Top 10 influential wine consultants

10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

1. Jacques & Eric Boissenot

Jacques and Eric BoissenotClients: 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.

Related article: Eric Boissenot selects The Perfect Cellar as exclusive supplier for his own Margaux

10 Responses to “Top 10 influential wine consultants”

  1. Kevin Robinson says:

    Amazingly, you left out David Ramey who Robert Parker claimed as one of the best in our industry!

  2. Greg Gillooly says:

    I’ve always maintained that there are only two stories to tell in all of fine wine promotion: the ” hallowed ground” story and the “magic chef” story. Now the “magic chefs” come to the “hallowed ground” where ever it may be. What a wonderful world this is!
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  3. Tom Payette says:

    So proud to see my mentor Mr. Boissenot and his son as the number one. You have his this spot on in ranking as best you could. Mr. Boissnot and his family are top notch and have taught me so very much. A Votre Sante !

  4. Andrew Healy says:

    Not a mention of Philippe Melka or Guy Anderson……

  5. Jamie Smith says:

    solid list and respect to wine consultants in shaping the wine supply chain and building wine brands!

  6. VinConnect says:

    Philippe Cambie and Philippe Melka would like to have a word with you…

  7. winedoggie says:

    You also left out Nick Goldschmidt. Over 30 years in the industry, consulting all over the world and makes some really amazing wines.

  8. sukumar das says:

    i like to set up a plant and seeking for consultancy

  9. Manjush Garg says:

    We are looking at setting up a wine import branding and sales platform and are on a look out for Wine Consultants and Tasters to guide us select some good wines from each wine producing region. Look forward to your inputs on this.

    • andrew says:

      HI Manjush,
      I represent a range of Australia and New Zealands largest and finest wine brands. Let me know how I can help you.
      Andrew

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