A big change is in store at the world’s most famous champagne house. After a 28-year run as Chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, the legendary Richard Geoffroy announced that he will step down from the position at the end of the year.
“On January 1, 2019 Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy will pass the torch to Vincent Chaperon, with whom he has been working closely since 2005,” explained a statement from the house. “The Chef de Cave embodies a quest and a vision: these which made Dom Pérignon a unique house and ensure each vintage, both past and future, strives towards harmony as a source of emotion.”
Geoffroy, a medical doctor by training, took the mantle at Dom in 1990. He has served as the public face of the house during a three decade golden age including the millennial champagne explosion. Critics applauded his methods of disgorgement and release to create the Pléntidues (P2 and P3) line. Between 1990 and 2009, he declared 15 vintages.
In a release, the house noted that Geoffroy’s work included collaborations with Ferran Adrià, Alain Ducasse, David Lynch, Jeff Koons and Lenny Kravitz.
Chaperon joined, Dom parent, Moët & Chandon in 1999 and began working as assistant winemaker to Geoffrey in 2005. The pair declared four vintages together.