Wisdom and Wine

Wisdom and Wine imports fine wines from France. Our goal is to identify and provide imported wines that are:

  • Excellent quality
  • Keenly priced
  • Not available in large chain stores.

Our producers are from:

  • Burgundy
  • Chablis
  • Champagne
  • Alsace
  • Northern Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Provence

Latest News

Three Fine Wines from the Southern Rhône

Three new arrivals in our cellars are from the 2017 vintage and the fine wines of Domaine Pélaquié in the Southern Rhône.
2017 Pelaquie Laudun Lirac Mouverder

The wines are:

  • 2017 Domaine Pélaquié Côtes du Rhône Villages "Laudun"
  • 2017 Domaine Pélaquié Lirac
  • 2017 Domaine Pélaquié Côtes du Rhône "Luc Pélaquié" "Cuvée Mourvèdre"

Domaine Jessiaume Wines from Santenay, Burgundy Arrive

Our shipment of wine from Domaine Jessiaume in Santenay has arrived and the wines are now available for purchase.

Jessiaume Volnay 1er Cru Broulliards

2018 Besson Chablis Arrives

We now have stock of the 2018 Domaine Besson Chablis. The shipment was delayed by industrial action in France but is now in our warehouse and in excellent condition.

Our first quick tasting of this indicates that it is "a knockout". Looking forward to getting it out to our valued clients!

2018 Besson Chablis

2018 Besson Chablis

We were expecting stock of the 2018 Besson Chablis and 2018 Besson Petit Chablis into our warehouse in the week beginning 23rd March. However, it is subject to a quarantine search and is delayed. Some of the Petit Chablis will feature the label that they use for exports to the USA - see below on the left.

Domaine Adrien Besson  cv


This wine is labelled as "Domaine Adrien Besson". Adrien is the son of Alain Besson and is Camille's brother.

Champagne Fluteau in Magnums, Bottles and Small Bottles

We have limited bottles of Champagne Fluteau available in half bottles, bottles and magnums.

Half bottle, bottle, magnum of Fluteau

Château Routas Rosé

Our first shipment of Chateau Routas Rose from Provence has proved to be most popular and the 2018 vintage is almost completely sold out. Watch out for the 2019's later in the year!

2018 Chateau Routas Rose from Provence


Promising 2019 Harvest in Chablis

Camille Besson has reported that the 2019 harvest went very well and they collected grapes of very good quality. They suffered a few losses due to the spring frosts but also due to the warm weather during flowering and the lack of rain all summer long.

They estimate losses at around 15% it is not catastrophic and could have been worse.

In summary, it appears that the 2019 vintage in Chablis will be a very good one.

Besson Chablis 2019 Harvest Grand Cru Chablis harvest 2019

Arrival of Champagne Fluteau

We are delighted to receive our latest shipment of Champagne Fluteau. A quarter of the shipment has already been sent to one of Sydney's exclusive clubs for the enjoyment of the members.

This Champagne continually punches above its weight and is an excellent example of a reasonably priced grower Champagne made by 4th generation winemakers in the village of Gye on the banks of the River Seine.

Excellent grower Champagne from Champagne Fluteau in Gye

2017 Domaine Besson Petit Chablis

This wine continues to punch above its weight - clean, crisp and elegant. Always a delight to drink.

Domaine Besson 2017 Petit Chablis

Enjoy it by the glass at Hawthorn's latest exciting eating spot - Mister Sandrino.

Château Routas - new to Australia

The location of Routas is spectacular; in the heart of Provence, equidistant from the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Alps. It is surrounded by tiny medieval villages that cling to steep cliffs and overlooks miles of spectacular hillsides, woods and rivers.

2018 Château Routas Rosé

This delightful Rosé is a blend of 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache and 20% Syrah from the appellation A.O.C. Coteaux Varois en Provence.

This is an outstanding Provence Rosé - fresh, clean and vibrant. It's full or lively fruit, with a depth of flavour it is elegant and refreshing with a dry finish. A wonderful summer drink.

This is bottled under screw cap.

2018 Chateau Routas Rose from Provence


2017 Domaine Besson Chablis

Camille Besson continues to produce outstanding wine from the Besson family's vineyards in Chablis. The 2017 Chablis is once again a hit with lovers of Chablis.

Chablis vintage 2017


Camille Besson - "Best Young Winemaker in Chablis"

Camille Besson was recently awarded the trophy as the "Best Young Winemaker in Chablis". This is a well deserved award for an outstanding young winemaker.

2016 Domaine Jessiaume Wine Featured in Melbourne and Sydney

The French Australia Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Grand Tasting of Bourgone Jura wines in both Melbourne and Sydney.

The event included a tasting "Bourgogne Wines The mystery of the Climats". The tasting featured four white and four red wines selected in France to show the differing terroirs. These wines were selected in France without regard to their availability or otherwise in Australia.

The Domaine Jessiaume 2016 Santenay 1er Cru "Les Gravieres" was a highlight of the tasting.

We will have limited quantities of this wine in early 2019.

2016 Besson Chablis Delights

“Electrifying Good Chablis … It’s not easy finding Burgundy wines that offer such balance between quality, quantity and value.”

Chablis 2016

Champagne Fluteau 2008 Symbiose Highly Rated

 The 2008 Champagne Fluteau Cuvée Symbiose was chosen by "The WIne Enthusiast" in the USA as one of their 12 Wines of Christmas as their Editor's Choice. 

They commented: "A delicious vintage Champagne, it is rich and creamy and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Beyond just being an aperitif, this wine will also carry you straight through dinner. "

Champagne Flulteau




Summer Reds

The wines from Domaine Pélaquié in the Southern Rhône are excellent drinking in the warm Melbourne summer. They can be served slightly chilled and can accompany a range of dishes.

Cotes du Rhone 2015 Pelaquie Laudun

Besson Chablis Continues to Delight


Our range of Chablis from Domaine Besson continues to delight customers in Melbourne. Our 2015 Chablis is almost finished and the 2016 Chablis will be here in the near future. We are down to the last few cases of the 2014 Premier Cru "Montmains" and looking forward to receiving the 2015's.

  

Camille Besson prepares a tasting at Domaine Besson.

Domaine Jessiaume

We recently introduced Domaine Jessiaume to Australia. This Domaine is located in Satenay and produces a range of excellent wines from the Côte de Beaune.

2014 Jessiaume


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