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e are proud and happy to be a member of WSWA, and are sending you this small guide to help put you in direct contact with several French wines and spirits producers. Most of the attending producers will be delighted to welcome you at their estate. They are seeking to create lasting business relationships on the American market, even if faced with stiff competition from other European countries and South America... Please feel free to contact them directly for further information. We hope you enjoy reading our publication!


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with Alex Rychlewski Christine Rychlewski Richard Blavy and Emilie Guillaumin



hâteau Lascombes is one of the most famous estates in the Margaux appellation. It is also one of the oldest estates in the Médoc, and is named after its first owner, Chevalier Antoine de Lascombes, born in 1625. In the late 18th century, Jean-François de Lascombes, a councillor at the Bordeaux Parliament, invested part of his considerable fortune on the estate and did much to make Lascombes into a very great wine! The château’s reputation is also due to excellent management by Alexis Lichine, called the «Pope of Wine», who restructured the estate in the 1950s. In 1971, he sold Lascombes to the English brewers Bass-Charrington. Today, Dominique Befve is in charge of this famous classified growth, acquired in 2011 by the MACSF, a French mutual insurance company. Chevalier de Lascombes (the title of the château’s first owner) is the grand vin’s younger brother. It receives the same care and attention, including advice from famous consultant Michel Rolland. Made from younger vines, it can procure great enjoyment much earlier than the grand vin. This smooth, well-structured wine has intense, attractive, blackcurrant and blackberry aromas as well as floral and spicy hints on the palate. It is just as classy as its older brother! The President of the Bordeaux Bar, Gustave Chaix d’Est Ange built the existing château in 1867. CHATEAU LASCOMBES 2011 Robert Parker 91-93 A blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot that tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol, the 2011 Lascombes is another knock-out effort. (Michel Rolland is the consultant.) Made in a more modern style with plenty of toasty oak intermixed with blueberry and black currant fruit as well as hints of licorice and camphor, the wine’s textured lushness on the mid-palate, sweet, well-integrated tannins and full-throttle finish result in an impressive Margaux to drink over the next 15 years.


Dominique Befve

CHATEAU LASCOMBES 2010 Robert Parker While this large property is composed of a huge number of small parcels that must require military-like precision to harvest, the quality of the wines over the last decade has been remarkable. The 2010 may turn out to be the greatest Lascombes ever made. It boasts a dense purple color along with an extraordinarily uplifted set of aromatics consisting of blueberry liqueur, black cherries, subtle smoke, crushed rocks and restrained oak. Massive fruit, an unctuous texture, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and stunning definition (because of good acids and a modest pH) have resulted in a formidable wine that will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring, and should keep for 30 years. A brilliant effort! Bordeaux News 99 Very ripe, the wine opens out revealing deep, stylish aromas with notes of plum, blackberry and liquorice-laced black cherry. Explosive in the attack on the palate with layers of black fruit flavours, followed by an unctuous, opulent, very tender mouth-feel. A wonderful master-stroke. CHATEAU LASCOMBES 2009 Robert Parker Midnight oil? Dense black purple to the rim, the 2009 Lascombes has enormous concentration, with loads of graphite, blackberry, and blueberry notes as well as hints of pen ink and truffle. The wine is super-intense, full-bodied, fleshy, and rich. This is another wine that will compete with the 2005, which is certainly the best Lascombes I have ever tasted. (Tasted three times.) CHATEAU LASCOMBES 2008 Robert Parker 93 Another incredibly successful sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Lascombes confirms just how many top 2008s were produced. A dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a sexy, up-front perfume of forest floor, damp earth, blue and red fruits and a touch of spicy oak. Lush with low acidity and sweet tannin, it appears to be a bigger version of the stunning 2008 Malescot St.-Exupery. Drink it over the next 15 or more years – it is well-worth buying by the case.

CHATEAU LASCOMBES 33460 MARGAUX • FRANCE Phone +33 (0)5 57 88 70 66 Fax +33 (0)5 57 88 72 17



EYRET LATOUR has been one of the leading wine shippers in Bordeaux since the mid-19th century. VEYRET LATOUR is not only the privileged partner of a considerable number of Great Growths, but is also known as a trusted shipper of other châteaux, whose wines are perhaps less well-known, but have achieved well-deserved market success thanks to this firm. The support of the Schenk group, European leader in the winegrowing industry, has enabled VEYRET LATOUR to retain an enviable position as a preferred trading partner, with both owners and distributors, thanks to the strength of the firm’s commitments, its solid financial situation, and its acknowledged expertise in market analysis. This has focused, in particular, on the North American market, which is currently evolving towards greater diversification. Review of the situation with the Director, Jean-Bruno Cantorné and Stanislas Garaud, Area export manager. What are the main reasons why your clients and partners work with Veyret Latour ? J.B.C. – Before I answer this question, I would like to make an observation. Every market has a characteristic constant: it is always changing! Change may be positive for the future and enhance business, or on the contrary, herald a downturn. As far as wine is concerned, and particularly Bordeax Great Growths, we are currently observing a certain hesitation, due to reorganisation in the markets, particularly on the distributor level. In these difficult times, it is especially important not to pull back in response to unjustified fears, but, on the contrary, to push forward, continuing to move into new markets and develop networks. This is exactly what we are doing this year, with the opening of two new offices in Bangkok and Beijing. 11

You mean that you should not respond to hesitant markets with a wait-and-see attitude? J.B.C. – Exactly. However, you have to be strong to move into much rougher new terrain and it would hardly be possible without adequate financial reserves. This is the only factor that enables us to continue working and honour our commitments, which may be summarised as follows: preserve our partnerships with the owners who grant us allocations of their wines and use our market analysis and inventory as a springboard for moving into new territory. In other words, you should not trim your sails in stormy weather. But you have to have a strong, seaworthy ship. How are things going over there in America? S.G. – Very positively. Until now, we have responded to a demand that mainly focused on the great vintages of the Classified Growths. A certain number of Americans are familiar with our most famous châteaux and enjoy tasting their wines. Of course, this demand continues, but, at the same time, there is a new demand for very good Crus Bourgeois. We have observed an increasing interest in these very well-made wines, which are well-worth discovering, as though the range of wine lovers had started broadening. This is the reason for the thorough background work we are doing in the United States and my increasingly frequent trips over there, which I enjoy very much.

