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Champagne Ayala

Winemaker Champagne

Founded by Edmond de Ayala in 1860, Champagne AYALA is one of the oldest Champagne Houses, established in Aÿ, in the heart of the Grands Crus, since its founding more than 150 years ago. Independent and family, it represents today the archetype of the great House, producing wines of high flight, appreciated by the world for their freshness and elegance.

Champagne AYALA has always belonged to independent family structures and on a human scale. After the Second World War, the House experienced a calm period of its history, its leaders then occupying important roles within the interprofession champenoise. In 2005, the Bollinger family bought the beautiful property on hearing good revival : a period of renewal began for Champagne AYALA, with a complete overhaul of production tools and the arrival of new teams. Today, the House employs around fifteen people, retaining the family spirit of its origins.
All stages of the wine making process are conducted permanently : from winemaking to bottle shipping, including aging, stirring, disgorging, dressing and packaging. The 2 kilometers of cellars shelter nearly 2.5 million bottles, which age slowly in the secular vaults, dug out of the chalky hillsides of Aÿ.
Champagne AYALA produces wines appreciated for their precision, delicacy, airiness and style based on freshness and elegance. Balanced joints with a good share of Chardonnay, vinification conducted only in small stainless steel vats and low dosages : all of which define the unique personality of the emblematic cuvées of the House.

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© Maison de Champagne Ayala
© Maison de Champagne Ayala
South West

Remy Martin

Winemaker Cognac

Rooted in the exception since 1724, Maison Rémy Martin produces its cognacs in the highest standards of quality.
From its winemaker and family origins, the House knows the values ​​of time, patience, rarity and excellence. These values ​​were retranscribed during the creation of the various visits and receptions proposed.
Remy Martin invites you to discover its domains: copper stills, silence of the cellars, eaux-de-vie exclusively from Petite and Grande Champagne, introduction to tasting.

Maison Rémy Martin produces cognacs with eaux-de-vie exclusively from Grande and Petite Champagne. These are the most prestigious wines because the chalk of the subsoil is soft and the clay rare; the eaux-de-vie are round and fine. These cognacs bear the name “Cognac Fine Champagne”

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© Flavio PAGANI / Les Editions d'Autils
© Flavio PAGANI / Les Editions d'Autils
South West

Hôtel & Restaurant LALIQUE / Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

HOTEL RESTAURANT Winemaker Gastronomical Relais & Chateaux Wine

Nestled on the heights of the mythical terroirs of Sauternes, the Hotel & Restaurant LALIQUE is a must-see stopover in the Bordeaux region. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey invites visitors since June 2018 to a moment of harmony between wine, art, gastronomy and hospitality.
Blending the Lalique style with Sauternes soils, the 10 rooms and 3 suites at this 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel offer a break from serenity in the heart of the historic Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey vineyard, Premier Grand Cru Classé.

Haven of peace for guests in search of discretion, everything is joined in terms of art and meaning for the same purpose: emotion. The decoration was orchestrated by interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, creators of the Lalique Maison furniture and accessories collection. A subtle exercise in style, the rooms and suites combine the materials of the time with contemporary details. On two floors, each room and suite has its own typicality. In duplex, the Bacchantes suite offers among others unique views overlooking the hilly landscape of the appellation and the historical vineyard plot.
Adorned with one hundred and twenty Champs-Elysees in lustrous gold crystal on the ceiling, the restaurant accommodates 40 covers, 15 of which under a glass roof facing the Enclos, historical plot of the castle, giving the impression of sitting in the vineyards. With its crystal and porcelain decorations, the art of the table is an ode to Lalique’s savoir-faire in partnership with large partner Maisons: Fürstenberg porcelain plates, Christofle napkin rings inlaid with crystal pieces Grapes … refinement is the key word !
In the kitchen, Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Schilling and his team offer a specific and unusual cuisine inspired by the specificities of each vintage and rigorously selected products. In January 2019, the restaurant received a Michelin star, thus offering a first Michelin star restaurant in Sauternes. In search of the new and in the skill of the know-how, the chef puts the viticultural technique at the service of his creations. This synergy in the gastronomic experience is expressed for example with a tartar of Bazas beef, Comté moss and infusion with Sauternes with truffle from Sainte Croix du Mont. The LALIQUE table at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is also worth a visit for its impressive wine list of 2600 references, selected by Chef Sommelier Adrien Cascio. The three historic cellars bring together more than 22,000 bottles from the world’s finest vintages, as well as a selection of more accessible nuggets.

