This higher altitude keeps vines cooler despite the persistent Provençal sun, while the chalk-rich terroir gives the estate's wines impressive cut and mineral freshness. The "Cuvée Saint Michel" is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre aged in a mix of older and new Burgundian barrels for 13 months. This high-altitude vineyard faces south, allowing Mourvèdre and Cabernet full ripeness. It is impressively balanced and full-bodied, and can age for up to 10 years.

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Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine Sainte Rose Domaine Sainte Rose is an exceptional viticultural estate situated in the Languedoc region of southern France. The Domaine is owned by Charles and Ruth Simpson, a British couple who left their respective international careers to pursue their mutual dream to establish a boutique vineyard and winery of their own.

Since purchasing the Domaine in 2002, the Simpson's have created a successful range of high quality wines that are marketed in eleven different countries to date. The Simpson's have a very specific quality-orientated strategy. Their improvements in the farming of the vineyards, combined with significant investment in state-of-the-art winemaking equipment and strict hygiene standards in the winery, has enabled them to achieve their goal of creating small quantities of authentic, hand-crafted, family-made wines of distinction.

“We believe in a more intelligent approach to choosing wine. We employ New World techniques in the vineyard to improve the quality of the fruit so that in the winery we can make clean wines with minimal intervention”.

The total surface area of Domaine de Sainte Rose is 50 hectares, with planted vineyards amounting to 33 hectares,(80 acres). The vineyards are all situated on an argilo-calcaire soil type and stretch from the deeper, more fertile flood plains beside the River Thongue up onto the gravelly slopes of the plateau.

This variation in the aspect of the vineyards has allowed a wide range of grape varieties to be planted. The grape varieties which originate from cooler climates such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot are grown on the deep soils on the plain. The indigenous southern French varieties of Syrah and Grenache are planted on the gravelly plateau.

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www.partnerswine.com/

Languedoc-RoussillonMattes SabranLocated in the heart of Corbières, one of France's largest wine appellations, in the village of Sigean, Mattes-Sabran makes extraordinary wine among the hot, dry hillsides of France's Mediterranean coast. Many of Mattes-Sabran's vineyards are located on steep hillsides, terraced into the chalky, poor soils. This tough terrain is peppered with galets roulés, the large stones found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Such tough conditions push these sun-loving vines to produce fruit that is very concentrated and deliciously layered, yet still retains a great balance of freshness and pure fruit. Grapes here are often harvested in two passes: one pass before complete maturity for pepper, and then a late harvest for punch. Each varietal is vinified separately in tank, to preserve every bit of fresh, pure fruit-no wood touches any of these wines.

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ProvenceMas de GourgonnierMas de Gourgonnier's appellation is in a little-known region called Les Baux de Provence, located due south from some of the southern Rhône's superstars, most notably Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The shimmering perfume of garrigue wafts over Mouriés, an ancient hamlet shaded by stately olive trees and surrounded by neat rows of sun-baked vineyards. These 100% certified organic, southern French wines share all the depth and concentration of great Rhône and Bordeaux wines, yet capture an added beauty and spice only found in the bucolic hills of Provence. This domaine, owned and run by the gentle Cartier family, has been organic since the 1950s, and it is the last domaine in Les Baux still owned and operated by the original family for whom farming is their only income.

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Languedoc-RoussillonChâteau d'AnglesWith a lifetime in winemaking, Eric Fabre's career includes eight years as Technical Director of Château Lafite Rothschild, as well as taking a much lesser known Médoc label to the highest accolades in only 6 years.

It was however, a lifelong dream to own a vineyard on the Mediterranean, so in 2001 Eric and his wife Christine went hunting from Perpignan to Nîmes for high quality terroir. They were quickly seduced by the Château d'Anglès, and what a very understandable temptation!

The grapes are picked by hand and carefully sorted. Production and bottling take place on the estate where traditional winemaking and modern techniques work together in harmony.

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ProvenceLa MascaronneLa Mascaronne is the sister winery of Chateau Miraval nearby in the Provence region of France. The gently sloping vineyards of La Mascaronne lie just outside the medieval village of Le Luc; the ch‰teau, cellar and vines are enclosed by a sheltering forest of oak and pine. Utilizing the Provence grapes of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault, La Mascaronne uses low yields and hand harvesting to provide excellent fruit for its wines.
Long renowned for the quality of its wines due to the nature of the chalky soil and ideal climate, a recent investment in new wine-making technology and viticulture techniques can only add to the reputation.

