Videos

12 Nov 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 194: Hubert de Billy, Champagne Pol Roger

Debra and Hubert de Billy of Champagne Pol Roger catch up and discuss the unique ownership and management structure of this exclusive Champagne house, along with Hubert’s opinion on where Pol Roger is positioned in the market. Hubert explains his mission to change the perception and image of Pol Roger when his father brought him in in 1988 and how he went about this. They also discuss Pol Roger’s recent experimentation with sweetness and how market preferences differ globally.

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28 Oct 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 193: Aymer de Baillenx, Chateau Beychevelle

Debra catches up with Aymer de Baillenx from Chateau Beychevelle, who tells her the charming story behind the winery’s name and its centuries-old label, featuring a dragon (well, technically a griffin!). They go on to discuss whether the dragon label is attributable to the winery’s success in China, then Aymer tells Debra of the virtues and “necessity” of organic winemaking, along with touching on other winemaking techniques, getting labour for the harvest and how to keep your workers happy.

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28 Oct 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 192: Patrick Maroteaux, Château Branaire-Ducru

Debra and Patrick Maroteaux of Château Branaire-Ducru discuss the importance of the Asian market and how Château Branaire-Ducru cracked it with the help of Cathay Pacific. They laugh about the intriguing nickname that Château Branaire-Ducru has among many Chinese wine lovers (think: a kung fu legend!), before Patrick finishes off with a range of insights about the technicalities of vineyard plantation, in particular, density.

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28 Oct 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 191: Philippe Bascaules, Inglenook

Debra catches up with Philippe Bascaules from Inglenook Vineyard, a Napa Valley icon, where they discuss the unique challenges of rebuilding a historic and once well-respected brand back to its former glory, the differences between winemaking in Bordeaux and Napa and Philippe’s favourite part of the job.

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20 Mar 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 190: Jo Mills, Rippon

Debra catches up with Jo Mills of Rippon Vineyard where she learned a fun way to pronounce the New Zealand wine region, “Wanaka”. Jo talks to Debra about their mature vines and their philosophy on biodynamic farming. Finally, she tells Debra her thoughts on the association of Pinot Noir and Central Otago.

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11 Mar 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 189: Jean-Charles Cazes, Ormes de Pez

Debra is joined with Jean-Charles Cazes from Chateau Ormes de Pez. Jean-Charles tells Debra of the main grape variety that they grow, and walks through the winemaking process with Debra. He explains the relationship between Ormes de Pez and Lynch Bages, another Chateau also owned by their family, and shares with Debra the direction they hope Ormes de Pez will go in.

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