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©Agi Simoes & Reto Guntli
©Agi Simoes & Reto Guntli
East

Philipponnat

Winemaker Champagne

Philipponnat is a French champagne house with deep historical family roots, established in Champagne since 1522 and historically located in Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay.
At Philipponnat, the inheritance has been transmitted over the centuries : a line of men and women still today custodian of a secular philosophy. Each one carefully transmits the know-how he inherited from his predecessors. The spirit is always family and the teams work on the development of the wines in the respect of the values ​​of the House : with singularity, excellence, generosity and simplicity.

The 20 hectares of vineyards owned by the House are located in Premieres and Grands Crus. These centuries-old terroirs, so precious and fragile, Philipponnat preserves them by working its soil naturally, by weeding by hand and plowing with draft horses. The House is committed to renovating its traditions to find the best : Philipponnat loves to persevere and meet the challenges to continually improve the quality of wines.
The House is built around its particular style producing champagnes possessing a vinosity and a rare elegance around a grape variety of choice that marks its signature: Pinot Noir.
The celebrity of the house is also explained by its flagship cuvée, featuring grapes from the oldest and famous closed in the region, the steepest (45 °), Philipponnat creates a wine of exceptional power in Champagne. With its 5.5 hectares surrounded by walls, the Clos des Goisses occupies the best hillside of Mareuil-sur-Ay. Property of the House for almost a century, it is a remarkable vineyard : perfectly exposed south, it is unique and recognizable by all its extreme inclination. More than a vintage of prestige, it is the wine of an absolutely unique terroir.

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South West

Château Langoa Barton

Winemaker Wine

In 1722, Thomas Barton left his native Ireland to settle in Bordeaux and founded a wine trading company, which today still have the name of Barton.
In 1821 his grandson Hugh Barton acquired Château Langoa, an elegant residence built in 1758. Its architecture and its harmonious proportions and its 20 hectares of vines planted in the Saint Julien appellation, seduced Hugh who renamed it “Chateau Langoa Barton” . In the 1855 classification, Hugh Barton, passionate and in love with his wine, was rewarded with the addition of the property to the rank of “3rd Cru Classé”.

Many generations succeed at the head of the property and it is Anthony Barton who has invested in modern equipment and have thus magnified the wines of Chateau Langoa Barton. The story of Barton continues to be written with his daughter, Lilian, supported by his two children, representing the 10th generation.
In the 1855 classification, Langoa Barton was already owned by the Barton family. They share to this day, with only Mouton-Rothschild, the privilege of such a long family continuity.
The 20 hectares of Château Langoa Barton, planted in a gravel soil on a clay subsoil, are divided into the following grape varieties: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. These are the traditional grape varieties of Médoc. The average age of the vines is 37 years old.

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© Furax
© Furax
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Château Petit-Village

Winemaker Wine

A real gem of the appellation, Château Petit-Village is located on the highest part of the magnificent plateau of Pomerol. The vineyard forms a triangle of about ten hectares in the heart of Pomerol and benefits from the meticulous know-how and the constant attention of the property team.
At Château Petit-Village, each plot has its own personality. The wine works are therefore made to measure.

Merlot, king of Pomerol, dominates (75%). It brings roundness, generosity and velvety. Cabernet Franc (18%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7%) provide the spice, depth and aging ability.
Château Petit-Village’s style is characterized by the successful combination of traditional Pomerol (Merlot and Cabernet Franc) grapes enhanced by the freshness and spices of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Château Petit-Village wines, supple, powerful and harmonious, possess the richness and incomparable finesse of the great Pomerol.