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www.mascaronne.com
Loire ValleyClaude LafondClaude LaFond is probably the most well known owner/winemaker of Reuilly, a little village to the west of Bourges.
Claude LaFond, as the leading producer of Reuilly, produces delightful, crisp balanced whites that really express the character of this small appellation. The 2005 Reuily "Clos Fussay" Tete de cuvee suggests bright citrus aroma with scents of grapefruit, white blossom and earthy notes. The palate, along with zesty mineral flavors, offers excellent acidity, balance and very good depth. The finish is quite intense and persistent.
For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades, please see: www.claudelafond.com
Loire ValleyFay d'HommeThe area of Pays de Nantes is on the Western end of the Loire Valley close to the Atlantic. Most famous for the production of bracing white wines which pair well with seafood.
Vincent Caillé is a 5th generation winegrower in the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation 20 miles south west of Nantes. He took over the family vineyards in 1986 and was determined to be uncompromising in his pursuit of quality.

The winery of Fay d’Homme is near Monnières and consists of 36 hectares of vineyards organically grown on the soils which have begun to re-grow the wild tulips native to the region. The vineyards here have natural grass growing between the rows which can be tilled in to the soil to provide natural nutrients and alleviate the need for chemical fertilizers.

Vincent Caillé is one of the very few organic vignerons in the Nantes region, most growers fight the damp climate and mildew with chemical sprays. He is a traditionalist in the cellar and vinifies using indigenous yeast and long lees aging.
He also makes a unique red wine from a lesser known variety Abouriou. The wine is similar to Gamay but with some extra herbal complexity.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.lefaydhomme.com

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Loire ValleyDomaine VacheronGreat-grandfather Maurice Vacheron tended a few vines in the silex-rich soils of his hometown back when Sancerre was but a forlorn stop on a village road. His son, Jean Vacheron, was the first of the family to specialize in wine production. Moving from cultivating grain to Pinot Noir, Jean is one of the main reasons why the family's Pinot Noir bottlings are some of the finest in the region. (The Vacherons today as well are one of the largest producers of Sancerre rouge). The region's soils are rich with silex, a flinty rock that rests on a bed of clay and limestone. To help show this in the wines, Domaine Vacheron was certified organic in 2003, and the following year the winery was converted completely to biodynamic agriculture.

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Loire ValleyDomaine TabordetIn 1981 the brothers Yvon et Pascal Tabordet took over the family vineyards in Sancerre. They currently produce white, red and rosé wines from Sancerre, and white wine from their 8 hectare Pouilly-Fumé holdings. The Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are both made from Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are handled to ensure limited oxidation during the wine making process, and allow the wine to retain the crisp mineral notes inherent in this part of the Loire Valley. Both villages sit on the Loire River. Sancerre sits to the West, while Pouilly-Fumé is on the opposite bank.
Broadly speaking, Sancerre tends to have fuller fruit with more pronounced aromas while Pouilly-Fumé wines tend to be more perfumed and structured. Both wines have naturally high acidity and the potential to exhibit the minerally, flinty note described as pierre à fusil or gunflint as well as citrus and spice notes.

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www.domaine-tabordet.fr
Loire ValleyAmpelidaeAmpelidae was founded by Frédéric Brochet in 1995. This unique winery is set up in the small village of Marigny-Brizay near Poitiers in western France.

Marrying the genius of modernity and the talent of tradition, Frédéric and his team produce two lines: Marigney-Neuf and their super-premium wine, Ampelidae. The name “Ampelidae” is inspired by the Greek word Ampelos which means vine.

All Ampelidae wines are farmed and produced organically. With the belief that great wine starts in the vineyard, Frédéric produces a range of expressive and one-of-a-kind single varietal and sparkling wines.
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Loire ValleyPaul et Jean Marc PastouJean-Marc Pastou tends 25 acres of vines near his family home all in the village of Sury, which is one of 14 villages allowed to produce Sauvignon Blanc as Sancerre. "La Côte de Sury" is pulled from vines that sit on the upper reaches of the Sury vineyard slopes; here the soil is rich with flint that adds a smoky note to the wine. The winemaking is clean and uses stainless steel to keep the wines vibrant and fresh.

