September 1, 2005
MMD Announces New Partnership
Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc. proudly announces a distribution partnership with Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni of the renowned estate, Agricola Querciabella. Located in Tuscany, the winery produces award-winning wines that are known throughout the world.
Querciabella was founded in 1974 by Giuseppe Castiglioni, a collector of French wines and the owner of the largest collection of Louis Roederer Cristal throughout Italy. With the recent passing of their founder, the property is now managed and owned by second generation Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni who carries with him the fundamental philosophy of Querciabella. Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni remarks “Querciabella is dedicated to producing among the finest Italian wines – my father instilled in me that quality begins in the vineyard and with minimal intervention one can produce a wine that is truly a reflection of its terroir”. Querciabella wines are all estate bottled and made from selected grapes from the Southeast and Southwest-facing vineyards located high on the hilltop of Ruffoli, in Greve in Chianti.
Gregory Balogh, President of Maisons Marques & Domaines remarks, “I have long admired the wines of Italy and it is an honor to import the Tuscan wines of Querciabella. Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni shares with Jean Claude Rouzaud, the owner and winemaker of Champagne Louis Roederer the same philosophy based on vineyard ownership and rigorous winemaking, which are the core elements that lead to uncompromising quality”.
The wines of Querciabella will be available in all US markets by the end of September: 2003 Querciabella Chianti Classico, 2001 Camartina and the 2003 Batàr.
Maisons, Marques & Domaines, USA (MMD), is headquartered in Oakland, California, and has an office in New York. It was founded in 1987 as the marketing company for Champagne Louis Roederer, (Reims, France) and Roederer Estate (Philo, California). MMD also represents the French properties of Champagne Deutz, Domaines Ott, Chateau de Pez, Château Haut-Beauséjour, Delas Freres, Domaines Schlumberger, de Ladoucette, Albert Pic, Regnard, and a selection of Bordeaux wines from Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix. Also in the MMD portfolio are Christian Moueix’ Dominus Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars, the South African properties of Meerlust, Le Bonheur, Uytkyk, and Fleur du Cap, and Portugal’s Adriano Ramos Pinto.
Querciabella began with a few hectares of vineyard and a few old buildings in Greve in Chianti. Since then the estate has expanded to almost 500 acres (of which 65 are vineyards in the Chianti Classico region, and 90 are vineyards in Maremma), and a state of the art winery. Nowadays, Querciabella is managed by Giuseppe’s son Sebastiano and both viticulture and wine making techniques follow strict biodynamic standards. The grapes are rigorously selected from low yielding vines with the emphasis placed on concentration and richness from nature. The most advanced technologies are put to use to respect and exalt the fruit and not to manipulate it. The choice of special custom made barriques is handled personally by Sebastiano, like the selection of elements that make up the final blends.