Pierre Lurton

Chief Executive Officer

Pierre Lurton was appointed President of Château d’Yquem in 2004 by Bernard Arnault and the LVMH group. Belonging to one of the great Bordeaux wine families, Pierre Lurton has wine estate management skills in his blood...

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He is like the conductor of a symphony orchestra for the teams at Yquem and Cheval Blanc, a Premier Grand Cru Classé A in Saint-Emilion that he has also managed since 1991.


Sandrine Garbay


A graduate of the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology and holder of a diploma in biological and medical sciences, Sandrine Garbay joined the Chateau d’Yquem team in 1994 to supervise quality control.

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She then worked alongside cellarmaster Guy Latrille for several years to learn about the fermentation and ageing of great sweet wines, and replaced him in 1998 when he retired. Ever since then, she has ensured that the botrytised grapes brought to the cellar are transformed into liquid gold. Sandrine Garbay has shown enormous enthusiasm in contributing to Yquem's reputation around the world.


Antoine Depierre

Vineyard Manager

A part of the Yquem team since 1991, Antoine Depierre has the major responsibility of making sure the vines are in tip-top shape, as well as supervising a team of some 200 pickers to guarantee that they harvest the best possible grapes.

Francis Mayeur

Technical Director

Francis Mayeur, the Technical Director at Château d'Yqeum is an agricultural engineer and a graduate of Bordeaux Sciences Agro. He is the living memory of Yquem and has overseen the vineyards and cellar, which he knows down to the smallest detail, since 1983.

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Combining age-old practices with state-of-the-art techniques, he has perpetuated the estate's finest traditions, while bringing it into the 21st century. Francis Mayeur's sole aim is to make the greatest possible wine so long as the weather (a subject that fascinates him) allows him to do so.

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