The Grand Cru by Billecart Salmon

The Grand Cru by Billecart-Salmon is a limited time premium champagne experience, showcasing a line-up of exceptional cuvées from Maison Billecart-Salmon, hosted at Custom Lane – Auckland’s newest day-to-night hotspot.

Dhall&Nash, alongside with Custom Lane @ Grand Mercure Auckland, is organizing a Billecart-Salmon Champagne Pop Up Bar.

Join us every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 15th to the 29th of December to experience one of the finest Champagne in the world. A knowledgeable and passionate sommelier will be on site to help you choose from the exceptional Billecart-Salmon range and from some of our Cellar that will also be available there.

On this occasion, Custom Lane will be redesigned according to the look and feel of Maison Billecart so that you can fully experience the magic that Billecart captures in every glass.

For more information on the Grand Cru, check out our dedicated website here.

Billecart-Salmon Maison

The story of Billecart-Salmon all began in 1818 when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon founded a Champagne House that was above all conscious of the excellence of its wines.

Their Maison is one of the most sterling examples of Louis XI architecture. It is one of the few left standing today following the Napoleonic revolution where so much of the great architecture of Louis XVI was destroyed.

The Maison today is still family owned jointly by two brothers – the seventh generation of the family. The secret of the Maison has been the ‘savoir-faire’ passed down from generation to generation. Indeed, since 1818, every member of the Billecart family has been committed to perpetuating the family tradition through standing by the immutable oath :

“Give priority to quality, strive for excellence.”

All of the twenty-seven 3 Michelin starred restaurants in France serve Billecart-Salmon Champagne. Don’t miss your chance to experience it at The Grand Cru!

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Here is the list of the Champagne that will available by glass and bottle at The Grand Cru :

2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Brut

“This vintage has begun to open magnificently since its release, displaying remarkable complexity, yet at every moment clinging to impeccable elegance, a coiled focus of malic acid tension and exhilarating chalk mineral texture. Delightful poise and intricate craftsmanship proclaim one of the great Billecart’s of the modern era.” – Tyson Stelzer (99 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

 

2004 Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

“BdB 2004 makes a monumental declaration; from Billecart’s proud position in the heart of pinot territory, this house is masterful in its command of the finest Chardonnay Crus… At a decade or so of age, its exacting, youthful freshness of lemon and white peach is breathtakingly elegant, yet innately intense. Subtle oak structure gently coaxes out notes of almond, nougat and subtle toasty complexity, building creamy texture and accenting dazzling chalk minerality. Grand longevity.” – Tyson Stelzer (98 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

2006 Billecart- Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth

“I tasted this with Antoine Billecart in October 2015, and it lives up to its lofty reputation as the best rosé in the world. It is composed of even parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it is the red wine that is added (about 9%) that puts this wine in a class of its own. The red Pinot Noir is all from the 1er Cru of Mareuil, in fact from one 80-year-old plot called the Valofroy. This ultimately elegant Champagne has kaleidoscopic complexity with everything inside from white flowers to subtle hazelnuts. The Volnay-like character of the red wine is in the background now, but for the patient, this wine will be a treat on the level of any wine in the world.” – Gary Westby

NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

“A beautifully pristine Blanc de Blancs. Elegantly understated lemon and grapefruit evolve to anise, highlighted by struck flint. The tense structure and energetic tang of the season heighten the wonderful mineral expression.” – Tyson Stelzer (98 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

“Billecart is royalty among the readily available entry NVs. Brut Reserve is a captivating contradiction, dressing one of Champagne’s higher representations of Pinot Meunier in one of the most delicate and graceful of attires. It glides onto the stage and sings with the pristine signature of the house, energising the red apple, berry and strawberry fruits of Pinot Meunier with a breathtakingly refined melody of pure lemon blossom and lemon meringue in a dazzling display of fine, chalk minerality and understated, fragrant elegance. The effortless, understated purity of Billecart can even leave the unsuspecting wondering what the fuss is all about, but wait for the second sip and the orchestra will strike up and lift your mood in an instant. .” – Tyson Stelzer (95 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose

