With En Primeur 2012 on the horizon this spring there are a few Grand Cru Classé chateaux who will be offering wines that have changed management:
Sadly last year saw the death of the indomitable Madame Gasqueton and the subsequent sale of Chateau Calon Segur to Suravenir Insurance, a subsidiary of Credit Mutuel Arkéa. The news is that Laurent Dufau; ex CEO of negotiants Ballande Méneret (who also has 15 years as Export Manager for the Baron Philippe de Rothschild under his belt) will be appointed Director of Calon Segur in March.
As of January 2013 Jean-Guillaume Prats, the director of Chateau Cos d’Estournel will be leaving the chateau to take up his new post at LVMH owned Estates & Wines (who produce Cloudy Bay and Chandon). Aymeric de Gironde has been appointed General Manager of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and will start work in February 2013. Gironde has 15 years of experience in the world of wine and spirits acquired as International Commercial Director of AXA Millésimes (who own Chateaux Pichon Baron, Suduiraut, Petit Village) and will start work at Cos in February 2013.
Sylvie Cazes (co-owner of Chateau Lynch Bages) has stepped down as President of Chateau Pichon Lalande and also as President of the UGC (Union of Grands Crus). She will be replaced by Nicolas Glumineau who has worked at Chateau Montrose since 2007 and also at Chateaux Margaux and Haut Brion. Cazes remained at Pichon Lalande until 31st December 2012 alongside Glumineau to ensure a smooth transition. Meanwhile Herve Berland (who has worked at Chateau Mouton Rothschild) has replaced Glumineau at Montrose.
And finally, Oliver Bernard, of Domaine de Chevalier, has been elected President of the UGC to replace Cazes. He will be assisted by three vice presidents: Patrick Maroteaux (former UGC President and owner of Chateau Branaire Ducru), Stephan Von Neipperg (Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, amongst others) and Tristan Kressmann (Chateau Latour Martillac).