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SavoieDolin VermouthDolin Vermouths are notably lighter, drier and less pungent than their larger commercial counterparts. The particular mixture of plants found near Chambery give a fresh, restrained and elegant nose, with a subtle, complex bittersweet palate. Even the Blanc and Rouge retain great balance, with the sugar never cloying, and just enough bitterness to whet the appetite. Each can be enjoyed as aperitif on ice, with a twist of citrus, or on a broad array of traditional cocktails.
Made to the same set of recipes since 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambery has long been the benchmark for the fine Vermouth. In the late 19th century, Dolin Vermouth de Chambery won medals in Paris, London, St. Louis and Philadelphia and in 1932 earned Chambery France's only Appellation d'Origine for Vermouth.
Rhone - SouthDomaine BrussetThe wines of Domaine Brusset are thirst-quenching, supple, honest Rhône reds produced by a father and son team: Daniel Brusset and his son Laurent. This domaine was founded after the war by Daniel's father André, who left the village co-operative and started domaine bottling in 1947. He passed away in 1999.

Brusset is in Cairanne, which is on the east bank of the Rhône just west of Rasteau and Vaison-la-Romaine, and is one of the best Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, long lauded for its value for money.

The Brussets also own parcels in Carpentras and Gigondas, notably the "Hauts de Montmirail" vineyard that sits just below the Dentelles de Montmirail, the stegosaurus-like limestone spires that rise from the hill above Gigondas.

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Rhone - SouthDomaine Rouge-BleuThe great feature of Domaine Rouge-Bleu is the age of the vines which, coupled with the terroir, holds the potential to create wines of superb quality.

In order to magnify this potential, they work to develop the deep roots of our vines which allows them to reach water and mineral complexity in the soil, which is in turn transmitted to the grapes. To do this, they are guided by the principles of biodynamics that promote soil microbial life and we banish pesticides, herbicides and systemic products. Only copper and sulfur are used along with teas of nettle, horsetail and willow.

They believe that when the vine is more deeply rooted, it is able to defend itself against disease and has less need for human intervention. They also believe in the good effects of wild yeasts brought by insects. It is these yeasts, native to their microenvironment, that will ferment Their wines, contributing to the expression of terroir.

Grenache reigns here, followed by the Carignan grape variety that has the ability to produce higher acidity and complex flavours when vigour is controlled. A bit of Syrah, and a zest of Mourvedre and a dash of Roussanne (co-planted with our precious 80-year old Grenache) complete the family.

In the cellar, they strive to continue this principle of life. Using traditional porous concrete tanks and barrels of already 3 – 4 years of age permits our wine to breathe without being overwhelmed by oak toast flavours. They vinify without destemming, the mature stems bringing many natural components to our wines, especially acidity which, in the south of France, is always appreciated.

Vinification takes place without any addition of sulfur. Wild yeasts commence the fermentation of the first tank, after which they use the fermenting musts to initiate a new tank. Of course, they do not use any packaged yeasts as these would have no expression of our terroir. After malolactic fermentation, they add 1 to 2 g of SO2 to stabilise the wines, which remain under the protection of carbon dioxide until bottling. Following analysis, a further 1 to 1.5g of SO2 may be added. They hope that their philosophy carries through to our wines and in return they will elegantly express the terroir from which they came once the bottle is opened and the wine is in your glass.

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www.rouge-bleu.com
Rhone - SouthClos du CaillouFrom robust Côtes-du-Rhône to memorable Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos du Caillou wines arguably represent some of the finest red blends in all of France. Winemaker Bruno Gaspard utilizes the 70 to 100 year old Grenache vines to create wines renowned for their power, extract and deep minerality. Clos du Caillou's Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards border the impressive plots at Chateau Rayas and Beaucastel, and match these wines for their impressive flavors and depth.

