The Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin is led by a Board of Directors with 15 members, made up of three Colleges.
Founded by the City of Bordeaux, the Bordeaux Wine Council and Crédit Agricole Aquitaine, it is also supported by the American Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust and HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg.
College of Founders
Mayor of Bordeaux
Representative of the Bordeaux Wine Council
CEO of Crédit Agricole d'Aquitaine
College of Specialists
Member of the Cultural Steering Committee
Born on 22 March 1942 in Bordeaux, he graduated from the University of Bordeaux with a Degree in Oenology in 1962 and a Degree in Ampelology from the University of Bordeaux in 1963.
From 1964 to 2008, he was director of Les Etablissements Jean Pierre Moueix and was responsible for estates such as Pétrus, Château Magdelaine and Château Trotanoy, Château Lagrave…
Since 2008 he has been an international oenology consultant in Chine, Argentina, Israel, California, and France (Tursan, Corbières, Minervois wines...)
He is regularly invited as a guest speaker at the National Oncology Congress in Monaco as well as at the Cardiology Congress in Biarritz.
He is a lecturer at the University of Bordeaux in the University Diploma in Wine Tasting (DUADE) programme.
Administrator and Secretary of the endowment fund supporting La Cité du Vin
After graduating from ESSEC in Cergy in 1974 and INSEAD in Fontainebleau in 1989, Nicolas Gailly began his career as Marketing And Communications Manager for Pernod UK in LONDON.
Commercial Attaché for the French Embassy in Guatemala in 1975 then Sales Director of Pernod Ricard España in Barcelona, he became Export Director of Veuve Clicquot in Reims in 1977. He then worked at Marie Brizard from 1982 to 1998, first as Marie Brizard’s Export Director in Bordeaux, then as director of the wine and spirits division, and finally as deputy CEO responsible for the group’s sales and marketing.
He then became CEO of Cavif, a Bordeaux wine merchant, and the manager of wine estates belonging to the German Bomers family.
From 2002 to 2011 Nicolas Gailly was CEO of Barton & Guestier (B&G), a subsidiary of the Diageo group (global leader on the spirits market). He also held the roles of Secretary General of the Union des Maisons de Bordeaux, President of the Club Bdx 2 Rives – APM, and founder member of the venture capital association Finaqui Business Angels, before joining the La Cité du Vin project in 2012 as Administrator and Secretary of the endowment fund.
Nicolas Gailly has been the Administrator of the American fundraising association ‘American Friends of La Cité du Vin’ since 2013.
Notary, Treasurer of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation
Christelle Grandin was born in 1974. After completing university studies in property and international law in Paris, she spent two years at the Ministry of Justice preparing texts designed for prosecutors and judges in the courts and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, notaries, clerks and registrars.
Christelle Grandin then spent ten years (from 1996 to 2007) working in Paris as a notary for the practice Etude ROCHELOIS - BESINS & ASSOCIES.
She has been working in Bordeaux since 2007 as a notary with the practice Chambarière, Grandin & Figerou.
Christelle Grandin has been involved in the creation and activities of renowned public interest foundations, corporate foundations, scientific foundations and endowment funds for more than ten years. Since 2005 she has been an administrator and member of the renowned Henri Cartier-Bresson public interest foundation in Paris.
She is also a member of the ‘Art et Droit’ association, a former member of the Paris Chambre des Notaires I.C.T. Commission, has participated in conferences and seminars, and runs the ‘Property Law for Public Entities’ course at Sciences Po Bordeaux for fifth-year ‘Expert in Public Affairs’ students.
Member of the Cultural Steering Committee
Near the end of her career as a professor at the University of Burgundy (UB), she developed the UNESCO Chair in the Culture and Traditions of Wines. Officially created in 2007, it is the only UNESCO chair in the world dedicated to this issue. Its primary objective is to organise cultural and scientific events in order to disseminate results of research work in wine and vine, in all disciplines and for vineyards around the world.
In serving as director of this chair from the beginning of the project, Jocelyne Pérard was called upon to take a seat on the Scientific Council of La Cité du Vin. Since the beginning of 2015, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin and one of two representatives of this foundation on La Cité du Vin's Cultural Steering Committee.
