Le Grand Wine Tasting


Le Grand Tasting at the Taste of France Show – September 28, 2013 – 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Bryant Park – Terrace area – between 6th and 5th Avenue, 42nd Street, New York

A portion of the proceeds will benefit: weelling



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Taste of France Grand Tasting event is presented as part of the Taste of France 2013 taking place in Manhattan’s Bryant Park on Saturday 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Held under the high patronage and in the presence of Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and François Delattre, French ambassador to the United States, this 2-day event will showcase the most renowned aspects of French Lifestyle, Culture and Industry.

A WORLD PREMIERE

A journey through French vineyards in the heart of Manhattan
5,000 square feet dedicated to French Wine in Bryant Park, the heart of New York City.
bryant park The best sommeliers of NYC
The Tasting will be led by prestigious names such as Michel Couvreux from Per Se, André Compeyre from Benoit, Pascaline Lepeltier from Rouge Tomate, Justin Lorenz from Aureole, Philippe Marchal from Jadot, Jean-Georges from Saint-Georges, Raj Vaidya from Daniel and much more.
10 leading French Regions highlighted
By exploring the French wine heritage, region by region, the visitor will discover the various provinces of France, rich in traditions and diverse customs. The trip starts in Champagne and continues through each of the key regions producing word-class wines.
Winesregions A unique 100-tasting experience
The Tasting Tour will offer the opportunity to taste 100 wines. Each region will be represented by 10 specially selected wines and led by a Sommelier expert in the specific area.
Focus on local & authenticity
Discover small artisanal producers, French family owners where the wine is a savoir-faire transmitted from parent to child. Each wine is an agricultural product crafted by hand with a unique attention to quality and character by each grower, people who work the soil and create their wine as a personal statement.
authenticity A $150 all-inclusive ticket
An all-inclusive100 wine-tasting experience combined with signature dishes from D’Artagnan & Artisanal Cheese and a complimentary guide listing the wines, presenting each region. The different wines tasted will be able to be sold by taking orders on site.
GRAND TASTING CO-CHAIRS


George P. Sape
Managing Director of the national law firm, Epstein Becker & Green in New York.
Maître Emerite of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, Mr. Sape is a respected oenophile.
He is a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur and recognized for his extensive wine cellar.


Patrick Baugier
Bringing more than two decades of wine industry experience to his role as the president and chairman of MetroWine Distribution Co., Inc. Mr Baugier leads one of the world’s leading wine distribution companies.
Mr. Baugier has also recently joined the Board of Directors of The International Business and Wine Society, a Society that brings together leaders with a passion for both business and wine.

Jean-Luc Le Dû
Owner of Le Dû’s Wines, Mr Le Dû has received many awards:
- Best Sommelier Northeast America.
- The Wine Spectator magazine: “Grand Award” for his wine list as one of the best of the world.
- James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Wine Service”


LIST OF PARTICIPATING SOMMELIERS FOR “LE GRAND TASTING”

Michel Couvreux – Per Se
Mollie Battenhouse – Maslow
Pascaline Lepeltier – Rouge Tomate
Patrick Cappiello – Pearl & Ash
Christy Canterbury MW – Canterbury Wines
Kristie Petrullo – Petrullo Wine Consulting
Roger Dagorn – Tocqueville
Philippe Marchal – Kobrand
Heather Branch -
Raj Vayda – Restaurant Daniel
Gillian Balance – Cavallo Point
Justin Lorenz – Aureole
Andre Compeyre – Benoit
Jennifer Ely -
Jeff Porter – Del Posto
Linda Violago – Contra
Bernard Sun – Jean Georges
Yannick Benjamin – Le Du’s Wines



WINE SELECTIONS FOR “LE GRAND WINE TASTING”

SPARKLING WINES AND CHAMPAGNE

Eric Bordelet (Bio.)-Polaner Selections
Sidre “Tendre”-Sugg.retail
In 1992, Sommelier Eric Bordelet left his prestigious position at the helm of the wine program at the Michelin Three Star restaurant of l’Arpège in Paris in order to return to the windswept orchards of Normandy. He was greatly encouraged in this endeavor by his close friend and confidante, the late Didier Dagueneau of Pouilly-Fumé. Taking over the nineteen hectares family property of Château de Hauteville, Bordelet planted seven hectares that had been fallow in terraced orchards (that will not be utilized for many years to come), and began the process of bringing his family’s apple and pear orchards into biodynamic practices.

Domaine Renardat-Fache (Org.)-Louis/Dressner Selections
Cerdon du Bugey 2012-sugg.retail $23.99

The Bugey, tucked between Lyon and Geneva, is one of France’s smallest appellation. Domaine Renardat-Fache’s Cerdon is made from a blend of Gamay and Poulsard using the Ancestral method.

J.J. Vincent-Frederick Wildman & Sons
Crémant de Bourgogne NV-Sugg.retail $21.99

Maison JJ Vincent produces a range of wines made with the same care and expertise as those made at the Vincent’s historic domaine, Château Fuissé. Made primarily from grapes sourced from Mâconnais and cru Beaujolais vineyards owned by members of Jean-Jacques Vincent’s family, these wines are of extremely high quality and represent remarkable value.

Antech (Sust.)-Baron François
Blanquette de Limoux “reserve” 2010-Sugg.retail $16.99

Fifth generation winemakers, Roger and Georges Antech, inherited the ancient craft of making Blanquette, the original French bubbly that pre-dates Dom Pérignon’s “discovery” of Champagne by over 150 years. The family’s property lies on gentle slopes that bask in the Mediterranean sunlight.

Domaine de la Louvetrie (Jo Landron) (Bio.)-Martin Scott Wines
Brut “Atmosphères” NV-Sugg.retail $19.99

Domaine de la Louvetrie is a small, family-owned winery located in the village of Muscadet in the Loire Valley of France. After working alongside his father for 12 years, Joseph Landron took over the family estate. The estate has been organically farmed since 1999 and in 2002, was awarded official certification by ECOCERT. The fruit is picked by hand and only juice from the first press is used.

Domaine Robert Plageoles (Bio.)-Jenny & François Selections
Gaillac Nature “Cépage Mauzac Vert” 2011-Sugg.retail $27.99

Bernard Plageoles is continuing the work of his father Robert, an outspoken advocate for natural wines with a centuries old approach to winemaking. Robert researched and replanted over a dozen varieties (7 in the Mauzac family alone) indigenous to Gaillac that had all but vanished. The Plageoles are one of the oldest winemaking families in the AOC and they are thoroughly invested in retaining the traditions and quality for which this oft-overlooked AOC is now receiving well-deserved praise. The terroir in Gaillac is made up clay, limestone, sand and silex soils.

