Yearbook 2009 – the faces revealed

Day 1 – Christian Seely of AXA Millesimes – did the bow tie give it away?

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Seely is the man who breathed new life into Quinta do Noval in the 1990s, and now as MD of AXA Millésimes is doing the same to the company’s Bordeaux châteaux, which include Pichon Baron, Suduiraut and Petit Village. He’s the only man I’ve ever done a morris dance for (more here)  and he’s recently started a blog at

Day 2 – multi-award-winning OBE and MW Jancis Robinson

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Arguably the most prolific and conscientious wine writer there’s ever been, Jancis recently called herself a dinosaur of the wine world, but she’s as clued up on t’Internet and social media as any mainstream writer, and she maintains both a quality and quantity of output that puts most of us to shame. The only criticism I have of her is that she makes a very peculiar noise when she sneezes…

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