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© Petit-Village - S. Chapuis
© Petit-Village - S. Chapuis
South West

Château Pichon Baron

Winemaker Wine

The creation of the estate dates back to the end of the 17th century, Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, a great wine merchant and manager of the prestigious estates of Latour and Margaux, bought vines in 1689 located near the Domaine de Latour, to create the Rauzan Enclosure.
These vines enter the dowry of his daughter Thérèse when she marries Baron Jacques Pichon de Longueville in 1694, date of the founding of the Pichon Longueville estate. Thus is born a great estate, which will remain in the family for several generations, and whose reputation will not be denied.

Château Pichon Baron, Second Grand Cru Classé in 1855, is one of the historic vineyards of Bordeaux.
The vineyard extends on beautiful lands of serious south of the town of Pauillac. The appellation enjoys a relatively warm and humid climate. Bright, airy, it is influenced by the proximity of the Gironde to the rhythm of its tides. The 73 ha of the Pichon Baron estate spread over gravelly soils of very high quality. This unique land, low in nutrients and without excess water, sparingly feeds the different varieties of vine stock with an average age of 35 years. Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the vast vineyard of Pichon Baron has resulted in a meticulous division of parcels. Shaped like a goldsmith piece, each parcel benefits from a precise work and adapted to its profile. The great terroir of the hillock of Pichon Baron, historical plot of the estate, already in production at the creation of the vintage in 1694, is dedicated solely to the production of the Grand Vin and represents today the major part of its assembly.

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© Château Pichon Baron - S. Chapuis
South East

Mas de Daumas Gassac

Winemaker Wine

World famous for its “Grands Vins”, Mas de Daumas Gassac, the great name of Languedoc is a family estate created by Aimé and Véronique Guibert in the early 70s in Aniane in Hérault.
The vineyard of 44 hectares of vines, is planted, in small clearings in the middle of 120 hectares of Mediterranean forest, thus preserving a landscape dominated by garrigue and wild nature.

Their wines come from a fabulous terroir, from an assembling of old uncloned varietals. They have low yields and a prodigious richness of flavours. Manual harvest, traditional winemaking.
Discover this wild valley, visit the underground cellars, taste their “Grand Vins”, red, white and
rosé.
Come also to discover their Moulin de Gassac collection, a beautiful family of wines all in finesse, freshness and balance.

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South West

Château Leoville Barton

Winemaker Wine

In 1722, Thomas Barton left his native Ireland to settle in Bordeaux and founded a wine trading company, which today still have the name of Barton. In 1826, his grandson Hugh Barton concluded the purchase of 50 hectares of vineyards from the former Domaine de Léoville. These parcels of vines, located on the Saint Julien appellation, are renamed “Léoville Barton”. During the historic classification of 1855, the castle will be distinguished from the title of “second Cru Classé”.

Many generations succeed each other at the head of the property and it is up to Anthony Barton to have hoisted the fame of Château Léoville Barton at the current international level. The story of Barton continues to be written with his daughter, Lilian, supported by his two children, representing the 10th generation.
The vineyard of Château Léoville Barton is located in the heart of the terroir of St Julien. On one of the most beautiful hills of Garonne gravel, facing the Gironde, the clay-gravel subsoil makes it possible to regulate wonderfully the climatic hazards of the year. The different heights of depth left by the river offer us a mosaic of plots whose complexity, magnified by the “alchemy” of the blend, gives birth to one of the greatest wines in the world.
The area is 50 hectares, the grape variety is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc with an average age of 35-40 years old vines.

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© Furax
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Château Climens

Winemaker Wine

Château Climens is the highest vineyard in the Barsac appellation, an incomparable terroir where one finds a truly wonderful expression of Semillon. Such innate distinction, completed by the consecutive owners’ great care, soon earned Climens the name of ‘Lord of Barsac’, and the title of First classified growth of Sauternes in 1855.

The vineyard’s surface area, a single vineyard of 30 hectares has remained unchanged since the 16th century. In 1971, the finesse of its wines convinced Lucien Lurton, a famous Bordeaux wine-grower to purchase the estate. Since 1992, his daughter Berenice Lurton is taking great care in perpetuating the magic. She has converted in 2010 the whole vineyard into biodynamics, another expression of her involvement.

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© F. Nivelle
© F. Nivelle