Producer Profiles

Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet {Fixin}

We started with Amelie in 2012 when she was still working with her father, Denis. She took over complete control of the Domaine in 2013 and since then, in a few short years , she has become a Burgundy superstar. With good reason she has become the darling of such luminaries as Becky Wasserman, Bill Nanson, Steen Ohman [Winehog] and Jasper Morris. She has tremendous holdings in her home village of Fixin, as well as Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, Clos de Vougeot, Echezeaux and Vosne Romanee. This is a cult Domaine and one we are very proud to have been with since the start.

Domaine Odoul-Coquard {Morey St. Denis}

This is a Domaine we first encountered in 2005, through a French friend. We were immediately impressed with the quality of the holdings & the exceptional expression of terroir. There are village wines from Gevrey Chambertin, Morey St. Denis, Chambolle Musigny, Vosne Romanee & Nuits St. Georges. Six 1er crus from Morey St.Denis, Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle Musigny and two Grand crus, Charmes Chambertin and Clos de Vougeot. Tasting the five villages wines is a fabulous lesson in terroir. Several of you have tasted at this Domaine with us & can vouch for the quality of the tasting. Thierry Odoul has been the winemaker at this, his wife's family Domaine since 1992. He was joined by Sebastien in 2008 after Sebastien had worked stages at Denis Mortet and Domaine Dujac. Sebastien has taken the wines to a new level and was rated by Bill Nanson as one of the top ten ‘new wave’ Burgundy producers. The fruit is now 100% de-stemmed, sees a maximum of 50% new oak for the grand crus & receives a traditional elevage. Clive Coates refers to this Domaine as "an address to note.......... the wines are very good indeed." Bill Nanson lists Odoul Coquard as in the top ten rising stars of Burgundy. This Domaine is no longer our secret, with all the wine pre allocated and 90% being exported to America, Japan, China, Norway, the UK and of course Australia. The wines are sold in Harrod’s fine wine store and the wonderful London wine store “Hedonism” next to bottles of DRC, Dujac etc. Some of you may have seen the reviews by image makers such as Bill Nanson. We firmly believe that Sebastien is taking a great Domaine to even greater heights and some of you may be sitting on collector’s bottles in the future.

Domaine Hudelot-Baillet {Chambolle Musigny}

Domaine Hudelot-Baillet is a Chambolle-Musigny producer with holdings entirely within the appellation. The domaine was created in 1981 by Joël Hudelot (inherited largely from his father Paul) and his wife Chantal Baillet. Joël retired in 2004 and passed along the reins to his son-in-law Dominique Le Guen, who had been working with him at the domaine since 1998. Dominique, who also works as Frederic Mugnier’s vineyard manager, has elevated the quality at this domaine and has been described by Christophe Roumier as a ‘vigneron to watch’…
The grapes here are all destemmed but not crushed initially while they undergo a brief cool pre-fermenation maceration. He uses pigeage initially then a combination of pump over and delestage (rack and return), in order to avoid extracting too much from the pips. The village level wines are now aged in 25% new oak and one year and two year old barrels; while the premier cru and grand cru wines are aged in 40% new and one year old oak. This reduction of oak has given the wines even more freshness and vibrancy.

“Gotta soft spot for Hudelot-Baillet...I don't mind admitting that. It's just got everything that I like about Burgundy: not too big, congenial winemaker, choice selection of premier crus with a grand cru if you fancy, straightforward winemaking, nothing fancy, nothing self-aggrandising. Just delicious, nuanced wines that need but a sip to compel a purchase” Neal Martin December 2014.
“Big strides have been made since the change of generation. The wines are now relatively deep-coloured, full of fruit, powerful, yet still fine” Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy.

Domaine Alain Michelot {Nuits-St-Georges}

Tasting with Elodie Michelot, Alain’s daughter is always a delight and a tour de force of all things Nuits-St-Georges. They have six premier crus ranging from the Northern finesse of La Richemone and Champs Perdrix, through Les Chaignots and onto the three contenders for Grand cru status, Les-St-Georges, Vaucrains and Les Cailles. In addition, there is a fine 1er cru from Morey St. Denis, Les Charrieres as well as villages wine and a tremendous Clos de Vougeot Grand cru that abuts Grands Echezeaux. These are unashamedly “old school” burgundy that age beautifully and give great pleasure.

