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“ This group of friends included Jean Grivot, Henri Liger-Belair, Georges Mugneret, Jean Méo… ” Tastevin association. At the time, the cel-

their wines, with fermentation and so

head in a book, my mother-in-law would

lars of Burgundy were filled with wines

on. An œnology laboratory on a wine

be reading L’Écho de la Mode, and I was

that weren't selling and they had the idea

estate in these days was something really

encouraged to read The Three Musketeers,

of joining forces to promote Burgundy

pioneering.

by my new family !

wines. With Georges Faiveley, Camille Rodier, Jacques Prieur and so on. Before

Tell

they started meeting at the Château du

Vosne-Romanée.

family ?

Clos de Vougeot, the association would

Michèle — I came to Vosne-Romanée

Michèle — Yes, I was welcomed, even

meet at Nuits-Saint-Georges.

when I married my husband in 1950. I

though my parents-in-law would pro-

was eighteen-and-a-half years old. We

bably have preferred their son to have

Julie Carpentier — What was your rela-

had met at Jean Grivot’s, during a sur-

married a woman who had some vines to

tionship with your father-in-law like ?

prise party organised at the Grivot Estate,

her name ! But in the end it was a little bit

Michèle — He always intimidated me,

to which a friend was invited, and I went

the same situation with René, who had

with his bearing and his stern air. I reco-

with her !

married his beloved Antoinette (Vercely),

about

your

arrival

at

Did you feel welcomed into this new

gnised that he was a very intelligent man,

I was very young. I left behind my

originally from Yonne, and who had no

very demanding, passionate and interes-

town life in Dijon. The life of my parents-

vines either, though she did have fields.

ting. I regret not having listened to him

in-law in the countryside was very diffe-

My mother-in-law didn’t work in the

closely enough.

rent from everything I knew. Initially, we

vines. Nor did I, except during the harvest

Women always admired the bea-

all lived together in Vosne under one

periods. I’ll always remember a Vosne-

ring of this serious, upstanding man,

same roof. That wasn’t always easy : the

Romanée local saying, when I was suffe-

who nevertheless had a great sense of

mentalities of town and country folk were

ring from a herniated disk, ‘It wasn’t from

humour. He had lots of funny stories to

so different at that time. I was young,

working in the vines that you got that hernia !’

tell (always the same ones, but they still

I didn’t dare ask too many questions,

made us laugh).

and I just had to get used to this new

It can’t have been easy for you to adapt

environment.

to these new codes of conduct of the

At the Domaine, my father-in-law

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me

wine-growing milieu …

welcomed the staff early in the morning,

In my new family, reading was impor-

gave out the instructions for the day, then

tant. My husband, Pierre, following a long

Michèle — On my arrival, my mother-

disappeared into his office to read. He

day in the vineyard, would go to bed early

in-law took me to visit the various wine-

also wrote quite a lot. He had a weekly

at 8, after eating all together at 7 (when

growers the family knew, to introduce me.

column in the local newspaper Le Bien

we were first married, we shared meals

They’d told me, ‘Above all, you must greet

Public.

with my parents-in-law, before we set

everyone you meet, whether you know them

René did a lot for wine-growing in

up our own apartment in the house). I

or not.’ All that was new for me.

the region. Wine-growers from across

remember that once my husband was in

Vosne would come to see him, bringing

bed, I stayed in the little study with my

Did you begin to learn about wine and

samples when they had problems with

parents-in-law. My father-in-law had his

the vine though the work of your hus-

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