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Braastad Cognac

BLENDING. The nose of Richard Braastad plays an important role in the making of our cognacs. He has been with the company since the age of 16, following his father Christian and uncle Jaques as the Master Blender. Richard has around 13,000 casks of cognac from different crus and of different ages to keep track of and to choose from when seeking perfection in our products. For instance, if Richard feels that the sensation of vanilla in his latest VSOP blend is a little low, he might track down an old cask containing a certain 15 year old Petite Champagne Cognac that he knows has a distinct tone of vanilla and use this to balance his VSOP blend perfectly.

In the heart of Grande Champagne in the village of Jarnac lies the impressive Chateau de Triac. The chateau is the home of Cognac Tiffon, to which the cognac brand Braastad belongs. Rubbing shoulders with other famous cognac houses such as Bisquit or Courvoisier. In 1899, a young man from Norway, Sverre Braastad, decided to follow his uncle to Cognac and found work with the house of Bisquit, working in export and sales. Sverre met and fell in love with Edith Rosseau, the daughter of Mederic Tiffon and they married in 1913. In 1919, Sverre and Edith finally took charge of the family business and Braastad Cognac was born. In the 1940s the family acquired the Chateau de Triac and large vineyards in both the Grande Champagne and the Fins Bois cognac growing areas.

The couple nurtured their brand, and had eight children along the way. When Sverre died in 1979 he did so content in knowing that both he and his family had had a profound effect on the world of cognac, and that his legacy would be continued by his children. He placed family members in leading positions in some of the most famous cognac houses worldwide, including Courvoisier, Delamain and Bisquit.

He left his beloved cognac house in the capable hands of his family, and today, three generations on, the Braastad clan still produce their wares in the time honored traditions of old.

The whole process of producing cognac is carried out at the family estate. From growing and tending the grapes through to the finished product, not a single step is completed without the say so of current cellar master Richard Braastad. At any one time he has around 13,000 casks of cognac in his care, from various terroirs and a multitude of ages.

The cognac house remains firmly a family run affair, with Antoine Braastad heading the sales team and Jan Braastad as head of finance. The brand is shipped to the four corners of the globe and is one of the largest family owned cognac houses in existence, producing a wide range of cognacs from a VS through to their flagship product, Braastad Chateau de Triac – Reserve de la Famille.

The house of Braastad concentrates solely on producing cognac. Their oldest label is the Reserve de la Famille, produced from eaux-de-vie originating from the vineyards around the chateau and averaging around 50 years in age. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, cognac Braastad is highly thought of in Norway, with the family retaining strong ties to their roots. Braastad Cognac XO Superieur - Tres Vieille Réserve as well as XO Fine Champagne Extra Old received silver medals at the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Website: http://braastad.com/

 

Ideal Drinks

IDEALDRINKS produces top quality wines, spirits and olive oil, all made in Portugal and distributed around the world. We aspire for our products to be ambassadors of what Portugal does best.

IDEALDRINKS, a subsidiary company of IDEALTOWER Group, was established in 2010 by Carlos Dias, a respected Portuguese businessman of international standing. Passionate about wines and a great epicurean, he decided to invest in Portugal and embrace the challenge of producing wines, spirits and olive oils of excellent quality. These products are intended to be ambassadors for what is best in our country.

We produce wines in different MAIN regions including:

DOC · VINHO VERDE WINES

Divided into nine subregions, with a total vineyard area of 34.000 hectares, the biggest Portuguese Demarcated Region is recognized by the typicality and originality of its wines, naturally light, clear and fresh.

In an exuberant green landscape, the climate is strongly conditioned by the extensive Atlantic coastline, the profusion of rivers and valleys and the unique relief of the region - quoting Amorim Girão, "a vast amphitheatre gradually rising from the seashore to the interior." A climate is characterized by cool temperatures, high humidity and abundant rainfall, especially in the Winter and Spring.

The soils are homogeneous, mainly granitic, shallow and of high acidity, except for two narrow bands that cross the Region towards NW-SE, one from the Silurian period (444 to 416 Ma), where carboniferous and slate formations appear, and the other of schist from the archaic period (4280 to 2500 Ma). As result from the human intervention throughout the centuries, especially through the construction of terraces and the persistent incorporation of organic matter in the soil, the soils have acquired a very good level of fertility.

