With his short, grey, curly hair and deep crow’s feet, Daniel Brunier has a patrician, Roman air as he stalks the winery. Cellar staff hush and busy themselves as he passes. Along with his brother Frédéric, he has built an empire that stretches from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to Gigondas, all the way to Lebanon.
Daniel has just turned 60, and the brothers are gradually relinquishing control to their sons, Edouard and Nicolas, who represent the sixth generation.
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Lessons will no doubt be strict; Daniel has strong opinions and is convinced of the primacy of their soils. But in time they’ll inherit an estate that makes some of the most elegant wines in Châteauneuf.