French winemakers Marcel and Philippe Guigal are not ones who’d scoff at their New World counterparts.
Although Marcel and Philippe have their own strong views on making wine, they are anything but elitist or ethnocentric. “The French think they are special; they don’t drink many foreign wines, even outside France,” says Philippe. “But my father and I are very unusual French people.” Whenever time permits, the family travels to Australia, visiting the country’s wineries and tasting Shiraz (Syrah) wines to learn more about the characteristics of this similar yet different varietal.
“It’s not necessary to compare our Syrah with [Australia’s] and say which one is better,” remarks Philippe. “There are good and bad wines everywhere. Perfection does not exist in wine.”
Excerpt from September issue of epicure