Scion of a long line of Côte des Blanc winegrowers, Geoffroy was born in the heart of Champagne country in 1954, in the town of Vertus, set amid the Chardonnay vineyards. Going against what might have seemed to be a predestined career in the world of wine, he took up medicine and received his doctorate in 1982.
He then went back to his roots and enrolled in the École Nationale d’OEnologie in Reims. He began his second career in wine in the Napa Valley and became the technical adviser for Domaines Chandon, acting as a link between Champagne and the New World vineyards. He learned his trade on foreign soil before fully exercising it in Champagne.
In 1990, Richard Geoffroy became Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave, he has been watching over the destiny of this legendary wine ever since.
As the custodian of Dom Pérignon’s history and style, Richard Geoffroy is a vintage creator. All Dom Pérignon are vintage and each vintage is a reinvention, a metamorphosis, involving elements of risk.
In 2009, he released his Manifesto.
In 2000 Richard Geoffroy decided to give the Dom Pérignon’s lovers an access to a few rare vintages from the concept of Plénitudes. He carefully chose the wines regarding the stage of maturation, since in the Plénitudes, the wine continues to mature for years and even decades, and is reborn several times, it’s the Dom Pérignon Plénitudes project, the ultimate expression of a wine whose style defies time.
Richard shapes a unique world to Dom Pérignon and reveals each vintage originality. Beyond finding the right words.
Geoffroy offers unique ways to experience the wine based on new gustatory cultural and sensorial correspondences. From his travels, he captures and filters a myriad of impressions, which he reinterprets in the making of Dom Pérignon. Dom Pérignon’s dazzling original vision must stand up to the merciless test of time, for the challenge of making Dom Pérignon lies in mastering time to create this opus, then leaving it up to time to reveal it.
I am happy to come back to you after my words posted in September just before picking. The weather was beautiful right until the end, when the rain and cold caught up with us. Again we could not follow our usual harvest pattern and had to be extremely reactive to adapt to the conditions. Thankfully our teams were ready to rise to this challenge.
In July 2009, nothing could have let us foresee that this would be the vintage of paroxysmal fruit. A cold winter followed by a mild...
The 2017 harvest started on September 2 in challenging conditions. I decided to take a moment to look back on the year 2017 and the consequences for us right now.
When Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000 was released, I knew it was a classic: complete, tactile, balanced. These obvious traits were in fact hiding an elusive depth, an ambivalent character. Austere yet seductive, precise yet caressing, the wine was ever-changing and evolving—much as the year 2000 and its weather marked by alternating episodes of cold and warmth.
My last entry about 2016 ended with several question marks, especially about the general potential of the grapes. Indeed we observed that both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were lagging behind in terms of ripening.
Every new vintage of Dom Pérignon follows its own path. In these early stages when the wine is about to be revealed, we feel the need to expand our horizons beyond the universe of wine.
The 2005 growing season, warm and dry, showed a lot of potential for the maturation of grapes—so much so that even the heavy rains at the start of September and the threat of botrytis couldn’t temper our enthusiasm. We were convinced that daring to wait for the perfect maturity would bring its own reward. We managed, through drastic selection, to harvest grapes of exceptional quality at the price of a very low yield.