Christian Amido, who died from complications of a brain aneurysm, was a soft spoken man who had been under his doctor's care since I had gotten to know him in 2001. Against his doctor's orders, he frequently smoked while pulling samples to taste out of various casks.
Ironically, in the past three years, he had completed renovated his chai, installing a new press and replacing his cement tanks with a fleet of stainless steel. His domaine was poised to move onto the next level.
The next generation at Domaine Amido arrives:
Amandine, Christian's granddaughter, and Antoine Berthaud pose outside their domaine in Tavel.Domaine Amido is now run by Christian's daughter Nathalie. Her son-in-law, Antoine Berthaud, is the winemaker. The domaine's Tavel is named for his wife and Christian's granddaughter, Amandine.