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Les Vins de Vienne – Rhône AOC Cote-Rôtie, Condrieu, Cornas, St Joseph, St Péray Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cornas, Côte-Rotie, St Joseph, Condrieu, Saint Péray, Main varietals Red: Syrah / White: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne…
Since 1996, Vins de Vienne is the alliance of four great, gifted winemakers with strong personalities (Yves Cuilleron, Yvon Gaillard, François Villard, Pierre-Jean Villa) on a common ground and project: A boutique-négociant for the Rhône.
As a producer: 6 Hectares of vines in the northern Rhône AOC’s (Côte-Rotie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph, St Péray) and10 Ha located on the ancient vines of the Archibishops (XIVth century) on the right bank of the Rhône in Seyssuel (across from Condrieu), planted in Syrah and Viognier grapes, giving life again to a great terroir used since the romans and abandonned after the great Philoxera crisis in the 1860’s.
A trader-winemaker activity with very high quality standards (grape and wine purchases) covering the entire Rhône AOC including Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Hermitage…
Over 350 000 bottles produced each year
The addition of 4 talents is always higher than the sum of the individuals. Could les Vins de Vienne be the Fab Four of the Rhône wines?
Les Vins de Vienne – Selection Taburnum / Sotanum / Heluicum VDP des Collines Rhôdaniennes Varietal: Syrah or Viognier The domain’-made wines and signature brands for Vdv. Located in Seyssuel, on the oppositve bank of the Rhône, across Cote-Rotie Les Cranilles AOC Côtes du Rhône RED Varietal: Syrah, Grenache Wine purchased after fermentation and before ageing. Aged: in oak and steel for 12 months Les Oteliées AOC Châteauneuf du Pape RED Varietal: Syrah, Mourvèdre Wine purchased after fermentation and before ageing Aged: in oak for 18 months Les Archevèques AOC Condrieu Varietal: Viognier Aged: in oak for 12 months Les Laurelles AOC Côtes du Rhône WHITE Varietal: Viognier, Marsanne Grape purchase Aged: in steel for 12 months 93/100 Taburnum, Sotanum 2008 93/100
Yves is a very talented winemaker who took over the family estate in 1987, and brought it in 22 years, from 3, 5 Hectares to over 50 today.
Condrieu, Côte Rôtie, Saint Joseph, Cornas, Saint Peray are covered by the Cuilleron domain.
Yearly production: over 250 000 bottles
Yves Cuilleron is part of this new generation of northern Rhône winemakers who brought back prestige and quality to the region.
In 1997, Yves along with other local winemakers as Laurent Villa, Pierre Gaillard and Pierre-Jean Villa created Les Vins de Vienne, another high quality brand with global recognition. Also part of our selection.
When it comes to winemaking, making wine, a wine like every other, is inconceivable. He wants "a wine with Cuilleron’s signature”! A wine that bears the hallmarks of its terroir and vintage but also has its own, original character. Which is why Yves Cuilleron prefers parcel-based vinification; which is why he separates old and younger vines. Which is why it is so obvious to recognize a wine by Cuilleron.
