Vincent Chaperon will take over Richard Geoffroy’s role as Dom Pérignon’s chef de cave beginning January 1, the 300-year-old Champagne house announced.
Chaperon was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and grew up in a winemaking family in Bordeaux. He earned a viticulture degree before practicing his skills in Pomerol and Sauternes’ vineyards, as well as in Chile.
Chaperon joined Moët & Chandon in 1999 and became assistant winemaker in 2000. He’s worked closely with Geoffroy since 2005, and in that time the pair has shared 13 harvests and declared four vintages from the 600 hectares [1482 acres] of vineyards in Épernay. Geoffroy, who’s held the position for 28 years, has declared no less 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 honor Dom Pérignon’s commitment to ‘always a vintage wine’,” said the Champagne house told Imbibe.
Chaperon doesn’t expect to make radical changes to the iconic luxury Champagne. There can’t be any “brutal change” from one vintage to another, Chaperon once told the Canadian luxury magazine Nuvo, but there can be a “gentle pressure” of change in “a slow, continuous” way.
Other LVMH news
Glenmorangie CEO, Marc Hoellinger, was named international director of both Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon. Hennessy’s international marketing director, Thomas Moradpour, will be taking Hoellinger’s position at the Scotch house in the middle of August.
Antoine Arnault, one of LVMH’s chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault’s five children, was named head of communication and image for the luxury conglomerate, reported in early June. He will continue in his roles as CEO for the luxury menswear brand Berluti and chairman of Italian luxury house Loro Piana.