Odilon de Varine has been appointed as the new Gosset chef de cave, with immediate effect. The appointment follows the sudden death of previous cellar master Jean-Pierre Mareigner in May.
A trained oenologist, de Varine joined Champagne Gosset in 2006 as deputy managing director. He will be continuing in this role, but will also be working closely with oenologists and the existing Gosset team as chef de cave, to carry on the work done by Mareigner.
'We are all eager to continue, with the same passion and quality approach by applying the principles set in place by our former cellar master,' he said.
Very much raised in the wine trade, de Varine followed in the footsteps of his parents: his mother was a wine-grower in Burgundy, while his father worked in the champagne vineyards of Veuve Clicquot. He gained experience in Burgundy, Alsace, California and New Zealand before settling in the Champagne region, where he worked as a chef de cave for 15 years prior to joining Gosset.