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Category: Rhône

Domaine Lionnet

This tiny domaine is owned by Ludovic Izerable, and his wife Corinne Lionnet, whose family has been growing grapes in the village of Cornas since 1575. Corinne took control of the domaine in 2003 when her father, Pierre, retired and she and Ludovic now run the show.

The domaine is only 2.2 hectares, and the vineyards are organically farmed and are certified by “Ecocert”. The vineyards are divided into four separate parcels across four distinct lieu-dits: Mazards, Combes, Chaillot and Brugeres. The vines are all between the ages of 40 and 100 years, with each parcel harvested and vinified separately.

 

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Lionnet Cornas “Terre Brulée”

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Château Mourgues du Grès, Costières de Nîmes

Château Mourgues du Grès was once an agricultural commune of the Ursulines de Beaucaire, an order of nuns committed to the education of girls. In Provençal, “mourgues” is the word for nuns, and “grès” are the galets that cover the landscape in a manner nearly identical to those in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate is now owned and run by François and Anne Collard who have committed themselves to organic viticulture and minimal environmental impact.
The estate’s motto comes from the sundial that adorns the southern façade of the main building. “Sine sole nihil” is Latin for “nothing without the sun,” a tribute to the region’s Mediterranean climate and the Collard’s environmental principals.

Wines:

Mourgues du Grès Galets Dorés Costières de Nîmes Blanc
Mourgues du Grès Galets Rouges Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Mourgues du Grès Terre d’Argence Costières de Nîmes Rouge

 

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Château Valcombe

Luc and Cendrine Guénard purchased Château Valcombe from Paul Jeune (of Domaine Monpertuis) in   They now are proudly independent vignerons with a compulsion to further improve this jewel of an estate.  Their first efforts were in the 2009 vintage and we expect to have a long relationship with this couple who have been certified organic as of 2013. There are twenty-eight hectares of vineyards at the estate. Four red grape varieties (Syrah, Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault) and four white grape varieties (Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Bourboulenc) are planted and the average age of the vines is 55 years.  Certain parcels of Carignan and Grenache were planted in 1936.  The soils are essentially limestone and are covered with the famous “galets” of that area, large round rocks worn smooth by the movement of the Rhône River. Deep in the subsoil one also finds the unusual blue-inflected clay (“bleu argile”) that helps define the unique characteristics of the wines of Valcombe.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Château Valcombe Côtes de Ventoux “Les Hauts de Valcombe” Rouge

Château Valcombe Côtes de Ventoux Rosé

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Eric Texier

Eric Texier became a winemaker after a previous career and without any family background in vines or wines. He rediscovered nearly forgotten areas of ancient fame, like Brézème in the northern Côtes-du-Rhône, and nurtured relationships with people who tend their vines with passion. He has since acquired plots in Côte Rôtie and Condrieu in the northern Rhône, and replanted several hectares in Brézème, with Syrah and Roussanne. He now produces about 30 different wines, from 10 different origins. The wines are vinified in their areas of production.

Wines:

Texier Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc

Texier Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “Chat Fou”

Texier Côtes-du-Rhône Brézème

Texier St-Julien en St-Alban Rouge

Texier Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Domaine la Manarine

Domaine la Manarine was founded in 2001 by Gilles Gasq, a longtime assistant at Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Domaine Monpertuis. Situated on the distinct terroir known as Le Plan de Dieu, noted particularly for its deep underlying layers of limestone galets, Gasq’s vineyards are, combined with the dry climate, perfectly suited to the Grenache and Syrah he grows. The principal Côtes-du-Rhône rouge is made entirely of Grenache, with a separate Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Le Plan de Dieu cuvée called “Terres Saintes”. The Côtes-du-Rhône blanc is a blend of Bouboulenc and Clairette.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Domaine la Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Domaine la Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc

Domaine la Manarine Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé

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Gour de Chaulé, Gigondas

Domaine du Gour de Chaulé was founded in 1900 by Eugène Bonfils. Located in the heart of the village of Gigondas, the estate has passed since down through three generations of women winemakers, with Stéphanie Fumoso being the current proprietor. Encompassing just over 10 hectares of vines, the domaine’s oldest vines date to that original 1900 planting, with the average age being around 60 years. Grenache makes up 85% of the vineyard, with the balance being Syrah and Mourvèdre, along with a very small parcel of Cinsault which is use for the domaine’s rosé. Yields are low at 28-32 hectoliters per hectare. Although the cellar boasts modern equipment, all of the winemaking is essentially traditional, with manual harvests, no destemming, no new oak, and only large neutral foudres for aging.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Gour de Chaulé Gigondas “Cuvée Tradition”

Gour de Chaulé Gigondas Rosé “Cuvée Amour”

Gour de Chaulé Côtes du Rhône

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Domaine de Fenouillet, Beaumes de Venise

Patrick and Vincent Soard own and operate this impeccable domaine, the cellars of which are situated in the village of Beaumes de Venise, in the shadows of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. In 1988, with the encouragement of their mother, Nicole, they decided to renew the fame of the estate and constructed the chai and cellars necessary to vinify and bottle the full range of appellations available. Today the vineyards of the domaine extend over seven different communes, including Beaumes de Venise and the surrounding villages. The appellations include Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Ventoux, and Beaumes de Venise. The Soard family has always farmed with great concern for the environment and now all of the wines produced at the domaine are certified organic.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Domaine de Fenouillet Côtes de Ventoux

Domaine de Fenouillet “Les Terres Blanches” Beaumes de Venise Rouge

Domaine de Fenouillet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

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Yves Cuilleron, St-Joseph

The Cuilleron family domaine was founded in 1920, and Yves Cuilleron’s grandfather was the first to bottle wine for commercial purposes in 1947. Antoine Cuilleron, the uncle and immediate predecessor of Yves, assumed control of the domaine in 1960 and significantly increased the percentage of wine bottled at the estate and extended the scope of the domaine. Yves assumed full ownership and direction of the domaine in 1987 and, since that time, has built an entirely new facility while at the same time acquiring additional vineyard property. The domaine now covers multiple appellations, including Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Côte Rôtie, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniènnes.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Yves Cuilleron “Sybel” Syrah Rosé

Yves Cuilleron “Les Vignes d’à Côté” Syrah

Yves Cuilleron “Les Vignes d’à Côté Viognier

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Bois de Boursan, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Bois de Boursan produces beautiful, traditional Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Charismatic winemaker Jean-Paul Versino is the third generation of this Italian family in Châteauneuf. The estate now comprises 16 hectares, divided into 27 plots that are spread all over the Châteauneuf territory. Most of the vines are between 40 to 100 years old. The diversity of terroirs and geographies is beneficial when adverse climatic conditions strike. Also, given the vast size of the appellation, each vintage favors certain sectors over others. Only the top parcels make it into the final wine any given year, with the rest is sold to negoçiants. Jean-Paul’s wines have moved into top tier since the early 1990s, and are representative of deep, full, old vine Châteauneufs. The harvest is picked by hand. Two bins are used for sorting the grapes – fine grapes into one and less than perfect into the other for table wine. Versino believes that vinifying with the stems and aging the wine for extended periods in foudres gives Bois de Boursan’s Châteauneuf it’s unique character. This goes against the current trend of winemaking, which uses barriques to make bigger, darker, fruit-forward wines.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Bois de Boursan Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

Bois de Boursan Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

Bois de Boursan Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Felix

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