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www.closducaillou.com
Rhone - SouthChateau Saint NaborSaint Nabor is located in the Cèze Valley of in the Cotes-du Rhone AOC of southern France. The region is crammed with history, with remnants from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages including the remains of a Paleochristian cemetery.
The tasting room for Saint Nabor is in the remains of an old cloister from the 11th century, helping to firm the roots of this winery that has been in the region making wine for 6 generations.
The winery was a modest one of 7 hectares until the 1970's when Gérard Castor (5th generation) began to expand the vineyards and the winery. Today the area under vineyard comprises 140 hectares, planted to the traditional grapes of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The soils on the terraces are chalk and clay, which produce powerful and well structured wines, whereas the soils on the low-hillside are sand and clay, which produce lighter more aromatic wines.
Gérard has two sons, Jérémie and Raphaël. They are both currently employed on the Estate and learning the skills necessary to take over the winery someday.

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www.chateau-saint-nabor.com
Rhone - SouthDomaine des BernardinsElizabeth Hall and her husband, Andrew, make up the sixth generation at Domaine des Bernardins located on the edge of Beaumes de Venise.

The twenty-two hectares of vineyards are planted with fifteen hectares of Muscat and seven hectares of Syrah and Cinsault for Côtes du Rhône rouge production.

The Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise is characterized by its full bodied, silky texture and flavors of orange custard, toffee and orange peel.
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Rhone - SouthDomaine La MillièreThe Mont Redon-Cabrières of Chateuneuf is located near Orange just below Mount Redon. This region is blessed with the best soils of Châteauneuf-round galet stones the size of fists, well-draining sand, and mineral-rich limestone. This combination of drainage and heat helps to create Grenache based wines which are full flavored and rich. Michel Arnaud also crafts a phenomenal Vin de Pays made from 100% Merlot.
Arnaud's life philosophy is organic, whether it is in the fields or in his kitchen. He is also a very accomplished chef.

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www.la-milliere.fr
Rhone - SouthDomaine la BouïssiereEast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape lies the village of Gigondas. These wines are noted for their muscular palate and firm grip. Domaine la Bouïssiere is run by the winemaking brothers Thierry and Gilles Faravel, who tend the vineyards on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail. These severe granite peaks that tower over the Gigondas and Beaumes de Venise appellations are more than 1,000 feet above sea level. This altitude gives the vines a longer growing period and adds layers of complexity to the resultant wines.

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Rhone - SouthDomaine des LauribertDomaine des Lauribert has been in the Sourdon family for the last five generations. The fifty-four hectare estate is located on the Papal Enclave in Visan and Valréas and is planted predominantly to Grenache with lesser parts Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault. 75% of the estates production is Côte du Rhône Villages and the remainder is Côte du Rhône wine.

Until 1997, the wines of the Lauribert estate were vinified at the local cooperative cellar. When Laurent Sourdon took over the domain, he decided that it was time to produce and bottle wine under the name Lauribert. The name Lauribert is composed from letters of the family members' names : LAUrent, MaRIE and RoBERT.

The Sourdon family consistently produces excellent value wines that posses all the hallmark character and flavor that Rhône is so well known for
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes, please see: www.lauribert.com/vinslauribert_en.html
CognacChateau d’OrignacAC Pineau des Charentes
This twenty hectare vineyard is located in the heart of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes 'Fin Bois' on the limestone slopes near the Gironde estuary, fifty kilometers north of Bordeaux. Owned by Yvan Meyer, Maison Sichel's Technical Director, Château d'Orignac has won accolades in France and throughout the world.

The Pineau des Charentes is made with two-thirds grape must from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with one-third Cognac and takes almost 10 years to produce. The result is a wine of great intensity with a complex nose of peaches, apricots, honey, almonds and Cognac and an unforgettably smooth texture on the palate.
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades, please see: www.chateau-orignac.com
Loire ValleyCour de PocéWho? This is made by Chateau de Pocé, which is owned by Pierre Chainier, who is also a wine merchant and négociant of Loire wines. Chainier also owns the prestigious Clos de Nouys in Vouvray, and Chateau de la Roche in Amboise.

What? Cour de Pocé simply means "court" or "yard" of Pocé, a town on the north bank of the Loire. This is a bottle of unoaked Sauvignon Blanc that was grown on flinty clay-limestone soils.

Where? This is from the town of Pocé-sur-Cisse, a town of 1500 souls just upriver from Vouvray and Tours, in the AOC Touraine zone.