Her Burgundian roots and her long university career with its wide international scope are several factors that explain her work in the vine and wine industry. A climatologist-geographer trained at the University of Burgundy, she taught in a high school, then at a secondary school after earning her agrégation (advanced teaching degree) in History, and finally she was called to UB where she has spent the majority of her career, while travelling around the world on research assignments, first related to climate and nowadays in order to discover old and new vineyards. She has served as head of a DEA (Diploma in Advanced Studies) at a doctorial school, President of UB (1993-1998) and Director of a CNRS research unit in tropical climatology. Incidentally, it was by way of her numerous educational and research activities in Africa that she was named France's representative to the United Nations University Council (UNU, Tokyo), a part of the UN and UNESCO. During this term, she developed the project for the UNESCO chair in "Culture and Traditions of Wines."
This long university career, devoted, ultimately, to the dissemination of wine and vine knowledge to the widest possible audience led her to fully support La Cité du Vin, from the very outset of the project.
Jeannie Cho Lee
Expert, Master of Wine, Journalist, Writer
College of Friends
President of the Fondation
In 1989, after studying foreign languages and training at the Institute of Oenology, as well as at the Institute of Business Administration, Sylvie Cazes joined her brother in the group composed of AXA-Millésimes estates (which include the château Pichon-Longueville) and those of the Cazes family (which include château Lynch-Bages). In 1995, she became Director of Communications for the group.
Starting in 2001, she developed wine tourism activities within the family-owned group. Among these activities is Bordeaux Saveurs, a travel agency specialized in organizing trips to the most beautiful wine-growing regions, which is at present owned 100 % by Sylvie Cazes.
In 2011, Sylvie took over the restaurant Le Chapon Fin, an institution in haute cuisine in the Bordeaux region. She has given the restaurant a breath of fresh air by bringing together a young, creative team.
After completing an Executive MBA at HEC Paris, Sylvie Cazes became Managing Director of the Roederer group estates in Bordeaux: Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Château de Pez. Her mission led her to restructure these two magnificent properties and to uphold their prestige all over the world.
From 2008 through the end of 2012, Sylvie Cazes was also elected President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and board member of the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855.
In May 2014, Sylvie and her three children acquired Château Chauvin, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé, with the desire to continue the work she had carried out up to then while providing the estate with the best possible assets for success in this new chapter of its history.
Alongside her contribution to the world of wine-making, Sylvie Cazes was also a member of Bordeaux City Council in charge of promoting the wine-making industry and wine tourism from 2008 to 2014. Finally, since 2008 she has been in charge of a project which is dear to Alain Juppé, the establishment of La Cité du Vin. In January 2015, she was named President of the Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin.
Winegrower, member of the Vinexpo Supervisory Board
Born in Périgord in 1946, Jean-Marie Chadronnier has lived in Bordeaux since 1982. Between his studies in Sariat and Libourne and his return to his Aquitaine roots, he spent around ten years establishing his career in Paris. Having completed studies at a business school and the School of Business Administration, he was hired by Jacques Vabre in 1973. In 1977 he joined Maison du Café, ultimately becoming a member of the diversification committee for the Maison du Café group in France in 1982. Managing Director of the CVBG group and then President until 2007, he also held the position of President of Vinexpo from 2002 to 2009. Jean-Marie Chadronnier was then appointed President of the economic development agency BRA, renamed BGI (Bordeaux Gironde Investissement) in 2010. He is now a winegrower and a member of the Vinexpo supervisory board.
Max de Lestapis
Honorary President of the French National Federation of Wine and Spirit Broker Syndicates (FNSCVSF)
Max de Lestapis
Born in Mérignac in 1950, at the age of 21 Max de Lestapis became a wine broker with Bureau Blanchy on Bordeaux’s Quai des Chartrons. Seven years later in 1971 he joined forces with Alain Blanchy to create a wine brokering company named ‘Blanchy & de Lestapis’.
From 1988 to 1991 he held the position of Vice President of the Regional Syndicate of Wine and Spirit Brokers for Bordeaux, Gironde and the South West, before becoming president from 1991 to 2004.
