January 16, 2018 Chris Puppione

The rich history of Chateau Gilette dates back to 1710, when Numa Medeville took the hand of Marie Despujols in marriage. With her came the family home and vineyards, which we know today as Chateau Gilette and Chateau Les Justices. In this video, Xavier Gonet–the husband of Numa’s great-great-granddaughter, Julie Medeville–explains how Chateau Gilette began implementing a longer period of élevage in its Crème de Tête Sauternes wine, beginning with the 1937 vintage. Take a look and listen to Xavier tell the remarkable story of how this 4.5-hectare estate in the village of Preignac uses concrete vats and turned war time misfortune into…

January 10, 2018 Chris Puppione

In early 2017, when Domaine Santa Duc joined the Martine’s Wines portfolio, our team knew we were adding both quality and depth to our well-established roster of stars from the Rhone Valley. The Gras family has been a fixture in Gigondas since the 19th century, and in recent years, under the guidance of Yves Gras, Domaine Santa Duc has gained notoriety for its ability to honor tradition while taking strides to innovate and evolve. The surest sign of this willingness to break new ground is the domaine’s new winemaking facility, which was under construction when we visited in April of last…

January 3, 2018 Chris Puppione

“Here, in this foggy, windswept place, our vineyards are located. Climatic changes that occurred after their initial formation have introduced even more complexity to the rock of this region. During the end of the last ice age, the ocean crept further inland and laid marine sediments atop the coarser soils eroded from the peaks. It turns out that the ‘thin flinty soil’ Steinbeck wrote of in East of Eden is made of stronger stuff than he supposed. Composed of schist and gneiss, it is full of granite but laced with marine materials. At Pisoni we work hard to create wine…

December 12, 2017 Chris Puppione

As we toured the vineyards and cellar of Chateau du Cedre just a few weeks ago, it was hard not to be struck by the good humor of the charismatic Pascal Verhaeghe, who tends to the family’s gorgeous holdings in Cahors along with his brother, Jean-Marc. Set not far from the picturesque medieval commune of Puy-l’Eveque, the vineyards of Chateau du Cedre are 27ha in total and are predominantly Malbec, with vines of Merlot, Tannat, Viognier, Semillon, Muscadelle, and Sauvignon making up the rest. The brothers’ approach is clarified best by their motto: “Move forward, experience new ways.” Click below and…

December 5, 2017 Chris Puppione

In our newest video, we invite you to join us on a sky tour of the Savoie, as we introduce Florian & Marie Curtet of Domaine Curtet. Our team visited with this dynamic, young couple in April of this year, and their 2016s have recently landed stateside to much acclaim. Click below and learn about the exciting wines coming from the team that has followed in the footsteps of Jacques Maillet.

November 27, 2017 Chris Puppione

At first glance, fine wine presents almost unlimited opportunities for passionate investors. While drinkers might balk at the $3,000 average price tag attached to a bottle of Pétrus, one of Bordeaux’s greatest reds, that sum is trivial beside the cost of a new Bugatti sports car, Patek Philippe watch, or Joan Miró painting. Compared to other collectibles, fine wine represents a relatively modest investment—one whose returns can be considerable. Thus begins William Kelley’s Robb Report feature “Fine Wine Might Be One of the Safest Investments for Your Money” in which Martine’s Wines president, Gregory Castells, is among those interviewed. Click here to read Kelley’s…

November 8, 2017 Chris Puppione

We love when our producers share details of each year’s harvest with us, and in 2017, Bernard Burgaud took his update to a whole new level with the domaine’s video, “The Tightrope Grapes.” In this segment, viewers get a glimpse of the unique machination involved when picking and transporting grapes on the steep slopes of Côte-Rôtie. Enjoy the ride here:

November 3, 2017 Chris Puppione

This article was written by Neal Martin and originally published in the Interim September Issue of Robert Parker Wine Advocate on www.robertparker.com. The article is owned/copyrighted by Robert Parker Wine Advocate and can be found here. Appreciation toward vins doux naturel (VdN) has been on the critically endangered list for many years, alongside the white rhino, sensible politicians and affordable Burgundy. As fashionable as a lilac Lycra shell suit, they make Madeira look cool. I demurred writing this article because the reality is the vin doux naturel revolution is about as likely as Donald Trump vacationing in Pyongyang, though that…

October 25, 2017 Chris Puppione

Our team had the opportunity to visit Thibault Morey twice this last year at his family’s Domaine Morey-Coffinet in Chassagne-Montrachet. Thibault tasted us through his 2015s, which mark the first vintage completed by the domaine under biodynamic certification. He also took us for a tour of several of his family’s vineyard sites and spoke to us about the blessings he and his fellow winemakers enjoy in Burgundy.