Lallier-Sherbrooke Cellars
Champagne “Grande Reserve” NV-Sugg.retail $39.99

The Lallier Family has been in Aÿ for over five generations. In 1996, James Lallier bought the winery of René Brun and started his own brand, thus Champagne René James Lallier was born. This medium-size house now produces around 350,000 bottles, allowing them to focus on making distinctive wines of character.

J.L. Vergnon (Sust.)
Champagne Blanc de Blancs “Eloquence” NV-Sugg.retail

For five generations (nearly two centuries), the house that shelters the Champagne J.L. Vergnon has been owned by a single family. In 1950, it was passed to the son, Jean-Louis Vergnon, who recreated his vineyards on the slopes of Côte de Blancs in Mesnil/Oger. Classified Grand Cru, it is renowned for the excellence of its soil and is exclusively growing Chardonnay.

Canard-Duchêne-Verity Wines
Charles VII Blanc de Noirs NV-Sugg.retail $69.99

This house is inLudes, within the Historic National park of Montagne de Reims since 1868 and was given permission by the Russian Royal Family to bare its family coat of arms. The Cuvee Charles VII is an exclusive assembly of Pinot: Pinot Noir 70% and 30% Pinot Meunier. The reserve wines are used up to 20%. All grapes sourced exclusively in Montagne de Reims.

Ployez-Jacquemart (Sust.)-David Bowler Selections
Champagne Rosé “Extra Brut” NV-Sugg.retail $52.99

Laurence Ployez is a third-generation winemaker at her family’s estate, which was established in 1930. Ployez-Jacquemart owns 2.15 hectares of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Ludes and Mailly-Champagne in the Montagne de Reims, known for its classic chalk slopes

Pol Roger-Frederick Wildman & Sons
“Brut Vintage” 2002-Sugg.retail $116.99

Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. “Pol Roger is the ‘gentlemen’s’ Champagne, as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in ‘Voyage en Champagne”. It is not surprising, therefore, that Winston Churchill, and even the British royal family should have made it their favorite over the years. This refinement reflects a whole lifestyle.

LOIRE VALLEY

Domaine de l’Ecu (Bio.)-Polaner Selections
Muscadet “Granite” 201100Sugg.retail $23.99

For many years, under the guidance of the talented Guy Bossard, this domaine has held its place in the top eschelon of producers in Muscadet. The estate was also one of the early prac¬titioners of organic viticulture, well before it was fashionable to do so, and has been certified Organic for over 40 years and certified Biodynamic for over 20. Bossard is fanatic in the vineyards and is highly regarded for producing Muscadets that have remarkable depth, precision, as well as ageability. The estate produces three different “flagship” Muscadets, each crafted from different subsoils of the region; Gneiss, Orthogneiss and Granite.

Domaine Huet (Bio.)-Polaner Selections
Vouvray Sec “Le Haut Lieu” 2011-Sugg.retail $29.99

Domaine Huet is one of the great reference points not only of the Loire Valley, but of France in general. The style of the wines is precise, mineral-driven Chenin (not to mention age-worthy), whether in the Sec, Demi-Sec or Moelleux style. The domaine was also among the early proponents of Biodynamic viticulture and have been certified since the early `90s. Vinifications occur in a combination of tank and (older) wood, depending on the vintage and vineyard. The Hwang family continues the historic tradition of producing top quality, benchmark Vouvray.

Chateau de Fosse-Seche (Bio.)-Weygandt Wines
Saumur “Cuvée Arcane” 2010-Sugg.retail

Fosse Seche was discovered by the Benedictine monks around the 10th century and was already producing wine in the early 1200′s. It is a knoll (17 ha. of vines, not far from Doué-La Fontaine) of silex (flint) embedded and exploded into oxides of iron. Biodynamic, in fact surrounded by 30 hectares of woods and fields (a national bird sanctuary), bee hives, and now goats, makes this the perfect bio-dynamic milieu. A unique feature is that Guillaume Pire and his brother Adrien vinify and age this entirely in large old beer transport tank, like a horizontal silo, for 17 months.

Domaine de la Coulée de Serrant (Bio.)-Domaine Select Wine Estates
Savennières “Le Vieux Clos” 2010-Sugg.retail $38.99

A graduate of Columbia University, Nicolas Joly started his career on Wall St. as a banker. His family soon called him back to the ancestral estate where he was one of the first vigneron to implement the teachings of Rudolf Steiner on biodynamics. The estate has since been recognized as one of the best in the Loire Valley and France.

Domaine Mardon (Org.)-Michael Skurnik Wines
Quincy “Très Vieilles Vignes” 2012-Sugg.retail $19.99

The village of Quincy is located about 50 miles west of Sancerre on the left bank of the Cher river. This lesser-known Loire Valley appellation is an excellent source of crisp, driving, minerally Sauvignon Blanc. The Mardon family has been producing wine in the area since the early 19th century. It is a small, family owned estate with the cellar literally below the house and a total annual domaine production of under 10,000 cases. Their “Tres Vieilles Vignes” cuvee is made from vines that exceed 50 years of age and up to 80 years old.

Pascal Jolivet (Org.)- Frederick Wildman & Sons
Pouilly-Fumé “Les Griottes” 2011-Sugg.retail

The house of Pascal Jolivet was founded in 1987 and is one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley. Based in Sancerre, the domaine now owns over 70 acres of prime vineyards spread across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The domaine supplements the estate holdings with additional fruit sourced from some of the prime terroirs of the region including “Les Caillotes”, “Le Chêne Marchand” and “Le Clos du Roy” amongst others.

Domaine Vincent Gaudry (Bio.)-Wineberry
Sancerre “Vieilles Vignes” 2011-Sugg.retail $29.99

Vincent Gaudry farms 9 hectares of vineyards in Sancerre that cover each of the region’s three distinct terroirs: clay-limestone or marl (terres blanches), flint (silex) and stony, rubble-like limestone that come from weathered Kimmeridgian (caillottes). He produces his benchmark Sancerre from these diverse selections of soil rendering wines that express a wide range of flavors, from the exuberant and fruity to mineral and subtly smoky.

