Maison VK

World of Vignobles K

7 wine properties

The Vignobles K Group, a family company, was created in 2014, regrouping 7 wine properties, situated on the best terroirs on 4 prestigious appellations of Bordeaux :

- Château Bellefont-Belcier - Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé
- Château Haut-Brisson - Saint Emilion Grand Cru
- Château Tour Saint Christophe - Saint Emilion Grand Cru
- Château La Patache - Pomerol
- Enclos Tourmaline - Pomerol
- Enclos de Viaud - Lalande-de-Pomerol
- Château Le Rey - Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

With wines available now on all five continents, today Vignobles K is a major international player in the field of
viticulture.

We work with the aim to produce wines which are the individual and harmonious expression of great terroirs. Our philosophy is part of a culture of respecting environmental balances through organic farming at Château Haut-Brisson and sustainable agriculture in our other properties.

The distribution of our wines, in partnership with the Bordeaux merchants, representing a total average production of 315 000 bottles per year.

The Team

PETER KWOK - Owner

'In many ways I was very lucky to not make a mistake at first, as I knew nothing about wine in 1997.
I was buying because I love France, and I wanted my children to experience the culture. I was born in Vietnam, where the coffee, music, even the church all had a French flavour, and I wanted them to have the same experience. But I quickly realized that only the best soils can make exceptional wine. To improve wine, you need to be willing to take the long term view. You also need the right team, to understand what you don't know, and allow your team to take the necessary decisions'

For Peter Kwok, making wine in Bordeaux is part of his long love affair with French culture. His parents raised him in Saigon, Vietnam, where he says he learned to admire French architecture, dark-roast coffee and crunchy baguettes. He acquired Chateau Haut-Brisson in 1997 out of his passion for France and for his children to be lulled by French culture.

A seasoned banker, he earned a Ph.D. in finance and later served as chairman of CITIC Resources Holdings Ltd., the energy subsidiary of China’s biggest state-owned investment company, Citic Group.

Peter is a great Chinese art connoisseur, part of his Dong Bo Zhai collection of Chinese bronze drinking vessels, gold objets d’art and marble Buddhist statues was on display in 2011 at the Musee du President Jacques Chirac in Sarran, France.

In 2011, Peter was awarded Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French government, and in 2019, he received France’s most prestigious distinction when he was appointed Officer of the Legion of Honor.

PETER KWOK

ELAINE, KAREN AND HOWARD KWOK - OWNERS

Elaine, Karen and Howard Kwok are the proprietors of the Vignobles K wineries.

They share their passion of wine making and French culture with their father Peter Kwok and have spent a portion of their formative years helping with the running of the family wine business. They are actively involved in building out wine sales and distribution in China and other parts of the world.

Elaine is Auctioneer and Director of Chairman’s Office, Asia at Christie’s. Having worked in luxury retail for a few years, Karen now works in education and Howard works in the family business after a stint at McKinsey & Company.

ELAINE, KAREN AND HOWARD KWOK

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MEYROU - GENERAL MANAGER

Jean-Christophe Meyrou manages the team of Vignobles K since 2014.

In 1997, he joined the team of Jean-Michel Arcaute at Edonia, a Bordeaux-based wine merchant, with estates in France, Hungary and Argentina. In 2003 he was named the company’s Export Director. During his tenure at Edonia, Jean-Christophe directed the development of the Alta Vista Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, ultimately taking production from zero to more than 2 million bottles annually.

In 2005, he joined the team of Vignobles Péré-Vergé as Director, where he managed Château Le Gay, Château La Violette and Château Montviel, in Pomerol, Château La Gravière in Lalande de Pomerol, and Bodega Monteviejo in Argentina.
Under his guidance, both Le Gay and La Violette where elevated to the top 10 of Pomerol.

Jean-Chistophe then joins Vignobles ADAMS (Château Fonplégade and Château l’Enclos) as General Manager in 2010.

Jean-Christophe Meyrou studied International Economy and the Distribution of Wine and Spirits in Bordeaux.

 

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MEYROU

JEROME AGUIRRE - WINEMAKER

Born and raised in Saint-Jean-de-Pied-de-Port, Jerome is a true and native Basque.

