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  • In Bandol with Domaine la Suffrene

    In Bandol with Domaine la Suffrene

    Joe & Patrick in the vineyard with Cedric Gravier "We used to say that rosé wasn't a real wine, but now it is," said Cedric Gravier, the winegrower and proprietor at Domaine la Suffrene.  In 2003/2004, the production of rosé wines in Bandol surpassed that of red, and currently rosé now to...

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  • In the Vineyard at La Ferme St Pierre in Côte de Ventoux

    In the Vineyard at La Ferme St Pierre in Côte de Ventoux

    Paul Vendran of La Ferme St Pierre, in the vineyard "With French oak, it seems that more barrels are being made than trees," said Paul Vendran, the winegrower/proprietor at La Ferme St Pierre in Côte de Ventoux.  "At least with American oak, you know what you're getting," he added.  "Bordeaux...

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  • Château Coussin

    Château Coussin

    Château Coussin With three châteaux to their name, the Sumeire family has lived near Mont Sainte Victoire since the 13th century.  Located by the base of Mt. Sainte Victoire, near Aix-en-Provence, the vineyards of Château Coussin once supported vines as far back as 102 B.C., and were later cu...

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  • Domaine Roger Belland Satenay 1er Cru "Beauregard" 2009

    Domaine Roger Belland Satenay 1er Cru "Beauregard" 2009

    From the first solo vintage of Julie Belland, the sixth generation vintner/daughter of Roger Belland, comes Domaine Roger Belland Satenay 1er Cru "Beauregard" 2009.  In the family since 1839, the Domaine holds 23ha, 3.04ha of which are located in the 1er Cru Beauregard.  Divided amongst four par...

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  • Domaine de l'Harmas in Châteauneuf du Pape

    Domaine de l'Harmas in Châteauneuf du Pape

    Nathalie Fabre standing in  lieu-dit Mont-Redon amongst the vines of Grenache planted by her grandfather in 1927 Nathalie Fabre left the tasting room at Domaine de l'Harmas and returned with a typewritten document from 1933, with much greater speed than it would have taken to locate the docum...

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  • Rosé at Domaine de Chateau Pigoudet

    Rosé at Domaine de Chateau Pigoudet

    "Wines have been made here for 2000 years," said Aurélien Pont, the winemaker at Domaine de Chateau Pigoudet since 2008.  "One mile south, you can see a Roman cellar, the second largest in the world,"  where one can find 50HL and 20HL Roman amphora.  With 40ha of vineyards facing north, south, wes...

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  • "Sauvage" from Marc Pichon

    "Sauvage" from Marc Pichon

    Marc Pichon of Anne Pichon Walking past barrels in the cellar of Anne Pichon's Domaine de Murmurium, Marc Pichon squeezes through a sliver between the wall and racks of wine, and motions for us to follow. The ceiling is low and the space is tight, a true lemon-squeezer, but we are on his ...

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  • On The Road in Rhone, Provence & Languedoc

    On The Road in Rhone, Provence & Languedoc

    We're on the road in France, but wanted to share a few images before we head back to NYC.Big thanks to the amazing growers and vignerons who have welcomed us into their homes! Cecile Dusserre of Domaine de Montvac in Vacqueyras Paul Vendran of La Ferme St Pierre in Flassan, Cotes de Ve...

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  • Domaine Gourt de Mautens Leaves the AOC Rasteau

    Domaine Gourt de Mautens Leaves the AOC Rasteau

    Just as Antonio Galloni withdrew his connection to The Wine Advocate, Domaine Gourt de Mautens has opted to depart from the AOC Rasteau.  Once the estate's proprietor Jerome Bressy learned that the varietal Picardan would be excluded from the AOC classification, alongside a required reduction of...

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  • Grower Producers from Bordeaux

    Grower Producers from Bordeaux

    Scenes from the vineyards at Château le Coteau When seeking "modestly priced Bordeaux",  we look for grower producers.  Riding the wave of enthusiasm for Bordeaux that was generated at BurdiGala, Eric Asimov wrote last week about the recent turn-around in the general perception of Bordeaux fr...

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