We represent some of the highly sought after boutique vineyards in the world hailing from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, United States and many others to name a few.
A house that is in step with the times, Maison Gardet was founded in the late 19th century when Charles Gardet, a shopkeeper with an adventurous outlook for the time, identified & settled his establishment in a choice plot at Epernay. In the 1930s, Georges Gardet, son of the founder, moved into a Belle Epoque residence in Chigny-les-Roses, with a very precise aim : to develop the Champagne Gardet brand, whilst continuing to supply wines of impeccable quality.
To achieve his goal, George first followed the Appellation’s strictest guidelines for the production of Champagne. For example, electing a stringent selection criteria allowing only the grapes of optimum ripeness. Although the company is very much a modern business today, the dedication and respect for tradition remain at the heart beginning from Christophe Prieux, Chairman of the Prieux Group, which Maison Gardet joined in 2007, and Olivier Legendre, the company’s Managing Director.
Upholding the quality and character of its champagne year after year, whilst taking advantage of the latest technological innovations in order to master with greater precision every parameter of “méthode champenoise” winemaking…
Thus the essence of Maison’s Gardet’s expertise lies in this priceless balance between tradition and modernity – a balance that defines the Gardet style.
Gardet Brut Tradition – Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 – GOLD MEDAL
Chateau St Cosme vineyard was owned by the Barruol family since 1490 with winemaking in the estate dating further back to the Gallo-Roman period (200BC). In 1992, Louis Barruol took over the 15 hectare vineyard from his father. He is the heir to a fourteen-generation family tradition of winemaking.
Gifted with a geographical fault running through its estate, the soil of Chateau St Cosme soil is both rich in minerals and diverse. The micro-climate is cool and promotes late ripening. The principle grape varietal is Grenache which is dense and ripe with great finesse, fine texture, smooth tannins and a distinct purity of expression. In keeping with the philosophy of clean viticulture, they do not use any pesticides nor a single chemical product.
They have intentional decided to be a small producer so that they can produce the highest quality wine. Great care is taken in the manual selection of ripe grapes with no artificial yeasts added in the fermentation process.
In 1997, Louis had the passion to be a negociant focusing on the Rhone Valley. Louis created a negociant line of wines, called simply St Cosme : Côte Rotie, Condrieu, Châteauneuf du Pape, St Joseph, Côtes du Rhône red and white and Little James red and white. All of these wines are of exceptional quality and are frequently given raving reviews.
Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle 2009 – Wine Spectator TOP 10 in 2011
Before the age of 30, Bertrand Sourdais had already made an impressive name for himself at Spain’s Dominio de Atauta (Ribera del Duero).
By 2003, Bertrand returned to France, more precisely in Cravant-les-Côteaux, a small village east of Chinon, and take up the challenge of vinifying his beloved Cabernet Franc in the family estate.
His father’s property, Domaine de Pallus, is located in the heart of the appellation and is blessed with some of Chinon’s choicest vineyards. With vines averaging over 35 years old, Pallus held all the potential Bertrand could hope for.
Beginning with the 2003 harvest, Bertrand has begun his quest to find the ultimate limit for Pallus. He also progressively switched most of the Domaine to Biodynamic culture.
Prior to rediscovering his home vineyards, Bertrand Sourdais, has taken part in the creation and making of many benchmark wines.In fact, he doubled as the technical director of Dominio de Atauta till 2010.
Trained in the University of Bordeaux, he went on to secure top postings at Château Mouton Rothschild in 1996, and Château Leóville Las Cases in 1997.
Recognising his talent, he was appointed enologist for Dominio Alvaro Palacios (Priorato) and subsequently Santa Rita in 1998.He then returned to Bordeaux as “maitre de culture” for Château Nenin, Pomerol in 1999.
From the start, he has worked in the vineyards to create harmony and balance.As at Atauta, he is working tirelessly to find the potential of each vine.
And while biodynamic methods are an important tool for many Loire Valley growers, they are merely a starting point for Bertrand to set his vineyards on the right path.
Of course, he has completely rethought the winemaking process.He is employing an extended maceration – up to an astonishing thirty days – to capture the “true” personality of Chinon.Elévage is similarly long and gentle – primarily in second passage barrels from Haut Brion & Domaine de la Romanee Conti.
