Hervé Berland, managing director of Mouton Rothschild since 2006, and with the Rothschild family since 1977, will be heading to Chateau Montrose after his retirement from the Pauillac First Growth.
Berland was at Mouton during the 2011 en primeur tastings, and Decanter.com understands he will be starting his new job today, Tuesday April 10.
Berland’s decision to join Montrose, just a few kilometres away from Mouton in Saint Estèphe, will confirm the Second Growth’s habit of attracting former First Growth directors to its 94 hectares
Jean-Bernard Delmas, formerly director of Chateau Haut-Brion, has been in charge of the property since the Bouygues brothers, Martin and Olivier, bought it in 2006. Delmas retired last year.
Nicolas Glumineau, technical director of Montrose, told Decanter.com, ‘Montrose has the terroir of a First Growth, and we certainly look to challenge them each year. Mr Berland will provide the continuity in terms of our search for excellence, and his experience and understanding of global markets will we hope cement the reputation of Montrose internationally.’
Hervé Berland said, ‘I can’t wait to get underway with the new challenge. I have enjoyed many wonderful years with Mouton, but am looking forward to working alongside the new team, and to a certain level of freedom in my decision-making.’
Written by Jane Anson in Bordeaux