Two years after Paul came to California, Alejandro packed his bags for Domaine Coteaux des Margots, where Paul was born and raised. It was Ale’s turn to be a cellar hand in a foreign land. For two weeks Ale lived with Paul, his parents, his sister, aunt and uncle, Meme, Mami, and Loustic the dog at their home and winery (not to mention the harvest family). We worked every day with Paul’s dad, and his brother, PJ, hand-picking grapes, foot stomping, pumping over (no punch-downs this time) and “cleaning” things, French-style.

The wine is vinified in small batches on site by Jean-Luc, who takes care of each tank and barrel with patience and passion as his father and grandfather did. Each wine expresses a bit of the terroir where the grapes grow. The Chardonnay develops fruity and juicy flavors, and the Gamay and Pinot Noir evoke southern Burgundy in the glass with light, soft tannins and aromas of amazing fresh red fruit. We love these complex, delicate wines and we think you will too.

Domaine Coteaux des Margots is located in southern Burgundy in the heart of the Maconnais hills with the ideal solar exposition for viticulture. The vineyards are mostly planted in the village of Pierreclos with some plots of Chardonnay in Saint-Veran and Milly Lamartine. The domaine works the vineyard according to “lute raisonnée”, or the thinking way. Healthy grapes are produced with the minimum amount of chemicals necessary, while not compromising the top priority, quality.