Champagne veteran Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has announced that he is stepping down as President of Taittinger Champagne. The family have revealed that Vitalie Taittinger, Pierre-Emmanuel’s daughter, will become President as of 31st December 2019.
She will be supported in her new role by brother Clovis Taittinger, who will be promoted to General Manager who will work alongside current General Manager Damien le Sueur. Clovis will be in charge of sales and marketing, while le Sueur will continue to coordinate between vineyards, supplies, production and financial departments.
Vitalie commented: “My father, through his passion and boundless commitment over the last thirteen years, has built up a solid organisation.
“Thanks to him and to the work of all concerned, Taittinger has grown considerably with an ever-increasing attention to the quality of our wines, the preservation of our environment, the respect of our partners and our customers. Alongside this there is always this touch of impertinence and audacity, just like the one that led us to go and plant vines at Domaine Evremond in Kent!
“With the support of Damien le Sueur, my brother Clovis and all our teams, we will carry on down this path. I am honoured by the trust placed in me and my wish is to see our House shine every day, for our employees, customers and partners.”
Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, grandson of the company’s founder and who brought Taittinger back under family control in 2006 as part of a buyout with French bank Credit Agricole, said: “I have dedicated more than 45 years of my life to Champagne and the House that bears our name and our history. These last thirteen years have undoubtedly been the most effervescent, the most exhilarating of my career at Taittinger. In every possible way, I have been instrumental in ensuring the quality of our wines, whose consistency is a source of great joy to me. The results are beyond all expectations.
“I can hand over the reins, secure in a sense of accomplishment: a passionate team in whom I have complete confidence, very fine wines, a large and growing number of fans of our brand in more than 140 countries around the world. Taittinger holds a genuine potential for development and now more than ever reflects the authenticity and excellence of our culture and heritage.”