Jerome started his major role as winemaker at the Domaine de Brana in his native village under the mentorship of Jean-Claude Berrouet (long time winemaker of Chateau Petrus and Chateau Trotanoy). In 2002, Jerome joined Chateau de Reignac and left in 2006 to explore the vineyards of the Barossa Valley in Australia, hoping to expand his winemaking philosophies and know-how in the New World. Then, in 2008, he joined Chateaux Le Gay and La Violette at Pomerol where he helped make many highly sought after vintages, including the 2010 vintage of
Chateau La Violette which earned 100 points from The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) and many other critics.

Jerome joined the Vignobles K team in 2012 as Technical Director of all the properties. On the side, he is also the head winemaker at his family-owned property, Chateau Haut-Musset, in Lalande-de-Pomerol since 2003.

Jerome holds a National Diploma from the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology and a License of Physical Sciences.

 

JEROME AGUIRRE

SEBASTIEN MENUT - SALES DIRECTOR

Sebastien started his wine career in 2010 learning from Arnaud de Raignac, owner of Chateau de Launay and Chateau Abbaye de Saint Ferme. During 8 years working there, he was able to build up his knowledge on vineyard operations and wine making. Sebastien eventually got promoted to Export Director role in 2012 where he is responsible for promotions and sales of Chateau de Launay and Chateau Abbaye de Saint Ferme’s wines to the global market. After Arnaud’s passing in 2014, Sebastien stepped up as the interim General Manager and helped operate the wineries while the Arnaud family look for new owners of the properties.

In 2018, Sebastien joined Vignobles K as the Sales Director where he is responsible for promotions and sales of all the wines in Vignobles K group.

On the side, he founded and operated a wine trading agency in 2011 where he help boutique French wine producers he loved to find importers at market abroad. Many of these boutique wineries had great success expanding their market into the Asia Pacific.

Sebastien holds a bachelor’s degree in Japanese, Business English and International Relations. After finishing up his undergraduate study, Sebastien decided to pursue his passion in wine and studied the INSEEC Bordeaux Business School for a MBA degree in Wine Marketing and Management.

SEBASTIEN MENUT

MICHEL ROLLAND - CONSULTING OENOLOGIST

Michel Rolland, a long-time close friend of Peter Kwok, has been advising the team since Peter acquired
Chateau Haut-Brisson in 1997. In addition to his own properties, Mr. Rolland works with some of the finest wineries from around the world as a consulting oenologist. Some of the wineries include Angélus, Ausone and Valandraud in Saint-Emilion, Pape Clément in Pessac-Léognan, Pontet-Canet in Pauillac, Ornellaia in Tuscany, and Harlan Estate, Bryant Family, Araujo, Ovid, Dalla Valle and Staglin Family Vineyards in Napa Valley.

Mr. Rolland is a graduate of the esteemed Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology.

MICHEL ROLLAND

THOMAS DUCLOS - CONSULTING OENOLOGIST

A young and rising star in the oenology consulting field, Thomas Duclos has gradually built up his reputation as one of top consulting oenologist over the past decade. He consults for a highly diverse group of Bordeaux estates, including some iconic estates en Premier Grands Crus Classes (such as Chateau Canon, Chateau Troplong Mondot).

His aim is for each property he works with to have its own identity and wines that withstand the test of time with perfect integrity and balance. Time is the silent test for Bordeaux’s finest wines, and an oenologist’s quest in constantly helping improve the quality of wine can only be judged through time.

He prides himself on his close working relationships and the tremendous amount of time spent in the field with the farming/technical team at each estate. He lives in the vineyard where he spends three quarters of his time and bases his decisions on oenological analyses. The lab is his research center and vineyard is his playground.

THOMAS DUCLOS

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The word "Lhasa" is Tibetan for "the holy land" and with an altitude of 3,680 meters above sea level, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. Lhasa is the capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and has a fascinating history dating back more than 1,300 years.

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In the heart of Xi'an

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Just 30 kilometers east of the city sit the Terracotta Army vaults. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the vaults date back more than 2,000 years and house thousands of life-size terracotta warriors who protect the nearby tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.

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