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Announcement: Thierry Roset, Chef de Caves of Charles Heidsieck, dies

8th October, 2014

Announcement: Thierry Roset, Chef de Caves of Charles Heidsieck, dies

Thierry Roset, winemaker and Chef de Caves of Charles Heidsieck, collapsed and died suddenly on Sunday 5th October. Thierry was 55 years old. Thierry had recently celebrated 25 years with Charles Heidsieck. In 1985, he spent several months with Daniel Thibault as a trainee, enough time to participate in the blending of the acclaimed Blanc des Millénaires 1985 and of the iconic Champagne Charlie 1985.

He finally joined the Maison as Assistant to Chef de Caves to Daniel Thibault in September, 1988. Between 1992 and 2002, in addition to being an active member of the Tasting and Blending Committee, he managed the cellar, riddling and disgorgement activities for all Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck cuvées, He then joined Régis Camus‘ winemaking team, on a full-time basis, in 2003. While being at Régis‘ side in all winemaking developments, he applied a special focus to Charles Heidsieck. In 2007, he created the "new Charles Heidsieck", in the new craveres bottles, and was finally appointed Chef de Caves of Charles Heidsieck in April, 2012, in which capacity he managed the production of the Charles Heidsieck cuvées under the direction of Régis. Thierry‘s extraordinary skills as a winemaker were recognised earlier this year when he received the International Wine Challenge‘s "Sparkling Winemaker of the Year" award.

Thierry had the opportunity to taste and appreciate the 2014 wines before his untimely departure, and has left us with an early judgement of his favourite crus for the next blending. With Thierry firmly in their minds and hearts, the winemaking team under Régis Camus will ensure that the unique style of the Charles Heidsieck wines, so loved and respected by so many, lives on. Beyond his reputation as a legendary winemaker, Thierry will be missed and remembered by all who knew him as a gentle, kind and humble person who shared his wisdom generously and with great good humour.

David Gleave of Liberty Wines said: “Thierry combined a love of his region and its wines with great passion for Champagne and an outstanding palate. Like his wines, these elements were balanced by a touching humility. He will be very sorely missed, but will be remembered through his wines for many years to come.” “Our thoughts are with Thierry‘s wife, their three children and wider family,” said Cecile Bonnefond, Chief Executive of Charles Heidsieck.