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Michele D'Aprix
Winemaker and Importer

"Redefining Bordeaux"

I met Stéphane Derenoncourt in 2004, 2 years after I graduated from Davis.

Stéphane is not an enologist.  He did not go to school to learn about vine physiology or the biochemistry of fermentation.  In fact, I’d bet he doesn’t know off the top of his head what the molecular formula for TCA is, and I’m certain he doesn’t care.  But he, a bit like Yoda maybe, can stand in a vineyard and tell you from a quality perspective, why one is better for Merlot, and not Cabernet Franc.  And once the vineyard grows in, he knows how you better prune it, and once the fruit is picked, what temperature to keep the fermentation at, and how many times to look under the lid & give it a stir while it’s evolving.  All of this is done by feel, loosely at times, and totally precise in moments.  He learned wine could be ‘made’ without doing anything to it, other than letting it follow its natural progression once the vineyard has been shaped into what the soils, sun, wind, precipitation, personnel and winery can provide it.

Every vineyard has its limit with regard to the quality of wine you can grow there.  Like he sees people, Stéphane sees vineyards as places to be brought to their full potential without crossing the line where they need to be manipulated.

Christopher Imports is a conduit to the work and philosophy of Stéphane Derenoncourt.  As a portfolio of wines, it may not be limited to only the wines he makes.  (I make a few myself.)  But this project was begun with a desire to represent these ideals that I too have come to apply to my work in wine and I go forward grateful for having had the education (all different kinds), and responsible for teaching it to those who would listen.  And taste.


 

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