VERGET

In 1990, after 5 years as a wine broker, Jean-Marie Guffens founded his own négociant company, Verget. His conviction was and still is that « the best wine is made using the best grapes ». He criss-crossed Burgundy finding where the best grapes were, where the oldest vineyards were situated, wherever a small grower was a potential supplier. Making his way to the winegrowers in the region, he has convinced them to supply the company with good quality grapes. The standards Verget has established and the collaboration it has set up with the grape growers continually improve the quality of their products.

Verget buys only handpicked grapes. The grapes are loaded into 40 kg cases to preserve the health of grapes, Tthen trucked back to Verget, re-sorted if needed and pressed using a pneumatic press. There is total control of the winemaking process. All wines are vinified, `raised' and bottled at Verget.

Through Jean-Marie Guffens' distinct winemaking process, Verget has developed a unique style. Focus is on the use of lees, on the gentlest-possible handling of the fruit and the young wine, and on barrel fermentation.

Verget wines display precision, sharpness of fruit and considerable mineral focus allied to textural richness.

A separate cuverie has recently been built in Chablis.

Type of wines: White from Chardonnay grapes

Appellations: Mâcon area: Mâcon + village names, Saint-Véran, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Pouilly-Fuissé

Côte d'Or area: Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Bâtard-Montrachet

Chablis area: selection of Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru, Chablis Grand Cru


DOMAINE GUFFENS-HEYNEN

Maine and Jean-Marie Guffens-Heynen produced their first vintage in 1980. They were inspired by the most ancient methods of winemaking, allowing the wine to make itself.

This tiny estate is a laboratory for what are today the other Guffens-Heynen wine adventures.

Appellation: Mâcon-Pierreclos _ Mâcon-Pierreclos «Le Chavigne»

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

Surface Area : 2 ha in the village of Pierreclos

Soil: Slopes with clay on a calcareous bedrock

Appellation: Pouilly-Fuissé "La Roche" _ Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Croux":

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

Surface Area : 1 ha in the village of Vergisson

Soil: Limestone, very mineral.

Picking: By hand _ 40 kg per case to preserve the health of the grapes.

3 or 4 pickings are commonplace to choose the ripest grapes.

Press: Gravity feeding, using of a century-old wooden screw press Marmonnier (vertical system)

Fermentation: In oak barrels _ the percentage used depends on the harvest.

Maturation: Raised on lees 12 to 18 months.


CHÂTEAU DES TOURETTES

In 1997, Jean-Marie and Maine Guffens-Heynen ended a long-term Provencal quest by buying an estate, the Château des Tourettes, located in the middle of Luberon region, near Apt.

While you hardly ask for a more beautiful location than the Tourettes, one could also scarcely set oneself a more onerous task than that of reviving a vineyard ravaged by forty years of over-cropping, machine-harvesting and inundation of herbicides. Once inferior grape varieties had been pulled, Maine and Jean-Marie immediately began the task of replanting. Even so, 33 of the estates' 50 vineyard acres were in production for the inaugural 1998 vintage and full production will be achieved in 2003, by which time the vines will also share space with an olive grove.

The soils of the Château des Tourettes and the combination of sunny, breezy days and cool nights at an altitude of 1200 feet reveal themselves as a fabulous terroir.

The mainstay of red wine production at Tourettes will be the grenache vines that remain from an earlier era producing two wines :

* Côtes du Luberon rouge, Grand Vin du Château des Tourettes - a selection of grapes from the oldest vineyards. This wine will most likely reach maturity in the 5 years after bottling.

* The property's second wine Côtes du Luberon rouge «Les Petites Tourettes» is a selection from the younger vineyards which have yet to reach full maturity _ It's a more quickly drinkable wine.

Grape varieties: Red : 8.5 ha Grenache (30 to 50 years old)

3 ha Syrah

3 ha Cabernet-Sauvignon (Trevallon selection)

1 ha Syrah « Serine »

White: 1.2 ha Viognier

2.4 ha Chardonnay (Domaine Guffens-Heynen selection)

2.1 ha Marsanne

1.3 ha Roussane

0.3 ha Grenache.

Appellation: AOC Côtes du Luberon for red and Vin de Pays de Vaucluse for white

Soil : Hilly soil with calcareous marl, lime, sand and gravel.

Picking: By hand

Vinification: Red: Partly stripped/stemmed and crushed. Macerated appr. 25



days.
White: Pneumatic press _
barrel maturing without
addition of yeast.

CHÂTEAU DES TOURETTES

I
n 1997, Jean-Marie and Maine Guffens-Heynen ended a long-term Provencal quest by buying an estate, the Château des Tourettes, located in the middle of Luberon region, near Apt.
While you hardly ask for a more beautiful location than the Tourettes, one could also scarcely set oneself a more onerous task than that of reviving a vineyard ravaged by forty years of over-cropping, machine-harvesting and inundation of herbicides. Once inferior grape varieties had been pulled, Maine and Jean-Marie immediately began the task of replanting. Even so, 33 of the estates' 50 vineyard acres were in production for the inaugural 1998 vintage and full production will be achieved in 2003, by which time the vines will also share space with an olive grove.

The soils of the Château des Tourettes and the combination of sunny, breezy days and cool nights at an altitude of 1200 feet reveal themselves as a fabulous terroir.
The mainstay of red wine production at Tourettes will be the grenache vines that remain from an earlier era producing two wines :
* Côtes du Luberon rouge, Grand Vin du Château des Tourettes - a selection of grapes from the oldest vineyards. This wine will most likely reach maturity in the 5 years after bottling.
* The property's second wine Côtes du Luberon rouge «Les Petites Tourettes» is a selection from the younger vineyards which have yet to reach full maturity _ It's a more quickly drinkable wine.

Grape varieties: Red : 8.5 ha Grenache (30 to 50 years old)
3 ha Syrah
3 ha Cabernet-Sauvignon (Trevallon selection)
1 ha Syrah « Serine »
White: 1.2 ha Viognier
2.4 ha Chardonnay (Domaine Guffens-Heynen selection)
2.1 ha Marsanne
1.3 ha Roussane
0.3 ha Grenache.
Appellation: AOC Côtes du Luberon for red and Vin de Pays de Vaucluse for white
Soil : Hilly soil with calcareous marl, lime, sand and gravel.
Picking: By hand
Vinification: Red: Partly stripped/stemmed and crushed. Macerated appr. 25 days.
White: Pneumatic press _ barrel maturing without addition of yeast.

VERGET DU SUD

The first generation of Verget du Sud wines appeared in 1998. After the purchase of the Château des Tourettes, Jean-Marie's interest flowed in the various wines produced in the region. His experience of working in collaboration with local winegrowers came naturally and Verget now works as a team with local growers and cooperatives. Jean-Marie Guffens selects the best cuvées, imposes his style of winemaking and places these wines on the market bearing the Verget du Sud colors. His current plan is to build a proper Verget du Sud cellar for the end of the year in Apt, on the same organization basis as Verget in Burgundy. He hopes to extend the appellations to wines such as Gigondas, Châteauneuf, Vacqueyras...

White Appelations: AOC Côtes du Luberon et Côtes de Ventoux

Grape Varieties: Clairette Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Viognier

Red Appellations: AOC Côtes du Luberon et Côtes de Ventoux

Grape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah

Origins: Grapes are purchased from selected wine-growers in the region and vinified/raised in the local wine-cooperatives under our supervision. All wines are bottled in our cellars.