ISABELLE BRUNET, SOMMELIÈRE, BARCELONA.

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Wine has ever been my companion throughout my career, from the little Bourgueils of Chez N'zot to the grand crus of luxury establishments. But it wasn’t really until 1994 that it became the heart of my profession, with the encouragement of my brother who had already worked as a sommelier at Château d'Artigny, La Tour d'Argent and Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV.

So I dove right in. I began with books, in the English way, like you would for music theory lessons. And then, the essential, meetings, armed only with a corkscrew, and the beautiful places where I have been lucky enough to work. True classics like Les Ambassadeurs and the Ritz Club, as well as others that are less so, such as The Orrery (Sir Terence Conran’s first star). And then came the wanderlust, travels to South Africa, California, Oregon, Cuba, New Zealand, and above all to Australia. What luck, what memories of being a sommelier at Sydney’s Wine Banc and Melbourne’s Syracuse. I tried to settle in Australia but failed; I returned there a few years ago and worked for six months in the cellar of that wizard of Pinot Noir, Phillip Jones, right in the south of the continent under the Antarctic wind, where old pick-ups roar and swerve their way between herds of cows and sheep.

 

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