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Gregory Hecht and Francois Bannier created their business Hecht & Bannier in 2001. Their aim was to differentiate themselves from other wine producers by offering a unique range. Hecht and Bannier’s expertise is focused in the Languedoc and Roussillon region and they believe their wines allow wine-lovers to discover the extraordinary quality and wealth of their region. The cornerstone of their profession is their extensive knowledge of vineyards and cellars. Every year they visit hundreds of producers to select only the best wines. Often, their wines come from vineyards in the cooler foothills where it isn’t rare to see hundred-year-old vines. Once the long selection process has come to an end, they organize tastings to create the blends and decide on their options.

Conserving the typical Mediterranean strength in their wines while preserving balance and crispness, is their mantra for all the appellations they produce. Each wine bottle is fully representative of the region and terroir, serving as the benchmark that other wines are measured against.

The goal of Hecht & Bannier is to have their wines become the reference for quality in the region with a unique range of appellation wines.


Cremand de Limoux
Cremand de Limoux Blanc Brut Reserve

Cremant de Limoux, the official name for a sparkling wine from Limoux, is the world’s oldest sparkling wine. Mauzac, a historical grape variety from the Limoux area is very rare in southern France and brings a lively acidity to this wine. The amount of Chardonnay used is relatively high bringing about finesse and effervescence, and combined with the elegance of Chenin and Mauzac, it gives an increased complexity to this wine. This Cremant is lively with fine acidity and creamy bubbles. The nose reveals notes of hazelnut and cream, white flowers and apricot. The Chardonnay dominance offers a smooth palate with aromas of brioche dough.

 Grape Varieties
Chardonnay 60%, Chenin 25%, Mauzac 15%


 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   

Cremand de Limoux Rose Brut Reserve

Cremant de Limoux, the official name for a sparkling wine from Limoux, is the world’s oldest sparkling wine. Mauzac, a historical grape variety from the Limoux area is very rare in southern France and brings a lively acidity to this wine. Its exclusive use is reserved for the Blanquette production. For our Cremant, we prefer Mauzac in addition to Chardonnay. Native of the Loire Valley, Chenin has acclimatized to the fresh and mountainous climate of Limoux and we include up to 20% in our blend. In the Hecht & Bannier Cremant, the amount of Chardonnay used is relatively high, bringing about finesse and aromatic freshness but also the body of the wine

5% of still red wine is added into the blend. The Pinot noir provides shades of red fruits in the assemblage, wild strawberries, red-currant jelly and mulberry bush. Moderate dosage keeps its liveliness and freshness and offers a creamy effervescence to the palate

 Grape Varieties
Chardonnay 55%, Chenin 25%, Mauzac 15%, Pinot Noir 5%



 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   

Languedoc Blanc

Harvested from the coolest parcels along the coast, only grapes with the right amount of acidity are used in the Languedoc Blanc. The late ripening Picpoul is also well adapted to the Mediterranean climate with grapes keeping their high acidity until the harvesting period at the end of September. Picpoul brings stimulus and freshness to the wine while the citrus and white flower fragrances of Roussanne bring a rich flavor and depth to the wine. This wine is ideal as an aperitif as well as to enjoy with Tapas, shellfish and Mediterranean fish dishes.

 Grape Varieties
Picpoul Blanc, Roussanne


 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   

Cremand de Limoux
AOC Languedoc Bio

Maturing: 100 % concrete tank
Sources : Saint Chinian, Terrasses du Larzac (Languedoc) ; Vallee de l’Agly (Roussillon)
In Southern France, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, extends the most ancient and the largest vineyard of France: the Languedoc Roussillon. This region has become a pioneer in developing cautious agriculture and organic viticulture. It offers a vast variety of terroirs that one can discover in this fruit driven wine, matured exclusively in concrete tank, without any use of barrels. This Languedoc is blended by the most brilliant fruits of Syrah, from the area of Saint Chinian and the Terraces du Larzac with the tasty Grenache from Roussillon.
Certified organic by Ecocert in Europe, processing on the NOP certification

 Grape Varieties
mainly Syrah. Grenache, Carignan


 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   

Minervois
Minervois

Fruit selected for this wine came from the areas of Les Mourels and Les Coteaux which extends from Caunes to Aignes. The blend is completed with wines from vineyards in Pepieux. This Minervois has the sun-filled and spicy personality of the Mediterranean Syrah in harmony with the softness from the old Grenache and the intense Carignan. It is fragrant and sumptuous on the nose with bitter-sweet cassis, juniper, dark chocolate, lavender, and smoked meat, complemented by well integrated ripe cherry fruit and herbs.

 Grape Varieties
Mainly Syrah and Grenache with a small portion of Carignan and Mourvedre.


 
   

Saint Chinian
Saint Chinian

Sourced from Saint Chinian, Pierrerue, Combejean, Villespassans, and Assignan, this Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend is dominated by the Syrah and its floral notes. The wine expresses a bouquet typical of Iris and bulbous flowers tied with a rich minerality. Mourvedre combined with Grenache offers structure and flesh to the wine, wonderfully complementing the aromatic explosion of Syrah. The leavening of spice and pepper on this blend brings an extra dimension to the berry flavors. Around 30% of the blend was aged in new oak, to impart softness and creaminess in this rich and full-bodied wine.

 Grape Varieties
Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache

 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   

Cotes Du Roussillon Villages
Cotes Du Roussillon Villages

Hecht & Bannier rely on an in-depth knowledge of vineyards and cellars - they are constantly looking and searching for the best grape producers in order to assemble new wines. Grapes from Estagel, Tautavel, Maury; Latour de France;Vingrasu; Caramany, were sourced for this Codes du Roussillon Villages. This wine is a dark and deep ruby color. Tight and spicy, it brings sleek cranberry and red-currant flavors to the table with a hint of oak. It’s peppery and sharp with depth and richness of tannin on the palate.

 Grape Varieties
70% Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre.

 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   

Faugeres
Faugeres

Faugeres offers the unique encounter of a great and homogeneous terroir, the schist, with one variety, the Syrah. In late ripening vintages such as 2006, Mourvedre is completes the blends structure. This wine was left for a second winter in wood, in particular in demi-muids to obtain the small-grained velvety of tannins. The different wines were racked during the spring 2008. The Mourvedre finally represents around 30% of the blend which is quite high but the perfect amount for this vintage. “A hint of coconut and lanolin (from a new demi-muid incorporated into the blend) mingles with smoke-tinged black cherry in the nose of Hecht & Bannier’s Faugeres. With an impressive sense of grip and sheer density, yet of fine-grained tannins, too, this offers an invigorating combination of fruit skin and rhubarb-like (vintage typical) tartness and tactile crushed stone, as well as deep, bitter-sweet dark chocolate.”

 Grape Varieties
Mainly Syrah. Mourvedre.

 ※Cepage differs slightly depending on the vintage.

 
   


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