Domaine J.P. Robinot (Org.)-Zev Rovine Selections
Coteaux du Loir “Concerto d’Onis”-Sugg.retail $37.99

After 12 years of running a wine bar and a wine magazine Jean-Pierre decided that the only way to truly understand natural wine was to begin making it himself. In 2001 he started his own winery in Chahaignes, his native village in the Loire. Still running his wine bar in Paris met travelling to and from the winery whenever he had a free moment, resulting in a cuvee he has jokingly referred to as “Cuvee TGV”, named after the high speed train he took between Paris and the Loire during this time.

Domaine Galbrun (Org.)-Langdon-Shiverick
Bourgueil “Chatrois” 2010-Sugg.retail $21.99

The domain exists since 2005. The 3.5ha includes 4500 vines/ha grown in organic culture, 100 hl are produced per year. The varietal is 100% Cabernet Franc located in the Bourgueil appellation. The soils are made of “tuff” – Clay and limestone – or from sand and pebbles (locally called “Graves”).

Domaine Bernard Baudry (Org.)-Louis/Dressner Selections
Chinon “Les Grezeaux” 2011-Sugg.retail $29.99

Bernard Baudry is one of the newer stars of the Chinon scene. A graduate of the Lycée de Beaune, Baudry created his 25-hectare estate out of family parcels and purchased land. He quickly rose to prominence in the appellation for precise, textured Chinon. Baudry is now retired and his son Matthieu, who has been making wine with his father since 2000

BURGUNDY

Domaine G.&J.H. Goisot (Bio.)-Polaner Selections
Sauvignon de Saint-Bris “Exogyra Virgula” 2011-Sugg.retail $20.99

Jean-Hughes Goisot and his wife Ghislaine, along with their son Guilhem, are tireless workers and perfectionists in Saint-Bris. This terroir, which shares the famous chalky soil and the cool northerly climate that is typical of its close neighbor Chablis, gives its wines a very distinctive character: it is more refined, firmer, more mineral, and often more thirst-quenching than wines from further south in Burgundy. The Goisots plant all of their Sauvignon vines on the cooler north-facing slopes. The estate is now certified biodynamic.

Domaine Moreau (Sust.)-Frederick Wildman & Sons
Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots 2009-Sugg.retail $74.99

The Moreau Family has been established as winegrowers in Chablis since 1814 . Christian the fifth generation of Moreau , after 11 years in Canada, came back to the Domaine in 1972 and followed the family tradition. The story between the Moreau family and the USA Started in 1939 when my father Guy Moreau was the food and beverage manager at the French pavilion during the World expo in New York In 1939 and since that date Frederick Wildman as been our national importer across the US.

Domaine Ferret (Sust.)-Kobrand
Pouilly Fuissé “Sous Vergisson” 2010-Sugg.retail $39.99

The estate was managed by the Ferret family from its founding in 1840 until it was purchased by Louis Jadot in 2008. Pouilly-Fuissé was among the first appellations established by the AOC classification system in 1936. Set exclusively on hillsides, the vineyards grow only a single grape: Chardonnay.

Olivier Leflaive Frères (Sust.)-Frederick Wildman & Sons
Meursault 2011-Sugg.retail $56.99

The Leflaive family has been rooted in Puligny Montrachet since 1717. In 1984 Olivier Leflaive launched his own company Olivier Leflaive Frères with the help of his uncle Vincent and his brother Patrick. He quickly established his own reputation amongst Burgundy’s finest.

Domaine Fernand and Laurent Pillot- Esprit du Vin
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeots” 2010-Sugg.retail $66.99

Since the 19th Century, generations of the Pillot family have cultivated the hills of Chassagne-Montrachet. While father Fernand is approaching retirement, his son Laurent cultivates and harvests nearly 14.6 hectares of land spread over 22 different appellations of red & white wines.

Domaine Antonin Guyon (Sust.)-Esprit du Vin
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru “Pucelles” 2009-Sugg.retail $118.99

Antonin Guyon was relatively mature when he embarked upon his vine-owning journey in the 1960s, purchasing his first parcels of land in Burgundy’s Gevrey and Meursault appellations at 55-years old. Today, Domaine Antonin Guyon is one of the most prestigious estates, as well as one of the largest single family-owned wineries, in the region. Based in Savigny-les-Beaune, this 47 hectare property is now controlled and operated by Antonin’s sons, Dominique and Michel (left). Together, they have created a model winery, producing wines of impeccable quality from 15 different appellations, including some of the most renowned villages of the Côte d’Or.

Domaine Francoise & Denis Clair (Org.)-Martin Scott Wines
Santenay “Clos Genèts” 2010-sugg.retail $35.99

When Domaine Francoise & Denis Clair was founded in 1986, it had12.3 acres of vineyards located in Santenay. The family now farms 37 acres (65% red and 35% white), the majority of which are located in Saint-Aubin. In 2000, their son Jean-Baptiste joined the family business and together they’ve expanded the Domaine’s production to approximately 6,250 cases/year. Denis works the soil naturally, using compost and frequent plowing and avoids pesticides and herbicides.

Domaine Faiveley- Frederick Wildman & Sons
Nuits Saint Georges 2010-Sugg.retail $65.99

1825, Pierre Faiveley founded the firm that now bears the name Domaine Faiveley. At that time, the firm was classic negociant, buying and selling wine. But from generation to generation, with a firm commitment to the quality of Burgundy’s patrimony, the Faiveley family has purchased vineyard and is today among the largest owners of classified vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune and Cotes Chalonnaise. All together the firm owns some 120 hectare of vineyards among which 10 hectares are grands crus and 25, premiers crus.

Domaine Marc Roy (Sust.)-Michael Skurnik Wines
Gevrey Chambertin “Vieilles Vignes” 2011-Sugg.retail $62.99

Domaine Marc Roy is a minuscule domaine (only four hectares!) run by a young, enthusiastic woman (Alexandrine Roy)… Alexandrine, the fourth generation at this family domaine, does everything herself — including pigeage by foot! —and the wines are very pure expressions of both her winemaking philosophy. Alexandrine’s light touch with vinification results in remarkably pure, supple, and gorgeously silky wines; she destems 100%, uses oak conservatively, employs relatively brief elevages (around one year in wood), and cherishes purity and elegance above power.” The Gevrey-Chambertin Villages is from 70 year old vines.

Domaine Jacques Prieur (Org.)- Frederick Wildman & Sons
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2008-Sugg.retail $212.99

Founded in 1956, today the domaine is owned by Edouard Labruyère. Pristine vineyards are impeccably maintained to produce fruit of exquisite quality. The winery and domaine have been undergoing renovation since the Labruyere family purchased the domaine and today the winery has facilities equal to the best in the world.

