US importer partners with Chateau Lagrézette to expand US sales
US-based French-wine importer David Milligan Selections has partnered with Chateau Lagrézette in Cahors to brings the French producer’s flagships wines to the US market.
Husband-wife duo Alex and Julie Milligan (the respective president and chief operating officer of the Boston based company) will initially bring two of the French estate’s Malbec’s to the US, its flagship Chateau Lagrézette (RRP: $60) and Seigneur de Grézette (RRP: $25), although further lines will be added over time.
Lagrézette is owned by a powerful figure in the world of luxury goods Alain Dominique Perrin, an executive director of the Richemont Group, owner of brands such as Cartier and Dunhill, former head of Cartier International and the president of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris. Perrin acquired Chateau Lagrézette, a 16th century listed castle in 1980 and spent ten years restoring it, initiating a replanting program and expanding the vineyard and forming a collaboration with influential wine consultant Michel Rolland in 1988, which resulted in a complete rethink of the the way Malbec is grown and made. Perrin also owns a vineyard in nearby Rocamadour, as well as Domaine de Landiech in Touzac and Lacapelle-Cabanac.
Chateau Lagrézette is sourced from 30-year-old estate vines that grow the third terrace of the 60-hectare Caillac vineyard that surrounds the 16th castle, above the Lot River. A well-defined wine, it is said to have “beautifully integrated oak layered with vanilla and liquorice”, and red fruits, to give complexity, a long finish, and great aging potential.
The Seigneur de Grézette also comprises 100% percent Malbec, sourced from silt-clay/gravel vineyards on the second terrace leading up from the Lot River Valley. This has been aged for six months in stainless steel to give a “structured, modern and elegant” wine with “expressive cherry and candied blackberry notes lead to a lingering finish”, the company said.
David Milligan Selections imports more than 50 fine wines from more than 17 winery partners in France, which are distributed across 33 US states.