Prestigious annual Francs de Pied dinner
Exceptional Francs de Pied dinner organized in Monaco
- The Francs de Pied: Heritage Association organized its annual dinner on November 14th, 2023 at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco with the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, Guillaume Gomez, personal representant of the French Republic President for the Gastronomy and H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, former President of Croatia.
This dinner, moderated by Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World 2007, honored some of the greatest Francs de Pied wines, recognized for their rarity and remarkable taste. The menu was composed by the young Belgian chef who has received two Michelin stars, Thijs Vervloet, Chef of the Colette restaurant in De Vijvers in Belgium. The exceptional quality of the menu, combining originality, tradition, and refinement, has enhanced the fine wines of the winemakers by creating harmonious and remarkable associations. Guillaume Gomez stated on this occasion “I am proud and honored to support the missions of transmission and protection of the age-old know how and the traditions linked to the culture of ungrafted wines. The alliance of gastronomic excellence and fine wines from passionate winemakers, all in the marine setting of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco has created a harmonious recipe. This evening illustrates to what extent winemakers and connoisseurs can build a fruitful and honorable unity around a common interest for ungrafted vines.”
This dinner was also an opportunity to reflect on the progress of the Association in its missions:
- The creation of an international collective brand Francs de Pied, allowing the traceability and promotion of Francs de Pied wines throughout the world.
- The start of the preliminary work for project to register the know-how and traditions linked to the culture of ungrafted vines as UNESCO World Heritage with a documentary assessment and a feasibility study by a specialized firm.
Professor Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Bio-molecular Archeology Laboratory of the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia gave a lecture about ungrafted vines’ history the day before the dinner at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
Wines poured during the dinner:
Champagne Nicolas Maillart Les Coupés Francs de Pied 2019
Domaine Roagna - Barolo Pira Vieilles Vignes 2018
Domaine Vacheron : L’Enclos 2020 (franc de Pied, sol silex)
Domaine Vacheron : Les Romains 2020 (greffé, sol Silex)
Joh Jos Prum : Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 2015
Domaine Kavaklidere Emir 2022 – Côtes d’Avanos Vineyards – Capaddocia , Central Anatolia
Domaine Château Tanunda: 100 year old Vines Shiraz 2019
Domaine Kavaklidere: Prestige Öküzgözü 2019 – Elazig Eastern Anatolia
Domaine Liber Pater 2019
- Winemakers that attended the dinner:
Ali and Asli Basman