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The team behind the brand

Hugh and Robert

The men behind the brand

Hugh Ryman

Hugh Ryman was born in the UK but moved with his family to Bergerac, close to Bordeaux when his father bought the Chateau de la Jaubertie. After studying in Bordeaux and working in top chateaux such as Petrus and Yquem, and in Australia, he became one of the first “flying winemakers”. These skilled men and women were commissioned – usually by British wine retailers – to help producers to improve the quality of their wines. Hugh’s experience making a wide range of wines in 17 countries with different soils, climates and cultures gives him a uniquely broad view of the 21st Century wine world. He divides his time between Chateau de la Jaubertie and his home in Bordeaux, the Minervois and Spain and South America where he also makes wine.

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Hugh Ryman

Hugh Ryman was born in the UK but moved with his family to Bergerac, close to Bordeaux when his father bought the Chateau de la Jaubertie. After studying in Bordeaux and working in top chateaux such as Petrus and Yquem, and in Australia, he became one of the first “flying winemakers”. These skilled men and women were commissioned – usually by British wine retailers – to help producers to improve the quality of their wines. Hugh’s experience making a wide range of wines in 17 countries with different soils, climates and cultures gives him a uniquely broad view of the 21st Century wine world. He divides his time between Chateau de la Jaubertie and his home in Bordeaux, the Minervois and Spain and South America where he also makes wine.

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Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph was the award-winning wine correspondent of the London Sunday Telegraph and author of 27 books on wine, including French Wines, Bordeaux and its Wines and The Complete Encyclopedia of Wine. He also founded the International Wine Challenge and built it into the world’s biggest wine competition. He regularly appears on TV and radio and was described by Decanter Magazine as one of the 50 people who would influence wine drinking in the 21st century. Robert lives in London but spends as much time as he can in the Minervois vineyards where le Grand Noir is made.

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Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph was the award-winning wine correspondent of the London Sunday Telegraph and author of 27 books on wine, including French Wines, Bordeaux and its Wines and The Complete Encyclopedia of Wine. He also founded the International Wine Challenge and built it into the world’s biggest wine competition. He regularly appears on TV and radio and was described by Decanter Magazine as one of the 50 people who would influence wine drinking in the 21st century. Robert lives in London but spends as much time as he can in the Minervois vineyards where le Grand Noir is made.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw’s labels – designed at his award-winning Stranger & Stranger studios in London, New York and San Francisco, have helped to boost sales of wines and spirits ranging from Hendricks Gin to Michel Rolland’s Clos de Siete. But he’s also a devoted wine lover with a cellar – in his home in Sonoma, California – that’s full of eclectically chosen bottles from both the New and Old World.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw’s labels – designed at his award-winning Stranger & Stranger studios in London, New York and San Francisco, have helped to boost sales of wines and spirits ranging from Hendricks Gin to Michel Rolland’s Clos de Siete. But he’s also a devoted wine lover with a cellar – in his home in Sonoma, California – that’s full of eclectically chosen bottles from both the New and Old World.

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