Check out Chainier's web site here: Chateau de Pocé
Rhone - SouthChateau VirgileThis family-owned domaine is managed by two brothers, Serge and Thierry Baret, who along with their father, cultivate 35 hectares of vineyards. The domaine, which is located 15 km from the Mediterranean Sea, dates back to 1748. The name Château Virgile which now is used in reference to the noted Roman poet Virgil, was the name of the original owner of the land. The ancient symbol of the Roman city of Nîmes is a crocodile chained to a palm tree, which signifies the Roman conquest of Egypt (and Antony and Cleopatra). These are unbeatable values, unmatched really by anything in our French portfolio.

To read more, check out United Estates' profile: Chateau Virgile
ChampagneRoger Coulon"Eric and Isabelle Coulon are the representatives of the eighth generation of the Coulon family to be engaged as recoltant-manipulants, producing Champagne from Vrigny and the surrounding villages in the northwest corner of the Montagne de Reims. Since 1806, this family has gradually increased its holdings so that there are now 10 hectares under vines, almost all located within the 1er Cru rated villages of Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny, about 10 kilometers distance from Reims." - RWM

Read more about this great grower here: Roger Coulon
ChampagneGuy Larmandier"The cellars of Champagne Guy Larmandier are located in the village of Vertus at the southern base of the Cote des Blancs. This estate owns 9 hectares of vineyards, all located within the Cote des Blancs and distributed amongst the Grand Cru rated villages of Chouilly and Cramant and the 1er Cru rated vineyards of Vertus and Cuis. We [Rosenthal] have worked with Guy Larmandier and his wife and children since 1982.

Guy Larmandier established this domaine which, following his death, is now supervised by his wife, Colette, and their two children, Francois and Marie-Helene. Annual production is on the order of 90,000 bottles. Harvest is conducted manually, the Champagnes are aged a minimum of 36 months on the lees and the Champagnes destined for the US market are disgorged on order and receive a minimal dosage so as to emphasize the purity and finesse of this special terroir." - RWM
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine CollinPhilippe Collin started this domaine in 1980, after realizing he would not be able to afford his own domaine in his native Champagne. Fanatical about quality, he refused to make Blanquette de Limoux, which is often cheap and boring. Blanquette is made from Mauzac, which often smells like brown apples. Instead this cuvée is Chardonnay 50%, Chenin Blanc 40%, and Pinot Noir 10%. Dosage is a lean 6 grams per liter. This is grown on clay-limestone-soils and is a phenomenal value. Located a couple of hours inland from the Mediterranean, Limoux is the coolest area in the Languedoc, and among the earliest areas in the world to be known for producing sparkling wine. Records show sparkling wine being produced in the area as early as 1531.

Read United Estates' profile here: Domaine Collin
Loire ValleyDomaine du Vieux PressoirQuality producer of white, red, and sparkling Saumur. Check out Domaine du Vieux Pressoir's Web site here: Vieux Pressoir
BeaujolaisDomaine Fabien CollongeBased in Chiroubles, this is a producer of beautiful, terroir-driven, organic wines. Check out his profile here: Fabien Collonge
BeaujolaisDomaine des Freres PerroudBrouilly-based brothers making knockout Brouilly. Check out their profile here: Freres Perroud
BeaujolaisDomaine des RonzeCertified organic producer of Beaujolais-Villages, headed by Frédéric Sornin. Farms a lieu-dit called "La Ronze," between Régnié and Morgon. Check out his profile here: Domaine des Ronze
BordeauxChateau la BrandeChateau la Brande is simply a stunning bargain in Bordeaux from the Cote Castillon. It is the home domaine of the Todeschini family, who owns Chateau Mangot, to the west in Saint-Emilion. Check out an informative profile here: La Brande
BordeauxChateau MangotOwned by the Italo-French Todeschini family, this is a terrific source for old-vine, and in a rarity for the appellation - affordable - Grand Cru Saint-Emilion. Check out their extensive Web site here, which has a fascinating guide to their terroirs: Chateau Mangot
Bordeaux Chateau Lamothe de HauxIn the scenic Entre-deux-Mers zone just to the Southeast of Bordeaux lies this producer of deliciously affordable white Bordeaux: Chateau Lamothe de Haux
Bordeaux Chateau MarjosseThis domaine is located in Entre-deux-Mers, and the cuvee is typically comprised of 85% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, and 8% Cabernet Franc. 21 year old vines grow on a limestone outcrop very similar to St. Emilion. Marjosse is owned by Pierre Lurton, who also runs D’Yquem and Cheval Blanc. With a good dollop of new oak, this wine is meant to be drunk on the young side.

