Skip to main content


Connect with the local beverage industry. Trade news, trends and insights.

Slocum & Sons Expands French Selections

By May 25, 2023Connecticut, Top News

New French Domaines from Thomas Calder Selections include La Croix Gratiot (Languedoc/Picpoul), Gerard Boulay (Loire/Sancerre), Domaine Lelièvre (Lorraine), Champagne Louis Nicaise, Olivier Morin (Burgundy/Chitry) and Francois Merlin (Rhône/Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu).

Slocum & Sons added several new imports from Thomas Calder Selections across multiple regions in France. La Croix Gratiot is a 33-hectare Domaine on clay and limestone hillsides surrounding the Thau basin, Picpoul de Pinet. The vineyard is worked according to biodynamic principles and vineyards are bordered by hedge rows to encourage biodiversity. Gerard Boulay’s wines are made from 11 hectares of Sancerre vineyards, densely planted at 8,000 vines and tracing origins to 1380. Domaine Lelièvre, in Côtes de Toul for generations, began bottling its wines in 1971 from planted vines in the Moselle region of Gaul, dating back to the Romans. Domaine Lelièvre is run by two brothers, offering a Vin Gris 90% Gamay/10% Pinot Noir vinified as a white and two Méthode Traditionnelle wines. Champagne Louis Nicaise is located in the heart of Hautvillers, the village made famous by Dom Pérignon and known as the birthplace of Champagne. The Nicaise family has been making Champagne for four generations from 9 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards. Olivier Morin is the winemaker at this 11-hectare family Domaine 15 kilometers from Chablis, which can trace its history back to 1650. Morin was cited as part of the “nouvelle generation” of winemakers in Burgundy. François Merlin started producing wines from his 4-hectare Domaine in Saint-Michel-sur-Rhône in the hills high above the river. Several parcels are situated between Chavanay and Condrieu, all of them with south-eastern exposure, in Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu where he makes two cuvées, producing elegant, pure, fruit-driven wines.


« | »