Whilst our core mission is finding boutique producers and importing them to the UK as their exclusive partner, we also wanted to offer amazing wines from winemakers we look up to as icons of organic & biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.
These are legendary names that have inspired us in our trajectory as importers but also, and most importantly, shaped our palate as wine lovers and the work of the younger producers we work with.
We have sourced library vintages of these aspirational pours from collectors, investors and the producers themselves, making sure we can fully trace the provenance and storage history of the bottles.
Think of it as a ‘library of greats’ – reference wines you can treat yourself to alongside the amazing small sustainable-led producers that we import.
Jean-Louis is the 16th generation of the Chave family making wines in the Northern Rhône. His father Gérard expanded the family’s holding to the current mosaic of prized vineyards from which their unique range of estate bottlings are made. Their work has effectively set the modern benchmark for the Hermitage and Saint-Joseph appellations.
Didier Dagueneau’s premature death in 2008, aged just 52, left an irreplaceable void in the wine world and consolidated his legend status. His son Louis-Benjamin has since taken up the mission of preserving his father’s legacy and carrying on producing some of the world’s most unique expressions of Sauvignon Blanc.
As one of the most iconic Champagne houses, Billecart Salmon needs little, if any, introduction. But many won’t know that it is one of the few historical maisons to remain truly independent and family-owned: the seventh generation of the founding family is now at the helm of the estate and is still the guardian of the house’s uncompromising quality. Having just celebrated 200 years of history Billecart Salmon is a hallmark of elegance and finesse, expressed in each of its renowned cuvées.
It is impossible to think of the wines of Côte-Rôtie without having the Jamet name as absolute reference. The work done by Jean-Paul and Corinne, now carried on by their son Loïc, has redefined the appellation’s style and potential, revealing a finesse some might have thought impossible to achieve.
Lucie (Lulu) Tempier and Lucien Peyraud not only built the name of one of France’s most iconic estates but also played a central role in establishing one of the world’s most recognisable appellations, Bandol. Theirs is a story of commitment – to each other, their estate, their region, their friends – and to the joys of life!
Guy Roulot pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Meursault and a winemaking style marked by distinct minerality and filigreed aromatics. Following his premature death, his son Jean-Marc, then pursuing an acting career, took the helm of the estate. Jean-Marc would consolidate Roulot’s iconic status by building upon his father’s legacy and committing to pure and expressive winemaking. No wonder their wines are considered some of the world’s finest.
Considered one of the world’s most talented (and restless!) winemakers, Raúl Pérez is among the leading figures of the so-called ‘New Spain’ movement and was instrumental in putting the Bierzo region under the spotlight. His wines are, just like him, full of character, straightforward and unpretentious.
It’s impossible to count all the projects Dirk Niepoort is developing, either directly or as mischievous instigator, both in Portugal and internationally. His endless curiosity and passion for terroir have fuelled the creation of an impressive range of iconic wines, through which he revolutionised the winemaking legacy of both his family and country.
In 1930 a young and entrepreneurial Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, pioneering organic viticulture and fine winemaking in Lebanon. A deep passion for his home country’s historical wine tradition and for Bordeaux and Rhone varieties were the foundations of what would become one of the world’s most iconic estates.
István Szepsy might now be considered the ‘Lord of Wine but he has never rested on his laurels. His story is one of relentless commitment to quality and research. As an heir to the family that effectively put Tokaji on the map, he’s taken the region’s recognition and winemaking standards further with his permanent quest for purity and terroir expression.
Clendenen Family Vineyards
Jim Clendenen graduated with High Honours in Pre-Law but his great mind was destined to other things. One month in Champagne in Burgundy changed his life forever and marked the beginning of what would become one of California’s most highly regarded wineries.
Four Stanford Research Institute engineers partnering to make wine with a ‘pre-industrial’ approach? A philosophy graduate that would become one of California’s most iconic winemakers? A unique range made exclusively of single-vineyard wines? There are many unconventional aspects to the excellence and cult status that Ridge has achieved. But the most important thing is that the wines speak, undeniably, for themselves.
Grace Family Vineyards is the pioneering cult winery that first put Napa on the map, planting their own 1-acre front lawn with vines in 1976. What would become of their wines would surpass what they could ever imagine. It is now known as much for its outstanding wines as it is for its philanthropic ethos. Incredible, historic and iconic.
In 1978 Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler founded Kistler Vineyards to materialise an idea ahead of its time: that terroir-driven, single-clone wines could and should be made in California. This is the principle that guided Kistler at its inception and remains true today, in a constant pursuit of precision, expressiveness and elegance.
Central Otago has become a hotspot for premium Pinot Noir, second only to Burgundy, and Felton Road are much to blame. By committing to biodynamic practices and low-intervention winemaking they make pure single-vineyard (and single block!) expressions – of Pinot Noir as well as Riesling and Chardonnay – that have become world-renowned and highly sought-after bottles.