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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AlsaceSchoenheitzSchoenheitz Wihr-au-Val, Haut-Rhin The Schoenheitz wines are much the same as Henri and Dominique. The expression of their life is in the bottle; a wonderful blend of cosmopolitan elegance and historic driven heartiness. Located at the northern end of Alsace, Wihr-au-Val, where the Alsatian hills meet the Voseges Mountains, this family operated estate is the only independent producer in the village. Schoenheitz grapes grow on extremely steep hillsides. These slopes, often too steep for mechanical assistance, are bathed in the warm southern sun. Renowned since the Middle Ages, successive twentieth century wars threatened to destroy the vineyards. Dominique and Henri have continued the reconstruction begun by Henri Schoenheitz Sr. in the 1970s. The Schoenheitz family’s hard work and passion for winemaking have successfully restored the reputation of the Wihr-au-Val, earning them the title of Best Vintner, 1995.
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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
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau 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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Bordeaux and Southwest FranceCap 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 FranceDomaine CauhapéDomaine Cauhapé is one of the most important producers in the Jurançon-an ancient wine region at the foot of the majestic Pyrenees in southwestern France.
The wines made here are widely considered as the benchmark for the rest of the appellation-and winemaker Henri Ramonteau does not hesitate to tell visitors that his late-harvest wines once bested a bottle of DRC Montrachet at a blind tasting.
The "Chant de Vignes" is made from the local grape Gros Manseng. It is an incredibly versatile white wine-aromatic and almost viscous on the tongue, yet super-minerally and dry. In each sip, flavors tease between mineral and caramel; between saline and sapid; between floral and sautéed.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
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Bordeaux and Southwest FranceDomaine Grande MaisonTo the southeast of Bordeaux, cradled between the Gardonette and Dordogne rivers, lies the appellation of Monbazillac. Here some of the finest botrytis style dessert wines are made. In the same vein as Sauternes the grapes are harvested late in the season after the Botrytis cinerea mould has helped to shrivel the grapes and concentrate the sugars within.
The most astonishing fact about Grande Maison is impressively low yields.
For reference: Chateau d'Yquem regularly prunes and selects grapes to yield just 900 liters of wine per hectare. For its top wines, one hectare at Grande Maison yields only one barrel, or 225 liters! Harvesting is done by hand in up to five separate passes, resulting in a richness and nobility that challenges some of the more "famous" dessert wines.

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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
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceJean GuillotJean Guillot is a family-owned company run by Jean Louis Guillot and his brother Christophe Guillot. With their five properties, Jean Guillot bottle and sell a vast range of brand wines, Château wines and Crus Classés. This wine comes from several different estates selected from across Bordeaux. The vinification is performed at low temperatures in order to extract as much fruit as possible, and keep the fresh aromatics sharp and vibrant. The blending of the various estates is then carried out by Jean Guillot himself who chooses the lots that will best express the Jean Guillot style.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.guillotvin.com
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau Begadanet Chateau Begadanet is within the commune of Begadan for which it is named. It is approximately 3 km from the famed Gironde River and is perfectly placed to grow excellent Bordeaux wines. This classic Red Bordeaux is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with some Cabernet Franc used to help add extra layers and depth. It offers impressively ripe fruit character in a very elegant way. Softer tannins provide a pleasant backbone to this wine. It is an excellent value from an outstanding vintage.
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau 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
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau Cardinal VillemaurineThis winery is located in the heart of Saint-Emilion and has been family owned for 4 generations. The cellars of this winery are famous throughout all of Bordeaux; they are located in a former stone quarry. It took 5 years to excavate the 7 hectares of cellars now in use by the winery. They provide the perfect aging and storage conditions for the Cardinal-Villemaurine wines. The 2004 is a blend of 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc, aged for 24 months in barrel before bottling. The low temperature of the cellars provides a slower aging and helps to maintain the bright core fruit components of the wine.
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
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau Haut-MauracThis outstanding estate, just outside the village Saint Yzans de Medoc and overlooking the placid Gironde, sits right on the "croupe de Mazails", a hilltop that has some of the best drainage in the region. Proprietor Olivier Decelle is a proponent of organic viticulture and farms all of these gravel based vineyards according to biodynamic rules.

