Global wine figures to be recognised at Michelin-star St-Emilion gala dinner

Up to 50 new ambassadors to be awarded

Some of the most prestigious names in the global wine industry will descend on St Emilion on June 17 to mark the region’s Spring Festival and welcome 50 new ambassadors whose job it will be to promote its wines on the international stage.

A gala dinner has been organised by the Saint-Emilion Jurade to not only celebrate the region’s world famous wines, but to also shine the spotlight on Vinexpo which opens its doors the following morning.

More than 900 people are expected to attend this exclusive evening which is being held in the medieval village of St Emilion.

The dinner is being prepared by three Michelin-starred chefs of Saint-Emilion.

The event’s proceedings kick off at 5pm with the signing in of the 50 new St Emilion wine ambassadors made up wine professionals, connoisseurs, artists and journalists from all over the world. They will be greeted at the Palais Cardinal moat by Saint-Emilion Jurats wearing their distinctive red and white robes.

The new ambassdors include: his Excellency Laurent Stéphanini, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO, actress Alexandra Lamy, actor Jamie Bamber and film directors Luc Jacquet and Eric Lavaine.

The mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé and French actor and wine enthusiast, Patrick Timsitn will will also be present.

Guests will be served cocktails in the gardens of Château Clos Fourtet, a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé. Before heading to a clear marquee which has been set up in the vineyard, where they will be served a menu from the award winning chefs.

They include:

  • Alexandre Baumard of Logis de la Cadène (one Michelin star), which is owned by Château Angélus, a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé.
  • David Charrier, chef at Belles Perdrix de Troplong Mondot (one Michelin star), owned by Château Troplong Mondot, a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé.
  • Ronan Kervarrec of Hostellerie de Plaisance (two Michelin stars), owned by Château Pavie, a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé.

They have been given the task of creating a menu that matches 11 exceptional Saint-Emilion wines to be served on the night.

Guests will then have the chance to enjoy a live band.

Photo: Alexandre Baumard, David Charrier and Ronan Kervarrec (l. to r.)