There is no better way to start the New Year than an exclusive Champagne open bar evening at the Residence of the Ambassador of France. The International Club of DC invites you to the 4th annual La Soiree Champagne presented by the French-American Chamber of Commerce! The event will be hosted in the private Residence of the Ambassador of France, Gérard Araud, in his presence. This is the perfect occasion to enjoy a rare opportunity to taste different Champagnes from France's leading houses, while at the same time mingle with the Chamber's Board of Directors as well as distinguished guests, high-ranking diplomats and VIPs.
Click here to view a virtual tour of the Residence.
In addition to an open-bar serving Champagne, there will be an upscale finger-food cocktail prepared by the Residence's Chef, to pair with the Champagne! The Soirée will also feature live music and art.
The Champagne: just like last year, we will have some of the best Champagne in the world. Some of the expected selections include (Selections may change):
~ Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire, Cuvee Roger-Constant 2008, Prestige Tête de Cuvée
only 1200 bottles made (retail $625)
~ Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire, Cuvee Hautes-Prieres 2009, Blanc de Blancs Millesime, Chardonnay
3600 bottles made (retail $305)
~ Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire, Cuvee Trianon
~ Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire,Rose de Saignee Limite
~ Moet et Chandon
~ Dom Perignon
Delightful Music: The musical ensemble Bergamot Rose will be performing original music and world jazz, featuring vocals in French, Italian, Spanish and English. The duo features Jennifer (Scott) Bergamot-Rose on piano and vocals and Cristian Perez on guitar. Jennifer's debut album, Le temps de l’amour, reached the Top 40 on the jazz charts and has been played on radio stations world-wide. The ensemble is delighted to return to the French Ambassador’s Residence to perform at La Soirée Champagne. More information on the group is available at www.bergamotrose.com.
The Residence: From a portrait of Lafayette to a bust of Benjamin Franklin to Empire-style couches, neo-classical tapestries and other works of contemporary art, the residence is home to numerous treasures. Some of the residence’s featured works of art came from the collections of the Louvre museum, while others were donated by diplomatic officials or other French ambassadors over the 80 years that the home has belonged to the French government.
Please note that this exclusive event is presented as a fundraiser for the French American Chamber of Commerce, a 501c6 nonprofit organization. The event is presented as a cocktail reception with champagne and appetizers and not a seated function or dinner event. Kindly note that the Ambassador's presence is subject to change based on his official duties and responsibilities. In the event the Ambassador is called away on official business, another high ranking official from the embassy will welcome you to the event.