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Château Angelus – with Hubert de Boüard and the Commanderie de Bordeaux

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Winegrowing is in Hubert de Boüard’s genes. He grew up surrounded by his family’s vines at Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion, and his father bought him his first pair of secateurs, when he was 7, so he could go out and prune the vines.

The estate has been owned by the Boüard de Laforest family since the Domaine de Mazaret was bequeathed to Comte Maurice de Boüard de Laforest in 1909, and expanded by the acquisition of Clos de L’Angélus in 1926 and a plot from Château Beau-Séjour Bécot in 1969. The name refers to the three Angelus bells audible from the vineyards.

In 1985, Hubert took over the family estate at Angélus. After years of relentless hard work, Hubert’s efforts were rewarded in 1996 when Château Angélus was given the rank First Great Classified Growth. Then in 2012, the Classification confirmed the rank of First Great Classified Growth, and added the distinction “A”.

Today, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest is also the current President of the Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux (GCVB) and serves as the world Grand Maître of the Commanderie de Bordeaux at headquarters in Bordeaux.

Our additional guest is Angus Smith, Grand Maitre of the US chapter of the Commanderie du Bordeaux. Angus grew up in the north of England before leaving for a career in finance that took him all over the world, before finally settling in Philadelphia.

Join us as we talk with Hubert de Boüard de Laforest about the generations of work behind Château Angelus. We’ll also talk with Angus Smith about the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and its members’ affection for the wines of Brodeaux.

For more info:

Château Angelus: angelus.com/

Commanderie de Bordeaux: commanderie.org/

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The Art and Science of Wine

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Is wine more art than science, or vice versa? Arguably, it takes both art AND science to create and deliver the optimum wine-drinking experience. So, we were quite pleased when both these gentlemen came to the studio to talk with us about their winemaking efforts. Coming from different backgrounds (wine vs. food science), each brings a uniquely different approach to “assembling” a final wine.

Join us as we get our geek on about wine with Anthony Weytjens and Alexandre Remy. In addition to the great discussion, maybe we’ll even find out if a wine can be greater than the sum of its parts.

For more info:

Agnitio Wines: agnitiowines.com/

Concept Wine Group: atlaswineco.com/

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Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 2

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Malbec has become a hot commodity in the market place in recent years, thanks to Argentina’s success with the varietal. However, the grape’s ancestral home in southwest France, near the city of Cahors, has become part of a renaissance taking place that may revive the legacy of the Malbec grape.

In this ancient landscape, younger winemakers are often following in their family’s footsteps, balancing old world ideals, while still entertaining new methods such as biodynamics. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring a new world approach to a old world region.

Join us we attend Cahors Malbec Days, in Cahors, France. In part 2 we’ll hear from Paul Bush and Tim Wright from Madroña Vineyards; Jean-Luc Baldès, from Clos Triguedina; Philippe Lejeune, from Château de Chambert; and Gregory Orr, a local resident and wine lover.

For more info:

Cahors Malbec Days: www.french-malbec.com/cahors-malbec-days/

Madroña Vinyards (Paul Bush): madronavineyards.com/

Clos Triguedina (Jean-Luc Baldès): www.jlbaldes.com/index_en.php

Château de Chambert (Philippe Lejeune): www.chateaudechambert.com/en/chambert.htm

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Show #387
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Malbec Days, Cahors, France – Part 1

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If you ask the average wine geek where Malbec comes from, they’re most liable to tell you it’s Argentina. But, that’s just part of the story!

True, Argentina has made the grape justifiably famous over the last two decades or more. However, the grape’s ancestral home is in southwest France, centered around the city of Cahors, where there is a renaissance going on to revive the legacy of the Malbec grape.

Join us we attend Cahors Malbec Days, in Cahors, France. In part 1 we’ll hear from Arnoldo Dimani from Domaine Le Bout du Lieu; Pascal Verhaeghe, from Château du Cèdre; Richard Jennings, from RJ on Wine; and Benjamin Gayraud, from Château Lamartine.

For more info:

Cahors Malbec Days: www.french-malbec.com/cahors-malbec-days/

Domaine Le Bout du Lieu: www.domaineleboutdulieu.com/indexuk.html

Château du Cèdre (Pascal Verhaeghe): www.chateauducedre.com/index.en.html

RJ on Wine (Richard Jennings): www.rjonwine.com/

Château Lamartine (Benjamin Gayraud): cahorslamartine.com/en/

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Show #386
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Spirits of France – with Cognac Lhéraud

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As the saying goes, all Cognac is brandy – but not all brandy is Cognac. Cognac is distilled wine, or brandy, and often referred to as eau de vie. Of course, in order to be called Cognac, the brandy must come from the Cognac region in France, and it must be made according to strictly-defined regulations. Located about a hundred miles north of Bordeaux, this twenty-mile region is called the “golden circle,” encompassing Cognac and the second distilling town of Jarnac.

