Domaine de Bassac, Languedoc

Region: LanguedocA new grower to the list, owned in partnership by Francois Delhon, the youngest member of the family who set up Bassac three generations ago. The vineyards are worked organically and Francois is meticulous in his care of the soil and plants ensuring that when the fruit arrives at the winery it is in…

Clovallon, Bédarieux

Region: ProvenceIf one drives north from Faugers on the D909, you pass through a tunnel into a landscape suddenly dominated by limestone, as opposed to slate and schist. Carry on a few hundred yards and on the right are some impressive dolomitic cliffs and below these in the scree lies a vineyard. This is Clovallon,…

Mas d’Alezon, Faugeres

Region: LanguedocCatherine Roque has made her mark in the region when she planted the extraordinary vineyards at Clovallon, now looked after by her daughter Alex, in the dolomitic limestone north of the AoC. After she handed over the reins to Alex, she could focus on her 5 hectares in Faugeres, which she amassed in 199.…

Domaine Loup Bleu, Provence

Region: ProvenceLoup Bleu was bought a few years ago by Marc Dubois and his wife as a place to focus on their dream lifestyle. They have turned the estate organic and are aiming to become biodynamic in time. The vineyards sit on clay and limestone under the slopes of Saint Victoire in the village of…

Domaine de la Remejeanne, Cotes-du-Rhone

Region: RhoneThe estate was founded in 1968 by François Klein, and is now run by his son Rémy and grandson Olivier. The aim of the estate has always been to reflect the different terroirs existing on the land they owned using local varieties. The domaine is 38 hectares spread over sandy loam, limestone and clay…

Domaine de la Graveirette, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Region: Rhone  After completing his viticultural and winemaking studies at Beaune, Julien Mus returned to his family domaine on the outskirts of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Until then the grapes from the domaine had been sold off to the local co-op. The domaine consists of four hectares of AOC Côtes du Rhône and six hectares of Vin…

Domaine Mucyn, Crozes Hermitage

Region: RhoneDomaine Mucyn is an estate we have followed for a few years. Our quest to find a domain that can offer a few commune/terroir wines and punch above its weight has often drawn blanks and false starts, but with the Mucyn famaily we have found what we are looking for. Jean-Pierre, his wife Helene…

Manoir de Carra, Beaujolais

Region: BurgundyManoir du Carra is a well-established producer who have benefited from an injection of youthful enthusiasm and passion in the form of the sons of the house, Frédéric and Damien, who look after the vineyards and winemaking now. The terroir of these vineyards is impeccable, but perhaps more importantly the viticulture is leaning toward…

Domaine des Gandines, Viré-Clessé

Region: BurgundyBenjamin and Florent Dananchet represent the fourth generation to produce wines at what is now a 10 hectare estate covering land in both Viré and Clessé. It has always been their great-grandfather Joseph’s view that the domaine should be farmed organically which was made official in 2005, and has been farmed using fully biodynamic…