Richard and his wife Sarah left London after their wedding in 2001, and harvests in New Zealand and France followed. Their ambition was to head to Spain in search of old vine garnacha – hoping to start their own domaine.
A chance visit to Maury in late 2002 changed their plans permanently. Completely taken by the stunning landscape, incredible terroir and huge potential of the local vineyards Richard and Sarah staked their future on what became Domaine de la Pertuisane.
In 2008 Dave Phinney invited Richard to join him in setting up ‘Department 66’ as GM.