Revered Producers

Our aim is to be the best retailer of award-winning fine drinks in Sussex. Our ranges are hand-selected from the portfolios of some of the world's most revered producers to ensure we only offer experiences created from heartfelt passion and an unwavering dedication to quality.

We source products from brands that are established greats in their fields, and also find the very best  from the world's brightest new stars.

 

But at all times Sacred Cellar strives to offer fine wines, artisan spirits, craft beers and unique ciders from producers that value the most natural production methods and commit to promoting ecological sustainability.  

Use the links below to find out more about the creators of the award-winning products found on our shelves. And remember, new suppliers will be added to this list every week so be sure to check back:

 
Vineyards

Bollinger, Champagne, France

Established in Ay in 1829, Bollinger is still family-owned and today is managed by Ghislain de Montgolfier, the great-grandson of the founder. The winemaker is Alsace born Mathieu Kauffmann, who makes classic, Pinot Noir dominated Champagnes of great potential longevity and complexity with the ability to age elegantly for many years. All grapes in Bollinger’s blend come from Grand Cru vineyards and, uniquely, are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,000 small oak casks. The House allows its wine to mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement as they believe that great champagne needs time to develop its full character. So revered are the wines that Bollinger champagne has been referenced in no less than 9 James Bond films!

Charles Heidsieck, Champagne, France

Charles Heidsieck is one of the great names of Champagne, and produces some of the finest of all Champagnes. Founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the foundation of its modern fame rests on the unrivalled quality of its wines, which receive countless awards and accolades year after year. This success is attributable to the strength and depth of their winemaking team over the past three decades: Daniel Thibault, Regis Camus and Thierry Roset have between them been awarded 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge fifteen times. No other house has won more than twice. This winning philosophy has been inherited by the new chef de cave, Cyril Brun, who took over in 2015 following Thierry Roset's untimely death in October 2014. In a world of large houses and luxury brands, it is reassuring that Charles Heidsieck, the smallest of all the grandes marques, is once again family owned and striving to build upon its already fabled reputation.

Château Larose Trintaudon, Bordeaux, France

The 190-hectare vineyard of Château Larose Trintaudon is planted upon one of the oldest layers of Médoc gravel, called the 'Pyrenean layer'. Situated on the borders of the Pauillac and Saint-Julien Appellations, it benefits from very similar growing conditions as its neighbour, the iconic and famed Château Latour. The vineyard is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, with an average vine age of 28 years. Larose Trintaudon, as with Larose Perganson, is also a member of the Vignoble Responsable and practises sustainable viticulture.

Chateau Léoville Barton, Bordeaux, France

Château Léoville-Barton is situated in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Positioned along the Gironde river, the soil composition is mostly gravel with a subsoil of clay and the Bordeaux classics of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc thrive with the vines averaging 30 years of age. After a hand-picked harvest, fermentation takes place in temperature controlled wood vats for two to three weeks before being transferred into oak barrels (50% of which are new) for aging before bottling. Léoville-Barton wine is highly decorated and an icon of the Bordeaux region.

Domaine de la Janasse, Southern Rhone, France

In 1967, Aimé Sabon came back from his military service and took over his father’s vineyards.
A mere six years later, Aimé built his own cellar and Domaine de la Janasse was born. Named after the family farm, it has grown from 15 hectares to more than 90 hectares today. In 1991, after a technical diploma in viticulture and oenology in Beaune, Aimé’s eldest son, Christophe, came back to La Janasse where he helped turn it into one of the finest estates in the Rhone with a superb reputation for its Chateauneuf Du Pape and Cotes De Rhone reds. Tiny yield from the old vines give great intensity of fruit and serve to create wines which effortlessly express the brightness and intensity of the grape, as well as exuding all the nuances of terroir. A truly family affair, in 2001, Aimé’s daughter, Isabelle graduated as an oenologist from the University of Toulouse, and joined the team.

Domaine Laroche, Chablis, Burgundy, France

Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru sites. Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche merged with another family-owned producer, Jeanjean, in 2009 and he remains involved in the business. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche was the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcaps in 2002.

