The discreet Alain Gallety and his son David Alexandre produce wines of exceptional beauty, rare, from the cuvé Spéciale to the great Cuvée Ligure, including the magnificent Cuvée Emma and the famous and magical Syrare which will make serious "havoc" in tastings of great Côte-Rôtie...
Alexandre Bain produces with the greatest passion authentic whites, reflecting their vintage and their terroir.
Guillaume Quénard is now the leader of the estate. He is beginning to make his mark with more straightforward, fine wines of superb balance.
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.
Virginie and Laurent Vanpoperingh cultivate with passion 7 hectares in the areas of Damery and Cumières in the Marne Valley. The cuvées all have an elegant and fine profile and have the particularity of being aged entirely or partially in barrels.
Jurançon with a dizzying complexity!
The vineyard of the Charvin estate is mainly located on clay-limestone soils around Orange, 13 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône appellation and 8 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Château Simone, the paradise of the AOC white palette
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.
Yves Canarelli never ceases to amaze us and continues to raise the profile of Corsican wines, unquestionably belonging to the elite of Mediterranean winegrowers.
Alain Couderc farms 8 hectares in the famous La Roilette area. He produces mainly fine and velvety Fleurie wines. The wines are generally made from whole grapes and have a remarkable capacity for ageing.
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...
Laurent Combier patiently cultivates some thirty hectares on the clay-limestone plateau with rolled pebbles in Pont d'Isère, in organic farming.
In the Taravo valley, not far from Propriano, the Comte Abbatucci estate continues to shine through its contribution to the revaluation of Corsican native grape varieties.
"Daniel Bouland, a winegrower from the hamlet of Corcelette, has been seducing us for several years with his Morgons, which have an intensity of fruit and an exemplary roundness, coming from a heritage of very old vines impeccably cultivated and harvested. The fruit does not mask the almost wild minerality of the terroir, but rather exalts it. What's more, the quality/price ratio here is unbeatable! Don't delay."
"The range of these champagnes, built mainly around the meunier grape, is flawless. The Grande Réserve expresses marvellously an autumnal character based on a frank, tonic and hyper digestible fruit. (...) In 2009, the two parcels dosed in extra brut reach a remarkable level" RVF Guide 2018
The rising star of Sancerre is now on the heels of the greatest...
The quintessence of Sauvignon...
Brice Omont and his rare and great Coteaux de Cevins...
The reputation of Muscat à petits grains des Bernardins grows vintage after vintage. With its exceptional ageing capacity, the Muscats de Beaume de Venise des Bernardins is a nectar capable of rivalling the greatest natural sweet wines, and is surprisingly greedy when young.
Stéphane Robert of the Domaine du Tunnel is asserting himself vintage after vintage as the revival of Cornas and Saint-Péray with wines of a modern style, with a fine, suave and very precise mouthfeel.
"Located near Jongieux in the picturesque village of Aimavigne, at the foot of the vertiginous Marestel hillside, the Dupasquier family has been cultivating their vines for five generations with good reason (grassing down, no synthetic products). (...) The Roussette Marestel is the great wine of the estate, capable of improving over 30 to 40 years of ageing in good vintages with an astonishing diversity of flavours, without losing its freshness. With a little rebalancing, the estate could quickly climb up our hierarchy..."
Eric Bordelet is the reference when you want to taste an exceptional cider or perry.
Freshness, fruit, complexity and a big favourite for the whole range!
Since 2010, François Carillon has been running his own estate, which now covers around 14 hectares, mainly in Puligny, Chassagne and Saint-Aubin. The wines are authentic, generous and clean, with minimal doses of sulphites, in total control, crystalline and full of minerality, resulting from a phenomenal work in the vineyard with a very demanding soil work. Already a great reference in Puligny Montrachet, much sought after by wine lovers..
François Chidaine is now one of the greatest winemakers in the Loire region, and by extension in France, recognised by his peers for his talent as a winemaker but also for his mastery of biodynamic principles.
