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Dom Pérignon reveals Vincent Chaperon to take over from Richard Geoffroy as Chef de Cave

Published:  18 June, 2018

Dom Pérignon has announced Vincent Chaperon is to take over as Chef de Cave in January succeeding Richard Geoffroy.

Chaperon, who first joined producer Moët & Chandon in 1999 becoming assistant winemaker in 2000, first began working with Geoffroy in 2005.

He has taken part in 13 harvests and declared four vintages with Geoffroy, who between 1990 and 2009 declared no fewer than 15 vintages.

“Faithful to the vision of Dom Pérignon, Geoffroy has always opted to fully explore its potential by constantly seeking to push the fruit to its optimum maturity, allowing him to honour Dom Pérignon’s commitment to ‘always a vintage wine’,” said LVMH owned Moët & Chandon.

Geoffroy’s interpretation of the Dom Pérignon vision also gave birth to the creation of the ‘Plenitudes’ concept - current vintage, P2 and P3 and their vocation to express the successive plateaux of a Dom Pérignon Champagne as it matures, it added.

“Geoffroy has enriched, refined and shared the universe of Dom Pérignon experiences, working with culinary luminaries such as Ferran Adrià and Alain Ducasse, as well as artists renowned for their creativity including David Lynch, Jeff Koons and most recently Lenny Kravitz.”

Chaperon takes on his new role on 1st January 2019. Geffroy held the role for 28 years.

The announcement follows Piper-Heidsieck announcing it was promoting Séverine Frerson to the role of Chef de Cave.

Frerson, who joined the Champagne house in 2002 and was promoted to deputy Cellar Master in 2015, takes over from eight-time sparkling winemaker of the year Régis Camus, who going forward will dedicate his time to Rare Champagne.