Welcome to Grand Millesime

Here at Grand Millesime we know fine French Wine and are happy to share our wealth of knowledge with wine enthusiasts around Australia. Whether you are a complete wine novice or a wine connoisseur we welcome you to share your passion, questions and wine experiences with us.

 

We make several trips to France every year in search of exciting new producers and the finest French wines available. We specialise in Burgundy wines but can help you source any fine and rare French wines. If we don’t have what you want in stock we will make it our mission to find it for you. Our impressive portfolio of hand-selected wines are all tasted at the domaine and selected based on quality.

 

Whether you prefer red, white or rose, from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone or Provence, Grand Millesime can help you expand your knowledge & palate and stock your cellar with the finest.

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French Wine Club

Are you interested in learning more about the fine wines of France but have no idea where to begin? Sign up for our French Wine Club, subscribe to our exciting newsletter or pop in to one of our regular tastings we hold throughout the year at our store in South Yarra. We also host decadent dinners at some of the most high profile venues in Australia, where you have the opportunity to taste our impeccable wines paired with exquisite dishes.

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The French revolution hit Chablis at a time when a certain Jean Depaquy was the Abbot of Pontigny and his brother Simon Depaquy was public prosecutor. ln 1790, both of them retired from public life 'for their health' - a wise decision. Simon retired to Chablis and on 3 1st March 1791 at the sale of National assets confiscated by the new Revolutionary Assembly bought the vines of the Abbey which included the famous 'Moutonne en Vaudesirs'. Simon's son, Benjamin, had no children, but adopted a nephew Francois Auguste Long, thus creating the new family name of Long-Depaquit.

 

ln 1927 Louis, son of Francois and blind since the age of 25 due to a car crash, sold the property that Simon Depaquy had built, a fine house on the outskirts of Chablis, and acquired the eighteenth century chateau situated on the Route d'Auxerre. This is today the Chateau Long-Depaquit with its 15,000 square metres, its park and its cellars.

 

Louis died without issue in 1967 at the age of 77. His legacy was a vignoble in excess of 10 hectares of the best crus in Chablis, and it was at this time that the Bichot family from Beaune who had moved into Chablis, took an interest in the domaine. It was not until 1970 that the acquisition was completed, and two years later with the arrival of Gérard Vullien as Régisseur, Bichot decided that the estate should be run completely autonomously. After which there started a long period of development, the estate growing to its present size of 62 hectares by 1987.

 

This development was rightly accompanied by improvements and new additions to the buildings including the restoration of the chateau in 1975 and the construction of a new chai in 1991. Vullien retired in 2002 and consequently attitudes changed at top level in the Bichot board room.