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The laboratory took up a lot of my time. But I still went on holiday in the summer, to the mountains in winter, I played tennis… a normal, pleasant life, until a very sad event for our family - the death of my father.

It was 1979. My brother was a lawyer. I took over the reins of the family estate with my mother. Two or three years later – especially from the 1982 vintage on - I found myself facing a dilemma: whether to run both the laboratory in Libourne and the family estate in Pomerol or develop the area of consultant oenologist.

Up to 1985, I went with the first option, but then everything changed. I was asked to go to California to study how to optimise the potential of the wines of the region with their owners. Like all young entrepreneurs, I wanted to travel and to broaden my knowledge…


" If you want to know where you are going, don't forget where you came from... "