Insider’s Guide to Bordeaux – Wine: Jean-Michel Garcion

Jean Michel GarcionJean-Michel Garcion is the wine-maker at Demour – a family owned negociant that owns a number of Bordeaux estates including Ch. La Croizille (St. Emilion), Ch. Haut Breton Larigaudiere (Margaux), Ch. La Tour Baladoz (St. Emilion), and Ch. Tayet (Bordeaux Superier).

Jean-Michel Garcion is a driven man. He did his studies in viticulture and oenology and later on a specialization in commercial business. He worked in a vine nursery (the choice of an adapted vine plant is primordial for the wine’s quality) and different French wineries making red, white (dry and sweet), sparkling wine (champenois and charmat methods) and distillation of wine and fruits for spirits. For a period of 10 years he followed practical training in different wine countries like Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zeland, USA and Spain to acquire his expertise and know-how.

With an open mind and a lot of experience, he became Jacques De Schepper’s right-hand man at Demour in 1991.

Today we interviewed him about his thoughts on Bordeaux wines. Note: this interview was translated from French.

 1. Which is currently your favorite wine to drink wine?

The wines I produce – of course. The Margaux (Ch. Haut Breton Larigaudiere) and the Saint Emilion Grand Cru (La Croizille) are of course my first choice and I am a big fan since I regularly consume.

However, I have a deep admiration for all terroir wines, whatever their geographical origin, including those of Italy such as Barolo, Barbaresco and Spanish wines made from Tempranillo.For whites, I love the great wines of Loire Chenin-based, German Riesling, the wines of Burgundy. I also have a little bit of heart for the Great Muscadet de terroir.

2. Can you provide the name(s) of a Château (or Châteaux) that are on the rise?

All the wines in Bordeaux are improving. Qualitatively Bordeaux does better wines today than 20 years ago.

3. Can you recommend a castle from a lesser-known appellation wines That Makes That shoulds Consumers pay attention to?

  • Château Boucheau, Haut-Médoc
  • Château La Rode, Côtes de Castillon
  • Château Bois de Roc, Médoc Cru Artisan
  • Château Les Cambrochets, Côtes de Blaye
  • Château Le Paradis, Côtes de Bourg

4. What is your favorite food match for Bordeaux Red Wine?

Any kind of meat, red, lamb, mutton, beef and grilled.

5. What is your favorite food match for Bordeaux White Wine?

The dry white goes well with fish and shellfish. White wines with oak marry well with fish sauce or white meat. Sweet wines with foie gras and blue cheeses.

We would like to thank Mr. Garcion for his time and generous answers.  If there is a wine mentioned in this interview that you would like to try – please contact me at cody@rooftopcellars.com and I will try and find it for you.