The new JV will focus on Pinot Noir

The new JV will focus on Pinot Noir

A US winemaker and importer have joined forces to create a new producer company that will focus on Pinot Noir from Burgundy and Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Maison L'Envoye, the brainchild of Mark Tarlov and Old Bridge Cellars, said this week it will champion “unsung growers” from the French and US regions. “We seek to explore the finest sites dedicated to the cultivation of Pinot Noir,” it added.

Rob Buono, president of Old Bridge Cellars, said of the partnership: "We've been eyeing Burgundy for some time, and to now be there as a producer is a very exciting chapter for OBC.”

Maison L'Envoye's debut range includes a Bourgogne Blanc, Bourgogne Rouge, Morgon Cote du Py and Savigny-les-Beaune 'Les Marconnets' Premier Cru.

Last year, Old Bridge Cellars marked its entry into Chilean wines when it signed a deal to distribute VIA Wines in the US.