Grape Varietals: 63% Pinot Noir’s & 37% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Crus across Champagne, France
Chef de Cave*: Cyril Brun

In 2006 the growing conditions across France and in Champagne were challenging to say the least. But it is during these extremes that gives chef-de-cave Régis Camus the opportunity, when the vines respond as they did in 2006, the ingredients to craft something special. I was in France during that testing vintage and in 2016 was invited to Reims to taste this Vintage Rosé with the newly appointed chef-de-cave Cyril Brun - *(who joined in May 2015).

 

Grape Varietals: 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache & 20% Syrah
Growing Region: Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
Chief Winemaker: Jean-Louis Bavay

I have had the pleasure to be involved with Château Routas for more than decade. The location and setting of Château Routas is simply spectacular, situated at the heart of the Coteaux Varois en Provence. Or halfway from the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Alps. The Varois area is recognised as a serious wine region, thanks to the efforts of quality focused wineries like Château Routas.

 

Grape Varietals: 52% Chardonnay & 48% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Reims, France
Deputy Cellar Master: Séverine Frerson

With the recent visit of my good friend Benoit Collard - (Global Executive Director of Piper Heidsieck) to Auckland - New Zealand. We showcased and paired with some stunning local seasonal cuisine a number of quality Champagnes from the House of Piper Heidsieck. But one that we didn’t get to share with guests at a recent degustation was this unique creation - the recently released ‘Vintage’ 2008.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Roger Parkinson

As I have written before - Roger is in a unique position in New Zealand, having the benefit of vine age as a key contributor to the expression of his wines. With this single vineyard Chardonnay being established back in 1988. Roger passionately describes the ‘Home Block’ Chardonnay vines as producing a wine with greater structure and mineral characters, more than just a varietal expression.