Twice elected a member of the Saint-Emilion classification committee, he then switched banks to become president of the Médoc Crus Bourgeois classification committee in 2001. President of the French National Federation of Wine and Spirit Broker Syndicates (FNSCVSF) from 2004, in 2006 he was named a Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2010, Max de Lestapis sold his shares in the company to his colleague, now the President of Blanchy & de Lestapis SAS.
Since 2012 he has been running EURL Max de Lestapis Expertise in Bordeaux, specialising in price certification and stock consulting. He is also Honorary President of the Regional Syndicate of Wine and Spirit Brokers for Bordeaux, Gironde and the South West.
His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg
President of the Cultural Steering Committee for the Fondation pour la culture et les civilisations du vin
His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg
Born in 1968, His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg is the great-grandson of Mr. Clarence Dillon who acquired Château Haut-Brion in 1935.
Raised in Luxembourg, educated in part in England, and fundamentally multicultural, he speaks Luxembourgish, French, English, and German.
A member of the Board of the Domaine Clarence Dillon Company at the age of just 18, Prince Robert has always remained close to the family business. An avid art enthusiast, after studying sculpture and a brief stint as a screenwriter, he accepted to set aside his Hollywood ambitions and join the management team of Domaine Clarence Dillon in June 1997, being appointed Managing Director in 2002, then CEO in 2008.
In 2005, Prince Robert launched Clarendelle, the first "super premium" brand of Bordeaux wine, a ground-breaking initiative, which came about at the same time as the creation of the wine merchant firm, Clarence Dillon Wines.
Fervent defenders of the great wine-growing regions, Prince Robert and the Dillon family were the first "Honorary Founder" sponsors of La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux in 2010. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin and President of the Cultural Steering Committee.
His term as CEO of the family-owned company has also been marked by the acquisition of two vineyards in Saint-Emilion in 2011 and 2013, thereafter renamed Château Quintus. In 2015, Prince Robert presided over the inauguration of Hotel Dillon, a magnificent private mansion situated near the Champs Elysées, whose restaurant, Le Clarence, and fine wine shop, La Cave du Château, welcome visitors to the world of Domaine Clarence Dillon, and to the art of French hospitality and haute cuisine.
Prince Robert is also a member of several boards of directors and foundations, such as the Dillon Trust Company, among others.
Grower and President of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council
Born on 1 July 1949 in Lyon, he trained at the HEC school of management then completed his education with accounting studies. He began his career at Arthur Andersen working in auditing, account review and corporate consulting, before moving to Darty in 1980. Finance Director and Managing Director of Darty Rhône-Alpes then Deputy Managing Director of Darty Paris – Ile de France, he became Deputy Secretary General of the Darty group in 1992 then Managing Director of Darty Ouest in 1996.
He has been a wine producer since 1996, both out of professional interest and as a lifestyle choice. In 1994 he purchased a seven-hectare property in Lalande de Pomerol (Château Pavillon Bel Air). He completed a professional certificate in wine production at the Blanquefort Agricultural School in 1997 to learn the technical basics of the trade, then in the same year purchased Château de Pressac, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé in St Etienne de Lisse. He has a very deep attachment to Saint-Emilion: ‘I am still overcome with emotion, I am never blasé’. He is currently president of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council.
Vice President and Director General of the Fundacion Dinastia Vivanco
Santiago Vivanco holds a law degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is the Rector of the University of La Rioja. He joined the family business Dinastia Vivanco to modernise its management with a focus on quality excellence.
The Fondation Dinastia Vivanco was created in 2004 by the Vivanco family to share its rich wine heritage accumulated over the centuries, with a family motto of ‘giving wine back what it has given us’. Santiago Vivanco was the driving force behind its creation. The aim of the Fondation Dinastia Vivanco is to investigate the processes of winegrowing, oenology and wine consumption, to study and disseminate all aspects of the history of winemaking on a national and international level, to promote and strengthen links between individuals and companies with shared interests in researching and disseminating the culture of wine, to gather and disseminate information regarding winemaking research, and to help run the Vivanco family museum.
The Dinastia Vivanco wine culture museum offers a tour through the ages and stages of winemaking, from the origins of the drink to its geographic and sociocultural spread, its production and its aging to its distribution. The exhibition is dotted with replicas, photos, films, reconstructions and devices (18th century presses).