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Bordeaux and Southwest FranceMoulin 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
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau 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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Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau La GatteLocated in the appellations Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur, Château La Gatte was founded in 1646. A mere 358 years later, in 2004, the estate was purchased by Hèléne and Michael Affatato. Hèléne, a Bordeaux native, came from Château Latour, where she held an executive position in Public Relations and Sales. Michael, an advertising executive turned wine afficionado, found the perfect marriage for his skills at Chapoutier, where he directed Sales and Marketing for the UK and American markets. The property sits atop a famous limestone ridge, which is shared by some of St. Emilion’s most noble chateaux. The west facing vines overlook the Dordogne River, and benefit from maximum sunlight. To quote Château Latour, “To make a Grand Vin, the vines must see the river.” After tasting Château La Gatte, we think you will agree that these vines must have an amazing view.
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Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau 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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Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau 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
Bordeaux and Southwest FranceChateau PichecanThis small winery in Margaux consists of only 3.5 hectares. The vineyards are mainly gravel and limestone which is perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines from Margaux are renowned for their structure, fruit concentration and silky texture. This wine is no exception; a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% Petit Verdot aged for one year in French oak. It is perfect for red meat and lamb dishes.
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.

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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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BurgundyMichel MagnienA winemaker in a long line of Burgundy artisans, Michel Magnien owns 27 acres, including vineyards within the Grand Cru plots of Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Denis and Charmes-Chambertin, as well as Premier Cru sites and village parcels in Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny. Originally Michel sold the majority of his crop, however his son Frédéric encouraged his father to vinify his entire harvest instead. Today Frédéric is the Domaine's winemaker, while Michel works in the fields, pruning mercilessly and maintaining excellent fruit quality. The low yields and concentrated wines that are the hallmark of Michel Magnien wines are due in large part to his efforts. This is without a doubt a fantastic father-and-son team.

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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.

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www.cavespascalgranger.fr
BurgundyJean Luc DuboisJean-Luc Dubois, a great artisanal winemaker in the beautiful commune of Chorey-lès-Beaune. Dubois wines are the real deal-great Burgundy with plenty of silky punch and spicy finesse.
There perhaps is no better representative of this still-underappreciated Burgundian terroir than Dubois. Chorey-lès-Beaune, and its sister appellation, Savigny-lès-Beaune, are an insider's secret to vibrant, earthy and stunning value Burgundy. Old-vine intensity, luscious cherry fruit, big, vibrant flavors are the trademarks of a Dubois wine.

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BurgundyRoger LassaratThe high-altitude village of Vergisson in the Mâcon has finally been recognized as a leading producer of white Burgundy; soon it will perhaps occupy the same seat as the wines from the more famous Côte d'Or.
The 2007 vintage has produced excellent wines. The "La Roche" is pure, with lively aromas of lemon butter, fresh kumquats and a touch of green tea. The medium-bodied, citrus-infused mouth suggests orange zest and lemonade. The signature of the stately "rock" of Vergisson is all over this supple yet steely 2007, in notes of chalk dust on its perfume and palate.

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BurgundyDomaine Coste-CaumartinDomaine Coste-Caumartin was founded in 1793 in Pommard. The estate is currently run by Jerome Sordet who owns several parcels of land from which the majority of grapes are sourced. The winemaking is still done in a very traditional manner. The vineyards themselves are tended using sustainable techniques, and the grapes are hand harvested to get the optimum bunches. All of the Premier Cru vineyard wines are still foot trod to produce well structured, firm wines. Open top fermentation and limited use of new oak also allow the terroir of Pommard to express itself through these wines.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
costecaumartin.neuf.fr
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

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
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
BurgundyFerraud & FilsP. Ferraud & Fils estate properties are located in the Beaujolais and the Maconnais and Jean-Michel and Yves-Dominique Ferraud represent the fifth generation of their family involved in wine. The wines from these estates comprise 12 appellations: BEAUJOLAIS, BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES, SAINT-AMOUR, JULIENAS, CHENAS, MOULIN A VENT, FLEURIE, CHIROUBLES, MORGON, REGNIE, COTE DE BROUILLY, EtBROUILLY. Red wines utilize primarily Gamayas expected for red Beaujolais appellations, and their Beaujolais and Maconnais whites are made exclusively with Chardonnay. P. Ferraud & Fils has received wide acclaim for their wines and placed in some of the best restaurants in France and the world!
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For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.ferraud.com
BurgundyBoudinBoudin Chablis captures the essence of the unique, chalky terroir of Chablis so completely that each sip seems like a mirror image of soil, vine and sun. Boudin resisted the urge to replant in the late 50's and 80's as so many other vignerons did. The vineyards are therefore still growing the older Chablis vines on the fossil-rich Kimmeridgian soils. The vines are hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel, winemaker Francis Boudin uses no new wood, and no heavy-handed winemaking tricks in the production of this wine. The wine is the true Chablis at its most pure and invigorating.

