Vert de Vin Entre amateurs, découvrons chaque semaine, une propriété et son vin.2014-08-15T22:22:57Z Jonathan <![CDATA[Glass House Winery]]> 2014-08-15T22:22:57Z 2014-08-15T21:43:26Z  

Glass House Winery


The most exotic of the vineyards in Virginia





vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-28Glass House Winery is a winery in the state of Virginia and specifically in the Central Virginia. The property was founded in 2006 by Jeff Sanders and his wife Michelle. The main buildings (tasting room) was inaugurated in 2011. It was designed from the outset to be fully dedicated to tourism and wine. 

Why did you choose this location/place to create your vineyard?

To be honest this is partly because here there is a very good school for children, and we were  also very well received in the region. There are many vineyards created by Europeans here. One feels really supported / encouraged here.

vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-25When we started we could not yet use our harvest, because the vines were too young. Our first vintages were therefore made 100% from grapes of the region, from our neighborhood, but not our vineyard. Since things have changed. For example, a year later no more than 60% of our wine production came from purchased grapes. Every year we increase quality.

Talking about terroir what I like here is that we have a micro-climate that allows us to have a somewhat drier climate than the rest of Virginia. For example, Chardonnay is grown here very well thanks to the micro-climate and the large hills. “(Jeff Sanders – owner / winemaker)

What allows us to recognize the wines of Glass House Winery?

vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-8It depends on the wine, we produce nine wines, so you can not have one style.

In general, for red wines is not to produce on-wooded wines, too structured, too sweet. We focus on fruit, fruity aromas balanced wine but also the balance between American and European wines. “(Jeff Sanders – owner / winemaker)

Where does the name Glass House Winery come from?

vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-1The owners have lived many years in Central America (Guatemala) they came back with some nostalgia and memories that many tropical plants. Check on site they have built a large glass house for planting (tropical conservatory). This building is attached to the tasting room and is used to welcoming tourists. You can see a cacao tree, a banana, and dozens of other tropical plants

Why did you choose to make wine?

vert-de-vin-video-glass-house-winery-virginiaI did not study at any wine or oenology school. I learned while I worked eah year. Other growers / winemakers in the region have also taught me a lot when I needed. Every vintage I learn at least two new things.

What I like in the winegrower / winemaker is the approach, the change of different jobs to do each time. But also the fact that we start something different, again, it is a challenge to create his vineyard, a lifestyle and a passion. ” (Jeff Sanders – owner / winemaker)

If you had to describe the Glass House Winery in 3 or 4 words?

vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-chocolateGood wines, delicious chocolates, warm / hospitality. “(Jeff Sanders – owner / winemaker)

Why “delicious chocolates“? Because Michelle Sanders, his wife, is a chocolate-maker and makes her chocolates in Glass House Winery. It produces different chocolates (tea, almond, caramel, hazelnut, coffee … etc) for the property. If you visit the property, you can also enjoy some wine pairing with chocolates.

Do you have plans for Glass House Winery?

I founded the property not long ago, I regularly plant new vines … but now my project would be to make money. In a medium-term future we would like to reach a production of 3,500 cases (21,000 bottles) per year. “(Jeff Sanders - owner / winemaker)


Some features:

  • Reasoned Agriculture (limits treatment, green harvest, manual harvesting, uses geothermal …)
  • Soil: rock, clay
  • Range: 9 wines: Glass House Winery - Viognier; Glass House Winery - Chardonnay; Glass House Winery - Vino Signora; Glass House Winery - Pink Drink evill; Glass House Winery – 21st; Glass House Winery - One Lane Bridge; Glass House Winery - Barbera; Glass House Winery - Bellezza; Glass House Winery - Glass House Chocolates
  • 90% of production is sold to property
  • also produces coffee and fruit miracle. The coffee produced is used for homes chocolates.


Side anecdote:vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-21

Glass House Winery is a property full of anecdotes. One that interested me most concerns “(Twenty-First) 21st” wine. He was named in honor of the 21st Amendment repealing the 18th amendment which established Prohibition in the USA in 1920.

Side tasting (June 2014)

  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-viognier-monticelloGlass House Winery - Viognier 2012 - Monticello : The nose offers a mixture of white fruits, tropical fruits and lightly lemon. The palate is fat, nicely fruity, balanced and offers notes of granny apple, pear, tropical fruits (including papaya) and lemon. The finish is fruity notes including lemon zest. Rating: 12.5 / 13


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-chardonnayGlass House Winery - Chardonnay 2013 - Monticello : The nose reveals notes of apricot and citrus accompanied by light oak and spices (vanilla). The palate is fat and expresses notes of fruit (apricot, citrus) combined with hints of lime and spices. Also the presence of a slight hint of pineapple on the palate. The finish is medium long. Rating: 12.5


