Our Vineyards

Chesnée des Moines

The Chesnee des Moines parcel is exploited by the CHATELLENIE DE VERTNEUIL group of wine makers, and is able to provide a quality of wine making equivalent to the best châteaux of the Haut-Medoc. Situated on the Medoc peninsula, 60 km north of Bordeaux the Châtellenie de Vertheuil is part of the prestigious Haut-Medoc appellation. Inland from the Gironde, this commune possessed a soil made of alluvial sands and gravel, carried down from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central and deposited during the Pliocene era. These conditions allow the chief grapes types of the appellation, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc to reach their full potential. The vineyard in the Vertheuil commune covers an area of 300 hectares. The ruby coloured wines are characterised by their smoothness and a charming balance between tannin and fruit. In Vertheuil, one must visit the abbey founded in the XIth century and the church of Saint Pierre (XIth and XIIth centuries) which constitute a fine example of Romanesque art.

Wine

Chesnée des Moines 2009

Château de Coudot & Château du Bois de l’Eglise

History

In 1949, in the 9th edition of “Bordeaux et ses vins”, only one artisanal Coudot wine was listed, that of Mister and Mrs Pineau, great grand-parents of the current wine makers. In 1960 the property has taken back by the mother of Joel Blanchard. With 2.5 hectares of vines grouped into 7 parcels, instead of the previous 100, the Domaine de Coudot was finely ready to be developed. When Joel Blanchard, the elder son of the family, finished his studies in viticulture and oenology the property included 4.5 hectares of vines. In 1981, Joel Blanchard acquired 6 hectares of vines of which 1.5 hectares were planted with old vines. Today, the vineyard covers 11.25 hectares and produces 40 000 bottles of quality wine which is bottled on a property in the Artisanal Cru category that was officially classified in 2006.

Vineyard

The Château de Coudot is situated on two types of gravel soil found in a Cussac Fort-Médoc. The vines near the château Beaumont are on the Mindel I soil and those of the Plateau de Lauga are on the Mindel II gravels. This balance between the two soil make the château de Coudot a wine which perfectly represent the potential and the characteristics of the Cussac Fort-Médoc region. The subtleties of the two types of soil are expressed by the traditional grapes of the Medoc. Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) occupies the gravels of the heavier ground, Merlot (35%) is happy in the lighter soil and the Cabernet Franc (5%) does best in the dry well-drained soils.  These grape types are equally divided between the two areas that make up the château de Coudot property.

Wines

Château de Coudot 2010 Chateau du Bois de l’Eglise 2008

Château Tour Rouge

Vineyard

A vineyard on the hillside of 30 ha in the commune of La Roquille is the property of the Neyrac family. The grape types comprise 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is argilo-calcareous. The grapes picked when they are ripe are sorted before pressing. The fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks last 3 weeks.

Wine

Chateau Tour Rouge 2009

Château la Treille de Candale

Vineyard

The château le treille de candale is situated in Sauveterre de Guyenne, in the heart of the Entre deux mers. It has belonged to the same family for eight generations. The property is spread over 120 hectares and produces smooth and balanced wines with just enough tannins for the young wines to develop an intense and structured body as they age. The Chateau la Treille de Candale is planted with a mixture of noble grape types which gather their energy from the temperate climate and the argilo-calcareous soil.

Wine

Château la Treille de Candale 2011

Château Tour de Castres & Château Roche-Lalande

History of the Château Tour de Castres

This very old property has born the name of its most famous owner, baron de Poitevin, for many years. As early as 1881, the quality of its vines was recognized in the fourth edition of the Féret guide: “the castle is surrounded by a beautiful vineyard belong in to one tenant, the grapes comprise large quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. The owner harvests a wine which is remarkable for its smoothness and the refinement of its bouquet”. Already at that moment this property was in advance of its time because its neighbors were involved in polyculture and only produced wine from a single grape type. Then, many families followed each other in the destiny of the property until 1996, when José Rodrigues-Lalande, oenologist, and his wife Brigitte, specialist in wine accounting, fell in love with the property. Coming from wine producing families, the couple discovered, beyond the magnificent XVIIIth century chartreuse and its park studded with century old trees, an exceptional wine property.

Vineyard

On deep gravelly soils the owners manage a property divided into small parcels with a perfectly thought out balance of grape types. As concerns the treatments of the vines, the best of each technique (biological, biodynamic and environmental) is used. For example, they turn the soil between the rows of vines instead of using pesticides. Their credo: respect for the environment, originality and ever improving quality for their wines. Grape types: 50% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon.