BEAUJOLAIS

Domaine Dupeuble (Sust.)-Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Beaujolais Blanc 2011-Sugg/retail $14.99

In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble celebrated their 500th anniversary last year. The domaine has been running almost continuously since 1512. Tradition runs deep in the family, but each generation has also managed to add something new, including increasing the property. Today it is comprised of one hundred hectares, about forty percent of which is consecrated to vineyards. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers

Domaine des Billards (Org.)-David Bowler Selections
Saint Amour 2010-Sugg.retail $18.99

Situated at the mid-point of the sloping vineyards of Saint Amour, the Domaine des Billards belongs to the Barbet and Teissier families.The soil is composed of sandstone pebbles underlying granite outcroppings at a depth of 50cm to 1m and beneath that layers of clay. Farming is very traditional and natural.

Domaine Guy Breton (Bio.)-Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Regnié 2011-Sugg.retail $27.99

Guy Breton took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Following the example of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Guy and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, soon hoisted the flag of this back-to-nature movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. The Gang called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration.

Stéphane Aviron (Sust.)-Frederick Wildman & Sons
Chénas 2010-Sugg.retail $22.99

Stéphane Aviron has adopted an almost radical return to tradition; sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. His cru Beaujolais drink like fine Burgundy. By focusing on the Beaujolais village crus, the best sites for unique, expressive wines, and finding old parcels of vines, Aviron creates very expressive, age-worthy wines relying on traditional and new methods, including organic and biodynamic vineyard management. All wines are labeled “Vieilles Vignes,” old vines, because the vines are at least 40 years-old. Potel-Aviron’s wines are authentic in every way.

Clos de la Roilette (Sust.)-Louis/Dressner Selections
Fleurie 2012-Sugg.retail $21.99

The Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie, covers nine hectares of one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. The clos has an eastern exposure, borders the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, and produces wines that are beautiful when young and have the capacity to age 5-10 years, depending on the vintage.

Domaine de la Conseillère (Sust.)-Frederick Wildman & Sons
Juliénas 2010-Sugg.retail $23.99

The domaine is set on 7 hillside acres in the heart of Julienas. Vineyards sit with southern exposures and well drained soils of granite, sand and clay.

Domaine Coquelet (Org.)-Louis/Dressner Selections
Chiroubles 2011-Sugg.retail $23.99

Damien Coquelet is the stepson of Beaujolais legend Georges Descombes and worked with him since childhood. He rents most of his plots in Morgon and Chiroubles.

Domaine de la Rochette (Sust.)-Verity Wines
Morgon “Les Micouds” 2010-Sugg.retail $20.99

Coming from a winemaking family for several generations, we have created our domain in 1981. We cultivate 15 hectares of vines planted to Gamay, including 4 crus. Morgon Les Micouds – from centenarian vines in the eponymous sector of that appellation, northeast of the Côte de Py, has vines between 200-300ft on the hillside, on a base of soft, loamy soils.

Chateau des Jacques-Kobrand
Moulin à Vent 2011-Sugg.retail $20.99

Most of the estate is planted with Gamay, in five parcels, or ‘clos’, with south and southeastern exposure. Château des Jacques practices a traditional vinification, characterized by a delicate crush to split the grapes, de-stemming of approximately 80% of the harvest, and a 10 to 14 day-fermentation in partially sealed vats.

Domaine du Vissoux (Sust.)-Weygandt Wines
Brouilly “Pierreux” 2011-Sugg.retail

The family estate, Domaine du Vissoux, has been based in the hamlet of Le Vissoux since the 17th century. Here in this hamlet is the wonderfully sited single stretch southwest-facing vineyard. Contrary to most of southern Beaujolais soil, which is limestone-clay, the soil at Domaine du Vissoux is granitic. This specificity contributes to giving more structure to the wines made here. Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette have always been inclined towards making wine that is as natural as possible and have a single goal: that their work and produce be of the highest quality.

Chateau Thivin (Sust.)-Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Côte de Brouilly 2011-Sugg.retail $23.99

Built in the fifteenth century on an ancient volcano which juts out steeply into the valley below, Thivin is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly. Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly parcels are predominantly south-facing and are planted entirely with Gamay vines that average 50 years of age. The soil is plowed and composted regularly while cover crops are left between some rows to encourage microbiotic activity. Absolutely no insecticides are used. On a slope with a grade of 48% and crumbly surface, implementing these techniques is essential to safeguard the soil from erosion.

ALSACE/JURA/SAVOIE

Domaine Paul Blanck (Org.)-Michael Skurnik Wines
Pinot Auxerrois “Vieilles Vignes” 2009

This phenomenal Alsace estate, tracing its history back to the 17th Century, produces a stunning and diverse lineup of wines from enviable parcels in the Haut-Rhin district of Alsace. Located in the village of Kientzheim, Domaine Paul Blanck produces wines that are generous, balanced, terroir-expressive, and versatile. Winemaker Philippe Blanck farms his vines without the use of chemicals, seeking to gain the clearest possible expression of vineyard character.

Domaine Paul Blanck (Org.)-Michael Skurnik Wines
Riesling Grand Cru “Schlossberg” 2009

This phenomenal Alsace estate, tracing its history back to the 17th Century, produces a stunning and diverse lineup of wines from enviable parcels in the Haut-Rhin district of Alsace. Located in the village of Kientzheim, Domaine Paul Blanck produces wines that are generous, balanced, terroir-expressive, and versatile. Winemaker Philippe Blanck farms his vines without the use of chemicals, seeking to gain the clearest possible expression of vineyard character.

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht (Bio.)-Martin Scott Wines
Muscat d’Alsace 2011-Sugg.retail $25.99

The Domaine Zind-Humbrecht has been created in 1959 by the union of the family owned properties of Zénon Humbrecht, winegrower at Gueberschwihr and of Emile Zind, winegrower in Wintzenheim. Today the Domaine Zind-Humbrecht has 40 hectares of vineyards located in five different villages in the Haut- Rhin.

F.E Trimbach
Pinot Gris “Reserve” 2007-Sugg.retail $21.99- Esprit du Vin

Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been promoting the history, exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. Maison Trimbach is located in Ribeauvillé, where today three generations work closely together. The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced.