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-traminetteGlass House Winery - Vino Signora 2013 - Monticello : The nose is fresh, expressive and reveals notes of white fruit (apple), honey associated with a slight hint of pear and slightly more exotic fruits. The mouth is rather balanced with a slight sweetness and a little freshness. Found a small note of honey associated with notes of white fruit (apple / pear) mature. The final takes notes of granny apples. Rating: 12.5 


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-eville-pinkGlass House Wineryevill Pink Drink 2013: (rosé pressed) The nose is fresh, fruity including red fruits (strawberry, gooseberry, raspberry, small berries) associated with a slight vegetal note. Mouth expresses notes of red fruits, fruit candy sucking and spices (especially pepper). Rating: 12 


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-twenty-firstGlass House Winery21st (Twenty-First) 2012 - Monticello : The nose is made notes of cassis, blackberry and black cherry accompanied by a slight hint of pepper. The mouth is rather marked by the Cabernet Franc with particular notes of cassis and pepper. It also includes aromas of blackberry, cherry and a slight nore toasted notes. A certain lightness in the mouth. Rating: 12.5 / 13


  • vert-de-vin-Glass-House-Winery–One-lane-Bridge-2012Glass House WineryOne lane Bridge 2012: The nose is fruity, it offers a bouquet of red fruits and black fruits mixed with a hint of spice. The palate offers flavors of juicy fruits including cassis, strawberry, cherry and plum associated with small peppery notes. A wine marked by its terroir. Good length on the finish. Rating 12.5 / 13


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-barbera-reserve-2012Glass House WineryBarbera Reserve 2012 - Monticello : The nose is rather powerful and expresses notes of black fruit (especially blackcurrant), spices and wood. The palate is fresh, mineral, fruity and dynamic. The tasting is on a slightly acidic frame. It contains notes of red fruits and black fruits with particular aromas of currant, cherry and fig combined with spices as well as some woody notes. Rating: 13/13, 5


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-bellezzaGlass House WineryBellezza 2012: (Desert Wine) The nose is rich and expresses notes of prune, cherry and cassis along with hints of dried dark fruit and cocoa. The mouth is marked by plums. It also includes notes of chocolate, a little peppery note and a note of cherry. Sweetness in the mouth is not too heavy for the taste buds. A rich and harmonious wine. Rating: 13.5


  • vert-de-vin-glass-house-winery-monticello-encora-mezlioGlass House WineryMezlio 2010 : (Chocolate Port) An “original” wine that expresses notes of chocolate, cherry, cassis and spice. The palate is marked by chocolate and cherry which is associated with some spices at the end. The palate is balanced. Rating: 13


Thanks to Jeff and Michelle Sanders for their hospitality.



Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche

Glass House Winery

5898 Free Union Road,

Free Union, Virginia 22940 (USA)



Jonathan <![CDATA[Sautéed Shrimp]]> 2014-08-07T08:46:34Z 2014-08-05T19:13:21Z  

Sautéed Shrimp


This week I want to introduce to you a recipe of shrimp with parsley, garlic and olive oil. At the end of the article you will also find few Wine & Food Pairing tips.




Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: (6 people)

  • 18 shrimps (or prawns) size 40/60vert-de-vin-recette-crevettes-sautées-poele
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 75 g chopped parsley (2,70 oz)
  • 12 cl of olive oil (4,25 fl oz)
  • 2 pinches of Espelette Pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon



  1. Heat a spoon of olive oil in a large pan
  2. Peel and chop the garlic cloves
  3. Put shrimps in the pan
  4. Add the Garlic
  5. Stir
  6. Add olive oil
  7. Stir
  8. Add Espelette pepper
  9. Season (salt, pepper)
  10. Add the parsley
  11. Stir
  12. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes
  13. Stirring regularly
  14. Serve with a lemon quarter


Wine & Food Pairing Tips: What to drink with sautéed shrimp (prawns)?

  • Riesling from Alsace – Alsace (white)
  • Mâcon Villages – Burgundy (white)
  • GravesBordeaux (white)
  • Languedoc La Clape – Languedoc Roussillon (white)vert-de-vin-accords-mets-vins (16)
  • Costières de Nîmes – Languedoc Roussillon (white)
  • BordeauxBordeaux (white)
  • Tursan – South West (white)
  • Entre-deux-Mers - Bordeaux (white)
  • Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux - Bordeaux (white)
  • Chablis – Burgundy (white)
  • Quincy – Loire (white)
  • Sancerre – Loire (white)
  • Gewurztraminer from Alsace – Alsace (white)
  • Riesling from Finger Lakes - New York, USA (white)
  • Gewurztraminer from Finger Lakes - New York, USA (white)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley - California, USA (white)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles - California, USA (white)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from San Luis Obispo - California, USA (white)
  • Chinon Rosé – Loire (rosé)
  • Cassis – Provence (rosé)
  • Ajaccio – Corsica (rosé)
  • Buzet – South West of France (rosé)
  • Costières de Nîmes – Languedoc Roussillon (rosé)


Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche

Jonathan <![CDATA[The AOC Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux launches its Open Days]]> 2014-08-05T12:51:22Z 2014-08-05T12:31:30Z  

The AOC Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux launches its Open Days


On September 6 & 7, 2014 come to attend the First Open Days of the AOC Côtes de Castillon Bordeaux




vert-de-vin-journées-portes-ouvertes-castillon-cotes-de-bordeaux-2After the first edition of brunch in the vineyard in the fall of 2013, the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux wine appellation transforms the test by offering 6 & 7 September, two open days and a picnic lunch. Program: tours, entertainment, dining and wine tasting of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux wines! A new appointment to discover the region and its specialties.

