December 19, 2005

Pio Cesare

Pio Cesare

MMD announces New Partnership

Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc. (MMD) is proud to announce a new partnership with Piedmonte’s PIO CESARE. Effective immediately, MMD will begin representing Pio Cesare’s portfolio throughout the US. Pio Cesare is family owned and is named after its founder Cesare Pio who established the business in 1881. The company remains family owned and is today managed by the great grandson, Pio Boffa.

Pio remarks “My family and I are delighted to partner with MMD and the Rouzaud family (owners of Champagne Louis Roederer and MMD)…. this is the perfect marriage. Our two families believe in the same philosophy - quality starts in the vineyard. Pio Cesare is looking forward to a bright future with our newfound partners at MMD.”

Gregory Balogh, President of Maisons Marques & Domaines states, “Italy has many prestigious wines, especially from Piedmonte. Pio Cesare produces outstanding wines from the region and is a natural complement to the rest of our portfolio. We are delighted to welcome Pio Cesare to our family of wines.”

Pio Cesare has eleven wines within their portfolio which all represent the significant and diverse terroirs of Piedmonte; three are “vineyard designate” (Barolo Ornata, Barbaresco Il Bricco and Barbera D’Alba) and eight are “classico” wines (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, Nebbiolo d’Alba, l’Altro and Piodilei Chardonnay and Cortese di Gavi). The grapes for the Pio Cesare wines are sourced from the family’s estate vineyards which are comprised of 110 acres of some of the finest vineyards in Barolo and Barbaresco. Additional grapes are purchased from other reputable Piedmonte growers with whom Pio has maintained established contracts for over four generations.

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, Château 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, and Fleur du Cap, Portugal’s Adriano Ramos Pinto and Italy’s Querciabella.