Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave: transmission from Richard Geoffroy to Vincent Chaperon

During the launch of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 last June at the Abbaye de Hautvillers, Vincent Chaperon was officially presented as the successor to Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave since 1990. At the end of 2018, after 13 years of close collaboration, the guide, Richard Geoffroy, will pass the torch to his successor, Vincent Chaperon. The renowned champagne house celebrates 2019 by beginning a new chapter in its history.

For 28 years Richard Geoffroy has expressed the creative ambition of Dom Pérignon: reinvent itself with each vintage by revealing the unique character of the seasons. As the creative guide of the Maison, the Chef de Cave has declared 15 vintages, reflecting an unwavering commitment to pursuing Dom Pérignon’s aesthetic ideal and vision. This vision is embodied in the subtle balance that characterizes its champagnes – between maturity and vivacity, lightness and intensity – resulting in wines that age with suppleness and elegance.

Time is essential to the Dom Pérignon equation. The signature aromatic complexity of the Maison’s wines is the result of an emphasis on slow maturation. To preserve this centuries-old savoir-faire, the transmission from Richard Geoffroy to Vincent Chaperon has been anticipated well in advance and progressively carried out throughout 2018.

 

Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon © Christophe Meimoon

 

Since arriving to work alongside Richard Geoffroy in 2005, Vincent Chaperon has taken part in 13 harvests and collaborated on four vintages: 2005, 2006, 2009 and, the most recent to be declared, 2008. The culmination of the collaboration between the two Chefs de Cave, Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 is the fruit of a rich dialogue between two passionate winemakers, blending the audacious intuition of Vincent Chaperon and Richard Geoffroy’s sophisticated and comprehensive knowledge.

Vincent Chaperon officially succeeds from Richard Geoffroy on January 1, 2019. He will take responsibility for the material legacy of the existing vintages, embody the vision and heritage of Dom Pérignon, and carry on the commitment to vintages that defines the raison d’être of Dom Pérignon champagne.

The 2018/2019 back-to-school ceremony of the Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH

The Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH carries on the transmission of savoir-faire in artisanal and retail skills, expanding its presence in Italy with three new partnerships.

The Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH (IME) vocational training program has marked the beginning of a second year with a ceremony at the Palazzo Pucci in Florence. The event welcomed IME apprentices[1] from across Italy (classes of 2017/2018 and 2018/2019) as well as representatives of partner schools and LVMH Maisons.

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence was created in Paris in 2014 to promote, transmit and valorize savoir-faire in artisanal, creative and retail skills for the luxury industry. After just two years the IME expanded to Switzerland in 2016, inaugurating the École d’Horlogerie LVMH. In 2017 the IME brought the program to Italy, based at the Palazzo Pucci in Florence, launching two training programs: leather goods craftsmanship at Polimoda in the Tuscany region, and another in jewelry with For.Al in the Piedmont region.

“LVMH clearly recognizes the importance and excellence of Italian savoir-faire. The development of our Institut des Métiers d’Excellence in Italy reflects the Group’s commitment to playing an active role in training young people and developing job opportunities available to them,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Synergies.

The development of training and apprenticeship programs in Italy continues this year with the announcement by the IME of three new partnerships to train future talents in artisanal and retail skills:

  • In women’s shoes with the Politecnico Calzaturiero in Capriccio di Vigonza, which offers a program to teach technical expertise in the assembly of high-quality footwear, funded by the Veneto region;
  • In men’s shoes with the Berluti Académie du Savoir-faire in Ferrare, with training for shoemaking artisans in the Emilia Romagna region;
  • In retail with Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, which offes a “Master in Luxury, Customer Advisor” Taught entirely in English, the program has been developed by the Ca’ Foscari Challenge School and is funded by the Venetia region.

These new training programs join those that were successfully launched in 2017, bringing to five the number of IME work/study programs offered in Italy.

