Perrier-Jouët's Hervé Deschamps becomes youngest Cellar Master to be awarded the honour of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

18 February 2016 – Paris, France

Mr Hervé Deschamps, Perrier-Jouët’s Cellar Master, was awarded the highly prestigious distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

In the presence of the Minister for Culture and Communication, Ms Audrey Azoulay, the ceremony took place on 17 February at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Devoted to the excellence and heritage of its founders, the House of Perrier-Jouët is today extremely proud of the recognition paid to Hervé Deschamps, who has been its Cellar Master for over 20 years. “A real spokesperson for the House around the world, Hervé Deschamps upholds its values and know-how,” stated César Giron, Chairman and CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët.

For over 20 years, Hervé Deschamps has been conveying his passion for champagne, allowing the French way of life to shine across the globe.


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About Hervé Deschamps

Born in 1956 to a family from the Champagne region, Hervé Deschamps studied farming techniques and oenology in Dijon. He holds an engineering diploma in farming techniques and an oenology diploma. His training was completed with nutrition and food studies before he joined Perrier-Jouët in 1983 as an oenologist in charge of the fermenting rooms and ageing the wines during their time in the cellar.

He very soon became the assistant to the Cellar Master, André Baveret, who was the guardian of the Perrier-Jouët style for almost 30 years. During this period, Hervé learnt a great deal about the art of blending different Champagne wines while preserving the elegant style of Perrier-Jouët cuvées. In 1993, Hervé replaced André to become Perrier-Jouët’s seventh Cellar Master in just two centuries.

Since then, he has been responsible for the entire Perrier-Jouët range comprising Grand Brut, Blason Rosé and the legendary prestigious Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé and Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs cuvées. He approaches the moment of blending as a creative exercise: “I launch into my blending task all at once, like an artist’s creative burst in which intuition, sensitivity and know-how meet”. This is an approach that Emile Gallé, the Art Nouveau master glassmaker who created the anemone design on the Belle Epoque bottles in 1902, would certainly not have denied.


About Perrier-Jouët

Perrier-Jouët is an iconic champagne house with an exceptional vineyard. It is known for the finesse, floral and elegant notes of its wines, fashioned with the expertise of only seven Cellar Masters since its foundation in 1811. Since its 1902 collaboration with Art Nouveau pioneer Emile Gallé, creator of the anemone design for the house’s Belle Epoque prestige cuvée, Perrier-Jouët has commissioned work from established and emerging artists including Daniel Arsham, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Miguel Chevalier, Makoto Azuma, Tord Boontje, Studio Glithero and Simon Heijdens and more recently Tord Boontje, Vik Muniz and mischer’traxler.


For more information, please visit: www.perrier-jouët.com

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Jean-Michel Delisle, Audrez Azoulay, Hervé Deschamps
Photo credit: Julio Patti for Comité Colbert From left to right: Mr Jean-Michel Delisle, President of the patrimony and communication commission of Comité Colbet Ms Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and communication Mr Hervé Deschamps, 7th cellar master of Maison Perrier-Jouët
Hervé Deschamps, Audrey Azoulay
Photo credit: Julio Patti for Comité Colbert
César Giron, Hervé Deschamps
Photo credit: Julio Patti for Comité Colbert