Established in 1935, Champagne Fluteau is one of the oldest family-owned and operated wineries in the Aube region of Champagne. Currently run by Thierry, Jennifer, and their son, Jeremy Fluteau, it produces small quantities of estate-grown and produced Champagnes. The smaller Champagne houses have recently been recognized internationally because of their dedication to producing high quality, hand crafted Champagnes that truly reflects the unique soils and climates of the region…Learn More
Vignoble Charles Tyrand
Charles Tyrand is a tiny producer with vineyards in the Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages appellations. Located near the town of Seguret, they grow classic Southern Rhone red varietals of Syrah, Grenache, Mouvedre, Cinsault and Carignan. The vines are grown without the use of pesticides and range in age from 10 year to 80 years old. Total production is below 3000 cases each year…Learn More
Pierre Prieur et Fils
The Prieur family has been growing grapes and producing wines in the Sancerre district of the Loire Valley for over 200 years. Winemaker Bruno Prieur now oversees the vineyards and winery. The vineyards are approximately 42 acres spread over some of the Sancerre region’s most prestigious slopes. The winery, located in the town of Verdigny, combines modern technology with old family traditions to produce distinctive, elegant wines…Learn More
Chateau Guibeau, certified Agriculture Raisonnée (sustainable agriculture), is located over one of the highest points of the Bordeaux region in the village of Puissegui. Throughout the year, the many needs of the vineyard are met by a motivated and closely-knit team whose objective is to produce quality wines while still respecting the environment. The 41-hectares vineyard is operated by Brigitte, Henri Bourlon’s daughter, and her husband, Eric…Learn More
Chateau La Robertie
Winemaker Brigitte Soulier is one of those rare types of winemakers who have devoted every ounce of her soul to her grapes and her wines; passionate would almost be an understatement. She and her husband were living in Paris, raising their children, working nine to five jobs in the late 1990s. Having been born and raised in an agricultural area Brigitte was missing the nature of her childhood and was not happy in Paris – she was suffocating…Learn More
Château Saint Michel
Château Saint Michel is located in the midst of the vineyards in the south of Burgundy. This castle was built in the 19th century, is completely immured and is situated on the top of a hill in the center of the wine village Rully. Château Saint Michel is positioned in the middle of a monumental and well-maintained park with impressive and old trees. The park measures three hectares. The castle is on the famous Route des Grands Vins de Bourgogne…Learn More
The Chevallier family have been growing grapes in Burgundy for many generations, dating back to 1788. Since 1986, the two brothers Claude and Jean-Louis Chevallier have continued the family tradition by producing Chablis wines at the tiny Domaine Chevallier. The winery is located in the village of Montallery while the vineyards are spread out over the Petite Chablis, Chablis, and 1er Cru Chablis appellations composed of just over 13 acres. Domaine Chevallier grows only Chardonnay grapes, taking full advantage of the near perfect geologic conditions that Chablis has been blessed with. The famous limestone and clay soils of this region yield Chardonnay-based wines of unrivaled elegance and purity in the wine world. They produce four wines: Petite Chablis and classic Chablis, which are vinified and aged in stainless steel and a Cuvee Prestige and 1er Cru Montmains which are vinified and aged in French oak. The vineyards are sustainably grown and cared for by hand with yields kept intentionally low to produce a high quality grape and wines with strength and character.
Domaine Gerbeaut is a small, fifth generation family run winery producing under 3000 cases per year. The vineyards are spread out across Pommard, Beaune, Volnay and Mersault. All grapes are grown without pesticides and wines are produced using “old-world” Burgundian techniques with minimal intervention, resulting in Terroir- driven wines.
The Brandluft Vineyard (above) is situated on the premises of Mittelbergheim. This chalky soil of marl and sandstone with its deep, moist subsoil, well aerated and permeable for water, is highly suitable for Riesling. Brandluft is at 260 metres above the sea level, well sheltered from the winds, and in proximity to its prominent vineyard neighbor Zotzenberg. Its orientation to the south and its moderate slope provide for a quick warming of the soil due to the stony surface. Its name, derived from Germand Brand (fire or burning) and Luft (air) adequately describes the prevailing microclimate.The wines of Brandluft have floral aspects with intense, fullbodied aromas, an elegant freshness and a delicate character.
With Raymond as the head winemaker, the Jacob family has been producing wines for four generations in Burgundy. The vines are spread across six appellations with the estate located in the village of Ladoix-Serrigny. All grapes are grown with traditional Burgundian techniques and without the use of pesticides…Learn More
In 1984, Hervé Richard succeeded two generations of wine producers-arboriculturalists from Chavanay, a small village located at the heart of the Pilat regional natural park. With the Condrieu AOC revival and the development of the Saint Joseph AOC, and with the help of his parents, he was able to specialize in these Rhône Valley “grands crus” wines. Since then, Domaine Richard has come a long way and by 2007 Hervé Richard was working 8.5 hectares of vines with his wife, Marie Thérèse, who had joined him in 1997. The estate is a family sized operation that enables all of their production to flow from the vine to the table of the wine drinker. Although the growing conditions on the “coteaux” (slopes) are very tough, they endeavor to work in the most environmentally-friendly manner possible.
Domaine Saint Sebastien
Our terroir enjoys a windy and sunny climate, very favorable to the cultivation of vines. It faces the Mediterranean sea and stretches amphitheater like from the coves of the Côte Vermeille to the peaks of the Albères up to 400 meters. This terroir is the birthplace of two prestigious Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée : Collioure and Banyuls. The Domaine Saint Sebastien’s main objective is to produce quality wines while respecting the tradition and know-how passed down over generations of family winemaking. We combine old world winemaking tradition with the support of today’s oenological and technical progress. We reach this objective by permanently trying to express the singularity of our terroir made of schist and our emblematic grape variety, Grenache. For this, all our blendings are the product of our 14 hectares of vines. They are “old vines” growing on terraces which cannot be harvested by machines. Working such a specific terroir by hand is also the only way to preserve our patrimony as well as our splendid landscape.
Domaines Vincent Moreau
Domaines Vincent Moreau was established in 2002 when Vincent Moreau, a geologist and avid wine lover, traded in his teaching career to become a winemaker. His knowledge of the soils and landscapes of this area coupled with his love of the wines results in these very unique and terroir-driven wines. The vineyards are located in the famous communes of Cairanne, Rasteau and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The famous red-clay soils and river stones of this area import an unmistakable style to his wines and the rigorous sorting and intentionally low yields of the vineyards result in supple, silky and fruit driven wines. The very small production sizes of the wines labeled “Domaines Vincent Moreau” are excellent examples of the high level of quality that the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley can achieve.
The Estager Family has been producing wines in the Bordeaux region of France for four generations. Today, Claude Estager and his son Charles are producing three wines from the Right Bank appellations of Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, and Montagne Saint-Emilion. The cellars are located in the town of Néac at Chateau Fougeailles where the wine is made by Charles Estager. The vineyards are sustainably grown and managed by the Estager family with an emphasis on quality and low yields (50,000 bottles; 4,000 cases). The philosophy of the winery is best summed up by this quote from Charles Estager, “A truly good wine is made by respecting the primary material – the grapes are carefully selected and sorted. The maceration period is between four and six weeks with the aim to completely extract both tannins and anthocyanins in the gentlest possible manner. The wine achieves balance during the maturation of about 20 months in French oak barrels.”