We are pleased to offer wines from small family-owned and -worked estates, made by people who are passionate about what they do and whose wines reflect their terroir ("the taste of a place").
On their small domaine, located in the village of Hautvillers, the cradle of Champagne (its abbey’s 17th century Cellar Master was none other than Dom Perignon), the mother-daughter team of Bernadette and Elodie Marion use only Premier Cru grapes to craft Champagnes that are the very essence of subtlety, refinement and elegance.
After being in the DOZON Family for five generations, the estate was taken over by Eric SANTIER in 2013. Located on the Left Bank of the Vienne River in the Loire Valley, the domain covers 14 hectares (34.5 acres) in the named vineyard "Le Saut au Loup" in the village of Ligré. More than 70% of the vines are at least 35 years old. Predominantly planted to Cabernet Franc (97%) with some Chenin (3%). "C du Plaisir" is a pleasurable, eminently quaffable Chinon.
Having lost everything on 9/11, Brit Jonathan Hesford, and his wife, Kiwi Rachel Treloar, decided to change their lives and make their dream a reality. They moved to New Zealand for 3 years to study viticulture and winemaking and to work for other high-quality vineyards. Wanting to have their own domain, they returned to Europe, where they bought an ancient winery in the Roussillon region of southern France, an area in which other pioneering producers were making great wines.
Since 2006, they have been making extraordinary wines, doing everything themselves.
Chateau Tourril is marked by an ancient gallo-roman signal tower, located on the top of a hill, proof of the estate's 2,000 year existence. The 13 hectare (32 acre) family vineyard lies between the famous thousand-year-old fortified city of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi, both on UNESCO's World Heritage list. With abundant sunshine, and well-drained by rainwaters, the domain produces high quality, age-worthy AOC Minervois from its Syrah, 100-year-old Carignan, Grenache and Roussanne vines. Run by Stephane Kandler, son of one of the estate's founders, Chateau Tourril is well into conversion to organic farming, having had its first organic harvest in 2017.