By SHUBASH ARORA, THE INDIAN WINE ACADEMY Newsletter
While a majority of the Royal Challengers Bangalore supporters would have downed cases of Kingfisher Beer, Juliette Monmousseau, Deputy Managing Director and Exports Head of Loire Valley-based Bouvet-Ladubay in Saumur, also owned by Vijay Mallya, must have celebrated with a bottle of Bouvet Brut when they defeated the Delhi Daredevils.
Juliette Monmousseau is the elder of two daughters of Patrice Monmousseau, Managing Director of Bouvet-Ladubay. A small town girl, she is now the fifth generation of the Monmousseau family working for the company. But she has not been in the wine business from the beginning as one might expect.
After graduating from the European School of Graphic Design in Angers where she was born (Ashvini Avate was the first Indian woman who had done her postgraduate work in the town University), she moved to Paris at 21 and started off as a trainee graphic designer in an advertising firm. While her father paid for her school and flat rent, she worked part-time at Bouvet-Ladubay winery for five years to earn her pocket money. She organized group visits, tastings and also worked as a sales person at the wine shop. (suite…)