Think Tank 2018

The Future of Fine Wines:

Understanding the Major Trends,
Challenges and Opportunities

5-7 July, Champagne

The Programme

Thursday, 5 July:
Estate Visit & Opening Dinner

With thanks to our host AR Lenoble

AR Lenoble Logo

3:00pm

Visit of AR Lenoble’s Haute-Valeur Environnementale-certified vineyards in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly on the Côte des Blancs, visit of the winery and the 18th century chalk cellars in Damery followed by a magnificent tasting

6:30pm

Apéritif Champenois presented by Anne et Antoine Malassagne (AR Lenoble) and Nicole Rolet, Chêne Bleu

7:30pm

Exclusive Estate Visit & Opening Dinner
Meet groundbreaking and benchmark winegrowers, taste their finest cuvées, rejoice at the VIP dinner where curated wines and old vintages will magically pair with a dinner designed by a renowned chef (Gold members only).

7:45pm

Keynote speech by Hugh Johnson, Historian and Writer

8:00pm

Opening Dinner
Champagnes by AR Lenoble, Wines by Chêne Bleu, Cuisine by Chef Benjamin Gilles

Friday, 6 July:
Collaboration & Communication, Shaping the future of the Fine Wine industry

With thanks to our host AR Lenoble

AR Lenoble Logo

8:30am

Registration & Welcome

9:00am

Introduction speech by Pauline Vicard, Executive Director, Areni Institure, & Laure Raynal, CEO, La Co-Entreprise

9:15am

12:00pm

“Define Fine Wine” Lunch (Don’t forget to bring a bottle that embodies your own definition of Fine Wine!)

2:00pm

5.30pm

Transfer to Epernay

Friday, 6 July:
Estate Visit & Gala Dinner

With thanks to our host Moët Hennessy

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6:30pm

Moët et Chandon Cellar Visits

7:15pm

Apéritif musical presented by Moët et Chandon

7:45pm

Welcome speech, Philippe Schaus, CEO Moët Hennessy, with introduction by Michel Bettane, Editor-in-Chief, Bettane+Desseauve

8:00pm

Gala Dinner
Champagnes and wines presented by Maggie Henriquez, CEO Krug and President LVMH Estates & Wines

Saturday, 7 July:
Collective Workshops & Changing the Way We See the World

With thanks to our host Villa Collet

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8:15am

Registration & Welcome

8:45am

Collective Workshop
Understanding Main Trends

9:45am

Break

10:00am

Collective Workshop
From Big Ideas to Implementing Actions, Shaping the World of Fine Wine

1:00pm

Lunch, Champagne and Wine Bar presented by
Sébastien Walasiak, Cellar Master, Champagne Collet; and Dimitri Mesnard MS, Jackson Family Wines

2:15pm

Changing the way we see the world
Film Screening: “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste in America” with tribute to Anthony Bourdain
Introduction by William Carroll, Drink Director, Blue Hill Farm, USA

4:00pm

Changing the way we see the world
Q&A with Paul Grieco, Laurent Delaunay, and Cathy Huyghe

4:30pm

Apéritif de cloture
presented by Abbotts & Delaunay

5:00pm

2018 Event Closes

Starting at 5pm, the town of Ay is, very independently of FM4FW, celebrating King Henri IV, for those of you would like to celebrate his biennial visit. Sample the wine and food at the many Champagne houses which will be open and see the grand firework display with musical accompaniment. French Folklore guaranteed.