Yannick Loué – Owner (Lives at Le Vignoble!)
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 the minds of the people 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’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Winter Drinking: Felton Road Vin Gris 2016, Central Otago, NZ
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Loup de Pic, Pic St Loup 2014, Languedoc, France
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Code Rouge Cremant de Limoux, Limoux, France
Mégane Petinay – Team Leader (The Champagne Expert!)
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.
Mégane’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Winter Drinking: Marques de Murrieta Capellania 2011, Rioja, Spain
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Tommasi Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Verona, Italy
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Emil Bauer & Sohne G.Granit Riesling, Pfalz, Germany
Charlène Daumas – Wine Sales Assistant (The Jolly One)
Charlène grew up in Burgundy and was introduced to wine early thanks to her wine loving family. She moved to Alsace to complete a wine business degree and then worked a couple of years in an Alsace Estate where she fell in love with the wines of that region.
She moved to England in 2016 and joined Le Vignoble’s team as a trainee in order to expand the scope of her wine knowledge. At the end of her work placement she was offered a permanent job and now looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm with our customers.
Charlène’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Winter Drinking: Valdivieso Carmenere Single Vineyard 2011, Chile
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Innocent Pinot Noir 2015, Australia
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Reserve 2015, New Zealand
Ele Braund – Business Development (Yannick’s Pillar)
Ele has many years experience within the hospitality industry. She originally worked in a 4* hotel, moving around and gaining valuable experience in different areas of the food and beverage department, and ending up as the manager of the 2 rosette fine dining restaurant. She discovered a love for wine, and 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 hotel reception department.
Ele joined the Le Vignoble team in 2015 to help promote and develop the business, bringing fresh ideas from her years of experience in the hotel industry.
Ele’s wine choices.
Top Wine for Winter Drinking: Furleigh Estate Tyrannosaurus Red 2014, Dorset, England
Top Wine for Everyday Drinking: Finca Montepedrosso Rueda 2015, Rueda, Spain
Top Wine for a Special Treat: Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, Ay, France
Bolli – The Bollinger Ambassador (Yannick’s ‘Bolli’ guard)
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 Winter: Sitting by the fire
Top Treat for Everyday: Chasing his tennis ball
Top Treat for a Special Occasion: Leftover sausages