Domaine Yves Cuilleron – Northern Rhône AOC Cote-Rôtie, Condrieu, Cornas, St Joseph, St Péray… Main varietals Red: Syrah / White: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne…
White Varietal Wines Vin de pays des Collines Rhodaniennes White varietals Aged: in oak for 8 months Wines available: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne Domaine Yves Cuilleron – Northern Rhône AOC Condrieu Varietal: Viognier Aged: in oak for 9 months on lees Wines available: La Petite Côte, Les Chaillets AOC St Joseph White Varietal: Marsanne, Roussane Aged: in oak for 8 months Wines available: 90/100 (Viognier) 92-94/100 90-92/100
Domaine Yves Cuilleron – Northern Rhône Red Varietal Wines Vin de pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Red varietals Aged: in oak for 8 months Wines available: Syrah, Syrah les Candives (old vines), Gamay AOC St Joseph Varietal: Syrah Aged: in oak for 18 months Wines available: Les Pierres Sèches, L’amarybelle AOC Cote-Rotie Varietal: Syrah, Viognier Aged: in oak for 18 months Wines available: Bassenon, Terres Sombres 88-90/100
Aimery Sieur d’Arques : Languedoc / AOC Limoux Main varietals White: Chardonnay, Mauzac Red: Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon… Aimery Sieur d’Arques is one of the leading wine organizations in the Languedoc region. Considered a pioneer in Languedoc-Roussillon in terms of quality of production and wine-growing techniques, La Cave des Vignerons du Sieur d’Arques was one of the first wineries in the eighties to develop plot-based selection in its 2800 hectares of AOC vineyard. Their terroir which benefits from the Mediterranean sun, tempered by the proximity of the Pyrénées mountains and the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, combines the ideal conditions for producing great wines. 2008 sales in sparkling AOC wines: 5,8 million bottles 2008 sales in still wines: 8,2 million bottles
The “1” (1ere Bulle) AOC Blanquette de Limoux (sparkling) Varietal: Mauzac, Chardonnay Aged: on lees for 24 months Also available: Premium Blanquette and Crémant Rosé (click here for detailed tech sheet) Saint Hilaire AOC Blanquette de Limoux (sparkling) Varietal: Mauzac, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc Aged: on lees for 12 months (click here for detailed tech sheet) Toques & Clochers AOC Limoux Varietal: Mauzac, Chardonnay – Plot selection 4 climates available: Autan, Haute-Vallée, Méditerranéen, Océanique Aged: in oak for 12 months (click here for detailed tech sheet) Aimery Sieur d’Arques : Languedoc / AOC Limoux
Roc d’Anglade – Languedoc The wines from the village of Langlade, close to the city of Nimes (east of Languedoc), once had a reputation comparable to the wines from Bourgogne – which they were often compared to- up to the XIXth century. Langlade wines were served at the table of Louis XIV in Versailles. The 1850’s Philoxera then destroyed the 600Ha of vines that belonged to the “Cru de Langlade”, including the local’s memories of the area’s great potential. 200 private cellars out of a village of 600 souls. All gone. Remy Pedreno, a grandson of spanish immigrants, switched overnight from computer engineering to winemaking and chose to settle there thirteen years ago. By pure intuition. After partnering with Michel Rostaing from the Rhône for the first four vintages, he now owns 10Ha in the area. Intuition is Rémy’s guideline. Including in the choice of the right date of harvest or the duration of fermentation. Intuition, taste and Humility. Rémy’s dream of bringing Langlade wines back to life has become reality. In the past 10 years, six more winemakers have settled in the village. The next step is to obtain an AOC Langlade to give justice again to one of southern France’s greatest terroir.
Roc d’Anglade– Wine selection Varietals: carignan (the base of the red wine), Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah. Cinsault. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Gris, Carignan Blanc, Maccabeu. Terroir: very diverse, chalk-dominant soils. Silicieous, clayey and very fine limestones with a majority of north and east-faced plots. Ideal spots to express minerality, complexity and freshness. In the vines: Organic culture, pruning being instrumental in the vigour of the vine. Harvest: no maturity analysis. Taste of the grapes is enough. To avoid too much maturity is always in mind to maintain the finesse. In the cellar: short macerations. Fermentation is the purpose, not colour or tannin extractions. Large wooden vats or casks are used for ageing, in a rocky underground cellar. Each plot is aged separately and then blended during the second winter in tanks, before spring bottling. Roc d’Anglade Blanc Vin de Pays du Gard Chenin Blanc 90%, Chardonnay 10% Roc d ‘Anglade Rosé Vin de Pays du Gard Cinsault, Carignan Roc d’Anglade Rouge Vin de Pays du Gard Carignan, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah 18-20/20 15/20 JANCIS ROBINSON, December 2008 About Roc d’Anglade white 2006: « An absolutely unique wine. If it was written Montrachet on the label, one would pay four times the price. »
Domaine des Grécaux – Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac « Alain and Isabelle Caujolle-Gazet have been farming the rocky, chalky slopes above Montpeyroux (plus one small piece above Saint-Jean-de-Fois, where their tiny cellar is located) for more than a decade, although I first experienced their wines with the 2006 and visited for the first time last December. The components of their 2007 Terra Solis had not yet been assembled when I tasted there, but all displayed a beautiful combination of ripeness, concentration, and brightness, promising a wine not to be missed. » (Robert Parker – 2007) A small cellar in the heart of the touristic Montpeyroux village. 2 rows of resin tanks amongst a nice little mess. Only two oak barrels visible. Alain Caujolle stopped ageing his wines in oak 3 or 4 years ago. “useless when you’re looking for fruit ands freshness around here” he says. The grape is ripe enough”. Three different type of parcels and soils at Grecaux: rolled stones and red clay on lower terraces, chalk and clay and finally schists and rolled stones on the Garrigue plateaux. Some yields as low as 5 to 10 Hl / Ha for some of them. One of the Grecaux’s secret remains in very long ageings in the resin tanks: from 20 to 32 months. Deep silky tannins, profound licorice, black olive palate. Extraordinary complexity and fabulous lengths. The wines from Grecaux are rare jewels (app. 15000 bottles/year) but deserve to be amongst the Grands Crus du Languedoc.
