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GROWER STORIES

DOMAINE COSTAL - HENRI COSTAL

Kevin Hart

Domaine Costal, based in Chablis, has some pretty stellar credentials. There are two winemakers in Chablis that are considered iconic: Dauvissat & Raveneau.  Raveneau has definitely helped shape the recipe of Costal’s stunning wines. Bernard Raveneau turned Kermit Lynch onto the wines of Collett and thus a new label (Domaine Costal) was born.

Kermit, The Colletts, and Bernard Raveneau all have a voice in the guiding direction of these wines and the quality shines with this many masterminds behind the bottles.   

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Château Simone

Kevin Hart

The Château (or castle), at the helm of the grounds, is a grand old piece of architecture, and looks like something out of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. Staircases, shrubbery and ponds frame the iconic estate, and give you a little taste of what to expect in these wines.

Winemaking has taken place in Palette since the Roman times (much like the rest of France), and the Rougier family has been in control of Château Simone for almost two centuries. Simone has an almost monopoly of the AOC of Palette, and the wines truly showcases the Provencal terroir.

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HIRSCH VINEYARDS

Kevin Hart

I will always remember my first trip up to the vineyards. I traveled out west with a group of wine collectors to show them what I consider to be some of the most stunning vineyards, not just in the New World, but anywhere. At 1500 feet in elevation and only 3 miles from the coast, you truly feel isolated in a world so different from what you would imagine to be California Wine Country.

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AR. PE. PE.

Kevin Hart

Ar. Pe. Pe., short for Arturo Pelizzatti Perego, may be one of the most exciting wines to finally make its way into the selections of Hart & Cru. I have been drinking these wines every time I end up in NYC or SF for years. Getting them into Ohio has been a bit more difficult as they are incredibly limited.

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ANTHILL FARMS WINERY

Kevin Hart

Oh, Anthill Farms - how we love thee. They farm and make wine from the North Coast appellations of California, only working with vineyards that they know and love. Their focus is on Pinot Noir, but they also make a small amount of Syrah and Chardonnay.

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NADA FIORENZO

Kevin Hart

When we talk about humility in winemakers, the family behind Nada Fiorenzo is the textbook definition. Based in Barbaresco, located in a sea of vineyards (halfway up a little hill and down a dirt driveway, the family dog will greet you at your car), this gorgeous estate is making beautiful wine.  

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DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE

Kevin Hart

A Humble Beginning in 1898. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe is almost synonymous with Châteauneuf-du-Pape (meaning “new home of the Pope”). The Brunier family behind this domaine has been making wine in the Southern Rhône for more than 100 years.

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JEAN-LOUIS DUTRAIVE

Kevin Hart

The Skill and Charm of Jean-Louis. In addition to knowing how to expertly handle Gamay, Jean-Louis has a reputation for being a charismatic and affable personality in Beaujolais, with a never-ending supply of sausages and nibbles for passersby. His estate is just a short walk from the center of town.  

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HUBERT LIGNIER

Kevin Hart

HUBERT LIGNIER is one of these OG producers in a region that can be insanely difficult to navigate buying. Great Burgundy is something I cherish and once you start drinking Pinot Noirs like these, it really changes the way you look at the varietal.

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ISOLE E OLENA : Paolo De Marchi

Kevin Hart

Meet “The Dean of Chianti.” Paolo De Marchi, the owner and winemaker of the famed Isole e Olena estate in Tuscany, is the ultimate student of the vine. He earned his nickname the old-fashioned way, through years of research into vine-density planting and discovery of topsoils throughout the region.

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