For more information, check out Marjosse's site: Chateau Marjosse
BordeauxChateau PalmerThrough our partner Maison Sichel, Vinum is honored to be the West Coast representative of this truly grand domaine of Margaux, acknowledged by many as an "uncrowned" First Growth of Bordeaux, though officially it is only a 3rd growth today. Vinum carries a wide range of Palmer wines and vintages. Please click here to check out Palmer's extensive and informative web site: Chateau Palmer
BordeauxChateau ReynonChateau Reynon is the home domaine of Denis Dubordieu, located in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, not far from Cadillac. Dubordieu is also the head of the department of oenology at the University of Bordeaux, and widely acknowledged to be one of the most accomplished and erudite white-wine makers in the world. Check out Reynon's Web site here: Chateau Reynon
BurgundyDomaine Dominique LafonThrough our partnership with Evening Land Vineyards, we are honored to represent the wines of Domaine Dominique Lafon, one of the world's great masters of Chardonnay.
BurgundyMaison ChampyMaison Champy is the oldest negociant house in Burgundy, and today one of the most reliable in quality. The winemaker here is Dimitri Bazas, formerly a consulting oenologist renowned for his work at such legendary domaines as Serafin, Trapet, Groffier, Perrot-Minot, Roumier, Bonneau de Martray, Boilliot, and Marquis d'Angerville.

Check out Champy's extensive Web site Here: Maison Champy
BurgundyEvening LandWinemaker Christophe Vial, a onetime apprentice of Dominique Lafon, has identified unique and distinctive parcels from which he sources fruit for his Evening Land Vineyards' wines, including sites in Pouilly-Fuissé, Chambolle-Musigny, Meursault-Blagny Premier Cru, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru and Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru. Read more about these elegantly wrought wines here: ELV Burgundy
BurgundyDomaine de la Pousse d'OrThe "Domain of the Golden Shoot" is perhaps Volnay's most historic winery, with vineyards first planted in the 13th century. Under the ownership of Patrick Landanger, this producer has expanded its holdings to the Cote de Nuits, and is today making some of the finest wines in Burgundy. Here is their extensive and informative Web site: Pousse d'Or
BurgundyDomaine Hubert Lignier"Domaine Hubert Lignier has long had a reputation for its fine wines known for their concentration, depth and structure. We have had the extraordinary good fortune of commencing our relationship as the US importer for this estate with the 1978 vintage. At that time, Hubert Lignier was bottling small amounts of two different cuvées of Morey St. Denis (the village bottling and the 1er Cru "Vieilles Vignes") as well as the fabled Clos de la Roche. As our relationship progressed, more and more of the secrets of the cellar found their way into bottle rather than being sold off to negociants. All of the domaine’s holdings are now bottled under their own label. Hubert’s son, Laurent, is the next generation of this proud estate and is following his father’s traditional practices to ensure the treasures coming from the family’s impressive vineyard holdings continue to exhibit the best of their respective appellations." - RWM

Check out the rest of Rosenthal's great profile here: Domaine Hubert Lignier
BurgundyJean-Claude Thevenet"We began working with Jean-Claude Thevenet in 1982. At that point, having taken responsibility for this family domaine in 1971 from his father, Raymond, when their holdings were a mere three (3) hectares, Jean-Claude was in the process of building the domaine to its current size of thirty (30) hectares with vineyards centered on their village of Pierreclos at the heart of the Maconnais. In addition to working their own vineyards, the Thevenet family, for three generations, has also conducted a successful nursery business producing fine quality grape vines for many family-owned domaines in Burgundy and also in the Champagne district." - RWM

