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Heitz cellar

How refreshing it is to meet a fantastic lady as head winemaker of a Californian estate. Brittany Sherwood joined Heitz Wine Cellars to work the 2012 vintage and was attributed the well-deserved position of managing winemaker this year.

Heitz Cellars is one of the original “cult” producers of wine in Napa and has been around since 1961 when it was founded by Joe and Alice Heitz. They purchased the homestead of an old Italian-Swiss family and its eight acres of vineyards which include the now famous Martha’s Vineyard and Trailside Vineyard. Now a new chapter awaits the vineyard as it has recently been purchased by billionaire businessman Gaylon Lawrence Jr. Even if his main industry focus has been agriculture, it’s Lawrence’s first project in the wine industry. Priorities following this new acquisition are supposedly focused on continuity, perpetuity of style, marketing and maybe a few new single vineyards.

Heitz cellar, Chardonnay 2016

Although focus has always been on cabernet Sauvignon, this Chardonnay has been produced since the beginning of the estate in 1961. Yet, since the 1990s, its style has changed from an extreme buttery wine to a more restrained style with cool fermentation and attention to freshness. It’s still a creamy and rich wine with high acidity and a touch of sweetness but also a lively, zesty character.

💙Heitz cellar, Grignolino, 2015

Grignolino is an oddity in California, especially as a single varietal wine. The previous owner of Heitz family first 8 hectares had planted this native Italian/ piedmontese variety. It’s often referred as ‘the little strawberry’ which is the perfect descriptor. It’s a very pale, bright fuchsia wine with easy aromas of candied cherries/strawberries, red liquorice and hibiscus. It’s very delicately- structured and could be considered an appetitive wine, even served cool. It’s a fun, lightweight and original addition to the portfolio.

Heitz cellar Zinfandel, Ink grade, 2013

This is not a Zinfandel! Well, it is but it doesn’t taste like the saucy, jammy, sweet idea we have of zinfandel. This one has power, concentration and complexity. Highly aromatic crushed berries are escorted by lovely herbs, spices and a tangy, zesty aspect. It’s atypical in a good way.

Heitz cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This wine is screaming of Cassis and blueberries. 2013 was declared as classic and very typical. It’s full-bodied and almost coating as well as powerful, but not over powerful. A careful extraction limits the tannins to a silky texture.

Heitz cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Linda falls 2013

2013 was the first Linda falls vintage. As an inaugural vintage, this very tiny vineyard is set to show the concentration potential of Howell Mountain. Hence, the color is opaque and dark and the wine itself is a burst of intense taste of lingering black fruits and bark.

💙Heitz cellar cabernet sauvignon Trailside 2012

This Rutherford vineyard, purchased in  1984 is  their premium Cab that is second only to Martha’s Vineyard. 2012 has proved to be voluptuous and bright. The depth and richness of the aromas include tart berries, moka, vanilla and interesting heated caramel on the finale. It’s incredibly lenghty and tasty.

Heitz cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2010

This vintage is deeply aromatic but seems cooler than 2012. It’s a rounded delight still going strong and robust but slightly showing its soft side. The nose is developed with aromas of chocolate, clove, bark and definitely not fruit-forward.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2009

Very deeply colored, 2009 has rich cedar, peat, nutmeg. It evolved mostly towards spices and expresso except residual cooked blackberries.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2005

It might not be a great time for 2005. Its taste is starting to get diluted and oxidative. As a vintage that has been described as luxurious and over the top, it’s hard to fing those descriptors at the moment.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2004

2004 is very elegant and refined with a vibrant freshness and a tart aspect. It’s still a youngster and has a lot of surprises coming up for us. It definitely needed time to show its potential and finesse.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2002

Impressively powerful and young, in a blind test, no one could call this a 16 years old wine. It is quite baffling how this 2002 has stood up through time and age. This luscious Rutherford expression even ends with a harmonious, lengthy finish.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2001

2001 is definitely the most evolved and oxidative wine of the vertical tasting, by far. It may have been powerful at some point but now it fall bland and faded. Some tobacco, leather, earth and jerky aromas are still lovely but aren’t enough to keep the wine awake.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2013

An historic handshake between the Heitz family and the May family who owns the precious piece of land is recognized as one important relationship in winemaking history. The Heitz family’s exclusive arrangement to buy the May family’s grapes began with their first harvest and continues today. Martha’s vineyard has always been characterized by a minty aspect. This character was much stronger in the 1970s, but nowadays, a ‘green’ character is often wrongly considered as unpleasant or even faulty. Martha’s haven’t lost all its personality, but now it’s showcased in a more suptle and precise way.

