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Wisdom and Wine

Fine wines from France
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Our Wines

We have selected premium wines for sale from:

  • Champagne
  • Chablis
  • Burgundy
  • Alsace
  • Northern Rhône
  • Southern Rhône

In each case, we have identified wines from small growers that are only rarely seen in Australia. We are interested in high quality wines from such growers.

 

Champagne Fluteau

Champagne Fluteau, established in 1935, is a family owned and operated winery located in the Aube region of Champagne making estate grown and produced champagnes. Now being run by Thierry and Jennifer Fluteau, the third generation of the family. Their son, Jeremy, has finished wine shool and is now actively involved in the company.

 

They all share a desire to make premium, hand crafted champagnes that reflect the unique soils and climate of their Cote de Bars property.


Emphasis is placed on quality, combining the traditional know-how inherited from their ancestors with modern techniques, and an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence and sustainability, both in the vineyards and in the cellars.

 

We are delighted to have available Fluteau Champagne Blanc de Noirs made from Pinot Noir grapes grown on their property in the famous village of Essoyes.

 

 

Champagne Olivier Horiot

Olivier Horiot is a rising star in Champagne. His estate of 7 hectares is located in Les Riceys in the Côte des Bar, the southern region of Champagne. The soil in this region is similar to that in Chablis, clay and limestone, rather than chalk.  Olivier vinifies his still wines, including the famous Rose des Riceys, and his Champagnes from approximately 2 hectares.

 

For the first four years, Olivier concentrated on making still wines and the base wines for the Champagnes that were to come. These included wines from some of the ‘forgotten’ Champagne grape varieties including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Arbane and Petit Meslier, as well as the traditional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  In addition, he vinifies each grape variety individually from different terroirs that include ‘En Barmont’ and ‘En Valingrain’.

 

He produces four Champagnes, all with low dosages, never above 2g/l. The quality of the fruit in the base wines shines through to the Champagnes, resulting in rich, complex flavours with a fine balance and the personality of an individually crafted wine.

 

 

 

Champagne Chaudron, Verzenay, Montagne de Reims

In 1820, the Chaudron Family settled in the village of Verzenay in the heart of the Champagne region between Epernay and Reims. It was at this time that the first of their vineyards was bought.


Verzenay is a 100% classified Grand Cru village in the heart of the Montagne de Reims. Their vineyards include many Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines.


Since founding, Chaudron's vineyards have continued to expand. They are mainly grown using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a small amount of Pinot Meunier. The skill of making Champagne has been passed on from generation to generation.
Luc Chaudron's passion and know-how and his rigorous process ensure high quality Champagne.


The growth of the Chaudron business has seen the cellar moved to larger premises in the village of Vaudemange whilst the headquarters of the business remain in Verzenay.

 

 

Domaine Besson, Chablis

 

Alain Besson is a third generation wine maker in Chablis and his family winery produces fine examples of Chablis. Alain's daughter, Camille, is now making the wine.The average age of Alain's vines is 40 years and he cultivates his wines with great care.

 

His winemaking methods are traditional and but his winery is very modern with many large stainless steel tanks.

 

The 2013 Chablis is an outstanding wine - the freshness and acidity together with ripe fruit and great intensity make it a most enjoyable wine to drink. This is the fourth vintage of his wines that we have imported and we continue to be impressed with them.

 

These wines are proving very popular in clubs and restaurants throughout Melbourne.

 

We have limited quantities available of:

  • 2013 Chablis
  • 2013 Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains"
  • 2013 Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"
  • 2013 Chablis 1er Cru "Mont de Milieu"
  • 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir
  • 2013 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Camille Besson in the winery in Chablis

 

Maison Alex Gambal, Beaune

 

Alex Gambal established his own winery in Beaune in 1997. He is now in an old factory on Boulevard Jules Ferry Boulevard, part of the ring road that circles the old town of Beaune. The ancient cellars once connected to one of the large negociants across the road.

