KEUSH WINES, Armenia
Keush crafts méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine from Armenian indigenous varietals. With grapes hand harvested from un-grafted vineyards that are over a century old, in volcanic and limestone soil, Keush wines reflect the Armenian terroir and its historic tradition of winemaking that dates back millennia. Situated between 1500-1800 meters above sea level, Keush sources grapes from the highest vineyards in the world that produce méthode traditionnelle. Winemaker Arman Manukian. Consulting Winemaker Jerome Barret.
WEINGUT LUSTIG, Austria
Lustig was founded in 1890 in the state of Niederosterreich (Nee- Der-O- Ster- itch) considered the finest growing area in Austria for Gruner Veltliner. The specific growing area is called Weinviertel. Erich Lustig took over the winemaking in 2000 and has put a strong emphasis into working on lower yields and focusing on sustainability and organic practices.
BRIDE VALLEY, England
Steven Spurrier and his wife Arabella are behind Bride Valley, located in West Dorset. Steven, while running Les Caves de la Madeleine and L'Academie du Vin in Paris in the 1980s, had soil (chalky) samples from Arabella's 80 hectare estate tested and the results came back: "very similar to Champagne". This is not surprising because the village of Kimmeridge is just 24 miles as the crow flies from Bride Valley. After two decades and three visits from Boisset's sparkling wine expert, Georges Legrand, vines were planted on the best sites in the bowl of the amphitheater-like estate. Three hectares were planted in 2009, rising to a total of 10 hectares in 2013 when planting was completed.
CAZALS, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Champagne
The Cazais Champagne house is located in the heart of Côte du Blancs, in Mesnil sur Oger. Founded in 1897, it is today directed by Delphine Cazals, the great granddaughter of the founder Claude Cazals. Clos Cazals may be one of Champagne’s best-kept secrets. It sits tucked away in the Mesnil-sur-Oger, a Grand Cru village that is located in the Côte des Blancs just south of Epernay. The Blanc de Blancs produced in this small village are amongst the world’s top echelon champagnes. These beautiful and extremely limited grower champagnes are only available in the USA through KJS.
CLOTILDE, Le Mesnil sur Oger
Clotilde, an homage to the first queen of France, is a Blanc de Blanc Cuvee from the Grand Cru vineyards of Michel Turgy in Les Mesnil – Sur – Oger. This extremely limited release is only available in California and France.
ANDRÉ ROBERT, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Champagne- Ardenne
We are very proud to announce the acquisition of this stunning Grand Cru GROWER CHAMPAGNE located in the revered hill slopes of Mesnil sur Oger. The Robert Champagne Estate is above all a family business. The Robert family has been cultivating vines for several generations. Henri Robert (1881-1948) began working on vi-neyards after the 1st World War when vines were planted “en foule”. In the 1930s he established the first group of ‘growers’ to share equipment needed for pressing and wine-making.
At the start of the second World War, André Robert (born in 1925) began to work in the vineyard with the use of a horse. In 1960 he bought the Estate (dating back to the 19th century) as it is today with its amazing chalk-stone cellars for ageing. He began to sell his own bottled champagne in 1962. Bathed in the world of champagne throu-ghout his childhood, Bertrand Robert took over the estate in 1961, with his wife Colette joining him in 1990. Bertrand’s daughter, Claire joined her father in 2013 and now works beside him in the vineyards and cellar. These are absolutely stunning champagne offerings …. pure and all Grand Cru. Only available in the US with KJS.
Since 1985, Alain Thiénot, who comes from a family native to the Champagne region, has been building new Champagne House. The challenge of penetrating a milieu where the greatest names began their existence as far back as the 18th century is testament to the character of this determined entrepreneur, and combines his fundamental beliefs of terroir, technical mastery and the ability to share his knowledge with others. Today, Champagne Thiénot is in the capable hands of Stanislas and Garance, the company’s leaders and ambassadors. Alain Thiénot, ever present at their side, continues to share his knowledge and secrets.
For more than 30 years now, Alain Thiénot, who comes from a family native to the Champagne region, has drawn his inspiration as an entrepreneur both from champagne brands and also from the châteaux of Bordeaux. After creating his own brand, Champagne Thiénot “a grand House of today” he continued developing his interests by acquiring vineyards in Bordeaux. For him, they represented family homes as well as places to experiment with an innovative new strategy – to bring together through quality and selectiveness the best that the most emblematic vineyards of Bordeaux and Champagne have to offer.
