Very sad to report the apparent suicide of Jean Germain this morning. He had been due to stand trial in the Chinese marriage affair starting this morning. In his farewell note Germain insisted that he had never taken even a centime of public money.
During our weekend in AC Bourgueil in June 2012, Les 5 met Germain briefly at Benais at a ceremony to launch a Conservatoire of plants. As part of the ceremony we each planted a vine.
Jean Germain was an ardent supporter of local viticulture.