VEYRET LATOUR 60 Rue Abbé de l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux Phone 33 (05) 56 17 06 06 Fax +33(0)5 56 42 00 30


CHATEAULEOVILLE POYFERRE GRAND CRU CLASSE SAINT-JULIEN Robert Parker LP 2010 - 98 + - Another spectacular wine from the Cuvelier family, Léoville Poyferré along Ducru Beaucaillou) may be one of the two best wines od St Julien year afert year these days. This is a large estate, covering nearly 200 acres, and the final blend of 2010 LP is 56% cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 34% Merlot and the rest 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied; dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowersthis ful bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tanin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minut finish. This spectacular effort from Poyferré that sould drink well for +30 years. LP 2011 - 94 - This property, which has been on a qualitative tear over the last generation, has produced one of the most successful wines of 2011. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it is broad, rich, medium to full-bodied and dense.It boasts an inky/purple color as welle as lots of concentration, silky tannins, and a bigger, richer mouthfeel than any of its St Julien peers. The result is one of the stars of the vintage. LP 2012 - 92+ - The 2012, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc; is opaque purple, thick-looking, and from bottle much more impressive than it was in the barrel . Wine Spectator LP 2014 - Tasting Note

Very stylish, with blackberry, black cherry and black currant fruit already melded together with subtle charcoal and ganache notes. Offers a velvety feel, but isn’t shy on grip or depth. This is sneakily long. A lovely showing. Score range: 92-95 –JM LP 2013 - Tasting Note

Features a mix of red currant, raspberry and boysenberry fruit, with a decidedly racy feel as iron and graphite notes emerge on the finish. Solid. Score range: 89-92 –JM


LP 2012 - Score: 91
- Release Price $74

Tasting Note

A solid, muscular version, with a slightly chewy feel along the edges, while the core of steeped plum, anise and blackberry paste waits in reserve. Reveals ample graphite details on the finish, with a warm fruitcake note chiming in. Just needs some cellaring to lose the burly edge. Best from 2017 through 2024. 15,405 cases made. –JM Vinous Media LP 2014 - The 2014 Léoville Poyferré is impressive. A big, broad-shouldered St. Julien, the 2014 blossoms in the glass with superb depth and richness. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol, crushed flowers, herbs and leather are some of the notes that burst onto the palate in an energetic, tightly wound Poyferré. The 2014 finishes with notable depth and huge, explosive intensity, all of which suggest it will require considerable cellaring. This is without question one of the stars of the vintage.
-- Antonio Galloni (92-95) LP 2013 - Saturated ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, minerals and coffee; at once medicinal and liqueur-like, but showing more freshness than usual in 2013. Huge but still raw at this stage, with rather large-scaled, mouthfilling flavors (for the year) of dark berries and flinty ripe plum, along with an obvious herbal element. Shows a boatload of chewy tannins but the persistent finish is dry but not parching.
-- Ian D’Agata (87-90) LP 2013 - Plums, blueberries, cassis, violets and sweet spices meld together nicely in the 2013 Léoville-Poyferré. Many of the signatures are in place in the 2013, they are just present in miniature. The fleshy, textured finish offers plenty of near and medium-term appeal. In a second tasting, the 2013 showed plenty of depth but also imposing tannins. It will be interesting to see how things develop in elevage here. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
-- Antonio Galloni (90-92) LP 2012 - Deep ruby. Subdued aromas of smoky blackberry and violet, along with a slightly raw herbal/peppery component. Then supple and round in the mouth, but with a diffuse quality to the dark berry and chocolate flavors. A wine of modest complexity, finishing with only average length and with slightly bitter tannins.
-- Ian D’Agata (87-89)



ven without a time machine, there is a very simple and pleasurable way to go back in time: by enjoying a bottle of Château Boyd-Cantenac, Grand Cru Classé Margaux. With the first sip, a first leap into the past, to 1754 when Jacques Boyd, a Scottish merchant, acquired the estate and gave it its name. The second sip will take you to 1840 when an ancestor of the Guillemet family, the current owners, bought a vineyard. To continue your tasting, and to close the metaphor, you would arrive in 1996, when Lucien Guillemet took in hand the destiny of the property. Fifth generation, it suffices to listen to him to understand that the image of time travel is not just an image… As a Grand Cru Classé Margaux, what are the main characteristics of Château Boyd-Cantenac which give it its identity? LG - To answer this question, we must first talk about the vineyard. Its 17 hectares are distributed over what is known as the «plateau of Cantenac». More than a plateau, it is actually the most famous rise in elevation in Margaux and is surrounded by many of the most important châteaux in the appellation. On this homogeneous terroir composed of sandy, gravelly soils, the deeply rooted vines can take full advantage of the perfect balance between warmth and moisture. The soils warm up rapidly in spring allowing an early start to growth and because of their natural drainage, these soils also easily shed excess water while still being able to supply water to the plants during times of intense droughts, which can occur in the area. The traditional grape varieties are the wine’s DNA, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. These are constants that explain the astonishing subtlety and finesse unique to the Margaux wines of which Château Boyd-Cantenac is a perfect representative. Does this mean that all Margaux wines are the same? L.G. - No, quite fortunately not! Being an owner is not enough, there is also the craft, and for this, daily attention is required. which means keeping both feet in the vineyard and in the winery all throughout the year.


In this, Château Boyd-Cantenac is one of the few Grands Crus Classés, perhaps the only one along with Château Pouget, whose owners handle all technical matters while relying on no external enologist nor wine guru. This allows us to take positions and risks that others can not, and to have our own unique style. Our working methods favor traditional methods. Harvesting is done by hand. At the time when it was fashionable to rely on chemicals, we have always preferred a more organic approach. The vineyard has never known chemical fertilizers. As for the winemaking, we accompany it without forcing it too much technically. Ultimately, this gives us expressive wines. Being true translations of each vintage, they assert their individual personalities and will only improve with each passing year of bottle aging. These are wines designed to be aged and to last for a very long time. When speaking of «a very long time», how many years, exactly, are you implying? L. G. - Many decades. In our inventory, we still have a beautiful collection of vintages from the 1970s and 1960s, as well as certain older vintages. They all continue to astonish us with their incredible longevity and their organoleptic qualities. In the more recent past, we have developed second wines, vinified in such a way that they can be enjoyed immediately, or in five to fifteen, even twenty, years. Jacques Boyd, Josephine de Boyd-Cantenac and La Croix de Boyd-Cantenac are thus aimed at lovers of younger wines, and those who also appreciate the typicality and silkiness of classic Margaux wines. Depending on each person’s taste, each of these three wines offer the opportunity to experience what all great Margaux wines offer: pleasure, a timeless emotion.

