Ashley Hausler – Hausler Family Wines
Ashley’s winemaking adventure began as a Year 10 high school work experience student in the Hunter Valley in 1994. Twenty years on and his talents have been enriched by living and working each vintage (harvest) throughout Australia, New Zealand and France where he produced his own label “La Beille” in Southern France.
He currently maintains a consultative role with Domaine La Beille and continues to import selected styles. One of Ashley’s objectives when working in France was to introduce “new world” wine making techniques, that, when combined with the terroir (local environment, climate, soil and vineyard) would produce both unique and highly regarded wines.
Domaine La Beille
Founded in 2005, the Estate is located on the Massif de Força Réal (local Mountain) 20 km west of Perpignan in the Pyrenees Orientales, in Southern France. The vineyard aspect is ideally located on sloping hills with efficient drainage soils consisting of slate and river rocks. The harvest is handpicked to ensure the highest quality – traditional Mediterranean varietals are used, such as: Grenache, Muscat, Macabeau, Carignan, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that have an average age of 70 plus years.
Chateau de L’Ou
With the start of production in 1998 this relatively new winery has around 40 hectares of vineyards and produces 100,000 bottles per year. This certified Organic winery sorts all product prior to production to ensure only quality grapes are used. Using minimal filtration, fining and Sulphur, and a focus on quality these wines are truly an amazing experience.
Château Haut Grelot is located in Saint Ciers Sur Gironde, approximately 50 kms norh of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Gironde Estuary. As one of the Grands Vins de Bordeaux, Château Haut Grelot represents an era of dynamism and innovation. Château Haut Grelot was established in 1920 in the village of “Les Grelots”. Joel Bonneau and his father before him were wine growers and cattle breeders. In 1975, Joel took over the family estate and concentrated exclusively on wine production.
Over the last thirty years, they have expanded the vineyards using the best quality grapes. The Sauvignon Blanc grape is ideally suited to their soil and is today thriving, producing exceptional wines. As a pioneer in wine-growing technology, Joel is dedicated to modernizing production methods, whilst working in harmony with nature and sharing his passion with us. Château Haut Grelot comprises 58 hectares of vineyards. Joel aims to pass on this proud tradition to his children Céline and Julien, happy in the knowledge that they will continue in the production of premium wine.
Chateau La Haye
According to legend this home sheltered Henri II and Diane de Poitier as their hunting lodge. Although married to Catrine de Medici, Henri II had a special affection for Diane de Poitiers, who was his governess. Their monogram H and D interlaced, is engraved in stone at the entrance to the Chateau. This monogram is also found in the Anet and Fontainebleau homes of historical lovers. The royal monogram has now become the symbol of Chateau La Haye and decorates all our labels.
Chateau La Haye is part of a long wine tradition, with the establishment of the vineyard dating back to 1557, when Sir Janot Bernard of Leyssac acquired the property and planted the first vines. It is one of the oldest castles of Saint Estephe. The property has remained within the same family for 370 years.
Gold Award 95/100 Decanter World Wine Awards
Vivino rates as a top 1% of all wines from St Estephe.
Domaine Bertrand Bachelet
With 5 generations of Bachelet winemakers behind him Bertrand took over the domain in 2011. With a total production of around 45000 bottles per year, and 13 hectares of vines, this small wine producer from Maranges Burgundy displays the essence of quality French winemaking and the terroir of this world renowned region. With all grapes harvested by hand, small usage of new oak barrels, no filtration and true attention to detail, these Pinot Noir wines are simply beautiful.
Marange 1er Cru La Fussiere 2015
16+ /20 Jancis Robinson
“Scented & fully ripe. Pretty and perfumed, with texture”
Vincent & Philippe Jaboulet
Today Phillippe and Vincent Jaboulet, fifth – and sixth generation winemakers respectively are both starting fresh and carrying on the Jaboulet family winemaking legacy in Crozes – Hermitage. With the winery owning around 30 hectares of vines (mostly Shiraz), and all grapes being sorted prior to production. Using modern winemaking equipment and techniques, along with their long history of family winemaking and attention to detail, their wines reflect the terroir of the Crozes – Hermitage region.
Pierre de Segonzac
Prestigious Cognacs as their family have always done from the Grande Champagne 1er Cru region of Cognac
“To make the best Cognac, you have to grow the grapes, make the wine, and distil it the best way. Then you watch it as it ages. In my cellars, there are Cognacs that were made by my father, my grandfather and my great grandfather.” – Pierre
Today Pablo, the Grandson of Pierre oversees the family domaine managing grape harvests, brandy maturation and new vineyard expansion. He is the new generation that immortalizes an ancestral passion.
Cognac XO Extra 700ml
Gold Medal Challenges International du Vin France 2015