Monday, the 8th of February 2016, Domaine Hubert Lignier, Morey-Saint-Denis (Bourgogne)
Around 1880, Jacques Lignier purchased a few vineyard parcels in Morey-St-Denis, in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, where they are still established today. The vineyard has remained in the family over generations: Lignier's son, Jules, followed by Henry and Hubert, successively took the helm.
In the 60s, the domain expanded to 8 hectares (20 acres). In 1992, Romain Lignier joined his father, but passed away suddenly in 2004. Roman's brother Laurent, with both commercial and technical expertise, took the reigns in 2006, with his father’s continuous support. A new winery was built in Morey-St-Denis.
Monday, the 7th of March 2016, Champagne Alfred Gratien
Champagne Alfred Gratien has enjoyed a long tradition, all the while safeguarding the wine's singular character without succumbing to the latest trends or the pressures of mass production. It's sole guardian: Chef de Caves Nicolas Jaeger.
Like his father and forebears through four generations, Jaeger maintains the uniqueness of this exceptional champagne. Each year, he ensures the best harvest of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and implements the traditional, world-famous fermentation in oak barrels with meticulous and uncompromising care.
Through this scrupulous attention, Alfred Gratien guarantees consistency in quality and an incomparable aroma.
Monday, the 2nd of May 2016, Domaine Elian Da Ros
The domain is located in Cocumont in the Côtes Marmandais, on the left bank of the Garonne River. Elian Da Ros' father grew tomatoes, grains and tobacco on this estate, along with the vines whose yield he took to village cooperative cellar. Since Elian's early days, he dreamed of becoming a winemaker, and at the age of 14, began studying viticulture and oenology.
After working in Alsace for five years, he returned to the family land in 1997 and built a winery to make his own wines, with his first vintage arriving in 1998.
The estate now covers 22 hectares (54 acres) on a hillside with a terroir of gravel and limestone clay. The vineyards have been organic since 2000 and biodynamic since 2002.