Interview of the newspaper La Montagne at The wine fair of France
The Salon des Vins de France, organized by the Center of France Events until tomorrow evening, in the courtyard of the castle of Parentignat, welcomes 70 exhibitors. Among them, Nathalie Jeannot and Florent Rude, two young winemakers.
I am a young winemaker, lance, malicious, Nathalie Jeannot while taking out one of his cuvées to make AnneMarie and her friends taste. This is my 4th vintage. I am looking to make wines on finesse and elegance. Nathalie Jeannot, 54, is indeed a “young” winemaker from Languedoc Roussillon, near Béziers. She decided a few years ago to change her life. “I spent 22 years in the pharmaceutical industry. I wanted to be my own boss. And go back to essential things. The earth, the time that passes, the family.
Passionate about this job
her beautiful family being in viticulture, she took the step in 2011, by associating with her brother-in-law. “We decided to straighten the plots to produce high-end wines and vinify ourselves”. From 34 hectoliters in 2012, it has grown to 240 this year. And she has plenty of projects in mind. “The work of the earth is difficult because we engage the body. But I do not regret at all. Wine is a binder between men and we miss it today. It was also in 2011 that Florent Rude took over the family farm, a little further east of France, in Quincié-en-Beaujolais. “Already at the age of 9 I accompanied my grandparents in the vineyards. My uncles also had plots. I moved to 26, after studying at the vocational high school in Saint-Jean-d’Ardières, in the Rhone. “Gastronomy is also represented at the Salon: cheese, foie gras, chocolate … Today, aged 30, he is at the head of 8.5 hectares of vines. Alone on the farm, he only offers his wines in bottles for a year. “There is a lot of investment to make at the start. For three years, I sold my wine in bulk. In 2014, I offered 3,000 bottles. I hope to double this year. And he is counting on his presence at the Salon de Parentignat to make the public discover his wine, “not too tannic, more on the fruit. It must remain gourmet and friendly … “Article published in the daily newspaper: La Montagne.