Aubert de Villaine

Lifetime Achievements 2015
, France

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Aubert de Villaine, born and raised deep in the rich traditions of Frances greatest winemaking techniques, makes one of the world’s most coveted wines at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, commonly referred to as DRC. De Villaine is co-owner and co-director of DRC where La Tâche and other fine wines are made, including the world-famous Romanée-Conti, with a vintage of 4,500 to 6,000 bottles per year.

Aubert is the grandson of Edmond Gaudin de Villaine, the architect of the modern DRC, and was named Decanter Man of the Year 2010. Before joining the family business, he studied law and literature in Paris, worked in New York for wine importers and even did a short stint as a journalist.

He met his wife Pamela while in the US, with whom he produces the A and P de Villaine wines in his home village of Bouzeron. This Domaine has extensive plantations of Aligoté and the de Villaines were part of the campaign to create a separate appellation for the Aligoté wines of Bouzeron, which succeeded in 1998, when Bouzeron AOC was created.

He also sits at the helm of Hyde de Villaine (HdV), a highly regarded winery in Napa Valley, California. Founded in 2000, all of the partnership’s fruit is sourced from Hyde Vineyard in the Los Carneros appellation.

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