History of the château Roche-Lalande

The owners of the Château de Castres in the Graves region, bought the Château Roche-Lalande in the commune of Martillac in the appellation Pessac-Léognan. José Rodrigues-Lalande, oenologist, reviewed the mix of grapes entirely for both red and white wines so as to adapt the grapes to the property in a best way for producing great wines as soon as possible. Large investments were made in the cellar so as to respect tradition and at the same time allow the use of the latest technologies in wine making.

Wines

Château tour de castres 2009 Chateau Roche lalande 2010

Château Cransac

Vineyard

Château Cransac produced its first vintage in April 2004. Our entirely new cellar makes the most of a very old vineyard. Initial research of regional records reveals that the vineyard dates back to the 1600’s, the time of the war religions. This research has shown us that the castle and estate of 150 hectares are very similar to what exited at that time. From the 1940’s until 2001, the total production of the estate was handed over to the cooperative cellar at Fronton. At the time of the repurchase of the property, the new owner wanted to rebuild a distinguished cellar to develop the wine of the estate. The building project of the cellar took place between March and September 2003 and was based on two concepts: -   At Cransac winery, a strong and long standing wine producing tradition exits, it is also, ecologically speaking, a protected and very rich environment. The wine is not the majority crop. It covers 40 hectares while the large scale crops cover 25 hectares, and the forest, 60 hectares. For three years, all of our vineyard practices have been in line with the terms of the Terra Vitis charter which guarantees wine that respects the environment. We have thus put an end to the use of weed killers and chemical fertilizers as well as systematic phytosanitary treatments. The different ecosystems of the estate are closely linked. The diversity of our fauna and cultivations provides a rich and varied habitat for the animals. Conscious of these resources, we have forbidden hunting on the estate and we are doing everything to ensure this environment is preserved. -   The second notion is that by building a new cellar, we wish to equip ourselves with better techniques which give us modern oenology. Our objective is to produce quality wines which are suitable for our current customers while preserving the authenticity and character of our estate. The Ganimede technique quickly appealed to us due to its ecological functioning and its powerful extraction technique. At the same time, it is very respectful of the product and is easy to use, therefore we decided to fully equip our cellar with this technique (14 vats of 80 hl, 140 hl and 210 hl and a total wine production volume of 2400 hl). The first wine produced by the Ganimede system has confirmed that this system is very different to what already exists today. Our first wines correspond to what correspond to what we had envisaged: they are modern and authentic.

Wine

Privilège 2009 rouge Appellation: AOC FRONTON, located near Toulouse, Fronton is one of the older wine area of France. Vintage: 2010 Grape variety: 60% Négrette, 20%Syrah, 20% Cabernet Franc Soil: Boulbène, sandy and silty Vineyard age : about 30 years Tasting: the vinification of this blending emphasizes the famous grape variety of Fronton, the Négrette. The nose is very expressive, ripe dark fruits; spices overtone and liquorice finish in the mouth Food and wines: the mouth is supple and light, this blending is perfect to accompany different dishes, burned out meat, pork meats and exotic flats Worth keeping: 4 to 6 years

Château Cransac

it’s grapes stemming from an integrated farm management, certified by the quality charter Terra Vitis. We chose to preserve the balance of the ground, the soils and the vineyard by eliminating artificial fertilizers and weed killers, and by limiting at most the treatments of the vine. — Our wine making vat Ganimède, returns our more aromatic wines and their more intense colouring. We obtain quality wines which are convenient for the current consumers, while keeping the typicity of our soil.

Domaine de Ballade

Domaine de Ballade is located in the heart of Gascony, the birthplace of d’Artagnan, the famed hero of the Three Musketeers. Gascony is located at the border of the Lot and Garonne and the Gers. Hidden away in the heart of the AOC Armagnac, Gascony has been called the “new Tuscany”. Thanks to the light soils and amicable oceanic climate, the different grapes can reach their full flavourful potential for your pleasurable enjoyment.

History

Owned by the Morel Family since 1927, the estate stretches over 90 hectares. The Morel family works carefully, every day to bring you the very best wines they have to offer. They ensure the quality of their work, by carrying out the work on vines and the vinification process as a father and-son team.

Terroir

The terroir of the Vin de Pays Cotes de Gascogne is typified by the light soils of the region. Thanks due in part to the oceanic climate the grapes reach their full expression. The white grape varieties are: Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, Colombard, Listan, Ugni Blanc, Petit and Gros Manseng. The red varieties are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The white grape varieties give fruity, dry and sweet wines, expressing exotic fruits and white flower aromas. Whereas the red varieties produce crisp and very aromatic roses and red wines.

