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ARGENTINA
  • BODEGA TRAPICHE, Mendoza
SPAIN
  • BODEGAS ELIAS MORA, Toro
  • BODEGAS EMILIO MORO, Ribera del Duero
  • JUVE Y CAMPS, Penedes
  • VINOS SANZ, Rueda - NEW PRODUCER
  • RAFAEL PALACIOS, Valdeorras, Galicia - NEW PRODUCER
  • PALACIOS DE FEFINANES, Rias Baixas - NEW PRODUCER
ITALY
  • DONNAFUGATA, Sicily
  • BRUNO ROCCA, Piedmont, Barbaresco - NEW PRODUCER
  • DOMENICO CLERICO, Piedmont, Barolo - NEW PRODUCER
  • MATTEO CORREGGIA, Piedmont, Roero - NEW PRODUCER
  • LIS NERIS, Friuli, Italy - NEW PRODUCER
  • VALDO PROSECCO, Veneto - NEW PRODUCER
NEW ZEALAND
  • SPY VALLEY WINES, Marlborough
FRANCE
  • CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER, Reims
  • DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL ET FILS, Chablis
  • BOUCHARD PERE ET FILS, Cote d’Or, Burgundy
  • DOMAINE FOUASSIER, Sancerre
  • GEORGES DUBOEUF, Beaujolais
  • DELAS FRERES, Rhone
  • CHATEAU MINUTY, Cotes de Provence
  • VIGNERONS de ST. TROPEZ, Cotes de Provence
  • CHATEAU BONNET, Бордо - NEW PRODUCER
  • CLOS FOURTET, St. Emilion, Bordeaux - NEW PRODUCER
  • CHATEAU LA LOUVIERE, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux - NEW PRODUCER
CHILE
  • VINA ERRAZURIZ, Aconcagua Valley
  • VINA SENA, Aconcagua Valley
  • VINEDO CHADWICK, Maipo Valley
BULGARIA
  • SOMENO, Bulgaria - NEW PRODUCER
BODEGA TRAPICHE, Mendoza

BODEGA TRAPICHE, Mendoza

Trapiche is located in Mendoza at the foothills of Los Andes and is Argentina’s largest exported Premium brand, exporting today its wines to more than 80 countries world wide. Trapiche represents “the richness of diversity” in Argentina. Throughout its history, it has understood like no other the strength of the viticulture in Argentina and it has specialized in obtaining the best from every site to create unique wines. This diversity is founded in more than 1,000 ha of its own vineyards and obtaining grapes from more than 200 independents producers in the best winegrowing areas of Argentina. In its wide and diverse portfolio, Trapiche proposes the best wine for every consumption occasion, being always at the forefront of the international trends in wine styles and packaging. Quality, innovation and diversity have always been Trapiche’s fundamental drivers, the basis on which it stands and moves forward. Trapiche is the largest varietal offer of South America. Wines produced with grapes sourced from the most recognized winegrowing areas of Argentina.

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BODEGAS ELIAS MORA, Toro

BODEGAS ELIAS MORA, Toro

We strive to marry the past with the present, in that we combine all knowledge of previous generations with the best part of modern technology and all that it implies. To sum it up, our philosophy is: the winery at the heart of the vineyard and the barrels at the heart of the wine. In practise, we see that every aspect of vinification from vine to bottle – combines with each individual vintage. This is how we monitor and maintain superior quality year in and year out. Situated beetwen the Duero and Hornija rivers, the soil is made up from large pebbles laid over a bed of Pliocene limestone, which is low in organic content. The extreme continental climate together with the scarsity of rainfall (400 mm) and altitude (800 m) improves the quality of the Tinta de Toro grape and is ideally suited for this terrain which boasts hundrets of years of viticulture

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BODEGAS EMILIO MORO, Ribera del Duero

BODEGAS EMILIO MORO, Ribera del Duero

The history of the bodega goes back three generations; Emilio Moro was born in the heart of the Pesquera wine-growing area and grew up treading grapes and racking wine in his native village of Pesquera de Duero, in the province of Valladolid. As early as 14 years old, Emilio helped his father sell 100 large earthenware pitchers of wine to local clients. This was a different era, when the grapes were crushed by treading in a large stone trough in the family wine cellar. The skins were pressed using a large wooden beam, the wine was made in casks and sold to seasonal farm labourers who came to work the fields or was taken by cart to other local villages Years later, after being initiated into the techniques of wine growing by his father, Don Emilio planted vines on the rest of his land and grafted them with 100 year-old local Tempranillo “Tinto Fino”, coming from estates which have now disappeared, such as “La Rendeja”, which has been immortalised in the photograph hanging in the bodega entrance hall. In this picture, taken in the 1940s, six year-old Emilio Moro can be seen at his father’s side, picking grapes in the scorching sun. Bodegas Emilio Moro currently owns two hundred hectares (490 acres) of vines, that were planted and grafted with the excellent clone selected from its oldest vine plants.

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JUVE Y CAMPS, Penedes

JUVE Y CAMPS, Penedes

Juvé is a surname deep rooted in the Penedes region. In these lands, so suitable for the cultivation of the vine, the Juvé family have dedicated themselves to viticulture for centuries. Love of the vine, unceasing work to produce the best grapes, continual research to draw from the raw material all its beauty and harmony...this has always been the prime objective of the Juvés.
Juvé y Camps has been a family run company for three generations and has garnered an international reputation. Over two hundred years ago, Joan Juvé Mir, a bold and enterprising vine grower with ideas way ahead of his time, laid the foundations of what would become the family firm. He began the task which was carried on by his son, Antoni Juvé Escaiola, who, amongst other challenges, had to confront the effects of the terrible phylloxera plague. Advocating replanting, with other leading figures of the Penedes, he led a drive to restore the vineyards and to rebuild the wine production of the region.
A man respected and loved by his contemporaries, his example encouraged his son, Joan Juvé Baqués, to build the family’s first winery. He married Teresa Camps Farré, an exceptional woman and an enthusiastic supporter who, in 1921, inspired her husband to launch the first sparkling wine under the “Juvé” brand. It was made in the underground cellars beneath the family home in San Sadurní d’Anoia. With this bottling, professional prestige and business acumen were added to a name destined to occupy a place of honor.

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VINOS SANZ, Rueda - NEW PRODUCER

VINOS SANZ, Rueda - NEW PRODUCER

Six generations devoted to caring for wine, love of work well done, and close monitoring of the vineyard. A long history for the oldest Rueda winery that has successfully adapted to new times while respecting the legacy of over a century of experience.

Wine is created in the vineyard. It is the grape that marks the splendour of a Vinos Sanz wine. It is good care and prayers, the patient wait for the vine to sprout and land that is hale and hearty but hard on the vine which makes the difference . Terroir wine shaped by climate, soil and man that makes for elegant drinking.

Back in 1870 a family from La Seca, Known as the Donatos, believed in their land’s still uncertain potential to produce white wines, wines made from the almost unknown local variety called Verdejo.The wine was sold by the arroba for 12 or 13 reales and transported in carts pulled by oxen and mules.

On 12 January 1980 the Denominación de Origen Rueda was established in recognition of the quality and special properties of these white wines made from a variety that was unique in the world. Vinos Sanz, the oldest winery in the region, joined in this endeavour by building new facilities in Rueda, and equipping them
with the most modern winemaking technology available to ensure higher quality wine.

Firmly convinced that the highest quality of a product depends mainly on its raw materials, at Vinos Sanz we focus our efforts on conserving the maximum expression of the vineyard, exercising meticulous care in the grape production
process, step by step and day by day, nursing over the masterful transformation of grapes into wine and thus providing our personal touch, in the knowledge that we are being true to our principles of: quality and tradition.

