On the inside with the outsider


The World of Fine Wine

Issue 40 – 2013


After hitchiking from his hometown of Dunkirk to work as a grape picker in Fronsac, Stéphane Derenoncourt worked his way up to become one of Bordeaux’s most in-demand consultants. Ella Lister meets a self-taught man of contrasts whose unconventional route into winemaking means he still feels like an outsider, despite consulting to more than 90 clients worldwide.