CHATEAU BOYD CANTENAC GRAND CRU CLASSE 11 Route de Jean Fauré, 33460 Cantenac Phone : 33 (0)5 57 88 90 82



he Boidron family first began making wine in 1760. Their vineyard holdings grew with each passing generation and now total 70 hectares in 6 different appellations. Pioneers in techniques for controlling fermentation, the Boidron family are now in the forefront of environmentally-friendly winegrowing, and constantly seek ways to perfect their expertise. They have gained a reputation for innovation and creativity, and are famous for their excellent wines. The château team is young, dynamic, and highly qualified in both viticulture and winemaking. The team is led by JeanNoël Boidron (oenologist, former professor at the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology, member of the International Academy of Wine and the French Wine Academy), Hubert Boidron (oenologist, in charge of viticulture and winemaking), Emmanuel Boidron (master’s degree in marketing and university diploma in wine tasting aptitude, in charge of sales), and Isabelle Boidron (postgraduate degree in wine law and wine estate management). CHATEAU CANTELAUZE POMEROL Created in 1989 on the Pomerol plateau from plots originally belonging to other estates, Château Cantelauze produces very expressive wines thanks to a variety of factors: terroir, traditional viticultural practices, low yields, hand picking, precision winemaking, long maceration (30 days), and ageing in new oak barrels (100 %) for 18 months. Production: An average of 6,000 bottles a year Area under vine: 0.9 hectares featuring very deep gravel and clay soil with medium-size pebbles. Grape varieties: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc Location: close to Pétrus. CHATEAU CORBIN MICHOTTE SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU Château Corbin Michotte is located in the gravelly part of the Saint Emilion appellation. The 7 hectares of vines and grounds with trees are located between Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, near Cheval Blanc and Figeac. Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


Classification: Grand Cru Classé in 1955 Area: 7 hectares Grape varieties: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon Average annual production: 300 hectolitres Second wine: Pollen de Corbin Michotte CHATEAU CALON SAINT-GEORGES SAINT-EMILION This estate has existed for over two centuries. Nearly a century ago, it was attached to Château Calon in Montagne Saint-Emilion. That is why it has the exact same name, but in the AOC Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion. The slope vineyards facing Saint-Emilion have excellent sun exposure. Area under vine: 7 ha Grape varieties: Merlot 80 %, Cabernet franc 10 %, Cabernet sauvignon 9 %, Malbec 1 % Production: 320 hectolitres a year on average CHATEAU CALON MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILION The Château Calon vineyards were consolidated by our family over the past three centuries. These are concentrated on the Coteau de Calon sope that overlooks the entire Saint-Emilion region. Annual average annual production: 200,000 bottles Area under vine: 45 hectares Grape varieties: 70% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet France, and 3% Malbec. MAYNE D’OLIVET BORDEAUX BLANC The recently expanded Mayne d’Olivet vineyard is located in Montagne, near Saint-Emilion. Dry white wine Average annual production: 90 hectolitres Grape varieties: 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Sémillon, and 25% Muscadelle

Vignobles Jean-Noël BOIDRON Château Corbin Michotte 33330 SAINT-EMILION - FRANCE Phone. +33 (0) 5 57 51 64 88 Fax. +33 (0) 5 57 51 56 30



ince 1999, StÊphane Derenoncourt has made his company a respected brand with almost 90 clients from France, Europe and across the world. When an owner calls Derenoncourt Consultants it is because they are looking for excellence and recognition. It’s also because they are keen to put a proven methodology into practice: the trademark of the company. This initial step will completely change their way of viewing their own vineyard. In a way, they rediscover their property. The role of Derenoncourt Consultants is to optimise and help evolve the working practices of a property through sound advice. However on a more practical level it is also to map the vine plots, to rank them and estimate their quality objectively. During the first year of any collaboration a consultant specifically assigned to the property will regularly visit to analyse every aspect of production and wine-making in the smallest detail. Derenoncourt Consultants is renowned for the implementation of gentle wine processing and preparation through the greatest respect for the harmony of the product. The advisory process also includes the handover to the domain. Thanks to a constant dialogue with the Derenoncourt Consultants team, clients are able to appropriate and, little by little, apply new working methods. As well as an individual tracking, the clients receive great reactivity and analysis due to the rich breeding ground for technical and scientific competences that is the heart of the company. Expertise and know-how are constantly fuelled by experiences gained in vineyards across France and internationally wherever Derenoncourt Consultants work.

Lieu-dit Fillol - 33350 Sainte-Colombe • France Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 60 29 Fax +33 (0)5 57 24 75 95



l os des Menuts had just one hectare of vines in the 1950s. Today, however, it has twenty-five hectares, located close to the ramparts of Saint-Émilion, mostly to the west of the town. Situated in the heart of the Saint Emilion, Clos des Menuts has medieval underground cellars carved out of solid rock that maintain a constant temperature of 12°C. Clos des Menuts is now considered a veritable vinous institution. The reason for this success goes back to... 1538, i.e. the date of the first written record of a barrel of wine sold by the Franciscans or, more exactly, the Brothers Minor (Fray Menuts in Gascon), so named because of a reference to «the smallest among us» in the gospel of Matthew 25:40-45. The brothers were also called Les Cordeliers (from the French corde liée, referring to the knotted rope on their habit). So, the relationship between Clos des Menuts and fine wine goes back over 470 years. The estate was acquired by Jean Edmond Andrieu in 1895 and later given to his sonin-law, Pierre Rivière, in 1956. CLOS DES MENUTS 2010 WineEnthusiat 90 points This structured wine with its dense tannins aslso has bright fruits and the potential for a fresher, juicy blackfruited side. At the moment, the bitter toast and dry tannins dominate, so give it until 2019. CLOS DES MENUTS 2009 WineSpectator 90 points Lush, but nicely defined with lovely plum, black currant preserves and macerated fig fruit coursing along graphite and spice bread notes. The long finish has nicely integrated grip. Drink now through 2018. Maison RIVIERE RD 670 – GONTEY 33330 SAINT EMILION Phone + 33 (0)5 57 555 959 and +1 202 302 3690


