Oysters and white Bordeaux wine?
This delicious food pairing is worth NOT missing! We'll be uploading more segments on Bordeaux white wines very soon.
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 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, 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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