“This is clearly one of my favourite rosé Champagnes out there. I love the freshness and clarity of the wine, from its light pink colour to crisp acidity and minerally, chalky character on the finish. It’s full-bodied and dense yet agile with amazing length and beauty. Refreshing and vibrant. As it warms, it gives you delicate Pinot Noir character like Aloxe-Corton or another excellent appelation. Drink now.” – James Suckling (95 Points)

NV Billecart-Salmon Demi-Sec

“One of the most refreshing and well-crafted sweet champagnes on the shelves… with acidity and poise to handle its honeyed sweetness. This transforms the clean fruit precision that defines Billecart into candied citrus, lemon drops and glace figs, with a creamy, sweet finish, well-toned by balanced acidity.” – Tyson Stelzer (92 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

NV Billecart-Salmon Premier Cru Sous-Bois

“Sous Bois is as distinctive for Billecart as its bold, modern label. Billecart is constantly experimenting, and occasionally something emerges from its trials for all to behold. Sous Bois is literally ‘underwood,’ inspired by oak-fermented parcels destined for Billecart’s top cuvées. Sous Bois exalts the crunchy strawberry hull and fresh white cherries of its pinot core, intricately interwoven with the spice, toast and creamy texture of oak, without ever becoming oaky. It sings with classic Billecart precision while basking in the richness of barrel fermentation, silky and alluring, confronting and commanding, all at once.” – Tyson Stelzer (95 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

Introducing Norman Hardie: A Cult Phenomenon from Niagara

Right from the start, Norman Hardie’s goal has always been to produce wine of the highest quality, that taste of a place, and every year to raise the bar on quality. He’s quickly developed a strong clientele of local and international clients who appreciate his Old World handcrafted style. Almost immediately upon opening, the winery received phenomenal accolades from top wine critics.

“The most important thing about Norman Hardie’s wines from Ontario are that they are absolutely, utterly, profoundly delicious…I cannot enthuse about these wines enough.” – Jancis Robinson 27.05.2016.

Indeed, whatever wine you pick up from Norman Hardie you will be rewarded with perfectly food-pleasing acidity and low-intervention winemaking that is both delicious and feels decidedly good for you.

Norman Hardie is making what many consider to be Canada’s finest wines. They are the stars of wine publications like Decanter and Fine Wine and on top wine lists in New York, London, Tokyo and Toronto.

Any force needs to be well-provisioned, especially one led by a frontiersman like Norman Hardie, whose lifelong obsession with Old World wines has found an unlikely home in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Norman Hardie earned his sommelier certification at the University of Dijon in the late 1980s. After putting this certification to use for Four Seasons Hotel in 1989, he spent 6 years (12 harvests) apprenticing with some of the best producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in both hemispheres. It was inevitable that Hardie was going to set up his own operation. In 2003 he made the leap, took a partner, put down roots in Prince Edward County and began, with a winery built in time for the 2004 vintage.

It was the soil that led him, after all these travels, to the County. Despite being only 200 kilometers east of Toronto, Prince Edward County shares a very similar soil makeup and latitude with Burgundy—a place that has left an inedible mark on Hardie’s psyche: “I spent a year in Burgundy when I was 22, you know, once you taste a great Burgundy, you’re done… you’re done. That was it, life just became expensive from that moment on.” The rare mix of limestone and clay is indeed the holy grail for those who want to make world-class Pinot Noir. “When I drove in here in 2001, I got off the highway, and had a look at the soils and was like, ‘OK, there’s a catch.’ These soils are beautiful, this is what I’ve seen in Burgundy, so why are there no grapes? And the reason being every year we get minus 25 or colder. And minus 25 is the death knell.” Like all Canadian winemakers, Hardie is on the front lines of Canada’s harsh and changing climate. For the most part, that means protecting vines from the cold by burying them underground in the winter. In the spring, it means doing everything possible—from lighting hay on fire to windmill towers and renting helicopters—to minimize the effects of a spring frost that can ravage a year’s work in mere hours.

