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Portrait Aymeric de Gironde - Cos d'Estournel

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1. Tesi: Dear Aymeric, you are the Managing Director of the famous Chateau Cos d'Estournel! Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and what you daily job looks like?

Aymeric: From the outside my job can be perceived as a dream one and in a sense it is! Cos d’Estournel is one of the most famous wine estate in the world, with one of the most interesting and unique “terroir”. My job is to manage the property and motivate the team to make the best wine possible every year with of course different weather conditions. We have to constantly reinvent ourselves every year and adapt to the new situation, same team, same terroir, same grape variety and at the end a different wine. It is fascinating! But with this job also comes a great responsibility, Cos d’Estournel has been here for more than 200 years and will be still be here in 200 years, I have to remain humble and always remember that wine is always bigger than us.

2. Tesi: Some people say it is necessary to absorb all wine related information and enjoy wine from a very early stage in life to become truly a wine connoisseur. Other people say everybody who knows which wine he likes is already a wine expert. Which statement would you support?

 

Aymeric: I think both statements are true, it all depends what type of person you are! However on a personal note I would say that each and every one of us should free himself form the complicated, intellectual and often self-centered comments one can find about wines. The most important element in wine tasting is whether you like the wine or not. We make wine for consumers to drink it, enjoy it and most importantly to share it with friends or family, not to worship the bottle in a closed wine cabinet! Wine needs to create emotions for the person who drinks it.  Of course the more you know about wine and the younger you start to taste wine, you will be able to appreciate with more subtleness the differences between several wines or vintages of Cos d’Estournel and you will inevitably become a good wine connoisseur. I had my first glass of wine when I was 13 years old, I have had a lot more since and each new wine I taste is a discovery, it fills a new space in my “brain wine library” with its characteristics and I will use it in the future when tasting another new wine.  

3. Tesi:  A good wine is…

Aymeric: ...the perfect balance between power and elegance that will reveal through time.

4. Tesi: Tell me about the best wine Cos d'Estournel produced in the last years. What were the conditions at that year and how would you describe the wine?

Aymeric: It is a hard question, how to choose a child vs another one! I believe each vintage has its own personality and its own characteristic that makes it unique. I love the 2002 for its silkiness and onctuosity, the 2003 is rich and fresh at the same time, the 2005 is the perfect balance and will age forever, the 2009 is both extremely powerfull, the 2010 is dense and elegant at the same time and the latest baby the 2013 is unique by its purity.

5. Tesi: What does good food mean to you?

Aymeric: Pleasure!

Thank you!
Matthias Tesi Baur

AYMERIC DE GIRONDE – BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1972, coming from a family of growers and cognac distillers for seven generation, Aymeric de Gironde was educated in Bordeaux in the International Program of the Bordeaux Business School. In 1996, it was quite naturally that Aymeric de Gironde took off to the United States to be responsible for the promotion of the House of Cognac Hennessy. After spending 1 year going across the country, Aymeric decided to stay in New York for the wine and spirits importer Schieffelin & Somerset (joint venture between LVMH and Diageo) as responsible for the distribution for New York. In 2001, following his experience in the US, Aymeric comes back to France with the responsibility of developing, at the European level, a new brand from Hennessy. Then in 2003, still within the LVMH Group, Aymeric joined the Champagne House Krug as International Business Development Director, focusing mainly on the European and American markets. In 2006, Aymeric de Gironde joined the AXA Group as International Sales Director for all AXA Millésimes vineyards, among which the prestigious Château Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac, Château Suduiraut in Sauternes or Quinta do Noval in Portugal. Aymeric de Gironde is now CEO of Domaines Reybier that includes in Saint-Estèphe Château Cos d’Estournel, Château Marbuzet, but also the Imperial Estate of Tokaj Hétszölö and the new high end brand, Goulée in Médoc.

 

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