2 days of discovery and gathering

vert-de-vin-chateau-beynat-castillon-cotes-de-bordeaux-1Last year, the first edition of the brunch had met a great success despite the bad weather. This year, we redesigned the event to allow visitors to better discover the riches offered by our name. “Says Françoise Lannoye, President of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux’ Wines. 17 wineries will welcome winelovers and walkers in their property all weekend, from 10h to 19h and propose many activities on site. On Sunday, a picnic lunch is held from 12am to Château Franc La Fleur with a gourmet market to compose his lunch. Several activities will follow the tastings, wine courses facilitated by an instructor at the Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux (The Bordeaux Wine School) or, for younger, label creation and grape juice tasting. 2 days in the varied program that focus on sharing, meetings and gathering with winemakers of the appellation.

Strengthen the proximity and the communication around the AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

vert-de-vin-chateau-fontbaude-castillon (2)With the Open Days and the lunch, the name Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux puts its meeting with consumers at the heart of its action. It wants to develop an axis for which it implements various activities. Throughout the summer, it has indeed increased its actions to meet the general public initiations tasting and visits to chateaux daily spectacle of the Battle of Castillon, stand “Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux” Village Eleanor on the site of the Battle. Similarly, the partnership with the Tourist Office of Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux offering tours departing from Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion July 26, August 8 and 15 has been extended. A commitment that promises beautiful moments of sharing around the wines of the appellation. 


Information: Maison du Vin de Castillon – 05 57 40 00 88 contact @ Price animations September 7: €3 

Jonathan <![CDATA[RDV Vineyards]]> 2014-07-31T12:03:35Z 2014-07-31T11:48:54Z  

RDV Vineyards


A Young Vineyard from Virginia That We Have to Follow!





vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-26RDV Vineyards is a young winery in Virginia founded in 2004 by Rutger de Vink on areas where for almost a century were cattle farms with livestock and rodeo center. The property was bought in 2004 but needed two years of extensive work (clearing, gorund works) before the first vines can be planted.

Rutger de Vink did not start his professional life in the world of wine but in business / economics. Indeed right out of his studies in Business School he got a job on Wall Street. There he worked for many years and with time he realized he wanted to wanted to create / enhance rather spend his time chasing after time.

vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-24Being passionate about wine and having family in the wine industry he decided to go in the search of a “property, that decision is taken very easily because despite that he spent many years at the Bourse Wall Street wine flows in his veins. “In fact his grandfather was during many years a monastery vineyard worker in the Netherlands.

Today it aims “not only to one of the best wines from the United States but one of the best in the world.” (Jarad Slipp, Marketing Manager)

vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginiaWhy did you choose to create a vineyard in Virginia?

Initially Mr. Rutger de Vink looking for a vineyard acquired a vineyard in California but to be honest the prices were too high. He then heard of Virginia is a state in the making and with places with good soil. He then sought an exceptional terroir and got  surrounded by recognized professionals to choose the vineyard and make wine. It is on a hill that allows us to have a well-drained which is important in Virginia soil and be relatively protected from the elements in winter. We are currently advised by Mr. Eric Boissenot who is a consulting oenologist in Bordeaux for many properties such as Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Leoville Las Cases, Ducru Beaucaillou, Sigalas Rabaud … He advises many properties in Bordeaux and around the world but he has agreed to advise a single property in the U.S. and that is RDV Vineyards “(Jarad Slipp, Marketing Manager)

Where does the name RDV Vineyards come from?

vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-16Contrary to what one might think the first idea when choosing the name was not to resume the French abbreviation of the word “Rendez-vous (get togheter)” In fact, “RDV” is just the first few letters of the name of the owner. However, some time after the establishment when he realized what it means get together in French as well, he decided to play including calling his second wine “Rendezvous“.

Why have you chosen to make wine?

vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-10It’s an incredible exciting job. We work / on creating a product of our hands. And what I like is when we share our product, which tells its story to people for a tasting or a meal.

I believe the wine is perhaps one of the most intellectual and sensual realization of man “(Joshua Grainer, Technical Director of RDV Vineyards) 

If you had to define the RDV Vineyards in 3 words, what would you choose?

