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Our Man from Haut-Brion, Jean-Marc Sauboua has been a winemaker at Laithwaites Wine since 1993, having studied winemaking in Bordeaux.
He is responsible for overseeing the creation of all our precious handcrafted 'direct from the vineyard' bottles - including medal-winning favourite Laithwaite Sauvignon and the barrel-aged beauties from Le Chai.
Jean-Marc Sauboua began an illustrious career in winemaking over two decades ago at Château Haut-Brion, the most famous château in the Graves district of Bordeaux.
Half-French, half-Spanish, Jean-Marc comes from a family with a long history of winemaking. Before joining our team, he spent two years in Stellenbosch in South Africa and also took a year's sabbatical to work for a Moroccan winery in 1996.
Since then, Jean-Marc has gained invaluable experience in the wineries of South Africa, Australia, Italy, Chile, Spain, all over France, and in our latest treasure-trove, Moldova.
At Laithwaites Wine, Jean-Marc is in charge of all of our own-label wines and Le Chai specialities - and he takes his job rather seriously. During a vintage, he can occasionally be found at night nestled up against one of his fermentation tanks on 24 hour watch!
If that's not enough to impress you, he also oversees our quality control at Laithwaites Wine too. Add to this the cupboards bursting with trophies and accolades and you've one very busy person!
All-in-all this doesn't leave much time for his family, but don't be alarmed, we wouldn't let him do all this without a little help. Jean-Marc oversees a team of highly talented winemaking individuals (Flying Winemakers we like to call them) dotted around the globe.
With this high degree of dedication to duty and tank-loads of charm to boot, Jean-Marc Sauboua is a cherished member of our team.