CHÂTEAU REYSSON, Haut-Médoc
Château Reysson is a model for quality among the Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois. The estate has undergone a whole series of changes to exploit the potential of this magnificent terroir to the fullest. With its clay-limestone soils and admirable exposure to the sun, it provides an ideal site for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ, Saint-Estèphe
Château Le Boscq sits on a beautiful vineyard sandwiched between Sociando Mallet and Calon Segur. Its soils are made up of Garonne gravel overlying a clay subsoil, which is characteristic of one of the finest terroirs found in this appellation.
CHÂTEAU GRAND BARRAIL LAMARZELLE FIGEAC, Saint-Emilion
Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is situated on stony clay-flint terraces known locally as “Graves de Saint-Emilion” (Saint-Emilion stones), which stretch from the north-west of the village towards the communes of Libourne and Pomerol. This region has long been prized for its high quality, elegant wines composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
CHÂTEAU RAHOUL, Graves
This estate’s light, gravelly soils produce extremely elegant whites from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The Rahoul Graves Blanc is aged on the lees for 8 to 10 months and is a spectacular example of the appellation.
CHÂTEAU LA GARDE, Pessac-Léognan
Quite possibly one of the finest gravel outcrops in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. This ambitious project is certainly worthy of this magnificent terroir. Considerable time and finances have been invested and have been rewarded with production of delicate and refined Pessac-Léognan wines. Interestingly, this estate holds one of the largest plantings of the rare Sauvignon Gris grape which is blended with Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc to produce their stunning white Bordeaux.
CHÂTEAU ROUMIEU, Sauternes
Chateau Roumieu is located on the plateau of high Barsac, about 1,000 meters southeast of the famous first growth, Chateau Climens. The estate’s proximity to the Garonne River and its tributary, the Ciron, create the ideal humid, maritime climate for the production of botrytized sweet wines based on Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
Arbalest is Benoit Touquette’ s elegant right bank blend of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot from Bordeaux. Born in Lyon, France, he holds a Master of Science of Chemistry and one of Enology from University of Bordeaux. He has worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton. An amazing value from one of the world’s top winemakers. Limited availability for this inaugural release.
MINERVOIS - LANGUEDOC
Minervois is an AOP region located in the vast Languedoc region.
La Liviniere, where Chateau Maris is located, is one of 45 villages in the
Minervois apellation. The tiny village of La Liviniere was recently elevated to
Cru Classe status, the first in the Languedoc, and the only Cru Classe in Minervois.
CHATEAU MARIS, La Liviniere, Minervois
Robert Eden established Maris twenty years ago in the village of La Liviniere in the Minervois. The first village to be allowed to add it's name to the AOC and the first Cru Classe in the Languedoc. All wines are certified organic and biodynamic from Ecocert and Robert is just now finishing the winery which is made almost entirely from natural hemp. Certainly a trail blazer in the vast lands of the Languedoc!
MAURY - ROUSSILLON
Maury is a small village located in southern France, just 45 minutes from Banyuls and the Mediterranean ocean, and just two hours north of Barcelona. This Catalan influenced area at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains has ancient Grenache and Carignane vines that grow in incredibly rocky soils composed almost entirely of black schist.
DOMAINE COURIER, Maury
Hand crafted from two schist laden vineyards with extremely small yields (1/4 ton per acre), this limited 224 case production of 100 year old Carignan and 70 year old Grenache is aged in large barrels for 36 months to bring out the pure expression of the unique Maury terroir and it’s incredible microclimate.
Têtu is a collaborative project born of a shared devotion to one of France’s greatest regions for old-vine Grenache. The village of Maury is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees - a stone’s throw from the Spanish border. Richard and Sarah Case, and Kimberly Jones wanted to create a new wine that displayed all the complexities of the local terroir in a style that offered both finesse and old-vine concentration. The Catalan donkey or Ruc Catalá is on the label to remind us of the stubborn, determined old vines that persevere in these toughest of soils and harshest of climates - delivering wines of unique style and expression.
CIRCUS BEAR, Roussillon
Circus Bear is our the latest addition from Maury. Made by Jean Roger Calvet, of Calvet-Thunevin, this incredible blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan is from 60 year old vineyards of schist. The label is an homage to the great fighting bears of the Pyrenees. These majestic mountains tower over Maury and form the natural frontier between France and Spain.
