Oct.22

Talk

A talk with the great wine collector moderated by sommelier Véronique Rivest.

Doors: 5:30 PM
Talk: 6 PM
Reception: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $98.38 (includes a glass of bubbly, wine tasting and canapés)
Taxes and fees included

Where: Space A (1st floor)

As part of the Vintage Stories event series, this intimate evening at the Phi Centre will put an accent on storytelling, as Michel-Jack Chasseuil shares anecdotes and adventures surrounding the acquisition of some of the treasures from his famous cellar. Audience members will also have an opportunity to speak with our famous guest.

The conversation will be moderated by Véronique Rivest, named Best Sommelier of Canada (2006 and 2012) and Best Sommelier of the Americas (2012). She is also the first woman to make the podium at the World's Best Sommelier competition, where she placed second (2013). Véronique Rivest is also a wine columnist with La Presse.

A reception will follow the conversation, in association with the Association québécoise des agences de vins, bières et spiritueux (AQAVBS), with canapés by Olive Orange. An opportunity to meet pioneers like Christine Fréchette (Les Sélections Fréchette), Daniel Richard (Univins & Spiritueux), Maxime Balthazard (Vins Balthazard), Caroline Roy (Le Marchand De Vin) and Luc Dupré (Les Vins Dupré), hear their stories and taste their special wine selections.

Please note that the conversation will be held in French.

Michel-Jack Chasseuil

Michel-Jack Chasseuil was born the son of a country mailman in 1941 in a small village between Poitiers and La Rochelle in western France. He grew up collecting all kinds of weird and wonderful things such as fossils, minerals, postage stamps and money from overseas.

When he was 21 years old, Michel-Jack got a job with Dassault Aviation as a boilermaker, then went on to become an industrial designer before selling warplanes to international clients by wining and dining foreign delegations in some of the finest establishments in Paris. He has this experience to thank for opening his taste buds to the great subtleties of wine, honing his palate and forming the foundation of his passion for truly exceptional grands crus, which he started collecting in the 1970s.

When a great friend of his, Mary Domergue, died in the late seventies, Michel-Jack inherited half of Château Feytit-Clinet in the Pomerol appellation. Today this prestigious wine estate is primarily managed by his only son.

Since leaving the aviation industry in 1989 with a golden handshake from Marcel Dassault worth the equivalent of 50,000 euros, Michel-Jack has devoted his time to perfecting his wine collection and sourcing exceptional vintages of every fine wine in France and from around the world.

He lives in a small village in the Deux-Sèvres area of his childhood, where he has built no fewer than five bunkers below the Manoir de Fonfolet to accommodate his vast collection under optimal conditions for ageing.

This text was composed by Thierry Forbois who will be offering a unique event on October 24 and 25: the first Public Wine Ceremony. Featured wines have been carefully selected by Michel-Jack Chasseuil.

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