Philippe Rivière


hâteau Claud-Bellevue is a 10 hectares vineyard property located in the surroundings of St. Emilion at the top of the hill of the peaceful town of Belvès-de-Castillon. An ancient Priory, built in 1663, it is all surrounded by vines with a privileged terroir and a magnificent exposure which gives to their wines the essence of the wines of St. Emilion, which is famous for the growth of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties. In 2009 the property was bought by Ana and Harry Bockmeulen who modernised the house and buildings undertook the challenge of restructuring the vineyard changing and updating the winemaking process in their quest for excellency. In the lovely grounds of the main house we have incorporated a beautiful B&B characterised by its comfort and new concept in hospitality. CLAUD BELLEVUE 2014 James Suckling – Wine Spectator En primeur, March 31st 2015, Score: 88-89. “A red with firm tannins, fresh acidity and a salty, mineral, berry aftertaste. Fresh style.” Antonio Galloni – Vinous “The 2014 Claud-Bellevue is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc vinified together. Leather, smoke, mint, wild cherries and flowers are all quite expressive, although the 2014 remains a bit rough around the edges. Firm tannins add to an overall impression of rusticity, but at the same time, there is plenty to like.” Tim Atkin, MW En primeur, April 2015. Score: 91. ” The vines at this property are still comparatively young, but the clay limestone soils contribute an extra dimension. Rich and chocolatey with plenty of perfume, bright acidity and a fine core of fruit. A château to keep an eye on. Drink: 2020-28. CUVÉE LA FOLIE D’ANA 2014 James Suckling - Wine Spectator En primeur, 31st March 2015, Score: 89-90. “A subtle and delicate wine with blueberry, stone and blackberry character. Medium body, fresh finish. Pure cabernet sauvignon.” Antonio Galloni - Vinous “A rare 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Côtes de Castil-


lon, the 2014 La Folie d’Ana is super-refined from the very first taste. Dark red cherry, plum, violets, rose petal and mint all come together in a feminine gracious wine built on pure elegance, while silky tannins confer an impression of finesse, elegance and nuance. Varietal notes are pushed to the background in this distinctly fruit-driven wine, yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. (88-91)” Tim Atkin, MW En primeur, Avril 2015. Note: 88. CLAUD BELLEVUE 2013 Wine Spectator Score: 86-87. I like the tangy fruit here, with hints of flowers and citrus. Medium body and delicate finish. CLAUD BELLEVUE 2012 James Suckling - Report Attractive aromas of black fruits with whipped cream notes. This is a full-bodied red combining chewy tannins, fresh acidity and a textured finish. Better in 2017. (89). CHÂTEAU CLAUD-BELLEVUE LA FOLIE D’ANA 2012 James Suckling - Report This red shows beautiful dried flowers, cassis and prunes on the nose, following through to a full body with chewy tannins, good acidity and a textured finish. Better in 2017.

CHATEAU CLAUD BELLEVUE 31, Le Bourg, 33350 Belvès-de-Castillon, France Phone: 33 (0)5 57 49 48 23


“Sensitive. That’s the way Stéphane Derenoncourt is. He is able to reach into people’s hearts using only a few words, and does this naturally to all that surrounds him. He creates his own path, smoothly when possible and ruggedly when needed. This is his very personal manner of unveiling, using simple language, what generally hides behind humility, with great finesse, delicacy, sadness, like an air of melancholy, the one that generates energy or anger. Upon meeting Stéphane Derenoncourt, one has the immediate feeling of already knowing him, with a certain sense of complicity… Is it really him? Or perhaps somebody else, or others? I required considerable time in order to comprehend and finally understand what drives this special man. He is Rock! Yes, he is Blues, yes, he resists, rejects all dogma, yes, he stands out from the crowd, he is the genuine article! This clearly boosts my curiosity. I must research further and delve into the history of Rock. Where are its origins, how did it all begin, find everything that built it and its deconstructions, pitfalls, landings, projections, and take-offs.” Claire Brosse By Claire Brosse & Stéphane Derenoncourt Photographs Christophe Goussard Published by: La fabrique de l’Épure • France Distributor: Belles-Lettres Retail price: 32€ including VAT Publication: October 2015 Format: 30 x 30 cm 168 pages, hard cover, sewn binding Photographs: black & white and colour


hristine and Stéphane Derenoncourt bought in 1999 in the commune of Sainte-Colombe some well-chosen vineyards and founded The Domaine de l’A. Original and unique, the acquisition became possible by the support of underwriters, who agreed to a financial contribution in exchange of bottles of four vintages. They were first in France in attempting this kind of funding. At that time the winery counts four hectares and has a small building for the winemaking as well as the aging process. In the same year Stéphane Derenoncourt creates a consulting company, together with his wife he wants to stay wine grower and fulfill his dream to have their own winery. This Winery is a permanent laboratory for validating methods and treatments that could be applied in consulting; as well as a training center for assisting consultants or oenologists in education, which are often deficient in knowledge about the viticultural practice. The production philosophy is uncompromising: short pruning, small yield, and worked soil - a method highly inspired by the biodynamic method. Notice, that the Winery is not certified. The respect of the naturel quality of the grapes begins in the cellar, where the harvested grapes allowed in wooden tanks. Non-Yeasted, the fermentations are long and the extractions are guided manually with punch downs. The wines age in wooden barrels and on their lees. The vineyard is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc vines. When they acquired the vineyard some of the 40-year-old plots were planted at a density of 3000 vines/ha. They decided to restore them to the original density per hectare of 6000 vines. The same quantity of harvest is thus better distributed. The average age of the vineyard is about 40 years.

DOMAINE DE L’A 11, Lieu-dit Fillol 33350 Sainte-Colombe • FRANCE Phone + 33 (0)5 57 24 60 29 Fax+ 33 (0)5 57 24 75 95


Stéphane Derenoncourt

DOMAINE DE L’A 2011 Wine Advocate 87-88 This is the home estate of Stephane Derenoncourt. Made from yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, the 2011 Domaine de l’A achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, and the final blend was dominated by Merlot (80%) with 20% Cabernet Franc. A deep plum/purple color is accompanied by sweet black cherry, darker currant and briery notes, a wine with supple, velvety tannins, a lush texture and a heady finish. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.

DOMAINE DE L’A 2012 Wine Advocate 88-91 Low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare produced a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from Stephane Derenoncourt’s home property, which includes south-facing hillside vineyards in the sector of Castillon known as Ste.-Colombe. This 2012 hit the scales at 13.5% natural alcohol. It exhibits lots of heady black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, graphite, cedar wood and damp earth/underbrush notes. An opulent, fleshy, medium-bodied wine with soft tannins as well as a layered, persistent finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years. DOMAINE DE L’A 2014 WineSpectator 89–92 Well-built, with a solid, fine-grained structure inlaid into the core of plum and raspberry fruit. Underlying chalky hints add a mineral aspect. This feels like it may put on weight.—J.M.

