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LO O K W H O ’ S T A L K I N G Greenhill winemaker Sébastien Marquet unveils the unmistakable tastes of fall. By Michael McCarthy Photography by Greg Powers KING OF THE HILL MAN’S BEST WINE Sébastien Marquet’s trusted vineyard companion is Ilus, his pudelpointer—a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 19th century. Flying into SFO, sharing a St. Emilion Grand Cru with friends, a sunny day, fly-fishing in the Bahamas, home MARQUET’S HOTS MARQUET’S NOTS Tardiness, mediocre anything, violent thunderstorms, bad wine, French politics ut in Virginia, where Greenhill Winery sits in the geographic hammock between the Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountains, winemaker Sébastien Marquet spends a lot of time monitoring his weather app. “I’m planning out my strategy for humid conditions, rain and storms,” says Marquet, who grew up in the small French town Semur-en-Auxois in Burgundy. “In Virginia, exibility is the key.” He must be doing something right. Greenhill has reeled in a number of awards in recent years, including gold (2009 Blanc de Blancs) and silver (2013 chardonnay) from the San Francisco Chronicle during its prestigious wine competition. When the air chills and oenophiles venture to horse country for rst tastes of new wines this fall, Marquet suggests selecting a couple that he loves: 2013 Philosophy ($45), a Bordeaux blend aged 17 months in French oak barrels; and 2014 chardonnay ($36), half of which is aged in French oak and the other half in stainless steel, making for a lovely balance of body and freshness with notes of apple, pear and apricot. e road to Middleburg for Marquet started when, at 13, he decided to craft wine for a lifetime. Once Marquet told his father about his love for winemaking, the youngster was enrolled in Lycée Viticole de Beaune, a boarding school for budding grape purists. He stayed six years. From there, Marquet crafted wines in Languedoc-Roussillon, Sonoma, Napa and even a stop in Martinique, where he created the rst vineyard in the Caribbean. “ e [Caribbean] experience informed my skill for Virginia grape growing,” he says with a laugh. 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg, Va., 540.687.6968, greenhillvineyards.com 136 DC O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5

Look Who’s Talking

Michael McCarthy

KING OF THE HILL

Greenhill winemaker Sébastien Marquet unveils the unmistakable tastes of fall.

Out in Virginia, where Greenhill Winery sits in the geographic hammock between the Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountains, winemaker Sebastien Marquet spends a lot of time monitoring his weather app. "I'm planning out my strategy for humid conditions, rain and storms," says Marquet, who grew up in the small French town Semur-en-Auxois in Burgundy. "In Virginia, flexibility is the key."

He must be doing something right. Greenhill has reeled in a number of awards in recent years, including gold (2009 Blanc de Blancs) and silver (2013 chardonnay) from the San Francisco Chronicle during its prestigious wine competition. When the air chills and oenophiles venture to horse country for first tastes of new wines this fall, Marquet suggests selecting a couple that he loves: 2013 Philosophy ($45), a Bordeaux blend aged 17 months in French oak barrels; and 2014 chardonnay ($36), half of which is aged in French oak and the other half in stainless steel, making for a lovely balance of body and freshness with notes of apple, pear and apricot.

The road to Middleburg for Marquet started when, at 13, he decided to craft wine for a lifetime. Once Marquet told his father about his love for winemaking, the youngster was enrolled in Lycee Viticole de Beaune, a boarding school for budding grape purists. He stayed six years. From there, Marquet crafted wines in Languedoc- Roussillon, Sonoma, Napa and even a stop in Martinique, where he created the first vineyard in the Caribbean. "The [Caribbean] experience informed my skill for Virginia grape growing," he says with a laugh. 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg, Va, 540.687.6968, greenhillvineyards.com

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