Domaine des Grecaux – Wine selection Terra Solis 2007 AOC Languedoc – Terrasses du Larzac Grenache, Syrah, Carignan Vinification and ageing: Long, separate vinification in resin tanks (16 to 24 months) Tasting: black fruits with a smoky nuttiness, licorice, crushed black olive and overall freshness. Very subtle and accomplished blend, very surprising according to the food it goes with. You don’t have to pair Languedoc wines with game and red meat. 91/100 (2006)
AOC Languedoc Pic St Loup The Pic Saint-Loup area backs up against the start of the secondary slopes of the Cévennes hills in the Garrigues area north of Montpellier, 30 km from the Mediterranean coast. The Pic Saint-Loup (658 metres) and the Causse ( limestone plateau ) de l’Hortus (512 metres) dominate the skyline with altitudes of about 150m. The vegetation, well suited to summer draughts, is made up of various typical mediterranean essences: Holm oak, Kermes oak, Aleppo pine, arbutus, juniper as well as thyme, laurel, cade, rosemary, cistus, all of which can be found in the Pic Saint Loup wines’ palette of aromas. Soils: s oft limestone, conglomerates, dolomites, fallen river or cryoclastic limestone, marl. Climate : The “water factor” directly influences the behaviour of the vine . Sufficient winter rain restores the soil’s water stocks which, with limited rainfall in summer, result in a moderate draught, favourable to quality. Also, wide temperature variations (hot summer days, chilly nights) give freshness to the grapes. Grapes: Over the past thirty years or so, the vineyards have been virtually all replanted with 3 main grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Grenache:A big lover of heat. gives fat, round, rich wines. Syrah: Its typical aromatic nature make it the dominant variety. Finally Mourvèdre, a more demanding variety known for its nobility and power, brings the wines interesting structure and good ageing potential. When combined with Syrah and Grenache, it gives the wine its capacity for maturation and longevity. Carignan and Cinsault, the Appellation’s complementary grape varieties, can also be found in the blends of certain wines. Mas Bruguière - AOC Languedoc Pic St Loup The Bruguière family is a dynasty of vintners in the Pic Saint Loup region since …1259! Guilhem Bruguière was one of the pioneers of the Pic St Loup terroir from the end of the 70’s, when he started planting the relevant varietals that have defined the Pic Saint Loup wines eversince: Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Since 1998, Guilhem’s son Xavier, has joined his father on the estate and brought the highest quality process to the vineyards and the cellar. They share this common sense of finesse in their winemaking. Wine from this estate has been made following organic farming practices since 2003. The aim is to respect the terroir and local environment while better preserving the particular freshness and minerality of the wines grown in the Pic Saint Loup area .