Amazing wine and Undiscovered Jewel” (Jarad Slipp, Marketing Manager)

What is the signature of RDV Vineyards’ wines?

vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-4In a blind tasting you will generally prefer ours wines”. What characterizes the wines of the property is the quality of the fruit produced in the vineyards that allows us to have a nice fruity but also minerality , power, concentration, finesse and intensity. RDV Vineyards is in the style, the balance between Bordeaux and California.“(Jarad Slipp, Marketing Manager)

… In Virginia we have a very similar climate to Bordeaux with rain or equivalent may be 1.5 times higher. Here it is important to have good management of hydrology. “(Joshua Grainer, Technical Director of RDV Vineyards)

For my part I would add that the long enough élevage, the creamy / silky texture, richness on the palate and the intensity / persistence characterize the final of RDV Vineyards wines.

Do you have any plans for the property? vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-23

Yes of course. I want to plant more, learn more of our land, sell more and make us more aware. We do not just make the best Virginia wine but one of the best in the world. We want to continue to increase in quality.“(Jarad Slipp, Marketing Manager)


Some features:

  • Soil: rock, granite
  • Area: 100 acres (7 hectares) of which 60 are planted with vines
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Grape varieties: 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
  • 90% of the grapes used come from the property
  • Production: 2000 cases per year
  • Range: RDV VineyardsRendez-vous; RDV VineyardsRDV (Lost Mountain)
  • Manual harvest in boxes of 5kg, work by gravity, « collage » with white egg
  • Aging for 2 years in French oak barrels with a blend during the aging


Side anecdote:

vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-virginia-20If you visit the property you will notice the large grain silo in the middle of the buildings, the property having never had cereal you must ask yourself why? Joshua Grainer “the grain silo is a beautiful story of RDV Vineyards. We built it because the French chateau often have a tower that is also often an emblem / symbol representing the chateau. We have built a grain elevator, a building which is most of the time associated with American farms.

Side tasting: (June 2014)

  • vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-lost-mountainRDV Vineyards Rendezvous – 2010 – Virginia: The nose is fruity, slightly woody. The palate is creamy, silky, complex, balanced, rich, fresh, with a small frame and a nice fruity acid. It contains notes of black fruit (plum, blackberry, blueberry, black currant) associated with some cherry notes as well as notes of leather and of spices. Accuracy in fruits fruity aromas with notes well defined. The finish is long. Rating: 16.5 / 17


  • vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-lost-mountain-1RDV Vineyards - RDV – 2010 – Lost Mountain (Virginia): A powerful wine, concentrated and rich enough. The nose is reminiscent of black fruits, violet and crushed strawberry associated with woody / spicy, slightly chocolaty. The palate is dense, rich, mineral, concentrated, with clear and well defined fruity aromas. It includes a little freshness, notes of plum, blackberry, fig, ripe fleshy dark fruit / and always crushed strawberry. This is combined with slight spices, toasted notes but the fruit remains dominant. Throughout the tasting we find a small frame that is lead acid tasting and reduce / boost mouth. The tannins are well worked but now really too young / firm I suggest you wait at least 3 or 4 years. The finish is long and fruity. Rating: 15


  • vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-lost-mountain-3RDV Vineyards Rendezvous – 2008 – Virginia: The nose is fine, complex, fruity and evokes black fruit (especially blackcurrant), mocha and truffles that are associated with spices as well as some woody notes. In the mouth the wine is perfectly balanced, fresh, fruity, powerful, elegant and quite complex. Always a creamy mouthfeel and a small frame leads acid tasting. In the mouth we find notes of black fruit crisp (especially blueberry, blackcurrant and plum) associated with some woody notes. The final and long and fruity. Rating: 17


  • vert-de-vin-rdv-vineyards-lost-mountain-2RDV Vineyards - Rendezvous – 2009 – Virginia: The nose shows notes of black fruit and slightly pepper associated with some spices. The palate is fresh, elegant and has a nice creamy texture. The palate offers notes of blueberry (quite noticeable), ripe cassis and cherry slightly associated with spices. Rating: 16.5 / 17



Thanks to Jarad Slipp et à Joshua Grainer for their warm welcome.


RDV Vinyards

2550 Delaplane Grade Rd,

Delaplane, VA 20144, États-Unis

+1 540-364-0221




Jonathan <![CDATA[Six Sauternes come to Buckingham Palace]]> 2014-07-31T07:33:40Z 2014-07-31T07:09:16Z  

Six Sauternes come to Buckingham Palace


It is the initiative of a the parliamentary member  Gilles Savary that the union of Sauternes and Barsac sent a case of 6 bottles of Sauternes wines to Elizabeth II, Queen of England.




vert-de-vin-reine-angleterre-elizabeth-2The story takes place on June 2014 at the commemoration of the Normandy landings. It was on this occasion that the member has discovered that one of the sweet temptations of Elizabeth II is to drink a glass of Sauternes with a piece of foie gras. As a Bordeaux wines lovers G. Savary had the idea to send her as a gift a few bottles of this precious nectar.

