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Yann Debelle de Montby

Dinner in Shanghai with rising stars of French wine

Yann Debelle de Montby

Image: Derrick Santini

October 30 2010
Yann Debelle de Montby

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The weather in Shanghai has dramatically changed in the past two weeks. It is getting really cold and as Shanghai is very humid like London, the cold weather is very unpleasant.

I started my day with a meeting with a potential new customer, a very big (but very young) developer who had actually seen two of my previews works (the Twin Villas project and Sheshan Golf Club) and wanted me to redecorate 18 new villas that he just built in Pudong, the other side of Puxi, which is all the new part of fast-developing Shanghai. Of course, like almost every new project which I work on in China, the developer wants everything done in the next few months! Very challenging indeed. And to finish the very busy week, that experience of writing a blog (my very first time).

I had dinner with some friends: Alexey Poznyakov and Galina Kotova, owners of Globus Wine (, are selling some of my very favourite wine at the moment: Domaine le Soula, one of the rising stars in French winemaking, headed by the famous Gérard Gauby and backed by one of the most important wine merchants in the UK. Wines from Domaine le Soula have already gained a lot of reputation with sommeliers and wine professionals in Europe and they are proving to be very successful in China. Actually I discovered this wonderful wine through my friend Mark Walford, who is one of the owners of Domaine le Soula and a wonderful and passionate man, who I was lucky to meet last year during a dinner hosted by Mr de Vilaine, one of the owners of the legendary Domaine de La Romanée Conti.

I had a real pleasure writing this blog during this week, which gave me the opportunity to share some special moments of my life in China. It did remind me of the time when I used to keep a daily diary, which looked like a carnet de voyage, and a little bit like my dear friend Peter Beard’s diaries.

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