Ogier, L’Avenir, and Château Puech-Haut Join National Wine Importer
Napa, CA – Sunday September 1, 2019 – Rhone Valley’s Ogier, Stellenbosch producer L’Avenir and Languedoc’s Château Puech-Haut join the Folio Fine Wine Partners portfolio effective immediately. The new additions expand the national importer’s relationship with more than 18 family-owned suppliers and marks the Company’s first foray into the key categories of Languedoc and South Africa.
Ogier and L’Avenir are both part of the AdVini Group – The global leader for Terroir wines, and a family-owned company founded in 1870 by the Jeanjean family, while Château Puech-Haut is owned by French businessman Gerard Bru. Folio Co-Founder and Coach, Michael Mondavi is excited for the growth opportunities that the new portfolio additions will bring, stating:
“Our philosophy at Folio has always been to find family-owned brands that are leading producers in the fine wine-growing regions of the world. Ogier, L’Avenir and Château Puech-Haut perfectly fit our portfolio and are producers that are led by people we like and respect. We are proud to serve their wines on the table for our family and friends. Mondavi continued: “I’ve had the luxury of working with Brigitte Jeanjean of AdVini since the late 1980s when we were making wine for the Vichon brand at Robert Mondavi. We had a terrific relationship back then as winemakers, and it’s a pleasure to do business with the family and their leadership again.”
Few Rhone Valley producers can compare to the history and pedigree of Ogier. Founded in 1859, the property is located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, at the heart of Southern France’s most prestigious appellations. Located at the center of the village, the centuries-old winery is home to over 8,000 hectoliters of vats, barrels, demi-muids, casks and truncated vats, a tribute to its original craftsmanship as barrel maker.
From the Côtes du Rhone to the high-end appellations such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Cote Rotie, Ogier’s wines are an ode to finesse, elegance and freshness.
L’Avenir is a leading boutique winery L’Avenir from Stellenbosch, South Africa, and producing emblematic South African varietals, with a touch of French flair.
Mondavi is excited about the opportunity that the South Africa category presents:
“For the adventurous wine consumer, “South Africa is much like Portugal, where the wine quality to value ratio is undeniable. It is ranked as a Top 10 producing wine country*, with Chenin Blanc as a variety performing very well. We are excited to bring L’Avenir Premium wines to new consumers and those looking for adventure in their wine buying choices.”
L’Avenir Estate is in the center of Stellenbosch wine appellation, with history dating back to the late 1600s when the property was one of the very first sites identified for grape growing by the Cape’s earliest European settlers. The Estate was renamed L’Avenir in 1992 and quickly gained recognition for its distinctive Pinotage and Chenin Blanc Single Block Premium wines.
On the addition of Chateau Puech-Haut, Mondavi stated:
“Few producers in the Languedoc compare to the vision and sheer personality of Puech-Haut’s Gerard Bru. Monsieur Bru traces his connection to winegrowing back to his grandfather, and in our times tasting together, he has impressed me with his vision for the Estate, his respect for the soil, sustainability of the business and showcasing the potential for the Languedoc region.”
Chateau Puech-Haut is located in the Eastern Languedoc, in Saint-Drezery approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Montpellier. Today the Estate is 200 hectares split between the historical zones of Saint-Drezery, Saint-Christol and Pic Saint-Loup.
Suggested retail pricing on the portfolios are as follows:
Wines from Ogier include Artesis Côtes du Rhône Rouge and Blanc ($18), Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Reine Jeanne’ ($45), Gigondas Dentellis ($37) and flagship release, Côte Rôtie La Serine ($79).
From L’Avenir are Provenance Chenin Blanc and Pinotage ($19), and Single Block Chenin Blanc and Pinotage ($39).
Finally the Puech-Haut range includes the Prestige Rosé ($22) Prestige Rouge ($23) Tête de Belier Rosé ($34), Tête de Belier Blanc and Rouge ($44), La Closerie Du Pic Rouge ($35) and Le Benjamin 3-liter ($59) Wines are available nationally through fine wine restaurants and retail outlets across the U.S.
*Source Gomberg Fredrickson – Bottle Table Wine Value ending June 2019
About Folio Fine Wine Partners: www.foliowine.com
Folio Fine Wine Partners was founded in 2004 by Michael Mondavi and his wife, Isabel, with their children, Dina and Rob Jr. Folio is an importer, fine wine agency and producer of quality wines from the world’s premiere and emerging wine regions, providing sales, marketing and public relations services to wine brands from California, Italy, Spain, France, Argentina, Portugal, Austria and South Africa. For more information about Folio Fine Wine Partners, visit www.foliowine.com/ or the social media channels on FaceBook , Instagram and Twitter.
About The AdVini Group: www.advini.com/en
The AdVini Group’s history reflects the image of the founders and entrepreneurs who nourished its history. Established by Hugues and Bernard Jeanjean in 1870, today under the Jeanjean family and CEO Antoine Leccia, the business expresses itself through the best terroirs of France and South Africa. The Company holdings of 2,300 hectares and 28 Domains, Chateaux and wineries under the AdVini group all deploy the know-how of the wine making on the finest terroirs in France and abroad, and share the same philosophy based on dedication to quality and the desire to and promote each unique terroir.
About Château Puech-Haut: puech-haut.fr/en
Château Puech-Haut was founded in 1981 by Gerard Bru; a French businessman with the vision to plant vineyards and build an exceptional wine estate. Bru recruited celebrated winemaker Michel Rolland who made the wines from 1996 to 2006, and since 2008, winemaking has been led by Philippe Cambie – considered by many as “the” specialist in Côtes du Rhône wines. Today the Estate comprises 250 hectares planted primarily to Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Rousanne and Grenache Blanc, and produces some of the most celebrated and awarded wines in the Languedoc AOC.