“My most precious memories are linked to Champagne!”Delphine Chanéac

We caught up with a star in the making, France’s newly appointed ambassador 2012 of the Nicolas Feuillatte brand…

You are a young actress in your thirties, just like Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. Was this instrumental in your decision to accept the role as brand ambassador?

We are around the same age and this obviously creates ties. We were made to be together (she smiles). Nicolas Feuillatte is a young brand, right through to the way it communicates. The fact that it has elected to promote contemporary art is not just down to chance. It is all part of this culture of open-mindedness and originality. It also makes it possible to organise events and functions that are so markedly different from what we are used to in the Champagne milieu. In the same way, it enables Nicolas Feuillatte to avoid any form of snobbery associated far too often with Champagne, which is particularly true of the more senior brands.

This year Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has adopted “City Spirit” as its theme. Would you say you were a “City Girl”?

I think I am just as much a city girl as a country girl. I am just as likely to be extremely urban and more hard-edged when I am working, I also need to escape Paris the rest of the time to allow myself to breathe. I crave being in touch with country life, just like when I visit my grandparents. But at the same time, I know that I couldn’t live there all year round. The city is where I draw all the energy I need for my work, and I also love modern, streamlined architecture, which I can find in large metropolises such as Paris, New York or Berlin, cities where I love to lose myself.

For the Nicolas Feuillatte brand, “The Beyond” theme is a much-cherished concept. What is your interpretation of “the Beyond”?

It is about discovering other things, which is as much about sights and sounds as landscapes and people. For me, the word “beyond” is what drives me forward and makes me a better person. I have been travelling all my life. From my very early days as an actress, I also started to travel abroad extensively. With my first job I had to go to Miami, and since then I have been travelling all the time. I am currently between Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto and Spain due to various filming commitments. Travelling has always been a big part in my life. I have always had an insatiable curiosity, a desire to mix with other people, and err towards the unknown.

What is your greatest travel memory?

My best memory travelling was in Mauritius. Our Mauritian guide hired a boat, just for us, and took us out into the ocean and we got to swim with hundreds of dolphins. I will remember it for the rest of my life.

And your greatest memories of partying and celebrations?

The Nicolas Feuillatte party (note from the editor: the City Spirit event organized earlier this year) was really quite magnificent and a huge success. The location was really magical. Otherwise, I remember one New Year spent with my family when I was younger, and one of my uncles tripped a switch in the house while uncorking a bottle of Champagne in the middle of the countdown to New Year. We were all just standing there, looking silly in the pitch black, trying to get the lights back on (She smiles). It still makes me laugh. Anyway, the best memories I have are always associated with Champagne!

 Interview by Sam Bobino/Milton Agency, on behalf of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Cutting Edge | Published on: 13 July 2012
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