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Blanck changes role at Mot

Published:  23 July, 2008

Georges Blanck (43), who joined Mot & Chandon in 1992 as a consultant oenologist and succeeded Dominique Foulon as chef de caves in 2001, will be moving on to pastures new as head of sustainable development for the large Champagne house.

The announcement came as he offered a taste of the 1999 Vintage (31% Chardonnay/38% Pinot Noir/31% Pinot Meunier) and 1999 Vintage Ros (26% Chardonnay/48% Pinot Noir/26% Pinot Meunier) - the first Mot & Chandon Vintage wines for which he was primarily responsible - to a group of UK journalists on 28 June.

According to Blanck, part of his legacy will be a change of style in the Vintage and Vintage Ros wines. He described the 1999 duo as the start of a new vintage line' in a more powerful, richer style'. He said that the wines were made in a less oxidative way than in the past, and that subsequent Vintage wines would pursue the same philosophy'.

Blanck will be succeeded by Benoit Gouez, who has been working with Dom Prignon's chef de caves Richard Geoffroy for several years, also in the LVMH stable.