Thibaud Mandet was born in Auvergne, in the center of France, a land of mostly extinct volcanoes, great cheeses and world famous rubber treads, Michelin tires. He earned a degree in organic chemistry, then moved on to study the more interesting field of wine chemistry in Champagne and Bordeaux. After learning how to make red, white and sparkling wine, he traveled to Texas and Corsica before landing in Oregon at Willakenzie Estate in the spring of 2000. In 2017, he decided to start his new brand and plant his own vineyard “Clos Griotte” in the Eola Hills.
Thibaud is passionate about Pinot Noir and very excited to start collaborating with the Dundee Wine Library. Thibaud shares Araminta and Henry's commitment to producing top quality wines by gentle nurturing of the vineyards.