Mon 01 Feb 2016

Ferment: The 15-Minute Interview – Richard Maby


Our Wine World & News section now features a new series, Ferment: The 15-Minute Interview.

Below is one of the recent additions, from one of the Rhône’s brightest winemaking talents, Richard Maby of Domaine Maby.

Richard Maby Domaine MabyThe Wine Society has championed the wines of Domaine Maby for almost 40 years. Situated in Lirac, across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the soil here is also scattered with the famous ‘galets’ or pudding stones that litter the vineyards of its better-known neighbour.

The property has vineyards in the Lirac, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône appellations and the wines, in red, white and rosé, feature regularly on our Lists and en primeur offers and continue to offer excellent value for money.

Richard Maby took over the running of the estate from his father in 2005, re-energising the business and taking it to new heights, together with his wife Natasha.

Before returning to take up the role of vigneron, Richard worked in the French Stock Exchange in Paris. Alongside wine, Richard is also a lover of opera, as members may have gathered from the names of some of his cuvées (Nessun Dorma, Cast Diva, Prima Donna)!

1. When did you know that you wanted to work in the family business?
I always knew that I would work in the family business. I just needed to wait for my father to retire!

2. What’s the most memorable bottle you’ve drunk?
Cheval Blanc 1964, the same age as me!

3. Do you swap wine with other producers? If so with whom?
I swap wine regularly with other producers and especially with very good and friendly producers like Gilles Ferand and Marcel Richaud.

4. Your cellar is about to be flooded. What bottle would you save?
Some bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti that I bought went I worked for the Stock Exchange.

5. Who would you most like to share a bottle with?
With my wife, as I do almost every evening!

6. If you could travel back in time and redo one vintage which one would it be?
2005, because it was a wonderful vintage and my first one. I think that if I would manage it as I do today, the wines would be extraordinary.

8. If your winemaking philosophy could be described in three words what would they be?
Respect of the terroir, respect of the grapes, respect of the wine

9. What is your most memorable food and wine match?
Escalope of foie gras with oranges and a three year-old Tavel Prima Donna.

10. What would be your desert-island wine?
Château Rayas (Châteauneuf-du-Pape).

11. If you weren’t a winemaker, what would you be?
I suppose I would still work for the Stock Exchange…

12. If you could only work with one grape variety, what would it be and why?

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The 2014 vintage of Richard’s Lirac ‘Nessun Dorma’ is also available in our current Rhône en primeur offer.

Categories : France, Rhône

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