Domaine la Croix Gratiot
Brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome have been grape growers on this 50 hectare estate in Montagnac for the last 30 years, but only started bottling their wines in 2005, having built a new cellar the year before.
The warm days during the growing season results in ripe, flavour some grapes, while the moderating influence of the nearby Mediterranean ensures that the grapes delicate perfumes are retained. Yves daughter Anais spent considerable time in New Zealand, working as assistant winemaker for both Saint Clair and Craggy Range, before returning to take up the reins at La Croix Gratiot. Both wines are now sealed under stelvin.