Winemakers: In Profile
"We use exactly the same Traditional Method like they use in Champagne. However, we also have all our own vineyards and only use 100% estate owned and grown grapes, which is less common in some Champagne, we also don’t have the rigid rules of Champagne so can be free to make ‘winemaking’ choices that suit our constant pursuit of quality and perfection..."
"I would love to make wine in Burgundy, for obvious reasons. It is the home of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and its wine continues to be the benchmark and inspiration that drives us to do better things with the same varieties in Kumeu."
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"Working alongside Bernard de Nonancourt, and having his trust has been the highlight of my career. But I spent 30 years as deputy to the previous cellar master, Alain Terrier, who taught me everything. The period between 1975-1985 was a happy time. There were a lot of changes in practises and evolution in our job, particularly in the technique of maceration of Pinot Noir and extracting all its aromas for our Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier. It was all very exciting."
"I believe we already have our dream team in that we have arguably Australia’s most successful young winemaker at the helm: Larry Cherubino along with my good friend and long time wine advisor Chris Hancock providing continuity."
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"Only a few years ago did they stop calling me ‘Young Louis’!. My son Louis now has that title! People are always surprised when they meet me that we are still family owned and that I carry the name of the Company."
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"Bernard and Jean-Marc Morey of Chassagne where I did a placement in 1977. They made me sensitive to quality. We had to go in the details. And Bernard Loiseau who was the first to trust my wines and was always promoting my Maranges with his zander in red wine sauce."
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"I love the UK wine market - it is full of passionate people, diverse wines and is an exciting place to sell. the UK consumer is much more open to learning these days which makes it a great place to do business."
"The best South African wines easily compete with the best in the world. South African winemakers just need to show a little more confidence, refuse to accept that they are playing catch-up and put their shoulders back."
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"I’m proud that I was able to keep the winery in the family – it was a 200-year tradition. And I’m happy that I was able to persuade my younger brother, Thomas, to join me a few years later. He’s extremely well organized and has the whole production and export operation running very smoothly."
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