Generational winegrowers Jean Roger and Marie Calvet naturally remained in Maury to continue their family vineyard stories - old plots of Grenache and Carignan with very low yields. But soon the desire to create their own Domaine came and they started to make their own authentic wines, reflecting the region, the terroir, and the climate. Their wines are composed mainly of Grenache, as it is the historical grape of the region, along with Syrah and Carignan. Jean Roger and Marie Calvet partnered with Jean Luc Thunevin of the famed Château Valandraud of Bordeaux in 2001. In 2008 they built a state of the art winery in Maury and have been making the best wine of the Roussillon for almost two decades.
Old vine Gamay grown on granite and schist soils on rolling hills south of Macon
in southern Burgundy.
CHATEAU PIERREUX, Beaujolais
Jean Charles Boisset is the owner of Chateau Pierreux. The actual Chateau dates from the 3rd century in the Middle Ages and is located in the Brouilly cru of Beaujolais near Mont Brouilly. The average age of the Gamay vines in the Reserve is over 80 years old.
Known since Roman times for beautiful terraced Grenache vineyards hanging tightly to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Non-fortified wines from the Banyuls AOP are given the appellation name of Colliure. Banyuls is a fortified sweet Grenache which pairs incredibly with chocolate.
DOMAINE MADELOC, Banyuls
Domaine Madeloc in Banyuls is one of Pierre Gaillard’s estates supervised by his daughter Elise. The location is breathtaking and stunning, with old vineyards overlooking the beaches of the Mediterranean in the city of Banyuls. Granite, quartz and schist soils dominate and the wines are bright and refreshing with minerailty and the "sense of place" is definitely noticeable in the wines.
The Rhone Valley stretches along the mighty Rhone river from the city of Lyon in the North to Avignon in the South. Roman ruins litter the valley which is separated into Syrah dominated reds and Viognier in the North and Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre red blends in the South.
PIERRE GAILLARD, Rhone Valley
Pierre Gaillard began his career working for both Vidal Fleury and Guigal before he struck out on his own in 1985. Since then, both his reputation and his vineyards have expanded, mainly in the St Joseph, Côte Rotie and Condrieu appellations, but now also Cornas and an estate in the south-west, Domaine de Madeloc, where Banyuls and Collioure are produced. He was a key member of the Guigal team in the 80’s, helping create La Turque. Every time you open a bottle with his name on it you know you are going to get a thrilling, bristling expression of the site from where it came. There is no dead weight in the Gaillard cellar and each wine offers precision and purity of fruit. The quality of fruit he harvests, allied to his fine touch in the cellar, results in some of the most evocative, flavorsome, and stylish Northern Rhône wines available.
JEANNE GAILLARD, Rhone Valley
Jeanne Gaillard is the daughter of Pierre Gaillard in the Northern Rhone. At the age of 24 she landed 13 hectares of vineyards, five in Crozes Hermitage and eight in the Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes. Her IGP Syrah is a stunning value planted just outside of the Crozes-Hermitage AOP on granite plateaus.
The Jura wine region is small in size but large in its remarkable diversity. It covers 80 kilometers between Burgundy and Switzerland, on the Eastern border of France.
HENRI MARIE, Jura
The story of Domaines Henri Maire in Jura began in 1632 with a record noting a man by the name of Maire who “owned vineyards and cellars”. For over 300 years, the succeeding generations of Maires grew the expertise of the Maison. Now the Boisset Family is ensuring the future of the Maire name from the Jura to the world with exceptional wines like the Vin Jaune and Crémant de Jura.
WEINGUT KÖSTER-WOLF, Albig
Weingut Köster-Wolf is nestled in a village of Albig, in the heart of Rheinhessen (Germany´s largest wine growing region), surrounded by vineyards that have been cultivated by generations of winemaking families for many centuries. This winery was founded in 1648 and is currently in the hands of the 11th generation. Three generations are living in the estate and wine-maker Claus Wolf is being assisted by his wife Bärbel and his mother Heidrun. The estate with 33 hectares of vineyards belongs to the largest in the area and the sites are in: Albig Flonheim Heimersheim.
M.A. MONTICELLI, Barolo, Lange Nebbiolo
M.A. MONTICELLI is a bridge from the past to the future. The Monticellis still have family in Italy to this day and they started the project to keep their heritage close and pass it down to their children. They are working with the Franco Conterno family, an iconic and historic family in Barolo. Their grape growing and winemaking philosophy is based on modern technology, tradition, and a respect for the environment, three ideals that are held in high regard. The Monticellis are honored to work with this amazing family and bring these beautiful wines to the United States.
