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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, travelled 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

Domaine Guilhem et Jean-Hugues Goisot

Burgundy - Yonne, France

They possess a remarkable sensitivity to every possible variable that will improve the quality of their wines. One of those is biodynamic agriculture which they adopted with brio a decade ago. The goal is simple: translate the terroir as clearly as possible to their wines. Critical acclaim over the years shows that they have been successful as Goisot’s wines are without question some of the most accomplished in the Auxerrois.

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Ktima Gerovassiliou

Greece, France

Ktima Gerovassiliou was established in 1981 and is located approximately 25 km southwest from Thessaloniki. Today, 48 hectares are planted with Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. The red varieties are Syrah, Merlot, Grenache Rouge, Limnio, Mavroudi and Mavrotragano and other local Greek red varietals. The area’s climate is characterized as Mediterranean with a mild winter and a warm to cool summer that is cooled by the sea breeze.

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Nada Fiorenzo

Piedmont, Italy

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Domaine Roland Lavantureux

Burgundy - Yonne, France

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Poggio di Bortolone

Sicily, Italy

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