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31 Aug 2015

When gastronomy goes hand in hand with diplomacy...

A special French gastronomic lunch was organised on the 28th of August 2015 during "Ambassadors Week" in a magnificent venue belonging to the French Foreign Ministry in Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris.  Bordeaux châteaux members of the Union des Grands Crus (including Château La Louvière) were chosen for the second year in a row by the Ministry to be partners for this important event, providing wines for the gourmet buffet highlighting delights from Southwest France.

Déjeuner des Ambassadeurs 2015 - les vins
Two French Chefs: Yannick Alleno and Babette de Rozières

- Two French Chefs: Yannick Alleno and Babette de Rozières -

The first Déjeuner d'Exception ("Outstanding Lunch") took place in 2014 thanks to the impetus of Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister, who wanted to promote French cuisine and make it a vector for diplomacy, like Talleyrand, his illustrious predecessor.  This meal was a most pleasant way to bring the conference of French ambassadors from all over the world to a close.

It is interesting to note that, in 1844, Château de La Celle-Saint-Cloud belonged to Jean-Pierre Pescatore, a Luxembourg banker who loved both gardens and great Bordeaux wines. In fact, he was owner of Château Giscours in the Médoc at one time...

For this 2015 lunch, 27 great French chefs, including Yannick Alleno, Jean Cousseau, Alain Ducasse, Philippe Etchebest, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Marc Veyrat joined forces to create a Tasting Menu for some 600 people.

Chef Philippe Etchebest

- Chef Philippe Etchebest -

This took all morning to prepare, with each chef checking everything down to the smallest detail so that all would be ready on time and absolutely irreproachable.  The overall organisation was handled by Potel & Chabot, the famous Parisian caterers.

François Hollande, President of France and Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister

 - François Hollande, President of France and Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister -

Obviously, great wines are a necessary part of such a gastronomic experience. And the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) sent a delegation of château representatives, including our Great Growth Ambassadress for Château La Louvière, Christine Lurton-de Caix.

President François Hollande accompanied the Foreign Minister to Château de La Celle-Saint-Cloud to meet the stars of French gastronomy...

This was undoubtedly an occasion at which fine cuisine and diplomacy went hand in hand. 

As one of the greatest, if not the greatest French cook in history, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) wrote:

 "Enjoying the pleasures of the table is for people of all ages, all walks of life, and all countries, and every day".

Group photo of ambassadors

- Group photo of ambassadors and the French Foreign Minister -