Maipo Valley, Chile
Jean-Pascal Lacaze developed an early taste for wine when his grandfather would serve the family's Bordeaux wine in his feeding bottle. During his formative years, Jean-Pascal was influenced by his grandfather's vision for viticulture and vinification, and eventually tried his hand at winemaking with a number of properties in Saint-Emilion.
While working, Jean-Pascal received his masters in Economics in Montepelier, which lead to an opportunity in Uruguay to train in business administration. Following his family instincts, Jean-Pascal instead decided to become a winemaker, consulting for Casa Filgueira, where he developed the estate's first premium wine.
After spending two years in South America, Jean-Pascal returned to Saint-Emilion for the 2002 harvest at Château Plaisance then headed to Chile, to work at famed vineyard, Clos Quebrada de Macul, known for the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon Domus Aurea, where he took the post of Chief Winemaker and General Manager. In addition to his thriving career creating Domus Aurea, Jean-Pascal consults for Vina Pargua and the Peñalolen family of wines.