Not too many people manage to change the way people behave and think about a subject.
But when it comes to the subject of wine, and natural wines in particular, then Pascal Rossignol and his team in Kilkenny’s Le Caveau, can truly be said to have changed the way people behave and think in regard to natural wines.
When the small phalanx of natural winemakers first emerged, a decade ago, the mainstream wine industry treated them as a joke. Ten years later, and natural wines have become the avant garde of winemaking, their bottles the most admired and discussed in the world of wine. Mr Rossignol and his team, with their passionate advocacy of behalf of the one-time-underdogs, are the people who effected this sea change in attitudes and in drinking habits. Their achievement is truly formidable and, just as importantly, their achievement in bringing these wines to our tables means that every time we open a bottle, we get to glimpse the true majesty of the culture of wine.
Le Caveau is a great wine shop, and a great wine company. But it is also an integral part of that culture of wine, thanks to its advocacy and intellectual energy. In changing the way we think about wine, Le Caveau has made the world a better place.
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