Presentation of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Young Sommelier Award

Press release - 11/12/2015

The Baron Edmond de Rothschild Young Sommelier Award was created in 1998 as a tribute to Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who passed away in November 1997. The award recognises a young sommelier every year, in conjunction with the Association des Sommeliers de Paris competition.

​Baron Edmond de Rothschild was a banker, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector, but he was also passionate about wine and vineyards, and held a deep respect for winegrowers. From 1973, when Château Clarke was purchased, until his death in 1997, the Baron was very involved in his Bordeaux vineyards. Thanks to his hard work and complete redesign of the vineyards, he brought back the forgotten vintages of Clarke, Peyre-Lebade and Malmaison.

Baron Edmond passed his love of wine on to future generations. His son Baron Benjamin and daughter-in-law Ariane are very invested in vineyards and develop family-owned estates around the world in Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Spain. They continue the family tradition with very high standards, bringing together ancestral savoir-faire and ultra-modern production methods.

The 2015 Baron Edmond de Rothschild award was presented to young sommelier Vinciane Lefevre, 24, for her expert knowledge of wines and wine tasting. Vinciane currently works at the restaurant La Table du Lancaster (2 Michelin stars).

With this award, she received a scholarship to study and travel, which will allow her to perfect her knowledge of French and European vineyards.

The award was presented by Mr Alexis de la Palme, Chairman of the Management Board of SFHM, which houses all non-financial businesses of the Edmond de Rothschild Group.