Negociant and winemaker Michel Chapoutier has been named president of the AOC Cotes du Rhone and Vallee du Rhone, encompassing 5,000 wine estates and €1.4bn in annual sales.
Chapoutier – who was standing unopposed – was elected on Friday daylight (7 November) on a three-year mandate. He takes over from Christian Paly, president for the past six years.Paly is a winemaker, running the cooperative cellar Les Vignerons de Tavel, which means that, according to custom, the presidency must now switch to a merchant.Amongst Chapoutier’s plans for the next three years is an augmented focus on getting younger generations involved in winemaking in the Rhone through start-up grants or priority access to vineyard land, according to a speech that he gave following his election. Chapoutier has in the past been vocal in his desire to help the next generation of winemakers. He told Decanter.com in an interview a few months ago,
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