Master of the Grape Arts
We’ll be raiding the racks to bring you the finest wines known to humanity.
Or at least to Master Sommelier, Christopher Delalonde.
Like everyone for a taste of the finer things in life, we at LUSSO like to think of ourselves as having refined and elevated senses. Whether the feel of a scarf made from arctic qiviut, sourced at great risk from the underbelly of the moodiest musk ox or the engorging hum that moves through one’s body whilst revving a Ferrari 458 Italia, we think our nerve endings to be on the special side. For some things, though, a true expert and talent is required to properly put a sensual overload into mere words. So let us introduce Christopher Delalonde.
Recipient of revered Sommelier of the Year award in 2010, currently this master of the grape arts is in charge of the impressively deep cellar at The Boundary in Shoreditch – which is reviewed in LUSSO 28.
Christopher has worked in the industry since July 1992, when he took an apprenticeship with Philippe Faure-Brac. This was in Paris. Which is in France. Since then he has worked in several different establishments, including a stint on a cruise liner, The Square and in Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridge’s. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of him and his sensational grog in future issues. He hopes to retire to his wife’s homeland, Scotland. But before he gives up drinking great wine in favour of Irn Bru, we’re going to make use of his phenomenal central nervous system.