FRÉDÉRIC BARNIER

Spotlight on Frédéric Barnier, the man in charge of running the wine making for the Burgundy legend, Louis Jadot. His next wine dream destination as he talks about passionately, "I have always dreamt of living in New Zealand. It is so mighty but with very few people and that is the attribute I love - it is an unspoiled country! I would like to take my family during the years that it still remains quiet, untouched and wild!"

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WOMEN IN WINE #8

All our champagnes have a real character because we only use grapes from a handful of our own plots of vines on the slopes near Boursault, a little village about 9 kilometres from Epernay. The village is well-known for the quality of its grapes, as well as for the Chateau Boursault, which was built by  Madame Cliquot Ponsardin of Veuve Cliquot. We are also ‘Récoltant Manipulants’, which means that we do everything from A – Z (from growing the vines to the final sale of the bottle). Every stage is important and I’m insistent on the pickers only selecting the best bunches when they’re harvesting and we only use the best juice off the press.

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WOMEN IN WINE #7

"I am now working towards “Precise Viticulture”  for which results will take time to show . Patience and perseverance are key words for me. We get one chance a year to make wines from grapes growing through the year and one chance in a few years to experiment with changes. So I would like to continue my journey and hopefully in 10 years, I would be here to witness the fruits of our labour!"

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WOMEN IN WINE #5

"Being a farmer is the toughest challenge. Hail can destroy vineyards, frost can kill grapes. The uncertainly is painful but it is also necessary to understand and appreciate as I try to gain strength from it. To accept the vagaries of climate and to be grateful for each and every day of what life and nature gives us. That is what I have learnt and preach as a doctor and as a farmer."  

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WOMEN IN WINE #4

"I would say that the most important thing is to be able to take the good decisions, at the right moment during the viticultural life of the crop. These decisions are based on our knowledge of the terroir, but also on what we have learnt from past campaigns, and also on our future prediction of the weather. In the end, is the ability to adapt to any kind of situation that is most important and to create wines that show the true spirit of where it belongs."

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