Lutz Bethge – Montblanc : CEO, Montblanc International

Since when have you had a passion for wine ? I lived with my parents in a winemaking area in southern Germany and knew all the winemakers around there, but my true passion for it developed just before the birth of my children 21 years ago.


How did it come about ? I bought each of my children a case of Mouton Rothschild vintage of the year they were born, and told them that they would receive it when they came of age. They often asked me to show them “their” wine. So I created a wine cellar at home and then I needed to fill it! After that, I created a comfortable space to host friends and organise tastings.


How did you put your collection together ? It mainly consists of red wine, essentially Bordeaux, but also Rioja and some
Tuscan wine, Once a year, I bring together a committee of wine lover friends in my carnotzet to decide what to buy next, drawing inspiration from tests, little competitions and tastings.


What bottle (or case) are you proudest of ? There are too many that I like, but I think I like Pomerol the best.


What is your best memory linked to winemaking ? Last year I visited a client who shared the same passion, so we chatted the whole evening at a wonderful dinner during which exceptional vintages were served. We were on the same wavelength and these exceptionally rare moments remain amazing memories.


If you were to buy a chateau, which one would it be ? That would naturally be a dream, but it would be a Pomerol, and why not the Château Petrus ?

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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