Meet France’s best young sommelier

wine glassesJonathan Bauer- Monneret is a brilliant, enthusiastic and talented sommelier – and we are lucky enough to have him as part of our team at the Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius.

To the envy of his contemporaries – and 150 other contenders – Jonathan was hailed as France’s Best Young “sommelier’ in 2009 – aged just 24. It was a fiercely fought battle, with a number of rounds, including knowledge and technical tests as well as demonstratios of practical skills.

“Jonathan is a great laureate! We have witnessed the demonstration of a man loving his profession and who still admires the wine world and the profession of ‘sommelier’”, says Serge Dubs, chairman of the UDSF (Union de la Sommellerie Française).

About Jonathan

Born on the 25th July 1985 in Strasbourg, Jonathan went on to study at Illkirch hotel school. He initially wanted to become a cook but changed his plans and, guided by his taste for contacts and sharing, chose to be a wine waiter.

He quickly mastered the different vineyards of the Alsace region in northern France and in 2006 he joined our wine waiter team at the Constance Hotels Experience.

Jonathan now has a fantastic knowledge of the wines of the new world – but he’s always learning and increasing his expertise while working alongside Jérôme Faure.

“We work at the Blue Penny Café with a wine list of 300 French wines and some 300 more from different countries of the southern hemisphere,” says Jonathan.

Jonathan is determined, ambitious and always smiling – and he loves his work.  He has a bright future ahead of him and Constance is very happy to have him as part of our friendly, expert team.

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