Carol Lombard et Frédéric Borja
Together

A team spirit The strength of Clairmont stems from this alliance of skills, shared values and relationships.

A group + a team spirit
=

wine made together!

Our group of winegrowers has always been united and enterprising. A closely-collaborative
team works alongside us. THey support us with dynamism and motivation; we share the same values.
The strengh of Clairmont lies in this combination of skills and synergy.

An interview with Frédéric Borja, Chairman
and Carol Lombard, Managing Director and Oenologist.

Winegrowers in the vineyards

What makes Clairmont unique?
Frédéric Borja : Undeniably, it is the fact that Clairmont is a small company with a human dimension and family spirit. The advantage of being a small group means that everyone gets involved, listens to each other with a strong sense of solidarity between all. In each bottle, we can find the trace of all the winegrowers; no one is sneaking around!

Carol Lombard : Clairmont, it is the strength of a collective, working together for the same aim, while respecting the will and particularities of each one.

A good wine comes first of all from good grapes. How do you ensure that each of the winegrowers, without exception, produces good grapes?
FB: This will sound trivial, but we are all passionate about our work; we learned it from our parents who, themselves, learned it from theirs. One day, we will pass it on to our children. This is perhaps the DNA of Clairmont: the taste for work well done and a certain family spirit.

CL: The Clairmont winegrowers know that they hold in their hands the key to the quality of the wines produced each vintage. Together, winegrowers and oenologists, we work throughout the seasons to obtain the very best grapes.

What importance is given to the concept of plot selection at Clairmont?
FB: Over the years, it has become more and more important to become the core of our development strategy. Each parcel, and there are many, is tasted prior to the harvest. This is an essential requisite for deciding the destination of the grapes in future wines. This is how we are working increasingly towards estate wines that offer all the singularity of the work accomplished by partner-winegrowers and the distinctiveness of their vineyard.

CL: Each parcel is visited and tasted several times by Clairmont’s oenologists in order to make a custom-made work. The harvest date and the destination of the grapes is determined plot by plot. Thus, the grapes are harvested at their optimum maturity and potential. Grapes from the finest plots are used to make micro parcel selection wines and are given special care and attention during their elaboration.

Your first organic wines came out in 2005. What motivated this approach?
FB: My family's vineyard has been using organic methods for decades. Clairmont respected our wish to produce wines from organically cultivated domains. We have therefore extended our range and asserted even further our commitment to protecting the environment.

CL: A third of our areas has been cultivated in organic viticulture since 1997! Jean-Michel Borja was one of the first organic winegrowers of Crozes-Hermitage, which is a source of pride for Clairmont. In 2005, we expanded our range with the first “Domaine des Clairmonts” Organic Winegrowing, then in 2016 the Domaine de Clairmonts released two new wines: Jardin Zen white et Jardin Zen red. Clairmont has an increasing number of young winegrowers who want to pursue the “organic” adventure.

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Carol Lombard

At Clairmont and nowhere else, winegrowers are able to take part in winemaking. Why is this?
FB: Once again, the strength and resources of our small group allows us such a luxury of organisation. Taking part in the winemaking process is another facet of our profession which enables us to assess the importance, the omplexity and the complementarity of each stage of a wine. Quite apart from this, it also allows the team of employees to take a break.

CL: Clairmont was born from adesire to share skills. It is with this mindset that we continue to work today. Why should winegrowers’ involvement stop at the cellar door? It is their business, they are the decision makers but also the actors. Some of our winegrowers are trained in winemaking either by educational studies or through their experience in the field. It is a richness, for them and for us, to participate in the elaboration of the wines. At Clairmont, as in every other winery, the winemaker can participate in making and selling the wines! It gives a real sense of accomplishment for each one of us!
Since I have been responsible for winemaking at the winery, Alexandre Defrance has been by my side; we have grown up together with the wines of Clairmont! As for Sundays, it is with pleasure and absolute confidence that I leave the keys to a team of winegrowers; they care all the more for the wines by seeing their own grapes transform before their eyes!

What importance do you give to technology during winemaking?
FB: TThe technology at Clairmont is state of the art so that we can put all the chances on our side without any possible mistakes. There is no question of making technological wines, or wines formatted according to any particular fashion... Respect for the raw ingredient, our grapes, remains essential, hence the precision we all ensure in our vineyards.

CL:Technology must be a way of doing things better, not an end in itself. Temperature control has enabled all winemakers to guide winemaking, particularly to obtain the most aromatic delicacy. Above all, technology has relieved people of arduous work. Even though it is sometimes a great help to improve what nature could not give us some vintages, I remain convinced that everything takes place in the vineyard thanks to magnificent soils and the passion of the winegrowers. A fine wine is made with fine grapes!

Does the style of the wines reflect the winegrowers’ taste?
FB: : In any case, it reflects the lands that we cherish. I can not remember who said “The style is the man himself”... So yes, our wines bear the imprint of our work and I hope that people find our traditions in the noblest sense of the word.

tank

Team

7 active employees

Managing director

Carol Lombard

Sales Manager

Michel Gallière

Packaging Manager

Jérémy Nodin

Packaging Assistant

Jean-Nicolas Kobayashi

Accounting & Sales Assistant

Guillaume Dufour

Head of Wine Tourism & Communication

Camille Flahaut

Cellarman

Jean-Pol Fairon

HQSE Engineer

Amandine Roux

Clairmont is families together. What do you want to transmit to the young generation arriving now?
FB: Passion for our profession, the satisfaction of doing it well, the pride of producing good wines, the pleasure of having them appreciated. To continue together what we have always done together...

CL: When I arrived at Clairmont, I was 28 years old. So I naturally received a lot of the experience of the winegrowers and employees. Wine is a world of exchange and tranmission, it is the heart of the profession. When I became Managing Director at Clairmont, one of my first wishes was to stimulate these exchanges. Winegrowers know their terroir, the adaptation of grape varieties to their climate and soils. The most experienced ones carry the memory of a company, of the choices that have been made, of the mistakes made but also the successes. This is a richness both for the younger ones and for the employees. The latter have skills for which they were recruited into the team, it is important that they share these with winegrowers who do not necessarily possess the same abilities. Thus, the synergy of skills favors the relevance of decision. Passing on is a way to build faster and stronger.

Clairmont team

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Schedule :

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. / 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Address

755 route des vignes

26600 Beaumont-Monteux – France

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