Dry Extract Interview: Sandrine Garbay, Château d’Yquem, France

Sandrine Garbay, Château d’Yquem, France

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Sandrine Garbay, Château d’Yquem, France

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Sandrine Garbay, cellar master at Château d’Yquem, holds a doctorate in biological and medical sciences, specialising in oenology, from the University of Bordeaux. She graduated in 1994 and joined Château d’Yquem in the same year. In 1998, she took over the reins as cellar master and created her first vintage. She never lost her deep-rooted passion for science.

The best advice I ever got

The wheel turns: when it is down, it can only go up.

My life motto

Every trial in life lets us grow.

I am currently reading

Inch’Allah by Gilbert Sinoué, the story of four families in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

My most played music track

Your Song by Billy Paul.

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A clinical psychologist.

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 


My favourite kind of exercise


I relax while


I collect

Nothing. I am not attached to material things.

My essential newspaper/magazine

Local newspaper.

My desert-island wine

Château d’Yquem of course.

I have learnt a lot from

My parents and from my colleagues at Château d’Yquem.

My last meal and sip will be

A sweet crêpe and a glass of cider from Brittany.