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www.chablis-boudin.com
BurgundyDomaine Phillipe GavignetThe Gavignet estate spans four generations, winemaker Philippe took over from his father Michel in 1992. Philippe has expanded the domaine to cover a range of terroirs in Nuits-St.-Georges. The vineyards themselves are almost exclusively low-yielding older vines that are cared for naturally and harvested by hand. Philippe has to be one of the most conscientious tasters in Burgundy. He travels constantly, to wine fairs and to other domaines in the Cote d'Or and beyond, to both refine his palate and share ideas with other winemakers. It is this boundless curiosity and willingness to always learn that makes Gavignet such a complete artisanÑhe knows exactly what he wants from each of his vineyards, and seeks to create above all complete, balanced and terroir-driven wines.
The key characteristics of Gavignet Burgundy is elegance and terroir expression-classic Nuits-St.-Georges structure, impressive density of fruit, and a silky sweetness that speaks of harmony and purity from start to finish.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.domaine-gavignet.fr
BurgundyDomaine Philippe GarreyLong heralded as the top wine maker in the Cote Chalonnaise for red wines. Philippe Garrey began converting parcels of his family's winery to biodynamic farming back in 2002. The vineyards are excellent south facing parcels with lots of sun for ripe flavors, and pebbled limestone for rich mineral flavors. Diligent work is still required in the vineyard to maintain low yields and healthy fruit. Philippe Garrey also believes in a natural approach in the winery and utilizes native yeasts while neither fining nor filtering his wine.

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www.philippegarrey.com
BurgundyDomaine Perraud At Domaine Perraud you'll find pure, sonorous Chardonnay that resonates with citrus flavors and mineral verve. Raspberry-laced Pinot Noir, both smoky and lush. Domaine Perraud produces lively, pure terroir-driven wines that are excitingly fresh and importantly, are a great value, too.
The wines hail from high-altitude, old-vine vineyards, including great plots near Pouilly-Fuissé and St.-Veran. Every cuvée is tank fermented to preserve each drop of freshness found in each vintage. Each bottle is also gently filtered so every sip is crystalline pure.

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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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Champagne & Sparkling WinesAmpelidaeAmpelidae 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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Champagne & Sparkling WinesJean 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.

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www.champagnejeanvesselle.fr
Champagne & Sparkling WinesMichel 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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Champagne & Sparkling WinesEgly-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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Champagne & Sparkling WinesBoizelFive 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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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades, please see: www.champagne-boizel.fr
Champagne & Sparkling WinesLegras & 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
Champagne & Sparkling WinesDomaine 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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Champagne & Sparkling WinesJaillanceThe 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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For winery information, plus tasting notes, please see: www.jaillance.com
Champagne & Sparkling WinesJoël 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.
Languedoc, Roussillon & 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.
For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.labrillane.com/
Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceChateau de ParazaThe Chateau de Paraza estate stretches over 130 hectares in the Minervois AOC of the Languedoc. Under Louis XIV in the late 1600's, the Chateau of Paraza served as a base for the engineer Pierre Paul Riquet during the building of the canal connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. The property has seen many different uses over the centuries, including cultivation of olive groves, cereal grain growing, and the breeding of large herds of sheep. The wine is a mixture of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. It was recently given 90 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I have never visited Chateau de Paraza (a prominent landmark in the eponymous, tiny, canal-side village at the eastern extreme of its appellation) and it had been several years since I tasted one of their wines, but their 2007 Minervois Cuvee Speciale demonstrates that this well-known estate can still turn out a head-turning value. Very ripe blackberry fruit sweetly caresses the palate, with cinnamon, cardamom, juniper, black pepper, and cherry pit bitterness adding interest. For all of its richness (in itself amazing for the price) this finishes with lip-smacking juiciness and an invigorating impression akin to chomping down on the seeds of the blackberries. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years."

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.chateau-de-paraza.fr
Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceDomaine 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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Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceChateau MiravalLocated in the scenic Provence region, Chateau Miraval has recently been in the news as the vineyard rented by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The winery also houses a recording studio built in the 1970s by Jacques Loussier, the well-known jazz pianist. This studio has been used by many great musicians including Pink Floyd, Sting, Sade and the Cranberries.
The winery itself uses old vine Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache to create its red wines. The whole vinification process is set up in such a way as to reduce oxidation of the grapes prior to entering the fermentation tanks or barrels.
Teams of local pickers pick the grapes into small containers to avoid any bruising or crushing. The grapes are then transferred to the cellar entrance and are placed on a 4m long sorting table to remove bad grapes and vineyard debris. After destemming and a gentle pressing in the pneumatic press, the grape juice is gravity fed into the thick walled concrete tanks which have been lined with epoxy resin. These tanks retain the sanitation of traditional stainless steel while delivering a more steady temperature.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.miraval.com
Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceChateau VaissiereChateau Vaissiere is located in the heart of the Minervois AOP in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. This winery is named after the old pre-romanesque church which sits in the middle of a large vineyard about 3 km west of Azille. The red wines of this region are rustic full bodied wines made from the Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvédre, and Syrah grapes. Chateau Vaissiere is no exception, a hearty wine with gripping tannins which is an excellent match with country stew and all manner of country style dishes. For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.chateauvaissiere.fr
Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceDomaine 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.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see:
www.partnerswine.com/

Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceMattes 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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Languedoc, Roussillon & 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.

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Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceChâteau 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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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.chateaudangles.com
Languedoc, Roussillon & 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
Languedoc, Roussillon & ProvenceGrange PhilippeChâteau Grés Saint Paul produces wines from the traditional grapes of the region: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvédre. They also have had great success with the Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The two partners of the Château, Jean-Philippe Serviére and Philippe Salasc, are two excellent winemakers, totally committed to producing the finest wines available throughout the Languedoc region. Organically grown grapes are used for the production of their famous Cabernet Franc. It has aromas of dark smoky blackberries, plump blueberries, and spices. The wine is aged in stainless steel and even without the oak influence the tannins are soft and ripe.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.gres-saint-paul.com
Loire ValleyCherrier Pere et FilsMaurice Cherrier established this winery back in 1927 in the commune of Verdigny. Today his grandsons Francois and Jean-Marie continue the family tradition of winemaking. With an eye to quality in the vineyard, Francois and Jean-Marie green harvest and trellis their fruit to keep the yields low and maximize ripeness. The vineyards themselves are grown on land heavy with chalk and flint, known as "Silex" soil; this adds a smoky almost steely note to the wine. The winemaking is done in stainless steel tanks to allow the fruit and earth to shine through on the nose and palate of the wine.

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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.

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

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.domaine-tabordet.fr
Loire ValleyDomaine SauvèteDomaine Sauvète is located in the Touraine, at the very western end of the sector where Sauvignon is planted. Jerome Sauvète, a 100% organic winemaker, keeps yields very low and harvests by hand. In the cellar, Sauvete vinifies only in stainless steel and stirs the lees for a fresher, more character-rich wine. This is very fresh, very alive Sauvignon Blanc.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.domaine-sauvete.com
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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For winery & vineyard information, plus some tasting notes, please see: www.ampelidae.com
Loire ValleyDomaine des QuarresDomaine des Quarres is located in the heart of the Layon, steeped region of the Anjou. It covers the left side of the river Layon on the Rablay side table-land, and the right, Faye, where its famous hillsides in terracesis located, picturesque site of the Domaine des Quarres.

The long history of the winery spans 5 decades. 1949, Alfred Bidet created the estate. From 1968-1973, he realized his big project: plantation in terraces of the hill overlooking the river Layon; "La Magdelaine" and "Le Clos des Cocus" in order to produce the finest Coteaux du Layon.

1986, when Alfred stopped, Sylvaine Bidet and Luc Arenou came back to the vineyard to develop the commercial side of business, improve the quality of the wines cultivating the vines with the passion of the siols. Each reserve corresponds to a distinct "terroir".

Since 2008, Veronique Gourdon and Cedric Aubert continue this adventure, looking for developing the Domaine des Quarres, vineyard Ð bed and breakfast Ð reception.

These award winning wines will be sure to please any palette.For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.domainedesquarres.com/
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.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
RhoneDolin 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 wet 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.
RhoneChâteau de la SelveChâteau de la Selve, in the southern Côtes de Ardeche, was bought in 1990 by the Chazallon family from the Northern Rhône. The Chazallons farm organically and their thirty-four hectare estate is planted to Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot, Grenache, Cinsault and Viogner. Some plots are more than 40 years old and the soil is composed of chalk and clay.

Their first vintage was welcomed in 2002 by son, and winemaker, Benoit who has worked at famous properties such as Do in Burgundy and Jaboulet in the Rhône.

Château de la Selve offers four red wines: two Vins de Garde which are more full bodied, structured and complex and two Vin de Copain which are more fruit driven.

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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.chateau-de-la-selve.fr
RhoneDomaine de CaletDomaine de Calet is located in the Rhône valley on the sunny border between Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. After living thirty years in Sweden, Yvon Gentes returned to his home town with wife, Anna-Lena, and is driven to produce excellent wines.

