Growing Grapes in Shangri-La

Jean-Guillaume Prats has taken a giant leap from Cos-d’Estournel
Growing Grapes in Shangri-La
Moët-Hennessy's partnership in China, called Ao Yun, sources Bordeaux grape varieties from small plots in the Himalayan foothills. (Courtesy of Ao Yun)
Feb 2, 2016

Jean-Guillaume Prats grew up as a member of Bordeaux’s wine aristocracy, at second-growth Château Cos-d’Estournel, the St.-Estèphe estate owned by his family until 1998. But he left a successful career there to seek adventure—and found it in Shangri-La.

Prats, 45, left Bordeaux in 2012, after 18 vintages at Cos, to become CEO of Estates and Wines, Moët-Hennessy's collection of premier wine properties, including Numanthia in Spain, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand and Newton in California. I caught up with Prats over lunch in New York in January as he was planning a trip to a new venture in southwestern China—his 12th visit since joining the company.

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