Jean Berthet-Bondet, like his wife Chantal, does not come from a long line of winemakers, although among some of Chantal's family there are some winemakers from the Languedoc, and Jean's great-great grandfather worked as a winemaker at Clos Vougeot. Jean's family are well established as craftsmen. His maternal grandfather was a wood turner (his old pedal lathe is on display in the cellars) and his paternal grandfather was a maker of combs, which used to be the speciality of the small industrial town of Oyonnax in the department of Ain, from where the family originated. Jean's father and brother moved away from the traditional crafts and to the modern business for which Oyonnax is now famous, injected plastics, and concentrated on making spectacle frames, founding one of the first enterprises in this sector.
Jean decided very early that he did not wish to follow this particular path, and so pursued a course in agronomy at Montpellier, where he met Chantal. Instead of following the traditional period of Read more »