AS PART OF LES JOURNÉES PARTICULIÈRES, JOURNALIST AND PODCAST HOST JULIEN CERNOBORI MET OUR MAISONS’ ARTISANS IN THE PLACES WHERE THEY WORK AND CREATE. THESE PASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS EMBODY THE GROUP AND ITS VALUES. SELECTED EXCERPTS.
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“The ultimate goal for a sommelier is to become a Cellar Master, but for me the most important thing is to keep learning.”
“I care for the vineyard like a daughter.” RACHEL DESBLÉS Wine-grower at Château d’Yquem
“I want to make something that lasts.”
CHRISTOPHE PIERRE Cask-maker
CAROLINE FIOT Oenologist and Cellar Master
Rachel Desblés’ laughter rings out across the Château d’Yquem vineyards where she tends to the vines lovingly. Working to the strains of “La vie est belle” by French pop group Indochine, she perpetuates ancestral techniques learnt from her aunt Danièle.
Christophe Pierre’s gentle, soothing voice transports us to Cognac. A cask-maker since the age of 18, he explains how important the senses are. He works alongside his childhood friend, perpetuating the age-old traditions of his peers and leaves his mark for posterity.
In a “crayère” chalk quarry under the city of Reims, Caroline Fiot explains how she joined the house of Ruinart. As she walks down the Magnums gallery, the young oenologist’s sense of wonder is palpable as she proudly describes a day’s work in this legendary place.
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