Respect for the environment shines throughout the wine-making process, from the grape harvest to bottling. Regular analyses of the soil and vines guarantee premium conditions.

These incredible wines find their character deep in the pebble rich soil. The round, polished pebbles catch the rays of the sun and tradition claims that they are indeed the winery's very namesake as calet comes from the word "galet", French for pebble.

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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see: www.domaine-de-calet.com
RhoneDomaine BrussetOn this family estate, established in 1947, the Brusset family has managed to combine the "savoir faire" of traditional winemaking with the newest techniques introduced by each generation. The founder, Andre Brusset (1910-1911), his son Daniel, and his grandson Laurent: three wine-growers and wine-makers with a variety of experiences have all contributed to the distinctive character of the Domaine Brusset, where three complementary generations together have achieved the best results.

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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades, please see: www.domainebrusset.fr
RhoneDomaine La MartinelleDomaine La Martinelle is located in the Côtes de Ventoux to the east of Gigondas. The vines cling to the high altitude chalky slopes on the eastern side of the Dentelles. Corinna Kruse started her winemaking in Provence and worked with her husband Thierry Faravel, of Domaine La Bouïssière, at his Domaine before establishing Domaine La Martinelle. The soils are very stony, with limestone and marl topsoils and clay underneath. This combination provides Kruse with concentrated, very spicy fruit that benefits both from the warmer days and nights cooled by the mistral wind. Vines are raised as naturally as possible and are harvested and sorted by hand, so only the most perfectly sweet and ripe grapes make it into the final blends. Wines are fermented in temperature-controlled cement tanks, aged on fine lees and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.northberkeleyimports.com
RhoneDomaine Rouge BlueThe great feature of Domaine Rouge Blue vineyards 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.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.rouge-bleu.com
RhoneChateau 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.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.chateau-saint-nabor.com
RhoneDomaine 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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For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.domaine-des-bernardins.com
RhoneChateau La BorieChateau La Borie
Chateau LA BORIE is located on the left bank of the Rhone, between Saint Paul les Trois Chateaux, and Suze-la-Rousse. Chateau La Borie's wines are classified as Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages. The estate is situated in the southern Rhone valley of Provence, where “French” winemaking was started at the time of Roman Empire. In their specific vineyard area, Drome Provençale, very few vineyard estates have the right to be called a Chateau, which obliges them to produce wine of only the highest quality. Their wines have been exported for many years worldwide, representing these distinct vineyards of the Rhone valley.
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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes in french, please see: www.chateau-la-borie.fr
RhoneCave de TainResting at the foot of the famous Heritage hillside, the Cave de Tain l'Hermitage produces and sells 5 appellation controlee wines.

Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas, and St-Peray.

The volume of these five wines vinified by the Cave de Tain l'Hermitage represents almost half of the total volume of all northern Rhone AOC wines produced. The Cave also produces single varietal vin de pays wines from Syrah and Marsanne grapes grown on the outskirts of the appelleation areas in the northern Rhone hills.

The wines of the Cave de Tain l'Hermitage are recognized for their quality. The objective of the Cave is to provide wine lovers around the world with authentic wines which bear the full character of their indivdual "terroir", bringing out the best through careful and non-intrusive vinification methods.

In this highly traditional vineyard, successive generations have contributed to the growth and development of the winery by producing grapes of a quality they strive to constantly improve.

The winemakers are involved in every stage of vinification, from the grape reception all the way up to the bottling. The cellar team makes every effort to respect the inherent characteristics of each vintage, to ensure a harmonious and natural finished product.

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For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades, please see: www.cavedetain.com/
RhoneDomaine 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.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.la-milliere.fr
RhoneChateau BeaucheneThe Bernard family has lived in Orange since the 17th century. Originally tenant farmers, the Bernards bought their first vineyard in 1794 soon after the French Revolution. The winery is still run by the Bernard family; Michel runs the winemaking, with his wife Dominique and their eldest daughter busy in the marketing and sales aspects of the business.
Chateau Beauchene cultivates their vineyards using the principles of "culture raisonnee". This helps to preserve the balance of the soil, maintain bio-diversity, and minimize pollution. To achieve this aim, the vineyards have grass belts maintained around each parcel of land to provide shelter for beneficial predators which feed on various vineyard pests. The grass belts also prevent an uptake of water should it rain, which would cause dilution problems at harvest, and the grass helps maintain a level of moisture retention in the soil so that the vines don't suffer so much during times of drought.
The Chateaunuef Blanc is a blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Clairette.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.chateaubeauchene.fr
RhoneDomaine 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
Western France
Chateau 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.

This family-run estate has always been devoted to producing high quality products.

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