In the 21st century we are faced with new challenges, such as the steady increase of our winery's international presence. To address these challenges, Vinos Sanz is preparing an architectural project to build a new winery in the heart of Rueda.
This project will combine our traditional tastes with cutting edge architecture, technology and amenities.

Vinos Sanz has always played a leading role in the national and international promotion of Spain’s great white wines.

VINEYARDS

With an extreme continental climate, where the differences between day and night temperatures at the time of ripening afford the fruit an ideal balance, and low-fertility soils, Rueda has all the ingredients for growing excellent-quality
grapes.Vinos Sanz’s vineyards, which grow each and every one of the region’s great grape varieties, span nearly 100 hectares,
mostly on the La Colina estate.

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RAFAEL PALACIOS, Valdeorras, Galicia - NEW PRODUCER

RAFAEL PALACIOS, Valdeorras, Galicia - NEW PRODUCER

Rafael Palacios began his new wine project in Valdeorras in 2004, purchasing old Godello vineyards from old local growers. Godello is the indigenous white grape variety of the Valdeorras region. Rafael’s previous experience as a consultant in the region had motivated him to buy and restore old vineyards in the unique Bibei Valley, in the municipality of O Bolo.The very rigid topography and low fertility of the soil had led to the almost complete abandonment of the terraced vineyards in this tiny but historically important county, and the predominance of small plot vineyards was the result of inheritances drawn by lot, often out of a hat, called “Sorte” in Galician. This old tradition became the inspiration for the name of Rafael Palacios’s top wine “As Sortes”.The vineyards are located in the western part of the Valdeorras region, on the right bank of the Bibei River at altitudes between 600 and 720 meters. The sandy soils are very distinct, and were developed through the degradation of the granite substratum. The result is a low-fertile, acidic soil prone to erosion.

The 21 hectares of vineyards currently owned by the winery consist of twenty six different parcels, all of them planted with the native white Godello grape, the vines between 6 and 90 years old.

Since the vines are cultivated on terraced slopes supported by fragile granite walls, the work in the vineyard requires the use of specially adapted light-weight machinery. At the same time, Rafael Palacios wishes to avoid any use of herbicides, meaning he has no other choice than to go back to the traditional viticultural methods once used in the region. In doing so, he is respecting the structure of the historical landscape in the Bibei Valley.

Rafael Palacios personally controls every step of the wine-making process, driven by a high respect for the unique character of the land he works on and the desire to achieve the purest expression of terroir in his wines.

 

 

 

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PALACIOS DE FEFINANES, Rias Baixas - NEW PRODUCER

PALACIOS DE FEFINANES, Rias Baixas - NEW PRODUCER

Palacio de Fefiñanes has been involved in wine since the 17th century.
This culture has been settling the historical knowledge of the wine-producing
process through generations in the family. We are pioneers in the production and
commercialisation of a singular variety: the expressive Albariño grape from the Salnés valley, to which we devote all our efforts.Palacio de Fefiñanes is a family owned winery based in a palace of the XVII century which also belongs to the same family. It is located in Cambados, in the Salnés Valley (D.O. Rías Baixas).

The winery was founded by my grandfather in the first years of the XX century. The brand and label of its main wine, the Albariño de Fefiñanes one, was registered in 1928. In 1929 the wine obtained an award at the Barcelona's International Exposition of 1929-30. Fefiñanes was, therefore, the beginning of albariño wines in the XX century.

The production capacity is around 150.000 bottles, from which half of them are sold in the Spanish market and the other 50% in about twenty countries. USA and UK are the most important but sales in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and others are also relevant.

The grape with which we elaborate the wine, all of it of albariño variety, comes from a small family owned vineyard located within the palace's stone wall, as well as from 60 small proprietors of a vineyard with whom the company has had a relationship, in many cases, since its origin. The vineyards are therefore very old, many of them older than 100 years.


We elaborate three wine brands:

Albariño de Fefiñanes, the main wine, is a 100% albariño fermented in stainless steel deposit and sold in its first year.


1583 Albariño de Fefiñames is fermented in wooden barrels which are not new, and are bottled at the end of Spring.

 

Albariño de Fefiñanes III Año, elegantly presented, is fermented in stainless steel and after the alcoholic fermentation passes through an aging on lees of six months. Afterwards the wine rests two additional years in deposit and is bottled with around 30 months.


The three wines achieve very good critics in the national (Peñín, ABC, Gourmet, Gallaecia, Proensa,...) and international (Wine Advocate, Tanzer, ...) guides. Particularly, the Albariño de Fefiñanes III Año has been considered in many occasions as one of the best white wines of Spain.

 

“A wine must clearly speak of its landscape, evoke the land that originates it, and be loyal to its personal and distinguishing origin. We count on a great ally: the albariño grape, of a powerful and universal subtlety in its Atlantic character. From this Galician Rias Baixas Paradise, flooded by a lively and generous sea, creator of one of the most singular “larders” worldwide, our wines untiringly aspire to testify this succulent and magic heritage of unique feelings”.

Juan Gil de Araújo

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DONNAFUGATA, Sicily

DONNAFUGATA, Sicily

Donnafugata: a name that speaks of Sicily.
The name and winery logo are a tribute to Sicilian history and literature, which interwaves the fate of a fleeing queen and the famous novel The Leopard (Il Gattopardo).
Donnafugata wines are a passionate interpretation of Sicily and its sensorial universe. Donnafugata was founded in Sicily by an enterprising family with 150 years’ experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo and wife Gabriella, daughter José and son Antonio are engaged in an entrepreneurial project with a focus on attention to detail and synchronizing people and nature to make wines that correspond increasingly more to the potential of this area. The Donnafugata adventure began in the Rallo family’s historic cellars in Marsala in 1983 and at its Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of western Sicily. In 1989, Donnafugata arrived on the island of Pantelleria, commencing its production of naturally sweet wines. Donnafugata seeks excellence in premium wine by taking painstaking care over detail: in its vineyards, in its wine cellars, in ist relationship with the environment. Extreme Quality is the entrepreneurial style which reflects the company philosophyDonnafugata believes that great wine reflects the land of its origin. Nature of the soil, exposure, altitude, climat and vines are the principle variables for producing wines which express their belonging to unique terroirs.

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BRUNO ROCCA, Piedmont, Barbaresco - NEW PRODUCER

BRUNO ROCCA, Piedmont, Barbaresco - NEW PRODUCER


The family has been tied to this territory since the late 1950s, when Bruno Rocca’s father Francesco, and his wife Maria Adelaide, moved from the centre of Barbaresco to the Rabajà area, where they bought a section of a vineyard. This spelled the beginning of the company’s growth and the end of sharecropping. Still a minor, Bruno learned to see grapes as the true expression of the land. After the first decades, when the vineyard’s products were sold almost exclusively to Barbaresco Producers, and used only minimally for wine production, in 1978 he decided to take the company in a new direction. With enthusiasm growing for the burgeoning wine market, Rabajà di Bruno Rocca managed to carve out a name and image for itself on the Italian and world stage by selling bottled wine, thereby becoming a veritable leader in the field. The philosophy of wine as the natural expression of the Barbaresco territory was widely appreciated, and with the company’s gradual growth came the purchase of new plots of land and the expansion of the cellar, all the way up to the current day.


