In 1925 Jean René’s grandfather Robert Servan-Schreiber bought Chateau Montfrin. During WWII the Chateau was occupied by German Nazi’s and the family seperated. Jene René father was fighting Nazi’s in Northern Africa and his mother fled to Marseille where she helped Allie planes get in and out of France until she got caught by the Germans and thrown into one of the worst concentration camps in Germany. In 1944 the allies bombed the Chateau, rubble you can still see today at the property. After the war, Jene René was born and he lived most of his life back and forth between Montfrin and Paris.
Jean Rene started his career in fashion and married fashion designer, Agnes B, whom he shares two daughters with. About 25 years ago, after a few years of owning an art gallery in Paris and producing some films, he moved from Paris to their family home in Montfrin when one of his daughters was diagnosed with horrible asthma. The doctor suggested moving out of the city to a place with fresh air and less congestion, so he moved them to Montfrin, the family’s country house. At the time the family had vineyards but they were selling their grapes to co-ops. Jean Rene, serial entrepreneur started his own label shortly after they moved in and has grown the project to what it is today – A successful and growing winery and olive oil producer in the Southern Rhone.
10 years ago Jene Rene converted all of his vineyards to organic when he said his young friends, 45-50 years old were dying of cancer and other diseases. He produces wine he likes to drink and he doesn’t want to poison his family and friends with wine like that. He thinks everyone in the Southern Rhone should be farming organically. Due to the weather and soil, it is easy to do there.