Domaine Peyre Rose, owned by the charismatic Marlène Soria, is a unique estate in many ways. The wines are unlike any others in the Languedoc. The vines are surrounded by wild garrigue, way off the beaten track in the commune of Saint-Pargoire, somewhere between Beziers and Montpellier. Starting off as a hobby, Marlène planted her first vines back in the 1980s, today there are 26 hectares. The dominant variety is Syrah (70-80%), and there are also small amounts of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The soils are made up of clay over limestone with a stony topsoil, and Marlène has always adopted an organic approach with slow fermentations, and surprisingly, there is no oak ageing. There are three Syrah based wines: Clos des Cistes, Syrah Leone which is richer and denser, and Marlène’s top wine called Marlène Nº3. All share complex, tertiary nuances of leather and spice, along with notes of fresh liquorice and menthol. She also produces a stunning white wine called Oro; made from Rolle (otherwise known as Vermentino) and Roussanne vines which were planted later. Oro has an intense colour and displays complex oxidative notes thanks to a long maceration period, followed by nearly ten years of ageing in vat and bottle. An important characteristic of these truly special wines is the prolonged ageing period before release, which has made them famous worldwide. We are fortunate to list a range of vintages.
Pierre-Henri Rougeot cultivates 13 hectares of family-owned vines across appellations in Meursault, Monthélie, Saint Romain, Pommard and Volnay. The estate was certified organic for the 2020 vintage, biodynamic practices are also adhered to and conversion towards full certification is ongoing. As well as a minimal intervention approach throughout, the estate also produces several cuvées with no added sulphur, these stand out from their other wines with alternate diagonal stripe labels and limited production. The wines are impeccably crafted in an 18th Century stone cellar in the centre of Meursault, combining quintessential Burgundy with Pierre-Henri’s natural winemaking philosophy. Vinification is carried out gently and meticulously to produce wines with precision and maximum expression of terroir. These range from Bourgogne Côte d’Or (red and white) to Premier Crus which include Meursault-Charmes and Volnay-Santenots. All the wines share a common vivacity and softness which we look for in minimal intervention wines. We discovered Pierre-Henri thanks to our friends at Grassl Glass, and how grateful we are.
Bruno Colin’s estate comprises vineyard holdings in twenty-two appellations across the Côte de Beaune, including in some of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet’s most prestigious sites which are steeped in tradition, such as Chevalier-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne. Bruno inherited his vineyards from his father, whose estate was divided up between him and his brother, Philippe, in 2003. Bruno began a new winemaking chapter with his first vintage in 2004, the wines have remained quintessentially Burgundian, vinified in the recently modernised family winery in the centre of Chassagne-Montrachet. At Caskadia we import five Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet wines and one Premier Cru Puligny Montrachet, they are each unique in their own way, reflecting subtle differences in soil and microclimate. Other wines include the estate’s Bourgogne Chardonnay and Bourgogne Pinot Noir which offer terrific value, whilst the red and white Chassagne-Montrachet village wines have outstanding concentration, elegance, and length. Bruno’s success is attributed to his ability to consistently produce expressive and well-balanced wines.
Domaine des Creisses has a long history of wine production which goes back to the 19th Century. In 1998, Philippe Chesnelong took charge of the family estate, determined to produce Languedoc wines which showcase the potential of old vines grown on great Mediterranean terroir. Located near the village of Valros, the vineyards are grown on contrasting soils which include some gravelly, some volcanic, and some deeper, clay-limestone soils. This factor contributes to the wines’ rich texture, which are also abundant in concentration, as the grapes, destemmed, are left to macerate for up to twenty-five days. Hot summers in southern France allow them to reach full phenolic ripeness, leading to powerful wines with smooth tannins, which at Domaine des Creisses are balanced by freshness and elegance. The estate produces two reds; ‘Les Creisses’ is exuberant and youthful, whilst ‘Les Brunes’, aged in new oak, is structured with complex nuances. Both are made principally from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Some Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault is also added. New to the portfolio in 2021, we unearthed a Languedoc treasure!
Richard Fouquet and his wife Karine cultivate eight hectares of family owned vineyards in the villages of Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs
Since 2019, brothers Florent and Julien Mignon have taken the Côte des Blancs by storm, producing limited production Grower Champagne from their family vineyard holdings in the Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Avize, and Premier Cru Cuis. ‘L’Aventure’, their signature wine is am Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs from all three vineyards, which are cultivated sustainably following the strict principles installed by their father. Dosage is kept to a minimum (4g per litre) and a minimalist approach in the winemaking allows for a pristinely pure expression of Chardonnay. Florent and Julien also produce a still white wine under the Coteaux Champenois Blanc appellation, which is alive with fresh acidity and precise minerality. This was a must addition to our Champagne selection following our last visit to the region where we were warmly received by the family at their premises in Cramant. Such class!
Régis Poissinet is a man on a mission. After years of meticulous vineyard management and the astute blending of past vintages
Champagne is no longer just about traditional established houses; small growers who focus on expressing the singularity of specific vineyard sites have very much taken centre stage
The wines of Jean-Claude Bessin and his son Romain set a benchmark for Chablis year after year. The Chablis Vieilles Vignes is a pure and refined expression of Chardonnay, whilst the Premier Crus Fourchaume, La Forêt and Montmains are supremely elegant and bursting with life. Let us not forget the Grand Cru Valmur; an awesome display of power combined with a delicate and tantalising mouthfeel. There is also La Pièce au Comte; produced only in generous vintages and made from a specific parcel within the Premier Cru Fourchaume vineyard. There are 2 hectares of vines which are harvested mainly by hand and the wines undergo an extended ageing period of up to 18 months, giving them great complexity. This is one of the most highly regarded, traditional estates in Chablis today.
The story of Domaine François Raveneau began in 1948 following the joining of two of Chablis’ greatest wine-making families: Raveneau and Dauvissat