Sponsors 2016

Vignobles Gonfrier

Éric and Philippe Gonfrier, who inherited the family estate from their father, are led by their passion for authenticity. They aim to produce wines that are characteristic of the diversity of terroirs in Bordeaux. They supported the Coupe ESSENS-Ferrières to promote the transmission of knowledge in wine tasting and gastronomy throughout the generations.

Chais d’Œuvre

A society for wine lovers and buyers, Chais d'Œuvre offers wine boxes, tasting events, workshops, videos about the world of winemaking and tasting.

Société Générale

Since its creation in 1864, the Société Générale bank has lent its expertise to its clients and financed the French economy, with the ambition of becoming the reference relational bank. Commitment, responsibility, team spirit and innovation are values shared by all of its employees.

Guy Degrenne

A brand of tableware, particularly renowned for its high quality glassware. Its values are sincerity, union, pleasure, conviviality and quality!

AXA Millésimes

AXA Millésimes’ aim is to develop wines that are the individual, harmonious and balanced expression of great terroirs. As outstanding vineyard owners, their goal is to produce great wines today and for decades to come and then pass on the vineyard to future generations in the best possible condition.


Combining two of the greatest names in French wine journalism, it is a must in the world of French and international wine. The society publishes the Guide Bettane et Desseauve, but also organizes huge wine events such as the Grand Tasting and the WineLab, and supervises the Challenge Prix Plaisir jury.

Bernard Magrez

Owner of four grands crus in Bordeaux, his wine empire extends from Spain to Japan, Argentina, California and Uruguay among others. This great wine lover is more generally interested in fine dining and culture, with restaurants, cultural patronage, etc.


 One of the first websites dedicated to the sale of wine. Now the leader of the online auction, their site offers a large number of wines from all regions of France and the world, with young and old vintages.


Thanks to the many people who have contributed to the competition through the kickstarter!


D, Clara Wang, Romain Farsat, Marc Giusti, Éric Michel,
Pierre Lairez, Matthieu Solnon, François Bérenger, Caroline Blake
Caroline Gonfrier, Philippe Jaouen, Cécile Lambert, Lefebvre
Ambroise Marigot, Alexandra Parfus, Benoît Richert & Rémy Verdot.