Wine is the mirror and soul of the earth, our territory, which is to be protected and defended as a faithful ally. The Rabajà di Bruno Rocca Company’s wines, made using grapes from land which has been expertly nurtured since the company’s outset, offer the perfect expression of this combination. From the territory, the very heart and soul of the activity, come top quality grapes, and the wine itself is the result of Bruno Rocca and his children Francesco and Luisa’s increasingly dedicated attention. This unique identity was passed down from grandfather Francesco, who began turning working the land into a value rather than a necessity all the way back in the 1950s. The Bruno Rocca company philosophy is clear, as Rocco himself affirms: Wine is the mirror and soul of the ground, and the territory, if protected and defended, will never let you down. With its hillsides combed with rows of estates, Rabajà di Barbaresco is a place where earth, grapes and wine come together in a natural expression of a thought-process grounded on respect for this territory’s unique characteristics. Bruno Rocca has made these qualities its own: a success perfectly testified by its products.


The plots of land owned by the Rabajà di Bruno Rocca company are spread out across a planted surface of 15 hectares. The vineyard is mostly centred around Barbaresco, in the Rabajà area. The other vines are located in Treiso, Neive (in the Currà area), and in the municipality of Vaglio Serra (Asti), where Barbera d’Asti is produced. The work is carried out by Bruno and his son Francesco, who is in charge of the enological and agronomic stages. The 60 thousand Bruno Rocca-signed bottles comprise: Nebbiolo da Barbaresco, which makes up more than half the total production, Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti, Dolcetto, Langhe Chardonnay and Langhe Rosso. Daughter Luisa takes care of the commercial, administrative and hospitality aspects of the business. The company is present on the international market. Over the years, it has built up a wide sales network across various continents thanks to its careful selection process, widening its presence through small quantities so as to consolidate Bruno Rocca’s name and its wines.

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DOMENICO CLERICO, Piedmont, Barolo - NEW PRODUCER

DOMENICO CLERICO, Piedmont, Barolo - NEW PRODUCER

For a long time, my father grew grapes that he took to the still-existent Cantina Sociale Terre del Barolo, and a modest amount of fruit that he sold at local markets. It was a small agricultural holding with about 4 to 5 hectares of land.

In 1976 he asked me if I wanted to take over the running of the company. With the agreement with my wife Giuliana I set out on this great adventure. In those days, growing grapes and selling them was not very profitable, so I decided to try my hand at making wine.

As my adventure unfolded, the decision to become a wine producer meant I was faced with the need to increase the amount of land under cultivation, and so in 1977 I bought a small plot in the heart of the "Bussia" district. The result was Bricotto Bussia, my first Barolo produced in 1979. Then in 1981 I managed to get hold of a fantastic vineyard on the Ginestre hill in Monforte, from which I produce Ciabot Mentin barolo. In 1990 I bought another piece of land in the same area where I make Pajana barolo, and in 1995 a vineyard situated in an area known as Mosconi, which is where Percristina barolo originates.

With a lot of hard work, enthusiasm and some frustration, we built up a company which now comprises 21 hectares of vineyards producing a total of around 110,000 bottles a year.

Production is divided as follows:

• Langhe dolcetto "Visadì"
• Barbera d'Alba "Trevigne"
• Langhe nebbiolo "Capisme-e"
• Langhe rosso "Arte"
 (a blend of two grapes: 90% Nebbiolo + 10% Barbera)
• Four Barolo crus (Ciabot Mentin, Pajana, Percristina, Briccotto)

However, not satisfied with the experience acquired over the years, in the period between 2005 and 2006 I actively looked for a new objective that would give me the right incentive to put myself to the test once more. This translated into the search for a new wine.

So it was that I looked for and found the right vineyard to work in another significant barolo township called Serralunga, which in some aspects is similar to Monforte, and which allowed me to create a Barolo with the strange name of Aeroplanservaj.

We are on the border of Langa, where the hills and the purest marl make way for the plains that lead to the Alps. We are at Cucchi, a corner of the Manzoni area of Monforte. It was here that Domenico was born and grew up, got married and challenged what until then had been the destiny of the grape grower –to produce grapes but not wine. He was different; he looked beyond the Monforte hills and saw there was a also a place for wine, not just grapes. His wine.

He believed and invested in vineyards that were perfect for growing grapes for the wines that had long been part of Langa tradition – dolcetto and barbera. The vineyards surrounded the house in Cucchi in Manzoni, Monforte and young Domenico soon learned to call them by name - Bricco, Grive, Calié - each of them with its own characteristics. And from here it was just a short step to the nebbiolo cru vineyards, from Cucchi to Ginestra, by way of the Monforte piazza.

The beginning of the Barolo

To the east of the centre of Monforte is Ginestra hill, where the nebbiolo grapes that go into the making of unique wines have always reigned supreme. It is one of the best-known crus – historically grapes harvested there and sold at the Alba market fetched far higher prices than all the others.

When the upland plain around the town and its little woods gives way to the breathtaking sight of the Langhe valley, you suddenly find yourself in a vineyard where the rows of vines surround "Ciabot Mentin", one of the many little old houses found in our area. At over 450 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest "sori" (hilltop) nebbiolo vineyards; a vineyard of a myriad facets, with its different south-southeasterly slopes. Immediately after buying it, in 1982 Domenico carried out his first Ciabot Mentin barolo harvest, and created a barolo which has become a must among both the wine consuming and producing communities!

Carrying along the crest of the hill, at the bottom we come to the Pajana farmstead, where in 1990 Domenico bought another vineyard in the magnificent Ginestra cru. And the great 1990 vintage was when Pajana barolo made its debut! That was the start of the competition between two Ginestra Barolos, so close but so different to each other because of the generous complexity of the Langhe.

A perfect place

Admiring the view from the Ginestra and looking south, there before us is the Mosconi hill; it looks close enough to touch!

It was right here that Domenico realized one of his lifelong dreams. In 1995 he bought a vineyard of inestimable quality, with vines dating back to the 1950s, and began to produce his most significant wine – the Percristina barolo! Here everything was perfect for the creation of "the great wine" – from the Rupestris Du Lot rootstock to their age, the fantastic tufaceous marl unique to the Langa and the south-east exposure preferred by our ancestors, who knew a thing or two! And this is what lies behind Domenico's satisfied smile as he drives a load of grapes from another great harvest home...

The legend

At a certain point there was also room to play. Domenico remembers his carefree boyhood, when because of his free, indomitable temperament, his father called him Aeroplanservaj (Wild Airplane). And the call of freedom, challenging the ordinary and playing with destiny gained the upper hand.

Ah yes! And so Domenico played, starting to make wine outside of Monforte, and being able to choose, why not in a place where he has always drunk great things? Serralunga! The great neighbour! So in 2006 he rented a small vineyard which brought him great satisfaction over the years, and presented the wine enthusiasts with six different labels, all in the same case! Complicated? Difficult? Pretentious? ...no! Simply that after all it's fun to play and to have the good luck to still be able to be a child...

