The editors at Wine Enthusiast have recently rated and reviewed Domaine Amirault and Legras & Haas.
Below are the top scores they were awarded:
Maison Legras & Haas
Brigitte Haas and François Legras met in 1967, both already passionate grower and maker they founded the house Legras & Haas in 1991.
The Legras-Haas family members devote themselves to the unique terroir they groom and the fantastic wines it makes. François Legras was taught at a very young age by his father Lucien. In fifty years of an eventful career his passion never left him. His great experience in growing, making and blending is a true guarantee of quality and a great asset for the new generation.
He loves his champagnes and the wine hills of Chouilly, was one of the first to recognize the potential of the Perthois winemaking area in the eighties and is a expert of the Bar Séquanais Pinot noirs. He defends a precise viticulture freed from prejudices.
Rémi and Olivier Legras have run the house for fifteen years now with the same passion. They put many effort in promoting strict quality processes, precise vines growing and continue to elaborate the pristine and subtle wines that made the reputation of the house.
The harvest is done by hand only, this has many benefits. It respects the integrity of the berries which is a crucial point for the quality of the juices and it allows to keep the stem (Wooden skeleton of the cluster). The stem will act like a drain during pressing allowing to extract more juice with less pressure. Picking the bunch of grapes also prevents early oxidation of the harvest.
The Amirault family has lived at Le Clos des Quarterons for over 180 years. Those 180 years have been filled with stories, soul-searching and doubt but also joy. For almost two centuries, six generations have paced the vines and guided the wines, respecting the work of their predecessors and making quality their priority.
Cabernet franc is the main grape variety on the estate. It is used to create a range of very different red wines, according to the type of terroir and the age of the vines.
They also grow Chenin blanc and Chardonnay grapes. They are used to create the “Quarterons Blanc” and the Crémant de Loire « Les Quarterons » Maison Amirault gently sparkling.
The wines are certified both organic and biodynamic.