March 28, 2017 Martine's Wines

The streets of downtown Chicago served as a beautiful backdrop as we sat down with representatives of 15 of our producers from France at our Grand Tasting 2017 event yesterday. Sharing insights and stories (and even a song!), these incredible people conveyed both passion and purpose in their answers to compelling questions that provide a glimpse into the lives of those who produce these gorgeous wines. Over the coming months, we will be sharing segments from these interviews in a special series in which we pull back the curtain and give our producers a chance to tell their tales in their own…

March 21, 2017 Martine's Wines

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.