Hugel et Fils (Sust.)-Frederick Wildman & Sons
Gewurztraminer “Classique” 2011-Sugg.retail $26.99

For over 370 years and with twelve-family generations the Hugel family has unrivalled experience and knowledge of Alsace vineyards and winemaking. Without the work of the remarkable Hugel family, located in the picture-postcard fortified village of Riquewihr, the worldwide reputation of Alsace wine would not be the same. Hugel has pioneered much advancement in Alsace, including the early creation and classification of Grand Cru vineyards.

F.E Trimbach- Esprit du Vin
Pinot Noir “Reserve” 2010-Sugg.retail $21.99

Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been promoting the history, exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. Maison Trimbach is located in Ribeauvillé, where today three generations work closely together. The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced.

Berthet-Bondet-V.O.S. Selections
Jura “Tradition” 2009-Sugg.retail $28.99

In 1985, Chantal and Jean Berthet-Bondet took over a domain that had not been producing wine for 50 years and brought it back to life. The domain spreads on 10 hectares, 5 in Chateau-Chalon and 5 in Cotes-de-Jura appellation. Chateau-Chalon possesses the noblest terroir in the Jura region. A composition of limestone and red and gray marne confers both power and great finesse to these wines. The classic wine of the Jura is the “vin de voile,” a technique otherwise practiced only by Spanish sherry producers.

Domaine Gilles Berlioz-V.O.S. Selections
Chignin 2011-Sugg.retail-$25.99

Domaine Gilles Berlioz is located in Savoie, near the charming village of Chignin, ten miles south of Chambéry. This wine region, backed by the south side of the Bauges mountains, presents the particularity of having all vineyards located on the hillsides. The domaine is close to a natural reserve (Natura 2000) and a tourist area (ski resorts, Lake Bourget, …). It is in this environment, in which the vines are integrated into the local landscape, than Gilles Berlioz runs his domaine.

Domaine JP Perrier-David Bowler Selections
Vin de Savoie-Mondeuse “Gastronomie” 2011-Sugg.retail $19.99

Founded in 1853. Gilbert Perrier and his son are the fifth and sixth generation to make wine in this picturesque Alpine region. The domaine has slowly expanded over the generations and maintaining quality has always been the priority. Vineyard work is sustainable, grapes are hand-harvested and gently vinified in stainless steel tanks. The wines are classic, crisp, and pure Savoie character.

Chateau d’Arlay-Verity Wines
Cotes du Jura Rouge 2005-Sugg.retail $27.99

80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.
Aged for 18 months, Syrah and Mourvedre in 228-300L barrels Located in the heart of the Jura vineyards, the Chateau Arlay produces a vintage wines from the Côtes du Jura. The estate was created by the Counts of Chalon-Arlay, Princes of Orange, in the early middle ages, at the foot of their powerful fortress. Later on, it became the Royal Vineyard of England, then of Spain and finally of France. It is located on a pleasant hill on the border of the Bresse region, close to the Jura foot-hills, Arlay has a favorable geology with plenty of water underground; the terroir is composed of fossil lime stone and rich marls. Its full southern exposure gives the vines the benefit of plenty of sun and they are protected from northern winds by the hill itself. This is a “bon terroir”, offering Chateau Arlay a distinctive place in the Jura appellation.

RHONE VALLEY

François Villard (Org.)-V.O.S. Selections
Saint Peray Blanc “Version” 2011-Sugg.retail 31.99

François does not use pesticides and only uses light herbicides if needed. His goal is to slowly cut off the use of any chemicals, but not at the price of quality and taste. All the grapes are hand-harvested. Francois is not shy of having a little botrytis on his white grapes, be they Marsanne for his St. Joseph or Viognier for his Condrieu. For him botrytis brings complexity. “I want to go beyond the peach or apricot tones of normal Condrieu”.

Chateau de la Selve (Bio.)-Metrowine
IGP Coteaux de l’Ardèche “La Serre de Berty” 2006-Sugg.retail $23.99

Built during the 13th century, the Chateau de la Selve was a fortified house first on the frontier of the Empire and then of the Kingdom of France. It then became the hunting lodge of a famous family, the Dukes de Joyeuse, before being transformed, century after century, into a farm. In 1990 this magnificent house became the property of Jean-Regis and Magdeleine Chazallon. Today their son, Benoit, who graduated from the viticultural school of Beaune in 2002, grows wine on the property with a respect for the environment and in an attempt to let the soil express itself.

Chateau Virgile (Sust.)-United Estates Wine Imports
Côstières de Nimes 2011-$12.99

This 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 vineyards which are planted right at the edge of a plateau, where there are deep alluvial gravel deposits from the Rhône River — a mixture of granite and limestone pebbles (known locally as gress).

Domaine Solence (Org.)-United Estates Wine Imports
Côteaux du Ventoux “Les Trois Pères” 2011-Sugg.retail 17.99

Jean-Luc and Anne-Marie are a young, thoughtful, and progressive couple whose extreme attention to detail shows in every aspect of their work. Their minimal manipulation of the vineyards and of the vinification process produces wines that express the true terroir and character of each parcel.

Domaine Beau Mistral (Sust.)-Weygandt Wines
Rasteau “Vieilles Vignes” 2010-Sugg.retail

The Domaine Beau Mistral spreads over 25 hectares of vineyards with views over both the Dentelles de Montmirail (in Gigondas) and the Mont Ventoux. It includes several parcels of old vines, some of which are between 60 and 100 years of age, clinging to the stony, clay and limestone hillsides. The vines are ploughed to encourage the roots to dig deep down into the rich soil. The grapes are gathered by hand and selected on the vine stock.

Domaine du Grapillon d’Or-Wineberry
Gigondas “1806” 2011-Sugg.retail $32.99

Le Domaine du Grapillon d’Or evokes an authentic and beautiful family history. Created in 1806, the property has always remained in the hands of the Chauvet family. For the past 40 years, Bernard has managed and successfully developed the wine estate. He has been assisted by his daughter, Céline, for 20 years.

Chateau de Vaudieu (Sust.)-Verity Wines
Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2010-Sugg.retail $51.99

The impressive buildings at Chateau de Vaudieu was built in 1767 by an admiral Gerin from the Marseille admiralty.
In the 19th century the wines from Vaudieu had a high reputation. The domain was one of four exporting producers in Chateauneuf du Pape. In 1955 the estate was bought by Gabriel Meffre. At that time the vineyards covered 24 ha.
Gabriel Meffre renovated the vineyards and planted new vines.