I like the aromatic first impression of this single vineyard. It’s lovely, fruity, concentrated and you can almost taste the warm sunshine in your glass.  It does have a strong, explosive taste with strong yet integrated tannins.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2010

2010 still holds the classic mint character but beside this, it’s completely different. It’s savory more than fruity with chocolate, smoke and a precise definition.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2009

It’s amazing how each vintage is expressive and aromatic in their own way. 2009 is opulent with a depth of flavour. The deeply ripened fruits are joined by a mix of vanilla, oak, bark and tobacco. It’s kind of in between the sun-drenched fruit of 2013 and the savory side of 2010.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2007

2007 has a closed and timid nose. The small amounts of aromas are fruit-centered mostly on tart blueberries and plum. The mouthfeel is elegant with a good length but is slightly restrictive and hidden.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2006

This vintage is quite developed even in its gorgeous garnet color. Its caramel, chocolate, coffee, soja and sweet dessert smell is very inviting. It’s rich and reminiscent of mint chocolate on the palate, silky yet with a slight tangy finale.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2005

Martha’s 2005 is dark, dense, firm and its concentration is simply delightful. It has an excellent backbone leading to firm plummy dark fruits, mocha, mineral, roasted herbs and pure mint flavors that are tight and flamboyant.

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Antinori Tasting with Francesco Visani

What was supposed to be a privileged small tasting commented by Francesco Visani, commercial director at Piero Antinori turned out to be some sport! A massive line-up of 19 wines from all the main Italian vineyards of this iconic family were presented in details.

Antinori started in Firenze back in 1385. It is now run by the 26th generation making it the tenth oldest family business, all fields combined. It is a very extensive vineyard with as much as 2200 hectares of vines in Italy only and another 500 hectares abroad. All combined, the Antinori dynasty, covers the most prestigious Italian appellations (Tuscany, Umbria, Puglia, Franciacorta and the piedmontese Prunoto) as well as new word destinations ( Napa, Washington, Chile)

💙Castello de la sala

Castello de la Sala is the Antinori Umbrian estate. It has a fortress right next to Orvieto. It’s a quite warm region, yet the wines tend to keep an amazing freshness.

It produces two different labels. The Bramito Chardonnay is kind of the little brother to Cervaro. It’s very expressive and complex, with aromas of peach, melon, grilled hazelnuts, beeswax and dried apricot. There’s a very pleasing minerality and salinity coming from the proximity of the sea and the windy, ventilated aspect.

Cervaro della Sala, has an upgraded intensity compared to Bramito. The Chardonnay is combined with 10% Grechetto which is essential in the structured style of this wine. It’s a large and wide wine, yet effortless with a great acidity to balance the structure. The latest vintages have all been phenomenally good. 2014 was described as pure elegance. 2015 is very harmonious with a burgundian character. 2016 had some similarity to 2014, as a very tense and restrained wine filled with a classy elegance. The aromas are as various as possible including slightly roasted nuts, mild spices, honey, a flower bouquet, toast and a very cool, fresh feeling.

Villa Antinori Bianco, 2016

A refreshing blend of Trebbiano, pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Riesling. The honeyed and floral taste is delicate yet vibrant and very pleasing. It’s a great summer terrace wine recently available on SAQ shelves.

Pèppoli, 2016 Chianti Classico Antinori

Owned by Piero Antinori since 1985, this extensive 62 hectares of vines was purchased to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the family presence in Chianti. Pèppoli is the entry level, affordable Chianti Classico. It has a charming fruit-centered character, a good acidity and soft, delicate mouthfeel.