FRANCO CONTERNO WINERY, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello and Madonna di Como
The Franco Conterno winery, Cascina Sciulun, is located in the hamlet of Bussia di Monforte d'Alba in the heart of Barolo. They take care in farming their land with aeration of the soil and fertilization. The vineyards are managed with great attention to detail to ensure the highest quality fruit. The elegant and refined wines are produced with native fermentations, modern equipment and traditional practices.
FATTORIA SAN FELO, Magliano in Toscana, Maremma
Fattoria San Felo was created in 2001 by the Vanni family, fueled by their passion for viticulture, their attachment to the farming traditions of the area and their desire to promote the Maremma viticultural appellation. Fattoria San Felo is located in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, on the slopes of Mount Amiata. The vineyards consist of sandstone soils rich in schist. The Mediterranean climate is influenced by sea breezes, sun-filled days and cool nights. The sea has an important impact on the local microclimate with temperature variations that are never too extreme. The grapes ripen slowly, leading to fresh and elegant wines rich in taste and minerality. Winemaker Fabrizio Moltard / Blending Anna and Mario Monticelli.
How do you bottle the richness of the land that is Portugal? How do you bottle the melancholic notes of Fado, the salty sea air of the Atlantic, the smell of wet earth, the wise and ancient gastronomy, and the tradition of a thousand-year old country that stretches its limbs once more?
With a passion for finding that affluence, NLC Wines brings their private selection of unique brands that deliver a Portugal rarely experienced before. Their portfolio of wines brings forth Portugal’s new, old-world traditions with exquisite bouquets of national grapes, state of the art technology, and discerning designs.
Vinho Verde is the biggest wine producing region in Portugal, located up in the cool, rainy, verdant North West. The vines grow in fertile, granite soils along rivers that flow from the mountains of the east to burst out into the ocean between golden surfing beaches. From this unique region and its native grapes comes an unique white wine. Light, fresh, young and delightfully aromatic. Vinho Verde can also be red, rosé, or sparkling.
ESCUDO REAL, Vinho Verde, Portugal
Produced by the recognized winemaker, Carlos Teixeira (Quinta da Lixa), the Escudo Real selections are both fun and gourmand.
ORISON WINES, Portugal
The Orison wine project, started in 2011 by Daniel and Filipa ‘Pipa’ Orrison, embodies two young winemakers' desire to bring the beauty and spirit of Portugal to the United States through wine. Their style is a mixture of new world precision and old world instinct as they look to produce wine of unique origin and abundant value under the simple belief that authenticity and balance are paramount, in wine as in life. Filipa ‘Pipa’ Orrison is the heart and soul of the Orison brand. Originally from Portugal, Filipa is the perfect partner to Luis Duarte, in the creation of Orison Wines. Luis Duarte brought on to consult in 2013, has been making wine in Portugal for over 30 years. He is the eyes and ears of the Orison project on the ground in Portugal.
QUINTA DO CASAL DO RAMILO
Quinta do Casal do Ramilo is a privileged estate, situated between Sintra and Mafra, which has sheltered four generations of the Ramilo family. The estate has an area of 20 acres, which, since the early twentieth century, were devoted to agriculture and wine. The estate is located in a valley with southern orientation in a rural setting and landscape of rare beauty, with non-populated mountains and the famous hills of Sintra and the Pena Palace as a background. This estate is part of a major wine producing area in the nineteenth century. The European crises of the mid twentieth century led to a gradually abandonment of the vines in the region, due to the high costs of production caused by the mountainous terrain. The Ramilo family is proudly saving their family vineyards and continuing their heritage of winemaking.
CASAL DO RAMILO, Sintra, Portugal
Since 1937, the Ramilo family has been dedicated to wine making on the Atlantic Coast between Colares and Mafra, on the Portuguese west coast. Four generations later, unwilling to accept the abandonment of local traditions, brothers Pedro and Nuno Ramilo dropped everything and returned to their origins. Facing opposite streams, moving rocks and mountains, they rehabilitated the family estates, saved old vines and replanted new ones. They rescued to oblivion the true vineyards of Colares and the noble grape varieties of the region. Their wines tell their story of this amazing region and family history.
