Yannick Loué – Owner
The food and beverage industry has always been in Yannick’s blood. He decided to follow in the footsteps of his father by attending the Catering School of Paris. He started his career in a Michelin star restaurant in France before moving to England.
Yannick spent 8 years working in the New Forest where he developed his passion for wine, discovering all the New World wines that he had never encountered before. In France only french wine was commonly available.
His main passion isn’t the big name wine houses, he’d rather focus on the small producers who make great quality and great value wine. He loves to share his passion with others and is keen to break down the barriers that he feels are in place when it comes to talking about wine.
His primary vision for Le Vignoble is to really open peoples minds by showing and encouraging them to taste different wines so that they gain a real understanding and appreciation for wine. His aim is for people to buy a decent bottle and savour it, he is a firm believer that you get what you pay for and that cheap wine from supermarkets only encourage people to drink more with no thought about quality.
Yannick is an approved program provider for WSET, and also personally holds his WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines.
Yannick’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Summer Drinking: Puech-Haut Cuvée Prestige Rosé 2015, Languedoc, France
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Sensale Grillo 2016, Sicily, Italy
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Larnaudie-Hirault Brut Ice, Champagne, France
Mégane Petinay – Operations Manager
Mégane was born in the Champagne area of France, and when she finished school she was keen to pursue a career in the wine industry. She moved to Burgundy to complete a 3-year degree in Wine Business. Following this she returned home to work as a sommelier for several different Champagne houses. This was an incredible opportunity for her and she learned a huge amount about the Champagne industry as well as tasting some incredible cuvees, but she decided to leave France and move to England to improve her knowledge about all aspects of wine.
Mégane came to Le Vignoble as a placement student in 2013. Her English developed rapidly and she rose to the challenge of learning about New World wines, which there was not much opportunity to discover in France. After completing her placement she was offered a permanent job role with the company. Mégane loves talking to people about wine from all around the world and she constantly trains her palate to make sure that she can give the best advice possible. So whether you’re looking for a bottle of Champagne for a special occasion or just an easy-drinking wine after a hard days work, she will be more than happy to give you some suggestions.
Since joining the Le Vignoble team, Mégane has gained both her WSET level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines.
Mégane’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Summer Drinking: Diwald Gruner Vetliner 2015, Austria
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Elisabeth & francoid Jourdan Cinsault Vieilles Vignes 2014, France
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Flametree SRS Chardonnay 2015, Australia
Ele Braund – Business Development
Ele first discovered a love for wine when she was the manager of a 2 rosette fine dining restaurant in a local resort, she enjoyed showing customers unusual grape varieties and regions, encouraging them to try something new.
She took a break from her career to start a family, and returned to work within the wine industry here at Le Vignoble in 2015.
Ele’s main role is to help promote and develop the business, she also looks after our events bookings and online communications.
Ele holds a WSET level 1 Award in Wines, and a WSET level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits.
Ele’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Summer Drinking: Holm Oak TBR Duffy Moscato 2016, Australia
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Follas Novas Albarino 2016, Spain
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir, New Zealand
Bolli – The Bollinger Ambassador (Shop Bolliguard)
Bolli joined the team in 2016 and has since enjoyed meeting our regular customers and getting to know his colleagues. He enjoys walking, eating out & socializing. Bolli is not so keen on wine but can highly recommend our Voss mineral water from Norway.
Bolli’s treat choices.
Top Treat for Summer: Early morning muddy walks
Top Treat for Everyday: Chasing his tennis ball
Top Treat for a Special Occasion: Leftover sausages