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Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet
I met Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet in 1993 at the
The next morning, David and I were eating breakfast at our hotel and the same woman who I had arrogantly dismissed came up to our table, once again all smiles. She told us that she had a close friend who was making exactly the type of wine we were looking for and she had talked to her about us and that we should rush to the exposition hall because they would be there first thing at 9 am ready to have us taste their wines at Booth B432.
David and I got there early, anxious to taste their wines. Catherine and Didier arrived 30 minutes late, but finally had us taste through their range of
Yes, this was what we were looking for! Naturally made wines with consistency, honesty and precise flavors and two crazy proprietors who seemed plenty serious but also very funny, witty and engaged. David ordered an insane amount of wine and a collaboration was born.
It has been a privilege for me to know Catherine and Didier. They have worked
Even more importantly, they have become close and dear friends.
What is remarkable about the Clos Roche Blanche is that both Catherine and Didier had no training and no technical preparation for taking over such an
Congratulations to Catherine and Didier -- The 2005 Wine Personalities of the Year!
Denyse Louis from Louis/Dressner Selections interviewed Catherine Roussel for the following article:
The story of how Catherine's father became a winemaker is a little complicated. Everything came from second marriages, and Catherine's father, Jean, was adopted by his stepfather when he was nearly 30 and officially took over the
Catherine's mother, Solange, and Catherine, the older sister of the famous physicist Pierre Roussel and the younger sister of Françoise Roussel (who directs a major insurance company), decided to carry on with the
In 1981, sick of feeding and taking care of 20 people for a month every
Catherine says she has never liked making wine: it requires a lot of patience (she has none) and a meticulous nature (not her style). The 1981
In France, it is difficult to work in any field without the proper diploma, so Didier went back to school in the fall of 1982, at the age of 30, to get a baccalauréat diploma as a "jeune
In his previous life, Didier was a Parisian who had passed his baccalauréat of science at 16, and gone on to special high flying math classes for two years. When time came to start engineering school, he left everything and took odd jobs, notably as a worker in a factory for three years. He also travelled quite extensively. His parents, an engineer and a nurse, had dreamed of being farmers themselves, but nothing predisposed Didier to becoming a winemaker (his two brothers now also live in the country, one of them working part-time at Clos Roche Blanche).
As an aside, Catherine was 30 when she discovered that wine was a pleasurable beverage. Her main goal in life was not to be a
For ten years, things went on as in the past, but Didier was dissatisfied with the wines he was making, the wines were correct, even good, but not great. When he tasted around the
In early 1992, after the terrible
They had already abandonned the use of
After two very difficult and nerve-wracking years, they
Didier has since started a study of useful auxilliary insect with an entomological institute in