Jean-René Matignon was born in the Anjou region and grew up in a family of winemakers. His great grandfather was a barrel cooper. He developed a love of fine wines thanks to his brother-in-law, Jean-Luc Pouteau, who won the title of the world’s best Sommelier in 1983. Having completed viticultural and oenological studies followed by commercial training, he moved to Canada in 1982 where he spent a year working for a wine domaine in British Columbia and was able to complete his experience by learning English.
He returned to France in 1983 and joined the Angers Chamber of Agriculture where he developed new vinification techniques with a winemakers association. This was an opportunity for him to get to know local research teams and develop new methods that would form the basis of his quest for innovation.
He became Cellar Master and Cultivation Manager at Château Pichon-Baron in 1985. Since 1987 he has held the position of Technical Director for this Grand Cru Classé wine domaine in Pauillac. He has implemented numerous changes, firstly on a viticultural level including irrigation and planting works, followed by the construction of new vinification and ageing facilities. Alongside Christian Seely, he perfected an ambitious and very strict selection strategy based on an ecologically responsible approach to viticulture. Along with his team, he strives to invest all of his efforts and knowledge into the production of outstanding wines.
The notion of sharing
In 2013 he worked with the Compagnie Médocaine des Grands Crus on the project of creating an original brand: CAP ROYAL. Jean-René Matignon’s sole objective was to offer high quality yet accessible Bordeaux wines that can be enjoyed by all.
“Cap Royal is a new philosophy and a new challenge for me: selecting the very best and creating a high quality wine that can be enjoyed by wine lovers throughout the world.”
Jean-René Matignon – Technical Director at Château Pichon-Baron.