Mouton Noir

Press

  • “Mr. Mack was named best young sommelier by the Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2003, and he was the first African-American ever to win the title—but that wasn’t enough. Nor was the fact that he did so while living in Houston. He wanted more. And that, of course, meant working in New York. In 2004, he became the head sommelier of Per Se—a much coveted position, or as Mr. Mack said, ‘It was a job that some sommeliers would grab and never let go.’ But he did, at the end of 2006. ‘There was a feeling that I’d hit a glass ceiling,’ he said. ‘And if I wanted to walk on water I’d better get off the boat.’ A lot of [his] success was owed to winemaking friends who helping him along the way when it came to sourcing fruit, noted Mr. Mack, who doesn’t own a winery or vineyards. Instead, he acts as a negociant who purchases grapes and works with a custom winemaking facility in Oregon. Although he has produced wines from California and Washington State, all Mouton Noir wines are currently made in Oregon. They include reasonably priced wines (around $20 a bottle) like the 2011 Knock on Wood Chardonnay, a straightforward, citrusy white, and the 2010 Other People’s Pinot Noir, a light-bodied, attractive red with the abbreviation OPP in big, bold, black letters on the label. Graphic art is another component of Mr. Mack’s business. He’s a self-taught graphic artist who learned to make his own labels when he couldn’t afford to hire a label designer. Today, he creates T-shirts and slogans and labels for other winemakers and wineries, too.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Basic Info

Mouton Noir Wines are unique and distinctive garage wines produced by Andre H. Mack. Founded in 2004, Mouton Noir began producing wines for some New York City restaurants for which Andre was the sommelier. Despite having a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, André Mack decided to leave his “desk job” to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack discovered the joys of introducing guests to the little known vineyards that first attracted him to the business and “the instant gratification of a guest’s reaction.” While still in Texas, Andre was awarded the title of Best Young Sommelier by the Chaine des Rotisseurs. his recognition propelled him into the opportunity to work as a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Mack went on to accept the position of Head Sommelier at Keller’s equally famed Per Se in New York City, where he managed a 1800 selection award-winning wine list and consulted with Chef Keller on menu and pairing development regularly. Winemaking has always been a dream of his and came to fruition when he set up shop under the moniker of Mouton Noir Wines. Throughout his career Mack has forged unique relationships with luminary growers and winemakers from around the planet. It is with this prestigious group that Mack currently creates his wines. And for a little local flava, Andre graduated from Oklahoma City University—so we’re happy to bring the Black Sheep back home!

Country:
USA
Region:
Willamette Valley
Year founded:
2007
Owner:
André Hueston Mack
Winemaker:
André Hueston Mack
website:
www.moutonnoirwines.com