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A family story - The Pontaud Clan

A family story - The Pontaud Clan

The Pontaud clan is a family of winemakers based in south Rhône, for whom I have developed a particular affection over the past few years. I still remember my first exchange with them at the time Made in Little France was opened. I had asked Mr Pontaud the following question: “What does being a winegrower mean to you?”  He answered: “As far as I’m concerned, it takes a few different meanings. First of all, being a winemaker is a passion, not a job, and involves knowing by heart every parcel, every vine stock on your estate. The whole year round,...

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Getaway to the Bordeaux wine region

Getaway to the Bordeaux wine region

During my last visit to the Bordeaux wine region a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to come across an exceptional producer – a woman named Chantal Benito, who is extremely passionate about her craft and produces wine of a great quality. Located in the Bordelais, the three estates that make up the Benito Vineyard (Château Saint-Nicolas, Château Tour du Videau and Château Graveyres) span 32 hectares near Cadillac, on the Garonne’s right bank. Chantal Benito, who is in charge of the domain since 2005, has turned to eco-friendly wine-making, banning sulphur from her production. This has given birth...

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Vincent Visseq and the Mas d’Agamas vineyard

Vincent Visseq and the Mas d’Agamas vineyard

Vincent Visseq is a talented winegrower who manages the Mas d’Agamas vineyard. Mas d’Agamas is what the Visseq family’s village used to be called at a time when it only consisted of four houses, including theirs. Their winemaking tradition goes back several generations, having spread across the French communes of Lagamas and Montpeyroux. Since 2009, they have been vinifying two small plots located right next to Lagamas. The family sees it as a way of coming full circle with their work. They make a point of cultivating vines in the most reasonable way, giving prominence to manual tasks. In 2011,...

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Our fantastic Wines from the Lauribert estate

Our fantastic Wines from the Lauribert estate

The Lauribert estate has vines that have been in the family for five generations. Initially, the whole grape harvest was processed by the cooperative cellar. In 1997, in spite of the complexity of the task, Laurent Sourdon decided to form a team of his own and make wine. The Lauribert name is assembled like, quality wine, from letters from the first names of family members: Laurent, Marie and Robert   The Lauribert estate lies within the Papal Enclave, with land in Visan and Valréas.# Lisa Rosé 2017Grape varieties: Grenache 100 %Pale salmon colour with beautiful highlights. Expressive nose of summer...

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