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Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Meursault, Burgundy

Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Meursault, Burgundy

Another top producer of Burgundian whites, the Comtes Lafon was established by the Lafon family in 1865. It is now led by Dominique Lafon whose unrelenting vineyard work (organic since 1995 and biodynamic from 1998) and expert cellaring, in what is possibly Burgundy’s deepest and coldest cellars, render inimitable wines of power, structure and complexity.

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

The most famous estate in Puligny-Montrachet, Leflaive flourished under the direction of the late Anne-Claude Leflaive between 1990 and 2015, when it became a leader in Burgundy’s biodynamic movement. The estate produces only Chardonnay wines that routinely score 95-100 points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale, for their linearity, minerally and complex fruit expression.

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Freeman Winery, Sonoma, <em>California</em>

Freeman Winery, Sonoma, California

From their sustainably farmed estate vineyards, Akiko and Ken Freeman craft elegiac, cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are making critics sit up and take notice redrawing the map for great New World wines. The reds, for instance, are lush yet decidedly Burgundian in structure and finesse. The wines of Freeman have earned acclaim for their grace, complexity and uncompromising…

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Weingut Friedrich Becker, <em>Pfalz</em>

Weingut Friedrich Becker, Pfalz

Based in the southern wine region of Pfalz, specifically the cross-border area between Southern Palatinate and Alsace, the family-run winery was founded in 1973 by Friedrich Becker. Gault & Millau Wine Guide 2013 rated it as the best winery in Pfalz, and its reds are consistently ranked amongst the best in Germany.

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Dominio de Pingus

Dominio de Pingus

Named after Peter Sisseck’s childhood nickname, Pingus came into fame in 1996 when Robert Parker bestowed on its first wine a stunning 96-100 point score. An auteur winemaker like his uncle, Peter Vinding-Diers, the younger Peter employs biodynamic viticulture in his vineyards and consistently produces cult wines that are rated amongst the highest in Spain.

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Quinta Sardonia

Quinta Sardonia

Another project of Peter Sisseck, of Pingus fame, the 17-hectare high-altitude site produces wine using fully biodynamic and organic methods. The estate wine showcases Tinto Fino (local Tempranillo) blended with the French varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec). Manual vineyard work, indigenous fermentation and aging in French oak ensure wines of power, balance and length.

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Peter Vinding-Diers, <em>Montecarrubo</em>

Peter Vinding-Diers, Montecarrubo

Since 2007, famed Danish winemaker Peter Vinding-Diers has been making Syrah wines in the Montecarrubo estate, after having previously left his mark in Bordeaux and South Africa. His arrival on the Italian island helped raise the prestige of the region’s wines, and signalled a renewed interest in the Sicilian terroir for small-scale, quality wine production.

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Fattoria di Fiorano

Fattoria di Fiorano

Founded by the late Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the winery is now led by Alessia Antinori, a young relative of the enigmatic aristocrat. Till the present day, the wines are made according to organic principles, with grapes picked and pressed by hand. The estate also produces other organic staples – including cheeses, olives, fruit and vegetables – which are served…

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