DOMAINE DE L’A 11, Lieu-dit Fillol 33350 Sainte-Colombe • FRANCE Phone + 33 (0)5 57 24 60 29 Fax+ 33 (0)5 57 24 75 95



ynonymous with winemaking since 1821, the name of Bouey is perpetuated by the eponymous négociant firm founded by Roger Bouey in 1958. Three generations later, his descendants have maintained and developed his vision of offering a range of brands and châteaux that represent the best of Bordeaux to customers around the world. Their aim is to sell wines that highlight each terroir and the work of each winemaker. This ambitious goal has been amply achieved, and Maison Bouey has established quite a reputation – and one that the pre- sent CEO, Patrick Bouey, sees as growing, in tandem with that of his main partner, Stéphane Derenoncourt. How did Maison Bouey manage to include all the Bordeaux appellations? Patrick Bouey – Our family started out with a basic love and respect for all well-made wines. This naturally led to our sourcing and selling wines from every Bordeaux region that epitomise the characteristics of their terroir. That’s why Maison Bouey developed brands that represent each sector of Bordeaux. For instance, the Maison Bouey Châ- teau Collection encompasses a hundred estates selected for their typicity, quality, and elegance. In the same spirit, the Portraits Collection is an exclusive range promoting talented individual winegrowers. Where does Les Parcelles fit in? Patrick Bouey – This range follows the same philosophy, but goes much further. Maison Bouey owns two Crus Bourgeois in the Médoc, Château Maison Blanche and Château Lestruelle. When I met Stéphane Derenoncourt, his plot-by-plot approach to viticulture and winemaking struck me as extremely valid and in keeping with our own way of seeing things. I, too, am enthusiastic about reflec- ting the particularities of each plot, as opposed to and entire vineyard, in order to fine tune the final blend. We therefore asked Stéphane Derenoncourt to be winemaking consultant at our two châteaux. In light of the excellent results and the fact that Stéphane has become a friend, we jointly went on to develop the Les Parcelles Collection. This brand provides variations on the theme of specific plots in several different appellations. It is a great pleasure to see how much these wines are appreciated.


How is your conception of Bordeaux wine viewed by the mar- ket? Patrick Bouey – Very positively. Consumers understand where we are coming from. By offering wines that truly represent their terroir and its specific traits, we met a de- mand that had previously been unsatisfied. In fact, our role is to be the interface between the winegrower and the wine lover. We can even create tailor-made wines now ac- cording to a client’s particular tastes and preferences. This accounts for our presence in no fewer than 65 countries on five continents. It also shows, if need be, that people everywhere recognise quality. Total bulk storage capacity: 30,000 hectolitres Total surface area of the site: 25,000 m2 Bottling lines: 6,000 and 10,000 bottles/hour BIB line Production: 17 million bottles Exports: 50% Certifications: ISO 14001, IFS, BRC, AB (organic) Our extensive portfolio includes : - Bouey Family Chateaux & Estates - Premium exclusive Châteaux partners - « Les Parcelles » Derenoncourt Winemaker Collections - « Portaits » Vine Growers Estates Series - Private Brands and labels - SouthWest France Malbec Collections

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he Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux was founded in June 2013 by Alain Raynaud, the current president, in order to bring together fine estates from Bordeaux’s Right and Left Bank under the same banner. The Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, established in July 2002, is an unusual association promoting quality and ethical practices. It includes 137 châteaux managed with enthusiasm and expertise by their dynamic owners. The Cercle Rive Gauche de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, was created in April 2013. This sister association includes 56 châteaux carefully chosen for the quality of their wine. The guiding principle was to take advantage of of the dynamics and efficiency of the Cercle Rive Droite to promote fine wines from the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes, and Barsac. Thanks to the diversity and complementarity of their appellations, terroirs, and winemakers, the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, which includes nearly 200 estates, is a showcase for Bordeaux wines chosen for their quality. The Grand Cercle’s vocation is to show that Bordeaux has beautiful, top-end wines at affordable prices and to promote these special wines whose byword is excellence.

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ocated in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens in Saint Emilion appellation, CHATEAU DU PARC since April 2011 is the property of Alain Raynaud and Françoise, his wife. The three hectares of sand and gravel the original property were enriched by two limestone clay plots located north of the appellation. This choice sign the beginning of a dear excep- tional wine strategy Alain Raynaud, who through experience knows that great wines are born in the complexity of the terroir. Pomerol child and well known personality of the wine world, Alain Raynaud, a consultant for many wine estates in Bordeaux, in the south of France (Banyuls, Collioure), California, Argentina, and on the island of Sark is always animated by love and passion for wine. He, now more than ever the desire to practice at CHATEAU DU PARC, which his work «wine maker» allowed him to refine worldwide. He shared this desire with Françoise, his wife and manager of the property. The 5 hectares of vineyards are planted with the cur- rent 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, spread over the old and new plots based on the affinity of soils and grape varieties. With the addition of these two additional plots clay and limestone, the ambition of CHATEAU DU PARC is the development of contemporary wines, combining power and elegance. CHATEAU DU PARC 2014 Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 86/89 A broad, toasty style, with dark cocoa and mocha holding sway for now over the crushed plum ans steeped blackberry notes. Has slighty raisily grip and may not be able to soak up all the toast. The Wine Cellar Insider - Jeff Leve 87/89 Oak, stone and dark berries are paired with a forward, medium bodied, round, dark plum core that is easy to drink and to like. CHATEAU DU PARC 2013 Robert Parker 85/87 This is the new property of Dr. Alain Raynaud and his wife, Francoise, who did such a great job resurrecting Cha-


teau Quinault (now the property of the owners of Cheval Blanc). Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 86/89 The cocoa and toast notes mingle well with the core of plum and blackberry coulis flavors. Shows a good briary stitching on the finish. The Wine Cellar Insider - Jeff Leve 85/87 With fresh raspberries, oak and a medium-bodied red cherry and plum character, this wine will be best young. CHATEAU DU PARC 2012 Robert Parker 88/90 Attractive, deep black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, cedar wood, licorice and subtle background oak are found in this medium-bodied 2012 with outstanding purity, excellent concentration and texture, and a long, pure finish. The tannins are sweet and the wine is very well-made. It should keep for 10-12 years. The new project of Francoise and Dr. Alain Raynaud, 2012 is the first vintage where they had full control over the viticulture and vinification. Not surprisingly, it is a fine effort with the potential to be outstanding. Drink 2013 - 2025 Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 88/91 Offers good flesh and depth, with dark raspberry and blackberry fruit inlaid with singed anise. The fruit and toast match up on a finish that belies the vintage. CHATEAU DU PARC 2011 Robert Parker 88/90 2011 is the first vintage where Raynaud controlled both the viticulture and the winemaking. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it is a medium to full-bodied, modern styled St-Emilion with a dense ruby/ plum/purple color as well as notes of graphite, black currants, cherries, spice box, toasty oak and wet gravel. It should drink well for a decade. Drink 2012 - 2022

