France's Urban Cru

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A Provence jewel in the hills of Nice
 
Joseph Sergi is an unlikely producer of high-end wine in an unlikely place.
 
Sergi’s first career was as an auto body repair technician in Nice, France. He later ran a brasserie outside town with his in-laws. Then in 1993, when he was 30, Sergi and his father-in-law bought a small 1950s-era wine label and a 5-acre vineyard in the only AOC located within a city limits—Bellet, in the hills of France’s fifth-largest city, Nice.
 
The idea was to make a little wine for the restaurant and the local market. But things didn’t work out that small.
 
What began as a sideline quickly became a passion for Sergi, who sold the restaurant and worked as an intern in Burgundy. Over the next two decades, he bought up more land, clearing forests and bramble to plant, and acquired some neglected old vineyard parcels.
 
Today, Sergi's biodynamic 25-acre Clos Saint-Vincent sells out its 2,500-case production—a mix of white, red and rosé wines that retail for $30 to $70—in markets from France to Japan to the United States. What’s more, his wines are served in some seriously noteworthy venues—from the 2011 wedding reception of Prince Albert of Monaco at Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV to the wine list of Paris gastronomic institution Le Taillevent...Read the full blog at winespectator.com