Domaine Gilles Robin (Org.)-Martine’s Wines
Crozes Hermitage “Albéric Bouvet” 2010-Sugg.retail $28.99

Striving to break free of the “younger brother” status to which Crozes is so often relegated, rising star Gilles Robin is producing wines of passion and exuberance, revelatory of the soil from which they come, and greatly rewarding to those who seek them out. With a family history of winegrowing spanning four generations, Robin started out the way many in the Rhône do: his family sold grapes to the local cooperative. The majority of the estate was planted in the late 1940′s by Robin’s grandparents, and it is this fruit that makes up his Cuvée Alberic Bouvet.

Domaine Pierre Gaillard (Sust.)-AP Wine Imports
Saint Joseph “Les Pierres” 2009-Sugg.retail $62.99

In 1981, Pierre purchased his first lands in St. Joseph and revived the “Clos de Cuminaille”, an ancient wine growing estate dating from Roman times. In 1987, he decided to devote his whole time and energy to his vines, and created his own vineyard in the hills above the medieval village of Malleval, which lies half-way between the river Rhône and Mont Pilat. Wasting no time, he set about building his vineyard, each year clearing, preparing and planting new parcels of land in the hills of the Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and St. Joseph appellations.

Domaine Jean-Luc Colombo (Org.)-Palm Bay Imports
Cornas “Les Terres Brulées” 2008-Sugg.retail $51.99

Paul Jaboulet Aîné (Sust.)- Frederick Wildman & Sons
Côte Rôtie “Domaine des Pierrelles” 2009-Sugg.retail $41.99 Since the early 19th century, the name Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been synonymous with quality in the Rhône. Today, there is a renewed sense of energy and purpose. In early 2006, the Frey family bought Jaboulet and implemented sweeping changes to return Jaboulet to the summit of quality Rhône producers. Impressive holdings are among the largest in the Rhône, spanning nearly all great appellations: Condrieu, Cornas, Côte-Rôtie, St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage. Recent purchases include Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Crozes Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie vineyards.

PROVENCE

Domaine Saint André de Figuière (Sust.)-AP Wine Imports
Côtes de Provence Rosé “Première de Figuière” 2012-Sugg.retail $27.99

Saint André de Figuière is above all a family business; where each talented member acts as a branch that supports the rest of the family tree. At the head of this flourishing business is Alain Combard, a passionate and exacting man who leaves nothing to pure chance. After having started his career in winemaking in the region of Chablis together with his friend Michel Laroche, twenty-two years later, Alain Combard decided to return to his native soil that he loved so and take over the vineyard of Saint André de Figuière; a magnificent estate with huge potential.

Chateau La Gordonne (Sust.)-Vranken /Pommery USA
Côtes de Provence Rosé “La Chapelle Gordonne” 2012-Sugg.retail $22.99

In 1652, «La Gordonne» was definitively established. In 1663, the estate was purchased by the Dedons family.In 1850, the Château and outlying buildings were completely renovated, and the Château has been selling its wines ever since.Owned by the Salins du Midi and then the Domaines Listel, the Château La Gordonne is now one of the flagships of Vranken Estates.

Domaine Vico-Wineberry
Corse Blanc 2012-Sugg.retail $21.99

In the heart of Corsica, down the Popolasca snowy peaks, the 82 hectares of vineyard (202 acres) of the Domaine Vico overlooks the Golo Valley. The estate and the vineyard benefit from a unique location in the mountains surrounding the village of Morosaglia, in the northeastern part of Corsica. The vineyards were planted by Jean Vico in 1902, planting many vines at the very limit of wine growing zones in Corsica, proving to be an innovative and pioneering Vigneron for his time. Today the estate is run by Emmanuel Venturi and his family.

Chateau de Bellet (Org.)-Blue Coast Wine Imports
Bellet “Cuvée Baron G” 2011-Sugg.retail $54.99

Chateau de Bellet is located in the hills of Nice at an altitude of 200 meters above the Cote d’Azur. The winds bring a freshness and temperature range conducive to the production of elegant wines, as the vines are perfectly exposed to both the sun and cool gusts of the Mediterranean and Maritime Alps.The Bellet vineyard dates back to the 1700s and was known to Thomas Jefferson who enjoyed this “Grand Cru” of Nice. Chateau de Bellet is today managed by Ghislaine d’Charnace, the Baron of Bellet, whose family has owned the property since 18th Century.

Clos Saint Vincent (Org.)-Martine’s Wines
Bellet Rouge “Le Clos” 2010-Sugg.retail $55.99

In the spring of 1993, Joseph Sergi, locally known as Gio, purchased Le Clos Saint-Vincent located in the hills of The Bellet above Nice, an AOC of just 48 hectares created in 1941. Armed with passion, talent and perseverance, Gio works the vineyards during the day and pursues the study of oenology at night. The grapes are grown on steep terraces at roughly 480 meters, composed of large sandstone pebbles amidst a silt of silica and limestone, known locally as “poudingue”. The estate has been cultivated organically from the beginning and is certified by Ecocert and Biodyvin.

Chateau de la Clapière (Sust.)-Baron François
Côtes de Provence Rouge 2011-Sugg.retail $17.99

1892 the Queen Victoria visited the town of Hyères les Palmiers, South East on the Mediterrannean Coast. As she was taking a walk on the seashore, she met with a little girl who gave her a bouquet of violets as a gift. The Queen was really impressed by this gift and also because this little girl was named after her, Victoria… This is how the story began, which forever sealed the young Victoria’s destiny, M.Henri Fabre’s great-¬‐grandmother and the destiny of the Château de la Clapière.

Abbaye de Lérins (Sust.)-Metrowine
Vin de Pays de Mediterraneée “Saint Honorat” Syrah 2010-Sugg.retail $46.99

It may not be a coincidence that the monks of the Abbaye de Lérins (Lérins Abbey) on an island off Cannes are Cistercian. The Cistercian monks have played a leading role in France throughout History in the extension of vineyards and in the understanding of winemaking and also of the alchemy between varieties and terroir. For centuries, Abbeye of Lérins has been very influential among the religious people and the elite throughout Provence, they also happen to grow vines and make a few outstanding wines.

Château de Pibarnon (Sust.)-Michael Skurnik Wines
Bandol 2010-Sugg.retail $46.99

Since purchasing the estate in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and family have been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in all of Southern France. Perched atop La Colline du Télégraphe in the northernmost part of the appellation, the château commands sweeping vistas of the amphitheater of vines known as the Théatre d’Epidaure, and beyond, the Mediterranean Sea. After 30%-50% de-stemming, vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine is then transferred to large oak casks for élevage.