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MATTEO CORREGGIA, Piedmont, Roero - NEW PRODUCER

MATTEO CORREGGIA, Piedmont, Roero - NEW PRODUCER

ATTEO
When Matteo Correggia inherited his father’s estate in 1985, the wine-growing boom was a long way off, and farmers on the left bank of the river Tanaro grew fruit and vegetables alongside vines that were used for making wine for a few close friends.
Matteo was a young farmer who was very keen on wine growing. He decided that his project was simple and for this reason, he would not give up. Making –
not just producing – wines to be remembered: this is what he was going to do.
It wasn’t an easy decision. Making wines of absolute quality, in a region that was still underestimated – because it was misunderstood – seemed wishful thinking to many.
The reality was hard and there was a lot of local prejudice. But Matteo didn’t listen to those who said that the Roero could not produce good wines, and who condemned the new techniques.
When destiny chose to deprive the family and the Roero of Matteo in 2001, he had already completed his new wine cellars, gained international recognition, won sereval awards, met the world’s most important wine makers and, at the same time, kept firm roots with his own region.
Matteo’s connection to this land is written in the stars. In 2000 the name Roero was given to asteroid 8,075, discovered by the American astronomer Bowel: a small piece of rock, about 15 km across, with an orbit very similar to that of another asteriod, number 13,917, named after Matteo. And so it is that Roero and Matteo Correggia, forever together, travel the firmament, perpetuating their shared destinies.
THE ROERO REGION
It might seem strange, but the Roero, in the south of Piedmont, owes its vocation for wine growing to the sea and the river Tanaro. Million of years ago, salty water reached the Alps, before progressively going back and leaving enormous deposits of sands behind it, interspersed with compact and impermeable marlstones together with all the fossils they carried. What had been backdrop has become lowlands and valleys.
Despite being very near, the Roero is geologically much younger than the Langhe and it would certainly not be the same without the River Tanaro – two hundred thousand years ago, it diverted from its original course, broke out into the lowlands to the south.
This gigantic flood dug out the Rocche, the deep canyon that runs from Bra to Montà in a straight line 12 kms long. An extraordinary part of geological history, unique natural habitats and dizzy abysses all reveal the composition of this land.
The combination of chance, sea and flooding of the Tanaro, together with millions of years of erosion, due to atmospheric agents, have resulted in the Roero having an extraordinary variety of microclimates and soils which consist mainly of sandy layers.
Geology explains the subtle differences between the Roero wines produced from the same grape varieties, because the only thing that this land cannot give are reassuring standard wines – each one is unique and can become extraordinary.
NEBBIOLO: VINE AND SYMBOL
“Nebbiolo, this great and mysterious grape… Discovering it is like going on a journey that inevitably transports us to a universe of unique, inimitable traditions, as unique and inimitable as its qualities, subtleties and multifaceted nature... all of its expressions, faces and moods.
The true magic of Nebbiolo lies above all in its great dignity, its almost regal bearing, combined with a character which is reserved, even moody, a little wary of those who do not approach it with the due tranquillity, patience and open mind needed to appreciate its qualities.
One bottle of Nebbiolo, whether Roero, Barolo or Barbaresco, is unrepeatable. Nebbiolo is never a copy of something else: it might resemble, approach or recall something, but it is never the same as anything else or even itself…¶
It is impossible to comprehend this Grape Variety if we do not try to tap into its character, if we cannot understand that acidity and tannin mean long life, sensations which will always be alive on the palate, consummate drinking pleasure and vibrant freshness, in the equilibrium between how the wine is now and how it will be in two, five, ten or thirty years.
Getting to know Nebbiolo, exploring its qualities, including the more capricious side of its character, means discovering a great treasure, something we cannot do without. Nebbiolo wins you over, the start of a growing passion for this wine, this area, the people who live here: the people who inhabit the land, who create it and make something unique and inestimable out of it every day”.
WINES & VINEYARDS
With grapes produced in over 20 hectares of vineyards and managed personally, the Matteo Correggia Concern produces a wide range of wines. The wines are naturally the products of the ground where grapevines put down their roots: sandy ground that has little clay or silt and is very loose and therefore extremely suitable to produce rich and refined bouquets.
The Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes used to produce La Val dei Preti and Barbera Marun come from the vineyards having a southern exposure and placed between Santo Stefano Roero and Canale. Less exposed slopes, on the other hand, give body to the fruit scents of the Brachetto and Arneis grapes. While the large, steep vineyard, looking out onto the uncontaminated Rocche, gives to the Roero DOCG Riserva Ròche d’Ampsèj, its complex scents.
Alongside these wines – that represent a genuine part of the local tradition – are the challenges of the Concern looking for the new opportunities given by the Sauvignon blanc and the international red grape varieties.
Wine making takes place in modern wine cellars, in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature, while ageing is done in the large rooms created under a hill, in contact with the fossil rich millennial marlstones, that give them the dampness and quietness necessary as the perfect compliment to the whole process in the vineyards and wine cellars. The barrels are carefully selected for the wines they will host, and gradually replaced according to a twenty-years practice. The bottles are decorated with paintings by Coco Cano depicting the gentle slopes planted with vines and bathed by the Roero’s hot sun, in keeping with Matteo Correggia Concern tradition.
PRESENT & FUTURE
“The strong connection to this land that Matteo instilled in us is something we all now feel, all those involved in the Winery. After my husband died I decided that I wasn’t going to call it a day, and today the Concern’s success is thanks to the team of people I have around me. The wonderful understanding we have makes me proud of everything we have achieved in the last few years. It has been a time of growth, change and transformation, leading to what we have today: the same peace of mind and fulfilment for all those who love this world: now, with my team, like it was in the past, with Matteo.
The future brings the involvement of the most precious people of all: my children – Giovanni, a future oenologist, who is about to take up the adventure his father started, and Brigitte, our budding artist, who will soon be able to express her creativity to the full.”
Ornella Costa Correggia

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LIS NERIS, Friuli, Italy - NEW PRODUCER

LIS NERIS, Friuli, Italy - NEW PRODUCER

Lis Neris is located in the centre of the famous wine growing region of Friuli, in the
village of San Lorenzo, between the Slovenian border to the North and the right bank of the Isonzo river to the South.
More than 60 hectares of vineyards are planted in the most beautiful part of a broad shelf of calcareous gravel, dragged down by the melt waters from the glaciers of the Eastern Alps.
Being close to the sea, the climate is typically Mediterranean, with the wide daytime temperature ranges that bring slow ripening and as a consequence healthy, balanced grapes with intense flavours and aroma.
1981 was the turning point in the history of the winery. That was the year we introduced a new approach to production aimed at up-grading quality.
White wines proved to be the best expression of our “terroir” and they became the focus of our mission.  Our aim today is to produce wines of increasingly high quality and our role is to create the conditions to let this happen. We hope that in tasting and offering these wines you will feel the same delight that we feel in producing them.
 
Alvaro

"Alvaro started the family business in the middle of the 70's at a  very young age. Not only does he belong to that generation that has been living a time of great changes, but was also one of the protagonists of it. He's not only the owner but also the creator of what today is Lis  Neris".

Terroir
The relationship between man and the land which has developed over the years has lead to the creation of the concept of “terroir” , a term that defines the vineyard in all its morphological, climatic, social, cultural and human aspects.
Knowledge of, and respect for, the environment has always allowed us to infuse more and more of the character of the terroir into our wines.
A modern winery cannot set technology aside, but in the vineyard much of the work is done according to tradition rather than commercial logic. Vineyard management operations like pruning, shoot positioning, leaf and bunch thinning and harvesting are carried out manually to guarantee product quality. Moreover, we have decided not to use weed killers, to reduce the use of agrochemical sprays and to maintain grass cover in the vineyard. Experience has taught us that if we stimulate the soil and the vines to react to adversities in a natural and spontaneous way, they will respond in harmony and give their best, channeling their energies into the production of fruit rather than excessive vegetation.


Lis Neris has always had a strong relationship with the vineyard and the surrounding countryside. We live in a natural environment and we do intend ever to forget it.

