I was very saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Patrick Maroteaux, at just 67 years of age.
Patrick Maroteaux was in recent years best known as the owner of Château Branaire-Ducru, and I enjoyed his warm and friendly greetings at many Bordeaux tastings, both in London and in Bordeaux.
Not that long ago, however, he was also president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, a position he took up in 2000, only stepping down in 2008.
Patrick passed away on Sunday 19th November, after a long illness. My condolences to his family, and all the team at Château Branaire-Ducru.