During the growing season and harvest, Norman Hardie works tirelessly to ensure that not even the minute details are missed. On the weekends outside of this, his gregarious personality moves throughout the winery fluidly directing his staff and making all who enter the winery feel welcome. There’s something magnetic about Norman Hardie: It’s a combination of a magnetic personality, a generosity of spirit, a relentless drive towards a goal and a pizza oven.


The Wines

2015 Norman Hardie Niagara Cabernet Franc

An elegantly perfumed nose of classic cool-climate Cabernet Franc characteristics: deep red fruit, jalapeno, stony gravel and a touch of meatiness. On the palate an exceptional balance of firm tannin and bright acid, rich berry notes and a long, lingering finish. This is a versatile food-pairing wine.

2015 Norman Hardie Niagara Chardonnay

“This Chardonnay is a reductive yellow goddess dressed chardonnay, connected to the fullest of its fruit, (slowly developed) creamy malolactic, touchstone acidity and grape tannic ability. There is understated feeling in the throes of richness that the winemaker and the place always seem to agree upon. The display window celebrates and proudly promotes the somewhereness of this wine” Michael Godel, WineAlign

2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir

“So supple and delicious, with primary red cherry fruit and some spicy structure. Has amazing precision and lovely fruit purity, with a bit of grip under the fruit. There’s a lightness and elegance to the wine that’s delightful, and it should develop well.” – Jamie Goode, WineAnorak 

2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Riesling

This Riesling is zesty, vibrant and fresh with tangy lime citrus and mineral making up its heart and soul. It’s absolutely delicious. This is hot-summer-day-on-a-patio wine if there ever was one.

7 Reasons Why We Love Piccolos

Fun size and perfect for all occasions! Image Courtesy of La Marca Prosecco

When its come to sparkling wine the piccolo is definitely one of the great innovations. It’s changing how we approach these delicious treats, taking them out of the realm of celebrations into the realm of everyday luxury. So here are 7 reasons to love piccolos, just in time for Summer…


1. Zero Wastage

With sparkling wine, there is nothing more frustrating than a bottle that’s lost its fizz. This is easy to eliminate with this perfect single serve option. Gone are the days of sadly pouring that half bottle from last nights party down the sink as its gone flat…

2. Fridge Space and Cooling

In the modern apartment and home, fridges are getting smaller and thus putting a premium on space. This small format bottle slots into the little gaps in your fridge. Plus in an added bonus rapid chilling! Due to the smaller volume of the bottle, it chills far more rapidly than its full-size brothers. Just think, ice cold Prosecco in under 30 minutes.

3. Great for Cocktails

With the resurgence in cocktails, the Italian Aperitivo is definitely an easy home option. However, very rarely do these delicious treats call for more than a splash of the good stuff. One piccolo is the perfect for a pair of spritz’… For more cocktail ideas check out our guide to Prosecco drinks here.

4. Variety is the Spice of Life

La Marca Prosecco Piccolos – Image Courtesy of La Marca Prosecco

The piccolo can be looked at as the ultimate way to experience a diverse range of wines. With its small format it’s the perfect way to enjoy a super fresh bottle every time plus it means you’re not committed to 750ml of liquid. So change it up and experiment with something new in this small format!

5. Cute, Cute, Cute!

There’s nothing cuter than little things! So what’s cuter than a little bottle of vino? Not a lot – so wow your party guests with an ice cold piccolo. We suggest La Marca

6. Picnic Perfect

Slide a couple of these discrete treats into your next picnic spread… Their small scale makes them an easy option – plus you don’t need to remember glasses just grab some straws and enjoy some Prosecco in the summer sun!

