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The Cultural Steering Committee provides advice to help define the major orientations of the Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin’s cultural policy.

Its primary aim is to provide a multidisciplinary interpretation of and form an opinion on the programme offered by the Fondation teams at La Cité du Vin. It is involved in examining the development of cultural activities organised by the Fondation as part of its general interest mission in order to help boost its international reach.

Foundation College

His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg

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.

Sylvie Cazes

Sylvie Cazes

President of the Fondation

Sylvie Cazes

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.

Jocelyne Perard

Jocelyne Perard

Member of the Cultural Steering Committee

Jocelyne Perard

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.

Jean-Claude Berrouet

Jean-Claude Berrouet

Member of the Cultural Steering Committee

Jean-Claude Berrouet

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.

College of Qualified Specialists

Jean-Robert Pitte

Jean-Robert Pitte

Honorary President of University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Jean-Robert Pitte

Professor of Geography, President of the Société de Géographie, author of numerous articles and works about wine civilisations: Le vin et le divin, (Wine and the Divine) Le désir du vin à la conquête du monde (Desire for Wine: A World Conquest), Bordeaux-Bourgogn e, les passions rivales (Bordeaux-Burgundy Rival Passions)…

Françoise Hache-Bissette

Françoise Hache-Bissette

Professor of Communication and Information Sciences of the University of Versaillesaris-Saclay

Françoise Hache-Bissette

Member of the Centre for Cultural History of Contemporary Societies of the ADHC (Association for the Development of Cultural History). Her areas of research include mass media and dissemination of gastronomy, cultural industries and popular culture, popularisation of knowledge for young people and specific publics. Together with Denis Saillard she published in 2007 Gastronomie et identité culturelle française. Discours et représentations (XIXe-XXIe siècles) and co-directs with him the research seminar on Mass Media and Dissemination of Gastronomy from the 17th to 21st Centuries. 

Denis Dubourdieu (1949-2016)

Denis Dubourdieu (1949-2016)

Agricultural Engineer, Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux

Denis Dubourdieu

Director of the ISVV (Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences), Denis Dubourdieu was considered one of the leading specialists in the wine making process and the ageing of white wines and consults for numerous estates throughout the world. But the work of his team has greatly contributed to improving understanding of aroma in red wines as well. Denis Dubourdieu was also a wine grower and a winemaker.

Jeannie Cho Lee

Jeannie Cho Lee

Expert, Master of Wine, Journalist, Writer, Certified Wine Educator.

Jeannie Cho Lee

Born in Korea, Jeannie has lived in Hong Kong since 1994. Currently, Jeannie is the CEO and Publisher of PAN magazine. She is also the creator and designer of the Jeannie Cho Lee Signature Wine Glass Collection, which she launched in 2014 at Vinexpo. The same year she co-hosted the weekly program In Vino Veritas on Perle TVB, Hong Kong's leading English-language TV broadcaster. Jeannie Cho Lee also teaches at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and participates in the International Wine Management Master's Degree Program offered by the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. She is Co-Chair of Decanter Asia Wine Awards and a wine consultant for Singapore Airlines and for the Goldin Group. Jeannie's pioneering book, Asian Palate (2009), which explores Asian food and wine pairings, has won many awards, including the Gourmand Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing Book in the World in 2010. Her second book, Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate (2011), introduces a new set of Asian wine descriptors for major grape varieties and wine styles. Both books are available in English and Simplified Chinese. An haute cuisine enthusiast, Jeannie Cho Lee also holds a Diplome de Cuisine (Cooking Diploma) certificate from Le Cordon Bleu and trained as a Sake Sommelier at Japan's Sake Service Institute.

College of Cultural Experts

Vincent Pomarède

Vincent Pomarède

Director of Cultural Programming and Outreach at the Louvre museum.

