Xavier Horiot is a soft-spoken and unassuming man, but he is far from sheepish. A former fighter pilot in the French army, Xavier inherited (along with his aunt) his late-grandfather’s domaine in 2000. However, there was turmoil within the family over what to do with the estate–to sell or not to sell. Xavier will be stateside next week for our Grand Tasting 2017 events in both Chicago and New York on March 27th & 28th. In this video, Xavier discusses the symbolic significance of his label and its deeper connection to the past and future of Domaine Launay-Horiot.
Laurent Noblet, Sales Director for Domaine Laporte, took some time in the sun with us in San Francisco to speak about the terroir of Sancerre. He elaborates on what makes the vineyards of Laporte unique within this treasured Loire Valley appellation.
Damien Carney, the Director of Sales for Direct Markets at Martine’s Wines, shares the story on the newest offering from Domaine des Ardoisieres–the 2015 Cuvée Silice. Two years ago, I became obsessed with tasting a wine that had never been made. The wine didn’t even exist, the growing season not yet begun, when the idea of it was first presented to me. It was a notion, a pipe dream, a hope. Now, what was once a long-shot request is a reality; a taut yet ripe—and insanely quaffable—bottled reality: 2015 Cuvée Silice from Domaine des Ardoisières. Brice Omont is making some…
With its largest portfolio tasting since undergoing a change of ownership in 2012, Martine’s Wines welcomes the wine trade for its Grand Tastings of 2017 in the cities of Chicago and New York next month. “We have an amazing pool of producers attending,” said Damien Carney, Director of Sales for Direct Markets. “That is personal contact with the people who make these wines. Having that resource for our customers is invaluable.” On March 27th, twenty producers from the Martine’s Wines stable will descend on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to gather at Sofitel from 11:00am to 2:00pm to share their…
Pete Monteleone, Director of Purchasing for Martine’s Wines, sat down with host Tim Benton of KSVY radio’s “Guys @ Five Friday” to talk about the basics of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Click below and listen in as Pete guides the audience through the history and terroir of these regions by tasting three of Martine’s Wines offerings: 2014 Bernard-Bonin Bourgogne Blanc Initiales B.B. 2014 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Cuvee Marie Ragonneau 2013 Gilles Robin Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Alberic Bouvet With some country music and colorful banter added, this makes for an entertaining segment. Enjoy! http://ksvy.org/showarchive/public/KSVY_2017-02-03__18_01_22.mp3
Before returning stateside last week, we were treated to some quality time in Portugal with Dirk Niepoort. The overcast days of Douro were but pleasant window dressing to the many stories and wines that Dirk had to share with us. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8o1k-rrUG8
Closing the books on Burgundy for this trip could not have been any better than traveling south to see La Vigne Mouton, Dominique Cornin, and Marc Delienne. Incredible people in beautiful places creating gorgeous wines–it is truly our pleasure to serve these marvelous winemakers. Please enjoy our Day Five video here, and check back on the Sur Le Zinc blog, as we will be adding plenty of other great stories, photos and videos, including aerial tours of Burgundian vineyards featuring scenes from the likes of Vosne-Romanee, Meursault, Montrachet, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Fleurie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiaKeNHE5a0
We dedicated our fourth day in Burgundy to welcoming Domaine Gouffier to the Martine’s Wines family. Frederic Gueugneau and his associate, Benoit Pagot, indulged us with a tour of the property in Fontaines, followed by a tasting that reflected a precision and passion that makes us proud to be the first to bring their wines to the United States. Please enjoy this short feature on Domaine Gouffier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzR-A-tS2WQ
Morey-Coffinet and Julien Cruchandeau were incredible hosts today, treating our team to stunning flights of new releases and the stories that accompany them. Knowing the people behind the bottles makes these wines even more special, and that’s why we want to share these moments here. Click below to have a glimpse into our third day in Burgundy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1gSn6PbtdA
Our second full day in Burgundy was another stunner, as we enjoyed the company (and wines) of our friends at Bernard-Bonin, Denis Mortet and Bruno Clavelier. It’s pretty tough to beat a day that takes you from Meursault to Gevrey-Chambertin and on to Vosne-Romanee. Please enjoy the highlights of the day in our second video installment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nI2W7ADvoc