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VALDO PROSECCO, Veneto - NEW PRODUCER

VALDO PROSECCO, Veneto - NEW PRODUCER

In 1926, a group of enterprising grape-growers from the Valdobbiadene area decided to join each others and establish the Società Anonima Vini Superiori, a winemaking company committed to Prosecco and Cartizze sparkling production.
By perfecting the existing wine-making techniques and creating patents to support them, the company improved the Valdobbiadene quality of sparkling wines and shortly after became a leading wine-maker.
At the beginning of the 40s’, the company achieved its full potential when it was acquired by the Veronese family Bolla and became Valdo Spumanti.
Sergio Bolla, father of current President Pierluigi focused on expanding sales throughout Italy and abroad by setting new production and commercial objectives and as a result introduced the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG to the rest of the world.
Valdo has created a distinguished range of products to meet the needs of different clients. This is the result of the School of Sparkling Wines ongoing research and the business leasdership of the Bolla family that led to the success of the Veronese company ranking first among Italy’s sparkling wine makers."

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SPY VALLEY WINES, Marlborough

SPY VALLEY WINES, Marlborough

Spy Valley Wines, one of Marlborough's leading family owned wine companies. Comprising ten varieties of grapes over 380 acres of estate vineyards, a modern fully integrated winemaking facility and a passion for excellence, Spy Valley consistently produces globally acclaimed award winning wines.
Spy Valley Wines is situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka river are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneers in what was then a Marlborough sub region, the Lower Waihopai development continued with fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. From vintage 2000 wine was produced and sold under the Spy Valley label. The brand name SPY VALLEY® is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station (spy base) nearby, part of the Echelon Global Network. The Spy Valley winery is one of the most advanced winemaking facilities in New Zealand. Designed to its maximum capacity and stage built from 2003 through to full production in 2007, the buildings comprise separate red and white winemaking facilities, full temperature control on every wine making vessel and in every room, bottling line and temperature controlled warehousing. The winery is sited in the middle of the estate vineyards ensuring the best possible handling of nearby fruit. As well as a stunning winery the facility incorporates an award winning cellar door and all company administration
The winemaking team, lead by chief winemaker Paul Bourgeois, prides itself on their ability to produce world class wines year after year.

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CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER, Reims

CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER, Reims

Taittinger is one of the few Champagne Houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. Its origins date back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger link was established in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger, the founder of today's company acquired the House. Pierre had spent much time in the Champagne region when serving in the 1st world war as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property and its vineyards and eventually purchased the company. Today, the Reims based House is headed up by Pierre's grandson, Pierre-Emmanual Taittinger and his son, Clovis and daughter Vitalie both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House. Taittinger's home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars. These 4th century Roman cellars once belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise and are perfect for the slow ageing process required for great Champagne. The hallmark of the Taittinger champagnes is the high percentage of chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut. This chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years.

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DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL ET FILS,  Chablis

DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL ET FILS, Chablis

The Michel family have been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. The winery is situated right in the heart of the village, with the 25-hectare vineyard spread over the very first slopes that were discovered by Cistercian monks in the 11th century. 40 years ago, the family decided to stop making the wine in wooden barrels, preferring to create clean, pure and precise Chablis without adding artificial woody tastes. Through this philosophy, combined with the limited yields inspired by organic wine-growing techniques, the Domaine has developed a worldwide reputation for fine wine-making in stainless steel tanks.
They have never given into the fashion of using wood. Chablis is not Meursault.
Today, stainless steel tanks are perfectly suited to their wine-making: aside from their total neutrality, they allow the complexity and pureness of the aromas to come through, respecting the authentic taste of true Chablis, without any artificial wood. The only expression in their bottles comes from pure, clean and precise terroir.

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BOUCHARD PERE ET FILS, Cote d’Or, Burgundy

BOUCHARD PERE ET FILS, Cote d’Or, Burgundy

Created in Volnay in 1731, the Maison Bouchard Père & Fils has patiently assembled, over several generations, one of the finest domaines in Burgundy. Moreover, installed since 1820 at the Château de Beaune, it benefits, on this site classed "Monument Historique", from ideal natural conditions for leaving its precious bottles to age. Over time, Bouchard Père & Fils assembled an exceptional domaine that today runs to 130 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Côte d’Or – 12 of them classified as Grand Cru and 74 as Premier Cru. A unique patrimony in Burgundy, through its diversity and its prestigious appellations: Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Clos Vougeot, Chambertin, Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus, Volnay Caillerets, Meursault Perrières among many others. Names filled with history and emotion, which inspire excellence and respect for the terroir. Since its foundation, there has always been a signature on every bottle of Bouchard Père & Fils wine.
This signature guarantees the quality and origin of the contents of each bottle. It is the assurance, for the consumer, of tasting a wine worthy of the great terroirs of Burgundy and expressing as faithfully as possible their quality and identity.

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DOMAINE FOUASSIER, Sancerre

DOMAINE FOUASSIER, Sancerre

Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest family estates in Sancerre. The estate extends nearly 56 hectares from which 80% of plantings are Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Pinot Noir. Fouassier specialises in single vineyard bottlings (one of the first to do so) from specific soils that are certified organic. They are also one of only 3 Sancerre estates working towards Biodynamic certification, and will be certified for all estate wines from the 2012 vintage.

All of Domaine Fouassier’s wines represent the essence of the terroir where the vines are cultivated and the way they work allows them to offer a wild range of wines for all kind of tastes.

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GEORGES DUBOEUF, Beaujolais

GEORGES DUBOEUF, Beaujolais

Georges Duboeuf is from one of the oldest winegrowing families in the Beaujolais because his ancestors were already exploiting a property during the eighteen century. On the 23rd of September 1964 the Limited Company “Les Vins Georges Duboeuf” was formed. From the very beginning, he built on his reputation in restaurants of high quality, and it was in this way that his wines won the approval of the great chefs, Paul Blanc, Paul Bocuse as well as others.
The first time Georges Dubœuf really stood out, was during The Universal Exhibition in Montreal in 1967. Shortly after this event, Georges Duboeuf will conquer United States, Canada, Japan, the Far East, Africa…The brand is now recognized in over 140 countries.
Today, Georges Duboeuf, the man who put Beaujolais Nouveau on the world’s lips, works with 400 winegrowers and 13 cooperative. His son, who is strongly involved in Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, is managing with is father the first wine merchant in Burgundy…

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DELAS FRERES, Rhone

DELAS FRERES, Rhone

Delas Freres is a winery of tradition and renewal. Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, the winery enjoyed the dynamism of its original founders and their heirs and more recently, the renewed energy of the Lallier-Deutz family, owners of champagne house, Champagne Deutz. Delas Freres and Champagne Deutz were acquired by the Champagne House of Louis Roederer in 1993. Andre Lallier retired from daily winery duties in 1996, and Fabrice Rosset, a 20-year executive with Roederer, has taken the helm at both Delas and Deutz. Today, the Delas wines are crafted by a panel of experts headed by winemaker Jacques Grange. Together, the team makes wines that have been heralded for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.

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CHATEAU MINUTY, Cotes de Provence

CHATEAU MINUTY, Cotes de Provence

Gabriel Farnet, set himself up at Château Minuty in 1936 and set about restoring it to its former splendour. And so it was that in 1955, Château Minuty became one of 23 wineries to be classified as the distinguished « Cru Classé des Côtes de Provence », or Classified Growths of the Côtes de Provence. Etienne Matton, who was for many years the president of the Classified Growths, replanted traditional Provencal grape varietals with limited yields, strived for the highest quality of vinification and secured the reputation of Château Minuty in the greatest restaurants of the French Riviera. Today, in the same spirit of the pursuit of excellence that their father started, Jean-Etienne and François Matton have undertaken the following the restructuring of the vineyards by replacing the Carignan and Ugni Blanc with Grenache and Rolle, and the rationalisation of the domain by equipping it with modern and efficient tools,also the creation of a newfound youthful image of both the brand and its clients by concentrating on the high quality range of rosés whose distinguishing qualities are their freshness, elegance and leanness.Château Minuty’s outstanding rosés are a blend of a majority of Grenache, the ‘king-pin varietal for rosés’, and of Tibouren, symbolic of the Saint-Tropez peninsula, a varietal which was kept in order to maintain the typical character of our wines.