DOC · BAIRRADA

The first one among the Portuguese Demarcated regions to explore the sparkling wines, Bairrada is also recognized for its modernity and dynamism, bringing together wines of classic style and wines of a more international style, incorporating foreign grape varieties.

With approximately 12.000 hectares of vineyards, this is a flat coastal Region developed in gentle hills, an extensive plain originated in the old deltas of Vouga and Mondego rivers and in the indented marine shoals, crossed by a network of small rivers and protected by Buçaco and Caramulo mountain ranges in the east.

The climate is mild and temperate, marked by a strong Atlantic influence, with long, cold and rainy winters and hot and sunny summers, softened by the West and Northwest winds common in the coastal regions. We must highlight the high daily temperature range during the grape ripening season with a difference between the daily maximum and minimum temperatures that can reach 20°C.

The soils are divided into clay-limestone of Triassic (251 to 200 Ma) and Jurassic origin (200 to 145 Ma) and sandy derived from the Plio-Pleistocene period (2,6 to 0,01 Ma).

DOC · DÃO

Dated 1908 and second Demarcated Region created in Portugal, the Dão Region, subject to a significant restructuring and modernization in the 90's, is recognized for the aromatic and gustatory elegance of its wines and, especially in the case of red wines, for its excellent potential of aging in bottle, what gives them a unique complexity.

Surrounded by hills and mountains that protect it from the winds, with the majestic mountain Serra da Estrela in the horizon and the mountain ranges of Nave, Montemuro and Lapa at north, Caramulo at west and Buçaco, Açor and Arganil at south closing the circle, the Region has perfect geographical conditions for vine-growing. Being spread over approximately 20.000 hectares and divided into seven subregions, the vineyard is a subtle image among the landscape, dispersed by lands of different altitudes, mainly located 400/500 metres. The hydrographic network ofthe Regions is characterized by a rigid line-drawing, indicating a clear adjustment to the relief structure where the two main rivers of the Region flow - Dão River and Mondego River.

 

Domaine SEILLY

The SEILLY family means five generations related to Alsatian wines. The family company was founded in 1865. In 1988 Marc, his grand grand grandson, being trained as a winegrower and oenologist consolidated the company and got busy diversifying the range of wine activities on his estate.

The experience resulting from his training in Champagne led him very quickly to producing the “Crémant d’Alsace”, a sparkling wine which he has been marketing successfully since 1984. His travels to California and Australia nourished his ideas of developing new and more modern working tools as for management and marketing.

Thus he produces wines such as “Vendanges Tardives” (late grape harvest) and the “Selections de Grains Nobles” (Selection of noble grapes). Pinot Noir acquired a new reputation due to Marc’s experience acquired during many wine making operations in the largest “Chateaux of Bordeaux” such as Haut-Brion and Lafite-Rothschild.

From one generation to the next one, the SEILLY company grows and adapts by keeping alive the same passion for quality wines: a fine example of a successful combination between tradition and innovation. And the adventure continues…

Protected from oceanic influence by the Vosges mountains, Alsace enjoys practically the lowest rainfall in France (400-500mm per year) and is blessed with a semi-continental climate, sunny, hot and dry. This climate is ideal for slow, extended ripening of the grapes, giving wines with elegant, complex aromas.
The Domaine SEILLY own vineyards in two exceptional sites: Schenkenberg and les Coteaux d’Obernai.

The Schenkenberg is located in Obernai, on the vosgian foothill, on the Alsacian Route du Vin. Thanks to its south southwest exposure at an average altitude of 265 m, this site has a warm temperature microclimate, with very even temperatures and air moisture. Its clayey soil is composed of (glay calcic earth) calcareous Upper Muschelkalk.

The Vendanges Tardives & Sélections de Grains Nobles Schenkenberg require a period of ageing to enhance their richness and strength, which underlines the union between the heavy soil and the distinctive aroma of each grape variety. They are remarkable for their perfect balance between their powerful and complex aromas.

Les Coteaux d’Obernai is located near the Schenkenberg and has the same qualities as the Schenkenberg but don’t enjoy the historic reputation of the latest.

