“I’ve always been of the opinion that champagne should be to wine what haute couture is to fashion” – Alfred Gratien A Respect for Tradition In 1864, at the tender age of 23, Alfred Gratien founded both his Champagne house in Epernay and established a secondary location for the production of sparkling wines in Saumur. Soon after he developed a ... Read More »
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Despite the complex and murky history, traditions and myths surrounding champagne and the great houses of the region, Champagne has long been a favorite choice for celebrations and holidays. Traditionally made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and fermented twice, to earn the title Champagne this sparkling delicacy must be produced in the Champagne region of France. With the ... Read More »
The Holiday Season is here and what better way to celebrate than with fine champagne. Whether you are sipping at Christmas dinner or toasting the New Year, Champagne is the perfect accessory for all of your Holiday needs. Let us help you celebrate the season in style with this selection curated from the Top 20 List of Holiday Champagnes from ... Read More »
With three 2010 wines scoring a critical rating of 94 or above Chanson Pere & Fils was named on of Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of 2013. History Dating to 1750, during the reign of Louis XV, Chanson Père & Fils has a long and rich history. One of the oldest negociant houses in Beaune, this Burgundy estate was ... Read More »
Record-breaking prices on the 153rd Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction The History of Hospices de Beaune The most famous wine charity auction takes place every year at “Hospices de Beaune” (or Hôtel-Dieu), an impressive building with a glazed-tile roof in the typical Burgundy style. Hospices de Beaune is a former hospital which was founded in the middle of the ... Read More »
At the Heart of the Vineyards of the Northern Rhone Located on the right bank of the Rhone, in the hilltop town of Limony, the Louis Cheze estate is the product of an unusual vineyard and its terroir. This area of steep slopes and granitic soils is not ideal for grapes. However, a few adventurous winemakers decided to brave these ... Read More »
And Inspirational and Influental Dynasty The history of Château Mouton Rothschild began in Pauillac in 1853 when Baron Nataniel de Rothschild acquired Château Brane-Mouton and gave it his own name. At this point famous Rothschild family, known in Europe for financial and philanthropic prowess, began its foray into the wine industry. Philippe de Rothschild took control of the wine making ... Read More »