As winemaker and leader of the #ChandonSquad at Chandon California, Pauline Lhote is responsible for every part of the winemaking process from grape to glass. To say that Pauline is passionate about bubbles is an understatement as she grew up in the Champagne region of France. At just 14 years old, she told her parents she wanted to be a winemaker, and specifically that she wanted to make sparkling wine.
While earning a National Diploma of winemaking in Reims, Pauline gained hands-on experience at Moët & Chandon where she focused on crafting rosé champagnes.
Pauline then set her sights on Chandon California in the Napa Valley, the first French-owned sparkling wine house in California. She arrived in Yountville for a three-month contract in 2006, fell in love with the region and stayed. At just 34 years old she is currently heading into her 13th harvest at Chandon. Since she was promoted to winemaker two years ago, Pauline has been working to create a new wine style, playing up the California brightness and increasing the vibrancy and intensity of Chandon’s flavors and aromas. She also works closely with the other Chandon wineries throughout the world, especially Chandon Australia and Chandon Argentina, collaborating, sharing and learning from their challenges and successes.
She has been hailed as a female leader in the industry by the likes of Glamour, Marie Claire and Nylon as well as “Rising Star“ by The Drinks Business and acknowledged in Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 40 Under 40. Pauline has also spoken at various wine conferences and continues to share her experience and knowledge beyond just bubbles as an expert in chic sipping and pairing.