France

  • Trimbach - Alsace

    Located in Alasace, the Trimbach family, have personally looked after each operation, from planting to harvests and from vinification to bottling for 12 generations. The house is known for its dry style, firm structure, ageing potential as well as its fruitiness, elegance and balance.

    Domaine Jean Michel Cazes - Bordeaux

    Both in France and abroad, the Cazes family’s mission is to produce great wines respecting the terroir and the character of the local grape varieties.

    Founded in 2002 and based in Macau in the Médoc, the JM. CAZES SELECTION wine merchant company devotes itself to taking care of their worldwide marketing and promotion.

    Whether it’s a property from the Bordeaux wine-producing area, from the Languedoc, from Châteauneuf du Pape, or a wine produced on the other side of the world or a blended wine, the standards of quality and the commitment to consistency are the same. JM CAZES SELECTION discovers, selects, guarantees and proposes: Thanks to the diversity and complementarity of its range, JM CAZES SELECTION meets a broad spectrum of market expectations and completes its offer with a selection of owners’ wine. A measure of success for the distributor, importer, and cellarman, this is a guarantee of satisfaction for the consumer.

    Chateau Villa Bel Air - St Morilion-Graves, Bordeaux

    The property was bought in 1988 by Jean Michel Cazes at which time the vineyards were renewed and modern winemaking equipment was installed in the cellar. Chateau Villa Bel Air produces a red and a white wine which are faithful to their terroir of the Graves region of Bordeaux and representative of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc / Semilion of this area, producing wines of elegance, finesse and depth. "The property has undergone numerous improvements aimed at heightening the quality of the vineyard and its wines. Many wine lovers have yet to discover the excellence of this great wine. " Robert Parker Jnr.
  • Bouchard Pere et Fils - 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.

    Maison Louis Jadot - Burgundy

    The House of Louis Jadot has been producing exceptional Burgundy wines since 1859 when it was founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. Over the past 150 years, Louis Jadot has continued as one of the great names of the region and has gained an international reputation as one of the most celebrated
    exporters of premium Burgundy. Owning close to 140 acres of vineyards from 24 of the most prestigious sites along Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits, the Jadot wines are capable of extracting the most subtle of differences between terroir while the non-interventionist winemaking policy means that the wines are simply left to speak for themselves.

    Domaine Laroche - Chablis

    The vines from the Domaine Laroche are spread out across all the denominations of the Chablisian vineyards and benefit from the Kimmeridgian soil to produce fine, mineral, precise, refreshing and elegant wines.
  • Domaine William Fevre - Chablis

    Coming from a family that has been in the Chablis region for more than 250 years, William Fèvre’s father was already a great wine-maker after World War II. His son William founded the Domaine de la Maladière and announced his first harvest in 1959.

    For many years, William Fèvre (who to this day enjoys a very good reputation as a defender of historically renowned terroirs), has worked each plot keenly and skilfully so as to make wine whose personality reflects the authenticity of the soils from which they spring.

    In 1998, the venerable Henriot family from Champagne succeeded him. To continue these focused efforts, the Domaine was taken up with the constant desire to make indisputably genuine and fine wines, and above all with bringing along a very personal expertise in Chardonnay. All the efforts have but one goal – to finely express the most subtle variations in the greatest Chablis crus.

    This attachment to the value of the terroir has also allowed the William Fèvre Domaine to establish an exceptional estate by acquiring some of the best Chablis vineyards.

    With its 47 hectares Domaine, of which more than half are in Chablis Premier Cru (12 hectares) and Grand Cru (15.2 hectares), William Fèvre owns the widest array of Grands Crus and benefits from ideal conditions to produce excellent Chablis.

    Located on “historical” terroirs, dating from before the extension of the vineyard areas that occurred in the 1970’s, the William Fèvre Domaine is at the very heart of the vineyards, on soil that mixes marl and clay-rich lime, as well as a Kimmeridgian subsoil rich in minerals and oyster fossils that give Chablis its unique mineral character.

    At William Fèvre, everything is done, to reach this goal. Grapes are hand-picked and put in small crates, the bunches are rigorously sorted out, pressings are short, the must carefully settled, and a fine balance is established, according to the vintage, for the vinification between vat and cask. Since the 1998 vintage, the proportion of new casks was reduced so as to not dampen the subtle variations of Chablis terroir. These methods and precautions allow us to obtain rich wines of a very high aromatic purity that hold on their typicity, whose principle characteristics are minerality and freshness.

