Cabernet Sauvignon

Château de Roquefort

Château de Roquefort has passed hands many times since it was built, now under ownership by Raimond de Villeneuve. The history of the château has a rich agricultural past, and was also involved with the old silk worm production. Today, winemaking is the primary focus. The 25 ha of vineyard are located on the edge of Bandol in a sort of amphitheater on clay and limestone. This affords the vines their own microclimate, and grapes are slow to ripen at the altitude of 1000ft. Raimond plants the usual Provencial suspects along with brave recent plantings of Cabernet Franc for kicks.

Le Temps des Cerises

Vigneron extraordinaire Axel Prüfer was born in East Germany, but as a young man he moved to Languedoc to start making wine. Axel met Eric Pfifferling early on which helped set his course for the kind of wine he wanted to make. In 2003 he established Domaine Les Temps de Cerises which refers to an old Parisian song from the Revolution. Axel's vineyards are buzzing with life: insects, herbs, flowers, weeds. Wild boar roam in the nearby forests and Axel uses human hair collected from the local hairdressers to distract them from eating all his grapes. Yields are super low.

La Stoppa

The unstoppable La Stoppa is located in North-West Emilia Romagna and covers over 50ha, 32ha of which are vines. The founder of La Stoppa, a wealthy urban lawyer had made the decision in the early 19th century to replant the existing varieties with more International and Globally popular culprits such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio amongst others.