We are so excited to introduce two new brands to our portfolio – Nuiton-Beaunoy and La Maison Jean Loron from Burgundy!
Since 1957, Cave des Hautes-Côtes, the group behind Nuiton-Beaunoy, has been proudly growing and making wine in Burgundy, France in the slopes of the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Les Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. At the time, the winery consisted of a small group of ten or so winegrowers who had no idea how big their venture would become, however they knew they would be stronger together. They created a cooperative under a model of solidarity and authenticity, wanting to work with winegrowers that shared a sense of community and passion about the region and their vines.
Today, they remain the only cooperative wine cellar in the Côte d’Or region, now with 80 winegrowers, and are proud of their history. The wine growers associated under the Nuiton-Beaunoy name grow their wine across many vineyards in the region to ensure the best grapes from Burgundy are used for their wines. The winegrowers in Cave des Hautes-Côtes support a responsible environmental policy, promoting respect for the vines, the growing region and its people. Therefore, they’ve committed to the “Vignerons Développement Durable” (sustainable development for wine growers) initiative, which promotes a viable, fair and sustainable approach. This label guarantees that economic growth takes place with respect for the environment, as well as for social concerns and impact on the region.
The winegrowing culture on which the Nuiton-Beaunoy wines are based is a close collaboration between the growers and the technicians, all of whom share the same passion for vines and wine. Their objective is to patiently craft the wines which will serve as ambassadors for their region. Everyone works together, sharing the same spirit, while also being committed and creative, allowing them to adapt and reinvent themselves without ever denying their roots.
La Maison Jean Loron
The story of La Maison Jean Loron began more than 300 years ago with Jean Loron in the village of Chénas, in the heart of the steep hills of Beaujolais. While many people worked in farming during this time, Jean decided to specialise in viticulture, starting with some parcels in Beaujolais and Burgundy, with the aim of obtaining the perfect raw material to create superior quality wines. Almost a century later in 1821, his grandson Jean-Marie, aware of the wines’ potential, took over the estate and decided to set up his business in Pontanevaux, not far from the railway for easy transportation of the wines while expanding the business.
Over the years, Jean Loron’s descendants have built solid partnerships with some prestigious names around the world, growing the brand while delivering consistently exceptional wines. Three centuries of tradition and boldness have passed since the early days of Jean Loron, however The Maison has remained close to its roots. Today Maison Jean Loron grows 150 hectares of vines through its own estates, which have been acquired over the years and are spread over the most beautiful terroirs of the Beaujolais and Mâconnais region between Lyon and Beaune, in the southernmost part of the “Grande Bourgogne.”
The Maison has retained the name of its ancestor and the winemakers’ secrets have been passed down through history. Their mantra has been the same since the very beginning: give equal importance to the winemaking and the ageing process, even if the latter step takes several years, allowing the wines’ aromatic expression to develop.
Our New Burgundy Wines
This wine has a pale golden colour. The bouquet evokes grilled almonds and white fleshed fruit In the mouth it proves itself to be generous and appealing. Ideal pairing with poultry in sauce, as
an accompaniment to raw fish or in sauce, as well as with cheeses such as goat cheese or Bleu de Bresse.
Garnet colour. The nose is discreet, on the palate, the tannins are firm and present, the finish ends on spicy notes.
93 pts – Anna Lee C. Iijima (Wine Enthusiast): This violet-scented Pinot Noir is marked by plump, mouth-drenching black-cherry and plum flavors edged by licks of sweet spice and vanilla. Framed by fine, glossy tannins and a juicy spine of acidity, this immediately welcoming wine is particularly joyous young but will likely hold well through 2027.
93 pts – Anna Lee C. Iijima (Wine Enthusiast): Salty, mineral freshness extends from nose to finish in this ripe, broad-shouldered wine. Red-cherry and plum flavors are fleshy and concentrated on the palate, lifted by a tang of cranberry acidity and a pleasantly leafy, herbal finish. Soft in tannins and kissed with sweet spice, the wine is ready now but will likely to hold through 2029.
90 pts – Roger Voss (Wine Enthusiast): This is a firm, juicy wine, full of dark tannins. Acidity and black-cherry fruits are also part of the mix although they are still in the background. It’s a wine with potential, with the freshness of the year and the weight of the appellation. Drink from 2025.
94 pts – Anna Lee C. Iijima (Wine Enthusiast): Sourced from a 2.4-acre walled monopole owned and operated entirely by the Nuiton-Beaunoy cooperative, this perfumed Pinot Noir bursts with sun-kissed plum and black-cherry flavors accented by swathes of blossom and sweet spice. A rich, fruit-forward wine, it’s grounded by a deep, earthen minerality and an upright spine of acidity and tannin. At peak from 2024 through 2030, the wine should hold longer still.
A pale golden dress with green highlights characterizes this Pouilly-Fuissé with an intense and complex nose. The aromas of grapefruit and apple that emerge first are complemented by an elegant spicy touch of cinnamon, on a background of toast. The mouth is of a beautiful balance, with a dense material awakened by a saline vivacity. The aromas are expressive, and especially persistent in a fresh and sharp finish.