FINE DINING BY AIR FRANCE

Our prestigious wine and champagne list has been created with great care by Paolo Basso, named the world’s best sommelier in 2013, and by wine experts Bettane and Desseauve, authors of “Le Grand Guide des vins de France” (“Bettane and Desseauve’s Guide to Wines of France”).

The most discerning palates at your service

Our sommeliers make their choice based on quality, balance and region. Their sole ambition is to bring to you wines from the very best French vineyards, to delight and guide you along the road to oenological paradise!

PAOLO BASSO, A WORLD-CLASS SOMMELIER

Paolo Basso is one of the most refined palates in the world. He gained international renown in 1997 after being awarded the title of “Best Swiss Sommelier”. He went on to win the title of “Best European Sommelier” in 2010, and in 2013, he was crowned world champion.

Originating from Italy, Paolo Basso has worked in various restaurants with one or more Michelin stars. After many years of experience, he has become a specialist in rare and collectors' wines.

As a consultant for a number of hotel chains, and a member of the jury for renowned international wine competitions, Paolo Basso is passionate about sharing his knowledge. He is a professor at the Swiss Changins Wine School and the Worldsom Sommelier Academy in Bordeaux, France.

BETTANE AND DESSEAUVE, GUIDES TO THE WINES OF FRANCE

Michel Bettane spent much of the beginning of his career as a professor of Classics. Passionate about wine, he took classes in wine tasting at the Wine Academy of Paris in 1977, and started to teach. At the beginning of the 1980's, he became the main contributor of “La Revue du Vin de France”, a magazine dedicated to French wine.

Trained as a journalist, Thierry Desseauve took on the role of Editor-in-Chief, then became Director, of “La Revue du Vin de France” from 1989 to 2005. First winner of the prize given by Edmond de Rothschild for Best Wine Book (Le Livre du vin, Flammarion), in 1995 he created the annual classification of the best wines and vineyards of France, with Michel Bettane.

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