Académie du Vin de Bordeaux : its purpose
THE ACADÉMIE’S PURPOSE IS TO GATHER, ENRICH AND TRANSMIT EVERYTHING THE SPIRIT OF BORDEAUX WINES INSPIRES IN ALL FORMS OF ART. IT TRIES TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE, AROUND THE WORLD, ALL CULTURAL EXPRESSION LINKED TO THE WINES OF BORDEAUX.
Founded in 1948, by the initiative of a group of notable négociants and winegrowers, the Académie du vin de Bordeaux benefits from a unique position to guarantee and transmit the history and culture of Bordeaux’s wine. The Bordeaux wine region is not only the origin of a wide range of universally renowned wines but it has also profoundly influenced the “art of living”. It has engendered a particular humanism, a spirit, an ethic, a mystique of perfection which has influenced the whole world.
The Académie, in the mould of the Académie Française, is composed of forty “académiciens”.
The majority not only includes proprietors of the most prestigious growths in Bordeaux, but also two “académiciens français”, writers, artists, scholars and university professors.
It is also composed of associated members who represent around 110 properties of the highest quality, as well as négociants and courtiers. Finally, to espouse its cause, the Académie relies on its “corresponding members” and its “honourable members” to contribute actively in enriching the civilisation of wine through its most noble representation: the wines of Bordeaux.
Today, the Académie du Vin de Bordeaux, under the direction of its Grand Chancelier, Nicolas de Bailliencourt dit Courcol, and his Vice-Chancelier, has a dynamic role in contributing, in its modern environment, to the perpetuation of the civilisation of Bordeaux wines.
It has a policy of keeping close relations with the economic and cultural world, universities and local communities, thus contributing to link those who participate in the life of Bordeaux and its vineyards to the wine and its culture.
It takes the initiative in public relations by organising conferences, symposiums and exhibitions. It illustrates the art of living in the context of Bordeaux wines by organising prestigious dinners, which gather the international, cultural and university élite.
On the complex question of vintages, the Académie publishes every two years, in many languages, a vintage report. This report has acquired such an audience and reputation that it has become the reference document for the knowledge and tasting of Bordeaux’s wines.
The Académie also awards a literature prize to an outstanding work that illustrates the theme of wine. It also supervises studies and active research in the field of wine.
Académie du Vin de Bordeaux
1, cours du 30 Juillet
33 000 BORDEAUX - France
Tél : 33 (0)5 56 00 21 95
Fax : 33(0)5 56 79 30 49