Featured Wineries – Europe
DOMAINE ALBERT MANN (Wettolsheim)
Represented by Maurice Barthelmé and Jacky Barthelmé
The Albert Mann estate is located in Wettolsheim in the center of Alsace’s vineyards, 2 km outside of Colmar. The domaine is the fruit of the joint efforts of the winemaking families Mann and Barthelmé, each with histories of winemaking stretching back centuries. Today, Maurice Barthelmé and his brother Jacky Barthelmé manage the domaine with their wives Marie-Claire and Marie-Thérèse. Together, they run 23 hectares of vineyards, including two lieux-dit: Rosenberg and Altenbourg, five Grands Crus: Schlossberg, Furstentum, Steingrubler, Hengst, and Pfersigberg, and two monopole plantings of Pinot noir: Clos de la Faille® and Les Saintes Claires®. Since 2010 the entire estate has been certified Biodynamic. The vineyards are split into more than a hundred plots and are tended like individual gardens with patience and a total respect for the benefits that nature brings. The goal of the estate is to produce wine that is in harmony with nature.
DOMAINE DE CLOS SAINT LANDELIN – MURÉ (Rouffach)
Represented by Véronique Muré
Since 1935, the Muré family has owned the noteworthy “Clos Saint Landelin,” a 25-acre single vineyard located in Rouffach, Alsace. Today, the 12th generation of the Muré family, siblings Véronique and Thomas Muré are responsible for running the “Clos Saint Landelin” and its neighboring terroirs using biodynamic methods. The domaine is guided by the principles of allowing the wine to fully express the terroir, preserving the Muré inheritance, and respecting the savoir-faire handed down through generations. Véronique and Thomas achieve this through planting vines densely, tilling the vineyards, hand pruning, fermenting exclusively with indigenous yeasts, and minimal interventions in the cellar. Véronique received her enology credentials from SupAgro Montpellier and interned with Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot in Pommard, Domaine Guigal in Côte-Rôtie, and at the University of California Davis. In the early 2000s, she returned to the family domaine to join her brother Thomas and her father René in operating the vineyards and the cave.
DOMAINE VALENTIN ZUSSLIN (Orschwihr)
Represented by Marie Zusslin
In 1691 Domaine Valentin Zusslin was founded in the southern part of the Alsace region. Since 2000 the 13th generation, brother and sister, Marie and Jean-Paul Zusslin have co-managed the domaine. The climate – warm, sunny, and dry – ensures slow, extended ripening of the grapes that in turn favours the development of extremely elegant aromas in the finished wine. The estate owns vines in Bollenberg, Pfingstberg (a Grand Cru), and a single vineyard monopole Clos Liebenberg. The domaine was certified biodynamic by Demeter France in 1997. These practices have imbued the whole vineyard with a huge development of biodiversity. The harvest is done exclusively by hand, selecting only well-matured fruit. The cellar work is minimalist with no interference in the natural process of the fermentation. The cuvées are aged on the fine yeast lees in oak Alsatian foudres and oak barrels for the red wine.
MAISON AMBROISE (Prémeaux-Prissey)
Represented by Ludivine Ambroise
The Ambroise family settled in Prémeaux-Prissey, near Nuits-Saint-Georges, 300 years ago. Bertrand Ambroise studied viticulture and winemaking and then traveled to Champagne and Cognac to learn the approaches of other regions. In 1987, he created the house of Ambroise, a négociant that also draws on the family’s 40 acres, which include two Premier Crus in Nuits-Saint-Georges. They now produce 11,000 cases a year with bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Bertrand views winemaking as a dialogue between traditionalists and modernists.
DOMAINE CHARLES AUDOIN (Marsannay-la-Côte)
Represented by Cyril Audoin
Domaine Charles Audoin is located in the Marsannay appellation just south of Dijon, which is known as the “Gateway to Burgundy.” The Domaine began in 1972 with just three hectares of vines. Along with his wife, oenologist Marie-Françoise Audoin, Charles Audoin has since built up their Domaine to 14 hectares. Their son Cyril has been on board since 2000, and together they are continuing the Burgundian tradition of respecting the terroir. Their vines on average are 45 years old. In the winery, they bottle without fining or filtering and produce about 4,000 cases annually.