 

Hobbs

Hobbs is tucked away in the Ranges of South Australia’s famed Barossa Valley, at Hobbs we take grapes from vines grown on our own family-held vineyard, and produce wines that make a statement in excellence.

We don’t make much. But everything we produce is the very best it can be. Production here is very limited, in fact the largest volume of any fine wine that we produce is 300 dozen; a drop in the ocean by today’s standards, but a very fine drop indeed.

We give grapes with a century-old pedigree, the care and respect they deserve, carefully nurturing the soil and crafting each picking, to create wines with exceptional flavours and character. Small we may be, but Hobbs wines are quickly gaining recognition as being amongst the world’s best red wines and dessert wines.

Website: http://www.hobbsvintners.com.au/

 

Evohé

The Wine area Vino de la Tierra del Bajo Aragon, divided in four sub-regions, is located between the provinces of Zaragoza, Teruel, Tarragona and Castellon. Evohe decided to settle in this little shire called “ Campo de Belchite”. Their grounds are level (flat) and droughts, by the rain shortage. Evohe nears Lécera which is located in the great steppe plain, surrounded by vineyards and cereals, excelling between the windy baroque bell tower of the parochial church. By the way the visit to the Old Town of Belchite is necessary to lose itself that was destroyed during the Civil War in Spain in a bloody battle.

Evohe was established by three wine enthusiasts: Ricardo Mosteo, Henrik Heikel and Alfonso Mort. Their intention is to share with the wider world the wisdom of generations of winemakers dedicated to the development and elaboration of the variety Garnacha grown in Aragón since the 12th century. Garnacha comes from Sardinia as a specimen of plant. The Island was at this time part of the kingdom of Aragón where it was brought to these fields and trained. We see Aragon as the birthplace of this Grape due to that this took place in the 12-century. It later spread to the world starting with the neighboring country, France (Grenache).

After looking in several areas, they found what they sought for, Lécera in one of the most remote lands of Aragon.

In Aragon, old vines of 40 to 80 years in a semi-desert climate where scarce rainfall and strong contrasts in temperature every day among all seasons make the plants subjected to endless punishment making the vines into amassing survivors transmitting that special character in Evohe wines.

The Winery was built in 1912 in an old fashion way. Temperature control during fermentation is made by the fact that the deposits are large Concrete deposits dug down in the earth. This natural traditional method of cooling works perfectly. It also enables Evohe to use Natural jest. Due to not having static energy that find in the cooling system of metal tanks, you will not need isolated resistant genetically manipulated yeasts. The natural diversity will give much more aromas and taste. A simple technique that gave quality that is being lost due to the modernization. The meticulous care that Evohe puts the wine over all is possibly overambitious for a simple wine as Evohé range. It is intended to interfere as little as possible letting nature do its work so it can be tasted almost as “grape juice”.

 

Château Tertre de Belvès

Wine Character :
A wonderfully ripe wine characterized by a pure, persistent black fruit and spicy aroma with very fine tannins. An ‘Iconic’ wine from 100% Merlot planted on a tiny parcel on the southern slopes of Belves de Castillon.

Vineyards :
6 hectares. All in Merlot planted at 6500 vines per hectare. Deep limestone and clay soils.

Soils : Deep limestone and clay.

Viticulture :
An experimental vineyard with various regimes and systems on test.

Vinification :
Harvesting, destemming and sorting by hand. Fermentation and extraction in small, 2000 liters tank with manual immersion of the skin cap (Pigeage)

Ageing :
14 months in new, French barrels of 225 and 400 liters.

 

Château Féret-Lambert

At about ten kilometers south of Libourne, Chateau Feret-Lambert is a beautiful chartreuse eighteenth century with a remarkable view of the vineyards. Just steps from the center of Grezillac it forms with outbuildings a beautiful set characteristic of the architecture of Bordeaux. Valerie and Henri Feret welcome you all year (only by appointment) and offer a guided tour of their property, they manage with Olivier Sulzer also winemaker Saint-Emilion.

After a presentation of the Chateau Feret-Lambert, take the path that leads to the ultra-modern winery, an original building rounded shape that slips under the cliff of a former quarry. Then enter in this limestone quarry which houses the oak barrels. It'll just enjoy the high Bordeaux Superieur in this exceptional setting ...