Long famous as the source of port wine, the Douro is now also renowned for its fine, rich unfortified wines, both red and white. Steep slopes shelve deep into the River Douro. Hills stretch off into the horizon, and narrow roads wind around the hillsides. Vine terraces bask in the sun, their soil pure schist and granite. This wild and beautiful part of northern Portugal offers extraordinarily good conditions for wine grapes, though life is not easy for Douro winegrowers. Roots force down between layers of rock seeking out the limited water, while the schist absorbs and then radiates heat. For centuries, Douro growers have been supplying an eager world with Port. Now wine experts the world over recognize that the Douro region also offers ideal conditions for making unfortified wines of the highest quality, both red and white. Producers here are crafting stunning and highly distinctive wines that rank amongst Portugal’s most intense and complex. There are separate DOCs for unfortified wine and for Port in the Douro, although geographically both lie within the same outer boundaries
QUINTA DO FOJO, Douro
We like to go as old-school as we can get. And for the Douro, that's Quinta do Fojo.
Led by Margarida Serodio Borges, the Fojo vineyards have been over-delivering some of the most impactful red wines from the Cima Corgo region...shockingly, in only 5 vintages. Big, concentrated, penetrating wines were immediately recognized coming out of the gate in 1996. Five vintages later, Quinta do Fojo goes on a hiatus, until now.
While we will begin focusing on older vintages (1999 & 2001). Older vintages from the Douro are not only a rarity, but a treat. These, sustainably produced under Integrated Production practices, are drop dead gorgeous with fruit galore, elegance throughout and a finish that reminds us of why Douro is royalty. Truly intellectually stimulating wines with a dynamic that is ever-evolving. Absolutely to drink...and hold for years to come.
QUINTA de SANTA EUFEMIA, Douro
Founded in 1864, Quinta Santa Eufemia, is an independent family home, situated in the valley of the Douro River, South East of Peso da Régua in Northern Portugal. Quinta de Santa Eufemia is now managed by the fourth generation of the family - seven great-grandchildren who have been producing these fine old Douro and Port Wines since 1994, and preserving the age-old skills of wine making and ageing
GRATEFUL PALATE, Toro and Murcia
Grateful Palate is a wine producer and international distributor based in Los Angeles and Barcelona producing wine in Spain primarily working with old vine Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Malvasia, with innovative labels aiming for the cutting edge of wine and design. The wines are distributed worldwide. Owner and founder Dan Philips.
One of the most inviting way to welcome a guest with a delicious glass of Spanish sparkling wine from the Penedes region of northeastern Spain near Barcelona. This Catalonia classic is made in the Methode Champenoise way of Champagne using the Macabeo (Viura), Parellada and Xarel-lo grape varieties. The Martin Soler Rose uses the very rare red grape Trepat.
CAL VIN& HOCKS, Artisanal Cavas from Spain
CAPITA VIDAL, Cava
Named for the owner, Capitan Vidal, who spent his life at sea before starting the winery in 1985.
MARTIN SOLER, Cava
The Martin Soler farmhouse was built in 1616 with vineyards in the heart of the Alt Penedes. It is still a family operated Cava house which produces this Rose made entirely from the rare Trepat grape.
CA N’ESTELLA, Cava
Rabettlat Cavas are from the estate of Finca Ca N’Estella in Penedes, whose vineyards date back to 1789. All of the grapes used in the Cavas are estate grown and hand picked, giving them the ability for meticulous care of the vines and grapes. The Bodega is family owned by Merce Rabetllat and her husband Jaume Vidal. The grapes in this Brut Cava: Xarel-lo and Macebeo.
REXACH BACQUES, Cava
In 1885, Pere Baqués Rafecas, the founder of the Cavas and great grandfather of the present generation, was born in Guardiola de Font-rubi. Their cava producer’s Wine story starts by Pere Baqués Rafecas making table wines in a corner in between the barber shop and the town dance hall which his parent operated. The company officially launches in 1910 and he is the one who initiates the excavation for a cave that will age those still wines in optimal conditions. Assumpció Baqués Llopart, Pere’s daughter, enthusiastically took over the work that her father started. Subsequently her son, Pere Rexach Baqués, took over the reins of this great enterprise until his daughter Montse joins to lead this enterprise. It is she who presently leads the company and keep loyal to many of the company origins yet making a generational change that is worthy of the family tradition.