DOMAINE SIMON BIZE ET FILS (Savigny-les-Beaune)
Represented by Chisa Bize
As a vigneron, Patrick Bize had an intimate knowledge of his parcels and adapted his viticulture practices to suit each one. He is quoted saying, “It isn’t Monsieur or Madame who makes the wine, it’s the Appellation and the grape; one should never forget this.” This philosophy guided his work in the cave as well. Chisa Bize arrived in Savigny-lès-Beaune in 1997 from her home in Tokyo, Japan. She married Patrick Bize in 1998. In 2008, she participated in a truly revelatory conference with Anne-Claude Leflaive on the connection between plants (vines) and mankind, and the first biodynamic experiments in Savigny 1er cru Les Serpentières began soon after. Just before harvest in 2013, Patrick Bize tragically passed away, leaving Chisa and Patrick’s sister Marielle Grivot-Bize to carry on his legacy, and now the womens’ power flourishes in the bio-dynamically farmed vineyards.
DOMAINE FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR (Marsannay-la-Côte)
Represented by Patrice Ollivier
It was in the late 1970s that Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair came to life by the acquisition of renowned appellations in the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, such as Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair’s philosophy is based on “top quality.” By employing such methods as limited output, strict sorting of the grapes, vinification under heat control, and maturing in new or recent barrels, they have made it possible for the different appellations to hold the top ranks among the most famous Burgundian domaines. These methods have enabled Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair’s wines to be offered in the finest restaurants, cellars, and specialty shops throughout the world.
DOMAINE JEAN GRIVOT (Vosne-Romanée)
Represented by Mathilde Grivot
Domaine Jean Grivot is generally seen as one of the finest in the Côte d’Or. At the end of the eighteenth century, just before the French Revolution, Joseph Grivot settled in Vosne-Romanée, but it was his son Gaston who developed the domaine. In 1919, Gaston sold vines in the lesser areas to buy a large parcel of the grand cru Clos de Vougeot. You can still see the gate he built today. He was one of the first oenologists to graduate from Dijon University in the 1920s, followed by his son, Jean, a few years later. Like his father, Jean acquired a parcel of grand cru land, 31 acres of Richebourg in 1984, and was succeeded by his son Etienne in 1987. Mathilde Grivot, Etienne’s daughter, has worked at the domaine since the 2010 vintage. Envisioning an eventual, peaceful handover, Mathilde works in harmony with her brother Hubert and her parents.
DOMAINE DE MONTILLE (Puligny-Montrachet)
Represented by Étienne de Montille
Domaine de Montille (60 acres) and Château de Puligny-Montrachet (30 acres) craft their wines from bio-dynamic certified vineyards located mainly in Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Corton and Vosne-Romanée. The family estate was established around 1730. In 1990 Etienne de Montille took over from his father Hubert. Since 2000 he has acquired significant pieces of prime land, including the Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet. He now owns and manages the estates with his team, including Brian Sieve, a winemaker from the US. The style of the red wines has progressively evolved from Hubert’s style with the consistent use of a large quantity of stems during a long fermentation with moderate foulage and pigeage at natural temperatures to develop complexity in the wine. The white wines are pure, fresh, and focused with mineral aromas accompanied by a palate with tension and a slight saline character. To express the distinctions of the Burgundian terroirs, they moderately apply new oak ranging from 0% to maximum 50%. The wines’ firm structure, based on their acidity, tannins, and moderate alcohol, allows for great aging potential.
