Alexander Van Beek

General manager, Château Giscours and Château du Tertre

About

In 1995, after graduating with an MBA in finance at the age of 24, I arrived that September at Bordeaux's Château Giscours for a two-month “harvest experience.”

My brief visit turned out to be longer than expected. Owner Eric Albada Jelgersma, the Dutch businessman who is president of S. E. Château Giscours, asked me to stay and work a full-time job, which I accepted. To improve my wine knowledge, I then went to the Bordeaux University Institute of Oenology.

Since 1998, I have been in charge of running Giscours and Château du Tertre, both classified growths (third and fifth, respectively) in the appellation of Margaux.

I put down even deeper roots in Bordeaux when I married Véronique Sanders, who runs Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan.

In 2003, Jelgersma also became the owner of a wine estate in Italy called Caiarossa and asked me to take over its management as well. Situated on the Tuscan coast, in the heart of the Val di Cecina, the estate is farmed biodynamically. There we grow Sangiovese along with red Bordeaux and Rhône varieties, plus Chardonnay, Viognier and Petit Manseng.

You can learn more about the estates at:
www.chateau-giscours.fr and chateau-giscours-video.com
www.chateaudutertre.fr and www.chateaudutertre-video.com
www.caiarossa.com

To learn more about Giscours, Jelgersma and Van Beek, read The Battle of Bordeaux in our Oct. 15, 2006 issue.

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Fermentations and First Impressions

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Assessing 2009 Now That the Bordeaux Harvest Is Complete

Assessing 2009 Now That the Bordeaux Harvest Is Complete

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2009 Should Be Exceptional Throughout Bordeaux

2009 Should Be Exceptional Throughout Bordeaux

Cabernets show great balance and richness

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The Quality of 2009 Bordeaux Is Starting to Be Confirmed

The Quality of 2009 Bordeaux Is Starting to Be Confirmed

Much of the Merlot is in at du Tertre, Giscours and Haut-Bailly

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The Merlot harvest has begun amid ideal conditions

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