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Jean-Jacques Fertal

Jean Jacques

Jean-Jacques found his inspiration from his father. Visiting producers in the wine country gave him his love of wine forever. Born in Paris, Jean-Jacques enjoyed the city of lights and trained in many wine schools in Paris. Following his wife 15 years ago, he started his Michigan journey at a leading gourmet retail store. After managing this exquisite store, Jean-Jacques moved on working and managing a fine wine distributor. He started to import the wines directly from his family's vineyard in Bordeaux, the Chateau les Roques, Loupiac and the Chateau du Pavillon, Bordeaux Rouge. In 2003, Jean-Jacques with partner Dr. Knysz, created Eagle Eye Brands. Their mission: To exclusively represent some of the world's best vintners. To select the Estates based on either the best representation of an appellation or a wine that represents the best in both quality and value. Eagle Eye Brands is a distributor in Michigan and a direct importer for 15 states. In 2004, Jean-Jacques and Walter forged ahead on a new journey when they purchased a winery in the Languedoc region of France where they produce an AOC Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape. Chateau des Karantes is now available in US www.karantes.com and recently received a Decanter Regional Trophy Award, elevating the quality of their wine to the highest level! As president of Eagle Eye Brands, Jean-Jacques is passionate about sharing his love for French wines!