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The Legacy of Graillot: Maxime Graillot & Domaine Equis

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Featured Image: Maxime & Alain Graillot Photo: Gunnar Lier There is perhaps no industry where the weight of past generations is felt more acutely than in the world of wine. For elite domaines, each generational change invites the risk of falling into ruin, or worse yet, mediocrity. However history has shown us that the crushing weight

Benchmark Biodynamic Burgundy: Domaine de l’Arlot

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To fall in love with Burgundy is to resign oneself to a life of equal parts euphoria and edification. It is both an academic and hedonistic endeavor that may last a lifetime. Finding a domaine that produces wines capable of delivering consistent pleasure from their infancy in the barrel, to their 30 year anniversary, can

On Top of the World – Château de Pibarnon in Bandol

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 “Château de Pibarnon is one of Bandol’s best estates.” -The Wine Spectator When thinking of the ideal for a domaine, the image conjured is one of a solitary estate, perched atop a hill, overlooking pastoral vineyards, humbly making world class wines vintage after vintage. It is an ideal that is increasingly rare in the world.

Champagne Egly-Ouriet: Power and Elegance in Ambonnay

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As difficult as it might be to imagine, there once was a time when the term ‘Grower Champagne’ was not an integral part of the wine drinker’s lexicon. It was a time when the Champagne mind share was dominated by the ubiquitous Grand Marques. For the musically inclined, they were perhaps the Milli Vanilli of

Moussé Fils: Meunier through Tragedy and Triumph

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  An hour east of Paris in Champagne’s Vallee de la Marne, lies the pastoral village of Cuisles. The vineyards here are exceptionally steep and surrounded by the most beautiful landscape in Champagne. This village is home to Cédric Moussé, one of Champagne’s young heroes, and is the setting for his family’s story of tragedy

Homage and Legacy at Pierre Péters

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The story of the Pierre Péters estate is one of commitment, reconciliation, and above all passion for the land and legacy. The Péters family has been growing grapes in Les Mesnil-sur-Oger since 1858. In 1919 Camille Péters, started to bottle his own wines under the Camille Péters label and a new estate was born. In

The Inspiring Bubbles of JL Vergnon

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“Christophe Constant has put a highly personal stamp on this domaine, creating wines of intense expression and vivid personality. His champagnes are always racy and tense, characterized by their prominent malic acidities, yet they’re rarely aggressive, achieving a carefully judged and finely tuned harmony. This is one of the top estates in the Côte des

Domaine Pinson: Kimmeridgian Nobility

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 There are only so many certainties in life; the Earth is round, water is 2 parts hydrogen to 1 part oxygen, Joanie loves Chachi, John Lennon was a musical genius, and no Chardonnay in the world tastes like Chablis. This small hamlet, just a few hours south of Paris, relays the link between place and

Domaine Arlaud: Balance and Biodynamics in Burgundy

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The story of Domaine Arlaud begins like many of the world’s great stories do, with the love between a French man and woman. During World War II, Joseph Arlaud (originally from the Ardèche) met and fell in love with a Burgundian woman by the name of Renée Amiot. Her family just happened to own a

Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud: The Master of Vergisson

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La Roche de Vergisson is hard to miss when driving south from the Côte d’Or to the hamlet of Vergisson. The massive rock looms over the small town like a massive ship’s prow. On almost all sides are some of the finest Chardonnay vines in France – in Vergisson that means exclusively Pouilly-Fuissé (Mâcon-Vergisson ‘La