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Winemaker Biographies
Valerie Lavigne
With a doctorate in oenology, Valerie has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the art of wine making. She is a research fellow at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology and her main research fields are varietal aromas, controlling reduction in white wines during winemaking and studying premature ageing in white and red wines.  She has worked very closely with Denis Dubourdieu for a number of years.

Valerie developed in a doctoral thesis at Bordeaux University (awarded in 1996) relating to Bordeaux dry whites and specifically to the behaviour of the yeasts in the vinification process. Amongst her other achievements she was awarded the "Grand Prix de l'Academie Amorim" in 1997 and she is seconded to the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et des Vins, where she works in various fields of research - a happy alliance of her knowledge of and her passion for wine!

Since 1990, she has worked for the cooperage company Seguin Moreau with around 4,500 clients in over 45 countries.

Roland Quancard

Roland is president of the CIVB’s Promotions Committee, Vice President of the Federation of Negotiants in Bordeaux and Libourne and Chairman at Cheval Quancard.  His family links with wine go back six generations to 1844 when Cheval Quancard was founded.

After studying in Paris, London and Frankfurt, Roland returned to his home town of Bordeaux to undertake a wide range of roles in the Bordeaux Wine industry. In 1982, along with his father and brother, he was responsible for a turning point in the history of the company as “Fils de Marcel Quancard” became “Cheval-Quancard”.  Roland has made the international markets one of his priorities, at the same time implementing a quality management system (2002) and creating an efficient marketing department.


Marie-Pierre Lallez

Marie-Pierre, her sister Emanuelle, along with their two husbands, took over the running of Château des Tourtes in the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux region in 1997.
Driven by their desire to produce “fine wine to accompany fine food”, the sisters are continuing the family wine-making traditions of innovation and customer satisfaction in their 100 hectares of vineyards.  From the Haut-Médoc and the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux they produce Bordeaux reds, whites and roses as well as their Crémant de Bordeaux.

As well as the production of fine wines, the sisters offer gastronomic breaks in the two gîtes on their property and to support the development of educational projects in Cambodia they organise the “Vendanges du Coeur”, a grape harvest charity project to finance schools.

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Last week a picture was posted on Twitter of vines in Shabo, a large estate that lies to the west of Odesa on southern Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline. The image seemed benign at face value but the reality, of course, is that the city of Odesa has been bracing itself for attack by Russian forces. 


As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


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