Why should we be ashamed of being what we are? When I see how we live and how we work together, I really wonder where the problem is.
At Clairmont, I can do what I want: track the winemaking, do the pumping-over, taste the must in the vats, taste the wines… This freedom to come and go as I like is in my opinion the surest manner to make headway.
Alone, I would have progressed silently, at a bit of a distance from everything. At Clairmont, I realised that each person knew different things, that nobody knew absolutely everything and that everyone improved by being in contact with the others. So I dared to speak up without fear of seeming ridiculous.
When we bring our grapes to the cellar, our name is written on the provision slips, not just a number, as is the case everywhere else, and for me this changes everything!
When I was a kid, we never went away on holiday. Vineyard, cellar and sales: my mother worked non-stop. These days, I do go on holiday, but after a week I have to come back, because I’m too scared something will happen in the vineyard while I’m away.