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.
|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|
|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.
|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|