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Three years ago, Gérard Basset, who was the only one in the world having such high titles as World Champion Sommelier, OBE, MW and MS, passed away. A year before, D+ was lucky enough to interview this extraordinary master, and now we would like to announce that on July 12th, a documentary dedicated to this legendary man will be premiered.
Gerard Basset’s closest friends shared their warm memories. Their names are also widely known, including chef Raymond Blanc OBE, wine critic Jancis Robinson OBE MW, co-founder of Liquid Icons and the Gerard Basset Foundation Lewis Chester DipWSET, as well as the Secretary General of the International Association of Sommeliers (ASI), Michele Chantôme.
In six months, 67 interviews about the life of the famous sommelier were filmed and edited. In these heartfelt parts, there are various stories, including how Gerard Basset first came to the UK and found of the wine, his path to his greatest professional and personal achievements – the titles of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, the title of “World’s Best Sommelier” by ASI in 2010 and being awarded an OBE the following year, as well as battling a terrible disease…
The film also brought together members of the Basset family, who played an important role in the creation of this project. “Seeing and hearing Gerard in a documentary is poignant but heart-warming, and we think this film is a very special tribute to his memory,” said his wife Nina Basset.
The premiere of A Life in Wine: Gérard Basset, the World’s Favourite Sommelier will take place on July 12 at 67 Pall Mall, St. James’s. And from July 17, this tribute film will be available for viewing at 67pallmall.tv.
The film was shot by the studio 67pallmall.tv and the production team of the leading London wine club 67 Pall Mall.