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Winegrowers' journey: praise of stubbornness

Winegrowers' journey: praise of stubbornness

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  • Publisher: Glénat
  • French language
  • Publication date: 10/2021
  • Dimensions: 14 x 23 cm
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 260g
  • Format: soft cover
  • ISBN: 9782344043165


Between winegrowers, we understand each other! Alain Graillot, the Crozes-Hermitage reference, has collected the confidences of wine professionals considered stars around the world. Their discussions make us understand that their success is the fruit of a trajectory paved with joy, but also with difficulties.

Because he is faced with a durable and vulnerable plant, as well as climatic hazards, a winemaker differs from most of his contemporaries.

Unlike that of start-ups, its world is built day after day, slowly and patiently. He takes the steps that come his way thanks to his stubbornness alone. This is how, sometimes, he becomes a superhero.

Alain Graillot, himself a famous winemaker from the Rhône valley, offers us the chance to enter into the intimacy of around twenty great names in wine. Raymond Trollat, Jean-Louis Grippat, Auguste Clape in the Rhône, but also Michel Lafarge and Aubert de Villaine in Burgundy, Anselme Selosse in Champagne, Jean-Michel Cazes in Pauillac, or even Angelo Gaja in Italy and Alvaro Palacios in Spain... could only give themselves up to one of their fellow men.

By “hearing” these humble personalities, full of determination and character, we can read the evolution of a profession which, subject to the pressure of a world where urgency prevails, can seem anachronistic. This is without counting on this tribe of stubborn people who fight tirelessly for their freedom and respect for time.


Journalist at Le Monde , Laure Gasparotto has been a wine specialist for more than twenty years. She is also a recognized taster and author of several works on wine. His Atlas of French Wines is the reference work on French vineyards. At Grasset, she published, among others, The day where there will be no more wine , with the nurseryman Lilian Bérillon and La Mécanique des vins with Olivier Jullien.

Alain Graillot has been a winemaker in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation since 1985, after having led a completely different career until the age of 40. Respected for his sense of wine, he also acts as a consultant for estates in France, Italy, Australia and Morocco. Since 2017, he has been president of the Académie des vins de France.

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