Mas Bruguière – Wine selection La Grenadiere AOC Languedoc - Pic St Loup Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre Aged: in oak for 14 months Les Mûriers AOC Coteaux du Languedoc 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne Aged: 8 months (80% steel / 20% oak) L’Arbouse AOC Languedoc - Pic St Loup Syrah 55%, Grenache 45% Aged: 12 months (50% in concrete, 50% in oak° 91/100 94/100
AOC Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Soil : Geologically very varied : stony clay and sandy soil, red soil ‘ruffes’ in horizontal layers - muddy limestone dominated by high Jurassic limestone cliffs. Along the Hérault : stony cryoclastic limestone deposits with pebble covered terraces rising above the river banks. Climate : The zone’s climate has wide temperature variations but its distance from the sea and proximity to the Causse means it enjoys relatively cool summer nights. These result in the grapes maturing slowly and steadily, which is beneficial to their colour, whilst also encouraging the wines’ aromatic qualities and fresh characteristics. The average altitude is between 80 and 150 metres rising to a maximum of 400m in the commune of Saint Privat Grapes: Syrah, black Grenache and Mourvèdre (60% minimum) ; Syrah, Grenache or Mourvèdre limited individually to 75% and Syrah and /or Mourvèdre 20% minimum, Cinsault (30% maximum) and black Carignan. Mas Cal Demoura - AOC Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac « Burgundy-trained Vincent Goumard and his wife Isabelle took over this estate from retiring founder Jean-Pierre Jullien in 2004, and have developed a wide range of new acreage, all of it close to their base in Jonquieres, and thus in one of the most promising sectors of the Terrasses du Larzac. The red raw materials here are impressive, with the complexity of ripe flavors achieved in Syrah of only around 13.5 % alcohol especially notable, and destined to « cool down » the final blends. » (Robert Parker – 2008) In the Occitan language, « Cal Demoura » means « we have to stay ». In the late 70’s, when the Languedoc vintners left their estates abandonned, Jean-Pierre Jullien (Mas Jullien) had made these few words his mojo. He remained and created the « Cal Demoura » estate in the 90’s, a concentration of his best Terrasses Du Larzac plots, betting on high quality and respect for the terroir. He now holds a prominent space in the Languedoc wine History. in 2004, Isabelle and Vincent Goumard took over, added up new plots in the nearby Combariolles plain, an incredibly deep rocky calcareous marl soil, giving very mineral wines. They now own 11 Ha, will be certified organic in 2012 and work hard to produce wines that reflect the specificity of the Larzac terroir: power yet finesse, minerality, great acidity, hence great ageing potential.
Mas Cal Demoura – Wine selection Les Combariolles AOC Languedoc – Terrasses du Larzac - Red Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre Ageing for 18 months in 500-liter muids L’Etincelle VDP Hérault White 85% Chenin blanc, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne L’infidèle AOC Languedoc – Terrasses du Larzac - Red Syrah - Grenache - Mourvèdre - Carignan – Cinsault Ageing for 18 months in 500-liter muids 91/100 (2006)
Mas Granier – Mas Montel AOC Coteaux du Languedoc – VDP du Gard
Mas Granier is a family estate in East Languedoc, managed by two brothers. They have the simplest philosophy: take the best of tradition (a century-old of quality is pretty much unusual in the region) and apply it with modern techniques to make the best wines possible at the best prices. The result is a very accessible –in both ways- range of white and red wines that easily rank amongst the best and most typical wines of Languedoc, without “showing off”.
Here, all the wines are aged in large wooden vats of 250 Hl, built around the 1880’s.
The estate could easily be certified organic, but owners have not gone under that process to remain free of their choices according to the climatic situation.
Mas Montel wines are the value wines, sold under the Vin de Pays label, mostly for geographical reasons, younger vines, shorter ageings.
Mas Granier wines are the premium cuvées, sold under AOC Languedoc. They are usually selected from plots of the hillsides, where the older and best vines are planted.
Don’t be mistaken: such a quality at such a price cannot usually be found.
