Native of Léognan, a Bordeaux wine village, Baptiste his youth immersed in a wine environment and a landscape. “Coming from a family passionate about wine and good food, I still remember the big family meals and cheerful and dionysian atmosphere that prevailed there.”
His studies in agronomy and enology take him to Angers, where he does an internship at the Domaine de Bablut and where Christophe Daviau transmits his passion of the terroir and the plant, and Montpellier where he completes his studies to become Engineer viticulture and oenology and oenologist. Having forged his experience in the US (Shug Carneros Estate Winery), Australia (Poet’s Corner) and France (Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Baptist falls in love with the wines of the Rhone Valley during the realization of a study on the terroir for the syndicate of Cotes du Rhone.
He then decided to work for the wine trading company Louis Bernard based in the north of Orange for which he is consultant for loyal suppliers of the company. “This experience gave me the passion of the wine growers and the importance of team working, the fact that working together permits to go further.” He also takes technical responsibility for the restructuring of the domaine de la Chartreuse Bonpas.
From the end of 2004, he decides to dedicate his energy and his career in consulting in oenology in Châteauneuf du Pape, where he lives, and the Ventoux and Luberon. Thus he shares his experience with a number of domaines including Domaine Pierre Usseglio, Domaine Saint Préfert and Domaine Colombis , the Chateau Sixtine , the Domaine de la Bastide Saint Dominique, Domaine des Pères de l’église and many others on Châteauneuf du Pape and also the Domaine de la Verrière, the Domaine Allois, some cellars of the Marrenon Group … He works with small growers as larger structures, always aiming to best express the characteristics of the grapes and wishes of the winemakers.
In 2011, he decided with his friend and colleague Gérald Lafont to create his own trading company, Olivier & Lafont, with the desire to offer wines from his passion and experience, full and fresh wines, representative of their terroir, selected in the cellars with which he works.
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