Jean-Claude is considered one the foremost proponents of classicist winemaking and the top Merlot winemaker in modern history. He was named esteemed winemaker and technical director for Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 by a then-unknown Libourne négociant, Jean-Pierre Moueix, overseeing 44 vintages of the world’s most revered Merlot, Château Pétrus.
Jean-Claude describes his intent behind his winemaking role at Twomey as an unique opportunity. “Wine is a product that tells the story of its land,” he says. “Merlot in California has a different expression than Pomerol, Italy or Switzerland—it’s own characteristics. That is what I want to respect.”