Mas Granier/ Mas Montel – Best Values Mas Montel – Cuvée Psalmodi VDP du Gard red 50% Merlot,30% Grenache,20% Syrah Traditional vinification, blended during tanking. Short maceration . Fruity and crisp wine. Nice pairing with poultry or white meat dishes. Great value. Mas Montel – Cuvée Jericho VDP du Gard red 90 % Syrah, 10 % Grenache. Harvest by hand. Aged in oak vats for 18 months Very aromatic and powerful, yet with fine tannins. Mas Montel – Bouquet de Blancs Vdp du Gard white 40% Chardonnay, 40% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier 5% Muscat. A blend that reveals a very refined and floral nose. The palate is fresh and fruity and makes it a great wine for starters and grilled seafood pairing. Mas Granier – La Clémence AOC Languedoc red 70% Syrah , 30% Grenache Soil : chalk/ cray with little round stones. Vinification : traditional maceration Ruby red robe. Fresh red fruit nose with spicy fragrances. Fruity palate with a licorice finish
Chateau Tirecul la Gravière – Monbazillac Main varietals: Muscadelle, Sémillon Some centuries ago Monbazillac was considered as one of the world’s most refined and precious sweet wine. Decades of neglecting and forgetting the unique know-how made Monbazillac lose its confidence, its reputation and worst of all, its quality. But not its terroir.. People like the Billancinis are still few of a kind but their fantastic effort to bring their Monbazillac domain to a renaissance since 1992 will hopefully inspire more and more to do the same. They own 9 hectares in a unique setting, with a microclimate, steep slopes that optimize drainage, north and east exposures, giving out the best in freshness and finesse. Their vines are split in half between Semillon and Muscadelle . When it comes to winemaking, Bettane said in the Bettane and Dessauve guide: “ their cellar and the technique and discipline they implement should be a model for all sweet-winemakers around the world”. As for the farming, Tirecul is under reasoned agriculture, with only organic manure used. The domain is in the process of converting to organic farming for 2011.
Tirecul la Gravière – Our selection Cuvée Madame Exceptional cuvée 60% muscadelle and 40% semillon The vines are around 50 years old. The average yield is 2 to 6 Hl / Hectare Vinification and Aging fermented in new oak for 2 to 8 months. Aging: From between 20 to 30 months in new French oak. (Click here for detailed tech sheet) Chateau Tirecul la Gravière Generally 55% muscadelle and 45% semillon The vines are around 30 to 40 years old. The average yield is app. 9Hl / Hectare Aging: From 20 to 30 months in French oak, 15% new (Click here for detailed tech sheet) Robert Parker once awarded the Cuvée Madame with a 100/100! “ This nectar constitutes one of the finest sweet wines I’ve ever tasted” (Robert Parker) Les Pins Generally 20% muscadelle and 80% semillon The vines are around 10years old. Aging: From 12 to 18months in French oak (Click here for detailed tech sheet) Click for french awards 2010 Click for Robert Parker’s 100!
Chateau Combel La Serre AOC Cahors The “french Malbec” Main varietal: Malbec Malbec has grown in the Cahors region for more than 2000 years. It may give beautifully coloured, fruity reds, with rich tannins, tailored for ageing, given it is mastered by the winemaker. Chateau Combel la Serre has been in the Ilbert family since 1900. Jean-Pierre and his son Julien run the domain together. They own 26 hectares of Malbec in the upper stages of the Cahors region. In 1998, they have decided to start producing their own wines and stop selling the grapes to the local “coopérative”. Since that date they have produced an extremely refined Cahors, bringing the features of the Malbec to their best. The soils at Combel la Serre are mostly argilo-calcareous marls which enable tannins of great complexity and finesse.
Chateau Combel la Serre – Our Selection Coeur de Cuvée made from 30 year-old vines 100% malbec Raised in oak barrels (20% new oak) for 12 months. Coeur de Cuvée 2005 was awarded one star in the Hachette Guide 2009 Cuvée Prestige The vines are 35 year-old plots on argilo-calcareous soils. Variety: 100 % Malbec Raised for 12 months in steel tanks and quick bottling (Click here for detailed tech sheets) “ I found the best Cahors had an elegance and complexity I have not found in Argentinean Malbec” Jay Miller, taster for Southern America at Robert Parker (2009)
Domaine Chiroulet – Gascogne Main varietals White: Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc Red: Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
The Fezas family since 1893 has grown grapes on the Chiroulet domain, mainly to produce Armagnac.
Philippe Fezas is the fifth generation and the 1 st one to produce and sell wines, since 1995.
Gascogne is not under any AOC and the Chiroulet wines are sold under
Vin de Pays de Gascogne .
There’s hardly anything these wines could be compared with as the Gascogne land has its own variety of grapes (Tannat for reds, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng for whites)
At Chiroulet, great care has been given to planting the right grape varietal on the right soil. A large geological diversity is enabling a great variety of terroir expressions.
