Louis Barthelemy is a traditional champagne house, founded in Epernay in 1923 by a Russian princess fleeing the revolution and using the sale of her jewels to create the house. Bought by the Chancel family in 2002, Louis Barthelemy benefits from rich and varied grape buying contracts in a large number of crus. The house has a very distinct and elegant wine style. It is today amongst the most highly rated Champagne houses.
Pruning at one of the Barthelemy plots
with the Spire in Epernay in the background
A brilliantly clear champagne with hints of gold. It is fresh yet rich on the palate while providing a fine and persistent mousse. The flavours are round with red fruit, a touch of brioche and finishing on a note of citrus peel.
Domaine Marcillet In Burgundy has 10 hectares of vines lovingly tended by Nadine and Remi Marcillet, whose beautiful estate rests on the border of the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits. Their vines lie in the appellations of Hautes-Cotes de Beaune, Hautes-Cotes de Nuits, and Savigny-les Beaune. The Hautes-Cotes de Nuits grapes are from slopes with a southwestern exposure from 50 year old vines in the communes of Marey les Fussey and Villers la Faye at altitudes between 300 and 400 meters with clay and limestone soils.
Vines overlooking Marey les Fussey, Burgundy
Their 2015 Hautes-Cotes de Nuits Pinot is stunningly light allowing its delicate tannins to dance around your tongue.
Grown on the upper slopes of the premium Cotes d'Or region of Burgundy this is a true cool climate Pinot Noir.
A fragrant Pinot Noir, delivering layers of strawberry, light cherries and aniseed. A light to medium bodied wine, true to its cool climate origins, it is brilliantly refreshing and crisp, almost crunchy. A spicy, fruity and lovely Pinot Noir.
Domaine du Colombier is located in Chablis, northern Burgundy that has been a family property since 1887, handed down over several generations. Today, three brothers, Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent work the 51 hectares of vines. These vines are planted exclusively to Chardonnay, and produce dry white wines that are clear, lively and light, with a yellow robe characterized by hints of subtle white-green.
Fire is Used to Protect Vines from Early Frost in ChablisÂ
The winemaking is carried out with great care, with the greatest of respect for the traditional Burgundian methods, allied to the advantages of modern techniques.
The 2015 is is a very mellow and well balanced Chablis, with stone fruit and some delicate minerality that follows the slightly acidic and citrus palette. An excellent partner with Christmas seafood.
Mas de Lavail is superbly situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees at the foot of a Cathar castle in the upper Agly Valley. Their vineyards which sit on wild, and rocky terraces, are composed of black schist formed in patches between the white limestone cliffs that dominate the horizon.
Mas de Lavail Vineyard in Pyrenees foothills
Mas de Lavail "Ballade" Old Vines Carignan Blanc 2016:
Carignan Blanc is a rare variety, almost exclusively grown on the slopes of the Pyrenees range at the border between France and Spain. Warm to hot days ensure perfect ripening and exotic flavours while the cool nights provided by the altitude result in crisp acidity.
Orange blossom, white flowers and nashi pear dominate the flavours of the rare Carignan Blanc variety. The old vines certainly provide the concentration of flavors and flesh on the palate, it's very round and velvety. The citrussy acidity and crunchiness carry on the palate for long minutes. To be enjoyed with crustaceans and fleshy fish dishes.
La Romane is a superb Bordeaux wine from Chateau Meillac. Located in the Fronsadais region, a geological extension towards the southwest of the appellations of Fronsac and Saint-Emilion. The vines have an average age of 30 years, wine-making techniques are traditional and the wine is matured in 100% new oak barrels for 14 months.
A Bordeaux Vineyard
The 2009 vintage is an intense wine, with bright reflections, a strong scent of candied red fruit and a gorgeous grilled wood perfume. The nose is harmoniously engaging, and in the mouth it is ample, intense, thick and velvety with fruit flavours and delicate, refined tannins. Ideal with grilled meats.
Le Bout du Monde "The End of the World" - the name of this cuvee is derived from the ancient name of the fields outside Chateau Cadillac "Champs du Bout du Monde" or "fields at the end of the world".
Chateau Cadillac in Fransadais region, Bordeaux
The Grand Vin of 2012 is the winner of two gold and two silver medals in France and described by the French critic, Jean-Marc QUARIN, as a masterstroke. Made with soft extraction to allow the fruit to express itself both on the nose and the palate, is not over ripe, well balanced, with elegant tannins and a long finish. This wine has layers which reveal in the glass.