In the middle of an Oscar race, talking about stars is inevitable! And yes, even at Les Grappes we're people. But we prefer to focus on celebrities who have a taste for good things, food and terroir! Then we move the red carpet to the vines.
Isn't it nice here, between the Syrah and Mourvèdre vines?
Francis Ford Coppola, who is no longer presented since his cinematic masterpieces that make up the Godfather trilogy, is also a recognized producer in the Napa Valley with his estate located in Inglenook. He bought it in the 70's after the success of the first part of The Godfather. What could be more normal when we know that his grandfather already vinified his wine in the cellar of his New York building. Today, he takes this profession very seriously and does everything possible to make his wine a reference among Californian wines. In particular, he employed an expert from Château Margaux in 2011. The father of the Godfather allows visitors to Francis Ford Coppola Winery to enjoy a tasting of his wines and a movie screening. We'd love to drink a Coppola in front of a Coppola!
This great director to whom we owe films such as The Fifth Element, Leon or Nikita is also the happy owner of the Domaine de Senaux in the Saint Chinian appellation. It produces a typical red wine of the Hérault region with a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Still in the South of France, right next to his property, he also owns three hectares of vines in the Domaine d'Alquier in Faugères PDO. We look forward to an Arthur and the Minimoys in the vineyards.
Christophe Lambert, a French-American actor also known as Connor McLeod in the Highlanders saga, is a hands-on entrepreneur who began to take an interest in wine in 1997 by investing in Domaine La Grand'Ribe in Saint-Cécile-les-Vignes in the Vaucluse. He then invested in Château Tour Séran in the Médoc. He does not take part in the winemaking process but does not hesitate to get involved in the improvement of his estates and in the promotional strategy to be adopted.
You couldn't objectively do an article on wine stars without mentioning the most glamorous couple in Hollywood: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. First of all, in order to replace a little bit the infatuation around the vineyard of the two peoples, it is necessary to underline that the 2012 vintage of the Domain has passed in 5 hours. The Star system also does things well. The adventure began in 2008 when they decided to buy the Château de Miraval on the Côtes de Provence and Coteaux-varois-en-provence appellation a 50 hectare property in 100% organic agriculture. The Perrin Family is in charge of the viticulture and the elaboration of the wine and the great tasters like Thierry Desseauve who had the luxury of being able to taste it only praise it.
We now turn to Spain with one of the country's most emblematic actors: Antonio Banderas. We know him in particular to have interpreted Don Alejandro de la Vega, in The Mask of Zorro at the side of Catherine Zeta Jones. What is less well known about him is that he acquired Bodega Anta Banderas in the north of his native country in 2009. A return to the source that is not to everyone's taste. Sommelier Michael Madrigale (Wine Enthusiast's 2012 Sommelier of the Year Award) describes the Ribera del Duero he signs at the tip of his sword as a "wine to be tasted only in extreme emergency". There is still some work to be done for the Masked Avenger and the estate staff.
Thibault (Les Grappes)