Charity auction for sommelier Lionel Rousseaux

Lionel Rousseaux in a video for Nouvelles Gastronomiques©Sandrine Kauffer

iDealwine is proud to be hosting a charity auction this month. Wine makers in the Alsace region have come together with the Alsace Crus et terroirs association to put 12 lots up for auction. Funds raised will go to sommelier Lionel Rousseaux who has Lyme disease and is seeking help abroad.

A talented sommelier with an impressive career, Lionel Rousseaux has worked in some fabulous restaurants. At just 18 years old, when he first began to feel the symptoms of his illness, he joined the team at the three-starred Georges-Blanc, before continuing on to La Pinède in Saint-Tropez, Le Pas de l’ours in Crans-Montana, then the Château d’Isenbourg and Aux Armes de France, both in Alsace. For several years now, Lionel has been suffering from Lyme disease. Cited in Terre de Vins, he explained how ‘I used to live for my vocation, in restaurants and at wine estates, as well as at wine festivals. But I was always fatigued, always in pain, and this all accumulated until I realised I just didn’t have the energy to continue with my job.’

Hope exists for Lionel in the form of a treatment currently only available in the US. To get there, he has to raise a sum of €20,000, so several initiatives have been launched with the aim of helping out. That includes the charity selection at iDealwine that we’ve detailed below. This project is led by Alsace Crus, several members of which know Lionel well. They’ve been in touch with wine makers across the region of Alsace, with many a big name showing their generosity for the sake of this charity auction. Among the selection is a case of Clos Sainte Hune from Domaine Trimbach, to give you an idea of the quality on offer. Enthusiasts looking for large formats will be in their element here, too, as 11 of the lots are magnums from some of the region’s finest names! And all of the lots have been put up for auction without a reserve price…

The 12 lots up for auction:

Access the charity lots here until the 21st July