Consultant winemaker Michel Rolland intends to slow down, “but will always be there to holler”

Monday May 11 2020 by Vitisphere

Michel and Dany Rolland surrounded by their partners, Jean-Philippe Fort, Julien Viaud and Mikael Laizet.Michel and Dany Rolland surrounded by their partners, Jean-Philippe Fort, Julien Viaud and Mikael Laizet. - Photo credit : Ozco

Despite being in his 73rd year, Michel Rolland is indefatigable. “I'm healthy, I walk, I run and I jump”. He is also clear-minded. Realising that the time would soon come when he would be forced to slow down, the flying winemaker did not want to “wait until it is too late” to take care of his company’s future.

He therefore decided to give Jean-Philippe Fort, Julien Viaud and Mikael Laizet the opportunity to take shares in the analysis and consulting company founded with his wife Dany in 1973, renaming ‘Laboratoire Rolland’ ‘Rolland et Associés’.

The company will become theirs

This is not a spur of the moment decision. I've been working with these three people for 30, 18 and 15 years, and we've been talking about it for a long time. Gradually, the company will become theirs”, said Michel Rolland. Over time, the consultant winemaker will hand over management of day-to-day affairs to his partners, even if he will “always be there to holler,” he joked.

Michel Rolland intends to enjoy the pleasures of his position for some time to come. “Now my business is more about travelling than as a Bordeaux-based consultant. I love it. As soon as I'm out of lockdown, I’m getting on a plane”.

 

 

 

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