Krug appoints new chef de caves

Krug is evolving the organisation of its winemaking team. Starting in January 2020 and in line with its philosophy of transmitting its exceptional craftsmanship and respecting the many years required to craft Krug Champagnes, the House will have a single Director of the winemaking department who will oversee winemaking operations, grower relationships and continue to work closely with the Maison vineyard’s team. 

  • Julie Cavil – currently Winemaking Director – will take on the role of Cellar Master at the head of one unified winemaking team. She will be responsible for leading the future of winemaking at Krug, which is at the heart of the House’s strategy. 
  • Éric Lebel will be appointed Deputy Director of the House, alongside the President. In his new role, he will capitalise on his invaluable experience, built over his 21-year tenure as Cellar Master at the House, to participate in interdisciplinary projects within Moët Hennessy. 

To ensure the successful implementation of this organisation, Éric Lebel will continue to advise the House’s winemaking team, especially with regard to grower relationships. He will still support the Markets, work with Marketing & Communication and participate in projects around education and transmission. 

“I am delighted about this new organisation. I would especially like to thank Éric, who has been by my side during this new step toward building the future of the House. Together, over the years, we have taken the necessary time to prepare for this evolution and make sure the transition is seamless. I know that Éric and Julie are both ready to fully take on their respective missions. In the name of the House, I would like to congratulate and thank them for their contributions – past, present and future – to our exceptional craftsmanship” said Maggie Henriquez, President and CEO of the House of Krug 

Philippe Schaus, CEO of Moët Hennessy, Member of the LVMH Executive Committee, said : “we are delighted to be able to draw on the experience Éric has acquired during his 21 years at Krug. His renowned talent will now also support the other Houses of Moët Hennessy and help develop new ambitions and projects by allowing them to benefit from his technical expertise and winemaking culture. 

Moreover, after her 13 years spent by Éric’s side, it is a great pleasure for me to see Julie take on the role of Cellar Master at the House of Krug. I would like to reiterate my confidence in her to keep the Maison continuing to move always towards ever more outstanding Champagne expressions and associated remarkable consumer experiences.”