Notable Awards :
Les Pensees de Pallus 2009 - American Express Tower Club Wine Awards 2013 – Silver
Over the past quarter century, Ribera del Duero has arguably become the most successful wine region of Spain. Yet, some of its finest wines are yet to be made. The reason is simple: many of the best terroirs and oldest vines are in the remote eastern part of the region – the province of Soría – which is still largely unexplored by today’s winemakers. In fact, Bertrand first brought Soría to light with his pioneering wines at Atauta. But when Atauta was sold in 2009 during Spain’s economic downturn, his gaze shifted to his family’s Chinon estate in France’s Loire Vallee.
Yet the pull of Soría remained strong and he soon returned to create a new wine. Thus, Antidoto was born. Hernando y Sourdais (Antidoto) is the new venture headed by Bertrand Sourdais. In the very remote eastern sector of Ribera del Duero, called Soria, a sub-region named after its main town, Bertrand’s project is based. Around a village of San Esteban de Gormaz, are antique vineyards with pre-phylloxera vines (2000 years’ heritage) organically grown, at up to 1000m above sea level.
As at Atauta, Bertrand’s goal is to capture the essence of this singular region with the full of the soul of ancient vine Tinto Fino. Sourcing from choice vineyards, he employs organic and, where possible, biodynamic methods. As for Antidoto’s intriguing name – Spanish for “antidote” – it has a particular meaning for Bertrand in the wake of Atauta’s sale. But the wine also serves an antidote to the many Ribera de Duero wines that substitute heavy-handed winemaking for a sense of place and variety.
Bertrand poetically describes the Soría dry zone as “sitting on the rooftop of Ribera,” where temperatures are cooler than in the rest of Ribera del Duero. There are numerous soil types, but most of them have two things in common: their poverty and an abundance of sand that has kept Phylloxera out. Thus we have one of the largest concentrations of ungrafted vines in Europe. To Bertrand’s mind, the Soría sub-zone offers a transitional wine type that can – in the right hands – marry Rioja’s fragrance and finesse with Ribera del Duero’s traditional power and depth. To minimize tannin extraction, he believes in long, gentle macerations with no new barrels for aging. The immediate goal – a wine with balance, perfume, and complete tannins.
We are honoured to bring you – Antidoto !
The Warrenmang vineyard was first planted by Walter Henning in 1974 in the serene Pyrenees region, near the township of Avoca in western Victoria. In 1977, Warrenmang was acquired by Luigi Bazzani, a famous Victorian restaurateur, with a view to produce some of the best red wines in Australia.
Today, 30 years since, Luigi together with wife Athalie, has realized this dream. Warrenmang does indeed produce some of Australia’s most exceptional red wines, with a particular distinction on Shiraz. The consistently warm days and cool evenings are the perfect climatic combination to produce wines of intense power and wonderful finesse. Warrenmang has established its rightful place amongst the original pioneers of the region along with such illustrious names as Dalwhinnie, Summerfield, and Redbank. In recognition of their tremendous service to the country, especially the State of Victoria, Luigi & Athalie were conferred as “Legends of Victoria” in 2008.
This lovely Estate has about 60 acres under vines and growing. Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay being the major varietals. Their premium produce is marketed under both Warrenmang and Bazzani Labels. With hand picked grapes from the low yielding 30 year old vines being basket pressed, Warrenmang wines are setting fresh benchmarked each vintage as well as being renowned for their long term cellaring potential.
Notable Awards :
Bazzani Chardonnay - Australia’s Best New Wine in 2007
Bazzani Shiraz Cabernet - Australia’s most Reliable Blend
Black Puma Moonambel Shiraz - Final Top 5, Wine of the Year, WineState 2007
The most important asset of the Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Wine Estate consists of its vineyards. The estate in Bernkastel posseses vineyards throughout the Mosel River Valley, many of which are in the « best ofthe best » locations. The owners, Dr. Peter Pauly and his wife Helga are both traditional advocates of noble wines.
Extensive care of these vineyards, combined with intentionally low yields and selective handpicking, serve as guarantors for their extraordinary wines and their individual and unique character. Their work flow in the wine cellar is focused on gentle treatment of the grapes and the young wines. They use small stainless steel tanks where the grapes of each different vineyard can be fermented separately. The fermentation is temperature-controlled and kept very slow and at low temperatures to retain the diversity of aromas and the vitality of the wines.