    Barons de Rothschild

    The Barons de Rothschild from Château Lafite, Château Mouton and Château Clarke have joined forces to form the latest Champagne house, Barons de Rothschild. In 2005 the three branches of the Rothschild family along with several of the most passionate families of champagne united to establish this new house of excellence within Champagne, based in Reims itself. Long term contracts with selected vignerons in the finest Grand and Premier Cru areas, particularly in the Côte des Blancs were agreed upon and this year we see the culmination of viticultural excellence and deft vinification as the very first release of what will most definitely be among the most sought after Champagne in production arrives on our shores. Three wines of the utmost quality made in the traditional manner make up the entirety of the Rothschild’s Champagne production all of which have Chardonnay as the major contributing varietal. The house style is that of elegance, lightness and refinement.

    Billecart-Salmon - Champagne

    Billecart Salmon is one of the few remaining Champagne houses to be owned by the original family, established in 1818 by Nicolas Francois Billecart. It is also one of the few champagne houses who do not allow the brand to be sold in the local supermarche but rather it is a champagne which is found on the wine lists of the most celebrated restaurants and hotels in France and around the world. The Non Vintage Rose has earned a reputation for producing the benchmark Non Vintage Rose for the entire region. Billecart Salmon is a Champagne which is synonymous with prestige and distinction... and non vintage champagne really does not get much better than this!
  • Jacquesson - Champagne

    In 2005, La Revue des Vins de France voted Jacquesson the third best Champagne house in the world after Bollinger and Krug and in 2010, the house received a 3 star decoration, placing it amongst the top 6 Champagne houses in the region.

    In 2011, Jacquesson continues to prove itself worthy of these accolades. Based in Dizy, a few vines North of Epernay, the house is run by the Chiquet brothers who are long time advocates of zero dosage. Dosage is a small addition of sugar at the time of bottling, a process which can be said to be used by some houses. to conceal flaws in the wine, notably unripe fruit. The Chiquet’s are also proponents of late disgorgement. Disgorgement is the final and most fundamental step in the sparkling wine process involving the removal of the frozen sediment or yeast collected in the neck of the inverted bottle at the end of the Champagne's ageing process. By deliberately delaying the disgorgement until the release to market, the champagne benefits from a protracted maturation on its lees (yeast), underpinning the aromatic subtlety and complexity of the final wine while at the same time, retaining a freshness and expression of fruit. The juxtaposition of minimal sugar and extended lees ageing produces, a Champagne which is pure and poised, pairing seamlessly with food and ageing beautifully in the cellar.

    The NV Brut Cuvee 734 is an absolutely beautiful bottle of wine. Rich and expansive on the palate, the 734 flows onto the palate with expressive fruit, showing wonderful richness and depth. The aromatics and minerality of the Chardonnay play off the richness of the Pinot and Meunier with remarkable grace. The Brut Cuvee 734 is 54% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir; all from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in the Vallee de la Marne and Cote des Blancs. The principal vintage is 2006 and constitutes 73% of the final blend with the rest of the blend coming from the estate’s reserve wines. Dosage was a miniscule 5 grams per liter. 91 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate (Issue 192)

    “In Champagne, three stars were only given to Bollinger, Egly-Ouriet, Jacquesson, Krug, Salon and Selosse. In the entire region of France, only 56 domaines have obtained this distinction: this includes Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Château d’Yquem as well as Domaine Zind Humbrecht and Château Rayas.”

    La Revue du Vin de France, The Classification of the Best Wines of France 2010

    Pol Roger - Champagne

    The house of Pol Roger was founded in 1849 and today is one of the few houses remaining in the hands of the original family. With a total production of only 1.5 million bottles per year, (compare this with Moet’s 5 million bottles per year) the cornerstone of the Pol Roger philosophy is quality before quantity. As a long time favourite of the British Royal family who in 1911, bestowed upon the house a Royal Warrant making it the Palace House Pour, the Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV was served at the Buckingham Palace reception following the recent nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It can certainly be said that this Champagne is fit for a King.

    The cellars of Pol Roger are carved out of chalk and run 7km beneath the streets of Epernay. The deepest part of the cellar, known as the ‘cave de prise de mousse' is 33 meters below street level and maintains a constant temperature of 9 degrees Celsius rather than the more common cellar temperature of 11-12 degrees.

    This deep cave is where the Pol Roger style is finely tweaked and their famously fine bubbles begin to flourish. As the wine undergoes the secondary fermentation in bottle, the cooler temperature prolongs the fermentation thus contributing to the quality and House style.

    The Pol Roger NV range consists of the Brut Réserve NV and Rich NV with the latter containing a slightly higher dosage or sugar content. The rest of the champagnes are vintage-dated consisting of Brut Vintage 1999 and 2000, Blanc de Blancs 1999 and 2000 the Brut Rose 2002 as well as the 1998 and 1999 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

    'My tastes are simple; I am easily satisfied with the best!' Sir Winston Churchill

    Chateau de la Tuilerie - Costieres de Nimes

    In the hands of the family since 1955 and considered to be the jewel of the region, Chateau de la Tuilerie is situated in the oldest part of that area of Nîmes that takes the Costières de Nîmes Appellation designation. Situated in the oldest part of the hills, consisting of long stretches of silt brought in by the Rhône during the Pilocene era, the vineyards are characterised by poor, acidic soils which are sandy and full of quartz and flint pebbles. The clay under soil gives the vineyards very little access to water and minerals. producing low, concentrated yields capable of producing highly aromatic and intense wines.? Its north facing position brings cooler nights, preserving that all important acidity and the gradual synthesis of anthocyanins, lending the wine its colour.

