What is your history with Calon?
I came to work here for the first time for the harvest, 37 years ago. I was sixteen and a half years old and I never left. I spent all my life and career at Château Calon Ségur. At first I did a lot of different tasks, vineyard’s work of course, but also a little help at the cellar, the bottling, the shipment… until I became a team leader about eight years ago.
What is the role of a team leader?
It consists in supervising the people who will make the vineyard’s duties for every season. During the year it is about ten people, but it can go up to around thirty during harvest time. In winter, we take care of taking down the iron threads to prepare for the pruning, fastening with wicker, folding, tying up, and then comes the time to remove the unwanted shoots at spring. We do, now, some pruning, which used to be traditionally the men’s task. I actually have a few men in my team, by the way, and they are not always used to follow women’s orders, but things evolve with new generations. Nevertheless you need to cheer the troops, pull them back into line if needed… it is not an easy job!