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Does the salon des vignerons indépendants mean anything to you?

It is the largest wine sales show open to the general public in the world! Almost a thousand winegrowers are present, from 29 November to 2 December, at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. You will have something for everyone since all regions and appellations are represented. In order not to lose yourself in the face of such a large number of wine estates, Les Grappes is now offering you its selection of estates to visit during this gigantic event!

Alsace

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For the Alsace region, we strongly recommend that you visit the Domaine Rieflé-Landmann ! Located in Pfaffenheim, the Rieflé family has been perpetuating the family wine-making tradition since 1850. Extending over 23 ha, the vineyard meets the specifications of organic farming. A choice that, beyond the eco-responsible aspect, allows a strong expression of the specific characteristics of the many terroirs of the estate. Rieflé-Landmann wines are friendly, delicious and festive wines!

Bordeaux

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In Bordeaux, our 2 "favorite" domains are: the Château Haut-Goujon and the Garzaro Vineyards.

The first, inspired by the methods of Napa Valley in California, wanted to restore originality to the appellations of Montaigne Saint-Emilion and Lalande-de-Pomerol. He then decided to use only green manures, to stop chemical herbicides and to opt for nettle-based foliar fertilizers. Its main grape variety is Malbec!

The second is an 80 hectare family property located in Baron, in the Entre Deux Mers region. The vineyard has, among other things, 10 hectares spread over the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations: Pomerol and Saint-Emilion-Grand-Cru. The estate also benefits from the expertise of the great oenologist Gilles Paquet, known to have advised the greatest of the Libourne region (Cheval blanc, Gazin...)

Burgundy

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As for Burgundy, go discover the confidential Chamilly Castle ! Owned by the Desfontaines family since the early 19th century, the estate is managed by Véronique and her two sons. Their vines are worked as naturally as possible, limiting inputs as much as possible. The heart of their production is based on the Mercurey and Montagny appellations, which they master to perfection, hence their regular awards in the Hachette Guide!

Languedoc-Roussillon

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In Languedoc Roussillon, we particularly liked two areas: the Sibille Domain and the Mas Amiel

Located very close to the medieval city of Carcassonne, Domaine Sibille practises organic farming on its vines. It covers more than 15 hectares, including 5 hectares in the Minervois Protected Designation of Origin and 10 hectares in the Protected Geographical Indication.

As for Mas Amiel, it has built a worldwide reputation with its natural sweet wines that it produces using an ancestral and unique ageing technique. Today its parcel or blending vintages in Maury or Côtes du Roussillon appellations are used to the great guides!

We also recommend the Domaine Haut-Blanville and the Architect's Domain !

Loire

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In the Loire, we recommend the bold wines of the Domaine Dozon and the essential of the Vouvray appellation, the Valmer Castle !

Domaine Dozon was taken over in 2013 by Eric Santier. The latter chose a new approach: delaying harvest dates to gain maturity, making shorter vats and stronger extractions in order to produce wines that are more supple and fresh. A daring but successful bet for this daring winegrower!

Château de Valmer is run according to the principles of sustainable agriculture in order to preserve biodiversity and limit inputs. Often starred in the Guide Hachette, the estate is one of the most beautiful ambassadors of the Vouvray appellation, which it masters from dry to sweet and from semi-dry to soft!

Also take a look if you can on the stands of the Domaine du Clos de l'Epinayof the Soucherie Castle and the Domaine de Loye !

Provence

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In Provence, let yourself be charmed by the wonderful vintages of the Château Henri Bonnaud and the Canadel Castle

Château Henri Bonnaud is a 28 hectare family estate, located at the foot of the Sainte Victoire, where the entire vineyard is managed organically. Stéphane, the winegrower, produces Palette appellation wines, but also Côtes de Provence, Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire, and IGP Méditerranée.

Château Canadel is the latest addition to Bandol's estate. The vineyard is in organic conversion and works its vines in biodynamics so that the terroir is fully expressed in its wines.

Jura

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In the Jura, you must absolutely go and see the Arlay Castlethe oldest wine château in France!

Alain de Laguiche strives to make his wines with the greatest respect for the region's wine-growing traditions: manual harvesting and sorting, ageing over several years for a long ageing capacity. Its yellow wine is thus classified among the 100 best in the world! Moreover, the estate is often referred to as a "Grand Cru" of the Jura and is a member of the prestigious Académie du Vin de France.

Southwest - Armagnac

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For the South-West region - Armagnac, our two favourite domains are: Domaine Castera and Domaine Cauhapé

Since 1895, the arrival of the Lihour family, the Domaine Castera's ambition is to offer wines that are fresh and faithful to the terroir of the Pyrenean foothills. Its vintages are mainly from Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu. Respectful of the environment, the terroir is worked with natural fertilizers and manure, for the pleasure of the soil and the vines!

Nestled in the heart of Jurançon, between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic, Domaine Cauhapé extends over 45 hectares of hillsides, generously exposed to the south-east. The climate combines mountain rigour and ocean mildness. Combined with the quality of the terroir, a precious blend of clay, silica and pebbles, it allows the quintessence of the noble Jurançon grape varieties to be expressed here: Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng.

The Domaine de la Haille and the Mas del Périé are also worth a visit!

Rhône

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As for the Rhône, we let ourselves be charmed by the Domaine des Gravennes and the Domaine Saint Amant

Located in the heart of the Drôme Provençale, Domaine des Gravennes has been recognized since 2011 for its organic farming and produces biodynamic vintages. The estate produces white wines with finesse and freshness and round, structured reds!

Domaine Saint-Amant is located in the Rhône Valley, with a breathtaking view of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Its terroir is composed of small terraces on the hillsides and half of the vines are made of white Viognier grapes with a little Roussanne. The reds are in AOC Beaumes de Venise. The estate thus produces gourmet wines, more round than powerful.

Kim Bloch-Lazare (for the Grappes)

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