Former OIV director Jean-Marie Aurand to chair the 2022 Saint-Émilion classification

Wednesday July 29 2020 by Vitisphere

The following members have been appointed to the 2022 classification committee: Jean-Marie Aurand, Philippe Brisebarre, Michel Bronzom, Philippe Costem, Yves Dietrich, François-Régis de Fougeroux and Cyril Payon.The following members have been appointed to the 2022 classification committee: Jean-Marie Aurand, Philippe Brisebarre, Michel Bronzom, Philippe Costem, Yves Dietrich, François-Régis de Fougeroux and Cyril Payon.

Classifying great growths with no more clashes is the mission handed to Jean-Marie Aurand who has been tasked with chairing the Saint-Emilion classification committee. Appointed on 17 June by the national committee for wine appellations at the Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité (INAO), the senior civil servant declined to comment on his appointment. Admittedly, the issue is a particularly sensitive one on Bordeaux’s right bank, where the reopening of the ten-year ranking faces numerous challenges.

As an expert on the French wine industry and an international diplomat, Jean-Marie Aurand’s profile is not dissimilar to that of a previous classification committee chairman in 2012, the late Robert Tinlot. A Corps of Bridges, Waters and Forests engineer, Jean-Marie Aurand was head of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) from 2014 to 2018, after holding a series of senior positions at the Ministry of Agriculture (negotiating the Common Agricultural Policy, overseeing INAO and ONIVINS, playing a part in the reform of the Common Organisation of the Market for Wine, the wine CMO, etc.). Originally from Lozère, Jean-Marie Aurand left OIV to take over interim management of the National Forestry Office (ONF).

Robert Tinlot, who passed away in 2017, also worked at the wine department of the Ministry of Agriculture, then for trading standards, before heading up OIV (1985-1996). The Burgundy-born legal expert chaired the UNESCO Chair of Wine Culture and Tradition at the University of Burgundy, and also held the presidency of the Amorim Academy, which Jean-Marie Aurand took over in 2018.

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