New challenges for our producers in 2021

The producers of La Confrérie des Domaines have also placed 2021 under the sign of projects. We are going to present you 3 novelties for 2021.

Adventure is at the heart of these new cuvees.

First of all, we will go in Jurançon region, to meet Henri Ramonteu, owner and winemaker of Domaine Cauhapé, who launch in 2021 an exceptional creation with two iconic grapes varieties of Jurançon. We will then see the Widcoq Family, owners of Château Rouquette in Bordeaux, who have chosen to take on the challenge of producing a Saint Emilion Grand Cru. Finally, we will go further North, to Chablis, to meet Thomas Ventoura, a passionate young winemaker who has chosen to broaden his offer by proposing, for the first time, a Chablis Grand Cru.

L’ECLIPSE, A NEW SIGNATURE OF HENRI RAMONTEU FOR DOMAINE CAUHAPE

L’Eclipse, this new cuvée signed by Henri Ramonteu, from Domaine Cauhapé, offers a wine for pleasure, a Vin de France, a unique marriage between Gros Manseng and Lauzet, two iconic grape varieties from the South-West of France.

“it is a wine to seduce”

In 2020, Henri Ramonteu sets himself a new challenge. This exceptional winegrower has chosen a small vineyard to create a unique cuvée. The Eclipse, in reference to a moment of pause and relaxation, is a pleasure wine, different from the others. This easy-to-approach, colourful and joyful wine is an invitation to celebrate and pay tribute to two iconic grape varieties: Gros Manseng and Lauzet (a local grape variety from the Middle Ages).

“We wanted to detach ourselves from all constraints to offer a unique wine. This Vin de France complements our wide range but it also differentiates itself.  It is not a wine to impress, it is a wine to seduce.”

Henri Ramonteu

We find in this wine a work of precision: entirely manual vine management, manual harvesting, juice selection, malolactic fermentation carried out on the Lauzet, all this to produce a round and supple wine.

A NEW CHALLENGE FOR WIDCOQ FAMILY WITH A SAINT EMILION-GRAND CRU

Quality before quantity is the motto for this unique vintage (only 16000 bottles will be available), to mark the launching of a wine that is all about tradition, excellence and finesse.

With this new cuvée, Christophe Widcoq offers an emblematic appellation of the Bordeaux region, which, according to him, offers the best wines.

This year marks the history of the Widcoq family, owner of Chateau Rouquette,  one of the oldest vineyards in Entre-Deux-Mers: they launch their first Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, an historical appellation.

“The best wines I have tasted come from Saint-Emilion” Christophe Widcoq"

Christophe Widcoq crossed the Dordogne to take on a new challenge. The year 2021 is crucial for the owner of Château Rouquette as it marks the marketing of his first vintage of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (2018 vintage). Indeed, for 3 years now, Château Pontet-L’Eglise has been expanding the Widcoq family’s vineyard.

For his first vintage in this emblematic appellation of the region, Christophe Widcoq offers us a wine of great typicity. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon presents a beautiful aromatic palette of red and black fruits, great finesse and a lot of suppleness. It is therefore a successful bet for Château Pontet-L’Eglise which fits perfectly into this Saint Emilion Grand Cru appellation.

THOMAS VENTOURA CHOOSES LES PREUSES FOR HIS CHABLIS GRAND CRU

Domaine Ventoura, managed by Thomas Ventoura, is a young estate with a bright future. The new Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, the first Grand Cru offered by the estate, is the symbol of this dynamism and the rising reputation of this young winemaker.

“Les Preuses is one of the best Grands Crus of Chablis”

Thomas Ventoura says it himself: “Les Preuses is one of the best Grands Crus of Chablis”. It is not by chance if he has chosen to propose this particular Grand Cru.

Thomas Ventoura is guided above all by the terroir. In his opinion, the vine decides: “The harvest and the vinification have the sole aim of transforming as faithfully as possible the aromas, flavours and typicity of our terroirs concentrated in small golden berries.” 

Both very present and little interventionist in the vineyards, Thomas has an organic approach where respect for a heritage drives both a desire to one day pass on to future generations and above all to be a faithful interpreter of terroirs.

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