Masterclasses

Big names from the world of spirits (master distillers, master blenders, distillery directors, journalists, etc.) will share their production secrets and expertise.

Inaugurated in 2017, the Forum will follow one another throughout the thirty-minute masterclasse event. Free to all visitors, the Forum truly is an area of exchange, sharing and experiences.

Saturday 25 septembre

ALEXANDRE GABRIEL

MAISON FERRAND

In 2012, Alexandre Gabriel was elected Rum World Best Master Blender and received the prestigious Golden Barrel Award. He shares with us a few insights from his vast knowledge and expertise in the world of cognac and rum.

FRANÇOIS LONGUETEAU

LONGUETEAU

The eldest son of Francois Longueteau, and fourth generation distillery director. After studying sales and marketing, he first cut his teeth at IMPEC Guadeloupe, which represents LVMH’s wine and spirits brands in Guadeloupe, before joining the Mars group in Orléans, and finally joining the distillery’s sales and marketing team in 2011. Alongside his father and brother (Nicolas), Francois has gradually taken charge of the warehouse and the distillery’s entire finishing process.

Sunday 26 septembre

LUCA GARGANO

LA MAISON & VELIER

Luca Gargano, an intrepid explorer of spirits and a true lover of life is a rare character indeed. With a true passion for high-quality products, he is best known for his knowledge and expertise in rum: he works tirelessly to discover new styles of rum, such as traditional Clairin in Haiti, to continually bring rum enthusiasts new and updated experiences.

DAVID BOILEAU

BNIC

A native of Cognac, David Boileau has worked as an ambassador for the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (National Inter-Professional Cognac Office – BNIC) for around ten years. His comprehensive knowledge of the subject takes him to the four corners of the Earth to cultivate the Cognac Culture. He never misses a chance to spread the secrets of this exceptional spirit to as many people as possible through the educational tastings he organises.