7. Convenience Plus

Piccolos are perfect for the busy modern life! Pocket-sized, quick to chill, no wastage, easy open and who needs a glass? Slide one in your bag and head out there and Make Everyday Sparkle

 

Check out our pick of the Piccolos – La Marca Prosecco Here…

Great American Chardonnay…

After our recent focus on Burgundy, we’ve decided to share a selection of our favourite Chardonnays from the West Coast of the USA. From the  rich and balanced wines of Washington State, the incredibly delicious wines from Sonoma Coast with some of the most spectacular cliff top vineyards in the World; the exceptional from Carneros a unique micro-climate found at the foot of Sonoma and Napa; and of course the lush, layered and complex wines of Napa Valley itself. Please see below for some choice picks from our cellars.

(For more on California Click here.)

The House at Flowers Winery in Sonoma Coast


Drink Now

2014 Bogle Reserve Chardonnay – California, USA

Wine Spectator, Decanter and Wine Enthusiast to name a few World-Class wine publications have repeatedly rated Bogle as the greatest value wine available from the USA

 

2014 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Chardonnay – Washington, USA

Ripe orchard fruit flavours are joined by creamy, buttery notes and balanced by lively acidity, creating a rich yet fresh wine.
“What’s remarkable is the careful and personal detail each of the 6000 barrels get for this wine.” – Natalie McLean (90 points)

2016 Coppola Diamond Chardonnay – California, USA

This Chardonnay reflects the distinctive personality of Monterey vineyards, which give rise to juicy apple, guava and melon flavours.  Whole-cluster pressing and a combination of barrel and stainless steel fermentation ensure that the creamy texture and caramelized sugar finish is balanced by a crisp acidity.

2014 H3 Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay – Washington, USA

Hints of toasty coconut join flavors of white orchard fruits, pineapple, grapefruit and sweet oak, ending with a lengthy finish of creamy vanilla.
The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines

 

For the Cellar

2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – California, USA

“The 2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast offers aromas of honey-drizzled peaches, poached pears, muskmelon and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and plenty of butter-laced stone fruit flavours on offer, it has great harmony and persistence” – Wine Advocate

2015 Flowers Sonoma Chardonnay – California, USA

Elegant, balanced palate driven by citrus and stone fruit that carry over onto a long finish marked with the distinctive acidity of the Sonoma Coast.

2014 Hyde de Villaine De la Guerra Chardonnay – California, USA

The palate echoes the nose with brilliant freshness and focus. The pleasant texture is enhanced by gentle richness, carrying the wine to a long and bright finish.

2013 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay – California, USA

The palate is precise and focused, driven by mouthwatering acidity and framed by flinty, coastal minerality – a vivid expression of Flowers Estate vineyard.

2013 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay – California, USA

“A fresh and clean wine with a lovely linear structure that gives the wine energy and power. Medium body, lovely cream and flan and hints of stone. Love the subtlety and length.” – James Suckling

12 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionnelle – California, USA

The fragrance of fruit is complemented with hints of yeast, white flowers, spicy ginger and fresh honeycomb. The lime, tangerine and pear flavours are tart and refreshing on entry. The palate is crisp with long lingering acidity.

 

(To see all our American Producers Click Here)

Introducing La Marca – Make Every Day Sparkle

La Marca is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of the Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded over 40 years ago this co-op, comprising of over 5,o00 growers, cultivates  6,880 hectares in Treviso – the true heart of Prosecco growing region. Focusing on creating wine from only the best grapes and using the best technology available to make the world’s best Prosecco.


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Wine Description
Made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy from the Glera grape, Prosecco is characterized by light and delicate fruit and floral aromatics, and a friendly mouthfeel. Prosecco is best consumed soon after production while it still retains its youthful fruitiness and stimulating acidity.

Winemaking Notes
La Marca Prosecco is produced from 100% Glera grapes harvested in early September, and sourced from hundreds of small vineyards throughout the region. The grapes were crushed immediately after harvest before being pressed in gentle membrane presses. The juice was allowed to cold-settle before the initial fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 59-65˚ F. The still wine underwent ageing on the lees prior to a secondary fermentation using the Charmat method at a temperature of 59˚F.

