Grand Clos Rousseau is the most southerly parcel of Santenay's 1er crus and lies next door to the Maranges vineyards. The wine is always well-rounded. The colour is brilliant and dark, almost black. Its aromas are of violets, gooseberry, black cherry and stewed fruit, reflected in a complex palate with a smooth, intense and well-built attack. In the mouth, dense and concentrated notes of ripe fruit are highly present in the finish, suggesting a similarity to the wines of the Cote de Nuits.
Pierre-Jean, the former regisseur at Vins De Vienne, started his own Domaine five years ago, purchasing extremely classy and long established vineyards in the areas he knows best, that is to say in Seyssuel and St Joseph. The quality of his first full vintage in 2009 was impressive.
One of the greatest names in all of Piemonte, Cantine Giacomo Conterno was formed in 1908. Conterno's uncompromising commitment to quality does not stop with Barolo, as their Barbera is one of the most age-worthy and brilliant examples of this grape to be found in Piemonte. Like all of Conterno's wines, this Barbera under went extended maceration in large casks, aging for 21 months in large Slovanian barrels. Dark ruby red in color. It offers a delightful nose of red berries, black cherries, roses, anise, leather and mineral notes.
Domaine Parent is based in Pommard (Burgundy, France) and was founded in 1803. Today it is headed by two sisters, Anne & Catherine Parent, who continue the family tradition of winegrowers that originated in the 17th century. The Domaine consists of 10 hectares that produce mostly red wines from the Cote de Beaune.
"Most of Maxime’s vineyard land is comprised of schist and limestone subsoils in the sub-appellation Hautes Corbieres, bordering Fitou to the South. This is incredibly tough terrain to farm in, as there is virtually no top-soil, just pure rock and garrigue. The “Rozeta” is a blend of these two district terroirs. This blend is particularly unique, from Carignan vineyards that are dispersed with numerous varietals of older vines, namely Grenache Gris, Macabou, and Terret, which are all picked and fermented together—a true field blend of the old school." -- importer Kermit Lynch