Villa Antinori, 2015,  Chianti Classico Riserva

This Riserva aged in Foudres, has supple yet quite present tannins. It is a good representation of a typical, simple Chianti Classico: fruit-forward with fresh cherries, a touch of spicyness and a touch of earthiness.

Marchese Antinori, Tenuta Tignanello, Chianti Classico Riserva

Not to be confused with Tignanello, the super-Tuscan. Tenuta Tignanello is actually the Antinori estate situated in Mercatale Val di Pesa in Chianti Classico. It’s a ripe and deep wine with a steely minerality, black tea aromas and a slight bitterness.

2014 and 2015 were very different, contrasting even. While 2014 was difficult, cool and rainy with a very small selective volume, 2015 was way easier. With warmth and sunshine, nothing was really needed in the vines. The hard 2014 made some incredibly tense wines, light and elegant and 2015 had a profound fruit character.

💙Badia a Passignano, Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione, 2012

Badia a passignano estate is just 2 km away from Tenuta Tignanello. Made from 100% Sangiovese, this makes it develop and change color quite quickly. This wine comes from a very rigourous grapes selection and is quite typical of the all Sangiovese of Chianti Classico. It’s a burst of aromas including black tea, mushrooms, hummus, dried prunes, peach pit, licorice and spices. The fresher climate of the summer gave it a very needed refreshing acidity.

💙Pian delle vigne rosso 2015

The Pian delle vigne rosso is very pleasing, light but incredibly tasty. It’s a mix of finesse and flavour. Surprisingly, Pian delle vigne is the only estate that doesn’t have any marketing campaign or promotion pushing the sales. However, it’s one of the Antinori wines with the most demand, increasing each year.

Pian delle Vigne 2013, Brunello di Montalcino

This Brunello is as tasty is filled with finesse as the rosso but with a grand, robust structure and added complexity. 2013 was great vintage rated 5* for what it’s worth. Nonetheless, the balance and integral character are outstanding.

Pian delle vigne 2012, Brunello di Montalcino Vignaferrovia

Lovely slight brick colored wine. Vignaferrovia is a single vineyards characterized by concentration and body. Yet, tannins are soft and supple. Its aromas are quite smoky including tobacco, ashes, tar, mint and spices.

Il Bruciato  2016  Tenuta Guado al Tasso

Guado al Tasso is the Bolgueri Antinori estate with more than 300 hectare of vines. Of course, international grapes are planted as Bolgueri is known for. This wine is 60% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah. It has a deep cassis, blackberries, cocoa, anis and candied cherries smell that is simple but lovely. It has a very modern and new world approach especially on the nose. This wine has a relatively big production of around 900K bottles per year. Fortunately, as part of the Bolgueri DOC this is a very good value.

Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2014

A very expressive wine with an explosive taste at the very first sip. It’s aromatic, opened and wide with interesting roasted notes of chocolate, pecan, coffee and smoke joined by fresh, bright cherries. Of the total 1000 hectares of vines of the appellation, Antinori owns 300, a third of Bolgueri is Antinori’s.

Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2015

2015 is more tinted than its precedent. It’s a warm and overripe with prunes and dates aromas. Obviously, it shows signs of youth but also a great potential. The tannins are robust and slightly integrated but you should drink 2014 now and 2015 later.

💙Guado al Tasso Matarocchio 2013

A very rare, small production and original wine, Matarocchio is a 100% cabernet franc. The variety takes a very specific dimension in the maritime and very sunny climate of Bolgueri. It’s a gand wine, intense in every senses of the term. The lovely pink-rimmed wine has a supple and harmonious structure and explosive, complex aromas of Mint and bark, a very interesting minerality and a slight herbaceousness. Vibrant and exciting.

Tignanello 2014

Tenuta Tignanello is in the heart of chianti classic and was part of the origin and the rise of the super-tuscan category. It has been a chianti before, just to become a vino de Tavola and later, when allowed, an IGT Toscana. This very well-known, prestigious and acclaimed wine, is firm and voluminous. You should be careful with this 2014 vintage as it’s not representative of the label. The very rainy weather was not favourable at all. It’s still a complex and persistent wine but misses the intensity it has proved capable of.

