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Portraits of winegrowers

Château de La Rivière

In office for 22 years, general manager Xavier Buffo has worked various owners since his arrival at Château de La Rivière, the largest wine estate in Fronsac, a captivating, majestic fortress, planted on a hill overlooking the valley. Here, the traditional visit and-tasting has given way to rather original initiatives ... Of course, his widow remained marked by the tragedy and never returned to Fronsac, but she did not sell it and kept the team in place. The initial project to turn La Rivière into a luxury hotel was abandoned, but not the desire to open the chateau to wine tourism. I go once... Read more

Portraits of winegrowers

Guillaume, Rodolphe et Richard Frèrejean Taittinger Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Frèrejean Frères

“Our desire is to craft Champagnes in the style of grand wines, to achieve excellence, perfection and to make of this quest a signature in its own.” Fond of enology, Guillaume, Rodolphe and...

Émilien Boutillat et Raimonds Tomsons Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck

Stemming from an encounter, it is a story of eternal love that began at the end of the 19th century. The one that will bring together for ever a lady native from Champagne, Agathe Pertois whose...

Champagne sur pointe Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart

Just go down to the cellar that extends under the jardin à la française bordering the beautiful family house to understand that time here has not made fundamental changes but a subtle evolution....

Paolo Basso et Olivier Fagot Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Michel Fagot

At Michel Fagot, Champagne is a long family tradition. The domain of  Rilly La Montagne was founded by the great-grandfather of Olivier Fagot, the current master of the place. From 1890, 2...

Paolo Basso et Marion Boutillez Portraits of winegrowers

Domaine Boutillez Marchand

Boutillez Marchand is a family estate located in the village of Villers-Marmery, in the heart of the Mountain of Reims. It was founded in 1960 by Robert Boutillez, and taken over in 1997 by his...

Marc Augustin présente ses jarres de vinification. Portraits of winegrowers

Marc Augustin

Marc Augustin is not a winemaker like the others. First because he works in biodynamics. A sufficiently rare fact in Champagne to be underlined. Secondly because biodynamics are not, for him, a...

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