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GUILLAUME PIRE

Guillaume Pire or Guillaume Keller, take your pick! Born in Belgium, he grew up in Madagascar. In 1998, the Pire family bought the Château de Fosse-Sèche. After his studies in Switzerland, including time working at the pioneering Rouvinez estate, Guillaume took over the family estate with his brother Adrien. The vineyards were first established 800 years ago, and the château dates back to the 13thcentury; Fosse-Sèche is made up of a 45 continuous hectares, including 17 ha of vines on Jurassic-era soils, entirely homogenous, composed of clay and decomposed flint stone. Around his vines, Guillaume has developed a true ecosystem, bringing back bats, replanting trees, flowers and green spaces for generations to come… obviously we’re way beyond organic here. The man is impassioned by his work, and makes no concessions. For example, in lesser vintages the “réserve du pigeonnier”, his mythic red cuvée, is not produced at all. But in 2003, a year he considered almost too easy, he opened the floodgates... An artist’s folly? The work of uncompromising genius? You be the judge. What’s for certain is that discovering Guillaume’s wines is an all-natural shock to the system – in a very good way!

GUILLAUME PIRE
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This wine is the perfect expression of a Jurassic-era siliceous terroir. Huge, very concentrated fruit aromas, with notes of violet and more ripe fruits. The palate… is evocative of fine Pinot Noir – as the French would say, "Ça pinote!”. Some very clean juice. The first wine of the Fosse-Sèche range also happens to be an exceptional cuvée. 

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Guillaume has opened up his private reserve to bring us an old vintage still in Olympic form. Enormous fruit aromas, very concentrated, with notes of violet and more ripe fruit. Palate...as the French would say, "Ça pinote!”, so much its flavours evoke a refined Pinot Noir.

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