Website : www.feret-labonnelle.com

 

Maude

Maude wines are made from carefully selected parcels of fruit from vineyards that Sarah-Kate and Dan know and love. A Central Otago Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris as well as a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are hand crafted at the custom built winery in Wanaka. Wines from the Mt Maude Vineyard in the Maungawera valley have joined the Maude range as the individual vineyard reserve wines.

Since leaving their last roles as winemakers / general managers at the prestigious Tower Estate and Tempus Two wineries in the Hunter Valley, winemakers Sarah-Kate (SK) and Dan Dineen have quietly built a winery, a new home, developed the Maude wine label and started a family amidst the stunning back drop of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago, New Zealand. It is no surprise to wine industry insiders that their wine, Maude, has become an instant success. But like any supposed 'instant' success there lies an enormous amount of energy, experience and professionalism behind a project, which epitomises this winemaking couple.

Part of the motivation to move to Central Otago was the eternal search for the Holy Grail of winemaking, Pinot Noir perfection, and to join forces with Sarah-Kate's vineyard owning parents, Dawn and Dr Terry Wilson. The family were excited by the opportunity to combine Sarah-Kate and Dan's strongly held belief in sourcing grape varieties from the regions that they best perform in, complementing the exquisite small quantities of single vineyard fruit that Dawn and Terry produce at their Mount Maude vineyard.

Hence 'Maude' was created to showcase the very best of New Zealand's wine growing regions and currently consists of a Central Otago Pinot Noir and naturally, a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with plans afoot for a Pinot Gris to join the fold. In comparison Mount Maude Wines continues to be solely from the family vineyard and in the future will be the pinnacle of the brand.

Sarah-Kate and Dans ultimate goal is to make first class Pinot Noir and illustrating that they don't underestimate the monumental nature of this task Dan has stated;

"It will take a lifetime to truly understand the variety and how it performs under different conditions but SK and I will have a lot of fun learning."

Website: http://www.maudewines.com/wines.html

 

Vignobles Chatonnet

THE CHATONNET ... winemakers for more than two centuries

By the eighteenth century, the testimony on the state of the Bordeaux wine CHATONNET mention among the actors in its evolution.

"... The Chatonnet to Madeleine were the initiators of the new vineyards in the Upper St. Emilion." (H Enjalbert)

At a time when the pioneers were not widespread, the rare figure of CHATONNET were precursors who appreciate the qualities of a agrological ground.They had the instinct that the land alone can not make great wine if the wine does not come to help them.

Since the seventeenth century, the history of the Bordeaux region and that of the CHATONNET family have continued to make common cause, their name being associated with prestigious Saint-Emilion properties which include Castle Madeleine Fonroque or Ausonius.

Torch Bearers of secular and driven by the same passion, Jeanine and Andrew CHATONNET have - in 1967 - bought Haut-Chaigneau, associating their name with one of the wines became leader of the Lalande de Pomerol.

Combining their complementarity to develop the quality and reputation of the Vineyards CHATONNET, Jeanine, Andrew and their son Pascal worked synergistically, in the tradition of the great Bordeaux families united by the spirit of wine.

Website: http://www.vignobleschatonnet.com/

 

Château de Beaulon

The Chateau was built by the "de Vinsons" family in 1480 during the reign of King Louis XI.

At the dawn of the renaissance period Beaulon’s architectural style was still flamboyantly gothic.

The North face bears witness to this original style of construction with the exception of the extensions on either side.

In 1965 Christian Thomas acquired the Chateau and it continues as a family business today. Fully aware of the importance of conserving such a heritage site he sought to list the chateau as a historical monument, the title was accorded in 1987.

He undertook a campaign of restoration affecting the entire building but he paid particular attention to the improvement and extension of the vineyards.

Chateau de Beaulon Cognac and Pineau des Charentes, under the firm passionate control of Christian Thomas for more than forty years, have become synonymous with exceptional quality, be it at home or abroad.

Beyond being an AOC Beaulon Cognac and Pineau are a culture, an ”art de vivre”.

The Cognac and Pineau are produced from a single vineyard, unique in the Charente region and registered in the cadastral register under the Beaulon estate, as such guaranteeing the authenticity of the chateau.