With a goal to make unique low alcohol Rieslings such that each of Riesling wines have an individual vineyard character per vintage, Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler has created a diverse collection of more than 25 Riesling wines. In most vintage years, they have all the varieties found on a good wine menu, ranging from a juicy, hearty table wine to a creamy, sweet dry berry selection.
Winery of the Year 2012 – Wines & Spirits Magazine
In January 1991, the Lacroutes (Bernard and then wife Ronni Lacroute) purchased a beautiful 420-acre ranch in Yamhill County and named it WillaKenzie Estate after the ancient Willakenzie sedimentary soil on which the vineyards are planted. Lying in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area), it was an ideal place for growing world-class Pinot Noir.
Passion for Pinot with a Sense of Place is what defines this small, family owned winery dedicated to producing Oregon wines with the highest possible expression of Willamette Valley terroir. Slightlyover 100 acres of the best slopes are planted to vineyards. The majority, about 70 percent, is Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris accounts for another 18 percent while the remaining acreage is divided betweenPinot Blanc, Gamay Noir, Pinot Meunier and a small amount of Chardonnay.
Winemaking at WillaKenzie Estate is guided by an uncompromising commitment to producing quality Oregon wines. The traditional French winemaking methods and a gravity-flow winery combines the best traditional French methods with American innovation to craft wines that are complex, refined, and unique – wines that express the distinctive terroirs of WillaKenzie Estate and the Jory Hills Vineyard located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. A true reflection of Oregon’s cool grape-growing climate, with elegance, ageability, and balance as their hallmarks.
Winery of the Year 2010 - - Wines & Spirits Magazine
Winery of the Year 2011 - - Wines & Spirits Magazine
Vallebelbo was founded in 1956 by a group of seventy vine growers who were strongly motivated to escape from the underdeveloped agricultural world in comparison to the fast rising industrial age of those days. Since then, Vallebelbo has become one of the leading firms in the sector of Italian wines and an established reputation in the international markets. In spite of the adoption of modern technology, Vallebelbo has maintained its original roots in the Langhe region, famous for its wines, cheeses and truffles.
At the North East of Langhe, the border of the provinces of Cuneo and Asti are 600 hectares of vineyards owned by Vallebelbo are devoted to the cultivation and production of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C) grapes. Nothing better thanMoscato grapes can be grown on these vineyards.
SanMaurizio, situated in an ancient location among the vineyards is one of the best vineyards for growing the Moscato grapes. Facing south, the Moscato vines on the arid and steep hills are allowed to receive ample sunlight expressed their nectar-like aroma notes.
Chateau Relais du Cheval Blanc’s estate is located at Saint-Germain-de-Graves in the Entre-Deux-Mers region in Bordeaux. The Entre-Deux-Mers region is located between the split in the Gironde rivers. The red wine is composed of 50% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 5% malbec while the white wine is composed of 40% Sauvignon, 40% Semilion, 20% Muscadelle.
Silver medal at Concours Aquitaine 2010 for 2009 vintage (Red)
Chateau de Cathalogne lies in the Entre-Deux-Mers, an appellation that produces very good dry white wines. The Despagne family, owners of the vineyards joined the “Quality Charter and Farming” in 1997 aimed to achieve sustainable agriculture. Since then, the chateau has won many awards and gain consumers recognition. The white is a 100% Sauvignon while the red is a 46% Merlot, 54% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Silver Medal Award (Paris 2012 General Agricultural Competition, Ministry of Agriculture and Food) (Red)
Bordeaux is the largest and most important wine-producing region in France and in the world. It has more than 284,000 acres under the legal governing of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. (AOC). Home of many legendary chateaux, its sterling reputation is built mostly on the red wines produced in Médoc and especially the Haut Médoc regions.
With the concept of terroir, Bordeaux wines are classified into various sub-regions with their distinctive and individual characteristics. From the Left Bank, we are proud to present wines from these 3 signature appellations –
Pauillac de Grand Puy Ducasse
Margaux de Chateau Monbrison
Pessac Leognan de Latour-Martillac