Fournier Pere & Fils, Loire Valley
Domaine Fournier Père et Fils is run by Paul (le père) and Claude and Jacques (les fils) Fournier. The domaine originally consisted of 2 hectares of vineyards in the small village of Verdigny in the Loire. In 1997 the Domaine planted vineyards around the village of Morgues in Menetou-Salon - today the Fourniers have over 50 hectares of vineyards in Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and Menetou-Salon. The winemaking is modern, with fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and the wines bottled early and without seeing any wood. These are fruit-driven, crisp and pure examples of Sauvignon Blanc that offer terrific value for money.
Jean-Marc Brocard, Burgundy, Chablis
Jean-Marc Brocard's origins lie in the Côte d'Or. He is a farmer's son from the village of Chaudenay- le-Château, not even the son of the vigneron. It was an accident of marriage that brought him to wine, he married Claudine (his childhood sweetheart), a vigneron's daughter from the village of St- Bris-le-Vineux in the valley of Yonne.
Starting with a hectare of vines from his father-in-law, Emile Petit, he has created an estate of some 180 hectares vineyards in Chablis and Burgundy.
Léon Beyer, Alsace (contd)
The Beyer family has been wine-growers in Eguisheim, the cradle of the Alsace wine-producing region, since 1580. In 1867, Emile Beyer founded the "Maison de Vin d'Alsace", currently run by Marc Beyer, son of Léon Beyer junior, who took over the reins from his father Léon Beyer senior in 1959, and his son Marc.
Léon Beyer offers its clientele a complete selection of Alsace wines, from Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc to the prestigious Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. These wines are presented under a world-renowned label and include special selections, such as the Riesling "Les Ecaillers", the Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer "Comtes d'Eguisheim" and even the rare "Vendanges Tardives" and exceptional "Selections de Grains Nobles". Grapes cultivated on the best slopes of Eguisheim and the surrounding area are the raw material from which are made the prestigious Alsace wines which have forged the worldwide reputation and brand image of Léon Beyer wines, present on the wine menus of the finest restaurant in France, Europe and even the world.
Château Les Valentines, Côtes de Provence
Château Les Valentines covers a total of 40 hectares. The wine growing estate is classified AOC Côtes de Provence and is more than a century old. The previous owners used to bring their grape harvest to the local co-operative until the family took over in 1997.Winemaker Giles Pons was decided to make their own wine, build a modern winery and called the Domain “Les Valentines”, by the names of his children; Valentin & Clémentine.