Should we challenge rosé orthodoxy?

12th April 2016By adminGrandcros, Jules, Winocracy

Master Sommelier Ian Cauble wrote in one of his newsletters in February that while all the trade are focused on selecting the new vintage of rosés, some 2014 rosés are tasting even better after 1 year in bottle. I have often complained that rosé (especially from Provence) has to comply with an increasingly narrow definition … Read More

Harvest 2015 update

26th September 2015By adminGrandcros, Jules

Quick update on the harvest and prospective 2015 vintage in the making. It started early with everyone thinking it was going to be an early harvest, indeed we had very high sugar levels early on, however malic acid also remained stubbornly high. We also got hit by a hail storm a couple weeks before the … Read More

2014 in review

22nd December 2014By adminGrandcros, Jules No Comments

This year started precariously with the launch of the challenging 2013 vintage but we are immensely proud to wrap it up in Decanter Magazine’s top 50 wines of the year: the only rosé to make the cut! As you might remember the 2013 vintage suffered unprecedented rain and hail in Provence as well as other … Read More

Julian’s SE Asia tour

26th April 2014By Julian FaulknerGrandcros, Jules, Winocracy No Comments

Having spent the last 2 weeks living out of a carry-on bag and from restaurant food, this morning I can enjoy my first lazy breakfast at home and reflect on the 2 weeks spent in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. When I first explored those markets 10 years ago, there was the usual young market demand … Read More

Announcing birth of our 2013 babies

19th January 2014By Julian FaulknerGrandcros, Jules No Comments

  Appropriately, the first post of the year is to announce the birth of our 2013 vintage. By birth I am referring to the blending where we carefully select how much of each tank will make up our different “cuvées”. Stéphane (cellar-master), Gaelle (Sales), Bernadette (Oenologist), Julian (me/photographer) spent hours debating the DNA of our … Read More

Jules fueling London’s startup scene

1st November 2013By adminJules No Comments

I am excited to see Jules become the tipple of choice for some of London’s hot startup launches. Jules wines are regularly served at events at the Innovation Warehouse, a co-working and event space for many great startups. A special mention to 2 great startups that share our social ethos: Tutorfair.com who match students with … Read More

What is minerality in wine?

13th August 2013By adminGrandcros, Jules, Winocracy No Comments

There was a very interesting article in the RVF last month about minerality. It questions the popular notion that minerality is actually the taste of minerals in the wine and come from deep roots that are in contact with the bedrock from which it extracts the unique minerals therein. To my knowledge, it is the … Read More

First medals for 2012 vintage are in!

13th April 2013By adminGrandcros, Jules No Comments

Gold Medal for l’Esprit de Provence white at the Concours des Vins de Macon Silver Medal for l’Esprit de Provence Rosé at the Concours des Vins de Macon Silver medal for the Jules rosé AOC and Domaine rosé at the Concours des Vignerons Indépendants Philosophically I don’t like wine compétitions because the medals just reflect … Read More