Domaine Jean-Marc Millot {Nuits-St-Georges}

The Domaine Jean-Marc Millot was started by Alix' father in 1990, as vineyards that had been leased out returned to the family. The selection of vineyards is mouthwatering including Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux, Clos de Vougeot [from the Grands Maupertuis sector] and Vosne Romanee 1er cru "Les Suchots". The wines were very highly regarded by critics, but since Alix has taken the reins four years ago the standard has gone to the highest level. These are not wines of extraction and new oak, but rather of nuance and finesse, surely what pinot noir is all about! These wines are incredibly sought after and very difficult to find. We are so delighted to be able to offer them to you, albeit in small quantities. And from 2020 we have small quantities of her Amphora raised Bourgogne Aligote “Les Deux Terres”. This is a cult wine, if ever there was…

Domaine Jean-Pierre Maldant {Ladix-Serrigny}

Michele and I encountered the wines of this Domaine by chance at "Les Grands Jours" in 2014. Drew Hewson, whom many of you will know, was keen for us to taste a Corton producer of which he was enarmoured. The wines from this Corton producer were indeed pretty good but they already had an Australian importer. Domaine Jean-Pierre Maldant happened to be adjacent to the unnamed producer and I noticed he had two Corton red Grand crus and a Corton Charlemagne blanc Grand cru. Tasting them was a revelation, the wines expressed terroir beautifully and had wonderful poise and balance. I coaxed Michele and Drew into tasting them independently and both agreed the wines were excellent. We duly arranged a visit to the Domaine in Ladoix Serrigny to taste the entire range. The rest of course is history and most of you will have seen the wines from 2012 onwards noted their quality. Pierre-Francois [Jean-Pierre’s son] has taken over the responsibility for the Domaine and, as is so often the case in Burgundy these days, lifted the bar even higher in terms of quality. The vinification is straightforward, 30% stems for the Cortons, none for the other reds and uses about 10% new oak

Clive Coates rates the Domaine highly in his book "The Wines of Burgundy". Exports from France are in their infancy but Clarion Wines [UK] are importing the Jean-Pierre Maldant wines. Clarion's portfolio includes Arnoux Lachaux, Simon Bize, Bouchard Pere et fils, Faiveley, William Fevre, Fontaine Gagnard, Gagnard Delagrange, Robert Groffier, Hudelot Noellat, Marc Morey, Etienne Sauzet and Clos de Tart. So Jean-Pierre Maldant is in good company!!

Maison Pascal Clement {Savigny-les-Beaune}

We first met Pascal at the Beaune rugby stadium through an English importer friend. Pascal spent many years working at Domaine Coche-Dury under the tutelage of Jean-Francois. He has now started his own small negoce business incorporating his home Domaine in Savigny. The House is predominantly white with wines from Rully to Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. The wines share some of the opulence of Coche-Dury whilst retaining the vital life-giving acid of great White Burgundy. Plenty of Premier crus and a Corton Charlemagne to boot!

Domaine Joseph Voillot {Volnay}

One of our favourite Domaines and JP Charlot is just a beautiful human being- generous to a fault, cheeky, funny and a very seriously talented winemaker. His wines, along with de Montille, Marquis d’Angerville, Comte Armand are the very best from the communes of Volnay and Pommard. The wines are perfumed, elegant and beautifully structured. They really are “the Mugnier of the Cote de Beaune”. We are lucky and privileged to carry these wines in our Portfolio.

Charlot is a true Burgundy winemaker, the proverbial French paysan, someone who has dedicated his life to making wine, not seeking the limelight. Consequently, he is not as well known as others; however, in Burgundy he is a highly regarded winemaker who has taken many budding young vignerons under his wing, teaching at the viticultural school in Beaune and dispensing his knowledge to students, some becoming more famous than himself. –Neal Martin, Vinous Media, January 2019

Domaine Alexandre Parigot {Meloisey}

The Domaine is located in Meloisey, a beautiful village in the Hautes-Cotes-de-Beaune. Michele and I had heard good reports about the Domaine from Burgundian winemaker friends and visited in 2010. After tasting the first wine, the Meursault lieux dit les Vireuils Dessous we knew we were on to something! The Domaine has a fine range of wines with 1er cru's in Savigny les Beaune, Beaune, Pommard & Chassagne Montrachet. Clive Coates writes of the Domaine: "Everything is hand harvested here. These are very good wines". Regis Parigot & son Alexandre make exemplary wines that express their terroir. Alexandre was awarded best young winemaker in Burgundy by his peers in 2011, 2013 and 2015. We heartily recommend them to you. In addition, in 2013 the winemakers of Burgundy were asked by the BIVB [a state body the regulates & promotes Burgundy wine] to come together to taste over a thousand Bourgogne & Village wines to determine which wines best expressed the characteristics of Pinot Noir grown in Burgundy. The 2011 Parigot Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clos de la Perriere finished in the top 5 wines, a feat duplicated by the 2015 Clos de la Perriere, and again with the 2016 And the awards keep coming with Alexandre being awarded Burgundian young gun by La Revue du Vin de France for his 2012 Pommard Charmots and the Clos de la Perriere. The 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 “Clos de la Perriere” have been awarded the Hachette des Vins Coup de Coeur for best wine of the appellation. Most of you know the quality of the wines, the whites are fine and acid driven with no history of premox and the reds are generous, have structure and age beautifully.. Their wines are in many three star Michelin restaurants, Lameloise, Hostellerie Levernois and the Peninsula Paris to name but a few.