Gérard Gauby, the master of Calce, has been pursuing his path to excellence for some thirty years now.
The Chignin Bergeron artist...
These wines are very popular with wine lovers, extremely tasty, fruity and dense, made mainly from Grenache, using biodynamic methods.
Domaine Guerrin et Fils was created in 1926 to the west of Vergisson in the Mâconnais. The vineyards are ideally situated with a breathtaking view of the famous Solutré and Vergisson rocks, and below on the plain of the Saône.
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...
The legend of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its now mythical vintages...
Henri Giraud Champagnes belong to the Champagne elite. From the great terroirs of Ay and with part of the production vinified in oak barrels from the Argonne forest, Champagne Henri Giraud symbolises the exceptional Champagne wine; greedy, vinous, with a unique style and extreme complexity... To be tasted at least once in your life...
The classicism and breed of the great wines of Burgundy.
The famous Clos de la Maréchale by JF Mugnier...
Champagne Jacquesson, a house not to be missed
Anyone who is "unhappy" with Beaujolais wines should try Foillard..
The hidden nugget of Mauves with wines (Saint-Joseph and IGP) of exceptional value for money...
Jean-François Ganevat, known as Fanfan, returned to his roots in 1998, to the Combe de Rotalier, after having been cellar master at the Domaine Morey in Chassagne Montrachet. Each year he makes around forty cuvées from parcel selections of 25 different grape varieties on 9 hectares of clay, schist and marl, with very old vines, 80 years old for the yellow one and a hundred years old for others.
"Jean-Marc Burgaud owns most of his vineyard in Morgon, with parcels located on the Côte de Py, and vinifies very precise wines for aging." RVF Guide 2018
The reference for the Côte Chalonnaise...
Viré Clessé wines, unique because of their very high balance, of great class, capable of sublimating many dishes. Full-bodied, rich wines with great ageing potential.
The Domaine La Porte Saint-Jean is beginning to build a solid reputation on the web, on starred tables and for export. Sylvain Dittière is the son-in-law of the late Charly Foucault (Clos Rougeard).
Since 1984, Marc and Thierry Parcé have been perpetuating the history of the family vineyard with the Domaine de la Rectorie, which was started by their great-grandmother Thérèse Reig. Based in Banyuls, between the sea and the mountains, the two brothers produce Banyuls and Collioure wines of very high quality, without doubt the best in the region, always marked by a striking balance
The dream of Gavin Crisfield, Irish sommelier and oenologist, took shape in 2009 when he decided to settle in Saint-Privat in the magnificent Terrasses du Larzac. His Traversée is taking shape!
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 Clos du Caillou estate has the particularity of being an enclave adjacent to the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation area. The vineyard is made up of 44 hectares of Côtes du Rhône and 9 hectares of Châteauneuf du Pape, planted for the most part in 1956. It is composed of the 13 grape varieties authorised for the production of a Châteauneuf du Pape, the Grenache grape variety is the majority for the red wines, followed by Syrah, while the clairette rose, the grenache blanc and the roussanne share the majority of the white grape varieties. The soils here are particularly rich, sandy or pebbly, making it possible to produce wines of exemplary aromatic complexity.
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.
Le Vieux Donjon is a very popular domain for lovers of traditional, high quality Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines at a very reasonable price. This thirteen-hectare estate, on a terroir of rolled pebbles for the most part, is one of the most consistent in the appellation and nothing is by chance, quite the contrary.
Didier Barral continues his work begun in the 1990s. On the schists of Lenthéric, he and his brother make wines in search of authenticity that perfectly reflect the typicity of this terroir.
Basile Saint-Germain and his wife join the elite of the rare triple starred wines of the Revue du Vin de France in Languedoc; Mas Jullien and Peyre Rose...
The Domaine des Bruyères is located in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation on a terroir of detrital pebbles.
The Domaine Languedocien des Creisses is located in Valros, 6km from Pézenas. Philippe Chesnelong has been trying to produce a great Mediterranean wine since 1998. Mission accomplished, since we can say that he even produces two!
