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A word from the


It was a great pleasure for me to become a Chancellor of the Jurade and I am honoured to be the ambassador of Saint-Émilion wines in Côte d’Ivoire.
Gazelle Guirandou

About the Chancellery


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Foundation date

Founded on 15th December 2017




Rue Mermoz prolongée Cocody Mermoz, 01 BP 2759 Abidjan 01




Gazelle Guirandou


Jean-Patrice ASSI
Alexandre KOUAKOU


Gazelle Guirandou

A trained linguist, Gazelle Guirandou worked for an international organization for twenty-five years, and since then has been fully engaged in promoting contemporary African art worldwide as Marketing Director of the LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, which is based in Abidjan. She is very fond of great wines and was immensely pleased to become a member of the Saint Émilion Jurade in 2016.


Dr Jean Patrick Assi

Jean-Patrice Assi, who has a PhD in Geophysics, is also an enthusiastic wine connoisseur. After a 9-year long international career in the oil industry, he created his own mining exploration company in 2016. He is one of the founding members of a wine connoisseurs’ club in Côte d'Ivoire called "La Classé". He is a Vigneron d’Honneur of Saint-Émilion, and since February 2018 has been a Saint-Émilion wine trainer in Abidjan. Jean-Patrice is married and has three children.


Dr Alexandre Kouakou

Dr Alexandre Kouakou is a doctor; he is married and has five children. For more than eleven years he worked as a company doctor for a mining company in the west African region (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Sierra Leone). Today he has moved into the field of business and is CEO of Nvaulay Construction, a real estate business. His love of wine has led him to visit a number of wine estates in countries such as Portugal, Morocco, South Africa and France. He has been inducted as a Vigneron d’Honneur and since February 2018 has been a Saint-Émilion wine trainer in Abidjan.

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First chancellery in Africa

Abidjan hosts the first Chancellery of the Saint-Émilion Jurade in Africa under the leadership of the first woman Chancellor, Gazelle Guirandou.
Two firsts in one go! This new page in the history of the Jurade heralds an opportunity to foster better knowledge of Saint-Émilion wines in Côte d’Ivoire and also to enhance their reputation there.

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