Christine Valette-Pariente, owner of Premier Grand Cru Classé B Chateau Troplong Mondot in St Emilion, has died following a two year battle with cancer.
Valette-Pariente died on Friday evening, aged 57. Her death was met with sadness by many of the area’s top wine names.'Troplong existed previous to Christine,' Michel Rolland, longtime consultant at the estate, told Decanter.com. 'But it became synonymous with her. She was responsible for all the successes that it has achieved in recent years'.The Valette family has owned 33-hectare Troplong Mondot for nearly a century, and Christine had run it alongside her husband Xavier Pariente since 1981. Below her direction, the estate started picking before long, reducing yields, increasing new oak. In recognition of its rising critical acclaim, it was promoted in 2006 to the prestigious rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé in the St Emilion rankings. Valette-Pariente was also responsible for the opening of Les Belles Perdrix restaurant at the chateau,
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