Vinification is also a great part of Chiroulet’s different approach. Philippe Fezas is a technical consultant at Seguin-Moreau, one of France’s leading barrel manufacturer and masters a very precise knowledge of ageing the wines.
La Côte d’Heux – Vin de Pays de Gascogne White Varietal: 100% Gros Manseng Matured over 14 months on fine lees (click here for detailed tech sheets) Soleil d’Automne – Vin de Pays de Gascogne White Gros-Manseng 70 % and Petit Manseng 30 %.. Fermentation half in vats, half in used oak casks. (click here for detailed tech sheets) Domaine Chiroulet – Our selection Terres Blanches – Vin de Pays de Gascogne White Varietal: Gros Manseng, Sauvignon, Ugni Blanc Matured over 8 months on fine lees (click here for detailed tech sheets) Grande Réserve – Vin de Pays de Gascogne Red Tannat 60 % and Merlot 40 %.. Ageing: 14 months in oak casks (click here for detailed tech sheets) 88/100 87/100
Rollan de By - Médoc Main varietals White: Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc Red: Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Rollan de By was an estate created 15 years ago with the aim to give justice to the northern Medoc wines. Since then, Chateau Haut Condissas (in 1995), Chateau Tour Seran (in 2000) and Chateau La Clare (in 2001) have come along. These estates together with Château Rollan de By the estates account for a total of more than 85 hectares under production. The philosophy of the company is to respect the environment while returning to a traditional yet modern vine growing The average annual production of the estates is 500 000 bottles.
Chateau Rollan de By AOC Medoc Cru Bourgeois Soils: Clayey-chalky brows dating from the quaternary period Average vine age: 35 yo Cultivation: Rationalized cultivation policy using disc, thinning out leaves and green harvest. Yield: 50 Hl/Ha Harvest: Handpicking, collecting in small crates, sorting and de-stemming at the cellar Vinification: maceration for 3 days at 10°C. fermentation in stainless steel vats w/temperature control system for a perfect extraction of colour and aromas. After the fermentation, the wine is kept in the vats for up to 3 weeks before it is heated up to 30gC (86gF) and put into oak barrels. This improves the extraction thus giving the wine more structure and complexity. The malolactic fermentation is achieved partly in new barrels (50%). Traditional egg white fining and no filtration. Ageing: Stirring of the lees in barrels for 3 months. 12 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Oenology/ consultant: M. Ricardo COTARELLA / M. Alain RAYNAUD Rollan de By - Médoc Rolland de By 2008 was the only Bordeaux in the Wine Spectator top 100 in 2010 Also available: Tour Haut Séran AOC Medoc Cru Bourgeois Listed in all the Robuchon Restaurants around the world "…the 2008 vintage was dramatically better than I had expected. It had all the qualities that make an excellent vintage: exceptionally dark opaque colors, gorgeously ripe fruit, stunning purity, great freshness and remarkable density as well as concentration. In some cases, there are wines as profound as 2005. In short, the vintage is vastly superior to 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 & 1999." Robert Parker
Jean-Luc Thunevin – Chateau Valandraud Aoc St Emilion Grand Cru, Pomerol, Fronsac, Margaux, Bordeaux… Main varietals Red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec White: Sauvignon Blanc
In 1989, Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud bought a small parcel of 0.6 hectare located in a small valley near Saint Emilion between Pavie-Macquin and La Clotte. Château Valandraud was born. Little by little, Jean-Luc Thunevin and his wife purchased several other parcels of vines, and now, the domain represents a total surface of 10 hectares, located in various areas in the Saint-Emilion AOC. The diversity of soils and varietals allow the production of 5 different wines:
Virginie de Valandraud
3 de Valandraud (the second wine of Château Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud)
Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2. The final blending of the various parcels is done in the month of March, following a blind tasting done by the owners with the help of world-famous oenologist, Michel Rolland.