💙Tignanello 2015

Very opaque, and dark, this wine is as concentrated as it can get. It’s harsh palate needs some peace for 5 to 10 years before becoming gentler. Yet, the aromas are extremely promising. It has lots of aromatic spices, dried tomatoes, black tea, perpper mint and a slight herbaceousness. The bright acidity and impressive complexity also shows restraint which might transfer in finesse and elegance.

💙Solaia 2014

Solaia is a very small single vineyard of 10 hectares part of Tenuta Tignanello. It means “sunny” which is a reference to the special and favourable position of this specific parcel. While Tignanello was not at its best in 2014, Solaia proved to live up to its iconic status. It’s rich and extremely expressive. Its aromas are clear, precise and pure including red licorice, black fruits, perfume and graphite. It definitely has power but is supple and very pleasing.

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​Les Vignerons du Brulhois : 20 years of history in Québec

I had an amazing tasting experience pushing further the concept of blind tasting. For the 20th anniversary of the Vignerons de Brulhois presence on the Quebec Market, Christian Guérin of the Vignerons du Brulhois and Jonathan Houzelle, sensory educator came to visit and offer us the pleasure to taste in a pitch black environnement. This is something they’ve been doing for a while now at home in south-western France but it was their first time bringing the concept overseas.

A relativiely new AOC, Brulhois is characterized by their bold red wines, made from tannat, merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, etc. The region had been affected in the past by the parker trend and had lost all identity. Their duty now, is to put forward their unique iron oxide filled terroirs which is the basic of their Black-colored wines and define the Brulhois style.

What’s amazing about tasting in an opaque environment is that it makes you question everything you think, or believe as well as confirming strongly your impressions. Your smell and taste gets very acute from the overstimulation, overconcentration and lack of visual. Is it white or red? Contrary to what some biased research tried to prove not so long ago, it is pretty easy to find out the color of a wine without seeing it. Even if the aromas are confusing, you can still confirm on the palate with the presence of tannins. However, it’s surprising to explore the aromas and taste with an added precision.

Along the dark red wines, Brulhois also produces rosé and sauvignon blanc based whites as well as some oddity. Mademoiselle Amour is a Muscat de Hambourg, also called Muscat noir, sweet rosé. It is not a widely planted grape in the region nor anywhere in the world. However, it produces a wonderful aromatic dessert wine with balance and pleasure.

J’ai eu une expérience de dégustation incroyable poussant plus loin le concept de dégustation à l’aveugle. Pour le 20e anniversaire de la présence des Vignerons de Brulhois sur le marché québécois, Chistian Guérin des Vignerons du Brulhois et Jonathan Houzelle, éducateur sensoriel sont venus nous rendre visite et nous offrir le plaisir de goûter dans un environnement noir. C’est quelque chose qu’ils font depuis un moment chez eux dans le sud-ouest de la France, mais c’était la première fois qu’ils apportaient ce concept outremer.

Une AOC relativement nouvelle, Brulhois se caractérise par ses vins rouges audacieux, faits de tannat, de merlot, de cabernet franc, de cabernet sauvignon, etc. La région avait été affectée dans le passé par la tendance de Parker et avait perdu toute identité. Leur devoir est maintenant de mettre en avant leurs terroirs uniques remplis d’oxyde de fer qui sont la base de leurs vins de couleur noire et de définir le style Brulhois.

Ce qui est étonnant à propos de la dégustation dans un environnement opaque, c’est que cela vous fait douter de tout ce que vous pensez ou croyez, tout en confirmant fortement vos impressions. Votre odeur et votre goût deviennent très aigus à cause de la sur-stimulation, de la surconcentration et du manque de visuel. Est-ce blanc ou rouge? Contrairement à ce que certaines recherches biaisées ont tenté de prouver il n’y a pas si longtemps, il est assez facile de découvrir la couleur d’un vin sans le voir. Même si les arômes sont confus, vous pouvez toujours confirmer en bouche avec la présence de tanins. Cependant, il est surprenant d’explorer les arômes et le goût avec une précision supplémentaire.

