MAISON HECHT & BANNIER
2001 is the first vintage of Maison Hecht & Bannier. Following visit of hundreds of domains, days and nights of arguing conversations and wonders about their blends, Gregory Hecht and François Bannier bottle at the end of 2003 four cuvées of Southern France appellations : Minervois, Saint Chinian, Faugères and Côtes du Roussillon. Hardly a hundred cases of each wine, the miserable profit of a rigorous and drastic selection of each varietal on every best location. “Lovely spoon negoce” pokes a grower whom they buy two precious hectoliters of Mouvèdre for the Faugères blend. Following years will enjoy the blossoming of new cuvées and wines spreading out alongside the Mediterranean arc. Core principles remain unchanged : blending the fruit of several growers within an appellation, long ageing, severe work on blends to offer under a single brand the quintessential expression of each AOP. Crafted and hand-made negoce into boutique wines. Tasters may sometimes be overwhelmed by the wines but these cuvées claim their style and signature.
“Fascinating, ambitious, accomplished new negociant” wrote Jancis Robinson in 2005 with other famous wine writers who created tremendous success of the wines in USA, Canada and Japan.
Hecht & Bannier has become one of the thirty or so companies in the sector to be B Corp certified worldwide, a first in its region. This certification rewards 20 years of commitment to performance and responsibility, both social and environmental. This historic initiative was born of a deep conviction on the part of Gregory Hecht et François Bannier: there is no point in doing things without a conscience and without meaning.
Mission – “To share the expression of our regional vineyards with organic and affordable wines while building a long-lasting and profitable relationship with our winegrower and cooperative partners.” Gregory Hecht & François Bannier
Purpose – “To be the contemporary messenger of 2,000 years of vine and wine history around the Mediterranean that have shaped people and landscapes and to pass it on to future generations, thus ensuring the continuity of this culture.” Gregory Hecht & François Bannier