4 years of travel, 1500 vineyards to visit, was it not repetitive?
J-B A: The only way to understand wine is to go and visit the growers and the terroirs. You need to go there to feel the climate, taste the grapes, meet the people and understand their approach. It is this environment, its influence on the product and even during tasting, that is the richness of this experience. We regularly send samples from all over the world back to Bordeaux, to create a great wine database.
Have you discovered many vineyards that flourish in extreme conditions?
J-B A: We were surprised to taste quality wine in Ethiopia, at an altitude of 2000 metres, to discover that some Nordic countries like Sweden and Denmark could produce white wines, that there is very good Barbera in New Mexico, and that Brazil and Belgium produce magnificent sparkling wines. What unites all these atypical vineyards is the permanent challenge, the sudden whim, and the human passion.