A custom blend by importer Bjoern Lanwer and a fleshy, ripe and beautifully pure barrel sample, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes (54% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre and the balance Cinsault, aged almost all in tank) offers up plenty of ripe plum, black raspberry, wild herbs and violets to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely fruited profile on the palate. Possessing solid purity, good overall freshness and a very drinkable feel, it should be consumed over the coming 4-5 years.
Leap of Faith
A beautiful barrel sample that shows the quality of the vintage, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Leap of Faith is a custom blend by importer Bjoern Lanwer and is comprised of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah that had 20% of the blend aged in oak. Coming from clay and limestone soils, it possesses a semi-opaque purple color to go with vibrant aromas and flavors of black raspberry, mulberry, violets, toasted spice and dusty earth. Medium-bodied on the palate, with a seamless, elegant profile that gains richness and depth in the glass, this beauty has integrated acidity, fine tannin and a terrific finish. It should be approachable on release, yet evolve nicely for 5-6 years. It should end up being a superb value and well worth checking out.
Les Trois (Coming Soon)
Details of this wine coming soon.
Valle Pradinhos is an historic, family-owned 350 hectare estate established in 1913.The wines are a blend of native grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Malvasia Fina, and renowned international grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer and Riesling.
Maria Antónia Pinto de Azevedo Mascarenhas is the current owner of Casal de Vale Pradinhos. Since she took over the management of the property in 1994, she has implemented her vision of winemaking in the style of the wines that are produced here. Her daughter Maria will be the 4th generation of women directly involved in the management of this estate.
The estate’s “old world” terroir and passionate wine making team combine perfectly to deliver premium world-class Portuguese wine.
Clos des Saumanes
A protected place, exceptional wine
Going to the Clos des Saumanes will make you take a break from routine. Loose your bearings and let this extraordinary place charm you with its vistas and Mediterranean climate.
Winzerhof Thoerle is a family owned and operated winery in Rheinhessen in the town of Saulheim, with Johannes Thoerle in the DRIVER seat and helped by his parents Rudolf and Ute and his brother Christoph. Johannes joined the winery a few years ago after an apprenticeship with star winemaker Wittmann. The family owns 15 hectares in the Hoelle, Schlossberg and Probstey vineyards in the Saulheim wine region, where they grow mainly Riesling, Silvaner and Burgundy grapes. Thoerle is one of the up and coming superstars in Germany.
Just imagine a little piece of paradise stretching between the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Pyrenees…
…here you are,in the vineyard DOMAINE Chemin Faisant,on the district of TAUTAVEL.
The region of Roussillon is a huge amphitheatre surrounded by massifs, shaped by numerous tectonic mouvments.
The landscape SHOWS the varied geological structure; this physical patchwork creates a terrain that suits and maximises the characteres of every grape varietal.
The vines are ubiquitous, between garrigue and maquis, in a tortured landscape , with a mineral and savage beauty.
The vineyard stretches over 12 km, and grows 4 types of the appelation grape varities: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan within the respect of the environment; in the hot and sunny climate, this latest gives our wine its distinctive style.
More than 25000 hours of sun per year, little to no rain during the late portion of the growing season, the variation of temperatures between day and night due to the height, the breezy Tramontane in winter but dry in summer that reduces the effect of PARASITE desease, the low yield…this land is blessed by the Gods!
For nearly 20 years Xavier Vignon has been a consulting winemaker for numerous estates of the Southern Rhone Valley, where he brings his expertise from vineyard management to winemaking. Xavier and the fifteen winemakers composing his team allow today more than 250 estates from Southern and Northern Rhone as well as Corsica and Languedoc to fully express the potential of their terroirs vintage after vintage.
This unique position has allowed Xavier to acquire a deep understanding of the Southern Rhone Terroirs. The observation of those terroirs season after season enables Xavier to seize each year the best of each vintage. This relationship with the vignerons, from the most renowned to some more confidential, allows Xavier to have access to wines for his blends usually kept by the estates.