Constance sommeliers trained by Jonathan Bauer Monneret

Jonathan Bauer Monneret, currently sommelier at Le Royal Monceau inParis, recently trained our sommeliers from Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Jonathan Bauer Monneret

Jonathan Bauer Monneret

Jonathan previously worked with the Constance Group, and was voted Best Young Sommelier of France in 2009 at the age of just 24 and won the Paul Haeberlin competition this year.

Our sommeliers were taken through their paces by Jonathan, focusing on improving their knowledge and skills in the following:

1. A red wine tasting, and presentation of the wine. Each candidate was asked to speak about the wine for 5 minutes, and then again for 2 minutes.
2. Give a presentation about 2 bottles of wine: Condrieu Les Terrasses de Vernay Estate Empire 2009 and Vin de Pays d’Oc Domaine de la Baume Sauvignon Blanc 2010.
3. How to decant wine.
4. Tasting Sushi and maki, and matching with 2 different wines.

Top young sommelier of France 2011 – the Duval-Leroy Trophy

Ten candidates hoping to win the award of best young sommelier of France have made it through to the semi-finals of the Duval-Leroy Trophy.

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Best young sommelier of France - Duval Leroy Trophy 2011

Among the semi-finalists is Yann Hangouet, currently our sommelier at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

The previous winner of the biennial competition was Jonathan Bauer Monneret. At the time of being awarded the title in 2009, Jonathan was sommelier at Constance Belle Mare Plage in the Blue Penny Café.

Earlier this month, some 100 candidates met across different areas of France to take part in this year’s competition.

Yann Hangouet will be hoping to win the prestigious title when he joins the other semi finalists at Vertus in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France on 27 and 28 November for the finals.

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.