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The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

 

Many congratulations to Chateaus Grandis and Domaine de la Confrérie for their silver medals at the Decenter World Wine Awards 2017.
The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s largest wine competition with more than 17,200 wines entered in 2017. The 219 expert judges, including 65 Masters of Wines and 20 Master Sommeliers, rewarded examples of excellence. The silver medal identifies “a very accomplished wine with impressive complexity”. We are very pleased and proud of our producers. Congratulations again!

 

FAIR WINES is the PR/Sales agent for French artisan wine producers aiming to establish distribution channels in the UK and Japan. Our intention is to foster a symbiotic business relationship between importers and producers so that the importers enjoy value for money, and the artisan producers establish a stable distribution channel. At FAIR WINES, quality and integrity are respected as much as profit.

 

Here are the winning wines:

 

Chanteau Grandis 2012

 

Château Grandis is a family owned petit chateau located in Haut-Médoc in the Bordeaux region and produces around 50,000 bottles per year. The chateau has been classified as Cru Bourgeois.

 

The quality of Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux wines has leapt over the last decade. Today, with what the estates know about their vineyards, and the drive to produce the best level of wine possible, the wines have never been better, and they continue to remain affordable alternatives to the more expensive Classified Growths in the Médoc. Chateau Grandis is no exception and has been producing better and better wine, in particular since the ownership was handed down to Brice Vergez from his father 10 years ago.

 

The wine is well balanced and elegant, and also has intensity of flavour. It could be cellared up to15yrs.

 

 

Bourgogne 2014 from Domaine de la Confrérie

 

Domaine de la Confrérie is situated at the heart of Hautes-Côtes de Beaune in Burgundy. It is a relatively small family producer with a cultivated area of 10 hectares. The wine-making philosophy of the owner, Christopher Pauchard is to work with the grapes, carefully letting heir personally emerge. His wines are balanced, light but complex, can impress by their elegance and fine flavour rather than sheer power.

 

Bourgogne is made from the vineyard adjacent to Meursault. No wonder it has a general Bourgogne classification with Meursault quality.

Domaine de la Confrerie 1

Congratulations to Domaine de la Confrérie!

Domaine de la Confrerie 1

Dear friends of FAIR WINES

We would like to share a great news with you. Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc 2013 from Domaine de la Confrérie received an award “Coup de Coeur” for the Guide Hachette 2015.

Domaine de la Confrérie wasn’t known at all in the UK, Japan or even France. Few people were aware of the existence of this small family-owned domaine. Nevertheless, nothing stopped Mr Pauchard, the owner of the domaine, in his passion and painstaking hard work to make better wines. Making great wine takes time, i.e., generally good 10 years to produce a quality wine, and 20 years for an excellent one. Mr Pauchard inherited his steadfast dedication from his father who took over the vineyard 40 years ago. You could imagine for a small wine-grower how challenging it can be to grow or even survive under ruthless price pressures from mass-produced commodity wines.

Aymeric discovered the domaine during one of his numerous journeys in the vineyards, and has supported it ever since. FAIR WINES has also been working with the domaine on its promotion, in particular helping the wine’s great quality be known to the public through our social medias and wine events. We have also been willing to present Mr Pauchard’s wines in competitions, and it has been proven right with the most prestigious wine award in France. We are not surprised by the result, though deeply pleased. The devotion of the family into their wine-making over two generations has finally been acknowledged. When I received the great news from Aymeric, I was truly overjoyed and completely forgot what I was doing and lost my way to an (important) appointment….

We would also like to thank you for being a part of the story when you came to our wine tastings, discovered the wine with us, placed your orders, and finally opened and enjoyed it on your own or with your friends and families. Everything counts, and it meant a lot to us. Thank you! We want to share this wonderful news with you and toast together. We will keep the price of our current inventory of 2012 vintage, although generally a wine receiving the “Coup de Coeur” is sold out in a day or two after the announcement, and the price increases accordingly. To purchase from Domaine de la Confrérie, please visit our online shop at www.fairwines.co.uk

To secure a special allocation on pre-order for the award winning 2013 vintage, please email us at info@fairwines.co.uk. We also have the exclusivity of Bourgogne Blanc 2013, a wine made two parcels in the village of Meursault (at the border of appellation). This one was not presented since it is an exclusive selection of Aymeric, not offered otherwise by the domaine.

Yours sincerely,

Aymeric de Clouet & Sayuri Aoyama

PS: In the above picture, Mr Pauchard is the one wearing a polo shirt with grey and pink stripes and avoiding the camera (as usual)….

 

 

 

Domaine de la Confrérie

domain de la confrerie

Domaine de la Confrérie is situated at the heart of Hautes-Côtes de Beaune in Burgundy. It is a relatively small family-owned producer, with a cultivated area of about 10 hectares.

When the father of current owner Christophe Pauchard started wine-making from scratch, there was only so much he could do before producing well-balanced and refined wines. One generation later, all the efforts have been paid and the foundation is in place, yet passion stays as it has always been. Domaine de la Confrérie is now producing award-winning wines!

Christophe Pauchard’s wine-making is both traditional and artisan, which calls for great care and attention throughout the year. Answering my blunt question of “How do you make these wonderful wines?”, Christophe explained me that it is only nature and grapes that makes a wine great. His job is only to ensure the wine will develop in a way to reflect the true potential of the Terroir.

Aymeric tasted Mr Pauchar’s wine for the first time in a wine tasting event for professionals. It was late afternoon and he had already tasted more than 100 bottles on that day. Aymeric said it was a sensational experience. He was amazed by the quality yet the price was completely undervalued. Of course Aymeric had never heard of the domaine before. Then later that week, he drove to the domain to see the owner and his vineyard, which was located in the middle of nowhere deep in Bourgogne. Once the excellence of the wine confirmed, Aymeric purchased 300 bottles on the spot, and on the evening, he called me in London to share his great discovery with such an excitement!