Longing for summer Each day leaves its mark on us. Our faces betray the hours dedicated to those around us, to projects, to deadlines. We lose ourselves in the circle of social life and seem to forget to smile with all our might. Remember your first love, your first night on the beach, your first campfire, friends and loved ones, your first glass of Cuvée Guillaume 2016. Longing, what a strange word!
There are tastes, aromas, and smells that remain in your soul and that you wish to feel again.
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While listening to Santana’s live performance of Soul Sacrifice on the stage of Woodstock in the summer of 1969, Guy de Poix, then only 14 years old, had an epiphany: he needed to honour his family tradition, but he needed to let his spirit guide him in his pursuits. Guy was the youngest son of the Poix family, a French noble family dating back to the 17th century. With an old tradition in wine, being involved in the ownership of the Piper Heidsieck champagne and owning and managing the Domaine Peraldi in Corsica to this day.
In 1991, after meeting Cristophe George and making sure Domaine Peraldi is in good hands. Guy set out to find what that epiphany he had almost 20 years ago was all about. He arrived in Romania, where he met Mihaela – then Badea, who would immediately become his partner- first in wine, and more than a decade later in life. Together they set out to find what Guy was looking for- with neither of them truly knowing what that was.
On a foggy November evening in 1994, after a disappointing trip to Moldova, driving back to Bucharest Guy was pondering if that vision he had as a teenager was anything more than just a vision. At one point, he saw a sign for Ceptura and remembered they were told in one of their previous trips to Transylvania that they make good wine in Ceptura. They got off the road and wandered into a winery that, from the outside, looked like any other communist reminiscent winery they’ve been visiting for the past 18 months. But from the inside.. Guy was clearly interested. It smelled like good wine and it was cleaner than shops he knew in his favourite region- Burgundy.