The Mondeuse de garde par excellence...
Founded by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta at the end of the 19th century, López de Heredia is the heir to a long tradition that continues and grows thanks to the effort, passion and commitment of a family.
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.
Marcel Richaud is one of those exceptional winemakers who seek quality without compromise. He defines his way of creating his organic wines as follows: a natural approach to winemaking, questioning the use of products or techniques that erase the identity of the vintage or contribute to the production of standard wines. The organic bottles produced at Cairanne by the Marcel Richaud estate are without equal.
Marie-Thérèse Chappaz - The rare nectars of the Queen of Valais...
Plus qu’aucun autre vigneron du Languedoc, Olivier Jullien recueille l’admiration et le respect de ses pairs ; il est l’un des principaux artisans de la renaissance d’une viticulture rigoureuse dans la région, recherchant la combinaison nuancée de sols et de cépages autochtones variés, en rouge et en blanc, sur les terrasses du Larzac. La sincérité de ce visionnaire fuyant la compétition se projette sur ses vins, profonds, digestes et généreux, sudistes par l’intensité et la variété de leurs saveurs, non par la simple maturité du raisin et son illusoire richesse en alcool. Des rouges frais et complets, à l’élevage millimétré, mais aussi un magnifique blanc hors mode, capables de briller sur plus de quinze ans de vieillissement. Les vins de ce domaine servent aujourd’hui de référence.
"Mee Godard created his estate in February 2013 (...). This small estate of 5.40ha is composed of beautiful terroirs of the Morgon cru, and very old vines (Corcelette, Grand Cras, Côte du Py). We are impressed by the dimension of the wines after only three years of harvesting. (...) The 2016s are limpid, the maturity is expressed differently with fresher and less candied fruit. The mouths are more stretched out and less immediate; the acidities bring a lot of dynamism. Grand Cras has changed its style: it seems less extracted and more Burgundian than the 2015. The Côte du Py is superb. Its fruit expresses blackcurrant and blackberry with a graphite imprint that tightens it." RVF Guide 2018
Frédéric Pourtalié has become a Languedoc icon. The Montcalmès vineyard covers an area of 23 hectares today; Syrah and Grenache on a limestone plateau and Mourvèdre on rolled pebbles. A blend has been produced since 1999, the one that made the reputation of the Domaine. It is aged for twenty-four months in barrels, in the purest tradition without fining or filtration, a cuvée of unfailing regularity.
Stéphane Montez is one of the most dynamic winemakers in the Chavanay area, and in the last few years he has succeeded in becoming a must for wine lovers in the Northern Rhône.
Château Montus and Château Bouscassé are the two masterpieces of Alain Brumont, the pioneer of Madiran, who was the first, as early as 1980, to detect the value of these fabulous terroirs and to compose, vintage after vintage, what can be done best in this sector, by revealing the quintessence of these very great terroirs. Great wines for ageing, capable of competing without difficulty with the greatest Bordeaux wines...
Thomas Pico has been climbing the ladder since 2004. Rigorous and passionate, he pampers his vines like few winegrowers in the region, the wines enjoy a purity and energy that is as singular as it is rare, organic farming no doubt being a factor.
Pierre and Marie now run the famous Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson, which now covers 13 hectares in the Rully and Mercurey appellations. The care of the vines and the highly controlled vinification allow them to produce wines at the top of their appellation, always with a very good restitution of the fruit and at more than reasonable prices...
The reference for Moulin-à-Vent...
An exceptional heritage of old vines!
A very talented winemaker to discover first...
One of the greatest winemakers of tomorrow. Installed in Puechabon and inspired by his friends Frédéric Pourtalié and Laurent Vaillé of the Grange des Pères, Pierre Vaisse is already producing wines that are part of the Languedoc elite, wines with a great identity, signed by long maturation that gives them great purity, in a style infused with a very high level.