Since 1680, generations of the Lhéraud family have lived in the same 10th-century house in the small village of Lasdoux in the heart of the Petite Champagne region. The family’s first cognac was made in 1802. Guy, Andrée and Laurent Lhéraud are heirs to the their precious eaux-de-vie, where aging is an art and maturity is to be treasured.

Join us as we talk with Export Manager François Rebel about Cognac Lhéraud’s history, its cognacs, and its double distillation. If you thought you knew everything you needed to know about Cognac, listen up.

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Cognac Lhéraud: www.cognac-lheraud.com

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Show #385
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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

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Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985.

The Clos des Ursules is a walled site within the Vignes Franches climat, at the southern end of Beaune’s group of Premier Cru vineyards near the commune boundary with Pommard. Being on the lower eastern side of the Montagne-Saint-Desire hill, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines here make the most of the morning and early afternoon sunshine in Burgundy’s marginal climate.

Join us as we hear from Frédéric Barnier about the Clos des Ursules climat, the various vintages he presented for tasting, and discussion of the past few “short” vintages in Burgundy.

For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

GrapeRadio interview with Frédéric Barnier: www.graperadio.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Show #381
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The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose

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As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur de Larose. In 1781, the name of the new owner was added and the Cru became Gruaud Larose.

Upon his death in 1795, Monsieur de Larose passed the Château on to Messrs Balguerie, Sarget and Verdonnet. By 1865, the undivided estate was shared between the heirs Balguerie and Sarget, generating two crus: Gruaud Larose-Bethmann and Gruaud Larose-Sarget.

In 1917, Désiré Cordier bought the Sarget family’s share. In 1935, several years before the start of the Second World War, he also acquired the Bethmann family’s share, and took the opportunity to unite the estate by buying Gruaud Larose-Faure. Once restored, the estate covered 137 hectares with 68 under vines.

The Suez Company bought the Cordier empire in 1983 becoming owners of Gruaud Larose. Then, in 1993, Gruaud Larose was sold to the industrial group Alcatel-Alsthom. Finally in 1997, the Merlaut family, already owners of several Medoc cru estates, bought Gruaud Larose.

Join us as we talk with David Launay, Managing Director
 at Château Gruaud-Larose about the history and winemaking at the Château, and what makes the wines of Saint-Julien so special.

For more info:

Château Gruaud-Larose: www.gruaud-larose.com/

Sponsor: Best Wines Online: www.bestwinesonline.com

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The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

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‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne!

The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large Champagne houses, a small group of growers decided that they needed to launch their own Champagne label. The Champagne Jacquart brand was released for the first time in 1962, and the ‘Mosaïque’ label was chosen to represent the patchwork of grower families across the region, all joined together with a common vision. Champagne Jacquart is headquartered in the Hôtel du Brimont in Reims, a 19th century Art Nouveau listed building, situated on the Boulevard Lundy in between the houses of Krug and Roederer.

Join us as we talk with International Communications Manager Diane Gonzalez about the beverage, the region, and the Jacquart brand.

For more info:
Champagne Jacquart: www.champagne-jacquart.com/en

Sponsor: The Wine Club: www.thewineclub.com/

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The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

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Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This makes Chablis relatively isolated from other winemaking regions. In fact, the southern vineyards of Champagne are actually its closest winemaking neighbor.

Before becoming part of Burgundy, Chablis was once considered part of Champagne, and the two regions share many climatic similarities. Chablis’ far northern location puts it at the extreme edge of sustainable viticulture – too much rain and a lower temperature produces wines quite high in acidity; too much heat produces wines that are flabby with too little acids. But, when the weather is right, the wines have gorgeous acidity and flinty flavors.

The history of Domaine Laroche began in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyards. At that time, there were neither legal delimitation of vineyards, nor growth classification. Laroche and other producers producers were simply heirs to the Cistercian monks.

Join us as we talk with Grégory Viennois, Wine and Vineyard Director
 at Domaine Laroche about the geography and terroir of the region, and what makes the wines of Chablis so special.

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Domaine Laroche: www.larochewines.com

Sponsor: Best Wines Online: www.bestwinesonline.com

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The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

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Does Beaujolais have an emotional side? Guillaume de Castelnau certainly thinks so. As Director and winemaker of Château des Jacques, Maison Louis Jadot’s beautiful Beaujolais property, Guillaume is able to easily wax poetic about both the region but especially about the Gamay grape.

Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the north and the Rhône Valley in the south. Vineyards run along the Saône River, on mostly granite soils. Here, Beaujolais Crus such as Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and Saint-Amour, have the high ground just above the Beaujolais Village classification.

Join us as we talk with Monsieur Castelnau about the history, geology and wine of the region. It’s an interesting new perspective on one of the most affordable of French wine regions.

