France

Benjamin Leroux

Ben takes a domaine philosophy, focused on establishing and maintaining contracts with growers who work for top quality vines and fruit rather than seeking prestigious appellations. Ben and his team carefully guide the vineyard work, for the most part carried out by the owners. Vines are plowed and are at least lutte raisonnée, while many… Read more »

Bonnet Rouge

The bulk of the French revolutionary army were scrappy, working-class partisans from the lower classes. Although they could not afford proper equipment, they took up arms to fight for their freedom and equality. Without uniforms, they distinguished themselves with red Phrygian caps “bonnet rouge” or the Red Cap of Liberty. Bonnet Rouge carries the revolutionary… Read more »

Bret Brothers

These young brothers Jean-Philippe and Jean-Guillaume Bret, much praised by the more intelligent press, are incredibly talented. They have the unmistakable, and highly contagious, spark of people who are trying against difficult odds to raise the standards of an appellation. They are neither alone or the first, but they are part of a very small… Read more »

Bruno Paillard

Maison Bruno Paillard sprang from its founder’s desire to create a champagne different from any other, extremely pure and rare. Bruno Paillard has inherited a deep knowledge and respect for the great wine champagne can be, from a long family line of vine growers and grape brokers going back to 1704. In 1981 he established… Read more »

Château Blouin

This family owned and operated estate on the “Right Bank” is run by Isabelle Valbom-Nadal in the Graves de Vayres area. Here the vines are carefully tended, de-budded to control vigor, with leaf removal and cluster thinning to enhance the flavors. Both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc in this wine are vinified in both stainless steel… Read more »

Château D’Arlay

Château d’Arlay’s history reaches back over 1,000 years and is one of, if not THE, wineries in Europe that has remained in the same family lineage since it’s creation. It has never been sold or abandoned. Today the winery exploits 25 hectares of all south-facing vines that include Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard for the… Read more »

Château de Paraza

Lying in the heart of the village of Paraza, the Château of Paraza is one of the oldest estates in the South of France dedicated to growing vines. It was founded by the De Girard family in the 17th century and remained in their ownership up until 2006, when it was acquired by Annick and… Read more »

Château de Vaudieu

Located about a five minute drive outside the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape along the road that leads to Courthezon, you will find Château de Vaudieu. It is one of three 18th century Chateaux located in the appellation, tucked into a small valley surrounded by hills and plateau. It is at the intersection of several major terroirs:… Read more »

Château Gautoul

Château Gautoul is a twenty-hectare estate in the heart of the Cahors region. The origins of the estate date back to the 17th century.  The château was restored in 1992 by its then owner, Alain Sendrens, chef of the legendary Paris restaurant, Lucas Carton. Sendrens’ vintages brought Gautoul international acclaim. The  property was purchased by… Read more »