Thierry’s latest acquisition, the Clos de L'Echelier is a 2 ha Clos on which Thierry had his eyes set since he arrived in Saumur. He finally bought it in 2011. L'Echelier is a limestone rich vineyard that produces wonderful red wines and a small amount of distinctive whites. There is just 10 cm of top soil, a bit of sand and clay, then Turonian limestone; there is practically no soil to be seen, just rock.Olivier Poussier, the world’s top sommelier, called this cuvée the Chambolle- Musigny of the Loire. Only 1 gr of sulfites added at bottling
Frederic Pourtalier trained at Grange des Peres & Alain Graillot, and is now making great wine on the family property. Each parcel, (Grenache Galets Roulets, Grenache Calcaire, Syrah and Mourvedre) is vinified separately under indigenous yeasts, and the wine is then aged in one-to-three year-old barriques. It is dense, concentrated and powerful, yet can retain an almost Burgundian balance and complexity.
One of the greatest names in all of Piemonte, Cantine Giacomo Conterno was formed in 1908. Conterno's uncompromising commitment to quality does not stop with Barolo, as their Barbera is one of the most age-worthy and brilliant examples of this grape to be found in Piemonte. Like all of Conterno's wines, this Barbera under went extended maceration in large casks, aging for 21 months in large Slovanian barrels. Dark ruby red in color. It offers a delightful nose of red berries, black cherries, roses, anise, leather and mineral notes.
Pierre-Jean, the former regisseur at Vins De Vienne, started his own Domaine five years ago, purchasing extremely classy and long established vineyards in the areas he knows best, that is to say in Seyssuel and St Joseph. The quality of his first full vintage in 2009 was impressive.