Champagne Gosset has announced the death of its cellar master, Jean-Pierre Mareigner, at the age of 60.
In a statement released today, the company said: ‘It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of Jean-Pierre Mareigner. For the past 33 years, as cellar master of Champagne Gosset, he has been the creator of the highly renowned cuvées of the maison, the oldest wine house in Champagne, from his home town of Aÿ. Our cellars are full of his work and will remind us of him for a very long time.’
According to the company, Mareigner was planning to retire next January, and had consequently been training a team to take over from him for the past decade. Mareigner’s final cuvée, a multi-vintage blend called 15 Ans de Cave a Minima, was launched in the UK last month.
Speaking exclusively to Imbibe at the launch, Bertrand Verduzier, area export director at Champagne Gosset, explained that the idea for this cuvée developed from experimental bottlings by Mareigner, which proved to be ‘a good extension of the Gosset style: structured, rich and with depth'.
'This is a connoisseur’s wine,’ he added. It seems a very fitting tribute to Mareigner’s talents.
Mareigner’s funeral will take place at 3pm on Friday 20 May in Aÿ.