The Bichot family who settled in Burgundy in 1350 and founded their wine business in 1831, onehundred and ninety years ago is also behind the Jean Bouchard wines. In 1926, the Bichot family began a partnership with Jean Bouchard, a company then based in Bordeaux. The Bichot family purchased the company in 1955, allowing Jean Bouchard to continue to run the business. As anhomage to Jean’s past legacy, the label was revived in early 2000 especially for the retail channel. The family is big on sustainability and viticulture is carried out by following this concept.While Jean Bouchard wines are sourced from different regional growers, it shares the samewinemaking team and facilities which are owned by Albert Bichot.
The Bichot family settled in Burgundy in 1350 and founded their wine business in 1831, one hundred and ninety years ago. Today, Alberic Bichot is the 6th generation to run this historical house that is headquartered in Beaune. They own six estates in Burgundy with 100 hectares of land. The wines from their own estates are made from 100% estate grown fruit under the various domaine names, while the wines under the Albert Bichot label are from their negociant business of purchased grapes. The family is big on sustainability and no synthetic chemicals are used in viticulture. In the winery the aim is for a light touch allowing the wines to show their sense of place.
It’s rare that a wine can tell a story different enough from the rest to arouse curiosity. But the wines from the Domaine d’Aussières are the sum of a unique series of circumstances, ambitious decisions, a partnership with nature and the knowledge, intense desire and perseverance to produce something exceptional.
When the Rothschild family visited Aussières in 1999 the buildings were crumbling and the land, long since untended, lay overgrown. But what appeared was an untamed beauty with a history and a soul, and fertile land for grapes to grow.
The estate lay in a hollow of the rugged hills just behind the Mediterranean coastline, in the south of France. Beneath its high rocks, where a pair of royal eagles’ nest, stood small oaks, pines and juniper battered by the wind and the essence of wild rosemary, thyme and lavender evaporating under the burning sun. The 173 hectares at the center of the estate had been used to grow grapes for the better part of the last 2000 years and were now a unique opportunity to bring the spirit of Lafite and rebuild a substantial winery i n a microclimate like nowhere else in the world.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe has been in the Brunier family for six generations, beginning in 1891. The winery is in Bédarrides, at the south eastern area of the appellation. The Domaine is named after inventor Claude Chappe’s visual telegraph tower that was built on the property. Daniel Brunier describes the style of Vieux Télégraphe as Burgundian because he is handles Grenache like a Pinot Noir, which results in delicate, almost perfumed Châteauneuf du Pape without jamminess or over ripeness.
Mathieu Moron and Pierre Olivier Garcia are childhood friends that finish each other’s sentences. They began making wines in 2016; 2500 bottles in total. The Chateau is a renovated house turned winery that they purchased in the centre of Nuits Saint Georges. Their farming methods exceed biodynamic standards: they both believe that vineyard health is synonymous with a balanced ecosystem which explains the chickens used to graze their vineyards and the horses when they can afford to.
David Moret studied viticulture and oenology and then sold winery equipment to local growers and winemakers before starting his own label as a micro-négociant in 2000, out of his small cellar in the centre of Beaune. David only makes white Burgundies which are intense, bold and polished, like the man himself, the wines are jolly, enthusiastic is best served with good food and company. His wines are listed at many top tables in France and England and he is one of those small producers that those in the know, would like to keep a secret.
Mark Haisma is an Australia winemaker (ex Yarra Yerring) working as a micro-negociant in Burgundy. He started his label in 2007 and due to his small production, all his wines are on allocation. Mark’s range begins with two easy drinking wines called ‘A Bogan in Bogandy’, poking fun at his Australian roots. Bogan is slang for an unsophisticated person and Bogandy is a play on words. It is not easy being a foreigner in Burgundy where grapes are in high demand therefore it is quite an accomplishment that he has managed to purchase various parcels, including Echezeaux Grand Cru.
Pol Roger is both a champagne and a family institution with a tradition of excellence. Pol Roger founded his champagne house in Epernay in 1849. Through 5 generations and 160 years of history, Pol Roger's direct descendants have owned and run this proudly independent firm – one of the very famous in Champagne – whose wines are prized by champagne lovers throughout the world. Their famous Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. Continuity, family, and striving always to improve lie at the heart of Pol’s success story.
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"Delamain range starts where others end, with an X.O."
With an incredibly old family tradition, Delamain makes for an exciting cognac house with roots dating back to the early 1600s! The family tree couldn't be more complicated, and yet the Delamain brand has managed to survive since its creation in 1762. This is a cognac house that is unapologetic when it comes to quality, selecting only the very excellent from its suppliers in order to create its own products. With the British aristocracy having influenced the Delamain’s for generations, this cognac is authentically catered for royalty.
The estate Thibault Liger-Belair dates back to 1720 and developed a reputation as one of the representative estates of the Cote de Nuites in Burgundy. Thibault is the latest generation of this noble family and took over in 2003. He strictly applies since then his philosophy stating the necessity to follow the will of nature while crafting its wines, obtaining true, pure expressions of the terroirs.