“With a drive for excellence at the heart of every decision, my ambition is that Grand Mayne wines will become the most sought after from south west France.”
Mathieu Crosnier, Winemaker
Born in the Loire Valley near Tours, he developed his passion for wine by working with outstanding Chenin from Vouvray. He studied winemaking, vineyard managing and wine economy at Bordeaux. His son Baptiste was born during the harvest 2013, just two days after a horribly destructive hailstorm … at Grand Mayne our stories always end happily.
We are lucky to have found someone with so much experience living so close to the vineyard. A graduate from Bordeaux University, she has recently been working for Château Martet in Bordeaux AOC.
That was following a number of years running game lodges throughout Africa, experience that will surely be useful as the wildlife sharing our vineyard increases!
A fan of Monty Python, Fifi suffers from contagious good spirits.
When you visit Grand Mayne, you will probably hear him before you see him. It’s all part of the Grand Mayne magic: there’s no charge for the ad hoc entertainment.
Manu looks after the vines. At pruning time you will marvel at the speed that errant shoots are snipped and others are trained.
When not at work at Grand Mayne, he will probably be found renovating the house he recently bought in Duras.
One minute you’ll find her in the Chais (winery), filtering the wines and the next she’ll be in the shop or showing you around the vineyard and leading a tasting.
Her favourite wines are the Reserve whites, especially the 2015 Reserve Sauvignon/Semillon which remind her of the white Bergundies she loves.
In the UK
Manager of the business within the UK, Richard joined Grand Mayne in January 2015. He trained as a lawyer and has worked in international trade and business publishing. He is the first point of contact for all Grand Mayne matters in the UK.
Little makes Richard as happy as a glass (or two) of Grand Mayne’s 2018 Reserve Merlot Cabernet with a long dinner.