JEAN-LOUIS NAVEILHAN: Parisian by birth, but Provencal by heart, Jean-Louis experience and connections within the world of drinks brings a passion for excellence in his quest to find great wines, sake & spirits to his clients. Earning his diploma from world-renowned Tain l’Hermitage, and certified by the International Court of Sommeliers as well as one of a handful of holders of the Sake Educator certificate, Jean-Louis has spent nearly 20 years living and working in London. Having worked in some of the capital finest restaurants as well as crafting his own range of Sake, ‘Isake’ – Jean-Louis is regularly called upon to judge at various international competitions and took recently duties of helping to organise the Sake Sommelier of the Year and the London Sake Challenge competitions.




Qualifications & Experience


Since September 2005 Sumosan Restaurant, Head Wine & Sake Sommelier


In charge of selecting the wines & sakes for this top Japanese restaurant in London, also in charge of staff trainings, sales and stock control, all drink suppliers negotiations.


From 05/04 to 08/07 Co-founder of Isaké UK


Part of the first company who introduced for the first time high quality sakés in London, I was organizing lectures, tasting, education as well as import & distribution on Premium Japanese sakés as to share my passion for this unique drink.


From 15/06/01 to 10/04 Sales Associate at Selfridges Wines & Spirits Dpt, Oxford Street.


Sommelier advisor for a prestigious Department Store running many trainings, include customers care, in charge of running customers wine-club.


From 05/99 to 05/01 Manager in a retail wine shop, Nicolas UK Ltd


Manager of the Muswell Hill branch. Through daily running of the shop, organising regular wine-tasting, book keeping, ordering through the computer system, training staff.


1996     Cellar Manager, Château d’Uzes


            Creation and development of a sale point for the promotion of a local wine.


1995     Sommelier, at “Le Gavroche”, London  


Responsible of a floor section in advising customers for the choice of fines wines, spirits and cigars.


Sales Representative at the Société des Grands Vins de Bourgogne, Nuits-Saint-Georges.


Selling and management of fine Burgundy wines.



1994     Sommelier at “Le Grand Bleu” and “L’Hostellerie de Levernois”, Beaune