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October 3, 2017

Rise of Chardonnay in Willamette Valley

Great piece in the new Wine & Spirits from Elaine Chukan Brown about the changing face of Chardonnay in the Central Willamette Valley. Includes plenty of well-deserved coverage for our pioneering friends at Walter Scott and St. Innocent Wineries .

July 20, 2017

Harvest 2017 News

2017 was finally not such a “rush” vintage – we finished to pick on October 17, while starting end of August. Which I prefer. Quality is really good (ripe, balanced juices), fermentations are still going on, slowly. But of course, like everywhere, we are missing grapes. Especially Muscat and Gewurz (which are not our main…

April 24, 2017

Frost Hits French Vineyards

Dear Roy, [In response to severe July 10th hail in Beaujolais]. So far everything is okay. We’re crossing our fingers every vintage! Frost damage was negligible, no hail damage yet, good yields, disease pressure low. Life is good. Thanks for your concern. Have a great summer! Cheers, Kerrie de Boissieu Château de Lavernette Wednesday, July…

April 19, 2017

1996 Champagne Retrospective

Peter Liem recently blind tasted 45 Champagnes from 1996, all but one sourced directly from producers. Only eight wines, including selections from Jacquesson and Lilbert-fils, were given a top rating. Among the very best wines of the tasting were Louis Roderer’s Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Philliponat’s Clos des Goisses, and Salon; alongside these were the…

April 4, 2017

Letter from Jacquesson on the release of Cuvée 740

Dear Vintage ’59 Team, You will not find cépages details anymore on our brochures, back labels and other documents. The Cuvée 700 can be considered as the Wine of the Domaine as it represents on average 95% of the production. It means that the % of cépages does not vary a lot; 50% + chardonnay,…

March 22, 2017

Domaine Les Bastides in the news

The March issue of La Revue du Vin de France (that country’s top wine magazine) did a feature on producers in Provence and singled out Carole Salen from Domaine Les Bastides. Here’s what they said: In Puy-Sainte-Réparade, Domaine Les Bastides has belonged to the Salen family since 1967. Jean Salen was one of those rare…

March 2, 2017

Françoise Ollier on Faugères

It is the smallest appellation of Languedoc and the only one delimited around a single terroir: schist. When it is no longer schist, it is no longer Faugères. It is then called “AOP Languedoc” or “IGP Pays d’Oc”. Schist is why the wines of Faugères are very recognizable: a texture of tannins very soft and…

February 24, 2017

The Market in Narbonne

At the beginning of every year we do a pilgrimage through France. Two cars, eight people, a start in Champagne with a journey down through Chablis, the Côte d’Or, Jura, Mâcon, Beaujolais, the Rhône, Provence, and an end in the high scrublands of Languedoc. Some years back, the family at Coupe Roses took us to…

February 6, 2017

A Note from Maxime Toutain of Normandy’s Calvados Toutain

We are a small domain which we manage ourselves, my mother Corinne and myself. My mother manages the bottling, all the preparation of orders and all the administrative parts tied to our clients. I manage the production, the distillation, the aging, and the assemblages as well as the administrative parts tied to Calvados. Together we…