Patronage and culture
Because our concerns and values extend beyond the wine business, we support many different forms of culture.
Literature, being its foremost ambassador, encourages us to participate in a variety of events that celebrate and showcase the written word.
Livres en Vignes Literary Festival
The Albert Bichot literary prize is bestowed on a contemporary work of literature at the Livres en Vignes festival. The most recently awarded authors are Laurent Bénégui, Olivier Bleys, Akli Tadjer, Jean-François Kervéan and Metin Arditi, for their novels on a variety of subjects.
This event is held in September at Château du Clos de Vougeot. It is dedicated to contemporary literature, specialized literature about viticulture and wine, as well as lifestyle books.
Burgudian Writers' Club
In the same literary spirit that is so dear to us, we are proud partners of the Club des Ecrivains de Bourgogne, which is dedicated to literary life in the region through the promotion of Burgundy’s writers, their activities, and most of all, their books.
Music notes are like words in works of literature - full of the promise of rare, precious emotions.
Music & Wine Festival
We are both patrons and partners of the Musique & Vin music and wine festival, which is held each year at Clos de Vougeot, because we share the same values of mutual aid and intergenerational transmission that this festival stands for.
It features classical music and welcomes great international artists. It is also a philanthropic event because it has enabled the creation of an instrumental fund and a scholarship to support young talented artists.
Sons d'une Nuits d'été
For five days in July, the grounds of our Domaine du Clos Frantin estate in Nuits-Saint-Georges welcome the Sons d'une Nuits d'Été festival. The atmosphere is convivial and the program features a variety of singers who are always charmed by Burgundian hospitality.
The close link between Beaune and cinema goes back more than a century. It was there that Etienne-Jules Marey, precursor of the “seventh art”, invented the photographic rifle in 1882, long before the cinematographers. Many directors have chosen to shoot their films in the cobblestone streets of the town whose colourful enamel-tiled roofs are now recognized around the world. It is also in Beaune that the famous French director, Claude Lelouch, chose to set up his film school, which opened in 2016.
International Thriller Film Festival
We are privileged partners of the Festival International du Film Policier, which reinforces the link between Beaune and the film industry. The best films in the genre from around the world are awarded by the panels of judges who are either film stars or members of the police force.
On this occasion, we are pleased to welcome the judges for a dining experience in our cellars during which we firmly intend to introduce them to the best Burgundy has to offer!
Burgundian culture and heritage are important to us and we are keen on sharing and promoting them around the world.
BURGUNDY’S “CLIMATS” ON UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LIST
As a major and founding patron of the candidature, we participated throughout the entire process that got Burgundy’s “climats” to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 4 July 2015.
We are committed to showcasing know-how and talent by bringing together the new generation with centuries-old Burgundian traditions. Wood, a never-ending source of inspiration, is a part of all of the steps that go into the crafting of our wines.
The Boulle Console Table
We have created a partnership with the prestigious Ecole Boulle in Paris, renowned for its teachings in the fields of applied arts, interior design and design.
Our two arts are in fact very similar – working with a noble, raw material to elevate it to another level through the meticulousness and patience it deserves.
To symbolize this connection, we asked students in their final year of cabinetmaking studies to design and produce a wine tasting console table, to showcase our Chablis Grand Cru "Moutonne" monopole.
The pleasures of eating
Good food has always occupied an important role both in Burgundian culture and in our family life. We share our favourite “culinary souvenirs and emotions” through the regular publication of recipes with suggested wines to accompany them.
French-style green peas served in March 1934 at a family dinner are taken to new heights by our Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Murots" from Domaine du Clos Frantin, while braised veal loin served in September 2012 is perfectly showcased by our Beaune "Les Epenottes" from Domaine du Pavillon. And the list goes on. We invite you to relive a part of our history with us through such recipes.
They may be downloaded here for free.