Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Clarence Dillon’s great-grandson and Domaine Clarence Dillon’s President, has been named as the 2011 President of the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).
In the annual tradition which dates back to 1977, HRH Prince Robert has taken up his term in office, replacing Prinz Michael zu Salm-Salm of the distinguished Salm-Dalberg family of Germany, in supporting the efforts of the world’s oldest and most presitious wine and spirit competition. The role of the president is to help raise the profile of the IWSC, and therefore continue to drive the agenda ofquality in the wine and spirits industry.
Prince Robert commented on his appointment; “The IWSC is growing its presence in a number of new markets. I’m delighted to help contribute to the understanding of great quality wines and spirits in these markets. Tasting wines and noting is all about guiding the consumer. I would also like to encourage consumers to taste and build up confidence in their own judgement as they become familiar with these magical drinks”.
Having developed an early passion for the family wine business, Domaine Clarence Dillon, Prince Robert now oversees, and owns along with his family, two of the most prestigious estates in Bordeaux: Château Haut-Brion and Château La Misson Haut-Brion as well as Bordeaux’s first Super Premium Brand Wine, Clarendelle. In 2005, Prince Robert launched Bordeaux Fine Wine Merchant Clarence Dillon Wines.
Allen Gibbons, Managing Director of the IWSC comments; “I’m absolutely delighted that Prince Robert has agreed to be the 2011 IWSC President. It’s a huge boost for the competition to have yet again, such a highly influential figure within the industry, with such a prestigious wine estate. It’s an honour to see Prince Robert supporting the competition further cementing the IWSC as the worlds most prestigious wine and spirit competition”.
In August 2008, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, the fourth generation representative of the Dillon family producing some of the finest and rarest wines of Bordeaux, succeeded his mother, the Duchesse de Mouchy, as president of Domaine Clarence Dillon. 2009 was an exceptional vintage and four of Domaine Clarence Dillon’s first wines were granted a potential 100/100 by Robert Parker.
2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the acquisition of Château Haut-Brion by Mr Clarence Dillon and 8 dinners in 8 great cities to celebrate 8 decades of the Dillon family’s presence at the estate are being organised throughout the world in Paris, London, New York, Shanghai, Hong-Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Moscow.
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