Domaine Jobard-Morey {Meursault}

Valentin Jobard comes from distinguished Burgundy heritage being a cousin of Antoine and Remi Jobard and his Grandmother was the sister of Bernard Morey, who, of course is the father of Thomas Morey. Valentin is an incredibly talented viticulturist and vigneron who has been likened by the image makers to be a cross between Lafon and Roulot. This is a small Meursault Domaine but one with very impressive holdings including the Lieux-dits “Les Tillets” and “Les Narvaux” as well as 1er crus “Les Poruzot” and “Les Charmes”! Jasper Morris is a big fan saying "Spectacular Meursault Narvaux and 1er cru Charmes and Valentin also shows a really deft hand with his few reds". William Kelley says "One of Meursault's most promising under-the-radar estates is Domaine Jobard-Morey, and it's remarkable that these wines aren't better known." Steen Ohman of Winehog has just discovered the Domaine and said " This is a noteworthy estate with fine vineyards. I am really looking forward to tasting more wines from Valentin Jobard. The 2018's are truly impressive for the vintage- chapeau!"

Domaine Thomas Morey {Chassagne Montrachet}

We have been privileged to import Domaine Thomas Morey since the 2014 vintage and continue to be astounded by the quality of his wines in both colours. In 2015 Thomas picked two weeks earlier than most in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, most vignerons thought him mad. However, when we look at the wines from 2015 we now know what a masterstroke that was with his wines having some of the power of the vintage but having great acid and finesse as well. It is fair to say that now many in the village watch what Thomas is doing and then immediately do the same. He has superlative holdings in Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet, St.Aubin and Santenay

Thomas' reputation continues to build with critics showering his wines with praise. Jasper Morris says “Thomas Morey is making some of the greatest white wines in Burgundy today”. In addition, many of you will know that Domaine de la Romanee Conti has entrusted him to look after the viticulture on their Montrachet and 'house' Batard Montrachet plots.

Domaine des Quatre Chemins {Fontenay-Pres-Chablis}

For years we have been asked “when will you import Chablis?” and our standard answer has always been “When we find the next Dauvissat or Raveneau!” Well, we think we may have the female equivalent of Vincent Dauvissat in Isabelle Collin-Gautheron! The Domaine was founded in 2018 by Isabelle, taking over from her father who previously sold the produce of the Domaine’s 17 hectares to the negociants. The name of this domaine comes from an ancient lieu-dit within the 1er cru of Vaulorent. “It’s a name which speaks to me,” says Isabelle. “We are Gautherons and of multiple generations here in Fontenay – my parent’s house is just next-door – but I, also, didn’t want any confusion with Domaine Gautheron in Fleys so I decided that this was a good name to choose!”

Presently Isabelle works with 5.6 Ha, but this will increase as more vineyards finish their contracts with the negociants. Isabelle worked in Chablis and also Champagne [The Aube] prior to returning to establish her Domaine. She is very focused on “traditional” Chablis with all the elevage being in tank apart from some old wooden barrels to help oxygenate her 1er crus and Grand cru. In her short time at the helm the Domaine is already rated HVE and is aiming for Biodynamic certification.

And the wines? A breathtaking range from Petit Chablis [located adjacent to Les Preuses Grand cru] through Chablis, 1er cru and Grand cru “Bougros”. They are quintessential Chablis zinging with mineralite and acid. Wines of the very highest quality, we feel very lucky to be working with Isabelle whose star is in the ascendant. Bill Nanson of The Burgundy report “A super range – Isabelle is a fine addition to my roster of great producers!”

