René Rostaing founded the now legendary Domaine Rostaing back in 1971 during a period where most of the world had forgotten about the wavy hills of Côte-Rôtie in the northern part of the Rhône Valley. He started out with just under 1 hectare of vineyards, split between the Côte Blonde and La Landonne.
Considered one of the best producers in the Côte de Nuits (which means Burgundy, which means the rest of the world). Robert established the domaine in the 1930s, buying fabled vineyards in Bonnes Mares, Chambertin Clos de Bèze and Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses (the biggest single owner of this vineyard), and became famous for making ultra precise and delicate Pinot Noirs that have no apparent comparison outside of Burgundy.
In the cellar of the family run Domaine Mader located in the heart of Alsace, there is a small sign hanging just below one of the windows saying “Nos vins sont sec” – Our wines are dry. This is a pretty acute statement from Jérôme Mader, who has been running the estate since 2005.
Maxime Graillot, a larger-than-life vigneron (and son of legendary winemaker Alain Graillot), has the same innovative and forward-thinking spirit as his father. In 2004, to cement the family’s name in the Northern Rhône, Maxime managed to acquire quite a few vineyards situated in the Beaumont-Monteux commune of Crozes-Hermitage.
The legendary Graillot family has a long history of making wine in the Northern Rhone, where their ability to produce some of the most characteristic Syrah in the world. Given the abilities of this winemaking family, it is only natural that they sought to explore other regions.
Situated in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, The Chevrot family has been making wine in Les Maranges since 1830. Today, the two brothers Pablo and Vincent Chevrot run the show, and they are combining old school techniques with a modern mindset to produce fresh, lively and balanced wines.
Wines that are difficult to describe and difficult to obtain. The story goes that Emperor Charlemange donated the area to the Abbey of Saulieu in the year 775, and its boundaries have remained in place ever since. It is also the story that the Emperor’s wife convinced him that white grapes were preferable to red to save his beard from being stained.