Derenoncourt California

Derenoncourt California Press

Our 2009 Lake County Cabernet is featured on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine

Over the past year, the Wine Spectator editors featured only three wines on their magazine covers – out of the 15,000 they tasted! We\'re proud that our 2009 Lake County Cab was one of them. Lake County is gaining prominence as a great region for Cabernet, and ours is well worth discovering (or revisiting!) in 2014.


Antonio Galloni reviews the "fabulous" 2008 Derenoncourt wines

Antonio Galloni, Napa wine critic for Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, enthuses about the most recent release of Derenoncourt California, extolling the Merlot as "endowed with tons of depth and class" and calling the Cab Franc a "full-throttle, totally exciting wine."

The "flat-out gorgeous" 2007 Derenoncourt wines featured in the Purely Domestic Wine Report

California wine critic Doug Wilder reports on his first tasting of Derenoncourt California, calling the 2007 Coombsville Cabernet "one of the most delicious wines I have had all year" - high praise from someone whose full-time profession is to taste top Napa wines!

Stephane comments on the 2007 Derenoncourt Coombsville Syrah

Syrah rarely achieves greatness in California. But when it does, it soars, displaying floral aromas, bright complex flavors and - most importantly - a vibrant freshness. Stephane feels the 2007 has captured what is so difficult to achieve with California Syrah - that prized sense of energy that enlivens the finish.

Stephane comments on the 2007 Derenoncourt Stagecoach Merlot

Few vintners on earth know Merlot as well as Stephane does. He built his global reputation on making some of the world's most coveted Merlots. Stephane considers the 2007 to be marked by a velvety sensuality, one of his most exciting expressions of the grape to date.

Stephane comments on the 2007 Derenoncourt Coombsville Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, one of Stephane's favorite varietals, is a difficult grape to grow, even in Europe, and only the great terroirs are capable of making great Cab Franc. Stephane fulfilled a dream by finding such a property in Napa, and he loves the immense complexity the vines offered in 2007.

Bordeaux’s Favorite Rebel – Wine Spectator Nov. 30, 2010 issue

Wine Spectator profiles Stéphane’s rise to fame, labeling him “the world’s hottest winemaker” and calling his Derenoncourt California range of wines “outstanding”.  Read More

11 Exceptional California Syrahs - Wine Spectator 

This week we look at some Syrah reviews from our recent tastings, including examples from all over the Golden State. At the top of the list is Derenoncourt, from respected Bordeaux-based winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt... Read More

Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Wines of the Year

We're honored to have our 2006 Stagecoach Merlot selected as one of Wine & Spirits' Top 100 wines of the year, and the best Merlot of 2010! Read More

Derenoncourt in America - Jancis Robinson

Stéphane Derenoncourt , the St-Émilion-based, globe-trotting winemaking consultant, has finally landed in California, not only as an advisor to Francis Ford Coppola at Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, but also with his own brand, Derenoncourt California...Read More

Stephane Derenoncourt; One of The World’s Most Heralded Wine Makers Lets His Wines Do The Talking - Cork'd

Stéphane Derenoncourt talks to the team at Cork’d about how he fell for winemaking and how he found the terroir that would become Derenoncourt California.  See the video and read the article here.

In Napa's Shadow - Wine Spectator 

“[Derenoncourt’s] four debut Napa Valley reds, from the 2006 vintage, are as good as any from that year… [And his] dense, layered 2006 Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon could easily fit in a flight of the best wines from Napa, but at a fraction of their cost…” Read More

Derenoncourt releases benchmark Red Hills Cabernet - Napa Valley Insider Examiner

"It’s a given that a gifted winemaker like Bordeaux consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt would make world-class wines from single-vineyard Napa Valley fruit but his choice of Lake County’s Red Hills, an area that is still being closely watched and evaluated for it’s potential, is truly exciting." Read More

2006 Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot - Wine & Spirits

"Stéphane Derenoncourt, the Bordeaux consultant known for his masterful work with merlot at properties such as Pavie-Macquin, has teamed up with Fonda Hopkins, a wine importer, to produce a range of single-vineyard wines in California." Read More

Noted French winemaker releases spectacular Napa/Lake County reds - Napa Valley Register

“…We tasted all five of the limited production wines in a salon at Auberge du Soleil the other day and, in a word, they are spectacular…”  Read More

Stéphane Derenoncourt's Impressive New Wines - Wine Spectator

"...The best bet is the Derenoncourt Lake County Red Hills Cabernet, which is perhaps the finest red wine I've tasted from this appellation north of Napa Valley. Derenoncourt said the allure of the red soils there attracted him and the wine is rich and loamy, with dusty cedar and red cherry fruit..." Read More


Frenchman finds his 'place' in Napa wines - Napa Valley Register

“Stéphane Derenoncourt, who consults for more than 60 wineries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has launched his first own label of wines, with grapes from Napa and Lake counties…” Read More

Stéphane Derenoncourt Launches Derenoncourt California, First Ever California Wine -

"World-renowned French winemaker and terroir expert Stephane Derenoncourt today announced the inaugural vintage of Derenoncourt California, his first foray into winemaking in California. The new Derenoncourt California wines, sourced from small vineyards, personally chosen by Derenoncourt for their cool microclimates, higher elevations and volcanic soils, represent Derenoncourt's commitment to exploring the potential of California terroir..." Read More

Famed Bordeaux consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt releases inaugural Napa Valley wines - Napa Valley Insider Examiner

"...The 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc from Caldwell Vineyard is a near perfect expression of the grape...under Derenoncourt's gentle handling it is utterly transparent, with the minerality leaping out of the glass and lingering on the palate..." Read More

Stéphane Derenoncourt launches his own Napa Valley wines -

"Bordeaux wine consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt has launched his own range of California wines. The 2006 vintage of Derenoncourt's Napa range was launched this week at the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Napa Valley..." Read More