We are very pleased to feature an award recently received by our outstanding women winemakers in the 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition.
2017 Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Blanc received a Gold Medal with 92 points. This wine is elaborated by one of the most talented women winemakers, Cellar Master Elodie Gilles, formerly with the famed Champagne house Veuve Clicquot. Elodie has been helping to develop organic wines for Vignobles Raymond since 2017. Read more here about Elodie Gilles.
Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Blanc
60% Organic Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Organic Sémillon
“This is a delicious, ripe wine that is packed with apricot, apple and pear fruits. It is tangy and freshly fruity. The bright, rich fruit continues right through…”– Wine Enthusiast (90 points, 2015)
“Dry, soft, silky and mellow Sauvignon/Semillon with notes of peach, cantaloupe, honeydew, lemon curd and almond nougat. Organically grown.”– Planet Grape (89 points, 2016)
This wine’s red counterpart, Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Rouge received a SIlver Medal from the 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition. The wine is composed of 65% Organic Merlot, 25% Organic Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Organic Cabernet Franc.
“Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred nuts, roasted berries, and clay with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-long nuts, craisins and cassis, and earth finish with woody, tannins. A fun earthy French red for the table or cellar.” – Tastings.com
Women Winemaker Awards Biokult Grüner Veltliner
The Demeter Certified Biodynamic 2017 Biokult Grüner Veltliner was also awarded a Silver Medal. Angela Michlits is another of the outstanding women winemakers, and the primary winemaker for Biokult Biodynamic wine from Pamhagen, Austria. From the beginning Angela was in charge of all the winemaking and vinification processes. While their three children are at school, Angela spends her day in the cellar with her colleagues. She understands the use of traditional wine growing and winemaking techniques and has developed them in modern ways. Her and her husband’s search for establishing the best conditions and thus letting nature do its best work for the wines without excessive human intervention is very innovative and contemporary. Read more here about Angela and Biokult.
Biokult Grüner Veltliner
100% Organic Grüner Veltliner
“Creamy notes of pear still carry a hint of flinty smoke, but the pear notes rise with purity. The bright freshness of pure lemon lifts everything and makes for purity, ease, refreshment and blithe joy.” –Wine Enthusiast (90 points 2015)
Granza Tempranillo also received a Silver Medal. Veronica Pareja, Winemaker and Cellar Chief for Bodegas Familiares Matarromera, helped to develop the award-winning wine from Ribera del Duero in Spain. Veronica previously worked both at the University of Córdoba and the Denomination of Origin Montilla-Moriles.
100% Organic Tempranillo
“Some earth and smoked-meat character highlighting the dark fruit. Medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes.” James Suckling (90 points 2016)
All of these Women Winemaker Award winners are Made with 100% Organic Grapes, as well as Vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified. They are available at Whole Foods Market, 365 by Whole Foods and other fine retailers nationwide.
A big thank you to our Incredible Women Winemakers Angela Michlits, Elodie Gilles and Veronica Pareja