Domaine Hauvette (Bio.)- Blue Coast Wine Imports
Les Baux de Provence “Cornaline” 2007-Sugg.retail $40.99

Domaine Hauvette is located in St Remy in the appellation Les Baux de Provence. Owned and managed by Dominique Hauvette, a ski instructor and lawyer turned winemaker, Hauvette produces stunning AOC Les Baux de Provence Reds and an elegant VdP des Alpilles white. The cuvee Cornaline is the top of the line. Production is biodynamic. The grapes are hand-picked with cluster thinning and strict control of the foliage to ensure optimal ripeness. The wine spends 24 months in oak and is fined but not filtered.

LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

Domaine de Barroubio (Org.)-United Estates Wine Imports
Muscat Sec 2011-Sugg.retail $16.99

The vineyards surrounding the Domaine de Barroubio look like a lunar landscape. Covered with broken-up, white, chalky rocks on the spinal crest of a hill, the vineyards line a road that seems 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, has recently taken over the operation of the domaine from his mother.

Chateau Ollieux Romanis (Sust.)-Langdon-Shiverick
Corbières Blanc “Prestige” 2010-Sugg.retail $29.99

The Bories family first settled in Les Ollieux in the mid-19th century and created the estate that is known today. Through Pierre Bories’ love of wine and land, the domaine continues to evolve – the modernization of equipment and refinements in technique are in accordance with the innovative tradition of the monks. With 150ha of vineyard, the Bories family cultivates one of the biggest private domaine in the Corbières.

Domaine de la Pertuisane (Sust.)-Langdon-Shiverick
Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes “Fin Amour”-Sugg.retail $41.99

Just out of wine school in England, Richard Case, and his wife, Sarah, were traveling to scout vineyards in Spain after working the harvest in the Languedoc. This is where they stumbled upon the small village of Maury, in the foothills of the Pyrennees. They encountered a small 2 hectare plot of land, planted with ancient Grenache and Carignan vines, on which, the Case’s staked their future, convinced of its truly exceptional terrior. Shortly after their initial purchase, they were able to add 8 more hectares for the 2003 harvest, which resulted in their first vintage of a small run, high-quality, handcrafted wine.

Domaine d’Aupilhac (Org.)-Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Coteaux du Languedoc “Lou Maset” 2012-Sugg.retail $18.99

Three generations of Fadats have farmed the large, eighteen-hectare lieu-dit known as Aupilhac, in the village of Montpeyroux, across the river Hérault. Aupilhac is a special parcel for many reasons. It sits at a high altitude, nestled below the ruins of the village’s château, at almost 1200 feet above sea level on terraced land with southwest sun exposure. The soils are rich in prehistoric oyster fossils, which lend an incredible length and minerality to the wines.

Hecht & Bannier (Org.) -Frederick Wildman & Sons
Minervois 2010-Sugg.retail $25.99

Hecht & Bannier is at the forefront of a revolution in quality in this region. Each of their wines is typically based on 5-10 different parcels found to be of exceptional quality. These blends are then vinified and bottled to best represent each appellation in the range. All Hecht & Bannier wines are aged for two years in large, traditional “Demi Muids” (600L) wood barrels which insures preservation of fruit quality and imparts “resistance” to the wines allowing them to age well. A portion of each wine is aged in neutral concrete vats to focus the expression of fruit and appellation.

Chateau du Lascaux (Org.)-Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Carra”-Sugg.retail $18.99

The vineyards of Château de Lascaux have been in the family for thirteen generations. The name of the domaine, “Lascaux” comes from a limestone specific to the domaine’s vineyard sites. The quiet isolation of this part of the region, coupled with its proximity to both the sea and the mountains, makes this microclimate so unique. It is nestled along the foothills of the Cevennes, a mountain range that sits in the heart of the Midi. These foothills protect the vines from the cool Mistral and Tramontagne winds, and bring more rain to an otherwise dry climate. Jean-Benoît Cavalier took direction of the property in 1984, passionate about supporting the richness and diversity of this ecosystem. For this reason the domaine’s conversion to organic viticulture was a logical choice.

Domaine Jean-Marie Rimbert (Org.)-Jenny & François Selections
Saint Chinian “Travers de Marceau” 2012-Sugg.retail $15.99

Jean-Marie Rimbert, a native of Provence, arrived in the Languedoc nearly twenty-five years ago and managed the vineyards at Château de Flaugergues for five years until he saved up enough money to purchase his first parcels of gnarled ancient vine Carignan that had been nurtured in schist-laden soils for the better part of the last century. Today, Jean-Marie has 20 hectares spread amongst 40 diverse parcels each with different soil compositions and expositions. Berlou has the highest elevation in all of the St. Chinian AOC and is the only place in the region that possesses schist rich soils

Jean Louis Tribouley (Bio.)-Weygandt Wines
Côtes du Roussillon Villages “Les Bacs” 2010-Sugg.retail

Tribouley – an outsider who understudied with Gauby and then began his own estate in 2002 – farms roughly 30 acres (biodynamically) and sells no grapes. In a quantitatively good vintage, he bottles 1,700 cases. But it is fruit from his 10 acres near Maury (variously on reddish Marne chalk, and quartzite-rich schist and sandstone) that are the focus for the two cuvees (both matured in older barrels, favoring demi-muids) that are sold in the U.S.

Domaine de La Rectorie-Wineberry
Collioure “Coté Mer” 2009-Sugg.retail $41.99

Two brothers, Thierry and Marc Parcé inherited the vineyard; which has long been in the family. Both were raised there, but Marc had gone to Paris and become a professor of literature when the inheritance occurred. He returned to the land and the brothers determined they would turn their Collioure and Banyuls production into the highest quality in the appellations, which they have. The work is hard and, in the true old-fashioned way, totally manual. No tractor could ever get into the maze of rock walled spaces. The brothers set to work with an old friend, concert guitarist Pedro Soler, who was also raised in the vineyard. Pedro stops his circuit during harvest and becomes a member of the, vineyard family.

SUD OUEST

Domaine Causse Marines (Bio.)-Louis/Dressner Selections
Gaillac Blanc “Greilles” 2012-sugg.retail-$19.99

A small estate of 12 ha, Causse Marines is located in the heart of Gaillac and produces 12 cuvees from 12 different varietals. The estate was created in 1993 and is part of the natural wine movement.

