Hugh and Jane Faulkner, a Canadian couple, acquired Le Grand Cros in 1989. Their first vintage received four gold medals in Paris and Mâcon, and in the years since, the estate has continued to earn national and international commendations and awards (five medals this year).
The Faulkners' son Julian eventually joined them in the business, taking over operations in 2001. Julian challenged many conventional winemaking practices of the region and implemented an ambitious experimental program, parts of which were conducted in cooperation with the Center for Rosé Research and independent researchers. In 2001 Le Grand Cros was one of the first estates in Provence to receive the "Agriculture Raisonnée" (sustainable farming) certification.
Now sold in more than 20 countries, Le Grand Cros wines display a variety of personalities to suit a variety of preferences. L'Esprit de Provence, as the name implies, is made in the style of Provence: fresh, fruity, juicy, and best enjoyed in its youth. The Nectar brand is characterized by concentrated, opulent, and original wines.
Julian launched his own brand, Jules Wines, six years ago. This brand carries wines from other appellations of France as well as a range of Côtes de Provence wines. These are made at the winery from estate grapes and grapes from neighboring plots of old Carignan and Mourvèdre. Wines from both Grand Cros and Jules Wines can be found at www.winocracy.com.