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High Peak Imports, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

Portrait of a Burgundian Winemaking Family

Claude and Colette Chevalier, son and daughter of George and Fernande have graciously accepted the gift their parents gave them of over 11 hectars (27.5 acres) of Cote de Beaune vineyards. Why not? Because often this transition takes place with a thunderbolt of wrath between father and son which can cost both millions of francs if handled poorly - not to mention the heartaches and hassles (Domaine Jayer-Gilles, Magny les Villers). Otherwise the rights of succession are too costly for young wine families to assume if a beloved parent passes away (Ponelle family - Clos de la Pousse d’Or). Frequently sibling rivalry puts a stick in the spokes of family tradition leading the business harmony to a stop (Lalou-Bize Leroy -formerly DRC, now Domaine Leroy).  Not in this case. George and Fernand decided to retire early. Retirement may mean hauling a winnebago of fishing rods and shuffleboard sticks to West Palm Beach to some. However George is often caught crossing the street separating his home from the winery to poke his nose and palate in on tastings, and Fernande spends at least one Sunday a year - glass of Cremant in hand - directing 2,500 walkers in from an annual wine & gastronomic "race". With a gleam in his eye Claude juggles between five daughters, a wife who looks like she could be one of them, and tractors in the vineyards. Colette at about 5 foot even, with no less vigor and as much glint leads tasters through their 18th century cellars which have been in the family for four generations. With a gleam in his eye, Claude juggles between raising his five daughters, vinification, tractors in the vineyards, and living life to its fullest.


        1993 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

        1995 Corton Rognet Grand Cru


High Peak Imports, Inc.
P.O. Box 29749
San Antonio, TX 78229

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Last updated 11/02/99


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