To read more about this domaine, check out Rosenthal's profile: Jean-Claude Thevenet
BurgundyDomaine Laurent GondardA terrific young producer in the Maconnais, with many old vines in Vire-Clesse. Check out the Terroirs Originels profile here: Gondard
JuraMichel GahierA nieghbor and friend of Jacques Puffeney, Michel Gahier is a strictly traditional producer whose wines all come from individual sites. Click here to read his full profile on RWM's web site: Michel Gahier
JuraJacques PuffeneyA master in the Jura, these are truly great wines of France. Check out Rosenthal's profile here: Jacques Puffeney
JuraDomaine de MontbourgeauOutstanding producer in the rare, star-shaped AOC of L'Etoile in the Jura mountains. Nicole Deriaux runs this noteworthy domaine. Click here to check out RWM's profile of this producer: Domaine de Montbourgeau
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine Barroubio"The vineyards surrounding the Domaine de Barroubio look like a lunar landscape. Covered with broken-up, chalky (limestone) rocks on the spinal crest of a hill, the vineyards line a road that seams to lead to nowhere. The domaine and the tiny hamlet of Barroubio have been in the Miquel family since the 15th century. The current generation, Raymond Miquel, took over the operation of the domaine from his mother. Today they own 25 hectares in the very small A.O.C Muscat St Jean de Minervois. They also have 9 hectares of Minervois (red), which has some plantings of vines that are over 110 years old." - United Estates

Click hereto read the full profile at United Estates Imports.
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine Camp-Galhan"Camp Galhan is a family domaine that has been making wine since the beginning of the 1900s. Until recently, the family sold all of its grapes to the cooperative. The winery gets its name from the Roman camp, “Galhan”, that was located next to the
present winery on the high slopes above the Gardon River. When Lionel Pourquier took the vineyards over from his father, he set out to show what his vineyards are capable of producing. He built a modern winery in 2001." - United Estates Imports

Click here to read more about this terrific domaine.
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine MagellanHere's a terrific, organic domaine launched in the Pezenas zone in 1999 by Bruno Lafon, brother of Dominique Lafon and heir to the Domaine des Comtes Lafon. For tasting notes and a full profile, check out their web site:Domaine Magellan
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine Faillenc Ste Marie"Remains of a Roman winery have been found at the site of the Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie, a testament to the ancient tradition of winegrowing at that location. The domaine, in its present form, was founded during the reign of Louis XIV by an officer returning from service on the Indian subcontinent. Situated just outside of the tiny village of Douzens a mere 12 kilometers east of the ancient walled city of Carcassonne, Faillenc Sainte Marie has recovered its past allure under the careful guidance of the energetic Gibert family and now produces an exciting range of red, white, and rose wines." - RWM

Click here to check out the rest of Rosenthal's profile: Faillenc Ste Marie
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine Massiac"We were referred to Bernard Boudouresques, the proprietor of this rustic estate situated in the heart of the Minervois, by the Gibert family of Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie, our source of wines from the Corbieres district. Massiac and Faillenc are about 25 minutes distance, one from the other, along a series of pleasant, winding country roads and they share a rewarding simplicity in their approach to producing wines of character with a strong local identity." - RWM

Click here to check out Rosenthal's full profile of this domaine: Domaine Massiac
Languedoc-RoussillonMas Cal Demoura"In 1970, when there was a great exodus from the Languedoc due to a loss of faith in its vineyards to provide a sufficient living, Jean-Pierre Jullien named his domaine "Cal Demoura", which in Occitan means “one must remain”. He came from a long line of vignerons and, at that time, he followed most of his colleagues as they closed their caves and attempted to survive by participating in the local cooperative. Jean-Pierre's son, Olivier, refused to follow the path of the cooperative and established his own domaine, the "Mas Jullien", in 1985. Jean-Pierre, in a reversal of the usual process, took the example of his son, resigned from the cooperative and recreated his own estate in 1993." - RWM

You can check out Rosenthal's full profile of this domaine here: Mas Cal Demoura
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine MonplezyAn outstanding producer of Languedoc reds in the Pezenas zone of the Herault. All weed control is under supervision of Bisquit, the donkey.

Check out an informative profile here: Domaine Monplezy
Languedoc-RoussillonDomaine de RancyRancio style Rivesaltes, or Rivesaltes Ambré, is the only style of wine produced at this domaine. These are some of the rarest dessert wines of France, similar in style to Madeira. Check out United Estates' full profile here: Domaine de Rancy
Languedoc-RoussillonChateau TrillolChateau Trillol is a 40 ha domaine owned by Maison Sichel, located in the hot southwestern zone of the Corbieres AOC, with holdings in the Termenes and Queribus valleys. Trillol is basically on the southern border of the Languedoc, in the town of Cucugnan. Just to the south, a few miles away, is the Roussillon appellation of Maury.

