Should we challenge rosé orthodoxy?

Should we challenge rosé orthodoxy?

12th April 2016By Julian FaulknerGrandcros, 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

Harvest 2015 update

26th September 2015By Julian FaulknerGrandcros, 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 Julian FaulknerGrandcros, 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

Olive harvest 2014

9th December 2014By Julian FaulknerGrandcros No Comments

After the grape harvest, we have the olive harvest which we recently completed. A big harvest is usually followed by a small one the following year and that certainly was the case this year: with 700kg of olives we only produced 26 litres of olive oil! As far as we know, all the producers in … 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

In with the 2013 and out with the 2012

25th February 2014By Julian FaulknerGrandcros No Comments

Last week we bottled our 2013 whites and rosés – a little later than usual due to the fact that the harvest finished much later last year. Straight out of the starting-blocks, our l’Esprit de Provence rosé was awarded a gold medal in Paris over the weekend! Now that new vintage is in, this is … 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 Julian FaulknerJules 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: who match students with … Read More

Knightsbridge Rocks

16th September 2013By Julian FaulknerGrandcros No Comments

People often ask if we have had any trouble with certain jewelry brands that seem to have a similar logo to ours and I like to respond that we are cool about it, we don’t mind them riding on our coat-tails 🙂 But now we are going one step further and collaborating with a new … Read More