Thomas Duroux

CEO, Château Palmer

VertdeVin - - Interview -

Wine is an en­counter with a place, a per­son and a story. Ev­ery time I dis­cover a wine the first ques­tion I ask my­self is: does it tell me a story? Is there a per­son, a soul be­hind the bot­tle? Wine is an emo­tion.

What was your last wine emo­tion?

My last wine emo­tion is very re­cent. I’ve Ital­ian roots. My fam­ily is from Mo­dena on my grand­fa­ther’s side. He had some wine prop­er­ties in­clud­ing one on the hills of Ape­nas.There he pro­duced many types of wines but mainly white ones.Within this area there was a cel­lar that was to­tally del­uged by sand dur­ing a flood of the nearby river. My grand­fa­ther had never tried it, but one of my dis­tant cousins did a few years ago. He dis­cov­ered bot­tles of Greco del Colom­bard (white) vin­tage 1916. He of­fered me a bot­tle. I kept it for a long time in my cel­lar with lit­tle hope as to the qual­ity of the cur­rent wine... Last month I brought this bot­tle to friends by telling them that we would see. But that in any case we had come across a bot­tle of Château Palmer. It was a huge sur­prise.The wine was of a very pale color, straw color (not ox­i­dized), very very del­i­cate and even pre­served a lit­tle resid­ual su­gar.What emo­tion !

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