Click here for two fact sheets: Trillol Blanc Trillol Rouge
Loire ValleyLucien CrochetAn iconic producer of Sancerre in the village of Bué, just outside of Sancerre. Neal Rosenthal's profile provides a great introduction to this domaine: Domaine Lucien Crochet
Loire ValleyPhilippe Foreau"Philippe Foreau is the third generation of the Foreau family to produce Vouvray from this fabled domaine which his grandfather purchased in 1923. Philippe assumed the direction of the domaine in 1983 upon the retirement of his father, André. Today, the domaine consists of 11 1/2 hectares planted to Chenin Blanc." - RWM

Click here to read more about this iconic domaine of Vouvray from Neal Rosenthal: Philippe Foreau
Loire ValleyChateau SoucherieNotable producer of Savennières, Coteaux de Layon, and Anjou wines. Click here to check out Neal Rosenthal's profile of Soucherie: Chateau Soucherie
ProvenceCommanderie de PeyrassolNot many domaines can make the claim that they were founded by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. Impeccable rosés and red wines from the heart of the Var. Read more here: Chateau Peyrassol
ProvenceChateau PradeauxPradeaux is one of the great domaines of France: über-traditional, making wines of the absolute highest quality, and in the hands of the same family since the 18th century. This is easily one of the top 3 domaines in AOC Bandol. Click here to read more from Neal Rosenthal: Chateau Pradeaux
Rhone - NorthYves CuilleronYves Cuilleron is an elite producer in the town of Verlieu, not far from Condrieu. His wines combine a graceful modernity with terrific power that comes from these old vines. Click here to read more! Yves Cuilleron
Rhone - NorthGuillaume Gilles"When Robert Michel, our long-time vigneron in Cornas, decided to retire after the 2006 vintage, he did us the enormous favor of introducing us to Guillaume Gilles, a young vigneron resident in Cornas who, it turns out was Michel’s protégé. In fact, not only did Robert Michel mentor the young Guillaume Gilles, he also leased his prime parcel in the Chaillot vineyard to him and provided his cave (with all its history and secrets!) for Gilles’ use." - RWM

Click here to read Neal Rosenthal's informative profile: Guillaume Gilles
Rhone - NorthBecheras"Etienne Becheras’s domaine is polycultural. It extends for 12 hectares principally within the confines of the village of Arras which borders and overlooks the Rhone River on the western side. The domaine farms organically. The five hectares situated on the flat lands along the Rhone are planted to cherry and apricot trees. Three are four hectares of vineyards which are planted on the limestone and gravel soils which mount in altitude and are on steep hillsides. The vineyards are placed on long terraces supported by hand-constructed stone walls. As a result, almost all work must be done by hand without the aid of mechanical implements." - RWM

Click here to read Rosenthal's profile of this domaine: Etienne Becheras
Rhone - NorthBernard LevetA tiny, 3.5ha property near Ampuis that exemplifies traditional winemaking in this corner of France. Brilliant, sauvage, long-lived Syrahs from a master of Côte-Rôtie. Cehck out Rosenthal's profile here: Bernard Levet
Rhone - NorthDomaine Philippe and Vincent JabouletAfter 30 years at the heart of the family domain Paul Jaboulet Aîné in the role of director of winemaking, Philippe Jaboulet and his son Vincent created a new domain near Tain l'Hermitage in 2006, upon the sale of Paul Jaboulet Aîné to Jean-Jacques Frey, owner of Chateau la Lagune.

Check out their web site here: Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet
Rhone - SouthDomaine la BiscarelleA new luminary in Chateauneuf-du-Pape! Click here to check out United Estates' extensive portfolio: Domaine la Biscarelle
Rhone - SouthDomaine Roche-AudranA fantastic source for very old vine Cotes-du-Rhone villages and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from a little village near Vaison-la-Romaine. Check out the profile here: Domaine Roche-Audran
Rhone - SouthLes Vignerons d'EstezarguesLocated outside of Avignon, the Vignerons d'Estézargues is one of the finest and most innovative small co-operatives in France. 10 growers, all organic, no cultured yeast, and most of the wines are vinified individually, by plot, and then the cuvées are assembled afterward. Check out their Web site here: Vignerons d'Estezargues