With March being Women's History Month, and March 8th International Women's Day, we are featuring some of our women winemakers & women-run wineries. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the successes and empowerment of women in the wine world and beyond, and raise a glass to women everywhere with a wine that suits the occasion!
Jacqueline André, Winemaker, Domaine Pierre André
Jacqueline continues a family tradition of producing powerful red wines from their 37 acres of vines in Courthézon, between Orange and Avignon in southern France. The estate has old vines that range from 70 to 130 years old, with a diversified terroir of smooth stones, clay, sand, & limestone. Jacqueline took over her family winery from her father Pierre but still honors him in the name of the winery, and by maintaining his non-interventionist winemaking style and Biodynamic farming practices. Pierre André was the first vigneron in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to have certified organic vineyards, practicing organic agriculture since 1963 and becoming certified in 1980. The family has been practicing Biodynamic farming since 1992.
Jacqueline's wines are very traditionally made and have all the power of a good Chateauneuf, but with an elegance and finesse not found in many. As Chambers St. Wines writes,
"To work traditionally and express terroir is laudable enough to stand apart in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. André’s wines transcend this category by magnifying the virtues of their respective vintages without ever obscuring the expression of terroir. If pressed to identify a common thread it would be this: within each bottle lies everything necessary to understand and appreciate its vintage."
Featured wine: Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise, Picpoul, Muscardin) - Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC 2016
From the family's 37-acre Biodynamically farmed estate in Courthézon, this is a meaty, gamey Châteauneuf with sausage-like scents mingling with rosemary, stones, and leather. Firm and warm, it needs a meaty dish, like pork and white beans, to match its brooding, earthy character. Made with certified organic grapes.
95 points - Vinous Antonio Galloni
Read more of our Women in Wine series here.