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September 8th Luncheon
12:30, National Arts Club
Laurent Drouhin, interviewed by Rick Schine of Bloomberg News


Laurent Drouhin, brand ambassador and North American sales and marketing director, moved from France to New York for his family’s wine business. He is also a longtime member of the club.

“Whether by temperament or luck, or a felicitous combination of both, the Drouhins have achieved what many family-run companies find difficult—even impossible—to pull off: They have not only maintained the family business but have expanded and improved upon it, in terms of land and wines, as well as sales.

Of course, the siblings had the significant advantage of taking on an already large and well-regarded portfolio of wines (currently around 90) from a wide range of vineyards (439 acres in total), including many grand and premier crus in the Côte d’Or.

The domaine was founded in 1880 by his great-grandfather, Joseph Drouhin, who was all of 22 when he moved from Chablis to Beaune. Though he never purchased any vineyards, only grapes, his son Maurice acquired quite a few, starting in 1919. One of those was Beaune Clos des Mouches.”

–Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal


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Calendar of Meetings 2016

The Club normally meets for lunch on the first Thursday of the month, with the exception of July, August and November, unless otherwise indicated.

Date Event Speaker/Topic Venue
Jan 7 Luncheon 12:00 Business Meeting & Anthony Lacoudre National Arts Club
Feb 4 Luncheon E. J. Simon National Arts Club
March 3 Luncheon Marc Levy National Arts Club
March 15 (Tuesday) Reception New Members Private residence
April 7 Luncheon Philip Berry National Arts Club
May 5 Luncheon Charles-Edouard Catherine National Arts Club
June 1 (Wednesday) 75th Anniversary Luncheon Ambassador Jane Hartley and Consul General Bertrand Lortholary National Arts Club
July 11 (Monday) Pre-Bastille Day Happy Hour 6-8 Brasserie Ruhlmann (Rockefeller Center)
Sept 8 Luncheon  Laurent Drouhin National Arts Club
Oct 6 Luncheon Coline Debayle & Agathe Joly National Arts Club
Oct 19 Reception Ambassador Gérard Araud, Consul Général Anne-Claire Legendre, Mr. Guy Sorman Consulat de France
Nov 1 (Tuesday) Soirée d’automne Le Colonial
Nov 17 Beaujolais Nouveau TBD
Dec 8 Dinner  Adam Gopnik National Arts Club

Calendar of Meetings 2017

The Club is proposing more evening events in 2017, to attract members who find it difficult to get away from the office during the day for Thursday luncheons.

Date Event Speaker/Topic Venue
Jan 12, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 12:00 Business Meeting & Speaker TBD National Arts Club
Feb 2, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00 National Arts Club
March 2, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 National Arts Club
March 21, Tuesday Reception, 7:00 New Members Private Residence
April 6, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 National Arts Club
May 2, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00 National Arts Club
June 1, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 TBD
July 11, Tuesday Happy Hour 6-8 TBD
Sept 7, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 National Arts Club
Oct 5, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 National Arts Club
Nov 1, Tuesday Soirée 7-10 TBD
Nov 16, Thursday Beaujolais Nouveau TBD
Dec 2, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00 National Arts Club