6 March 2012 News

Xavier and Marc Milhade jump for joy!  Chateau Boutisse 2009 is now available!  Following is the review from the Wine Advocate published last week:

A sleeper of the vintage, this is possibly the best wine I have tasted from Boutisse. Coming from a vineyard near Fleur Cardinale, the wine displays beautiful raspberry and black cherry fruit as well as hints of roasted herbs, charcoal and barbecue smoke. Deep, fleshy and very attractive, with low acidity and heady fruit, this wine should drink well for 10-15 years.” 89 Points Robert Parker

9 January 2012 News

Chateau Lyonnat received great scores in the February 2012 edition of the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.  Lyonnat’s original Lussac Saint-Emilion 2009 received 90 points and “Emotion” 2009 received a score of 91 points.  Both scoring high and noticed for ripe fruit flavors and wonderful concentration, check out the reviews below!


9 December 2011 News

Chateau Boutisse 2008 was rated the #1 Red Bordeaux above $16 in the Decanter World Wine Awards – ahead of wines like Branaire Ducru 2008, Phelan Segur 2008,  Cambon La Pelouse 2008, Greysac and other wines, many well known and more expensive.  Very impressive, and attention-getting.

The piece below talks about how quality distinctly improved since Xavier Milhade and his son, Marc, have made important investments in the vineyard and their cellars.  A wonderful acknowledgement of the superb quality at this estate.




11 August 2011 News

Who knew that there were wine reviews on   They did pick up on Chateau Recougne’s 2009 White, however, calling it a notable favorite among Bordeaux and Boreaux Superieur category wines.  Super!


15 April 2011 News

Chateau Boutisse was among six wines featured in a massive photo spread on 2008 Bordeaux in the just-released issue of the Wine Spectator. Despite a difficult growing season in Bordeaux, Wine Spectator critic James Molesworth found that there are some excellent wines to be had at attractive prices. Molesworth gave the ’08 Boutisse a score of 91 points, on par with renowned estates like Chateau Clinet and Leoville-Barton.

Wine Spectator, May Issue, p.45

13 April 2011 News

Wine Spectator critic James Molesworth gave Chateau Boutisse 2010 a fantastic preliminary score of 91-94 during his barrel tastings in Bordeaux last month. Molesworth’s initial notes on the wine were:

“Very fresh, showing enticing plum, currant and boysenberry fruit, with lots of mouthwatering minerality and a long, spice-filled finish. Dense but pure. A suave wine in the making.”

While 2009 will undoubtedly be a tough act to follow in Bordeaux, Molesworth says he believes 2010 will give the vintage a run for its money, thanks to a long, dry, warm growing season.

6 October 2010 News


VINTUS and E. GUIGAL are pleased to announce they have entered into a long-term distribution agreement granting VINTUS the responsibility for the exclusive sales and marketing of GUIGAL wines in the United States.  In a related transaction, VINTUS has purchased the assets of former GUIGAL importer Ex Cellars Wines Agencies.

VINTUS, founded in 2004, is a national importer and marketing company for leading fine wine estates around the world.   VINTUS President and founder Michael Quinttus commented: “It is an honor and the fulfillment of a long dream to now represent the wines of GUIGAL, the leading producer in the Rhone Valley and one of the world’s iconic brands.   Adding GUIGAL and other Ex Cellars producers such as Baumard, Philipponnat, François Lurton, D. Milhade, Château de Beauregard, Talmard and Dog Point to our portfolio is a seamless extension of our efforts to offer wine lovers and our distributor, retail and restaurant partners the finest wines in the world.”

Marcel and Philippe Guigal, with a fanatical devotion to quality and terroir, have set the highest production standards in the region, ranging from best-value Côtes du Rhônes to once-in-a-lifetime single-vineyard bottles such as La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne from Côte-Rôtie.  Reflecting on the transition to VINTUS after working for more than 40 years with importer Fred Ek, founder of Ex Cellars, Marcel and Philippe stated:  “We will be eternally grateful to Fred Ek for introducing our wines to the U.S. in the 1960’s.  Fred, Patrick and their team have given American wine lovers access to our wines for decades.  We have also known and respected Michael for many years, and have watched as the VINTUS organization has developed.  We believe his company is the natural next home for GUIGAL.”

According to Fred Ek, co-owner of Ex Cellars: “After so many years working with GUIGAL and my other friends in France, successively in retail, wholesale with Classic Wine Imports and finally Ex Cellars, it is a pleasure to pass them along to Michael Quinttus.” Patrick Will, co-owner of Ex Cellars, will become Vice President, Brand Management & Development at VINTUS.  He adds, “it has been a pleasure and an honor to work with Fred and these wonderful producers for 14 years.  I look forward to being part of what has undoubtedly become one of the very top fine wine portfolios in the country.”

VINTUS represents a diverse, international range of extraordinary wineries including Chateau Montelena, Quinta do Noval, Errazuriz, Ch. Pétrus, Ch. Margaux, Ch. La Fleur-Pétrus, Bruno Paillard, Marcel Deiss, Lucien Le Moine, Mas Belles Eaux, Sandrone, Petrolo, Enrico Santini, Schiopetto, Richard Sanford’s Alma Rosa Winery, Finca Decero, Telmo Rodriguez, Ferrer Bobet, Disznoko, Mitolo, Shaw + Smith, Delta, and Quinta da Romaneira.  For more information, visit their website at

Founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, E. GUIGAL is based in Ampuis and has been the leading producer of Rhône Valley wines for decades.  Etienne’s son Marcel has led the development of the family firm since 1961, and Marcel’s son Philippe, oenologist, works by his side to carry on their traditions of quality, preservation and innovation.  GUIGAL produces a wide range of Rhône wines: legendary wines from Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Crozes-Hermitage and Tavel; and of course Côtes du Rhône red, rosé and white that represent some of the greatest values in the wine world.  Their website is