Domaine Herri-Mina (Sust.)-Martine’s Wines
Irouléguy Blanc 2011-Sugg.retail $24.99

Irouléguy, an AOC since 1970, is a tiny Basque appellation on the foothills of the Pyrenees in south west France. About 250 acres of vineyards are cultivated by 60 growers. One of them, Jean-Claude Berrouet, winemaker at Château Petrus since 1964, makes a distinctive dry white from a blend of Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng.

Chateau Haut Lavigne (Bio.)-Jenny & François Selections
Côtes de Duras Blanc “La Miss” 2010-Sugg.retail $20.99

Château Haut Lavigne was created by Nadia Lusseau in 2002 when she took over 8.5 hectares of vineyards in the Cotes de Duras. The vineyard is made up of 4 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon plus 4.5 hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cotes de Duras is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Atlantic and benefits from the ocean air while enjoying less rain, and therefore more sunshine, than appellations further to the west. Nadia’s viticultural approach results in top quality fruit and her winemaking allows for a true expression of terrior.

Chateau Plaisance-V.O.S Selections
Fronton Rouge 2011-Sugg.retail $17.99

The vineyards are on the highest terrace of the Tarn at an elevation of about 200 metres, composed mostly of stony, gravelly and silty alluvial soils. Chateau Plaisance is certified organic since 2011. The vines are worked in harmony with the terroir, eschewing fertilisers or weedkillers in favour of natural products.

Clos Siguier (Org.)-Jenny & François Selections
Cahors 2010-Sugg.retail $15.99

Gilles Bley knows the history of Cahors and can trace his winegrowing roots in the AOC back for many generations. His intimate understanding of the Malbec (Côt) and Tannat vines on his 15 hectare estate led to a desire to create wine that highlights this storied region’s unheard of potential for delicacy. Cahors is traditionally known for it’s heavy and brooding black wines that take years to reveal any fruit. Giles Bley’s efforts at Clos Siguier have a bit more in common with the Malbec grown in Argentina’s Mendoza than what you would normally expect from this AOC.

Chateau du Cèdre (Org.)-Martine’s Wines
Cahors “Le Cèdre” 2007-Sugg.retail $51.99

The vineyard of Château du Cèdre extends across the hillsides of Bru, in the commune of Vire-sur-Lot. The traditional grape varieties are grown on the best soil of Cahors: a very stony, clay-limestone terrain. The principle grape varieties of the appellation are Malbec and Tannat. These grape varieties produce massively dense and tannic wines that can be aggressive when young, but when given time to evolve, can develop wonderful complexity.

Chateau Peyros (Sust.)-Baron François
Madiran “Greenwich 43N” 2008-Sugg.retail $36.99

This wine was produced at Chateau Peyros, a property dating from the 17th century bought by Jean Jacques Lesgourgues in 1998 (from a specially selected plot of the Chateau, prized for its southern soil and its south exposure). This parcel is located on the meridian 0 0’ 4’’ East longitude (Greenwich Meridian), and the parallel 43 28’ North latitude.

Domaine Cauhapé (Org.)-Michael Skurnik Wines
Jurançon Sec “Chant des Vignes”-Sugg.retail $15.99

Nestled in the heart of Jurançon, in the Aquitaine region, Domaine Cauhapé covers 40 hectares of slopes that are generously exposed to the south and east. Protected by the Pyrenees to the east and moderated by the Atlantic ocean to the west, the climate is Continental with ideal growing conditions.

Chateau Jolys (Sust.)-Baron François
Jurançon Moelleux 2009-Sugg.retail $26.99

Forty years ago, Pierre Yves Latrille, agricultural engineer, bought this grown-over property and decided to create a world-class winery. He planted 36 ha of vines, created a splendid winery, and obtained top equipment. Château Jolys was born. The Jurancon area is in the southwestern part of France near the Spanish border, planted on the slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Chateau Richard (Org.)
Saussignac 2008-Sugg.retail $24.99

Château Richard pays an extra attention to the terroir and the organic culture of their vineyard. Richard Doughty doesn’t use any herbicide or chemical product and plows the soils so the grapes characteristics come from the grapes and the terroir’s specificity only. His philosophy is to invest on human work rather than machine. The domain owns 15ha, the average age of the vines is 40 years, and the oldest vines were planted in 1932.

BORDEAUX

Pauillac
Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac 2010-Sugg.retail $175

Situated in the appellation of Pauillac, Chateau Lynch-Bages derives its name from the location of its 100 ha of vineyards in the hamlet of Bages and the Irish Lynch Family, who owned the estate during the 18th century. The Lynch Family carefully managed their vineyards, planted on a gravel slope, building reputation for their wine which has lasted for 150 years. Today, the Cazes family carries on this tradition of excellence for the Fifth Growth.

Saint-Estèphe
Chateau Les Ormes de Pez 2010-Sugg.retail $44.99

The Château and buildings date from 1792, constructed after the division and sale of Château de Pez as a result of the French Revolution. During the 19th century it was owned by Marcel Alibert, also the owner of Château Belgrave, until it was sold in 1927 to the Société Civile du Haut Médoc. Financial trouble forced the estate to be sold on to Jean-Charles Cazes in 1930, who passed it on to his son André Cazes. To date the estate is owned by the Cazes family, also owners of Château Lynch-Bages For many years the vinification took place at Lynch-Bages, but the cuvier and chai of Ormes-de-Pez were modernised before the 1981 vintage. After a long period of management by Jean-Michel Cazes, he has been succeeded by his son Jean-Charles Caze

Haut Médoc
Chateau La Lagune 2001-Sugg.retail $74.99

Château La Lagune is a winery in the Haut-Médoc appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus (Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.Rescued from dereliction in 1954 by Georges Brunet, La Lagune was subsequently sold to the Ducellier family of Champagne Ayala. In 2000, both La Lagune and Champagne Ayala were sold to the Frey family. Located in the commune of Ludon, La Lagune has 72 hectares (180 acres) under vine with a grape variety distribution of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot.

Pomerol
Chateau Gazin 2005-Sugg.retail $99.99

Château Gazin is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The winery is located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region, in the commune of Pomerol in the department Gironde. As all wine produced in this appellation, Château Gazin is unclassified, but the estate has since the 1840s been estimated among the great growths of Pomerol.

Saint Julien
Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2007-Sugg.retail $49.99

Château Branaire is a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Château Branaire is also the name of the main red wine produced by this property and which was classified as one of the ten ‘Fourth Growths’ (Quatrièmes Crus) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.