Spécial Vin Bio
What the RVF says in its 2018 Guide:
Thérèse and Michel Riouspeyrous, who are now quietly handing over the estate to their sons Iban and Théo, can be proud of their success on their family estate. They have become the reference for Basque wines and perhaps even for the whole of the South West.
Bernard Baudry seeks the silky and civilised dimension of Chinon wines, while remaining as close as possible to their expression of terroir. This approach, which he is now pursuing with his son Mathieu, is coupled with organic certification. A philosophy that also inspires them to plant non-grafted vines, free-standing for ten years (following the plantings of Charles Joguet in the 1980s), and to establish themselves on new forgotten terroirs, such as the excellent Clos Guillot in Chinon. Their Croix Boissée (clay-limestone terroir in Cravant-les-Coteaux), built for ageing, has an extra velvety and sometimes sweetness in hot years, which is not to be disliked by great lovers of Saint-Émilion wines. This cuvée naturally takes the lead among the great reds of Touraine.
Claude-Edouard continues the work of his father Claude Geoffrey. The level now reached on his Côte de Brouilly makes it the absolute reference of the appellation and places it among the elite of the whole Beaujolais.
The Clos du Mont Olivet was created in 1932 by Séraphin Sabon, and since its origins the family estate has been producing high quality, classic Châteauneuf du Pape on magnificent terroirs, as well as Côtes du Rhône wines of excellent quality.
Bellet, a micro-appellation of about fifty hectares on the heights of Nice is really a discovery of great interest, in particular at Clos Saint-Vincent, which is now at the top of the appellation...
Brice Omont and his rare and great Coteaux de Cevins...
The vineyard of the brothers David and Frédéric, the Giac brothers as they are known, is made up of about ten hectares overlooking the Isère valley.
The Chignin Bergeron artist...
At the foot of the Alpilles, the discreet Dominique Hauvette has risen over the years to become one of the elite of the great winegrowers of Provence, one of the most exciting estates of the moment for the discerning wine lover...
On the chalky terroirs of the Côte d'Auxerre, Guilhem, Jean-Hugues and Ghislaine deliver an exceptional, regular quality of production, worthy of much more prestigious wines in Burgundy...
With the Domaine de la Vougeraie, we enter the very closed circle of the greatest wines of Burgundy. The impetus of the Boisset family and the choices made since 1999 have propelled the estate to an impressive level of excellence.
The Amoreau family has been cultivating its vineyards since 1610, located on a rocky plateau, identical to that of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. The fifty year old vines are cultivated according to the biodynamic method, which contributes to the singularity of the estate and stands out among all the Bordeaux crus.
The Domaine des Bruyères is located in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation on a terroir of detrital pebbles.
The Marcel Deiss estate is undoubtedly one of the most exciting estates. Located in Bergheim in the heart of the most beautiful Alsatian terroirs, the family estate now has 27 hectares of vines on 220 separate plots where three Grand Crus and nine Premier Crus are produced each year.
The Marcel Lapierre estate is located in the heart of the Beaujolais, in Villié-Morgon. Its particularity of having adopted organic farming, surprising 30 years ago, has today convinced many followers in the region. All the wines of the estate have the Marcel Lapierre "touch", natural, authentic wines, sometimes without any added sulphite, which draw their intrinsic quality from soils cultivated with the deepest respect for nature.
An exceptional heritage of old vines!
Pierre-Marie and Marie represent the 9th generation of the Domaine and continue the dazzling adventure of the Domaine Luneau-Papin on the forty hectares of vineyards located in the communes of Le Landreau, La Chapelle-Heulin and Vallet.
Domaine La Colombe - Raymond Paccot - Biodynamics and great precision
EXCELLENCE IN SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY
Alain Dejean's wines from Domaine Rousset Peyraguey are made using biodynamic methods and are aged for a long period of time. They have incredible depth, freshness and complexity, and can easily compete with the greatest wines of the appellation... at prices that are, to say the least, honest...
"Thierry Michon, supported by his sons, Antoine and Mickaël, runs the only estate of international stature in the Vendée. On the Atlantic terroir of Brem, he has vines cultivated entirely in biodynamic methods, whose yields have unfortunately been very low in recent years. Under the influence of the ocean, the vineyard produces whites of chenin and chardonnay (yellow stone fruits and saline finish), and reds of pinot noir aged for a long time (Jacques, La Grande Pièce), but also of gamay, negrette and cabernet franc. This eclecticism is reflected in wines that are constantly gaining in finesse, purity and intensity of fruit. Their natural balance, which is becoming more and more accomplished, makes them affordable when young, but they can age gracefully: don't hesitate to aerate them in a carafe. The brand new cellar will allow the trio of winemakers to further refine their cuvées." RVF Guide 2018
Sébastien David's vines were mainly planted around 1940, with some plots being much older, planted long before the appellation was classified in 1937.
The Domaine André et Mireille Tissot of Bénédicte and Stéphane Tissot was created in 1962 and is located in Montigny-les-Arsures, a small town close to Arbois, the capital of Jura wines. Stéphane Tissot and his wife Bénédicte officially took over the estate in 1990.
In the southern part of the Langonnais, Hélène and David Barrault are bringing this terroir back to life on plots of old vines, cultivated organically since 2008, mainly Cabernet Franc but also Malbec, which can be the subject of a cuvée depending on the vintage.
Jean-Louis Trapet is now at the top of the great Burgundy estates (3 stars in the Revue du Vin de France's Green Guide). Cultivated biodynamically, his great terroirs of Gevrey deliver wines that are more and more accomplished, precise, elegant and absolutely voluptuous.
"After making wine in Cahors, New Zealand and Tokaj, Sébastien Poly took over this small family estate in 2006. He benefits from a heritage of old vines planted in the 1960s in the granite and clay valley of Taravo, not far from the Comte Abbatucci and Vaccelli estates. He vinifies without yeast, with very little or no sulphite. His wines retain a great aromatic frankness. Certified organic since 2009, he is currently converting to biodynamics, and offers wines of a greediness and digestibility rare in Corsica. Not to be missed." RVF Guide 2018
The Zind-Humbrecht estate, founded in 1959 by the union of the properties of Emile Zind and Zénon Humbrecht, has succeeded in becoming one of the leading French estates over the last few decades. Wine lovers all over the world recognise the exceptional quality of the terroirs and the work of the visionary Olivier Humbrecht, who succeeds in creating the finest Alsatian nuggets year after year.