DOMAINE MARC ROY (Gevrey-Chambertin)
Represented by Alexandrine Roy & Maxime Bec
Domaine Marc Roy includes nine acres of Pinot noir in Gevrey-Chambertin split into four distinctive “Cuvées.” “Vieilles Vignes” is made from a selection of the oldest vines of the estate (about 70 years old). “La Justice” is a specific and lovely village climat next to the estate. “Clos Prieur” is crafted from another specific climat, ideally located just below the Grand Cru “Mazis-Chambertin.” “Cuvée Alexandrine” – created in 2005 – is made from a selection of millerandées grapes. Lastly, eleven acres planted with Chardonnay to produce a rare white Marsannay “Les Champs Perdrix.” After wine studies in Beaune, Alexandrine took over as the fourth-generation owner/winemaker of Domaine Marc Roy in 2003. She continued to further her wine knowledge through experiences in Australia (2004) and New Zealand (2005). Additionally, since 2007 she has been the consulting winemaker for Phelps Creek Vineyards in Oregon. Since – very sadly – her mother Régine passed last December, Maxime, her companion, joined the estate full time to continue with her the beautiful adventure DMR. Because great wines are born in the vineyards, Alexandrine gives strong attention all year long to the soils and vines to bring low yields of top quality grapes. Then, traditional winemaking with 100% destemmed-grapes, fermentation with native yeasts, punch downs by foot and moderated oak maturation treatments allows Alexandrine to craft wines with soul that reflect Gevrey-Chambertin’s specific and unique terroirs.
DOMAINE DES TERRES DE VELLE (Auxey-Duresses)
Represented by Fabrice Laronze and Sophie Laronze
A Beaune native, Fabrice Laronze completed studies in viticulture and oenology first in Beaune, and then in Montpellier. After an apprenticeship in California, Fabrice first worked in the north of the Côte d’Or producing Crémant de Bourgogne, but feels he really entered the “wine priesthood” when he became manager of the Domaine Lejeune in Pommard. In 1999, he met Alex Gambal, who had just created a wine merchant house in Beaune. Gambal entrusted him with the keys to his cellar and Fabrice became his winemaker. Sophie Laronze completed her business studies in Germany and quickly decided to return to her Burgundian roots. She worked with Albert Bichot, and then as the export manager for Tonnellerie de Mercurey, a Burgundian cooperage. In 2004 she joined her husband, Fabrice, at Gambal’s, where she worked developing the European markets. In 2009, they decided to unite their previous work experiences and create Domaine des Terres de Velle: a worthy challenge in Burgundy, where one generally becomes a winemaker only by family inheritance.
CHAMPAGNE JEAN JOSSELIN (Gye Sur Seine)
Represented by Jean-Pierre Josselin, Véronique Josselin, and Sharona Tsubota
Since 1854 the Josselin family has been growing wine in the southern part of the Champagne region, an area where Pinot Noir is king. Wanting to protect their heritage for future generations, the vineyards are now certified Terra Vitis, a French organization which checks the work in the vineyards and winery with regular audits, and is stricter than “sustainable viticulture.” In 1957 Jean Josselin created his eponymous Champagne house, which is now run by his son Jean-Pierre Josselin with grandson Jean-Félix as winemaker. There is a fourth-generation “Jean,” (just 5-years-old now) waiting in the wings as well. In honor of this family tradition, the house has created a “Cuvée des Jean” named for the men in the family. Of course, the domaine wouldn’t function without the women of the family: Véronique, Jean-Pierre’s wife, and Lucile, their daughter. It’s Lucile’s son Jean who loves to ride the tractor, along with his big sister Lisa.
J. HOFSTÄTTER (Termeno, Alto Adige)
Represented by Martin Hofstätter
Since 1970 Martin has lived in the small, very accessible South Tyrolean village of Tramin. He has worked in the vineyard and the winery since his childhood. The 50 hectares (124 acres) of family-owned vineyards are uniquely located on both sides of the Adige Valley, each claiming a completely different microclimate. He can thank the knight Ludwig Barth von Barthenau, founder and previous owner of his winegrowing estate Barthenau, for the tradition of over 150 years in Pinot noir. The grapes for his unique single vineyard wine “Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano” grow on vines that are seventy years old. His love of winegrowing was handed down from his maternal grandfather and father. With these individuals in mind he carries on the fourth generation of tradition that began in 1907 when his great-great uncle founded the Hofstätter family winegrowing estate.