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HUMANITY AND AUTHENTICITY

 

A wine promotional agency established in Quebec in 1997, Le Maître de Chai represents more than 200 wineries, serving both the Quebec and Ontario markets since 2015.

 

Over the past two decades, we have put together an enviable portfolio of world-class wineries and winemakers who are considered the elite in their respective regions.

 

To our clients, be it individual wine lovers or restaurants, we are proud to offer truly exceptional wines. To the wineries we represent, we take equal pride in our ability to communicate their stories. Wether these wine are sold on private ordering, directly through the LCBO stores, or both, we will find the ideal route to bring these wines to market.

 

To excel in this business, one must have, before anything else, a passion for not only wine, but also the people who are behind every bottle. It’s these enduring personal relationships we cultivate with our winemakers, restaurateurs and individual clients that is the ultimate reward.– Francis Martin, owner of Le Maitre de Chai

 

Our story began at the end of the 1980’s, when Gilles Martin and Josée Levert, founders of Le Maitre de Chai, traveled all over France searching for wines to stock their personal cellar. Along the way, they discovered not only great wines, but met truly memorable winemakers. Wether or not they realized it at the time, they were laying the foundation of not only a wine agency, but a philosophy of how to run a wine agency. We operate on the same principle today- that wine is ultimately about people.

 

Among the pioneers of selling wines on private import in Quebec, Gilles and Josée carefully expanded their portfolio by knocking on the doors of the world’s most respected wineries, adding one new client at a time. This passion for wine and desire to represent only the best was passed on their son Francis, who has been running Le Maitre de Chai since 2010.
Le Maitre de Chai is one of the most respected wine agencies in Quebec, and now we have set up shop in Ontario. But as we have grown over the years, we have never wavered from our founding principle: to seek out authentic and exceptional wines at all price levels and to transmit the passion and stories of those who make them.

Producers

Roland Lavantureux

Burgundy - Yonne, France

Upon completion of his wine education in Beaune, Roland Lavantureux established his winery 1978 in the village of Lignorelles in the Chablis appellations. In a short period of time, Domaine Lavantureux has become one of the region’s most celebrated and respected producers. In 2010, Roland’s two sons, Arnaud and David, took over the domaine. Together they farm 20 hectares of prime vineyards on kimmeridgian soils across the Chablis appellation, including key premier and grand cru sites such as Vau de Vey and Vaudésir, respectively. Their vineyards are farmed sustainably paying close attention to the natural biodiversity of the surrounding area. In the cellar, the vision of the estate is to produce intensely mineral wines that are reflective of the specific vineyard site.

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Begali Lorenzo

Veneto, Italy

The 10-hectare Begali estate is situated in the DOC Valpolicella Classico zone in a small hamlet called La Cengia. Set amongst rolling hills and beautiful cherry groves, the vineyard terroir is particularly conducive to producing concentrated, fragrant wines. Since the early 1900s, the Begali family has passed their learnings and love of the land from generation to generation. Giordano Begali began to produce wines after the Second World War. He was succeeded by his son Lorenzo and his wife Adriana, and now their children Giordano and Tiliana, are helping to run the estate. Every year this true family estate attracts lots of praise, and has earned an endless number of Tre Bicchieri awards (3 Glasses - the top prize) from Gambero Rosso, Italy's most respect wine authority.

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Ktima Biblia Chora

Pangeon, Greece

On the barren slopes of Mt. Pangeon, at Kokkinochori near Kavala in Northern Greece, the oenologists Vassilis Tsaktsarlis and Vangelis Gerovassiliou have joined forces and combined their experience in wine production to set up a model vineyard covering 15 hectares.The long viticultural tradition of the area has its roots in ancient times. Theoktitus and Michael Psellos referred to the region as Biblia Chora, hence the name of the estate. The contours of Mt. Pangeon, the cool breezes from the Strymonic Gulf and the flinty soil of the region all provide ideal conditions for cultivation of the vine.

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João Cabral Almeida - Camaleão

Vinho Verde, Portugal

After working with Anselmo Mendes, arguably the best producer of the Vinho Verde region, João decided to start his own project. To source his fruit, he turned to his mother and siblings who own vineyards in the Vinho Verde and Douro. Later, he expanded to start producing wines from the Dão. His winemaking concept is to demonstrate the potential of different grape varieties on different terroirs by harvesting ripe fruits, yet still fresh and with less alcohol than his peers to preserve the drinkability. His Camaleão project has shown the potential of Alvarinho outside of the typical Monção e Melgaço sub-region. His Camaleão brand has also helped the current and revolutionary re-branding of Vinho Verde as a DOC of high quality and potential.

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Ktima Tselepos

Peloponnese, Greece

After an extensive stay in Burgundy, where he studied oenology and absorbed the philosophy of Burgundian wine and lifestyle, Yiannis Tselepos returned to Greece in 1981, and he and his wife chose to settle in Peloponnese, where they would eventually go on to establish two estates focusing on two marquis indigeneous varieties of the region. In Mantinia appellation, the Ktima Tselepos estate makes world-class expressions of the white grape Moschofilero. In Nemea, their 9-hectare estate Ktima Driopi focuses on the region’s star red grape Agiorgitiko.

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