Roses of Chateau Minuty are one of most preferable especially in the restaurants on Cote d'Azur - Nice, Cane, St. Tropez and etc.

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VIGNERONS de ST. TROPEZ, Cotes de Provence

VIGNERONS de ST. TROPEZ, Cotes de Provence

In 1964, eight vineyard owners from the Saint-Tropez Peninsula grouped together to form The Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint Tropez, joined a few years later by the winegrowers of Saint-Roch-les-Vignes at Cuers. The quality of their products and services has since helped forge the reputation of The Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint Tropez as leaders in the Provence region, both in France and abroad, producing 2.5 million bottles of AOC Côtes de Provence and Méditerranée Vin de Pays wines. The winegrowers each vinify their grapes in the cellars of their own estates. Using an efficient packaging and labelling system, The Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu'île de Saint Tropez then oversee the distribution and sales of their wines in France and abroad.

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CHATEAU BONNET, Бордо - NEW PRODUCER

CHATEAU BONNET, Бордо - NEW PRODUCER

ANDRE LURTON

Les Vignobles André Lurton is a family-run company of passionate wine-growers and wine-makers who are dedicated to producing exceptional wines from a collection of prestigious Bordeaux appellations. (Pessac-Léognan, Margaux, Lussac- Saint-Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers or Bordeaux).

A unique story
In 1953, Mr. André Lurton inherited his first Château from his grandfather the Château Bonnet (only 30 hectares). At that time, sweet white wines were produced without any success in the Entre-Deux-Mers region but Mr. Lurton was convinced that the soils were much more appropriate for dry white wines.
Mr. André Lurton changed the AOC standards in order to produce high quality dry white wines. He also created an oenological laboratory.
Today, amazing white wines are produced in Entre-deux-Mers and 300 hectares of vines surround the Château Bonnet which has become the head office of the company.

André Lurton is now one of the largest estate bottled wine producer with 1 bottle of high quality wine sold every 15 seconds in the world. From 1965, Mr. André Lurton started to purchase abandoned vineyards with high potential, in a region which he fall in love with, the north part of Graves, the oldest area to have produced Bordeaux wines. Step by step, he bought several Châteaux. He also struggled for more than 20 years to create a new AOC. In 1987, Pessac-Léognan AOC was born. Even if Pessac-Léognan is a young AOC which accounts for less than 1% of total Bordeaux production, it has quickly gained a good reputation among customers for its excellent value for money. André Lurton is now a specialist for aromatic white wines and the most important producer of white wines in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. We are also the #1 Pessac-Léognan wines supplier to the on and off trades.


Wine grower
We only sell the wines produced from our vineyards (630 hectares) with a very strict control of each production step – from the growth of our rootstocks in our own greenhouse, the winemaking, to the bottling in our own Châteaux. This whole process allows us to guarantee a very high level of quality for each bottle we produced. We are the 3rd largest private Châteaux owner in Bordeaux, with more than 10 chateaux and 200 employees dedicated to bringing the best quality to our customers.

Quality our first priority

André Lurton life time quest is to express the unique TERROIR and personality of each wine. Our Châteaux are independent with their own cellar master. This organization creates a unique synergy.
Medium range Châteaux take advantage of all improvement made in our Cru Classé.

The rootstocks that we need are grown in our own greenhouse (200.000 vines), then they are replanted in our vineyards. We own all the equipment that we use. We are pioneer in the use of innovative technologies (screw caps, automated sorting tables, anaerobic presses….)

This year also marked the beginning of a new collaboration between Vignobles André Lurton and the world famous oenologist, Michel Rolland.He now follows the red wines at both estates : Château La Louvière and Château Couhins-Lurton.
He already provided precious advice for the blending of the 2012 vintage.
For the 2013 vintage, this collaboration was extended to all levels of the production of the vineyard to the winery.

 

CHATEAU BONNET
Château Bonnet is located in the commune of Grézillac, in the North of the Entre-Deux-Mers area, about 10 kilometers South of the historic town of Saint-Emilion. It is situated on clay-chalk slopes overlooking the Dordogne river valley.
The history of the estate dates back to the 16th century, when it belonged to a rich family of merchants from Libourne. The château was built in the second half of the 18th century. In 1897, Léonce Récapet, owner of a distillery in Branne and grandfather of André Lurton, bought the estate. He set up residence and launched himself into winemaking. In 1953 André Lurton took over the estate at a time of crisis for Bordeaux winemaking. The Bonnet vineyards were made up of only 30 hectares of very poor quality vines and the Siberian cold of the terrible winter of 1956 destroyed what little hope remained. A fresh start was needed.
For more than 60 years, André Lurton focused his efforts on revitalizing the family vineyards. Today, the challenge seems to have paid off because there are now more than 300 hectares of vines at Château Bonnet.
The dry white wines from the Entre-Deux-Mers area is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle and represents 50% of Bonnet’s total production. The wine is vinified with meticulous care to preserve all the freshness of the fruit and the specific aromas of each varietal. The estate also produces significant volumes of red wine from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The red wines are widely acknowledged as far superior to the run of the mill Bordeaux appellation.

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CLOS FOURTET, St. Emilion, Bordeaux - NEW PRODUCER

CLOS FOURTET, St. Emilion, Bordeaux - NEW PRODUCER

CLOS FOURTET, 1er Grand Cru Classe

 

Clos Fourtet belongs to the elite group of Premier Grand Crus Classés of
Saint-Emilion wines in the Bordeaux region. Located just above the limestone
quarries on the very edge of the historical and picturesque town of Saint-Emilion,
a UNESCO world heritage site, the late-eighteenth century château of Clos Fourtet
has a vast underground wine cellar (12 hectares).

In 1919, Fernand Ginestet bought Clos Fourtet but his family later exchanged it
with the Lurton family against a 40% ownership of Château Margaux in 1949. The
Lurtons proceeded to enhance the quality of the wine, notably by reducing the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard, which had trouble ripening on the cold limestone and clay soils, in favour of the more precocious Merlot, the now more traditional grape variety of Saint-Emilion. During the 1980s the property was run by Pierre Lurton before his departure to manage Cheval Blanc.
In January 2001, Clos Fourtet was bought by Paris businessman Phillipe Cuvelier.

Clos Fourtet has 19 hectares of vineyards planted with Merlot (72%), Cabernet Franc (22%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%).
The wine is vinified traditionally and is aged in oak barriques (60-70% new)
for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered.
The current team of the owner, Philippe Cuvelier, is headed by Tony Ballu
and Matthieu Cuvelier, with since 2001 the help of Stéphane Derenoncourt. It has
further fine-tuned the wine by careful work in the vineyard to reduce yields and
harvest the selected grapes in small cagettes or crates, and by fermenting the
harvest from each plot separately.

Clos Fourtet’s nineteen hectares of vines begin at the edge of the town, on the
limestone plateau with a topsoil of clay.

The style of wine at Clos Fourtet has been one of plump berry fruit, but recent
changes have brought more elegance and focus.

Two consulting oenologists with different philosophies work together at Clos Fourtet.  Since Stephane Derenoncourt, a late harvester, and Jean-Claude Barrouet, a much earlier harvester, have joined forces, the results have been exhilarating. This 50-acre vineyard high on the plateau, owned by the Cuvelier family and managed by Tony Balu, had yields of 33 hectoliters per hectare. The 2011, one of the stars of the vintage, is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, truffles, blackberries and blueberries. Rich and medium to full-bodied with good acidity, sweet, well-integrated tannin and a hint of forest floor, this big, fleshy St.-Emilion should drink well for two decades.

