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Piper-Heidsieck appoints new cellar master

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne has appointed a new cellar master in Émilien Boutillat.

Piper-Heidsieck claims to have recognised Émilien Boutillat as one of the most promising talents in Champagne. In particular they have noted his technical expertise, achievements in the world of high-end cuvées, understanding of sustainable viticulture, international experience, knowledge of both the terroir of Champagne and the world of wines.

Boutillat trainined both as an oenologist and agricultural engineer, and is the son of a Champagne winegrower.

Cellar master for Champagnes Cattier and Armand de Brignac from 2014 to 2018, he had previously enhanced his resumé with work in South Africa (La Motte Estate), Chile (Viu Manent), the United States (Peter Michael Winery), New Zealand (Mud House Winery) and in France (Château Margaux).

Speaking several languages, the cellar master has taken advantage of his Champagne roots and international career to develop a transversal approach to his profession with curiosity and optimism.

Benoit Collard, executive vice-president at Piper-Heidsieck comments: “A fervent admirer of Régis Camus’ oenological approach, and in line with a prestigious series of cellar masters, he will be the guardian of the Piper-Heidsieck style and expertise.

"True to his convictions, he will also aim to encourage all our winemaking partners to commit to sustainable viticulture and implement increasingly stringent environmentally-friendly practices already in place in our vineyards which hold both HVE/ VDC certifications.

"Émilien Boutillat will thus serve as the new bridge to initiate a closer relationship of expertise with all his counterparts at the Champagne house, as well as with consumers all over the world."

27 September 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editor