Les Vignerons d'Estezargues

While many of France’s co-ops go out of business or struggle to sell uninteresting plonk, the cave co-operative in Estezargues has for many years stood out as a co-op with an artisanal approach to winemaking making some of the best value wines in the Rhône Valley.

Things began to change in 1989 when Jean-Francois Nicq arrived to take over as winemaker. Rather than blend everything together, J-F decided to bottle the members’ production separately, highlighting the individual terroir of the 10 member estates. By the end of the 1990s, everything was being made in a hands-off, natural way - conscientious farming, no yeasts, no enzymes, no new oak and no SO2 before bottling.

The results were fantastic and following Nicq’s departure to set up his own domaine (‘Les Foulards Rouge’), his assistant Edouard Laffitte took over. When Edouard left to set up his own domaine (Bout du Monde) he was replaced by Denis Deschamps who has since overseen the continual improvement at this most innovative of co-ops.

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Les Vignerons d'Estezargues vineyard

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Decanter Best Specialist Retailer USA 2022,  Decanter and IWC Specialist Merchant of the Year 2019 for our USA range.

Decanter Retailer Awards | Best USA Specialist
International Wine Challenge 2019 | Specialist Merchant of the Year USA

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Decanter Retailer Awards 2022