Situated south of Saint-Emilion with its unique silhouette, Château La Gaffelière evokes a great wine, a 1st Great Growth since the beginning of St Emilion’s classification in 1959. The vine has been present on the lands of Château La Gaffelière since Gallo-Roman times, as demonstrated by the numerous mosaics discovered by Comte Léo de Malet Roquefort in 1969. A strange coincidence: Ausonius had a vineyard in the same spot (4th century). The Malet Roquefort family is convinced that these mosaics decorated the rooms of his villa. The quality of these decorative elements confirms the richness of this place, called “le Palat” (Palatium = Palace). This wine comes from an exceptional terroir, a “golden triangle” nested between the hills of Pavie and Ausone. But a great terroir is nothing without the willingness of men. The family de Malet Roquefort has run the estate with passion for more than 3 centuries, with a single purpose: upgrading the vineyards whilst producing an amazing ageing wine.
Smith Haut Lafitte
In the eighteenth century, the Scottish navigator George Smith set up residence in this property. Following in his footsteps were Mr. Dubergier-Duffour, mayor of Bordeaux; Louis Eschenauer, a leading figure of trading in Bordeaux, leaving Daniel and Florence Cathiard as the current owners. They restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century chartreuse, refurbished the 2 underground cellars, resumed traditional soil-work, abolished herbicides and incorporated their own cooperage. The exemplary elegance and balanced structure of the Smith Haut Lafitte wines are now universally recognized and justifies this passion for irreproachable quality.
Grand Vin de Graves
Domaine de Chevalier
Created by Jean Ricard in 1865, the Domaine de Chevalier covers 38 hectares in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan forest, in a green setting south of Bordeaux. Producing exceptional wines in both red and white, the estate was crowned Grand Cru Classé de Graves in 1953. Acquired and managed by Olivier Bernard in 1983, the magnificent Domaine de Chevalier extended its fame to the whole world. Today it is at the top of Bordeaux's greatest Crus Classés.
The origin of this property dates back to the seventeenth century and covers forty hectares located between Lafite Rothschild and Cos d'Estournel . Bought and replanted in 1959 by Mr. Tesseron is his son Michel Tesseron which led him in the firmament by investing it completely. Today, this wine produces opulent Saint-Estèphe that are among the most harmonious of the appellation. The estate is deemed to have performance well beyond its ranking.
Unique combination of an outstanding terroir, centuries-old tradition and modern innovation, Marquis d'Alesme is not only a great wine but also a singular vision of contemporary luxury. Each detail of the experience has been crafted with the utmost sophistication, offering a poetic environment for a stroll. The architecture intertweaves pure classicism and Oriental symbolism, while artworks in the intimate lounges can be admired at Leisure. From here, the walk leads out to the landscaped gardens with their delicate mosaics of colours and scents. Last but not least, the perfumed pathways are punctuated by Scent Discovery expériences that will surprise and delight visitors. Delicious food and Grand Cru Classé tasting combine magnificently in the four corners of the estate.
On the Peak of Sancerre
Domaine Vacheron has its origins in 1900, when Maurice Vacheron bought a hectare of vines and founded the eponymous estate. His sons joined the estate in 1966 and gradually developed it. Covering an area of 47 hectares today, this family estate in the Loire is one of the spearheads of the Sancerre appellation, because all the vines are worked according to the principles of organic farming. It is thus the first domain of Sancerre to be certified in biodynamics (since 2006). It is one of the few domains to be located on the Piton de Sancerre. The wines of Domaine Vacheron are recognized for their extreme finesse and the tasty expression of their original grape varieties, pinot noir for the reds and sauvignon blanc for the whites.
Everything began in 1929, on the base of a property cultivated upon ancient times. For this authenticity and quality wines Château Sainte Marguerite has obtained the classification "Cru Classé" in 1955. History and authenticity are the main aspects of the Fayard family, which has enable them to create the foundations, without any compromise on the quality. These crus are the result of a permanent quest for excellence and an exceptional terroir fully mastered. Ces crus sont le fruit d'une constante recherche de l'excellence et de la maîtrise d'un terroir d'exception.
Hubert Perrodo had acquired the Labégorce Castle in 1989, then the Château de l'Abbé Gorsse in 2002, and finally the Castle Labégorce Zédé in 2005. The heirs of Hubert Perrodo perform today his vow: reunite all three areas (which were one before the Revolution) into a single entity that covers 70 hectares.
Château Trianon was created at the end of the 17th century by the great influential figures of Libourne and Saint-Emilion, in honour of the Royal Court and of the luxurious dwelling built in the grounds of the Versailles Palaceto, where the King of France liked so much to retire to. In 1999, having sold Château Cheval Blanc, which he co-owned, Dominique Hébrard was on the look-out for a winegrowing property in Saint-Emilion with potential that he could develop. He needed a new challenge and to re-establish his roots in Saint-Emilion. Trianon was a chance of a lifetime. Since vintage 2001, Dominique Hébrard shaped, prepared, sculpted, chiselled and polished Trianon’s terroir.
Dry White Wine
Clos des Lunes
Situated on the left bank of the Garonne river, 40km south of Bordeaux, the vineyards of Sauternes are legendary. Reputed the world over, Sauternes possesses no fewer than twenty six 1855 ‘Classified Growths’. It is upon this most ancient terroir, best known for its sweet wines of remarkable quality, that Olivier Bernard decided to write a new chapter, beginning in 2011. Here, with the Domaine de Chevalier team, he expressed a firm commitment to produce some of the finest dry white wines.
Jean-Luc Thunevin became a "star" of the wine world in less than a decade thanks to his famous "garage wine" Castle Valandraud. Thanks to his passion for wine, his determination and his determination, he made his vow with the first vintage in 1991 Château Valandraud. This year marks the beginning of a great adventure and a dazzling success. He then becomes the inspirer and initiator of many other garage wines. All these micro-wineries from low yields produce wines concentrated. Born in 1992 as a second wine, Virginie de Valandraud has since conquered his "pedigree" to become in 1997 a full wine resulting from vineyards going beyond those of Valandraud.
The Maison Aegerter, located in Nuit-Saint-Georges, Côte-d’Or, is thriving in a region known for both its traditions and its innovations. The Aegerters believe that nature cannot be hurried. It must be listened to and pampered. All the vintages, from the most accessible to the most exceptional, have one thing in common: they are the outcome of a resolutely modern vision and dynamic. The best of Burgundy’s terroirs is well worth it. These passionate people are daring enough to leave the beaten track and offer all consumers, beginners and experts alike, carefully picked selections, new blends and different bottles.