Andrew Gordon, former owner of Domaine du Grand Mayne, and Michel Coutin, the regisseur during the period, made a superb team over the first 25 years from 1986 to 2011 turning a derelict vineyard into one of the best vineyards in the appellation.
Both Andrew and Michel retired in 2011 and handed over the reigns of the vineyard to a young wine making superstar, Mathieu Crosnier.
Mathieu studied winemaking in Bordeaux and obtained a Masters Degree in Vineyard Management. He also worked in New Zealand studing the various aspects of New World wines with the famouns Oyster Bay Vineyard before returning to France and gaining knowledge of making top class wine in Puissegiun-Saint-Emilion and Chateau d' Aussiéres, Domaine Barons de Rotschild.
Matheiu, like Michel, is a total perfectionist, nothing is left to chance. He watches over the pruning in the winter months, to control yield and improve quality, and then in the growing season carries out a 'green harvest' (removing unwanted grapes) and leaf removal, so the grapes receive maximum exposure to the sun.
Drawing on both New and Old World wine techniques, Matheiu has added a new young approach to winemaking at Grand Mayne. Unequalled, is the passion and knowledge that he is able to impart upon WineShare members who visit and take part in the harvest celebrations.