Pol Roger Portfolio has added Domaine Vacheron to its burgeoning stable of brands, marking the Champagne maker’s British subsidiary’s first foray into France’s Sancerre region.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Vacheron family and their wines this summer; their bright and balanced, fruit-forward wines typify the very best of Sancerre,” said James Simpson MW, MD of Pol Roger Portfolio. “Family is key to the development of Pol Roger Portfolio; hence it is particularly pleasing to find an established family producer to join the impeccable range of family-owned wine and spirits producers we already represent.”
Run by cousins Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron, representing the fourth generation of the family-owned property, Domaine Vacheron is one of Sancerre’s top producers and has made a name for both its whites and reds.
The cousins have pushed the domaine in the direction of sustainability, converting to biodynamics in the noughties and achieving certification in 2005.
The estate comprises 70 hectares, with a combination of agricultural land, forest and 50 hectares of vineyard, 38 of which are planted with Sauvignon Blanc and 12 with Pinot Noir, including some of the most coveted parcels in the appellation. These Pinot parcels are vinified separately. The soils are equal parts limestone and flint, with 10% cretaceous marl.
“On meeting the Vacherons, it was immediately clear to me that we share the same approach to winemaking, unique to family-owned producers; a commitment to honouring tradition and upholding the highest standards,” said Laurent d’Harcourt, CEO of Champagne Pol Roger.
Jean-Laurent, Owner, Domaine Vacheron, said of the partnership: “We are delighted to join Pol Roger Portfolio and establish a quality distribution network, both for our existing customer base and to reach new customers in the UK. This move will strengthen an historical connection with the UK market.”
Together with Champagne Pol Roger, the agency wine range now comprises Bodegas Artadi, Joseph Drouhin, Domaine Josmeyer, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Staglin Family Vineyard, Abreu, Gallica, Kinsman Eades, TOR Wines and Grand Tokaj as well as Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt.
For more information, head over to Pol Roger Portfolio’s official website.