Vincent Pomarède

He is in charge of exhibition programming and publications as well as crucial projects such as hanging collections and renovation of the entrance hall. Mr Pomarède studied at the Louvre School earning a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Archaeology and was also a student intern at the ENA. He was the Director of the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts from 2000 to 2003. He is a specialist in French 19th century painting. In 1983 he was the manager of the Louvre Museum book shop. In 1987 he joined the Service for Restoration of Classified and Monitored Museums as Assistant Director of the service. He became a cultural heritage curator in 1991 and was assigned to the Louvre's Department of Painting, where he worked on French Painting and as coordinator of the Department of French Painting's restorations, and was then appointed Curator of 19th Century French Painting. Exhibition design is a field he knows well, because he has organised one or two exhibitions a year since joining the Louvre's Painting Department: Corot in 1996 and Delacroix, the late years in 1998, both of which were in the Grand Palais. He served on the Scientific Commission for La Galerie du Temps, one of the inaugural exhibitions of the Louvre-Lens in 2012.

Nathalie Bondil

Nathalie Bondil

Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 2007

Nathalie Bondil

With both French and Canadian citizenship, her previous work includes curating the new museography for the 17th to 20th century halls at the Musée des Monuments Français from 1996 to 1998 as part of the museum's renovation program. (Museum of French Monuments, which is today part of the City of Architecture and Heritage). In 1999, Guy Cogeval, who was then Director of the Montréal Fine Arts Museum, appointed her as curator of European Art from 1800 to 1945, then named her Chief Curator in 2000. She concurrently manages the conservation and restoration departments, as well as the library, archives, scientific publications and exhibitions. In 2007, Nathalie Bondil took on the double role of General Director and Chief Curator. With the exhibitions Warhol Live, Imagine and We Want Miles, and the creation of the Arte Musica Foundation, she has integrated music into new Museum programs that bring together music and the fine arts.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Canadian American Relations, and of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), of the French Regional & American Museum Exchange and the Canadian Art Museum Directors' Association. She has curated many exhibitions such as Once Upon a Time: Impressionism (2012), Van Dongen: Painting the Town Fauve (2008-2009), Maurice Denis: Earthly Paradise (2006-2007), Catherine the Great: Art for Empire (2005-2006); Voyage into Myth: French Avant-garde from Gauguin to Matisse from the Hermitage Museum, Russia (2002-2003).

Jean-Yves Marin

Jean-Yves Marin

Director of the Geneva Museums of Art and History

Jean-Yves Marin

Born in Caen, Jean-Yves Marin began his university career in Art History and Archaeology in this same city and earned a degree in Advanced Studies in Medieval Archaeology in 1980. Chief curator of cultural heritage, he was director of the Normandy Museum in Caen before becoming director of the MAH in 2009. His commitment to a moral code and professional ethics has been demonstrated throughout his career, and particularly during his term as President of the French National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) from 1992 to 1998 and of the International Committee of History and Archaeological Museums.

Joji Hattori

Joji Hattori

Maestro violinist and conductor

Joji Hattori

Born in Tokyo into a family of industrialists and diplomats (one of his forefathers founded the watch company Seiko, another was the Imperial Grand Master of the Kitchen under the Taisho Emperor) and raised bilingually (Japanese and German) in Vienna, Austria, Joji Hattori is today one of the most versatile artists among classical musicians. He started playing the violin at the age of 5 and won the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition at the age of 20 (of which he is the President now), but he also studied anthropology at Oxford University (St. Antony College) and ended up in a career which is a combination of being a successful musician (Associate Guest Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Co-Artistic Director & Principal Guest Conductor of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in Palma de Mallorca, violinist and Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London) as well as gastronome (proprietor of SHIKI Japanese Fine Dining in Vienna). Cooking for friends or fine dining (including the culture of wine) has always been the most important passion for Joji Hattori besides music and, already in its first year, SHIKI could establish itself as one of the most exclusive restaurants in Europe with Japanese Cuisine, which happens to be the only other cuisine besides French on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.