« Silky tannins », « Christ savor », « a dream that passes »… It is to his virtuous descriptions full of poetry that we recognize Eric Beaumard, one of the best sommeliers in the world.
Eric Beaumard, from the kitchen to the wine cellar
Sommellerie was not his first choice. Indeed, a tragic accident when he was 18 years old coerced him to quit the kitchen while he was preparing for a career as a chef. Then, he steered himself to the wine cellar and became sommelier at the restaurant « La Poularde ». Fifteen years later, he joined the « Cinq », Michelin guide two-star restaurant of the Georges V hôtel in Paris, as sommelier and restaurant manager. He formed a cellar of 50 000 bottles (one of the most thick of Paris) with Enrico Bernardo and the chef Philippe Legendre. A selection that, against all odds, is not only restricted to french wines. Indeed, Georges V’s wine cellar regularly holds about 20-25% of foreigners wine. It also evolves according to the menu and the chef in order to match food & wine.
Eric Beaumard and the wines of his life
Les Vins de ma vie presents the 75 wines that marked Eric Beaumard. Pétrus, Château Ausone or Lafleur from the Bordeaux wine-growing region, wine estates of the Romanée Conti or wines from Jean-Baptiste Bouzerau in Burgundy, Château Rayas and Grillet in the Rhône valley… are part of his tally. This book has been written from the notes taken at each tasting and after each vineyard visit.
Finest wines but also more accessible explorations. Eric Beaumard remarked new wines throughout his competitions and set his mind on introducing them in turn. « Wines are made to be drunk and shared », here is his creed.
A sharing that our students from the MBA 2 Wine Marketing & Management greatly appreciated with a tasting of Grands Crus Classés (1855 classification), in Médoc and Sauternes. Were thus honoured ; Château Rauzan Ségla, Cantenac Brown, Lagrange, Langoa Barton, Batailley, Pontet Canet, Pichon Baron and Suduiraut. We would like to thank again their owners for having participated in this event !