Interesting Fact The estate was formerly a military base,
a history reflected in its original name, Camfourtet, meaning “camp fort”.

Clos Fourtet 2009 - 100 т. Robert Parker

Clos Fourtet 2010 -   98 т. Robert Parker

Clos Fourtet 2011 -   94 т. Robert Parker

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CHATEAU LA LOUVIERE, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux - NEW PRODUCER

CHATEAU LA LOUVIERE, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux - NEW PRODUCER

ANDRE LURTON

Les Vignobles André Lurton is a family-run company of passionate wine-growers and wine-makers who are dedicated to producing exceptional wines from a collection of prestigious Bordeaux appellations. (Pessac-Léognan, Margaux, Lussac- Saint-Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers or Bordeaux).

A unique story
In 1953, Mr. André Lurton inherited his first Château from his grandfather the Château Bonnet (only 30 hectares). At that time, sweet white wines were produced without any success in the Entre-Deux-Mers region but Mr. Lurton was convinced that the soils were much more appropriate for dry white wines.
Mr. André Lurton changed the AOC standards in order to produce high quality dry white wines. He also created an oenological laboratory.
Today, amazing white wines are produced in Entre-deux-Mers and 300 hectares of vines surround the Château Bonnet which has become the head office of the company.

André Lurton is now one of the largest estate bottled wine producer with 1 bottle of high quality wine sold every 15 seconds in the world. From 1965, Mr. André Lurton started to purchase abandoned vineyards with high potential, in a region which he fall in love with, the north part of Graves, the oldest area to have produced Bordeaux wines. Step by step, he bought several Châteaux. He also struggled for more than 20 years to create a new AOC. In 1987, Pessac-Léognan AOC was born. Even if Pessac-Léognan is a young AOC which accounts for less than 1% of total Bordeaux production, it has quickly gained a good reputation among customers for its excellent value for money. André Lurton is now a specialist for aromatic white wines and the most important producer of white wines in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. We are also the #1 Pessac-Léognan wines supplier to the on and off trades.


Wine grower
We only sell the wines produced from our vineyards (630 hectares) with a very strict control of each production step – from the growth of our rootstocks in our own greenhouse, the winemaking, to the bottling in our own Châteaux. This whole process allows us to guarantee a very high level of quality for each bottle we produced. We are the 3rd largest private Châteaux owner in Bordeaux, with more than 10 chateaux and 200 employees dedicated to bringing the best quality to our customers.

Quality our first priority

André Lurton life time quest is to express the unique TERROIR and personality of each wine. Our Châteaux are independent with their own cellar master. This organization creates a unique synergy.
Medium range Châteaux take advantage of all improvement made in our Cru Classé.

The rootstocks that we need are grown in our own greenhouse (200.000 vines), then they are replanted in our vineyards. We own all the equipment that we use. We are pioneer in the use of innovative technologies (screw caps, automated sorting tables, anaerobic presses….)

This year also marked the beginning of a new collaboration between Vignobles André Lurton and the world famous oenologist, Michel Rolland.He now follows the red wines at both estates : Château La Louvière and Château Couhins-Lurton.
He already provided precious advice for the blending of the 2012 vintage.
For the 2013 vintage, this collaboration was extended to all levels of the production of the vineyard to the winery.

 

CHATEAU LA LOUVIERE

1310 : In the beginning...
"La Lobeyra" (La Louvière) already existed in the year of our Lord 1310,
when Aquitaine was under English domination as proved by an old register
included in the "Gascon Calendars" , kept by English civil servants...
The parish of Léognan, virtually unsettled at the time, was largely covered with
trees and full of wolves. The latter undoubtedly account for name La Louvière
(which means den of wolves in French)!
Guilhem de La Louvière, a local despot and tax collector, was the owner,
and lived  in a humble dwelling with a small tower in the middle of a clearing.
A vineyard gradually grew up around the house on the best gravelly soil along the small Eau Blanche river.
 
A wine estate was born, and Château La Louvière's fate was sealed...
1398-1620: The de Guilloche family, founders of the modern La Louvière estate
In 1398, an old Bordeaux family, the de Guilloches – nobles because of their status in the local administration as well as rich merchants – acquired La Louvière. The family's important political role in Bordeaux was uninterrupted for almost two centuries, and they contributed numerous councillors and alderman.
In the late 15th century, the family also included a poet, Jehan de Guilloche, brother of Raymond, Lord of La Louvière. Forgotten today, this Gascon poet, close to King Charles VIII, was the first one to use French in his verses, at a time when the Gascon language was virtually unchallenged in the province of Guyenne...
La Louvière's modern configuration, such as we know it today, gradually came into being from 1510 to 1550 thanks to the foresight and dynamism of Pierre de Guilloche and his son Jean, who expanded the property significantly.
Over nearly fifty years, they purchased and exchanged plots of land surrounding the modest family castle with several turrets. This first half of the 16th century was an important period in the history of Bordeaux wine. Many members of the Bordeaux parliament became winegrowers at this time, giving rise to the present-day great growths. The de Guilloches were pioneers. This Protestant family suffered several waves of persecutions all through the 16th century.
These entailed the sack of the manor house at La Louvière on several occasions by the soldiers of Charles de Montferrand, Governor of Guyenne and head of the Catholic faction that eventually assassinated Jehan de Guilloche in 1572.
In 1618, the last de Guilloche heir, Dame de Roquetaillade, sold La Louvière and its outbuildings to Arnaud de Gascq, commendatory abbot of Saint-Ferme abbey.
  
1620-1789: The Reverend Fathers of the Carthusian order: expertise that led to the reputation of
La Louvière's wines...
Unable to manage the estate properly, Sieur de Gascq donated it to the Carthusian Notre-Dame de Miséricorde (Our Lady of Mercy) monastery in Bordeaux on 28 April 1620. It was thus up to the monks to renovate the estate. The strict rule of this religious order combined with very rigorous management quickly solved all the problems the estate faced. La Louvière had finally come back to life! Benefiting from a particularly favourable economic context conducive to vineyard expansion in the early 17th century, the monks made sure to pay special attention to their work.
In the cellars, coopers and cellar masters devoted themselves wholeheartedly to making excellent white and red wines much admired by merchants from Picardy, England and Flanders. Every year, several dozen barrels of La Louvière's red wines were sent to England. The white wines were shipped to Northern Europe and as far away as Canada. In the 18th century, the wines produced by the monks were "the most excellent anyone in the kingdom could hope to drink" .
The Carthusian monks preserved the manor house for nearly two centuries. However, the turmoil of the French Revolution put a brutal end to their stewardship.
        
1792-1901: The Mareilhac family: a love for art and winegrowing
In november 1789, the National Assembly confiscated all church possessions. Declared "property of the state", La Louvière was auctioned off in the spring of 1791. The vineyard covered nearly 40 hectares at that time. The highest bid came from a Bordeaux négociant, Jean-Baptiste Mareilhac. Owner of one of the most prosperous merchant firms in Bordeaux, Jean-Baptiste knew La Louvière well because he had previously exported some of the wine to Saint Petersburg. This estate was thus a very good investment for him.
However something was missing from his happiness : a residence worthy of his young wife, Jeanne-Emilie. He therefore called on the skills of a famous Parisian architect, François Lhôte, the direct competitor of Victor Louis (who designed Bordeaux's Grand Théâtre). The old house and any medieval vestiges were razed and replaced with a beautiful neo-classical château. As for the interior decoration, he asked one of his friends, François-Louis Lonsing, a very talented Flemish painter. Lonsing was responsible for the "grisailles" and paintings on the drawing room rotunda based on the loves of Psyche. Unfortunately, poisoned by the handling of toxic pigments, the artist did not finish his work and died at
La Louvière in spring 1799. The new château was universally admired.
 