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ery few people concerned with sustainable viticulture have opted for total conversion, not only to organic viticulture, but also to biodynamics. Alain Moueix is one such person. After achieving both qualifications at the family estate, Château Fonroque (a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé), he is now aiming for similar recognition for Château Mazeyres in Pomerol. Things are well on their way. Recently certified for organic viticulture, Mazeyres has been committed to biodynamics for the past three years and is presently undergoing a second monitoring procedure. The goal in obtaining this complementary certification is to prove that biodynamic viticulture is not just a question of semantics… Alain Moueix, manager of Mazeyres, has taken it to heart to make this minor revolution a successful one. All chemicals are now excluded because biodynamics involves a holistic approach, considering both viticulture and people’s ways of doing things. There is one overriding principle: to honour the inalienable rights of nature, and to serve nature by understanding it rather than mistreating it or attempting to subjugate it. CHATEAU FONROQUE 2010 James Suckling 91-92 Wonderful texture to this young wine, with silky tannins, minerals and dark fruits. Full and fresh. Subtle with finesse. Robert Parker 88-90+ Much softer than I would have expected given the past history of this St-Emilion estate, Fonroque’s 2010 has a dense plum/ruby color with notes of loamy soil and sandstone intermixed with black cherry and black currant. Round and generously endowed, but with impressive elegance and purity, this medium to full-bodied shows surprisingly sweet tannin and accessibility which is generally uncharacteristic of a young Fonroque. This wine should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15 or more.


CHATEAU FONROQUE 2012 James Suckling 89-90 Plenty of fruit for the vintage with chewy tannins. Mineral, chalky character. Medium finish. Made from organic grapes. Robert Parker 90 The final blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc has resulted in a medium to full-bodied 2012 revealing lots of loamy soil, underbrush, black currant, sweet cherry and roasted herb characteristics presented in an attractive, fragrant, well- proportioned style. Enjoy this classic, older-styled St.-Emilion over the next 10-15 years. From one of the few biodynamically farmed vineyards in Bordeaux, Fonroque is run with great passion and competence by Alain Moueix. Drink 2013 - 2028 WineEnthusiast 92/100 91–93. Barrel sample. Owner Alain Moueix is a standard bearer for biodynamics in Bordeaux. This is a rich and opulent wine, boasting ripe black currants and fragrant fruits. A very pure and forward wine. — R.V. (4/9/2013) CHATEAU FONROQUE 2013 Robert Parker 87-89 Alain Moueix farms this vineyard biodynamically as he feels that fewer chemicals is a good thing for both the grapes and the human race. The success he has enjoyed at Fonroque has encouraged other producers to follow in his footsteps. Vibrant, rich, sweet cherry and loamy soil aromas jump from the glass of this 2013. Medium- bodied and well-made with a greater sense of completeness and equilibrium than many of its peers, it is an elegant, stylish wine to drink during its first 7-8 years of life. CHATEAU FONROQUE 2014 Robert Parker / Neil Martin 91-93 The Château Fonroque 2014 blossoms from the glass with ebullient red berry fruit mixed with rose petal and violet aromas. This palate is crisp and focused with a keen line of acidity that neatly counterbalanced the silky textured, lightly spiced fruit. This is already showing fine cohesion and poise – an excellent wine courtesy of Alain Moueix and one of my picks from the Right Bank this year. WineSpectator 88-91/100 A pure, racy version, with a lovely floral edge to the blood orange, cherry and red currant fruit flowing atop the finely beaded acidity. Offers a long, elegant finish. Very charming - J.M.


CHATEAU MAZEYRES 2014 James Suckling 88-89 “A savory and delicately fruity wine with blueberry and terracotta character. Medium body. Fine Tannins”. Robert Parker 89-91 The Château Mazeyres 2014 has a Burgudian bouquet quite pure and airy with soft red cherries and strawberry scents, developing a warm, gravel scent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity. There is not great depth here, but fine tension all the way through to the finish. This sould drink well over 1012 years, a satisfying, if note quite compelling. Pomerol from alain Moueix. CHATEAU MAZEYRES 2013 WineSpectator 89-91 CHATEAU MAZEYRES 2010 James Suckling 88-89 Mineral and dark berry character. Medium body, with fine tannins and a delicate finish. CHATEAU MAZEYRES 2005 Robert Parker 90 A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 is a strong effort from this property, which usually performs inconsistently. This wine has a dense ruby/ purple color and notes of black cherries, coffee, chocolate and deep red and black fruits. It is medium to full-bodied, still youthful, but close to maturity. This is a big, broad, masculine Pomerol to drink over the next 12-15 years.

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VIGNOBLES SILVIO DENZ 1823: the Esquissaud family acquired the estates of Châteaux Faugères and Péby Faugères. 1987: The land was inherited by Pierre-Bernard Guisez. Up to then, all the wine produced had been sold to a single local merchant. P. Guisez and his wife Corinne wanted to become more involved in the vineyards, setting out on a quest for the finest quality. Their wish was to see these exquisite terroirs become jewels in the crown of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation, a desire that was to be fulfilled in a short time with the help of Michel Rolland. From the 2000 vintage onwards, the Château Faugères and Château Péby Faugères wines have taken a place of distinction among the very best. Robert Parker described the Péby Faugères as one of the «24 best Bordeaux wines» and «legend of the future».Both are now Grands Crus Classés since 2012. In March 2005, the property was acquired by Silvio Denz - a perfume designer, lover of fine wines, owner of Lalique and two wine merchants in Zurich, as well as Switzerland’s largest wine auctioneer CHATEAU FAUGERES 2014 Vinous - Antonio Galloni 92-95/100 The 2014 Faugères is rich, intense and powerful, yet retains a gorgeous sense of freshness that gives lift to the dark plum, crème de cassis, spice and floral flavors. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2014 is impeccably balanced and polished, not to mention incredibly appealing. Hints of lavender, mint and sweet spices are laced into the super expressive, nuanced finish. Tasted two times. Wine Advocate – Neil Martin - 91-93/100 The Château Faugères 2014 has an attractive, perfumed and quite floral bouquet with black cherries, juniper and touches of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a sense of harmony coming through on the finish. This has charm and class, a well-heeled Saint Emilion that will give at least a decade of pleasure. If you desire something more «flash» then opt for the Peby-Faugères, but this just seems more natural and actually, more complex. Drink: 2018-2030


Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 91-94/100 Very fresh, with a delicious beam of plum, boysenberry and anise notes pumping along, carried by sweet spice and graphite hints. This has some pyrotechnics, and the balance to pull them off. James Suckling 90-91/100 Balanced and refined with blueberry and mineral character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. CHATEAU PEBY-FAUGERES 2014 Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 93-96/100 The gorgeous mouthfeel is already there, featuring polished structure and velvety blueberry, plum and boysenberry compote notes, inlaid seamlessly with spice, anise and fruitcake accents. The long finish lets the fruit flow. Another beauty from this estate, which has been on fire recently. CHATEAU PEBY FAUGERES 2005 Robert Parker 100 Points A perfect wine in this vintage, the 2005 Péby Faugères has the classic liqueur of blueberries and spring flowers. Dense purple and full-bodied, with unbelievable richness, this tastes like a great Napa Cab from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, even though there’s no Cabernet Sauvignon in it. This is a sensational wine – rich, full and multi-dimensional, with a skyscraper-like mid-palate and finish. Kudos to Péby Faugères for producing one of the perfect wines of the vintage. Drink it in about 3-4 years as well as over the following two decades.

