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Above: Thomas Benhamou, Guillaume Brahimi and Phillip Corne.

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Above: Guests at the event included eight Commandeurs, garbed here in the Commanderie’s distinctive velvet robes. Below: Wivina and Pierre Chanelière. Bottom: Les Schirato raises a glass.

Right: JeanMarie Simart, Maxime Elgue and Guy Meslin.

The Commanderie of Bordeaux WHAT: A CEREMONIAL ‘KNIGHTING’ OF BORDEAUX WINE CONNOISSEURS, IN AN EXCLUSIVE BORDEAUX WINE INDUSTRY EVENT ORIGINALLY INSPIRED BY THE MEDIEVAL ASSEMBLY KNOWN AS A GRAND CONSEIL (COUNCIL OF WISE CITIZENS).

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he Grande Commanderie de Bordeaux was founded in 1952 and currently has 4500 members. In June 2012, Australia became the 26th country to host a chapter of the Commanderie. Where: Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House. Who: Les Schirato of Vittoria Coffee, Guillaume Brahimi of the eponymous restaurant, Phillip Corne of Louis Vuitton Australia, Jean-

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Marie Simart of Vintec and some 30 other highly knowledgeable wine collectors and enthusiasts. Highlights: Apart from Guillaume’s magnificent summer feast and a balmy December evening, the event featured the MC talents of Jean-Marie Simart, inaugural Grand Master of the Australian chapter. After sampling the beautiful Château Yquem, the diners were treated to a selection of French handcrafted teas from La Maison du Thé.

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