Tasting Notes
This fully sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in colour. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose, the wine brings fresh citrus with a vibrant bouquet of apple, white peach and honeysuckle, the soft, harmonious fruity notes make this wine ideal for any occasion.

La Marca is about transforming a moment, or closer, a mood. Opening a bottle brings an energy that enlivens, uplifts, and elevates, in an era when affordable luxury is appreciated. So let’s make everyday sparkle.

Billecart-Salmon Rosé – One of the Greatest Wines On Earth

When it comes to Champagne Rosé, Billecart-Salmon not only sets the bar but dominates the category. The elegance and finesse of these outstanding wines could only come from a family whose story stems from not only love but a historic connection with Champagne…

 

Nicolas-François Billecart met Elisabeth Salmon in 1818. They fell in love. They were soon married. For their wedding gift from the Salmon family, they have bestowed a small plot of perfect land in the beautiful Mareuil sur Ay in the Marne region of Champagne. They decided to found a Champagne House with this land that was above all a beacon of excellence and purity. This was a very pioneering venture. ‘Sparkling Champagne’ at this time was still in it’s early days. Exploding bottles were still a major issue in the process – but then, this was an explosive love.
Their Maison is one of the most sterling examples of Louis XI architecture. It is one of the few left standing today following the Napoleonic revolution where so much of the great architecture of Louis XVI was destroyed. The Maison today is still family owned jointly by two brothers – the seventh generation of the family. The secret of the Maison has been the ‘savoir-faire’ passed down from generation to generation. The eighth generation – Nicolas-François Billecart came on board alongside his father Francois, Uncle Antoine and grandfather Jean in 2010.

“My father turns 90 next March and we are very lucky that he still joins us for every tasting,” Antoine reflects, “He began working in wine when he was 16 and has over 70 harvests in his memory. His experience of terroir is so great that he can comment on the effect of every parcel in a blend and challenge us to consider what a wine will be like in 20 years. ‘This sample won’t last, and in 15 years you’re going to cry!’ he tells us. He has such experience that he can feel a vintage by smelling and tasting the musts building the blend in his mind before we even taste it.”
The art of crafting elegant, graceful champagne requires the most exacting skill. Sweetness, richness and breadth cover all manner of sins in Champagne, but a wine in its unadorned, raw nakedness reveals even the slightest blemish for all to see. In the words of Tyson Stelzer –
‘The mark of Billecart is made not by the heavy footfall of concentration, power and presence but rather by the fairy touch of delicacy and crystal clear fidelity.’
Every one of its dozen cuvées articulately speaks the house philosophy of ‘respecting’ the integrity of the fruit, freshness and acidity.


NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

The production secrets and the vinification method of this cuvée go back to the origins of the House of Billecart-Salmon and have been handed down for seven generations.

 

2006 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé

Created in 1988 as a tribute to the co-founder Elisabeth Salmon, this cuvée distinguishes itself through its intensity of beautiful and elegant flavours.

Sacha Lichine – Producer of the World’s most acclaimed Rose Wines

Rosé has of late become something of the wunderkind for everyone.

This intriguing wine can be produced from anything from Pinot Gris to Cabernet Franc. However the true spiritual home of this luscious pink beast is Provence, and when it comes to Provence, one name is above all others – Sacha Lichine. In particular, Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel

Sacha Lichine was born in Bordeaux and educated in the U.S., and has worked in every aspect of the Wine industry from production to final sale. He began working at his family’s former properties, Chateau Prieure Lichine and Chateau Lascombes during the summers of his youth from working the vines to dressing and selling the final product in the estates’ retail shops.