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Maison Ferrand, A House of Many Achievements The origins of the Maison Ferrand house in France are very ancient and its history is closely related to the epic journey of Cognac through the ages. It is in 1989 that a young graduate, Alexandre Gabriel, decided to restore it to its prestigious past.


aison Ferrand’s is located at Château de Bonbonnet in the village of Ars within the Charente region of France. It is where their spirits are born from the most artisanal methods, showing character and unique taste such as you will find in their Grande Champagne Cognacs which are wonders of finesse and complexity. The Grand Cru Cognacs produced by Maison Ferrand naturally caught the attention of the most discerning crowds and are known for their authenticity and for their singularity. They can be found today inmost prestigious outlets all over the world. With an incomparable know-how and a true passion for historical spirits, Maison Ferrand also makes the prestigious Citadelle Gin and Plantation, the Grand Cru of Rum refined in Cognac casks. In the heart of the famous « Golden Triangle » of Grande Champagne you will find one of the most respected Cognacs in the world: Pierre Ferrand Cognac. Made by the house of Maison Ferrand, known as one of the specialist of Grande Champagne, it is considered a « Premier Cru de Cognac. ». Pierre Ferrand are farm to bottle cognacs, which allows Maison Ferrand proprietor and Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel to have full control of their production from making the wine to bottling the Cognac. The care and maturation of Pierre Ferrand Cognacs is taken with extreme attention to detail at every point of production. Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel oversees all aspects from the Ferrand technique of “elevage” to the use of both humid and dry cellars for maturation to the re staving of the barrels so that the aging Cognac can develop fully the finesse and character of Grande Champagne. There are a total of eight Pierre Ferrand Cognac expressions and three Pierre Ferrand Rare Vintages.



n light of his university studies, nothing whatsoever predestined Alexandre Gabriel to take over of one of the oldest Cognac firms. Nothing? Well not exactly because, despite his studies of business, economics, and international politics, this son and grandson of Burgundian winegrowers could never shake off the attachment to the soil he inherited. So, when Alexandre Gabriel discovered Pierre Ferrand Cognacs in the 1980s, it was love at first sight. Since then, time and hard work have enabled these Cognacs to gain a worldwide reputation, with prices to match. However, Alexandre Gabriel’s greatest satisfaction is knowing how much consumers enjoy his products. What was it like when you discovered Ferrand Cognacs? A.G. ‒ As unbelievable as it may seem, I immediately fell in love with them. You may think I’m exaggerating, but that’s really what happened. I am a passionate sort of soul. When I saw the cellars, the stocks, and the distillery, I felt like someone in love with tall ships who comes across a superb galley in poor condition and becomes obsessed with putting it back into shape. It’s exactly the same thing. This slightly crazy idea soon became a bona fide project based on a vision: to see the ship set sail and travel all over the world flying the Cognac flag high. This is what we have done, which makes me both happy and proud. As captain of the HMS Cognac Ferrand, what course have you charted? A.G. ‒ I aimed to produce a superior and different Cognac from the outset. The region obviously produces first class brandy, but only a few are truly special. That is understandable, seeing the countless parameters involved in making Cognac – a infinite number of small details. In fact, taken one by one, they may seem totally insignificant. However, the challenge is making sure not to omit a single one... In fact, they make all the difference when it comes time to taste – the moment of truth... So, every Cognac needs to be handled in a different way? A.G. ‒ Yes, absolutely. You need to treat each one individually starting in the vineyard, and going on to distillation and ageing to attain the best possible quality. I take my hat off to the entire production team for their success. Everyone is skilled at doing the right thing at the right time. Thanks to their expertise, our Cognacs regularly receive medals and prizes, such as the Best Cognac in the World award at the 2014 International Spirits Challenge for our Pierre Ferrand Ancestrale. We are very honoured to receive such recognition, which makes us feel that all our efforts are justified. What could be a more worthy cause than good Cognac?


Plantation Rum Grand Crus of Rum PLANTATION Grand Crus of Exceptional Rum


lexandre Gabriel, in a treasure hunting fashion, has successfully sourced incredible batches of rum in the course of his many travels. These small lots are a true expression of their origin and terroir. Plantation rums are brought from their producing country of origin to Chateau de Bonbonnet in Cognac, France where they go through a second maturation. The Plantation Rum portfolio shows the diversity of the Caribbean andwith a specific transformation in our cellars, develops a “second soul” with the ancestral know-how of “elevage” from a Cognac Master Blender. Double Aging : a Technique mastered by Maison Ferrand All rums that become Plantation Rums start their maturation in a tropical environment in the hot and humid Caribbean, resting mostly in Bourbon casks made of white oak. Once Maison Ferrand determines it is ready, the rum is then transported to at cask strength for a second maturation in the secular cellars of Maison Ferrand. There, they will be refined, through the know-how of the Ferrand Master Blender and rested inside small French wide grain oak casks. « Elevage » : proactive aging « Elevage » is a very specific ageing technique. There are many ways to age a spirit. While others leave their new spirit or ‘eaux de vie’ in casks to simply age and await bottling, at Maison Ferrand each Plantation Rum is matured using the house’s own ancestral and proprietary method of “elevage.” This technique demands an intense 20 year training before it is completely mastered. « Ageing an eau de vie of high quality is like raising a child and requires a watchful eye at each stage of maturation. We taste each cask at least once every 3 months to understand and analyze the evolution of the rum. We have humid and dry cellars at Maison Ferrand so we can adapt the aging to the rum’s needs. For example, if a rum becomes too creamy, we transfer it to a dry cellar where the evaporation or “angel’s share” is different. There the rum gains structure and spice aromas. To the contrary, if a rum is too dry and abrasive, we transfer it to a humid cellar where it will become rounder in taste.” We need to control the flavors an oak cask imparts – like tannins which are astringent – very carefully. To that effect we also work with older casks because the tannins have mellowed. When we need a stronger tannin extraction, we like to restave the cask, 2, 3 or 4 staves at a time. We have even developed a specific toast on barrel tops so that we can achieve a perfect balance of extraction during our second maturation of the rums. This demands attention and work.” Adds Alexandre Gabriel.


