The Mark Wine News Spring '18 Volume 8.2 - Page 13

S imonnet -F ebvre makeing family in Champagne however he began his career in Bordeaux as an oenologist at Château Petrus before heading to Dominus Estate in Napa where he was head winemaker for 10 years. Champy is passionate about research and education. He is also passionate about following and developing the work already put in place by his predecessors such as sustainable viticulture and preserving the ecosystem and biodiversity of their vineyards. Innovation has been the core of Maison Louis Latour and they are at the forefront of wine research in Burgundy. Since 1996 they have partnered with the University of Dijon in collecting weather data and in recent years this has developed further with an initiative called “Paysage de Coron.” This initiative is about the partnership be- tween growers and is unique and seeks to address the problems of erosion, drainage; as well as the planting of trees and hedges and the maintenance of bee hives to promote biodiversity. Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Founded in 1840, Masion is one of the oldest established traditional wine producers in Chablis. They produce a wide range of wines representative of the different terroirs of Chablis and the Yonne. They produce everything from a Saint-Bris to a Chablis Grand Cru ‘Les Clos.’ Chardonnay is the only grape used in the whole of the Chablis vineyards. In 2013, Simonnet- Febvre launched an ambitious project to revitalize the Auxois region after it was neglected back in the early 19th century following Phylloxera. Today the region is considered a rising and important appellation in France. Maison Louis Latour Vineyard L ouis L atour The name Latour is fairly synonymous with Burgundy. Maison Louis Latour owns more than 125 acres in prime Burgundy country with 25 acres in Corton- Charlemagne, one of the most famous white wines of Burgundy. They also own parts of many, many other vineyards including Corton Clos del Vigne, Corton Les Perriéres, Chambertin and Romanée-Saint Vivant . The winery was built in 1854 and was the first purpose- built winery in France. It’s cellars are embedded in the rock of Corton and the family home is in Aloxe-Corton. L ouis L atour A rdéche In 1979 Louis Latour chose the valley of the Ardéche River with its clay and limeston based soils as the ideal location to produce top quality Chardonnay wines. Chardonnay thrives on the outstanding terroir of this region. The Mediterranean climate also plays a major role as the winery’s more southern location avoids the more extreme weather conditions of Burgundy. The Grand Ardeche is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or. SPRING 2018 H enry F essy Located in the heart of Brouilly since 1888, Henry Fessy a is family company specializing in the production of Beaujolais Crus. Originally planted by the year 1000 by the monks of Cluny, this region is known for the Gamay grape and Beaujolais. Even today, the vineyards are still worked by hand using traditional methods to protect the unique characteristics of each vine. The heart of Henry Fessy’s Domaine is at the center of the Brouilly appellation and their mission is to protect the diversity of the Beaujolais Cru vineyards. 11