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June 27, 2022

Hail Hits France

There have been severe hailstorms in Bordeaux, the Southwest, Savoie, and Burgundy recently. Château Marie Plaisance in Bergerac had this to say about the storm that hit there (pictured is the hail storm in their vineyard): What a crazy weather… A way back to normal is now almost out of touch if humans do nothing….

May 31, 2022

Domaine l’Aumonier Goes Biodynamic

Domaine l’Aumonier in Touraine has moved from over a decade of organic to biodynamic farming. Here’s the update from the domaine’s Sophie Chardon: Biodynamics is going well, we have completed the passage of 500 P (horn dung) for the structuring of our soils, the development of the root system, and the activation of microbial life….

May 18, 2022

Good News in Burgundy!

Spring is now well established here, so the work in the vineyards keeps us 100% busy. We had almost forgotten what a normal year is! As I say to the children, in graphic terms of video games (as it speaks to them), we have passed Level 1: the frost has not done any damage this…

January 22, 2022

Château Coupe-Roses Wins Innovation Prize

Château Coupe-Roses recently won the “Innovation Prize” of the Agroecology Trophies 2021-2022 for Occitane in Languedoc. The prize rewards particularly innovative farmers in their agro-ecological practices. The domaine’s approach to implementing resilient viticulture is to promote biodiversity in and around the parcels. Located in a territory of strong environmental and heritage interest and in a…

August 23, 2021

Harvest Report 2021

Frost, drought and cool weather is not the summary of a perfect growing season, then throw in a few wildfires and other natural surprises and this completes a challenging year. The latter were not at Unang but close enough to be atmospheric. And yet, the resulting wines are full of promise, I shall try to…

July 9, 2021

The Magic of Alsace’s Grand Crus

The Magic of Alsace’s Grand Crus When it comes to French wines, the term Grand Cru has a magical connotation. But just how magical the name of a particular Grand Cru vineyard and the wines named after it really are depends enormously on the region. Both in terms of reputation and to your pocketbook, it…

May 26, 2021

Domaine Joseph Voillot 2019s are top!

It’s the best young vintage of Voillot wines that any of us here at Vintage ’59 Imports has ever tasted. And that’s no lie, no smoke. It’s at least as good–and probably better–as 2010 and 2002, which previously had been the two best vintages from Volnay/Pommard in my experience. The two Village wines are the…