En plus des vins rouge foncé, Brulhois produit également des blancs à base de sauvignon blanc, des rosés ainsi que quelques curiosités. Mademoiselle Amour est un Muscat de Hambourg, aussi appelé Muscat noir, un rosé moelleux. Ce n’est pas un cépage largement planté dans la région ni ailleurs dans le monde. Cependant, il produit un merveilleux vin de dessert aromatique avec équilibre et plaisir.

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Stags’ Leap / Beringer / Beaulieu – That’s a serious Napa Tasting!

What does Stags’ leap, Beringer and Beaulieu vineyard have in common, beside a dedication to quality production, of course? They’re all part of the humongous treasury wine estate and represents most of the Californian side of the either Australian group. However, even if being part of such a big company has its advantages notably investments-wise, the brands truly stand on their own and follow only the rules their terroirs has established.

Stags’ Leap Vineyard

As confusing as Stags’ leap name can be, with two wineries (only separated by the apostrophe placement) and an appellation bearing the famous name, they are nonetheless extremely well-known and popular. Stags’ leap was founded officially founded in 1893 but (Mr. Chase) started planting it in early 1880s. He was known as an investor both in mines and wines, the investor cuvee is dedicated to him in this sense. However, he went bankrupt in 1910 ( maybe a bankrupt cuvee should be made). Until 1970 the winery was completely abandoned except a small parcel planted in 1929 for the family personal 2 barrique production during prohibition.

Christophe Paubert has been the oenologist for the winery for almost ten years now. He’s a born bordelais who grew up near sauternes. After numerous projects, including Yquem, Gruaud-Larose and Washington, he settled in Stags’ leap district for the terroir, the land and the opportunity.

Beaulieu Vineyard

Beaulieu vineyard started out in 1900 with only 4 ha planted by George de Latour. It was one of the earliest vineyards in Rutherford. Beaulieu had a huge advantage during prohibition as it was allowed to produce sacramental wines for the Catholic Church. During this period, the estate and the production quadrupled in size. Nowadays, the vineyard keeps on aiming for the best quality with the help of experience and technology. It’s a fine balance between modernity, heritage and terroir. The new automated technology was a huge help during last year wildfires as the production could continue even while the whole team had to evacuate.

Trevor Durling has recently taken the winemaker and general director position at this iconic napa estate. He’s only the fifth chef winemaker for the 118 year old estate. It is a huge role that he took on with respect and humility.

Beringer Vineyards

Beringer is a prestigious family that dates back to 1868, when Jacob Beringer, enticed sailed from his home in Mainz, Germany, to New York and later, crossed the land with the transatlantic towards the napa valley opportunities. H started working for Charles Krug with which he became close friends and later purchased 215 acres in St. Helena with his brother. This parcel known first as los Hermanos (the brothers) became the basis and heart of the Beringer estate. They were the very first in California to organize tours and wine tourism.

 

Mark Beringer is back to his family’s vineyard since 2015 as the 8th generation of winemakers. Of course, as a descendant of this type of lineage, he was immersed in wine and in the Napa lifestyle. However, he didn’t stay home all his life. He started winemaking at Benziger in Sonoma, followed at Duckhorn vineyards and then switched to Artesa in 2009.

The Whites

Stag’s leap 2016 chardonnay produces a very expressive chardonnay with aromas of white fruits, meringue, exotic fruits, vanilla and almonds. It’s a warming white with a touch of sour on the finale. This chardonnay comes from carneros and oak knolls.

Beaulieu 2016, carneros chardonnay is very round and rich. It’s pungent of shredded coconut, sweet spices, plain yogurt and brioche. It’s a viscous and textured wine due to the lees ageing. However, the only half malolactic fermentation done keeps it quite fresh.

Beringer, 2015 private reserve was bolder than the others with a warm, semi-woody taste. Aromas include, classic white fruits but also pineapples and very caramelized, vanilla crème brûlée.

 

 

Meritage

Stags’ Leap Winery 2014 The Investor, is showcasing their elite grape variety: Petite syrah (32%), along with merlot, cabernet sauvignon and Malbec. It’s an inky fushia-colored wine that is very juicy, fruity, even saucy. It’s deep, voluptuous with candied cherries, a warm feeling and soft tanins.