 

Alex is originally from the USA and he moved from the world of real estate to France to explore his passion for the wines of Burgundy. He is regarded as a rising star in Burgundy and is much admired for his respect of terroir and the care that he takes in making his wines.

 

Our current stock includes:

 

Blanc

  • 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay
  • 2013 Bourgogne Chardonnay
  • 2013 Aligoté
  • 2013 Saint Romain
  • 2013 Saint Aubin 1er Cru “Murgers Des Dents de Chien”

Rouge

  • 2013 Bourgogne PInot Noir Cuvée "Les Deux Papis"

  • 2013 Saint Romain

  • 2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune "Grand Picotins"

  • 2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru
  • 2013 Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes

  • 2013 Vougeot "Clos du Village"

Domaine A. Chopin & Fils

The Chopin family has been established around the village of Comblanchien for many generations. Comblanchien is about 3 km from Nuits-Saint-Georges and most of his holdings are from that appellation. Arnaud is passionate about capturing the fruit of the vine and his wines express the different terroir of each parcel.

 

The climat "Les Bas de Combe" is on the border of Vosne-Romanée as is the outstaning Premier Cru "Les Murgers".

Rouge

  • 2012 Côte de Nuits Villages “Vieilles Vignes”
  • 2013 Côte de Nuits Villages “Vieilles Vignes”
  • 2013 Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Bas de Combe"
  • 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Charmottes"
  • 2013 Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Charmottes"
  • 2013 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Murgers"
  • 2013 Chambolle-Musigny

Domaine Bachey-Legros

The Legros family has been making wine in Santenay for 6 generations. They are located in the oldest street in the village of Santenay-le-Haut. Christiane Bachey-Legros has been managing the estate since 1993 together with her two sons, Lénaïc and Samuel.

 

They have some very old vines and the average age of them is 55 years. Some of the vines were planted in 1914 and remain productive.

 

These wines have proved to be of high quality and very popular. There are a few bottles remaining of each wine. The wines are:

 

Blanc

  • 2013 Bourgogne Chardonnay
  • 2013 Meursault "Les Grand Charrons"
  • 2013 Puligny-Montrachet
  • 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet
  • 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Morgeot" "Vielles Vignes"
  • 2012 Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Boudriottes"

Rouge

  • 2013 Maranges "Le Goty"
  • 2013 Santenay “Clos des Hâtes”  "Vieilles Vignes"
  • 2013 Santenay 1er Cru "La Comme" Vieilles Vignes


     

    Lénaïc and Samuel Legros

     

    Domaine Schoenheitz, Vins d'Alsace, Wihr-au-Val

     

    The Schoenheitz family has been located in Wihr-au-Val in the Munster Valley in Alsace for over two hundred years. Sadly, the family's vineyards were destroyed in the two World Wars.

     

    Henry Schoenheitz began replanting their vineyards in the 1970's and his son, Henry and his wife, Dominique, have continued the reconstruction of the vineyards.

     

    This family operated estate is the only independent producer in the village. Their grapes grow on the steep hillsides of the Vosges Mountains. The grapes benefit from the warm southern exposure and cool evenings.

     

    The soils are mostly granite, and the wines are pure and precise. They are a pure expression of Alsace and are a delight to drink.

     

    Blanc

    • 2013 Alsace Riesling "L"
    • 2012 Alsace Riesling "Herrenreben"
    • 2011 Alsace Riesling "Linsenberg"
    • 2009 Alsace Pinot Gris "Linsenberg"
    • 2012 Alsace Gewurztraminer

     

     

    Domaine Jean-Louis Schoepfer, Vins d'Alsace, Wettolsheim

     

    Domaine Schoepfer is located in the village of Wettolsheim, 5 km south-east of Colmar.