After a month of protocol procedures at Buckingham Palace, finally the Queen accepted the precious gift. A beautiful way to “pay tribute to the British people for their commitment during the war,” said Gilles Savary.

Which Sauternes were in this case?

Consisting of wines from the growers of Sauternes and Barsac there are 6 bottles of “Gold of Bordeaux” that were sent to Queen Elizabeth II:


May the Queen have a good tasting!



Jonathan <![CDATA[20TH EDITION OF « Balades en Cadillac »!]]> 2014-07-30T17:24:57Z 2014-07-30T09:21:07Z  

20TH EDITION OF « Balades en Cadillac »!


On August, 23 and 24, 2014 come to visit the vineyard of the AOC Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux




The summer event, the « Balades en Cadillac »  is back on August 23 & 24 to celebrate its 20th edition. The program consists on: 2 days of festivities with music, dance and street arts to discover or rediscover the rich heritage and the vineyards of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux. An event as original and unavoidable to allow the general public to better understand the region and its local products.


vert-de-vin-balade-en-cadillanc-2014This year, a varied program of activities is offered to visitors. Throughout the weekend, concerts, shows and other events will succeed in the heart of the walled town of Cadillac, the banks of the Garonne or wine châteaux. Rides aboard Cadillac is also planned to cross the landscapes of the label while fireworks display will close the festival on Sunday. And for those who want more, two additional events are planned: July 25 with ” Les pièces jointes ” (humorous vocal quartet) and August 08 with the magic show “Gérard Naque the Presqu’idigitateur.”

Activities for all tastes and audiences that promise a weekend under the sign of discovery and usability.

The chateaux, partners of the event

vert-de-vin-balade-en-cadillanc-2014-1For this new edition, 3 wine estates of the appellation Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux will open Aug. 24 for tours, tastings but also for shows!

From the Château Peller-Laroque´s part, the theater in object will be honored (at 3pm) with “The succulent history of Thomas Farcy.” Château Chasse Pierre will welcome the freestyle concerto “Duende Feliz” to 5pm while the site of the Villa Gallo-Romaine offers “Airs de jeu” a musical dance over on Sunday at 7pm.

Finally, the Maison des Vins with its Vine and Wine Museum will also participate in the event through its interactive exhibition in the wine world and its new course in the vineyards to understand in a fun and educational way the work of the winemakers.

More information :

Information: Tourist Office of Cadillac and Langoirannais – 05 56 62 12 92

Mayor of Cadillac – 05 57 98 02 10

Jonathan <![CDATA[Château Ferrière launches itself to the wine-tourism industry!]]> 2014-07-25T13:21:33Z 2014-07-25T11:04:21Z  

Château Ferrière launches itself to the wine-tourism industry!


The Château Ferrière, 3ème Cru Classé Margaux opens a souvenir shop and lauches a wine tourism offert.




vert-de-vin-chateau-de-ferriere-cru-classe-margaux-oenotourisme-3In April 2014, shortly before the opening of the wine tourism season and after 2 years of work the Château Ferrière re-opens its door to public and inaugurates its first boutique dedicated to wine tourism.

The Wine Tourism offert

The Château Ferrière offers a visit (French / English) of the property, the vineyard and the winery. It will be followed by a tasting of two wines for a total cost of €12. For those who simply want to do the tasting it will cost €6 per person. This amount will be refunded upon  the purchase of bottles.

It is a place that we dedicate to our visitors with the desire to welcome them with ease, simplicity and authenticity. You will find 4 properties for sale Claire Villars Lurton: Château Ferrière, Haut-Bages Libéral, La Gurgue, Domeyne; and also Château Durfort Vivens owned by her husband Gonzague Lurton.”

vert-de-vin-chateau-de-ferriere-cru-classe-margaux-oenotourismeWine & Cheese tasting 

Every Thursday from 6 p.m, on reservation, the Château Ferrière team invites you to come for a friendly wine & cheese tasting in the garden of the chateau. Price: 15 € / person.

Where does the name of Château Ferrière come from?

vert-de-vin-chateau-de-ferriere-cru-classe-margaux-oenotourisme-1For the anecdote the name of Château Ferrière comes from Gabriel Ferrière, its founder. This man was also multiple resources and officer of hunts of Louis XV and royal courtier in the square of Bordeaux. In addition to the creation of the property it also owes him its ranking as the 3ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855, on the occasion of the classification of wines of the Medoc.

