BERNARD AND BLANDINE PERRIN: AN OPIMIAN LEGACY
Bernard & Blandine Perrin have been Opimian stalwarts for over 20 years. This year, we say goodbye to them as they retire and are succeeded by Tanguy Chevalier, who will continue their legacy. Blandine and Bernard tell us all about their Opimian adventure.
“It all began in the early 90s, when Bernard, who comes from a family of winegrowers dating back to the 16th century, took over from his father and uncle at Domaine de Milhomme, where his elder brother Robert was already present. Bernard was in charge of the winemaking and sales side of the estate. He had the great good fortune to meet Kenneth Christie MW, one of the founders of the Opimian Wine Club and a renowned Master of Wine.
It was a very fortuitous meeting for us. Ken was looking for Beaujolais winemakers with small estates, which we were. Solid bonds were quickly established, based on trust and respect…which was also our way of thinking!
From the outset, each of the estates that Bernard had brought together for Ken sent wine independently to Canada, but it was all very logistically complicated for Opimian to manage. Bernard’s nephew Manuel was 21 and wanted to come back and work on the Milhomme estate, so Bernard let him take over.
Opimian gave Bernard many ideas, one of them being that of bringing together all these small estates and managing the export at once, to reduce the administrative issues…so he created our company, SARL Bernard PERRIN, with this pioneering concept of seeking out talented winegrowers, initially from the Beaujolais region, and taking care of exporting them to Canada and other countries on their behalf.
Opimian is really the basis of our company’s concept.
Leaving you is an emotional moment for both of us, but also a joyful one, as we have been preparing our departure with Tanguy Chevalier for several years.