Wines

Domaine de Ballade 2009 Moelleux Domaine de Ballade 2012 Rosé

Château Bladinières

Vineyard

The Château Bladinieres was founded by serge bladinieres in 1981, with originally 5 hectares aquired from his Grandfather Jean Crestou. From this date on he has continued, with the help of his wife Marie Claire, to grow the exploitation of the property so that today it extends over 36ha. From 2005, Arnaud Bladinieres has been at the helm. Château Bladinieres produces entry and middle level wine from grapes which in majority are Malbec, but which can be used in several different ways to produce wines that may be light and fruity or concentrated and powerful. The Preference cuvee benefits from a clay soil which is mixed with layers of gravel.

Wine

La preference du chateau bladiniere 2009

Château la Moulière

Vineyard

Château La Moulière is a very old family concern managed today by two brothers: Patrick and Francis Blancheton. The property is situated on the highest point of the plateau of the commune of Duras, on an area of 29.50 hectares all of which lies within the Côtes de Duras appellation. The clay and argilo-calcareous soils of Château la Moulière bring refinement, elegance, charme, fruit and strength to the wines. The mechanic harvesting has the advantage of being rapid and allowing the owners to avoid bad weather at harvest time.

Wines

Château la Moulière rouge 2010 Chateau la Moulière blanc 2011

Château du Petit Lac

Vineyard

Producing at Fonroque on a property in the Bergerac region, the Farjout family has continued to produce a quality wine with great satisfaction for a number of years. The wine is made in stainless steel tanks which are temperature controlled, after the grapes have been harvested when completely ripe and sorted. The soil is on sloping argilo-calcareous ground.

Wine

Chateau du Petit Lac 2010

Louis père et fils

CHABLIS & CÔTES DU RHÔNE LES BEAUX

Vineyard Chablis

Situated near Auxerre in the Yonne department the Chablis vineyard stretches along a little river with the predestined name: the Serein. The first traces of vines in Chablis go back to the roman era. Cistercians monks developed its growth from the XIIth century. Instituted in January 1938, the appellation d’Origine Contrôlée CHABLIS confirms the excellence of this dry white wine which has been able to stay at the highest level, better than the wine of the other vineyards, thanks to the quality of its grape (Chardonnay) through its long history. The grapes grow in a soil which has its origin in the Jurassic kimmeridgian rock dating back 150 million years, and one finds deposits of minuscule oysters that remind one of the warm shallow sea which covered burgundy at that time.

Wine

Louis pere et fils Chablis 2012

CÔTES DU RHÔNE LES BEAUX

Vineyard Côte du Rhône les Beaux

The Cotes du Rhone wine region is one of the oldest in France. Two thousand years ago Vienne was a big prestigious metropolis and was the starting point for this wine. The idea of a geographic division between the north and the south of this region dates from the twelfth century. The reputation of these wines went well beyond the region’s borders. A royal edict delineated this delimitation in 1729 and instituted the marking of the barrels with the letters “CDR”. The Côtes du Rhône received official recognition from the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) only in 1937, thanks to Baron Le Roy de Boiseaumarié, who unified the region and brought about its Appellation d’Origine. The clay and pebble soil offers the vines a regular supply of water and during the night gives back the heat which is stored by the pebbles during the day. The soil is particularly suited to the making of wines that can be put down.

Wine

Louis pere et fils Côtes du Rhône le Beaux Poulet Père et Fils Coteaux Bourguignon 2011

Vineyard

The Coteaux Bourguignon appellation is grown from terroirs from all over the Great Burgundy, from the chalky soils in the North to the granites of southern Burgundy, passing by the usual calcium-rich and marly soils. Coteaux Bourguignons is mostly a red appellation (Gamay, Pinot Noir), but we can also produce white (Chardonnay, Aligoté) and rosé wines. Coteaux Bourguignons wine are very easy to drink and can be enjoyed for any occasion with friends or family.

Wine

Louis pere et fils Côtes du Rhône le Beaux

Poulet Père et Fils Coteaux Bourguignon

Coron Père et Fils Tasteviné Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Vineyard

Burgundy region is the mother of the Pinot Noir, the most delicate grape for red wines in the world. All the highest red wines in Burgundy are made with Pinot Noir, the exclusiv red grape for Burgundy. Production of Bourgogne Pinot Noir is principally centred in the three adjacent departments of Yonne to the North of Côte d’Or and to the south of the Saône and Loire.