Dominique Ay produces on a very beautiful terroir with clay-limestone soils the archetype of a very beautiful Gigondas, full, pulpy, with a tight structure that requires at least 5 to 6 years of cellaring to express itself. Note that this Gigondas Raspail Ay shows a flawless consistency over the vintages, the secret of this success being partly due to the fact that the estate produces only one cuvée, and it is aged in large tuns for at least 24 months. A Gigondas, authentic and racy, unique.
A great reference in Cerdon du Bugey.
François Mitjavile, the "artist-winemaker" as there are very few on the wine planet, owns two jewels: Tertre-Roteboeuf in Saint-Emilion and Roc de Cambes in Côtes de Bourg.
The Saint Sylvestre estate, which takes its name from the church in Puéchabon where the first vines were historically planted, is located north of Aniane in the heart of the famous Terrasses du Larzac.
Sébastien David's vines were mainly planted around 1940, with some plots being much older, planted long before the appellation was classified in 1937.
Discover the quintessence of the Valais with the best of the famous Swiss wine productions of the late Simon Maye.
Five generations of winegrowers have succeeded one another at the estate, from Gustave Payré to Jean-Claude and Bertrand Sol. The Domaine is located in Elne, in the heart of the Aspres, in Roussillon, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the natural border with Spain. Reasoned protection, yield control and maturity are our watchwords! The particularity of the Domaine comes from the different terroirs with in the south, in the Aspres (Elne and Passa), about fifty hectares on clay-limestone soils, greedy wines with character and in the north, in the Agly valley (Maury), about ten hectares spread over Schist, Granite and Gneiss, here it's the minerality that speaks, the fineness of the tannins and the complexity of the aromas
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.
A domain born from the association of Yves Canarelli (Clos Canarelli) and Patrick Fioramonti (great Corsican sommelier and director of Cala Rossa in Porto-Vecchio).
The ultimate reference of the Bandol appellation... or one of the most beautiful representations of the famous mourvèdre grape variety.
Thibaud Boudignon is heading straight for the top of the great names in French winegrowing. His passion, his determination and his extreme rigour in all areas of the winegrowing profession have already made him one of the very best in the Loire. His ambition, his know-how and his heritage of massal selection vines (still young) will take him to the top very quickly...
The Pedro Ximenez of the Toro Albala Estate are located in Aguilar de la Frontera, 50 km from Cordoba. Antonio Sanchez Romero is the maker of these unique, handcrafted jewels. He is renowned as a great oenologist who has brought Montilla-Moriles wines to light with his unique wine maturation processes. Meditation wines to discover...
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.
"Eloi and Floriane Dürrbach planted the vineyard in 1973, and continue to make Trévallon one of the jewels in the crown of the French wine industry. Located on the northern slopes of the Alpilles, the 17-hectare vineyard, which has been organically farmed since its origin, is predominantly limestone. The Dürrbachs do not claim to be called Baux-de-Provence, as their grape varieties are totally atypical: Cabernet-Sauvignon and Syrah for the reds, Roussanne and Marsanne for the whites, supplemented by a little Chardonnay. The red, which has become mythical, as well as the white, have real potential. The grumblers of local tannin and INAO would do well to take their cue from the perfectly adequate grape varieties of this vibrant and exemplary vin de pays!" Bettane + Desseauve Guide 2018
Jacques Seysses (Domaine Dujac) and Aubert De Villaine (Domaine de la Romanée Conti) joined forces with Michel Macux in 1990 and bought the property. Their know-how is now reflected in this Provence rosé with an exceptional quality-price-pleasure ratio.
The Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, owned by the Brunier family, is one of the most emblematic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Cornas is an appellation that is curiously less recognised than its prestigious neighbours Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, yet it has nothing to envy them. You only have to go there to discover the striking landscape of the Cornas hillside, with its steep, terraced Syrah vines. It is easy to understand the quality that some estates can achieve here, given the quality of the terroir and the exposure.
Based in Bué, the Pinard family, now led by Clément and Florent but still under the watchful eye of father Vincent, continues its spectacular progress towards excellence, with organic farming and a demanding desire to transcribe each specific terroir as well as possible.