I believe that most of my wines represent my origins, my life experiences, my personality and my belief in winemaking.
My family produces Muscadet in the Loire Valley, France. This vibrant wine is always on my mind when making whites. As a result, I like to feel some acidity on most of my blends. It’s helped the wine keep its freshness and lifts up the fruit as well as extends the mouth feel.
My style of red wine comes from my experience in Bordeaux and Australia. I strive for fruity reds with a deep color as well as round and rich tannins. I barrel age red and white wines according to the vintage and its potential. In any case, I do not try to overpower the fruit of wines. To achieve the aging that suit the wine, I select oak from France, Hungary and America. I also used lees aging, Malolactic fermentation, and different techniques of maceration and yeast strains to create several nuances into the wines.
Ultimately, I want the taster to go back to my wines and find at each new sip another layer of complexity and aromas. A good wine in my opinion arouses curiosity by its originality, respectfulness of the fruit, balance, texture, and must express to its best the vineyard site and the work of the grower.
The 2015 growing season was a record breaking year! An early bud break, cool spring, and extremely hot summer accelerated the whole growth cycle. This lead to the earliest start and finish of harvest in our history. This unique year delivered full-bodied red wines with ripe and deep flavor profiles. The white wines are complex and elegant, showing a good level of acidity along with intense and ripe fruit.
After a cold winter, we welcomed a dry, and warm spring and summer that lead to beautifully developed skins. Gentle cooling trends at the beginning of fall provided the grapes ample amount of time to ripen to perfection until the end of October. The 2014 wines will be characterized by lower acidity, deep and complex reds, and fruit forward whites.
The 2013 growing season was ideal, with a long and warm summer leading to a beautiful fall. The hot summer produced well developed skins and the cool fall allowed the seeds to mature to perfection. The 2013 wines will be beautifully structured and aromatic.
The growing season of 2012 was optimum, with a long and warm summer leading to a quality harvest. The 2012 wines are fruit forward, lush and well-structured.