Camille Benitah was born and raised in the Pessac-Léognan region of Bordeaux, a fitting origin for a future winemaker. "My father was a wine enthusiast so a good bottle was always present at the dinner table."
Camille received her Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from La Tour Blanche in Sauternes.
While in Bordeaux she worked at several prestigious properties including Château La Tour Blanche, Château Myrat, Château Carbonnieux, Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Château Chainchon.
Camille came to California in 2000 as an intern at Kent Rasmussen winery. While there she became friends with the founders of Merus who were custom crushing their wines at the facility. After working on the wines for a number of vintages Camille became Merus’ first official employee in 2004. Since then, Camille has helped refine the style, winemaking protocols and vineyard sourcing for both Merus and Altvs.
"One of the things that drew me to California was the freedom to make the best wine possible. In Bordeaux, the wine industry is much more controlled and regulated. In California, we are allowed to be creative and experimental." "While I miss my family and the slow pace of life in France, I am very happy here in California. There is an openness that I find very exciting. I especially love the desert."
Under Camille’s guidance Merus has become one of the most celebrated, cult Cabernet Sauvignons in America.
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