Meet the Challenge winemakers: Benoit Beigner of Chateau Pécany

“Making wines is an opportunity to reveal the best of a soil, a grape and a team”, says Benoit Beigner of Chateau Pécany, whose parents also hail from the wine business. Beigner says humility is also key “because every year, every place is different.”

Beigner is owner at Pécany, a winery he is developing in Pomport, France. He has had a wide range of positions in the wine industry. They range from making wine at nearby Chateau Le Chrisly to consulting at CEIOE, a center in Pauillac for studying oenology, to working as a broker at Bureau Gardère-Haramboure, also in Pauillac.

Beigner has also interned at Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château Haut-Bailly, among others, and had a short stint as a salesperson at Magnum Wines in Shanghai in 2011. In fact, that was his second visit to China. He first came in 2010, when he spent about a month in the country and had a chance to live in Shanghai and Beijing.

He also has a Master of Enology at Victor Ségalen Bordeaux and master degrees in engineering and in international business.

Beigner cites the chance to work with French wine-makers Michel Rolland and Denis Dubourdieu as among the highlights of his wine career and says his aim is to expand his experience.

“To understand taste, and the wishes of customers, from your country or other countries, is really necessary to adapt my mind during wine-making,” he says.

He adds that if he could make wine from one grape, he would pick Cabernet Sauvigon.

“Cabernet Sauvignon wine is powerful, aromatic and full-bodied, and this variety is suitable for giving wines a long capacity for aging.”

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