Château PIRON , in Saint-Morillon in les Graves, has organized a new tasting wine event. Open Château Piron is a fine wine tasting contest in France, by Team, organized like a sports tournament, where you earn points by recognizing wines. This year, the jury president was Fabrice BERNARD, DG delegate Millésima.
After Team LI / WANG, two students of the Wine & Spirits Institute INSEEC, it is another chinese team from INSEEC: WONG / YANG, that won this award in 2016.
A classification much more challenging this year as 13 young teams were entering the competition, all from the Bordeaux wine business schools ( with 9 from INSEEC).
Ikwan WONG and Qing Qing YANG share with us their feelings about the Open Château Piron. They are 12th in the general classification (among 41 teams competing) and 1st in the Young Teams classification.
“It’s astonishing to have this level of knowledge of French wines when coming from China. How did you learn so well about French wines ?
[Ikwan WONG] It’s a matter of studies but also of passion ! I did my graduation in hotel management in Hong Kong, including sommelier courses. And I’m here in France to improve my knowledge !
[OCP] You joined the INSEEC this year, why did you choose to go for it, in Bordeaux, so far away from your homeland ?
[QQY] I first graduated in the Civil Engineering & Construction area. In my city of Ninjxia near Inner Mongolia. Civil Engineering is doing well in China. But it’s already a mature industry. Then I discovered that wine is a very very promising product in China. Because It’s starting and because Chinese people are very keen about foreign products. They adopt them easily when the image is strong and positive… just like wine ! It was a shock for my family and relations when I changed my way… but they understood it and supported me to go and study for wine business right in the heart of world wine business : Bordeaux.
[IW] I am from Hong Kong and I want to become a brand ambassador for a French brand in China… My dream ? To be the ambassador of a Champagne brand ! To achieve this I must be a good marketing person but also have a deep knowledge of the product itself. I’d like to become a Master Sommelier in the future for the people to have full confidence in me when talking about the products.
[OCP] The 1st amateur team was in the TOP 5 just behind 4 professional teams this year… What about the competition ? How was it for you ?
[IW] The qualification phase was good. We were ranked 1st in our group of 14 amateur teams ! And we were directly qualified for semi-final stage ! Then it became more difficult for us as the wines were from smaller, more specific, origins. Some origins (“AOC”) were less knowned to us.
[OCP] Let me ask you what you would say to anyone who hesitates to join the 2017 competition … ?
[IW] First “Enjoy the game !” because it’s really a game that was created in Château Piron. It’s original, intense, and great.
[QQY] I would add “come to learn” as it’s a great opportunity to learn about wines. And a last bonus is for people like us who want to become professionals : “you will know really what is your level”. And that’s good to know if you wish to improve your knowledge !
[OCP] Merci for your time and passion !”
Interview made on June 30 in the CIVB winebar in Bordeaux by Xavier Boyreau
To discover this event in video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4u9TlQlNcs