Recruited by Étienne Camuzet in 1945 to work the Richebourg, Brulées and Clos Parantoux vineyards in particular, Henri was indeed the estate's inspiration for many years. When he retired, he played his part in my training, winning me over to the cause of fruity, long-keeping wines. Wines that give pleasure.
He passed away during the 2006 harvest, while we were hard at work; a fine symbol. Beyond the myth he had become, I will remember the talent of a man for his job, the convictions of an experienced taster and the passion of a craftsman.
He was a great winemaker: beyond the very seductive style of his wines, his essential contribution to the wines of Burgundy can be summed up in his capacity to marry tradition and modernity. He was able to resist the facilities which the rapid modernisation of the vineyard was making available to him at the beginning of the sixties. And yet how tempting it was; the job was hard. At the same time, there was never any question of remaining stubbornly attached to outmoded techniques: modern winemaking methods gave him the opportunity to display his inventiveness and his sensitivity.
Henri was one of the few people to keep the Burgundy flag flying high in a period of some decline, and more important still, he was able to pass on his vision to the younger generation. Today, we all owe him a great deal.