Mark and I recently participated in a Zoom session with two small Bordeaux wineries, Chateau de Monfaucon and Chateau George 7. They are unique in that the prolific women behind them made their ‘what’s next?’ happen- each built their operations from the ground up, literally.
Sally Evans came to the south of France 25 years ago where she raised her boys and enjoyed a successful marketing career prior to establishing Chateau George 7 in Fronsac on the right bank. She produces an indulge yourself wine, a sip and savor wine, and releases her first vin blanc this year.
Dawn Jones-Cooper came to Bordeaux by a dare-choice, purchasing a small vineyard in 2005 then occupying the Génissac, Entre-deux-Mers property full-time just a few years ago. At her pure white wine estate she produces lower alcohol varietal wines, blends, and a sparkling wine. She does this organically and utilizing biodynamic principles.
Although they came to Bordeaux via different avenues, these ladies bonded over their non-wine commonalities (they’re both from the UK) and a desire to make sustainable wines for immediate drinking.
Without any doubt, they have both hit their stride.
While I’ve written articles about both ladies (links below), each time I listen to one or the other speak, I glean more about the story behind the label, what motivates them, and what makes them tick.
Each hold the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Diploma and Jones-Cooper is a viticulture and oenology graduate from Plumpton College.
Mark and I had such a super evening on the webinar last week I would be remiss to not share they are doing it again on Thursday, February 18th at 6:30pm CET / 11:30am ET.
They will chat with you about their journeys and go behind the label of three wines:
- Monfaucon Estate Pétillant – 2016
- Monfaucon Estate Nobody’s Perfect Sauvignon Blanc – 2018 (a beautiful take on this grape!)
- Château George 7 – 2018 100% Merlot
Click here to learn more about the February 18th event.
To learn whether George will be number 7, click here.
And finally, click here to learn why Nobody’s Perfect!
You can read more about each and their wines in the following articles:
- A Fresh New Approach in Fronsac: Chateau George 7
- Biodynamic Bordeaux – Nobody’s Perfect but the wine is fabulous