There are winemakers, consultants and oenologists. Stéphane Derenoncourt IS winemaker, consultant and an oenologist. From Bordeaux to California, Bergerac to Lebanon, passing through Italy, India or Turkey, this winemaker has made wine all over the world, well supported by a team of like-minded competent people, and all very committed. His modesty about his success is an addition to this sincere and straightforward man, who does not hesitate to say out loud what some do not dare to think. In 1999, Stéphane Derenoncourt founded “Vignerons Consultants”, a consulting firm which became “Derenoncourt Consultants” in 2010 when he teamed up with three of his colleagues. With his wife Christine Derenoncourt, he created his own vineyard in Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux, near Saint-Emilion, the Domaine de l'A vinified wines in California through its Californian Derenoncourt structure. Over the years, Stéphane Derenoncourt advises wine-growers in France and abroad with over a hundred domains in 2016. In 2010, Stéphane Derenoncourt partnered with 3 of his collaborators, Julien Lavenu, Simon Blanchard and Frédéric Massie, all three oenologists, to create Derenoncourt Consultants.
The team Derenoncourt Consultants is now composed of 16 people with whom Stéphane was able to sustain and share a philosophy. The Consulting firm developed unique and comprehensive advice based on common sense and respect for nature, passion and optimal expression of the terroir and human contact with each recommended wine.
In 2015, Stéphane Derenoncourt wrote with Claire Brosse, a book that recounts his amazing journey as a consultant winemaker, mixing wine and Rock, his two passions; Stéphane Derenoncourt, a consultant with a “rock'n'roll” course. This is a book like no other; Entitled “Wine on Tour,” he recounts in pictures the journey of Stéphane Derenoncourt, renowned consultant and owner of Domaine de l'A, Ste Colombe in Côtes de Castillon. An atypical personality in the world of Bordeaux wines: he started 30 years ago as a vineyard worker, and today at the head of a company of 16 people, he advises wineries worldwide, of which 70 châteaux in Bordeaux. This book has the format of a vinyl record, the preface is signed Iggy Pop, and each 33 chapter is named after song titles of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles or Stevie Wonder. A rock'n'roll book for a rock'n'roll man, as he likes to define himself, rooted in Bordeaux.
“When I arrived in Bordeaux, born and raised in Dunkirk, I had never seen a vine. So I have a slightly shifted story. I climbed the ladder” step by step “, I became noticed, and very quickly was overwhelmed by work. It is then that I created my consultancy business, which now employs 16 people and works worldwide.
The winemaker consultant acknowledges that he struggled to gain acceptance into the closed world of Bordeaux wine.
"I have always lived with this impostor, who is there but should not be, because there is no law. And over time, I became passionate with my work, and today we have some credibility. whether you like me or not, I do not care a bit. What I know is that there is only one form of respect for our work, and that is principal.” - Stéphane Derenoncourt.