VINCENT CHAPERON, NEW DOM PÉRIGNON CHEF DE CAVE
On January 1, 2019 Vincent Chaperon became the Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave. He succeeded Richard Geoffroy, with whom he has been working closely since 2005. This transmission is a compelling milestone in the history of Dom Pérignon, embodying a living heritage.
Throughout these past 13 years of intensive and close collaboration, Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon have nurtured continuous dialogue between their two approaches, as if they had been chosen through some predestined plan.
Vincent Chaperon took the responsibility for pursuing the Dom Pérignon quest. This entails three essential missions: take charge of the material legacy of existing vintages, embody the vision of Dom Pérignon and the intangible heritage passed on by Richard Geoffroy, and last but not least, carry on the commitment to vintages that defines the soul and raison d’être of Dom Pérignon, guiding it into the future.
Between 1990 and 2009 Richard Geoffroy declared no fewer than 15 vintages in the cellars of Dom Pérignon, expressing the creative ambitions of the Maison and its unwavering commitment to an aesthetic ideal. His interpretations of the Dom Pérignon vision gave birth to the creation of the Plénitudes and their vocation: express the successive plateaus of a champagne as it matures.
Richard Geoffroy has expanded, enriched, refined and shared the universe of Dom Pérignon experiences as never before. His explorations have encompassed collaborations with global culinary luminaries such as Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adrià or Jean-François Piège, as well as artists renowned for their creativity, including David Lynch, Jeff Koons, Lang Lang and Lenny Kravitz.
Since he began working alongside Richard Geoffroy in 2005, Vincent Chaperon has taken part in thirteen harvests and declared four vintages with him. They are, in the order in which they were declared, the 2005, 2006, 2009 and, most recently, 2008. Avid for lesser traveled paths and guided by a passion as observant as it is reasoned, Vincent Chaperon brings to the Dom Pérignon project his winemaker’s sensitivity and commitment to progress. In recent years, he has initiated bold explorations of Dom Pérignon and its creative heritage. Today, these initiatives have begun to inform the knowledge, perception, vision and experience of Dom Pérignon in inventive and unprecedented ways that are already inspiring the future.