Ets Thunevin is also a myriad of other estates and wines – Chateau Tayac/ Margaux, Domaine des Sabines / Lalande de Pomerol, Clos Badon/ St Emilion Gd Cru, Chateau Fayat/ Pomerol and also Domaine Calvet/ Thunevin in Roussillon…
Ets Thunevin – St Emilion Bad Boy AOC Bordeaux Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec Aged: in oak for 12 months 3 de Valandraud AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Merlot, Cabernet Franc Aged: in oak for 18 months Virginie de Valandraud AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Merlot, Cabernet Franc Aged: in oak for 18 months Chateau Valandraud AOC St Emilion Grand Cru Merlot, Cabernet Franc Aged: in oak for 30 months
A family estate of 20 Ha of vines, mostly located in Thauvenay, on the Southern limit of the Sancerre AOC.
The vines are on south- southeastern exposed slopes, on soils typical of the Sancerre region:
Flintstones and clay, generally uphill
Limestones and clay, on mid-hill
Shallow sand and clay, closer to the Loire river
Reasoned agriculture techniques and preventive care of soils are used avoiding recourse to chemical treatments. Weeding in the vines is also systematic.
Green harvesting is meant to limit yield and give more concentrated fruit
The work done in the cellar is meant to reveal the best features of the Sancerre terroir . Cold maceration, ageing on lees in tanks for 3 to 9 months for rosés and whites (except for the 1166 flint Cuvée raised in oak for 11 months), and in barrels for 10 months + for the red.
Sancerre blanc 2008 - Cuvée 1166 - Varietal: Sauvignon blanc A selection of the best flintstone plots Matured 11 months on fine lees in french oak casks Sancerre Rouge 2009 Varietal: Pinot noir Fermentation half in steel tanks, half in demi-muids (click here for technical sheet) Domaine Serge Laloue – Selection Sancerre Blanc 2009 Varietal: Sauvignon blanc Matured 3 to 4 months on fine lees 89/100
Decelle-Villa - Bourgogne Olivier Decelle was made famous in the wine world for building one of the most visible and appreciated brands of Roussillon wines, Mas Amiel. Pierre-Jean Villa, is the man who helped develop les Vins de Vienne’s – a boutique rhône négociant- reputation around the world. These two passionate winemakers are now teaming up in Bourgogne, to produce wines from purchased grapes from south to north of Bourgogne. High quality criterias are the basis of long-term partnerships with the vintners they buy grapes from and with Pierre-jean at the wheel of the cellar, one has the guarantee of clear, delicate,accessible yet complex wines. Quantities available will be small, we’re talking boutique approach and small plot selections. These wines are now available for Asia. Decelle-Villa - Bourgogne
AOC Bourgogne Rouge AOC Pommard AOC Pommard 1 er cru « Le Micault » (available january 2011) AOC Volnay AOC Volnay 1 er cru « Champans » (available january 2011) AOC Nuits-Saint-Georges Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir. Low yields: 40 hl/ ha to 45 hl:ha Harvesting: Manual. Vinification: traditionnal « bourguignonne » Ageing: 12 to 18 months in oak. Decelle-Villa – The Bourgogne Reds
AOC Bourgogne Chardonnay AOC Saint Aubin 1 er cru « Sur gamay » AOC Saint-Véran (available january 2011) Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Low yields: 45 hl/ ha to 55 hl/ha Harvesting: Manual. Vinification: traditionnal « bourguignonne » Ageing: 12 to 18 months in oak. Decelle-Villa – The Bourgogne Whites
88/100 Domaine de l’Oriel– Alsace “ Weinzorn’s 2006 l’Oriel is a blend of roughly equal parts Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer, with 10% Muscat. A perfumed, complex nose of peaches, rose petals, smoked meats, sea breeze, and sauteed mushrooms leads to a palate performance that nicely balances juicy generosity with opulent ripeness and a subtly oily texture. The finish here is nutty, smoky, saline, and honeyed, with lingering peach and malt flavors nicely underscored by discreet sweetness. I have never visited Claude Weinzorn (the name of whose late father still appears on the estate’s label) but a couple of his less expensive offerings are well worth seeking out.” E-Robert Parker.com 2009 AOC Alsace: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, L’Oriel ( Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurzt and Muscat blend ), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir AOC Alsace 1 er Cru: Riesling gd cru Sommerberg, Riesling Gd Cru brand, Pinot Gris Gd Cru Sommerberg
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