Meet the Producer
The architecture of Chateau de Rozier is reminiscent of the Gallo Roman rural villas and that’s because it was created by a Roman Legionnaire. Situated in the southern part of Costieres de Nimes (part of the Rhone Valley) the property is surrounded by its 37 acres (15ha) of vineyards. The vines sit in a wonderful soil consisting of red clay and pebble stones (Galet Roules) and with their sun facing aspect they do all the hard work and make it easy for the winemaker to do his. The aromas of lavender and thyme and flavors of spice and fruit are all as a result of the vineyard.
About the Winemaker
A native of Burgundy, or more specifically the outskirts of Chablis, it’s safe to say Guillaume was born into wine and totally natural that he chose to become a wine-maker in his teens..basic studies first and a degree in Oenology and all in Burgundy..it may explain why he’s our resident Pinot specialist with a fetish for Chardonnay!! His first job was more cellar rat than winemaker but he was exposed to what life could be like with a vintage in Beaujolais and after that short experience it became a serious pursuit, with winemaking experience in Chablis (William Fèvre), Côte de Beaune (Château de Santenay), Beaujolais area (Saint Amour, Moulin à Vent…), Languedoc Roussillon (Ile de Porquerolles).
After eight years spent as a cellar master in the south of Burgundy, he became a wine consultant specializing in wines from the Maconnais along with the Crus of Beaujolais.
Bored of 'working alone' and in need of a new challenge, he joined the Boutinot family in 2015 and as he says ‘I’ve not had time to get bored since..! The diversity of working in new countries, with different vintages, across the globe, working with the sales teams in different markets and learning about consumers and the new approaches required from both a marketing and wine-making perspective is just a fantastic challenge’.
A passion for walking, running and mountain biking are easily combined with his love of wine - ‘being in the field, on the spot, we learn so much more about the people we work with, the vines that grow and the country itself and we combine all of that with our wine feelings along with winemaking skills so that, at the end, we improve and produce great wines together!'