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Château des Jacques: www.chateau-des-jacques.fr/

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Wineries of Minervois – with Chateau Maris

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Robert Eden, a bio-dynamic wine maker, and Kevin Parker, CEO of Green Partners who has financed Chateau Maris for the last fifteen years with the aim of supporting the estate in becoming one of the Languedoc’s finest while respecting the environment to the highest standards have built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Languedoc of southern France. Combined with biodynamic viticulture and other “green” processes, Chateau Maris has a story worth telling.

Join us as we talk with Kevin Parker about Minervois, the region and its grapes, and also discuss Chateau Maris’ history and the changes that have been made over the last seventeen years, such as going biodynamic.

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Chateau Maris: chateaumaris.com

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A Beaujolais Primer

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Located north of Lyon in eastern France, the Beaujolais wine region overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The steep Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River on mainly granite terrain. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region, and the region has ideal growing conditions, receiving plenty of sunshine.

The Gamay Noir grape has existed since the 1300s in Burgundy, and a is a crossing of Pinot Noir and an ancient grape called Gauais Blanc. Gamay is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made from Chardonnay grapes.

There are 12 different Beaujolais appellations, 10 of which are known as Crus. The Beaujolais Crus form a meandering path. From south to north, Brouilly is followed by Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and Saint-Amour.

Join us as we talk with Anthony Collet, Director of Marketing for Inter Beaujolais, about the region, its grapes and its wines.

For more info:
Discover Beaujolais: www.discoverbeaujolais.com/

Forbes article, mentioned during interview: “Six Exciting Wine Regions To Explore In 2014″ www.forbes.com

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Show #367
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Retrospective – 2005 Red Burgundy

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The 2005 vintage in Burgundy has been hailed as…dare we say, ‘the vintage of the century.’ Hyperbole? Maybe. But one thing’s for certain – it’s been a long time that a Burgundy vintage has been as highly regarded – maybe since 1978! The obvious question is – are they ready to drink yet? And if not now – when?

Join us as we talk about our tasting of four Villages wines and four Premier Cru wines from the vintage to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have to!

The Wines:

Villages
05 Angerville Volnay
05 Michel Gaunox Beaune
05 Dujac Chambolle Musigny
05 de Villaine Mercurey Les Montots

1er Cru
05 Bouchard Clos St Marc 1er Nuit-St-Georges
05 Esmonin Estournelle St. Jacque 1er Gevrey-Chambertain
05 Angerville Volnay 1er
05 Chantal Lescure Vosne-Romanee 1er Les Suchots

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Show #363
(26:39 min 25.6 MB)

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 2

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We’re back with Part 2 of the Insider Wine seminar from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir. Previously held in the Central Coast city of Shell Beach, the event moved to the gorgeous Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara beginning this year.

In a return engagement from his outstanding Burgundy seminar at the 2013 WOPN, Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, and the lead instructor for the French Wine Society’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program, led us through a few of these “insider” appellations, including Marsannay, Fixin, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet (a red!), Santenay, and the mountain of Corton. Of course, the seminar included a short history of the viticulture and principal vineyards and producers in each of these villages. Plus, 12 wines were selected to represent the best terroirs from these villages, and included a tasting of the 2005 Corton and 2006 Corton-Charlemagne.

Join us as we listen to Don Kinnan provide insight into the lesser sampled “insider wines” of Burgundy, all in Part 2 of: Insider Wines of the Côte d’Or.

For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Slide Presentation at WOPN: Don Kinnan Burgundy Seminar

Sponsor: Millesima, Fine Wine Merchants: www.millesima-usa.com

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Show #361
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2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 1

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One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “less travelled” appellations and villages. These “insider wines” are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy enthusiasts who enjoy their value and pleasure, while saving their more expensive, high profile bottles for special occasions.

In a return engagement from his outstanding seminar at the 2013 WOPN, Don Kinnan, CSS, CWE, and the lead instructor for the French Wine Society’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program, led us through a few of these “insider” appellations, including Marsannay, Fixin, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet (a red!), Santenay, and the mountain of Corton, location of the Cote d’Or’s greatest expanse of Grand Cru vineyard acreage. Of course, the seminar also included a short history of the viticulture and principal vineyards and producers in each of these villages. Fortunately for us, 12 wines were selected to represent the best terroirs from these villages, which included a tasting of 2005 Corton and 2006 Corton-Charlemagne. Very nice touch!

So, join us as we listen to Don Kinnan give us insight into the lesser know “insider wines” of Burgundy, all in Part 1 of: Insider Wines of the Côte d’Or.

