Making wine means working together. A team or crew where everyone is ready to contribute to the magic with his work and his sensitivity: a question of mutual trust fuelled with passion.
As "captain" I give directions but I give a lot of autonomy to Gabriel -head of cellar-, Stéphane -head of farming-, as well as Lucile who is in charge of the Biodynamic preparations . I am also attentive to the council of my friend Philippe Cambie and I make my final decisions with my partner Philippe Faure-Brac.
Phillipe Faure Brac’s achievements are known to all, he needs no introduction: Best Sommelier of the World 1992, Meilleur Ouvrier de France HC, Président of Union de la Sommellerie Française, among other distinctions and responsibilities make him one of the most popular and respected French wine experts.Nevertheless, few people may know of his engagement with Domaine Duseigneur: Philippe posseses a true passion for terroirs and winemakers. It was in 2007 that Philippe and his ex-wife Nadine joined the Domaine Duseigneur family. In addition to his vast knowledge of the wine world, Philippe brings great precision in the choice of blends and wines. His professionalism is vital to the team efforts and brings the best out of everyone.
Gabriel is head of cellar at the Domaine Duseigneur. After 10 years in Australia, he moved to Châteauneuf-du-Pape where his Burgundy sensitivity, patience and ability to anticipate new climatic constraints prompted him to seek balance and finesse of Grenache.
Stéphane, in charge of growing the wine at Domaine Duseigneur, and defines himself as "a man of the land". His path has taken him from his Beaujolais home to Quebec before settling in the Rhone Valley. His experience in organic and biodynamic farming and his ability to adapt to the dispersion of our plots on different soils reinforce the natural authority in which he directs and supervises our teams in the field.
In charge of Biodynamics, Lucile is our benevolent witch! She organises the basic preparations with the Éclats de Lune association which brings together biodynamists of the region, makes our herbal infusions and ensures their application in our vineyards. Inquisitive in spirit, Lucile is constantly on the lookout for new recipes to promote biodiversity and thus re-creating the necessary conditions for the natural harmony of the vineyard.
Philippe Cambie is a world-renowned and well-liked oenologist consultant and is a master of the art of vinifying the temperamental Grenache variety. His knowledge of the Châteauneuf du Pape terroirs and of the subtle alchemy of the blends are a precious asset for the Domaine. Philippe also likes to share with our young winegrowers apprentices his encyclopedic knowledge of Rhone's oenological practices.