The tenor of Pichon Comtesse
Passionate about classical music and a great lover of Verdi, he is also a double major at the Conservatory. His baritone voice made him think for a while about a career as an opera singer. A path he abandoned after his military service with the Alpine hunters and his return to Bordeaux where he met the woman who would become his wife.
Wine is a family tradition
He then returned to his first love and obtained his oenology diploma in 2004 at the Montpellier School of Agronomy. He did long internships in some of the most beautiful châteaux - Haut-Brion, Margaux - before joining the Montrose team as technical director and then Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in 2013 as managing director.
This is how those who were not in the seraglio began to make a place for themselves in the Bordeaux wine landscape, legitimised by a passion for wine that had been firmly anchored since childhood."Wine was a family tradition, the bottle we open on Sundays," he recalls. Every family lunch was an opportunity for him to sharpen his senses by "busting his head putting a name to smells".
« In Pichon we're in the high fashion world »
From his native Vendée, an agricultural region, he has also preserved this proximity to land. His work today allows him to find the balance between empiricism, working the land and winemaking. « The wine requires attention and precision.
At Pichon, we are in the creation, in the Haute-Couture. You have to get the basics of ready-to-wear by bringing the little extra that makes the difference. »
The most Pichon according to him? An elegance more marked that its prestigious neighbors Pichon Baron, Latour, Las
Cases with powerful and full-bodied wines. For him, the vintages of references are still those of the 80s and the famous 1989, which he wants to to get as close as possible every year.
"It's absolute balance. The Pauillac wine par excellence, straight and clean, which stands out and stands the test of time.
And the "salt of the trade" as he calls it, is to start over every year.
But wine does not have the same repeatability as music. "Wine is a school of humility. There is always a way to do better and more... precise. The difference between a great wine and an exceptional wine is necessarily a matter of details".
As for tasting, Nicolas Glumineau can't advise you enough to enjoy a glass of Pichon Lalande.
by being lulled by Smetana's "La Moldau" or Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte", or by listening to a piece by Miles Davis, George Gershwin or Kate Bush.