‘The Domaine Janoueix dates back a long time. My grandfather-in-law was in central France, and decided to move to the north of France, to sell wine. He bought wine in Bordeaux, and he sold wine in French Brittany. After a while he says, “I buy wine, but the best for me is to buy vineyards”. So, the first vineyard he bought was in 1930 and it was only four of five hectares. After the war, it was very bad; we renovated the vineyards and the château, and after he bought a little piece of Pomerol in 1961, Château la Croix, and after Château la Croix-Saint-Georges. My husband bought Châteaux Castelot and Château Haut-Sarpe. Now it’s our children who buy vineyards; both my sons have vineyards.’
‘We have no secrets. We have passion and we love wine! We have a master of cellar who loves wine, and my husband who is passionate, so I think the secret is there.’
‘The harvest! It’s a very important and busy time, and we are happy when it is finished because we are always afraid of the storm and the hail, so when the crop has been collected, we are happy because 2019 is very good in quality. The grapes were very small, so we didn’t think there would be a lot of juice, but there is!’
‘The first time I picked the grapes myself! I was 21 and it was great fun and a nice experience, and afterwards I went to the cellar to see how the wine turned out, because I was not in the wine business when I met my husband. Now it’s been 53 years, I have a bit of experience now!’
‘When we have a new market, it’s a challenge!’
‘Classical, natural, the best!’
I would age them for 10 years! But we are lucky because of the terroir, they can last a long time, but I think it is better to drink the wine when you find the right mood!