For more info:
World of Pinot Noir: www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

Slide Presentation at WOPN: Don Kinnan Burgundy Seminar

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Show #360
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The Wines of Bordeaux – with Vignobles Garcin

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One might easily assume the Garcin family have always been Bordelais. However, they’re relatively recent transplants, having previously lived in the French Alps, where they owned a chain of supermarkets and a sports company. After the sale of these companies, brother and sister, Daniel and Sylviane Garcin, headed to Bordeaux in 1991, whereupon Daniel bought Chateau Smith Haut Lafite, and Sylviane bought Chateau Haut-Bergey. At the same time, Silviane formed Vignobles Garcin and continued to buy additional properties.

Vignobles Garcin consists of four small, ultra-premium wineries, including Right Bank properties Barde-Haut and Clos L’Eglise, as well as two Left Bank estates Haut-Bergey in Graves and Chateau Branon in Pessac-Leognan. The properties are now managed by Silviane’s daughter, Helene and Helene’s husband Patrice Leveque. The Garcin’s also decided to invest in Argentina, forming Bodega Poesia in the Lujan de Cuyo sub-appellation in the Mendoza region.

One of the properties, Chateau Barde-Haut, began as an addition to the family home on a 17-acre natural amphitheatre, just a few minutes from center of St. Emilion. Neighbors include Tertre-Roteboeuf and Troplong-Mondot. Dr. Alain Raynaud is also part of the Garcin team and consults on the winemaking.

Join us as we talk with the charming Hélène Garcin-Lévêque about Bordeaux, her family’s properties, and their progressive attitude in creating a state-of-the-art ‘green’ winery at Chateau Barde-Haut.

For more info:

Vignobles Garcin: www.vignoblesgarcin.com/

Bodega Poesia: www.bodegapoesia.com

Sponsor: Best Wines Online: www.bestwinesonline.com

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2012 Hospice du Rhone Seminar – A Collective Quest: Le Vins de Vienne

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How about an armchair trip to the Rhône Valley? Well, beginning with a 10-minute primer on the Rhône Valley and its communes, this seminar from the 2012 Hospice du Rhône continues on to hear from each of the three vignerons behind a joint project called Les Vins de Vienne.

It all began in Vienne, a commune in south-eastern France, located on the Rhône River, 20 miles south of Lyon. The region was originally planted to grapes by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard and François Villard dreamt of reviving an old vineyard in Seyssuel, a small town in the area. The three already had their own well-known and highly respected individual projects which gave them a claim to fame as recent pioneers of the “renaissance” of the 1980s in the Rhône Valley. As you listen to each of them, you have to admire their collective fortitude, as this also quickly becomes a quick look at AOC rules and regulations (‘don’t do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign’).

Join us as we hear from Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard and François Villard in a seminar moderated by Jeb Dunnuck, whose great work with the Rhone Report recently led him to a chair at the Wine Advocate.

For more info:
Hospice du Rhone: www.hospicedurhone.org/
Le Vins de Vienne: www.vinsdevienne.com

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The Vineyards of Pouilly Fuissé – with Domaine J. A. Ferret

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Founded in 1840, Domaine Ferret is located in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, in the commune of Fuissé. Here, half-way between Beaune and Lyon, Chardonnay is Pouilly Fuissé’s only grape variety. While it is the best-known part of the Mâconnais, there are currently no Premier Cru vineyards within the AOC – something Domain Ferret would like to change.

Of all Burgundy’s appellations, Pouilly-Fuissé has the most varied geology. The geological rifts and slopes are more accentuated, the spectrum of rocks present is the most diverse within the Maconnais, and the soils can be poor, made up of hard limestone and even calcite, but they can also be richer clays, based on alluvial marl deposits, schist’s and even volcanic-sedimentary pebbles. More than 330 million years separate the most ancient of these rocks from the most recent deposits. These foundation rocks, located on the eastern fringe of the Beauregard plateau, are made up of limestone deposited by ancient lakes.

A precise knowledge of the region’s most terroirs forms the basis of the parcel by parcel vinification for which the Domaine is known. In particular, the classification of Tête de Cru and Hors Classe were established by Jeanne Ferret. She was among the first to bottle wines at the Domaine. Her daughter, Colette, followed in her footsteps, developing the Domaine’s reputation for excellence. When Louis Jadot acquired the 18-hectare property in 2008, its goal was to continue working in the tradition established by the Ferrets.

Since 1840 Domaine Ferret has had an uninterrupted tradition of women as directors/winemakers, a tradition that has been continued by Audrey Braccini since 2008. Join us as we talk with Audrey, about the geography, the history, and the wines of Domaine Ferret from Pouilly Fuissé.

For more info:

Domaine J. A. Ferret: www.domaine-ferret.com/

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GrapeRadio is a wine talk show. Show topics cover issues such as the enjoyment of wine, wine news and industry trends - the hallmark of the show is interviews with world class guest (winemakers, vineyards owners, wine retail / wholesale leaders, restaurateurs and sommeliers). The scope of the show is international so expect to hear many guests from around the world.

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