“France has an extraordinary, and in many ways extremely difficult, position in the world of wine. To many of us, France is wine, and a certain sort of wine, not always the easiest to appreciate but often the most rewarding.
“France makes more wine than any other country except Italy, which sometimes wins the race for quantity but only in certain quarters comes near in terms of quality. France supplies the benchmarks by which almost all wines are judged. This perfectly temperate and varied climate and landscape can supply wines of virtually every style.”
— Jancis Robinson MW
“Burgundy is a wine region in central-eastern France near to the city of Dijon, built on centuries of winemaking tradition and with close historical links to monasteries; the Clos de Vougeot vineyard being a prime example. Burgundy’s patchwork quilt of vineyards and associated terroirs – or ‘climats‘ – gained UNESCO world heritage status in July 2015.”
Le Brun de Neuville: Since its foundation, Le Brun de Neuville has built itself around a history of men and women: the families of winegrowers, with a common desire to equip themselves with effective tools, so that their knowledge - combined with the rich product of their terroir - enables them to produce Champagnes of the highest quality.
The Le Brun family resides by the village of Bethon, close to the town of Sézanne in the Marne. The memory of Madame Le Brun, who owned the castle in 1845, is still alive today. The house Le Brun de Neuville inherits its name thanks to the action of the noble heiress of the Château de Bethon, Madame de Reviers, one of the founders of the House.
The vineyard Le Brun de Neuville is spread over 150 hectares, of which the majority has been planted for over 30 years on the undulating slopes of the Sézannais. Its vineyard is planted predominantly in Chardonnay, which represents 88% of the total. The Pinot Noir accounts for 11% and the Meunier just 1% of the vines. The supplies of Champagne Brun de Neuville come exclusively from the vines of its members.
Jean-Maurice Raffault: In early 2008, the Clos de L’Hospice, one of Chinon’s greatest sites, was replanted by Rodolphe Raffault of Domaine Jean Maurice Raffault. This extraordinary, one-hectare vineyard is a steeply sloped natural amphitheatre with limestone soil. It faces south, overlooking the Vienne River, opposite the Château de Chinon.
Château de Fontenay: Overlooking the Cher river and surrounded by vineyards, meadows, and woods, the Château de Fontenay is located in the Loire Valley, a designated Unesco World Heritage Site.
François Arnaud: François Arnaud Dauvergne is a young négociant based in the southern Rhône Valley. His career led him to work in different wineries before settling his own business in 2004. During these years he became convinced that relations with growers would be key to achieving the style and consistent quality of the wines he always dreamt to produce.
To select the best fruits for his wines, François Arnaud constantly seeks out the best terroirs with the help of his friend Jean-François RANVIER. Placing human relationship with the vinegrowers at the heart of their approach, they select the best plots and oversee the whole winemaking process to create modern blends, offering both generous fruit and freshness.
Jean Perrier & Fils:
Jean Perrier & Fils is a family estate that has been passed from father to son for seven generations since 1853. The history of this family is linked to the history of wines in Savoie and the French Alps. With a vineyard of 60 hectares, this is the leading family making mountain-style wines, using unique grapes typical to the region such as Jacquère, Altesse, and Mondeuse, under the new appellation Crémant de Savoie.
These wines are appreciated around the world for their great complexity and freshness: very dry and fruity, with a lot of minerality. They represent a quaint and wild way of life and offer a great new experience in the winegrowing French world.