Many other factors contribute to «elevage », including the water used to reduce the alcohol level of the spirit. At Maison Ferrand, water is aged in previously used casks so it softens and also takes on some of the wood character. When this aged water is slowly added to the spirit to lower the proof, the shock to the aged spirit is reduced and the complex aromatic structure it has achieved in aging remains intact. It is this attention to detail at Maison Ferrand that have made Plantation Rums some of the finest spirits in the world.

Citadelle Gin the French Gin distilled in Charentais Pot Stills Citadelle is a French gin made by Maison Ferrand based on a XVIII century recipe, when Citadelle the first geniver distillery was given the Royal Grant by French King Louis the XVI. This first French « Genièvrerie » was founded in 1775, just a few years before the French Revolution. This gin recipe is an artifact of history and gives us an idea of what great old gin was all about. Being true to spirit history is important to Maison Ferrand, however the craft and know-how of making the product in this modern era is even more essential. Citadelle is distilled in the Maison Ferrand distillery, in the spring in small copper pot stills, heated by a naked flame, a very unique manner of heating the stills. Our base spirit contains a progressive infusion of 19 botanicals that takes 72 hours to complete. This base is distilled slowly which concentrates the most intense aromatics from our infusion. The ultimate recognition for Citadelle was presented in 2012 when Citadelle was awarded Best Gin in the World by The Spirits Business, an English organization. Quite a revolution ! (Gin Grand Master, London, 2012). In 2008, Maison Ferrand’s passionate and gin-loving proprietor, Alexandre Gabriel, began developing what was called a «Yellow Gin » in the old days, or today an “Aged Gin”. Called Citadelle Reserve, this would be the first modern gin aged in French oak casks. Each year since 2008, Citadelle Reserve was released as an annual vintage. In 2013, Alexandre Gabriel introduced Citadelle Reserve Solera as a permanent addition to the portfolio and it is the only gin in the world aged following a Solera Vatting Method.

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he wines of the Poitou, La Rochelle, and Angoulême among France’s finest at the time were shipped by boat to Northern Europe as early as the 13th century, where they were much appreciated by the English, Dutch, and Scandinavians. Starting in the 17th century, these wines were distilled into brandy and aged in oak barrels. This marked the beginning of Cognac as we know it today, as well as the rise of the city of Cognac, which went on to become a thriving center of international trade. In this guide, you will discover the history of the major firms, meet the enthusiastic producers (to make it easier to communicate, you will also find pictograms underneath everyone’s photo showing the languages they speak), and have all their details in order to contact them directly if you so wish. All the companies in this book are open for tours. Please do not hesitate to mention this guide to have a personalized visit. We wish you a wonderful trip to the Charentes region!

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By I. Blackburn on April 30, 2015 A compact, well organized insiders guide to Bordeaux. Not another massive book of history, focused on the top producers; more of a guide & overview about the the producers/chateau large and small. A big help at a recent tasting with 35 producers hosted by Grand Cercle Des Vins de Bordeaux, LearnAboutWine and wineLA in Los Angeles. Recommended for those heading to a Bordeaux wine tasting or for travels.



have travelled the length and breadth of Bordeaux for over 30 years, so you can be sure that the wines you are about to discover have been carefully chosen. I know all the producers personally and can recommended them for several reasons, but most of all because they love their job and make their wines with the care and attention worthy of fine Bordeaux. Furthermore, most of them are glad to welcome visitors (especially if you mention this guide). Bordeaux offers an absolutely tremendous range of wines, with something for everyone. All the bottles included in this guide are blended wines, which is to say they are made with several different grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot for the red wines, and Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle for the whites. The pictograms (flags underneath the photos of winegrowers) represent the languages they speak. I sincerely wish you a very enjoyable trip to the 21st century Bordeaux wine country !

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“Le Grand Larousse du Vin” the world reference of wines has now its Chinese language version


fter two years of effort, Class Multimedia has recently published the Chinese version of the famous wine encyclopedia, “Le Grand Larousse du Vin”. This is the first time that such an encyclopedia has been published in Mandarin. The beautifully illustrated 640-page large format hardcover Larousse encyclopedia aims to provide Chinese wine lovers and connoisseurs with exhaustive documentation and knowledge from the origin of wine and its history to choosing and appreciating wine, from the most celebrated French Bordeaux to India’s Sula Vineyards. A marketing tool for wine vendors, the Chinese edition 拉魯斯葡萄酒百科全書 is available in selected fine wine boutiques. In Mainland China, the Larousse encyclopedia is accompanied by a bottle of prestigious wine, packaged in a beautiful wooden gift box and sold in the 50 Le Vieux Monde® wine stores, Class Multimedia’s exclusive Chinese partner. Wine education is considered by many to go hand in hand with wine promotion, and this exclusive partnership is giving a distinctive competitive edge to Le Vieux Monde®. Available also on Amazon US.

GRAND LAROUSSE DU VIN 拉魯斯 葡萄酒百科全書 © By EDITIONS CLASS MULTIMEDIA 160, Cours du Médoc 33300 BORDEAUX • FRANCE Phone 33 (0)5 56 69 86 99


About «Class» Claude Lada & Associates Claude Lada is a French photographer and publisher specialized in wine books. Founder of Agence Class in 1990, he published a first «Guide Chinois des Vins de Bordeaux» (2009, second edition in 2012), as well as a book about matching «Chinese cooking and French wines» (for the Universal Exhibition in Shanghai, in 2010), the «Guide Chinois des Vins de France» (preface by the former Prime Minister of France, Jean- Pierre Raffarin, 2011), and the «Guide Chinois du Cognac» (2012). Under licence since 2013, from Larousse, Claude Lada also published the traditional Chinese version of the Le Grand Larousse du Vin «拉魯 斯 葡萄酒百科全書». He created the trilingual magazine Bordeaux News, regularly published since 1993. He is the author of a Russian guide to Cognac, «COGNAC И ЕГО ТАЙНЫ» (2014) and a North American version «COGNAC FOR CONNOISSEUR» (2015); in the same time he publish «BORDEAUX NEW CENTURY» a new pocket book with some of the most dynamics winegrowers from Bordeaux. Claude Lada is an associate member of WSWA.

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