The Château Ferrière welcomes you from Monday to Saturday, by appointment from 10am to 12.30pm and from 14h to 18h30. Remember to book by phone 05 57 88 76 65 or by email infos @


Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche




Pictures ©ChâteauFerrière

Jonathan <![CDATA[Château La Voûte]]> 2014-07-25T07:35:28Z 2014-07-24T23:13:39Z  

Château la Voûte


A young and promising Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wine 






vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-4The Château la Voûte is a family owned Saint-Emilion property of 2.27 hectares. It is located on a clay and limestone plateau, surrounded by illustrious chateaux such as the Château de Pressac (Grand Cru de Classé Saint-Emilion) or Château Valandraud (1er Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion). The property was founded in 1994 by the Moreau family already owns the Château la Voûte in Montagne Saint-Emilion. Currently the Château la Voûte is managed by Gaetan Moreau.

Focus on Gaetan Moreau, owner of Château la Voûte


Vidéo Fr & En

My family and I are from Nantes, Loire Atlantique where my father and my grandfather had a construction company. In 1992 we arrived in the region because we had just bought a 4-hectare property in Montagne Saint-Emilion, Château d’Arvouet. My parents have restored and has been operated for ten years. Our first vintage was the 1995.

In 1993 we said that we had to have the Saint-Emilion, because that would be worth more to us. We therefore sought to purchase some land at a good and reasonable price and found this parcel of 1.40 hectares on the plateau. In 1994 we started to make Saint-Emilion Grand Cru with a derogation that allowed us to vinify this parcel of Saint-Emilion in our buildings Montagne.

vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-8We regularly passed by a closed house near our plot and in 2004 it was for sale. Knowing that the derogation would soon no longer be possible we contacted the owners of the house and the next day we bought the house with a small piece of land. This house has been closed for 10 years was really in bad shape. The same year we had the opportunity to acquire an additional 85 acres adjacent to our vineyard. In 2013 we sold the property/vineyards of Montagne in order to invest and focus on our property in Saint-Emilion.

With the result of the sale we started the restoration of the house and the creation of a winery equipped with conical tanks.

When we acquired the property we were helped, and taught by our neighbor who was Mr. Franck Despagne Château Vieux Bonneau (Montagne Saint-Emilion). Currently we are advised by the team of Michel Rolland. “(Gaetan Moreau)

How did you arrive to make wine?

vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-1It happened by chance. This is due to the sale of the company which included the building of the company and our house that we had to move. Making boxes for the move I discovered and was intrigued by bottles found in the cellar. So I bought books on wine to understand, learn and answer my questions. We can therefore say that I am a self-taught wine.

During Vinexpo Bordeaux 1991 I met people from the world of wine that we (my family and I) have our help in learning about the world of wine. A few years after we have invested in the region,  due in part to its climate, buying Château d’Arvouet (Montagne Saint-Emilion).

Before buying the property we already drank wine, we bought mainly from Bordeaux but we never had family in the world of wine, you like it, that’s all. That’s the story, that’s why I say that it happened by chance. “(Gaetan Moreau)

vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-2What do you look for each year when creating your wine?

The wines often have a nice minerality when you taste them. I think it comes from the local limestone. I do not want a wine “to stave tea” (too woody) but one where one can find enough material in the wine, where there could be a good balance between tannins grapes and wood tannins. I want to make wines that can be drunk but can be kept too. “(Gaetan Moreau)

Do you have any plans for the Château la Voûte?

vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-7I would love to go upmarket in a regular way and able to live my activity as a winemaker. I also planned to review the packaging of my wine. Ideally,  there is another thing, I would like to have the Cabernet Franc for a bit more in my silky wine.

For my first goal to go upmarket I am helped by the Château Franc d’Espagne and by Michel Rolland consulting firm. “(Gaetan Moreau)

Where does the name of Château la Voûte comes from?

The name of the property was found by the former owner of the house. The story goes that it is given this name because he wanted to make a cellar door and winery of the same arch shape.


Some features:

  • Area: 2.27 hectaresvert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-9
  • Soil: 85 ares on clay loam, 1.4 hectares on clay-limestone soil with bedrock
  • reasoned Agriculture (grassing a row on two tillage …)
  • Production: 8000 bottles, a single label
  • Blend: 100% Merlot
  • Ageing: 50% new, 50% of a wine barrel, French oak, heated M & M + for 18 months


Tasting (June 2014)

  • vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cruChâteau la Voûte - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – 2010: The nose is fruity and gourmand. It evokes small wild berries, cassis, ripe cherries with a hint of strawberry. This is combined with some spicy and woody notes. The palate is fruity, elegant, dainty, with a good structure, with a nice material and fruit notes well defined. It contains notes of ripe fruit, black berry, cherry and blackberries. Also some spices and a well-integrated oak. The tannins are well made and well integrated. The finish is long and fruity. Drink now or over 10 years! Rating: 15 

Serve accompanied by a Veal kidney with onion, smoked bacon and mushrooms.


  • vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-11Château la Voûte - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – 2012: A pretty nose fruity bouquet mingling dark fruit (cassis, blueberry, black cherry), cooked berries, a touch of raspberry and spices (especially pepper) The palate is fresh, slightly mineral, dynamic, well structured, fat and with a nice material. It contains the aromas found on the nose along with a hint of currant, spice and well-integrated oak. The finish is fresh, fruity and persistent. Rating: 15

Enjoy it on a recipe for Beef Tartare


  • vert-de-vin-chateau-la-voute-saint-emilion-grand-cru-12Château la Voûte - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – 2013 (En Primeurs) : The nose expressed notes of cooked fruit, cassis, blackberry associated with a slight toasted as well as some spices (mild licorice and very slight hint of cardamom). The palate is fat, slightly mineral, tasty and fruity with very precise fruit (generally Bordeaux is quite characteristic of this vintage). It contains notes of cooked fruit, black fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry) with a touch of red cherry. The finish is long, pleasant and slightly fruity. Rating: 14.5 / 15


Thanks to Gaetan Moreau for his warm welcome.


Choukroun Chicheportiche Jonathan

Château La Voûte



Jonathan <![CDATA[Champagne & Renoir’works Pairing]]> 2014-07-23T14:07:20Z 2014-07-23T14:04:03Z  


Champagne & Renoir’works Pairing


A unique combination of masterpieces and Champagne for a special vintage “Renoir en Champagnes” …




vert-de-vin-champagne-cuvée-renoirOn 29 April 2014, a tasting committee composed of winemakers, sommeliers and journalists, met in Essoyes, at the house of Renoir to achieve a unique experience: associate his paintings to independent champagne houses from Aube.

This approach, initiated by Philippe Talbot, Winemaker at Essoyes and Karine Rémy, director of the cultural center Renoir, aims to promote the region in a different way in which Renoir chose to live. It reinforces the work undertaken by the Renoir cultural center and 10 champagne houses partnering to offer visitors a complete wine tourism experience linking culture and tasting.

For a whole day, scholars have debated and selected a batch of three proposed by each Champagne house to elect one that most symbolizes the world of Renoir. Common vocabulary between champagnes and painting works: finesse, beauty, elegance, roundness, femininity … that emerged from discussions that allowed to associate each cuvée elected to a work. Champagne will be identified by a common label, created under the label “Renoir en Champagnes.”

The “Cuvée Renoir” is thus presented:

  • vert-de-vin-champagne-la-belle-gabrielle-brutThe Champagne House Barfontarc: vintage “Sainte Germaine” with the painting “Maison Renoir.”
  • The Champagne House Charles Collin: cuvée “Belle Gabrielle” with the painting “Gabrielle et Jean”
  • The Champagne House Chassenay d’Arce: Cuvée Rosé with the painting ” Jeune fille aux pâquerettes
  • The Champagne House Defrance: Cuvée “Exception” with the painting ” Torse nu effet de soleil
  • The Champagne House Drappier: Cuvée ” Grande Cendrée ” with the painting ” Danse à la campagne
  • The Champagne House Dumont : Cuvée “Solera” with the painting ” Chemin montant dans les hautes herbes
  • The Champagne House Massin: Cuvée “Louis Aristide” with the painting ” Déjeuner des canotiers
  • The Champagne House Mercuzot: vintage “Marion” with the painting “La Balançoire
  • The Champagne House Richardot: Cuvée Rosé with the painting “Les Fraises
  • The Champagne House Senez: Cuvée “Renoir” with the painting ” Danse à la ville

A guide will be published soon. It will be available at the Essoyes Tourist Office and Renoir Cultural Center. It will follow in the footsteps of « Renoir en Champagne »…

 The tasting committee was composed of:

  • Karine Remy, Director of « Du Côté des Renoir »
  • Philippe Narcy oenologist
  • Philippe Talbot, oenologist
  • Alexandre Ponnavoy oenologist
  • Yves Chappier, President of the Sommeliers of champagne Association
  • Frédéric Bouché, champagne sommelier at the “Assiette Champenoise” in Reims
  • Dominique Hutin for France Inter (radio)
  • Alexis Goujard (La Revue du Vin de France)
  • Alain Cintrat, Mayor of Essoyes.




Jonathan <![CDATA[Jura Wine Awards 2014]]> 2014-07-21T22:22:13Z 2014-07-21T22:22:13Z  

Jura Wine Awards 2014


Award-winning wines at the “Concours des Vins du Jura” and spotlight on Jura’ wines



vert-de-vin-concours-vin-juraDuring the month of July, 170 wine tasters gathered at Domblans for the Jura’ wines Awards. Over 500 samples were tasted and rated. The jury tested the AOC Arbois, AOC Côtes du Jura, AOC Château-Chalon and AOC L’Etoile, each with different colors (white tradition, white floral, red, rosé, vin jaune and vin de paille). These four wine geographical indications and appellations with three products (Macvin Jura, Crémant du Jura and the Marc du Jura) have been the subject of attention of the panel of tasters. Some Eaux-de-Vie de Fine and Marc were also tasted. In the end, 163 medals were awarded to fifty fields 79 gold medals, 76 silver and 8 bronze.