Wine

Coron Père et Fils Tasteviné Bourgogne Pinot Noir  2011

Domaine La lyre

Vineyard

The Domaine la Lyre is a beautiful Domaine of 45 hectares (11 acres) located in Pouzilhac, a charming village near Uzès and the Pont du Gard in a South of France. The entire Domaine is cultivated in organic farming and produces natural Côtes du Rhône wines, in the utmost respect of traditions and authenticity. The Domaine produces mainly red wines. The grape varieties cultivated are the traditional grapes of the Côtes du Rhône Valley: Syrah, Grenache, Carigan and Cinsault. They also have a few hectares used to produce white wines with Grenache blanc, Ugni blanc, Viognier and Roussanne. The conversion to organic farming started in 2009.

Wine

Ulysse Jaboulet Domaine de la Lyre Côtes du Rhône Le Mouras 2012

Champagne

Bernard Brémont Récoltant – Manipulant Grand Cru à Ambonnay

Vineyard

Bernard and Michèle created their vineyard producing Champagne Bernard Brémont and Champagne Charles Tession in 1965 at Ambonnay, a little village in an area of the champagne district which is classed 100% Grand Cru. As producers and distributers, they pay strict attention to the quality and tradition of the work and the commercialisation of their wines. They exploit a vineyard comprising 12 ha of Pinot Noir and 3 ha of Chardonnay, the two noble grape types of champagne. Their vines are on average 30 years old and are planted in an argilo-calcareous soil which benefits from perfect exposition to the sun. Their vineyard is situated 98% in a commune of Ambonnay and 2% in the district of Bouzy. These 2 communes are classed 100% Grand Cru. Among over 300 communes having the right to the Champagne appellation, only 17 have the honour of being classed 100% Grand Cru, Ambonnay and Bouzy are of course among these. They themselves carry out all the activities required in the production of the champagne on their property, from the harvest to the marketing, including the pressing and the wine making.

Vintage

Charles tession brut Charles Tession Brut rosé Bernard Bremont Prestige Brut

Champagne Achille Princier

Introduction

A family business since 1901, the Mansard family, owners of Champagne Achille Princier have always been attached to the traditional values on which their reputation is based: the respect for tradition, independence and generosity. In this family, wine making is an art which begins with the planting of the vines and continues through to the commercialisation of the champagne. In this context, using grapes that come from their own 24 ha vineyard is a major advantage.

Vineyard

Today, their vineyard extends over 24 ha of vines spread among 66 lots in 10 communes. The large number of small lots is a considerable advantage in developing wines with a complex and fresh taste required in making champagne that can be kept for many years. Gilles Mansard has passed on is passion and savoir faire to his sons, who represent the fifth generation of the family. In their property, in the heart of the Marne Vallée, situated a few kilometres from Epernay, their make champagne from 3 grapes types from their own vineyard: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The mix of grapes comprises 65% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. The Pinot Meunier brings an intense and fruity flavour, as well as a smoothness to the mix.  The Pinot Noir brings an aromatic bouquet of red berries together with a notably complex and powerful structure.  And finally, the chardonnay gives the wine its freshness and contributes to the refined elegant of the champagne. The age of the wine covers a spread from 7 to 84 years, with 50% the vines being more than 30 years old. Only the juices from the first pressing, called “cuvee” are used in order to assure the refined quality of the champagne and to ensure that their taste and quality are preserved.

History

It was in 1901 that Bennoni Mansard began to make his first bottles of champagne. In 1926, one of Bennoni’s four sons, Gaston Mansard, took over the vineyard. 10 years after the second world war his son Michel succeeded him with the aim of making a quality champagne. Because the area put down to vines was increasing, Michel took the decision to enlarge his cellars, so that he could improve his sales, by buying a building right in the heart of Epernay. In 1986, Gilles Mansard, took over the family business in Epernay. A few years later, he decided to become a wine merchant increasing his sales from 100 000 to 1800 000 bottles, of which 80% were destined for export. In 1997, he ceded his activity has a champagne producer and sold a part of the Epernay building. Today, Maxime Mansard, the fifth generation, has taken the decision to launch his own champagne brand “Achille Princier “beginning with limited production based on some of the oldest vines, planted in 1930, from his family vineyard. Once again the family business is carrying on the tradition of sharing its values and the quality production of its prestigious and authentic vineyard.

Vintage

Grande tradition Rose Grant art