In 1946, the site was included on the Inventory of Historic Monuments and was designated an historic landmark in 1991. The Mareilhac family presided over La Louvière's destiny for much of the 19th century. Alfred Mareilhac, Jean-Baptiste's
grandson, made sure that it was one of the best-managed estates in Bordeaux and received a gold medal for his efforts from the Ministry of Agriculture in 1869.
  
1911-1965 : Alfred Bertrand-Taquet and his family

In 1911, Alfred Bertrand-Taquet from Paris, a shareholder of the "Revue Vinicole", bought the estate and managed it until 1944. He was elected mayor of Léognan in 1919 and re-elected continuously until after the Second World War. Due to the
increasing absence of its owners, La Louvière then became somewhat of a Sleeping Beauty for over fifteen years.
        
1965: The arrival of André Lurton and the rebirth of Château La Louvière
Finally, in 1965  , André Lurton, a winegrower in Grézillac, fell under the spell of La Louvière and acquired it. In the years that followed, this estate gradually regained its former prestige… The château was entirely restored and the vineyard restructured.

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VINA ERRAZURIZ, Aconcagua Valley

VINA ERRAZURIZ, Aconcagua Valley

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errázuriz has built a reputation as the “Best of Chile”. In 1994 he created Hatch Mansfield Agencies in the United Kingdom in partnership with Maison Louis Jadot from Burgundy to distribute Errázuriz, Jadot, and other fine wines. He remains the Chair to this day. That same year Eduardo became a director of the Chilean Wine Export Association based in Santiago, Chile, today known as Vinos de Chile. He continues to be an active promoter of Chilean wines throughout the world.Eduardo is extremely interested in wine education and particularly in illustrating Chile’s growing reputation for fine wines. To this end, Viña Errázuriz became a Principal Supporter of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 1999 and continues to lend its support to the organization. The Institute exists to promote the highest level of educational achievement in the wine industry worldwide, a philosophy Eduardo shares and actively promotes.

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VINA SENA, Aconcagua Valley

VINA SENA, Aconcagua Valley

In the Spanish language, the word Seña is rich with nuance and meaning. It implies a distinguishing mark or personal signature. Born in 1995, Seña is the first icon wine from Chile. During his first visit to Chile in 1990, Robert Mondavi recognized the great potential for producing fine wine in our country. During his visit he met Eduardo Chadwick, whose winery, Viña Errázuriz, was founded in 1870 and has been producing quality Chilean wines since then. They discovered that they share a passion for wine and a philosophy of striving for winemaking excellence, and they thus formed a partnership for the production of Seña in 1995 the first icon wine from Chile. Seña began as a symbol of the vision of these two winemaking families, and the fulfillment of their shared dream to realize the potential of the Chilean wine country by creating a truly world class wine. Mondavi and Errázuriz teams search for Seña’s ideal terroir lasted four years and in September of 1999, the hillside vineyard was acquired. This unique property is located in the Ocoa District, at the western end of the Aconcagua Valley, 41km from the Pacific Ocean. Seña Hillside Vineyard has 45 planted hectares of hillside vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenère and Malbec. The vineyard is managed following the biodynamic principles. Led by Eduardo Chadwick, a talented team of viticulturists and winemakers is responsible for the development of Seña under biodynamic farming.

The Chilean Wine industry and Vina Errazuriz will remember the 23rd of January 2004, as the day of the ‘Berlin Tasting’. Thirty-six of Europe’s most highly regarded wine journalists, writers and buyers met in Berlin to blind taste sixteen wines - six Chilean, six French and four Italian from the 2000 and 2001 vintages, divided into three Chilean 2001 wines; three French 2001 wines; four Italian 2000 wines and three apiece from Chile and France from the 2000 vintage.

In an historic decision, established French classics such as Chateau Lafite, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, and Italian cult wines Tignanello, Sassicaia, Solaia and Guado al Tasso were placed by judges a distance behind the two winning wines, both from Chile.

Vinedo Chadwick 2000 and Vina Sena 2001 were placed first and second among all the wines participated.

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VINEDO CHADWICK, Maipo Valley

VINEDO CHADWICK, Maipo Valley

Vinedo Chadwick vineyard, is located in Puente Alto, on the south-east border of Santiago, along the Northern bank of the Maipo river at the foothills of the Andes Mountains. In 1942 Don Alfonso Chadwick Errazuriz, father of Eduardo Chadwick, current President of Vina Errazuriz, purchased the property known as Vina San Jose Tocornal. This 300 hectare property in the Maipo Valley was planted to red grape varieties producing fine wines of great quality that were renowned in Chile. Later in 1967, he sold part of the property to Vina Concha y Toro. At this time Don Alfonso kept ownership of 25 hectares for the family home, century old grounds and a Polo field, where he practised this, his favourite sport.

The Vinedo Chadwick wine represents a long cherished desire of the Chadwick family to honour the memory of the late Don Alfonso Chadwick Errazuriz, with an ultra-premium red wine showcasing the ancestry, tradition and expertise of the Chadwick-Errazuriz family in producing fine wines reflecting the family's passion for excellence.

The aim is to make an elegant wine reflecting the Maipo Valley at its highest level with soft tannins, and berry fruit characteristics on the nose and palate with an added dimension of power and intensity in the finish. To achieve this, ripe tannins and concentrated fruit are the key and lead our picking decisions.

The Chilean Wine industry and Viсa Errazuriz will remember the 23rd of January 2004, as the day of the ‘Berlin Tasting’. Thirty-six of Europe’s most highly regarded wine journalists, writers and buyers met in Berlin to blind taste sixteen wines - six Chilean, six French and four Italian from the 2000 and 2001 vintages, divided into three Chilean 2001 wines; three French 2001 wines; four Italian 2000 wines and three apiece from Chile and France from the 2000 vintage.

In an historic decision, established French classics such as Chateau Lafite, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, and Italian cult wines Tignanello, Sassicaia, Solaia and Guado al Tasso were placed by judges a distance behind the two winning wines, both from Chile.

Vinedo Chadwick 2000 and Vina Sena 2001 were placed first and second among all the wines participated.

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SOMENO,  Bulgaria - NEW PRODUCER

SOMENO, Bulgaria - NEW PRODUCER

Someno is the work of Sommelier and Enologist.
Sommelier can recognize and appreciate every detail of well made wine.
Enologist can sour high quality grapes and make superb wine.
When the Sommelier and the Enologist work together cooperating their
knowledge and give the best of them, searching for harmony and balance of
flavors, aromas and texture, then wine should be of bespoke quality.
In 2011 Georgi Mihov was searching for superb boutique red wine made of
native Bulgarian grape variety for а private customer. At this time the idea for
Someno comes to his mind. In regards to the wine for his private customer he’d
managed to find it year later. Someno brand will be all about quality. Extremely
limited premium wines of series up to 300 bottles made by local or typical Bulgarian grapes.
First Someno wines are Buket and Rikat from Borovitza Winery in Norh-West of Bulgaria.
Bouquet is local grape variety created in Bulgaria in the middle of 50’s by crossing
local Mavrud grape with Pinot Noir.
Rikat is the local name of Rkatsiteli grape. Even though not local this is
the most planted white grape in Bulgaria.

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