Domaine Louis Michel et Fils

Located in Burgundy, France Domaine Louis Michel currently works with 21 hectares of vineyards, many of them Premier and Grand Cru. Until as recently as the 1980s the wines were fermented and aged solely in old oak barrels. Today, however, there is a more modern approach and all the wines are fermented in stainless steel with varying lengths of contact with the lees to add complexity. This protective approach allows for a much fresher expression of the Chardonnay grape, and crisper, cleaner wines throughout. The vineyards of the Domaine are concentrated on the first slopes to be farmed by Cistercian monks during the 11th century.

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Burgundy, France

Managed by Vincent Mongeard and his wife Anne, Mongeard-Mugneret is truly one of Burgundy's great domaines. The estate was founded when Vincent's grandfather and grandmother pooled vineyard resources in the 1920s and today they have 33 hectares, stretching from Beaune in the south to Marsannay in the north. The vineyards range from basic Bourgogne to holdings in Grand Crus such as Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot and Grands Echézeaux. The domaine adopts many of  organic and biodynamic principles as they believe the use of one philosophy would not give the quality they strive for. This is a stance we steadfastly respect and so we are very proud to offer these finest of Burgundy wines to Sussex.

Domaine Maillard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France

Created in 1952 by Daniel Maillard, whose family has been a viticulturist in Burgundy since 1766, Domaine Maillard now covers 19 hectares and produces famous wines such as Corton, Aloxe Corton, Pommard, Beaune, Ladoix and Chorey les Beaune. Today his sons, Alain and Pascal are some of most welcoming winemakers in the region, crafting particularly well-priced wines with juicy, fruit-forward personalities. They work hard to ensure the continuity of the estate, in the respect of the very finest traditions, and are the 10th Generation of the Maillard family to run the Domaine Maillard. 

Chateau des Eyssards, Bergerac, France

A beautiful 38 ha estate to the south-west of the town of Bergerac, located on the edge of the Dordogne. Chateau des Eyssards is owned by Pascal Cuisset, who is one of the most innovative young winemakers in the region. Pascal is passionate about his wines and believes that while technology can be extremely useful in winemaking, it is the physical labour and intuitive skills of a winemaker that really count. A producer of wines that represent great value for money, we are very happy to offer Chateau Des Eyssards wines to Sussex. 

Domaine Régis Rossignol Changarnier, Burgundy, France

Régis Rossignol first harvested grapes in 1950 and ever since has prioritised a proven, traditional approach. For 16 years, Régis worked with his parents at a family domaine with generations of history, before striking out on his own in 1966 and accumulating seven hectares of vineyards in Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Savigny-les-Beaune and Meursault. Régis has given all his wines a light filtration since 1995 and destemming is used extremely sparingly and not at all in the Premiers Crus, adding a peppery dimension to their incredible selection of wines.  

Dreissigacker, Rheinhessen, Germany

Rheinhessen is Germany's largest region for producing the quality wines of the country’s premier designations. It consists of roughly 26,500 hectares of vineyards and many areas are favourably influenced by the Rhine river. Rheinhessen has variety of soil types and climatic influences and has historically produced a wide variety of grapes although Riesling has come to prominence in recent years, with some phenomenal examples being created.

Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy

Having been present in Chianti for centuries, the Manetti family took ownership of Fontodi in 1969. Giovanni Manetti has run the property since 1980 and ensures the wines are as meticulously made as the vineyards are immaculately tended. Their 90 hectares of vineyard, 90% of which are Sangiovese, are situated in the prime 'Conca d'Oro' (golden shell) of Panzano, and have been converted to organic viticulture. Giovanni is now following biodynamic principles to obtain the best quality fruit. Though they have always made wine, the Manetti family’s primary business is still the production of Chianti's finest terracotta at their factory in Ferrone.