Beaulieu Vineyard 2014 Tapestry is strong and dense. The Cabernet Sauvignon is standing out in the blend with a characteristic very berry style, concentrated cassis, baked prunes, dried cranberries, graphite and a touch of fresh leaves. If one word was to describe 2014, it would be ‘ripeness’.

Beringer Vineyards 2014 Quantum is dark, black and opaque. The nose is as dark as the color filled with black cherries, BBQ smoke, strong spices and expresso along with its bitterness. The mouthfeel is grainy and sandy.

 

The Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags’ Leap Winery 2014 The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep and impressive smell. On the palate it’s like a very fresh burst of every berry you can think of. This first impression is then followed by robustness and tannins. I’d say it’s quite overpowering for now but shows great potential. This opulence is distinctive of 2014.

Beaulieu Vineyard 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is not actually a single varietal. It also has 4% of Petit Verdot, 3% of Merlot and 3.5% of Malbec. However, 80% of the actual cabernet sauvignon comes from their historic ranches #1, #2 and #10 that are known to offer solid structure and destined to be renamed soon with more poetic names. I tough it was quite closed and was expecting more from it. Ii’s definitely a simply strong juice but the aromas seemed muted. Neutral fruits, joined by subtle Moka, earth and tobacco all miss some intensity.

Beringer Vineyards 2014 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon joins a portfolio of AVAs (Howell Mountain, St. Helena, Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, Calistoga). It has a lovely complexity and approachable bouquet. The overripe blueberries and blackberries are joined by fresh violets, spices, oakiness, dust and licorice. On the palate, it’s a completely different wine, the strong and grippy tanins leaves only earth and allspices taste.

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Grandi Marchi

The Institute of Fine Italian Wines – Premium Brands includes 19 of Italy’s Top wine making producers who have joined together collectively since 2004 on marketing activities to improve both the image of Italian wine and theirs. Each member is extremely innovative yet highly representative of the production of their region. It is said that together, they share 3,000 years of wine history.

Grandi Marchi est L’Institut des grands Vins Italiens – Cette marque inclus 19 des meilleurs producteurs de vins italiens qui se sont regroupés depuis 2004 autour d’activités marketing pour améliorer à la fois l’image du vin italien et la leur. Chaque membre est extrêmement innovateur et très représentatif de la production de sa région. On dit qu’ensemble, ils partagent 3 000 ans d’histoire du vin.

Its members include:

Argiolas

Famous producer in Sardegna, Antonio Argiolas started the winery about a century ago. His two sons, Franco and Giuseppe, inherited his passion and in their turn passed it on. They are putting forward the traditional Sardinia grape varieties.

Producteur célèbre en Sardaigne, Antonio Argiolas a inauguré le domaine il y a environ un siècle. Ses deux fils, Franco et Giuseppe, ont hérité de sa passion et l’ont transmise à leur tour. Ils mettent en avant les cépages traditionnels de Sardaigne.

Biondi Santi

One of the Tuscan representative, Tenuta Greppo Jacopo Biondi Santi Is considered the inventor of Brunello when in 1932, after the terrible phylloxera crisis, they planted sangiovese only in montalcino.

L’un des représentants de la Toscane, Tenuta Greppo Jacopo Biondi Santi est considéré comme l’inventeur du Brunello lorsqu’en 1932, après la terrible crise du phylloxéra, ils ont planté du Sangiovese seulement à Montalcino.

Michele Chiarlo

Michele Chiarlo was founded in 1956 by the original and present owners, Michele and Giuseppina Chiarlo. The estate is quite a traditional one. They only work the classic piedmont style with only the 4 grapes that are the greatest Piedmont native varietals: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cortese and Moscato. This family estate has 110 hectares of vines, of which 60 are placed between Calamandrana in the classic zone of Barbera d’asti, Barolo and Gavi.

Michele Chiarlo a été fondée en 1956 par les propriétaires d’origine et actuels, Michele et Giuseppina Chiarlo. Le domaine est assez traditionnel. Ils ne travaillent que le style piedmontais classique avec seulement les 4 cépages qui sont les plus grands cépages autochtones du Piedmont: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cortese et Moscato. Ce domaine familial compte 110 hectares de vignes, dont 60 sont situées entre Calamandrana dans la zone classique de Barbera d’Asti, Barolo et Gavi.

Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari

The Folonari Family has been closely linked with the Italian history. Folonari is spread across Tuscany, in all the best appelations: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Bolgheri and Montecucco in Maremma. It includes different estate, Tenuta di Nozzole and Tenuta del Cabreo in Grève del Chianti, Campo al Mare in Bolgueri DOC, Tenuta la Fuga in Montalcino, TorCalvano Gracciano in Vino Nobile and Tenuta di Vigne a Perrona in Maremma.

La famille Folonari a été étroitement liée à l’histoire italienne. Folonari est répandu à travers la Toscane, dans toutes les meilleures appellations: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Bolgheri et Montecucco à Maremma. Il comprend différents domaines, Tenuta di Nozzole et Tenuta del Cabreo à Grève del Chianti, Campo al Mare à Bolgueri DOC, Tenuta la Fuga à Montalcino, TorCalvano Gracciano à Vino Nobile et Tenuta di Vigne à Perrona à Maremma.

Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio and has remained family owned ever since. Even, if they didn’t own the land at that time, they remained pretty much within the same position around the town of Alba. Most of their vineyards are on the limestone rich soils of SerraLunga but they also have quite an expansive portfolio of communes in Barolo and Barbaresco including, but not limited to, Castiglione, la Morra and a just acquired Monforte 10 hectares. They have a stance between wanting some modernity, but also wanting to keep the house’s family style.

Pio Cesare a été fondée en 1881 par Cesare Pio et est restée familiale depuis. Même s’ils ne possédaient pas la terre à ce moment-là, ils sont restés à peu près dans la même position autour de la ville d’Alba. La plupart de leurs vignobles se trouvent sur les sols riches en calcaire de SerraLunga, mais ils possèdent également une vaste gamme de communes à Barolo et Barbaresco, notamment Castiglione, la Morra et 10 hectares récemment acquis à Monforte. Ils prennent position entre vouloir une certaine modernité, mais aussi vouloir garder le style familial de la maison.

Gaja

Representing Langue, the Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by five generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery’s current owner with his daughter Gaia. Gaja celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009, it was founded with only two hectares but has quite grown since.

Représentant la r.gion de Langue, Gaja Winery a été fondée par Giovanni Gaja en 1859 et a été détenue et exploitée par cinq générations de la famille Gaja. Giovanni Gaja était l’arrière-grand-père d’Angelo Gaja, le propriétaire actuel du domaine avec sa fille Gaia. Gaja a célébré son 150e anniversaire en 2009, il a été fondé avec seulement deux hectares mais a tout à fait grandi depuis.

Tenuta San Guido

This is the estate that started Bolgueri DOC and the whole super Tuscan category.The star of super tuscans, first estate to plant international grape. No wonder sassicaia made history and is now so popular. The name Sassicaia means, place of many stones, and the gravelly soil has been compared to those found in the Médoc.

C’est le domaine qui a lancé Bolgueri DOC et toute la catégorie super-toscans. La star des super-toscans, premier domaine à planter des raisins internationaux. Pas étonnant que Sassicaia ait fait l’histoire et soit maintenant si populaire. Le nom de Sassicaia signifie, lieu de nombreuses pierres, et le sol graveleux a été comparé à ceux trouvés dans le Médoc.

Ca’ del Bosco

In 1968, the vineyards of Ca ‘del Bosco, one of the very few Italian wineries with pride and passion, started the oenological “Renaissance” in Italy taking the name of Franciacorta into the world.

En 1968, le vignoble de Ca ‘del Bosco, l’un des rares vignobles italiens avec fierté et passion, a commencé la «Renaissance» œnologique en Italie en propulsant le nom de Franciacorta dans le monde.

Umani Ronchi

Umani Ronchi ia leader in the Marche region and has been an important part of the new Verdicchio popularity and awareness. The Umani Ronchi farm, in the heart of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC’s Classico zone, was taken over in the 1960s by engineer Roberto Bianchi, who entrusted his son-in-law Massimo Bernetti with the estate. Massimo, now 79, believed in the potential of Verdicchio.