Focus on the Jura vineyard

vert-de-vin-concours-vin-jura-1The history of the Jura vineyards dates back to the 1st century (description by Pline Le Jeune in his work Natural History). Nowadays this vineyard extends over 80 kilometers along the Revermont. The Jura region extends over 1,900 hectares of vineyards and has four geographic AOC that were recognized very early, as early as 1936: AOC Arbois, AOC Côtes du Jura, AOC L’Etoile and AOC Château-Chalon and three appellations “products” : Macvin du Jura, Crémant du Jura and Marc du Jura.

  • Arbois

Wines: red, rosé, vin jaune, vin de paille

Grapes: Savagnin (or “Naturé”), Chardonnay, Le Trousseau, Poulsard, Pinot Noir

  • Château-Chalon

Wine: vin jaune

Grape: Savagnin B 

  • Côtes du Jura

Wines: red, rosé, white, vin jaune, vin de paille, sparkling

Grapes: Poulsard N, Trousseau N, N Pinot, Chardonnay, Savagnin B 

  • Crémant du Jura

Wines: white, rosé

Grapes: Poulsard, Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Chardonnay, Savagnin

  • L’Etoile

Wines: white, vin jaune, vin de paille, sparkling

Grapes: Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard (in small proportion)


The winners of the contest : 

  • Caveau des Byards : 10 medals (2 gold medals, 8 silver medals) 
  • Chevassu-Fassenet Marie-Pierre : 1 gold medal
  • Delay Richard : 1 gold medal
  • Domaine Benoît Badoz : 3 medals (2 gold medals, 1 silver medal)
  • Domaine de la Pinte : 1 gold medal
  • Domaine de Montbourgeau : 1 gold medal
  • Domaine de Savagny : 4 gold medals
  • Domaine Michel Thibaut : 2 medals (1 gold medal, 1 silver medal)
  • Domaine PIGNIER : 2 gold medals
  • Berthet-Bondet Jean : 5 medals (2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal)

  • Butin Philippe :
1 gold medal
  • Cartaux Bougaud : 3 gold medals
  • Caveau De Bacchus : 3 medals (1 gold medal, 2 silver medals)
  • Château De L’Etoile : 1 gold medal
  • De Chantemerle : 1 gold medal
  • Domaine De La Touraize : 2 medals (1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal)
  • Domaine Dugois Daniel : 2 silver medals
  • Domaine Morel : 1 gold medal
  • Domaine Peltier : 1 silver medal
  • Domaine Robelin : 1 bronze medal
  • Fumey Chatelain : 1 silver medal
  • Geneletti : 2 gold medals
  • Ligier : 8 médailles (2 en or, 5 en argent et 1 en bronze)

  • Lornet Frédéric :
6 medals (2 gold medals, 4 silver medals)
  • Martin Faudot : 3 medals (1 gold medal, 2 silver medals)
  • Pauline et Géraud Fromont : 2 silver medals
  • Petit Jean-Michel : 2 gold medals
  • Vandelle Philippe : 3 medals (1 gold medal, 2 silver medals)          
  • Faudot Sylvain : 2 medals (1 gold medal, 1 silver medal)         
  • Fruitière Vinicole D’Arbois : 8 medals (5 gold medals, 3 silver medals)          
  • Fruitière Vinicole Pupillin : 9 medals (3 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 1 bronze medal) 
  • Fruitière Vinicole Voiteur :
 7 medals (1 gold medal, 6 silver medals) 
  • Baud Père et Fils : 5 medals (4 gold medals, 1 silver medal) 
  • Clavelin Hubert et Fils : 1 silver medal
  • de la Petite Marne : 2 medals (1 gold medal, 1 silver medal)
  • de Vauxelles : 3 gold medals
  • Grand : 4 medals (7 gold medals, 1 silver medal)
  • Macle Jean : 1 gold medal
  • Petit Désiré : 5 medals (1 gold medal, 3 silver medals, 1 bronze medal) 
  • Lionel-Marie D’Arc Arnaud : 
1 silver medal 
  • Mouillard Jean-Luc : 5 medals (2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal) 
  • La Maison Du Vigneron : 5 medals (3 gold medals, 2 silver medals) 
  • Tissot Jacques : 5 medals (4 gold medals, 1 silver medal) 
  • Bonnot André : 2 silver medals
  • Domaine Du Château D’Arlay : 3 medals (1 gold medal, 2 silver medals) 
  • Domaine Pêcheur : 5 medals (1 gold medal, 4 silver medals) 
  • Quillot G.
 : 4 medals (1 gold medal, 3 silver medals) 
  • Rolet père et fils
 : 8 medals (5 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal) 
  • Domaine Henri Maire
 : 1 gold medal


Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche