The Connoisseur wines come from a third generation family estate called Domaine Haut Marin, which is located in the heart of the Bas Armagnac region in Gascony. The domaine was established by Jean François Morel, a Swiss viticulturalist, in 1920. What began as 10 hectares has grown into a domaine of 150 hectares, with 120 hectares in the Côtes de Gascogne appellation.
The grapes are harvested from vines planted on shallow, stony soils. These soils provide excellent drainage as well as heat retention, allowing the grapes to ripen fully and develop more concentrated phenolics.