Catena Zapata, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Located in the far southerly growing region of Altamira en La Consulta, the Nicasia vineyard is the only planting of the special Catena Selection of Malbec cuttings in this traditional area for Malbec. La Consulta was Nicolás Catena’s father Domingo’s prefered Malbec location and the Catena Zapata wines are made from a meticulous vine selection from the best, historic rows of the Catena Zapata Family Estate Vineyards. These Zapata vines are carefully hand-tended and produce extremely low yields. These wines are made in very limited quantities.

Montes, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce the best wines in Chile from the best regions. The grapes come from the Casablanca Valley, Chile's first cool climate region. The vineyards are 25-30km away from the Pacific Ocean and as a result, morning fog and cool breezes extend ripening allowing for the development and retention of delicate aromas and acidity especially important for making fine Pinot Noirs. All grapes at Montes are hand harvested.

Trapiche, Mendoza, Argentina

Trapiche was established in 1883 at the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza and is one of Argentina's oldest wineries. The winery was built next to the railway line so that the wine barrels could be easily loaded into the wagons and the Trapiche Estacion 1883 range of wines commemorates this. Over the last 125 years Trapiche’s reputation has grown because of their pioneering and innovative spirit and their dedication to quality and diversity to produce the highest quality wines. They represent the richness of diversity in Argentina, with over a 1000 ha of their own vineyards and taking advantage of the different soils and climates, and the grapes for the Trapiche Estacion 1883 Malbec are sourced from vineyards which have an altitude of over 900 metres.

Dry Creek Vineyards, California, USA

When opened in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending. Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards and our support of them indicative of our commitment to bringing California's finest wines to Sussex.

Opus One Winery, California, USA

Conceived in 1984 by Baron Philippe Rothschild, his daughter Philippine and wine-pioneer Robert Mondavi, construction of the incredible Opus One winery was completed in 1991. That year the first harvest at Opus One was achieved and the wine, as it has been ever since, was one of refined subtlety and wonderful grace. The unique delights of Opus One’s location and production facility results in aromas, flavours and mouthfeel that offer a beautiful balance between power and finesse, and between structure and texture. Crafted by a team whose passion and care embody the vision of its founders, Opus One is a delight and must for lovers of the world’s finest wine so we are very proud to be one of the only retailers to offer this extremely fine wine to Sussex.

Battle of Bosworth, McLaren Vale, Australia

Battle of Bosworth is one of the most exciting producers from the McLaren Vale, owing its fame to a series of outstanding single-vineyard wines made from estate-grown fruit. Owner, Joch Bosworth, is regarded as a brilliant organic farmer as well as a top class winemaker, and the Bosworth vineyards are among the most beautiful in the world. The focus on 100% organic methods result in wines that are smart, sophisticated and blessed by plenty of bold, Australian fruit.

Ramón Bilbao, Rioja Alta, Spain

BODEGAS RAMÓN BILBAO was founded in 1924 by Ramón Bilbao Murga in Haro, a place in which Rioja’s iconic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows with stunning success on vines that are on average of 40 years old. Today, Ramón Bilbao produces fruit driven styles as well as oaky wines, coming from the best estates and vineyards and with oak barrels from the finest European and American forests. So respected are the wines that in 2008 Ramón Bibao was awarded the title of Best Spanish Wine, and followed this up in 2011 when it was adjudged to have produced the Best Temranillo in the world. To cap off this success, in 2014 Ramón Bilbao was awarded the Best Spanish Winery prize in by the IWSC. High acclaim and further decorations have followed and, as one of our favourite producers, we are very happy to be offering these stunning fine wines to Sussex.

Vina Carmen, Maipo Valley, Chile

Vina Carmen was Chile’s first winery, established in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery in honour of his beloved wife Carmen. In 1992 a new winery was built and new vineyards planted, to produce the best quality wines from Chile. Carmen has been recognized for its quality and for being a pioneer in the Chilean wine industry, evidenced by the fact that the Carmenere grape variety was discovered in the Vina Carmen vineyards. The winery has been the leading producer of wines from organically grown grapes and today Viña Carmen is one of the most important in Chile’s premium wine segment.