Champagne Prevoteau Perrier {Damery}

We were introduced to this small house/large Grower by Jean-Pierre Charlot in 2012. The Boudard family are simply the most delightful, generous people and we are privileged to call them friends. The wines were exceedingly good and extremely good value. Dosage was a maximum of 6g and the fruit quality was exemplary. Since the range has expanded and we now import Cuvee l’Equilibre [1/3 PN, Chard and PM with a dosage of 6g,  in some of Melbourne’s Fine Dining establishments], Cuvee Blanc de Blancs [Chardonnay from several Grand cru villages, dosage 6g], Cuvee Blanc de Noirs [2/3 PN, 1/3 Pm 5g Dosage], Cuvee Rose Brut [20% Chard, 80% PN from the heart of the first pressing with a small addition of Red wine. In October 2015 Christophe Boudard, the wine maker, was a finalist in the “Jeune Talents du Champagne” [one of three] for the Rose and the wine won the Public award for Best Rose Champagne. It also has been listed in “1000 vins du Monde” for 2017, a prestigious yearly publication in France], Cuvee Adrienne Lecouvreur [50:50 PN and Chardonnay from their best vineyards, 6g Dosage], Cuvee “Fut de Chene” [100% PM, 6g Dosage, raised half in wood and half in steel vats] and also the Millesime l’Historique [70% Chardonnay from the Grand cru village of Chouilly and 30% 1er cru PN, 6g Dosage]. We are hard pressed to think of any other Champagne producer with this quality in their price bracket.

Champagne Marc Augustin {Avenay-Val-d’Or}

Marc Augustin follows the principles of biodynamics [for which the Domaine is certified] but also is one of 5 producers in Champagne [there are now more than 15000 producers!] who are also Bioenergetic. I am not qualified to explain to you the concept of bioenergetics but the principle is the preservation of the energy stored in the grapes being transferred to the wine in the bottle. What I can tell you is that after a morning with Marc you come away with an impression of a man completely and utterly immersed in his wine, his vineyards and their health. I found him to be a totally engrossing and inspiring individual and the passion he exudes is reproduced in abundance in his startlingly pure, deep and vibrant champagnes. His star in France is in the ascendant and his Champagnes are considered to be in the top echelon with such growers as Georges Laval, Agrapart, Selosse, Ulysee Collin and Vouette and Sorbee. What sets his Champagne apart is a lack of oxidative characters, his wines have purity, freshness and vibrancy that is astounding. They are champagnes made as a wine but without the oxidative character, all this with minimal to no dosage and little or in the case of “Sans Soufre” no sulphur added at all. His Champagnes are some of the most expensive wines we have imported but I would argue they are actually the best value also! Michele and I cannot recommend these wines highly enough, they are truly outstanding, individualistic and compelling.

Domaine Leduc-Frouin {Martigne-Briand}

The Domaine is located in Sousigne, a small village near Martigne-Briand, a beautiful village in the Maine-et-Loire department with it’s origins in 1873. Michele and I had heard great reports about the Domaine from Burgundian winemaker friends, Jacques Carillon and JP Charlot. In addition we had tasted at Cellar Volnaysien a 1962 Leduc-Frouin Coteaux de Layon that was utterly entrancing. So in October 2017 we visited Leduc-Frouin and met Antoine and Nathalie Leduc. Antoine has worked in wine all over the world. He was taught by JP Charlot and spent a couple of years with Jacques Carillon. Together with his sister Nathalie they practice sustainable viticulture called ‘Terra Vitis” and the entire 30 hectares are worked completely by hand. The wines are pure expressions of Loire and have great intensity due to the low yield regime adopted by the Domaine. The passion, dedication and drive is crystal clear in everything they do. The Hachette du Vins has recognised their Coteaux du Layon Grand Clos as being the top wine of the appellation. The Nectar has only been produced seven times since the first vintage in 1976. It is the ultimate expression of Botrytris in Chenin Blanc. Those of you who know our drinking predilections are aware of our frosty opinion of Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Cabernet Franc Anjou villages produced by Leduc-Frouin is utterly delightful, so fragrant and age worthy that we just had to import it! We unreservedly recommend these delightful and incredibly well priced wines to you.

Domaine Clos des Cazaux {Vacqueyras}

This old Domaine is located in the beautiful village of Vacqueyras in the Southern Rhone. The vineyard holdings include Cotes du Rhone villages, three cuvees of Vacqueyras, three cuvees of Gigondas in rouge, and white cuvees of Vacqueyras and newly crowned white Gigondas. The Domaine is run by two brothers, Jean-Michel and Frederic, with Frederic having learnt his wine making in Burgundy. The reds are blends of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, as well as a straight Grenache in homage to Chateau Rayas, where Frederic worked for some time. The whites include a straight Clairette from 100-year-old vines, and a typical rhone blend of Grenache blanc, Roussane and Clairette. The wines are very Burgundian in style, no new oak, some whole bunch fermentation and gentle extraction. The wines are very highly regarded by critics such as Jeb Dunnuck and we unreservedly recommend them. They represent extraordinary value

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Two Ducks Fine Wines

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Victoria, Australia

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