Sacha subsequently established, at the University level in America, a summertime job, between 1978 and 1982; Sacha Lichine International which was a luxury wine tour business to France for educationally hungry Americans that consisted of 3 week immersion trips through all major wine villages and appellations in France. He also worked at Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant in Boston as a Sommelier between 1979 and 1982. Following this job, Sacha worked as a Salesperson and Buyer at C. Pappas & Company, a wine wholesaler/ distributor in Massachusetts between 1982 and 1983. In 1983 Sacha formed 2 ventures; Sacha Lichine Estate Selections focussing on Estates
& Domaines from the Rhone to Burgundy whose wines were then sold to Distributors throughout America. A defining moment in Sacha’s career came about in 1987 when he started running Prieure Lichine at age 27. Additionally, Sacha worked with his father Alexis Lichine to update the renowned Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits.

In 1990 Sacha started a negociant business in Margaux, Borvin, which he still operates focusing on selecting the best wines from Bordeaux and the south of France and in 1992 Sacha became a Negociant in Burgundy forming Sacha Lichine & Associates. Recognizing the importance of innovation in an increasingly varied wine industry around the world, Sacha developed a line of new world wines from France, Sacha Lichine International/ Vins Sans Frontiers which has roots in the selection of small Domaines, Vins de Pays and Burgundian wines under his name and distributed by the wine company Borvin Sacha Lichine International.

Chateau d’Esclans Domaines Sacha Lichine La Motte en Provence, France

A pivotal moment for Sacha was his 2006 acquisition of Chateau d’Esclans in Provence. In keeping with his uncanny sense of innovation, Sacha felt that Rosé had strong developmental opportunities to become more serious from a production standpoint in addition to being served and consumed more broadly. The result to this foresight energized by an abiding passion for making and promoting great wine has resulted in building a world-class brand, Whispering Angel, Chateau d’Esclans Rock Angel, Chateau d’Esclans Les Clans and Chateau d’Esclans Garrus while providing a strong contribution to unprecedented growth within the Rosé category.

However, this kingpin of all of things pink has more arrows in his quiver – along with his stunning range from Provence Sacha also has another sub-brand Sacha Lichine Selection. For this, he painstakingly sources the best grapes from throughout France to bring you some truly exquisite blends.

For More On Sacha’s Wines Please See Below


2016  Whispering Angel Rosé

“Caves D’Esclans Identifies Vineyards, Grapes & Wines From Château D’Esclans as well as Local Growers to Make What Has Reputedly Become The World’s Greatest Rosé.”

2016 Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rose

“New and noteworthy – Sacha Lichine Selection wines are Vin de France and crafted for today’s contemporary wine consumer.”

2016 Sacha Lichine Le Poussin Rosé

“Sacha Lichines acquisition of Chateau d’Esclans in Provence has resulted in building a world-class brand while providing a strong contribution to unprecedented growth within the Rosé category.”

A Recommendation of Exquisite Burgundy…

Burgundy, or in its native tongue, Bourgogne, is a historic wine province made up of more AOCs than any other part of France. Burgundian winegrowers focus heavily on creating true reflections of their unique and rich terroir…

So with this in mind, we’ve scoured or cellars for some of the most interesting wines that truly champion this terroir-driven wine region. Before we can tell you about these amazing gems here’s some more background on Burgundy.

The earliest historically recorded plantings in the Burgundy region date back the 2nd Century AD, although it is believed the Celts may have been practising viticulture in the area long before this, perhaps even back in the B.C. era.

Much of Burgundy’s wine history comes hand in hand with its religious history – the Roman Catholic Church had an enormous impact on the success of Burgundy as a wine region. By 910, The Benedictines or ‘Black Monks’ had possession over a significant amount of vineyard land and would maintain this ownership for centuries. In 1098, another order of the Roman Catholic Church was established in France – the Cistercians – and their Monastery was situated in Burgundy. This order dedicated themselves to wine and quality viticulture. In 1336, they created the Clos de Vougeot, a prestigious walled vineyard that is still operational today. With such immense dedication to the art of winemaking, the Cistercians soon noticed how vastly different wines could be coming from different growing areas. This was to be the foundation for the later establishment of the Cru titles and the region’s renowned understanding of terroir.

