David Milligan Selections Mourns Loss of Wine Legend Jérôme Quiot of Vignobles Famille Quiot
NEW YORK (November 27, 2018) David Milligan Selections mourns the sudden loss of Jérôme Quiot, 67, patriarch of Vignobles Famille Quiot, who passed away on November 24 at his home in France. Just days earlier, he participated in the 40th anniversary of Suze-la-Rousse’s University of Wine, an academic institution dedicated to the art of winemaking, which he presided over as president since 2002.
“The Milligan family is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Jérôme—one of the company’s original French wine suppliers, a dynamic, passionate man of enormous character who had a cherished friendship with our family for more than 20 years. Along with us, the whole world of wine admired and respected Jérôme, and is suffering an unfathomable loss,” said Alexander Milligan, president of David Milligan Selections, the family’s U.S. importer. “Jérôme will be remembered for his love of his homeland Châteauneuf-du-Pape, his deep pride and love for his family and his vineyards, and his palpable love of life.”
Continuing a long legacy of winemaking, Jérôme was the 13th generation of his family to work the terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He worked tirelessly at developing his family’s estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Provence and held the most important position in his profession, president of the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), from 1994 to 2000.
Jérôme is succeeded in his work by his wife and children. Jérôme’s daughter, Florence Quiot, serves as directeur général of Vignobles Famille Quiot. His son, Jean-Baptiste Quiot, serves as head winemaker. His wife, Geneviève, also plays a major role in managing the family estates.
Éric Rosaz, director of Inter Rhône, called Jérôme “the most important man in the [French wines] sector because of his responsibilities and his positions,” in a Vitisphere.com article, remembering him as a “very committed man,” who “marked a whole generation of professionals.”
Said Philippe Pellaton, president of the Syndicat Général, "With the disappearance of Jérôme Quiot, the Côtes du Rhône's viticulture is orphaned by one of its emblematic fathers," on Syndicat-Côtes du Rhône.com.
Michel Bernard, honorary president of Inter-Rhône, said of their more than 30 years spent working together, "He was a real leader, endowed with a great vivacity and an immense intelligence,” in the newspaper Midi Libre.
“Jérôme was larger than life,” said US import partner Alex Milligan, president of David Milligan Selections. “He made an incredible impact on everyone around him. His joie de vivre was unmatched, and he used the word ‘Fantastic’ more passionately than anyone I’ve ever met. Jérôme always had a twinkle in his eye, and a fascination with everyone and everything around him. He will be sorely missed.”
At this time of sadness, it can be said that Jérôme made his exit while his wines were at the top of their game. In recent months, his red Domaine du Vieux Lazaret 2015 garnered 92 points in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits; his white, 93 points in Wine Enthusiast. James Suckling awarded Château du Trignon 91 points; and, Wine Enthusiast gave Domaine Duclaux 2011 and Combes d'Arnevels each 92 points.
“It seemed every other day, we were getting in touch about another fantastic rating. Quiot wines have been unstoppable in 2018,” said Alexander Milligan. This good fortune never went to Jérôme’s head. “He was always a true gentleman, but above all, he was a true farmer at heart. And he loved how invested Florence and Jean-Baptiste have become. They have done such an incredible job following in Jérôme’s footsteps and bringing the quality of Famille Quiot wines to new heights. He was very proud of them. To him, family was all.”