In 1998, I was privileged to assume the responsibility of CEO of ChĂ˘teau Haut-Bailly, one of the crus classĂ©s in Bordeaux's Graves region, making me one of a very small number of women in charge of a vineyard and the fourth generation of my family to be associated with Haut-Bailly.
After I obtained a masterâ€™s degree in economics at the Sorbonne University, I worked for Nina Ricci in Paris and Publicis-FCB in Paris and Prague before returning to Bordeaux in 1997 to obtain the D.U.A.D tasting diploma from the faculty of oenology at the University of Bordeaux. Haut-Bailly had just been purchased from my grandfather, Jean Sanders, by Robert Wilmers, an American banker who hails from Buffalo, N.Y.
I am very involved in the local wine community, and I am a member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, the AcadĂ©mie du Vin de Bordeaux and the Commanderie du Bontemps de MĂ©doc et des Graves, Barsac et Sauternes. From 2006 to 2009, I served as president of the Union des Crus ClassĂ©s de Graves. Also I am married to Alexander Van Beek, general manager of ChĂ˘teau Giscours and ChĂ˘teau du Tertre, who is the other half of this year's Bordeaux blogging team.
You can learn more about the estate at:
Learn more about ChĂ˘teau Haut-Bailly, Robert Wilmers and VĂ©ronique Sanders by reading James Suckling's blog post: America the Beautiful in Bordeaux.