Chateau Tournefeuille was purchased by François Petit and Francis Cambier and their respective families in 1998. François Petit’s son Emeric runs the chateau day-to-day. The families have made significant investments to improve the wine, including the introduction of more natural viticultural techniques and a more stringent selection of grapes.
Emeric Petit notes that Tournefeuille is just 500 yards from Petrus. “Over there,” Emeric pointed across the way at Petrus, “is where the greatest red wine in the world is grown. Our soils are […]
When Pascal Sirat took over at Château Panchille in 1981 only five of the twenty hectares his father had inherited remained. The rest were lost in a succession of unhappy personal and financial disasters. But by 1994, he had increased the size of the domaine to twelve hectares, had quit the local cooperative where three generations of Sirats had always sold their grapes, and released his first vintage of estate-bottled Château Panchille.
The vineyards slope down nearly to the bank of the Dordogne, […]
The Jaume family owns 80 hectare of well-exposed vineyard where the Grenache fruit performs at its best because of ideal microclimatic conditions and the limestone-rich soil of Vinsobres in the southern Rhône, where the Jaumes have farmed since 1905.
The vineyards in the hills overlooking the original estate produce this special bottling; an encépagement of Marsanne, Roussane and Clairette. A floral nose and flavors of roasted nuts and apples are buoyed by bright acidity. There is a rich textural component which is the […]
In 1952, Alain Bortolussi’s grandfather purchased 25 hectares of land in the department of Gers that had recently been classified under AOC regulations as Madiran. Over the next 35 years, these gentle slopes of gravel and clay were replanted carefully with the best clones of Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and the winery was gradually modernized.
A small parcel of the traditional white grapes of the area; Arrufiac, Petit Manseng, and Gros Manseng was also part of the replanting to produce this intensely sweet, […]
Adam Tolmach has been making wine in California for over 30 years, and has been a driving force in the in the Central Coast since his days as co-founder of Au Bon Climat. In 1992 he and his wife Helen decided to concentrate on their own winery. Working closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California, his Ojai wines are considered among the best examples of Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Grenache in the […]