The Decanter Power List 2013

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24 Jean-Charles Boisset (25)
Proprietor, Boisset Family Estates, 43
A man of such flamboyance he makes the grandees of Napa look dowdy, JCB (as he’s known in California) heads Boisset Family Estates, a business born in Burgundy in 1961. Now, the California base of Boisset Family Estates USA sells more than 1.2 million cases in the US and Boisset, La Famille des Grands Vins sells 6.5 million cases worldwide. Boisset is a huge presence in California, not least by his marriage to Gina Gallo in 2009 (see p28). With the purchase of Napa’s Raymond Vineyards and the 155-year-old Buena Vista, Boisset made clear his intentions to stamp his family’s name on the Valley.