New Cellar Master Émilien Boutillat
The most awarded champagne house of the century*, renowned for the quality of its wines, Piper-Heidsieck is proud to announce the nomination of Émilien Boutillat as the new Cellar Master of Piper-Heidsieck champagnes.
Celebrated for its audacity and its excellence, Piper-Heidsieck has demonstrated its innovative talents since its founding in 1785. The House recognized in Émilien Boutillat one of the most promising talents in Champagne. Technical expertise, proven achievements in terms of high-end cuvees, an understanding of sustainable viticulture, obvious close ties with his generation, international experience, knowledge of both the terroir of Champagne and the world of wines, this young man of some thirty years possesses all the qualities necessary for perpetuating the Piper-Heidsieck style.
Émilien Boutillat: youth, capability and international experience
Thanks to a highly demanding dual training as oenologist and agricultural engineer, this son of a Champagne winegrower has excellent command of all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking, and truly excels in the art of tasting and blending. Cellar Master for Champagnes Cattier and Armand de Brignac from 2014 to 2018, he had previously enhanced his resume with missions 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 and open to others, the young and talented Cellar Master has taken advantage of his Champagne roots and international career to develop a transversal approach to his profession with curiosity and optimism.
Émilien Boutillat, a bridge between terroir and the world
Benoit Collard, Executive Vice-President Piper-Heidsieck highlights : “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 at encouraging all our winemaking partners to commit more permanently to sustainable viticulture and to broadly 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 House as well as with consumers the world over. “With the nomination of its new Cellar Master, Piper-Heidsieck confirms both its vision of an authentic champagne and its intention of preserving the elegance and generosity of its impeccable style. Since 1785.”
About the House
Piper-Heidsieck is the most awarded Champagne House of the century, thanks to the expertise of Régis Camus*. Founded in 1785 and owned by the Descours family, it owes its worldwide success to the audacity of its management throughout the centuries and to its strong sense of excellence. Proud to hold dual certification, Viticulture Durable en Champagne and Haute Valeur Environnementale**, Piper-Heidsieck continues to invest every day in improving the quality and authenticity of its wines.
With more than 85% of its sales achieved internationally and a presence in more than 100 countries, Piper-Heidsieck is marketed through a network of distribution channels, the more reputable wine and spirits shops in the leading world capitals as well as in all the shops and restaurants where consumers expect to find the very best champagnes.
*Régis Camus, awarded the title of “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” eight times by the International Wine Challenge jury since the beginning of the century.
** VDC: Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne / HVE: High Environmental Value