 

Tenuta Il Falchetto

The Fornos have a long history in Santo Stefano Belbo, documented as early as the mid-1600's. Still today, maps of the area show the Forno farmstead, also known as Il Falchetto Estate. They are a family of winegrowers and winemakers, devoted to the vine and to wine for four generations. Pietro Forno began producing Moscato in 1940. At the end of the 70s Pietro passes the reins to the children Natalino and Luigi, who renewed the cellar and introduce advanced equipment for the processing of grapes and fermentation, improving and honing techniques, always in the maximum respect for tradition and the land.

IL FALCHETTO TODAY

Today the Tenuta Il Falchetto Estate, proudly managed by brothers Giorgio, Fabrizio and Adriano Forno, includes three estates in the Langhe region and three on the Monferrato hills, where there are cultivated nine varieties of different vineyards, typical of the area.

Each cycle of the vineyards cultivation is carefully followed from the winter pruning to the summer thinning of the grapes, handmade method made to obtain the control of the quantity and the quality of the grape produced from each single vine. In this way the grapes left reach an uniform ripeness and prove to be far richer in aroma and colour. The grape picking is done manually in all the vineyards. The philosophy of Il Falchetto estate is that to produce only top quality wines and grant their clients to find in every bottle the highest expression of that wine produced from that single vineyard.

OUR ESTATES

Santo Stefano Belbo is a small but important town in Piedmont's Cuneo province, nestled on the right bank of the Tanaro river. Sandwiched between Piedmont's two most important wine areas, Langhe and Monferrato, 70% of the town's territory is planted with vineyards.

The Langhe are made up of long, gently sloping hills with nearly horizontal crests above sheer ravines, while the Monferrato is formed of softly rounded hills. Cool valley floors offer a magnificent contrast to the sun-kissed ridges. Both have sedimentary soil, with an underground tufa layer covered by an extremely friable surface with few rocks. The Tenuta il Falchetto Estate's vineyards and wine cellar are on these hills.

It is a land of great aromas, the perfect growing area for Piedmont's renowned grape varietals with their strong character and personality and their sweetness from the strong sun. The names alone are mouthwatering: Moscato, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, history, myth and legend.

VINEYARD COMPOSITION:

  • 50% Moscato
  • 30% Barbera
  • 20% other vineyards (Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero)

VINEYARD METHOD: Guyot low tradition

SOIL: Piedmontese Tertiary basin, composed by sedimentary alluvial marble-sand rocks deposited in sea environment around 30-35 million years ago

HARVEST: 100% hand-picking

Website: http://www.ilfalchetto.com/en/vigneti.php

 

Georges Vigouroux

Malbec shows its true colours!

The English called Cahors “the Black Wine” in the Middle Ages, and its colour has definitely not faded since then! With the Pigmentum range from Vigouroux, Malbec shows its true colours! Taking its name from a Latin term meaning “that which colours”, Pigmentum is a wine with a remarkable hue. It exemplifies Malbec’s ability to synthesize large quantities of anthocyans, the natural pigments to be found in the skin of red wine grapes.

Let’s hear it for colour! The Pigmentum range includes 5 delicious, fruity, upfront wines with shimmering colours that add something truly special to your meals.

In Quercy, all that is precious is black… especially its red wine! For four generations, this “black wine” has flowed in our family’s veins, and been the object of all our efforts in the historic Cahors vineyards. In love with this grape variety – its history, aromatics, and deep black colour – we have made it our leitmotif from father to son, perpetuating our know-how and values since 1887.

Owners of 147 hectares of vines in the Southwest of France, the Vigouroux family are widely recognized as Malbec specialists. Thanks to their four wine chateaux, each with a distinct style, they offer the finest expression of this premium grape variety on terroirs best suited to it. The painstakingly-made Vigouroux wines feature a wide range of colours, going from pure black to deep red to intense crimson, by way of dark purple, accompanied by all the fine, typical flavours of this unique winegrowing region.

The delicious Pigmentum range, with its modern, attractive packaging, epitomizes the best the Malbec grape is capable of producing.

Pigmentum is a wine that make your day special special, whether you enjoy it only occasionally or on a regular basis.