Inimitable

This is the name we have chosen for the remarkable wines and champagnes made by the Vranken-Pommery Monopole group's winemaking estates, châteaux and wine houses.

Each house has its own history, its own architecture, and its own special qualities... and above all, its own vines and renowned cellars.

They all share a sense of history, and the fierce desire to produce only the best. The most surprising thing about these Champagne houses, great winemaking estates and châteaux is that each one, from the very beginning of their histories, started out with the same mission as Vranken-Pommery Monopole has today: creating a universe and an environment where these products of the French terroir can shine like a jewel.

Some even built extraordinary edifices, like Madame Pommery, Henry Vasnier with Villa Demoiselle, and Lord Gordonne, whose château now bears his name.

All of them, from the very beginning, wanted to receive guests and share with their clients their best products, the delicious nectar born in exceptional vines.

Only an exceptional enclosed plot like Pommery's clos in Reims could produce a unique champagne like Clos Pompadour.
Only the Jarras vineyard, planted in the sand, could protect the vines from phylloxera. There is only one wine made from non-grafted grenache, Le Commandeur de Jarras.

Only Cuvée Diamant encases its Champagne in a work of glass art.

 

Clos Pompadour, Pommery's treasure

The Clos Pompadour, which bear the charming, evocative name of Madame de Pompadour, are 25 hectares of vines enclosed within the walls of Domaine Pommery. These plots make up the largest clos in Champagne, and they are the source of a unique champagne, only issued as a limited exceptional series of a few thousand magnum bottles.

To the nose, this wine recalls the soil and subsoil of its origins. It is highly mineral and extremely fresh. A few spicy notes accentuated by hints of lemon give it a fresh, mischievous side. Tasting this wine is the highest accolade. It unearths all the secrets that have been buried in chalk for millennia and reveals the most unexpected sensations where everything comes together with elegance, grace, and finesse. A unique champagne from an estate built just opposite the Cathedral of Reims, like an homage to eternity.

 
 

Demoiselle, Cuvée La Parisienne 2007 Vintage

When ‘La Demoiselle’ was first created, it was already a blend of design and innovation. So the mere idea of surpassing it with a vintage version was a new challenge. The house conceived and developed an opaline glass bottle that turns translucent when placed in water. This bottle is the ultimate homage to the savoir faire of French master glassmaker and jeweller René Lalique. This superlative version of Demoiselle was given an evocative name worthy its status, ‘La Parisienne’.

It is a symbol of elegance and refinement that only Paris, the City of Light, could produce. It embodies a chic, unique style that truly suits this vintage Demoiselle, an extremely fine champagne with a predominantly Chardonnay blend. This single-vintage Demoiselle gives each year the chance to ardently, passionately express the spirit of the Parisian women who, since the 18th century, have marked the history of France and embodied France's defining value, liberty, just like in Eugène Delacroix's painting.

 
 

Impératrice, the signature of four centuries of history

This cuvée sparkles with brilliant golden yellow nuances. It is delicately effervescent, with an innumerable quantity of fine bubbles. The first aromas perceived are stone fruit notes. This wine has a complex bouquet. It combines the freshness of exotic fruit, mango, and yellow peach with fine, evolving notes of hazelnut and almond. Its fragrance is both fine and subtle, powerful and full-flavoured.

It shows interesting balance between roundness, generosity, finesse and vivacity. It has well-developed fruity notes that evolve into jammy pear flavours. This cuvée is full-bodied with impressive length and an elegant finish. This cuvée is suitable for any time of day. This champagne would be ideal served with shellfish in a creamy or buttery sauce.

 
 

Charles Lafitte, gentleman explorer since 1834

It was in Cognac that the ‘Belle Idée’ (great idea) was born with Jean-Baptiste Lafitte.
The Charles Lafitte & Cie brand quickly became a reference in the world of wines and spirits... The brand had a golden age in the Roaring Twenties. But it was not until 1983 that its first champagnes arrived on the European markets upon Paul-François Vranken's initiative. The house makes elegant, nicely balanced champagnes in the image of its Charles Lafitte. The traditional blend, predominantly Chardonnay, helped further the house's success. It makes lively, cheerful, constant champagnes that flatter any palate. In homage to Charles Lafitte, the gentleman explorer, and for its thirtieth anniversary, the house is reissuing a series of luggage specially created for him in 2003.

 
 

Camargue, Domaine Royal de Jarras

The saga of Domaine Royal de Jarras is indissociable from the long, wonderful story of Camargue winemaking, and it is unique in many ways: vines growing in the sand, protected and diversified flora and fauna, and a millennial name and history. The Sables vineyard is the birthplace of Gris de Gris wines and the origin of the Brand's development. Domaine Royal de Jarras had vines as far back as the 12th century. It was lovingly described by Astruc, the royal historian. As the centuries passed, the vineyard expanded.

To protect the Sables vineyard and its exceptional properties, a few visionary men had the foresight to protect French wines. They conquered the sea and tamed the fresh water. Jarras is the result of an improbable alchemy between man and nature, between saltwater and freshwater. It is now one of France's largest and most spectacular winemaking properties (1,780 ha). Thanks to the work done at Jarras, it is forever protected from the affronts of the modern world, and it can offer its guests the best of wine, of wines ‘as in the past’. This haven of peace has proven that nature and productive humans can become allies as long as a certain balance is respected.

 
 

Château La Gordonne Since 1652

PROVENCE PIERREFEU-DU-VAR

Château la Gordonne is one of the largest properties in Provence with over 350 hectares, 300 of which are planted with vines. The Pierrefeu terroir in the Massif des Maures is an exceptional site. In its beautiful setting within a natural schist crater, the Château La Gordonne vineyard enjoys a very special microclimate. Its winters are mild and the summers are hot and dry, sometimes scorching, which means that the vines can soak up all the strength of the Provençal sun, with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. The Mistral, a dry, strong wind, plays a major role as it sweeps across the vines, protecting them from damp-related diseases. 

 
   
 

Upper Douro, Quinta do Grifo

This vineyard was founded and built entirely on a single hillside overlooking the Douro River and the Spanish border. Measuring 102 hectares, it is one of the latest large vineyards created in Europe, by Vranken. Our vineyard is made up exclusively of A-rated vines, and is located in the Upper Douro, around Barca d’Alva in the heart of the International Douro Natural Park. This spectacular region was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

This high standard ensures that the Douro region's sites will withstand the test of time. The schist soil gives the estate's wines aromatic richness and minerality. La Quinta do Grifo is also one of the few estates that makes both red wines and young vintage ports from a single plot, using a single native varietal, touriga national. A unique, high-performance wine growing and winemaking facility was built in the heart of the Douro Valley and inaugurated by Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.

 
 

Rozès, a centuries-old tradition

For nearly two millennia, exceptional wines have been made on the schist hillsides of the Douro Valley, a landscape that is nothing if not singular. Port wine is more than just a gift of nature. In its very essence, in its historic density, it contains an entire cultural heritage, full of experience, knowledge, and skill that have been passed down from generation to generation Now as then, port is an important product for the Portuguese economy and a symbol to the entire world of Portugal at its finest. In 1855, Ostende Rozès, a Bordeaux wine trader from an important Portuguese family, returned to his home country to found a Port house. In 1910, Rozès was established in Vila Nova de Gaia. Faithful to their Bordelais heritage, Rozès ports are elegant, complex and balanced, and particularly generous and rich. The brand experienced a golden age in the 1920s. 

 
   
 

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