Two Men We Will Miss

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Richard Geoffroy retired as Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave at the beginning of this year, handing the reins to his successor, Vincent Chaperon. In this article, Jancis pays tribute to Geoffroy, a bona fide champagne legend who leaves behind a considerable legacy.

“Geoffroy, a Champenois who trained initially as a doctor, is leaving the champagne business to make sake in Japan. He has long admired the precision of Japanese food and drink culture, and one of his three sons has been based there. With Ryuichiro Masuda who also produces Masuizumi sakes, Geoffroy expects to launch his IWA sake in about a year’s time.

His four predecessors as chef de cave responsible for the dominant champagne company Moët et Chandon’s poshest wine Dom Pérignon spent most of their time at the company’s Épernay headquarters in and under the famous Avenue du Champagne. But Richard became one of the best-travelled and most visible of wine producers anywhere.”

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