January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Michel Buisson was the third-generation vigneron at this domaine in Meursault. Despite being officially retired, the highly respected winemaker still finds much to do at the estate, which is now run by his daughter, Catherine, and son-in-law, Patrick Essa. Patrick, who came to wine late in his career, has made up for lost time and is a very influential wine blogger (degustateurs.pro). As the domaine’s winemaker since 2009, Patrick has taken the house to new heights, producing wines that show great balance; they are concentrated and rich, yet pure and expressive, featuring both the crystalline purity and opulence of Meursault….

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Reserved, private and soft-spoken, Bruno Clavelier prefers to let his wines speak for him. And they do, telling a story of great elegance, purity and depth. Bruno succeeded his grandfather at the family’s 16-acre domaine at the entrance of Vosne-Romanée. A pioneer in organic farming before the term was part of everyday vernacular, his grandfather never used chemicals or potassium fertilizers, preferring to use manure from his cattle. Some 95% of the vineyards are planted in traditional Pinot Noir Fin, using an old practice of hand-selecting cuttings from the very best vineyards. The average vine age is 55–70 years, earning…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Jean and Chantal Berthet-Bondet came to the village of Château-Chalon in Jura after studying agronomy in Lyon. Their love of the land quickly found them harvesting their first vintage in 1985 with an old barn housing the vats, and the wines resting in the 16th century cellar under the house. The couple is meticulous, knowledgeable and passionate, and Berthet-Bondet produces a rather interesting array of white wines that truly convey their sense of place. Berthet-Bondet is tucked away in the foothills of the Alps near the Swiss border. Just 50 miles from Burgundy, Jura is quirky, charming and serene, with…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Since 1998, Domaine Bernard-Bonin has been run in impeccable fashion by Nicolas Bernard and Veronique Bonin, a daughter of the well-known Michelot family. Together, they own and cultivate 17.5 acres, including vineyards in Meursault, Meursault 1er Cru and Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru. Nicolas Bernard’s approach is reflected more in his wonderful Burgundy accent than in his hip appearance. He follows time-honored wine growing traditions, respecting the phases of the moon and employing minimal intervention in the cellar. Each wine expresses a personality derived from its terroir, its character fashioned by the climatic variances of the year. The wines are aged in…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

The Cognac house of A. Edmond Audry was founded in 1878 by the great-great-grandfather of the current owner, Parisian lawyer Bernard Boisson. In the early 1950s, Audry stopped selling Cognac, but some very old stocks were held back in reserve with the hope the house would rise again one day. That day came in 1978, when Bernard resurrected the dormant family estate. Audry is now made by a master blender who combines the ancient reserve with a few lots bought from a select group of Charentais growers. Audry Cognacs are among the world’s finest, and the original stocks allow them…

January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Bernard Burgaud is one of the more understated producers of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, making just one wine from 100% Syrah. After inheriting the family business from his father in 1980, he began bottling his own wine in 1982, shortly before he first met Martine, and their partnership began with the 1983 vintage. From his small domaine, perched atop a steep hill overlooking Ampuis, he produces 1,000 cases a year from 22 acres of vines planted in several lieux-dits in the appellation, the majority from the Les Moutonnes and Côte Blonde vineyards. Bernard believes the blending of his terroirs results in…