     

    The Schoepfer family first planted vines in 1656 and they have continued to produced wine to this day. The current winemaker, Gilles Schoepfer, combines his family tradition and respect for terroir with modern winemaking practices.

     

    The family has 10 hectares of vines, including a number of plots on the famous Grand Cru vineyard, "Hengst".

     

    Blanc

    • 2010 Riesling Grand Cru "Hengst"
    • 2013 Pinot Gris
    • 2013 Riesling
    • 2013 Muscat

     

    Domaine Guy Farge, Saint Jean du Muzols, Northern Rhône

     

    Guy Farge is an up and coming winemaker in the Northern Rhône. His winery looks across the Rhône River to the appellations of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage.


    His vines are planted in St Joseph, St Peray, Cornas., Condrieu and Vins du Pay L'Ardèche. He used to send his grapes to the Co-operative in Tain L'Hermitage, but since 2007 he has been making his own wines and he started his own domaine in that year.


    His vines in St Joseph are grown on steep terraces overlooking the Rhône River. He is most respectful of the environment and uses minimal pesticides.


    His wines show a great purity and reflect the individual terroir of each different plot. They consistently punch above their weight in terms of the quality they deliv-er at the various price points.

     

    Blanc

    • St Joseph "Vania" 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussane
    • 2014 Condrieu "Grain d'Emotion" 100% Condrieu

    Rouge

    • 2014 IGP Ardeche red "Bouquet de Syrah" 100% Syrah
    • 2012 St Joseph "Terroir de Granit" 100% Syrah
    • 2012 Cornas "Harmonie" 100% Syrah

     

    Domaine Pélaquié, Saint Victor La Coste, Southern Rhône

     

    The Pélaquié family has cultivated vineyards and produced wine in the same place since the 16th century. Luc Pélaquié is continuing the family tradition, and each year creates wines that are subtle and full-flavored.


    He takes great care of his vineyards and employs modern technology to ensure he captures the wonderful fruit flavours whilst respecting the traditional methods that have served his family well for hundreds of years.

     

    The Pélaquié Winery is located in the village of Saint Victor La Coste in the heart of the southern Rhône bordering on the famous appellations of Lirac and Tavel.

     

    Blanc

    • 2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun "Luc Pelaquié"

    Rosé

    • 2014 Lirac Rosé

    Rouge

    • 2014 Côtes du Rhône
    • 2012 Lirac Rouge
    • 2014 Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun

     

    Château Maison Noble, Maransin, Bordeaux

    Château Maison Noble is a family owned winery of 20 hectares on the right bank in Bordeaux. The Château has been in the hands of the family for 250 years and the current owner is Jean-Bertrand Marque.


    The Château is situated about 25 km north of St-Emillion and the vines are planted across two siliceous-clay plateaus. It is made up of 13 hectares of Merlot, 6 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1 hectare of Sauvignon Blanc.

     

    The 2012 red is purplish and intense in colour. The wood and fruit are well balanced and the wine has excellent concentration in mouth.

     

     

    Domaine Bosquet des Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape


    The Boiron family first invested in Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards in 1860. The current owner, Nicholas Boiron, joined the family business in 1995.


    Nicholas Boiron respects the tradition of the appellation but has modernized the wine-making practices and he continues to make technical improvements.


    The majority of his vines are in the northern end of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in top lieu-dits including Mont-Redon. Nicholas pursues freshness and elegance in the fruit and looks to get away from the big tannins.


    The "Tradition Rouge" is a blend of 75% Grenache, 11% Mouvèdre, 11% Syrah and 3% Vaccarèse, Counoise and Cinsault. The wine is made in traditional concrete vats and then aged in large oak barrels.


    The "Chante le Merle" Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mouvèdre from vines that are 80 to 90 years old. It is also made in the traditional manner and aged in large oak barrels with 15-20% aged in new half hogsheads.
    Domaine Bosquet des Papes wines are repeatedly well reviewed in "The Wine Spectator" in the USA.