Umani Ronchi est le leader dans la région des Marches et a joué un rôle important dans la popularité et la notoriété du Verdicchio. Le domaine Umani Ronchi, au cœur de la zone Classico de Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, a été reprise dans les années 1960 par l’ingénieur Roberto Bianchi, qui a confié la propriété à son gendre Massimo Bernetti. Massimo, maintenant âgé de 79 ans, croyait au potentiel du Verdicchio.

Carpenè Malvolti

The name Carpenè Malvolti has played a key role in the history of Sparkling Prosecco. It brought posterity to the tradition of Prosecco and also research and study to bring it to prestige and major market space it now have.

Le nom de Carpenè Malvolti a joué un rôle clé dans l’histoire du Prosecco. Il a apporté la postérité à la tradition du Prosecco et aussi la recherche et l’étude pour l’apporter au prestige et à l’espace de marché important qu’il a maintenant.

Lungarotti

Lungarotti is synonymous with Torgiano, the region which gave birth to Umbrian wine. An umbrian champion, with a very female-powered company. It all began with Rubesco, the iconic label of the Cantine Lungarotti winery, whose name derives from the Latin “rubescere”, to blush.

Lungarotti est synonyme de Torgiano, la région qui a donné naissance au vin de l’Ombrie. Un champion ombrien, avec une entreprise très féminine. Tout a commencé avec Rubesco, le label emblématique de la cave Cantine Lungarotti, dont le nom dérive du latin “rubescere”, à rougir.

Masi

For over 200 years, the Boscainis have been producers and winemakers in the Veneto, Skilled in the production of Amarone & Recioto. The name Masi comes from “Vaio dei Masi,” the little valley purchased by the Boscaini family in the late 18th Century. Masi has been a pioneer in Italy of the concept of cru, or “single vineyard” wines, made from grapes picked in the individual vineyard location that gives the wines their name, since the 1950s.

Depuis plus de 200 ans, les Boscainis sont producteurs et viticulteurs en Vénétie, qualifiés dans la production d’Amarone & Recioto. Le nom Masi vient de “Vaio dei Masi”, la petite vallée achetée par la famille Boscaini à la fin du 18ème siècle. Masi a été un pionnier en Italie de la notion de cru, à partir de raisins cueillis dans des vignobles individuels donnant leur nom aux vins, depuis les années 1950.

Alois Lageder

Founded in 1823, and now directed by Alois Lageder and Alois Clemens Lageder, represents the extraordinary diversity of the Alto Adige region and its wide range of grape varieties.

Fondée en 1823 et dirigée aujourd’hui par Alois Lageder et Alois Clemens Lageder, elle représente l’extraordinaire diversité de la région de Alto-Adige et son large éventail de cépages.

Donnafugata

Donnafugata is one of the most well-known names in the wine world of Sicily. Their beautiful wines not only express the warmth of a place, but also the passion of the family who owns the winery.

Donnafugata est l’un des noms les plus connus dans le monde du vin de la Sicile. Leurs beaux vins expriment non seulement la chaleur d’un lieu, mais aussi la passion de la famille qui possède le domaine.

Marchesi Antinori

If you drink wine, you probably already know the name Antinori. They’ve been in the business since 1385 and specialize in Chianti. Yet, they are especially known for the famous “Super Tuscan” Tignanello.

Si vous buvez du vin, vous connaissez probablement déjà le nom Antinori. Ils sont dans l’entreprise depuis 1385 et se spécialisent dans le Chianti. Pourtant, ils sont surtout connus pour le célèbre “Super Toscan” Tignanello.

Tasca d’Almerita

Tasca d’Almerita is a Sicilian wine producer founded in 1830 and it  has been a  reference for high quality wine for over 100 years so far. Tasca has the following estates: Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker. The Regaleali estate is at the forefront of the family’s wine production.

Tasca d’Almerita est un producteur de vin sicilien fondé en 1830 et il a été une référence pour le vin de haute qualité depuis plus de 100 ans. Tasca a les domaines suivants: Regaleali, Capofaro et Whitaker. Le domaine Regaleali est à l’avant-garde de la production de vin de la famille.