The Decanter Power List 2013
8 Aubert de Villaine (30)
Co-owner/co-director, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 73
Burgund y is in the ascendant. As co-owner of the most renowned Burgundy estate in the world, Aubert de Villaine is a major influence over the revival of the region in the global market, not least in China. De Villaine does not court publicity but he’s no hermit: he is active in California where his partnership with Larry Hyde in Carneros, Hyde de Villaine, is expanding from being a Chardonnay project to encompass Pinot Noir. Decanter’s Man of the Year in 2010 insists he has no control over the extraordinary prices his wines achieve – prices which, as Chinese collectors look beyond Bordeaux, may rise, as recent auctions have shown.