Krug Appoints New Chef de Cave

Champagne house Krug recently announced the appointment of Julie Cavil as their new winemaking director. Cavil will take over from Eric Lebel at the beginning of 2020 and Lebel will become deputy director of Krug.

A student of oenology in Reims, Cavil worked at Moët & Chandon before joining Krug in 2006 as a winemaker and tasting committee member. She also oversaw Krug’s infamous Clos du Mesnil during harvest and was even named one of 12 Champagne winemakers to watch by the drinks business back in 2014.

Lebel’s new role will see him working alongside Krug CEO Maggie Henriquez, leading projects that will involve all of the brands within the Moët Hennessy portfolio.

Henriquez commented: “I am pleased about this new organisation. I would especially like to thank Éric, who has been by my side during this new step toward building the future of the House.

“Together, over the years, we have taken the necessary time to prepare for this evolution and make sure the transition is seamless. I know that Éric and Julie are both ready to fully take on their respective missions. In the name of the House, I would like to congratulate and thank them for their contributions – past, present and future – to our exceptional craftsmanship.”

Philippe Schaus, president and CEO of Moët Hennessy, added: “We are delighted to be able to draw on the experience Éric has acquired during his 21 years at Krug. His renowned talent will now also support the other houses of Moët Hennessy and help develop new ambitions and projects by allowing them to benefit from his technical expertise and winemaking culture.

“Moreover, after her 13 years spent by Éric’s side, it is a great pleasure for me to see Julie take on the role of cellar master at the House of Krug. I would like to reiterate my confidence in her to always keep the maison moving towards evermore outstanding Champagne expressions with remarkable consumer experiences.”

Julie Cavil will take over as winemaking director in the new year