Behind the scenes of the Louis de Sacy Champagne House
A chat with Yaël and Jonathan Sacy, 2 "rule breakers" of the kind we just love in Champagne.
The story doesn't tell us whether the brother and sister inherited the explosive personality of their illustrious ancestor Louis de Sacy, but right from the start of our conversation, I already know that these are two strong characters. When I ask each of them what their best quality is, he answers "my sister" and she answers "my brother"! The tone of the interview is set and the complicity between the pair immediately puts me at my ease. The conversation is lively and spontaneous and I get a pretty good idea of what this new generation of Champagne producers is like: the bringer of strong messages and not afraid to shake things up!
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere" – Einstein
As kids, one wanted to become a mad scientist and the other an archaeologist, two professions poles part from the one they practice today...
"Yaël and I have always wanted to experiment, to observe, to invent. Our father cottoned on to this very quickly. During the holidays, he used to take us with him to the "Les Courtisols" plot in Verzy at the foot of the Domaine. He had left us a few rows of vines where we could have fun analysing the soil and learning how to harvest the grapes. We’ve always had a soft spot for this plot of vines which we grew up with", Jonathan confides to me.
The brother and sister soon got itchy feet along with a growing desire to satisfy their insatiable curiosity. Jonathan went off to study in Ireland and then gained his first work experience in Los Angeles. On his return to France, he completed a Master's degree in wine marketing in Bordeaux... then went back to the U.S. to work in New York for 2 years. Yaël is on a complementary career path. A business school graduate with a Master's degree in commercial strategy, she also went off to New York, but to complete a French International Volunteer in Business (V.I.E.) program.
The United States, the El Dorado for Champagne?
With stars in their eyes but perfect lucidity, Verzy's “enfants terribles” tell me about their experience on American soil.