Press Mentions

2021 McKenna’s Guides Entry:

'A few years back, Pascal Rossignol explained to The Irish Times what he believed to be the ethos of the culture of wine:

“Honest wine is about trust: wine that is made by good growers, working with good importers and sold to wine drinkers who care."
Twenty one years after M. Rossignol opened his wee tabernacle of a shop in the centre of Kilkenny, we can understand that this mantra has guided the Le Caveau crew right from the outset.

It’s noticeable, for example, that Pascal talks of how ‘honest’ wine creates a duty of trust, between the grower, the importer, and the customer. Without being in the vineyard and the cellar, the punter can’t know that the winemaker has truly sought to make a wine that is honest: honest to the climate, the grape, the soil, the terroir. And this is where the meticulous importer enters the picture, because she is our guardian angel, offering us assurance that the honesty we want from the wine is, indeed, in the bottle. And because we care about what we drink, and care about how the wine in our glass impacts our planet, we need that assurance.

Le Caveau has provided that assurance for more than two decades, finding the most committed growers and winemakers, seeking out the shining stars of the culture, bringing good things to drink to our tables. Le Caveau has provided a service to wine lovers which is of inestimable value, because they deal in moral values which might appear to be irrelevant to wine – trust; respect; environmentalism; wisdom; care; sociability – but which are actually the foundation of the very culture of wine.

Without these values we are talking about fermented grape juice. With these values, we are talking about one of life’s greatest pleasures.'
John and Sally McKenna,


2020 Mc Kenna's Guide Entry:

‘ Not too many people manage to change the way people behave and think about a subject.
But when it comes to the subject of wine, and natural wines in particular, then Pascal Rossignol and his team in Kilkenny’s Le Caveau, can truly be said to have changed the way people behave and think in regard to natural wines.

When the small phalanx of natural winemakers first emerged, a decade ago, the mainstream wine industry treated them as a joke. Ten years later, and natural wines have become the avant garde of winemaking, their bottles the most admired and discussed in the world of wine. Mr Rossignol and his team, with their passionate advocacy of behalf of the one-time-underdogs, are the people who effected this sea change in attitudes and in drinking habits. Their achievement is truly formidable and, just as importantly, their achievement in bringing these wines to our tables means that every time we open a bottle, we get to glimpse the true majesty of the culture of wine.

Le Caveau is a great wine shop, and a great wine company. But it is also an integral part of that culture of wine, thanks to its advocacy and intellectual energy. In changing the way we think about wine, Le Caveau has made the world a better place.’
John and Sally McKenna,


Wine Person of the Year – Pascal Rossignol

‘Ten years ago, when Pascal Rossignol first began to introduce natural wines, via his shop and wine company Le Caveau, people scoffed.
No one’s scoffing now. Thanks to the patient advocacy of Mr Rossignol and his Le Caveau Team, we are well on the way to creating a wine world where natural is normal, and where industrialised wines are seen as the over-chemicalised concoctions that they are. The Le Caveau wines are superb, and there is no better advocate for the cause than Pascal.’
John and Sally McKenna – Megabytes Awards December 2016 –

Sunday Business Post:

Fine wine Merchants of the Year (Nationwide) winners 2017 & Burgundy specialist of the Year 2017
‘The annual tussle between the two leading fine wine merchants outside Dublin has fallen in favour of Le Caveau again largely due the dynamic efforts of Pascal Rossignol to bring Irish wine lovers the most cutting-edge exploration of natural, biodynamic, orange and avant-garde wine on the planet.’
Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post

Fine wine Merchants of the Year (Nationwide) winners 2016 & Burgundy specialist of the Year 2016
‘Here the hugely strong base of French wines is now joined by the very best of the cutting edge natural and orange wine world. Le Caveau’s influence as a wine shop and as an importer continues to be profoundly influential on the Irish Market and open-hearted wine consumers.’
Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post


Fine wine Merchants of the Year (Nationwide) winners 2015 & Burgundy specialist of the Year 2015
‘Le Caveau has expanded to become a cultural powerhouse, not only with a wonderful list, but as an evangelist for natural wines and a champion of the sustainable and the left-field.’
Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post


Fine wine Merchants of the Year (Nationwide) winners 2014 & Burgundy specialist of the Year 2014 

Burgundy specialist of the Year 2013

 Fine wine Merchants of the Year (Nationwide) winners 2012
‘Le Caveau takes the top spot for owner’s Pascal Rossignol’s unwavering commitment to excellence, including his mouthwatering and incisive wine import business.’
Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post

Fine wine Merchants of the Year (Nationwide) winners 2008
'Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of Le Caveau, the Kilkenny wine shop owned by Burgundy native Pascal Rossignol and his wife, Geraldine.
The couple perceived a coming trend when they set up this bespoke importation business. Le Caveau would fit in easily in any wine-growing region, especially Burgundy. Among a good selection of wines from around the world, there are wines which are not otherwise available outside Burgundy.
The only disappointment is that, after taking time to select a handmade Pommard, after admiring a bottle of a small, family-owned domain’s Vieilles Vignes Puligny Montrachet, you emerge out of the shop into Ireland, not into the glare of the sun in Beaune.'
Tomas Clancy, Sunday Business Post


Food & Wine Magazine:

‘Nobody in Ireland takes natural wine more seriously than the urbane Pascal Rossignol of Le Caveau in Kilkenny. And he doesn’t adopt a messianic approach to them either; he stocks them because he thinks they are good wines – and they are.’
Raymond Blake, Food and Wine Magazine

‘… Le Caveau … their gentle charm, patent enthusiasm and deep knowledge make a refreshing change from a marketing speak we hear too much of these days.’
Raymond Blake, Food and Wine Magazine


The Gloss Magazine:

Natural Beauties Organic, biodynamic and “natural” wines, often with deliciously pure flavours, are finally making an impact says Mary Dowey … Pascal Rossignol of Le Caveau in Kilkenny, has built up the most exciting selection in the country … In my experience, many (but not all) have strikingly pure flavours, with a kind of inner vibrancy that makes them dance on the tongue. As purity underpins the methods by which they are made, they may be chosen for health and environmental reasons as much as for taste.
Mary Dowey Irish Times ‘The Gloss Magazine’ April 2012


The Irish Times:

‘Were I ever to open up a wine shop or restaurant, one of my very first calls would be to Le Caveau, a small family business in Kilkenny that is packed to the rafters with one of the tastiest selections of French wine in the country. All are hand-chosen wines from the very best small estates, mostly at very affordable prices….’
John Wilson, Irish Times