VinoPeople No. 34: Frédéric Panaïotis, Chef de Cave, Ruinart

Frédéric Panaïotis, Chef de Cave, Ruinart

©AnneinVino Frédéric Panaïotis

©AnneinVino Frédéric Panaïotis

The best advice I ever got: “Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera” (=Help yourself, and heaven will help you) is what my father said to me.
My life motto: Learning – the world of wine is endless, you never stop.
I am currently reading: Perfidia by James Ellroy
The most-played track on my iPod: Hip hop by Big Poppa and Freddie Freeloader and So What by Miles Davis
A wine that surprised me recently: Passopisciaro’s Contrada R Rampante from Sicily
My favourite newspaper/magazine: International Herald Tribune and The World of Fine Wine
My desert-island wine: A Jeroboam of Château Yquem 1986
If I didn’t do my current job I would be: Vet in a zoo
I most admire in people: Being inspirational, I guess that’s a mix of intelligence, charisma and wisdom.
I really detest: Teetotallers
The skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have: Playing the saxophone and being better at breathing while free-diving
I relax while: Free-diving, gardening and cooking
I have learnt a lot from: In Life from my parents; in work from Jacques Péters and Richard Geoffroy
My first taste of wine was: Very early on since I grew up in a wine family, but my first clear memory was 1976 Richebourg from the Gros family on 25 December 1985. I can still taste it.
My last meal and sip will be: An amazing omakase menu in Hokkaido with Junmai Daiginjo sake.
What do you want to show most in your wine? The aromatic freshness of the Ruinart style – but it’s not about showing something; it’s about making people happy and meeting their expectations.