Top 10 influential wine consultants10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Savage
1. Jacques & Eric Boissenot
Clients: Around 200, mostly in the Medoc, including four first growths. Also producers in Greece (in the form of Alpha Estate), Provence, Spain, Tuscany and Chile, including Concha y Toro Don Melchor and Santa Rita Casa Real.
The most influential wine consultant you’ve never heard of, Eric Boissenot has largely taken on the prestigious client base and determinedly low profile established by his father Jacques, who in turn studied under the late Emile Peynaud. Together this father and son duo operate from their discreet laboratory in the Médoc village of Lamarque. While their direct client portfolio makes the Boissenot team influential enough, add in the number of producers worldwide who aspire to emulate the first growth style and the halo effect is considerable
“He’s very shy but he’s on the back label of every serious wine in Bordeaux,” sums up Felipe Tosso, chief winemaker at Viña Ventisquero in Chile, who has worked with Eric in the past. What’s more, adds Tosso: “he tastes faster than anybody”, recalling his own struggle to keep up with the focused pace with which Boissenot assessed his wines.
Don’t hire these guys if your marketing team wants a big name, but clients prize an ability to help create a blend that translates their terroir into something truly special.