March 20, 2018 Martine's Wines

Brice Omont oversees one of the most unique vineyards in the world–Coteau de Cevins in the Savoie. Located halfway between Moutier and Albertville (site of the 1992 Winter Olympics), this hillside site features a multi-soil profile that lends great complexity to the wines of Domaine des Ardoisieres. With a south/southeast exposure and a steepness of slope that approaches 70% in places, this vineyard nestled in the Alps produces truly immaculate wines which speak truly of a place on the fringe. Join us here for a view of this extraordinary vineyard and learn more about the wines of Domaine des Ardoisieres.

February 22, 2018 Martine's Wines

With the 2017 rosés hitting the market now, it seemed fitting to share a segment of a conversation we had with Annabelle Sumeire last Spring. Annabelle, who represents Famille Sumeire Vignerons en Provence, will be back stateside next month for the 2018 Martine’s Wines Grand Tasting: Le Tour de California on March 26th-27th in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In this video clip, Annabelle provides a look back at the history of the Provence, as well as a closer examination of Sainte Victoire. Enjoy!

January 16, 2018 Martine's Wines

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…

December 12, 2017 Martine's Wines

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 Martine's Wines

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 8, 2017 Martine's Wines

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:

October 25, 2017 Martine's Wines

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.

September 12, 2017 Martine's Wines

As the 2015s from our Burgundy producers continue to roll in, we take a look inside Domaine Launay-Horiot with vigneron Xavier Horiot. A former fighter pilot for the French government, Horiot returned to his family home in Pommard to continue the winemaking tradition of his grandfather, Raymond Launay. His stunning first vintage of 2014s were released last year, and the 2015s have already won widespread acclaim and will be arriving stateside this fall.  

July 26, 2017 Martine's Wines

This spring, Domaine Taupenot-Merme of Morey-St-Denis joined the Martine’s Wines portfolio. At the helm of this family-run estate is the passionate and affable Romain Taupenot. He was generous enough to interrupt his hustle in preparation of the upcoming harvest to answer some questions in this three-part interview. What is the history of Taupenot-Merme? It is difficult to summarize in a few lines the long and passionate history of our ancestors and authenticate the exact date of the first winemakers in our family. The branches of the family tree are all immersed in the tanks and barrels and can be followed back…

July 17, 2017 Martine's Wines

Benjamin Gras represents the sixth-generation of winemakers at Domaine Santa Duc in Gigondas. In this short interview, Benjamin shares his perspective on farming–namely the implementation of biodynamic agriculture in his family’s vineyards, which have been farmed organically by his father, Yves, for over 30 years.  How long have you been interested in biodynamics? For many years. I have read a lot about biodynamic agriculture, scientific and philosophical books as well as articles. Since I am rather Cartesian, some scientific articles comparing biological and biodynamic agriculture have helped me greatly in my decision. Biodynamics is still struggling against a rather esoteric…