Today, Burgundy resembles the quintessential vision of France. It is romantic and nostalgic – dubbed by some as the land of fine art and living. Life is fun and beautiful, yet without rush, and the locals believe this is down to the excellent food and even better wine.

The region links the Paris Basin to the Saône River corridor, and many of the vineyards are spread over undulating hills and banks. Part of the appeal of Burgundy, and the reason it is home to so many different AOCs, is its soils and lands are so diverse – even within itself. So much so, that even grapes from the same singular vineyard sometimes produce different results.

To learn more about this diverse and stunning wine region, click here.

2010 Domaine Jean Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres

“Perrières might well have been classified as a Grand Cru…” – Jancis Robinson. No truer words can be said about this amazing slice terroir…

2013 Domaine Bertagna Les Cras Blanc

Famously producing this Chardonnay from their Les Cras plot within Vougeot, a rare white wine in this Grand Cru vineyard dominated by Pinot Noir.

2014 Domaine Alain Gras Saint Romain Village Blanc

Powerful and sophisticated nose, with a hint of nuts, toast and vanilla beans. Expressive palate, full and supple. A wine with minerality, an elegant touch of oak, and a beautiful, long finish.

2014 Domaine Pascal Bouchard Chablis Les Clos

Les Clos is the most famous Grand Cru vineyard in Chablis. Displaying a beautiful fragrance, filled with slate and apple, leading to a vibrant, yet rich, mouthful of mineral and citrus flavours.

2015 Domaine Morey-Coffinet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Cailleret

You can really taste the thin stony soil of the steepest vineyard in Chassagne Vineyard.

2010 Domaine Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots

Glued to the vast Clos de la Roche, classified Grand Cru, Les Chaffots is a 1er Cru climate of 62 hectares on which the Magnien estate cultivates Pinot Noir. The plot is found on fossiliferous limestones on a steep slope.

2013 Domaine Bertagna Clos de Vougeot

This walled vineyard is overlooked by Clos Blanc De Vougeot Castle. Delicate and nuanced with lingering notes of dark morello cherry.

2014 Domaine Olivier Le Temps des Cerises Santenay Village

Originating from different plots around Santenay, this appellation is known for supple and fruity wines with a beautiful plush mouthfeel.

2014 Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmot

The most feminine of the Domaine’s Pommards, having an alluring, rich character, with dense, silky tannins, a floral note of spicy roses, and a long aftertaste that is delicate and very sensual.

Focus on SMWE – Wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar

STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, notably known for being the winery that won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, was founded in 1970, and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar’s goal is to create wines of classic beauty — wines with balance, complexity and harmony. Their signature style has often been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove,” a reference to the artful balance between ripeness and restraint, softness and structure, that yields Napa Valley wines of exceptional beauty and long life. Achieving that style requires a level of attention to detail found only among the world’s best and most dedicated wine producers.

Visit Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars here.


Some of STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS key wines

 

2013 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon

The top wine of the undisputed kings of Californian Cabernet.

 

2013 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet Sauvignon

The wines from this site directly inspired the founding of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Single vineyard Cabernet from one of the best vintages of this century.

 

2014 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay

Hand-picked from the best sites in Napa this wine is elegantly powerful. Balancing fruit, oak and concentration…

Focus on SMWE – Wines of Patz & Hall

PATZ & HALL

Patz & Hall was founded in 1988 by four talented individuals – Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, they have turned Patz & Hall into one of California’s most highly regarded wineries, with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

Great wines capture the essence of great vineyards. For over two decades Patz & Hall has been seeking out the very best small, family-owned Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in California and establishing long-term relationships with the talented winegrowers who farm these world-class sites. Built on real friendships, and a shared commitment to quality, these partnerships have led to the rich diversity of the Patz & Hall wine portfolio, contributing to their acclaimed cuvées and these sought-after single-vineyard wines.

Visit Patz & Hall here.


2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

This single vineyard delicacy, is balanced and mineral whilst still retaining the fruit forward oak we’ve come to love from Sonoma.

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