Xavier Rousset fell in love with wine after a visit to a winery in his native France when he was only 16 years old. After reading about wine legend and Hotel du Vin founder Gerard Basset in a local paper, Xavier was inspired to contact him. What was supposed to be summer internship turned into a career, and Xavier ended up becoming Hotel du Vin’s Chief Sommelier from 1999 until 2004.
During this time, he won the 2002 Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year and became the youngest Master Sommelier in the world.
In 2004, he joined Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons as Head Sommelier, and then in 2007 he became a restaurateur, when he opened Texture restaurant in Marylebone. Within three years Texture won a host of prestigious industry accolades including one Michelin star.
In 2010, Xavier opened 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen in Fetter Lane, followed by more locations in Mayfair and Marylebone. Then, stepping away from restaurants for a year, Xavier travelled and ate his way around the world whilst also being a judge on key industry panels and teaching at the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In 2016, he opened the Marylebone-favourite Blandford Comptoir, then Cabotte in the City, and Mayfair’s Comptoir Café & Wine in April 2017, which all showcase his passion for wine, particularly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Champagne.
Xavier started Pinot & Chardo in 2017, to share this passion and wine knowledge with others.