    Lead by the dynamic and quality obsessed Madame Chantal Comte, Chateau de la Tuilerie produces wines that are considered to be fundamental to the southern edge of the Rhône Valley. Chantal explains that to give her wines a less conventional and more humorous image; to make them more provocative and poetic… if necessary, a new wine for each day can be re-invented. She also believes that wine can be made with love and care but it is first and foremost made for pleasure.

    The Celebration range labeled as Domaine de la Tuilerie are the introduction to the range and all of the Tuilerie wines are labeled by grape variety. The Chateau de la Tuilerie red and white offers a slight jump in price but a significant leap in structure and concentration while the Eole Rouge and Blanc are the brands flagship.
  • Henri Bourgeois - Loire Valley

    The Bourgeois Family have been growing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the Loire region since the 15th Century, earning them a reputation for producing some of the most long lived and admired Sancerre and Pouily Fume
    wines the world has tasted.

    La Vieille Ferme - Southern Rhone Valley

    La Vieille Ferme has been popular with wine lovers for over 40 years. Produced in a peaceful and sunny region of the Southern Rhône, each colour is an expression of its terroir: the Ventoux brings elegance and structure to the red and rosé wines; the altitude of the Luberon brings freshness and finesse to the whites. La Vieille Ferme is made with great care and integrity with top wine critics around the world praising for the way it over delivers on quality for the price point.

    Famille Perrin - Southern Rhone Valley

    The Perrin family are owners of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel as well as their family label, Perrin et Fils and Vielle Ferme. They are the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhône Valley where they occupy the regions and the best terroirs. Their values have given them a worldwide reputation for excellence: absolute respect for the soil, a commitment to manual methods and a deep belief that organic viticulture is the only way to express the true essence of the terroir. Moreover the combination of talents within the family ensures the continuation of their unique expertise. Nature and tradition are key to the Famille Perrin way and this approach has continued seamlessly over five generations.

    The Perrin Family's range, Famille Perrin, enables you to discover the richness of the Southern Rhône Valley with its diverse terroirs combined with the same expertise and passion as for Château de Beaucastel. The family prides itself in bringing out the true character of each terroir, using organic and biodynamic approaches and the time honoured art of blending.
  • Château de Beaucastel - Southern Rhone Valley

    Surrounded by hills planted with vines, hundred year old olive trees and truffle oak, the vineyard of Beaucastel is a magical place. Ancient vines with knotted roots are nurtured in the traditional "gobelet" style, laden with large round pebbles known as galets. These ancestral soils support the 13 grape varieties of Châteauneuf du Pape which have been organically grown since the sixties. Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France, applauded for its elegance, balance and ageing potential.

    Domaine des Senechaux - Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley

    The terroir of Chateauneuf du Pape enjoys an international reputation whose history dates back to the mid-fourteenth century, when the Papacy enjoyed the wines of the region so much, it was decided to move the entire religious court to Avignon so that the Pope could drink the wines of the region on a daily basis. Chateauneuf du Pape was created in 1933 as France's first controlled appellation to be designated by French law.

    Domaine de Senechaux which dates back to the 14th century is one of the oldest vineyards in the region and it is an estate which lies at the heart of this prestigious appellation of the Southern Rhone. Purchased by the Cazes family in 2005, the estate covers 27 hectares of vines, 24 of which are predominantly red grape varieties consisting of mostly Grenache and 3 hectares of white grapes. The property produces highly structured red and white wines which reflect the richness of this historic and unique terroir.

    Michel Lynch - Bordeaux Appellation Origine Controle (AOC)

    Michel Lynch, born in 1754, was mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution and also one of the leading figures in the significant progress in winemaking that took place in the late 18th century. His estate at Bages was renamed Lynch-Bages and later included in the famous 1855 classification of great growths. Jean-Michel Cazes, the current owner of Lynch-Bages decided to honor Michel Lynch by giving his name to an affordable Bordeaux wine made for the purpose of immediate and everyday drinking.

    Although made to a price point and in significant volumes (currently the production is 100,000 cases), the fruit sourced for this label is grown according to the same rigid standards as Lynch Bages and with the same philosophy toward style which is immediately approachable, fruit driven yet retaining the finesse and structure of quality Bordeaux. The Michel Lynch red and white is a perfect example of a wine which over delivers on quality for the price.