Lafite in China: the road to Long Dai

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As we were leaving Paris, a message came from Baron Eric de Rothschild to secure 1kg of foie gras. The Chinese officials who were due to arrive the following evening for the official launch of his family’s Long Dai winery would be expecting France’s unofficial national dish to be served, and with 24 hours to go finding a supply in Penglai was proving tricky. The doors of the plane had just closed, leaving the connection in Seoul as our best bet. It turned out that the closest Incheon airport came to French delicacies was a croissant at Paris Baguette café, but eventually a colleague at the Rothschild bank in Shanghai stepped in to save the day, and the officials got their foie gras.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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