A year after the launch of the Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH, the program has proved a resounding success: 100% of the apprentices received their degree, and 93% received the Certificate of Excellence. This certificate recognizes apprentices who demonstrated exemplary professionalism and excellence in both their area of expertise, their soft skills, and their affinity with the luxury industry. Furthermore, the placement rate for these Italian graduates is 88%, either in jobs in the métiers studied, or through ongoing training. Some 63% of the graduates have found jobs at LVMH. 

Financed by the European Social Fund through Italian regions, these training programs introduce a groundbreaking approach. The apprenticeships combine theoretical classroom training at partner schools with practical experience at LVMH Maisons, plus foreign language training. There are also innovative modules in the form of Master Classes designed by the IME in conjunction with LVMH Maisons.

Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH – key figures:

  • 85 apprentices in 2018 – 27 alumni and 58 apprentices;
  • 5 partner schools, including 1 university: Polimoda, Politecnico Calzaturiero, the Berluti Académie du Savoir-faire, For.Al, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia and the Ca’ Foscari Challenge School;
  • 5 work/study training tracks in artisanal and retail skills that enable students to earn a “Qualifica Professionale” degree or a level 1 Master degree in retail;
  • 12 partner LVMH Maisons in three of the Group’s business sectors;
  • 88% placement rate either in jobs in the métiers studied, or ongoing training. Some 63% of the graduates have found jobs at LVMH (provisional figures).

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence internationally (France, Switzerland, Italy):

  • 500 apprentices in 2018 – 300 alumni and 200 new apprentices;
  • 15 partner schools, including 2 universities:
    • In Italy with Polimoda, Politecnico Calzaturiero, the Berluti Académie du Savoir-faire, For.Al and Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia and Ca’ Foscari Challenge School;
    • In France with the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, the Haute École de Joaillerie in Paris, Avize Viti Campus, the Centre Européen des Professions Culinaires, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Ecole Duperré Paris, EMASUP Paris and EIML Paris ;
    • In Switzerland with the École d’Horlogerie LVMH.
  • 20 work/study training tracks, from CAP vocational certificate to Master 2;
  • 32 partner LVMH Maisons in five of our business sectors;
  • 80% placement rate either in jobs in the métiers studied, or ongoing training. Some 60% of the graduates have found jobs at LVMH (provisional figures).

[1] Apprentices: students who receive training at both a partner school and at a company within the framework of the IME program.

 

IME kicks off its fifth year by reaching 500 apprentices

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) vocational training program embarked on a new year today with a ceremony at LVMH headquarters in Paris, welcoming apprentices from France and Switzerland. During the inaugural ceremony the top students from the class of 2017/2018 were presented with a Certificate of Excellence, while new students officially joined the IME. Throughout the ceremony – in the presence of Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH – presentations recapped highlights from last year and announced new additions to the program for this year.

In 2014, the first class of the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence counted 28 apprentices. Five graduating classes later the program has expanded to 500 students. This impressive growth reflects the multiplication and development of training tracks and partnerships offered by the IME in France, Switzerland and Italy. All the IME courses are centered on promoting, transmitting and valorizing savoir-faire in craftsmanship, creative and retail skills for the luxury industry.

The results for 2017 speak eloquently of the program’s success in driving international development, expanding the curriculum and training more and more apprentices. “We are delighted that the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has inspired more than 500 young apprentices to train for careers requiring craftsmanship, creative and retail skills. This illustrates the strength of the IME’s unique work/study model. We are pleased that this model is continually expanding in France and other countries where there is an attractive pool of potential talent and where LVMH is present,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies.

Four new IME training programs were launched in 2017:

In France:

  • Master in Design, fashion and creative industries, in partnership with Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, École Duperré Paris
  • Client Advisor retail training, taught entirely in English, with EIML Paris.

In Italy:

  • Leathers goods craftsmanship with Polimoda (Florence)
  • Jewelry with For.Al (Valence).
© Michel Jolyot

The results for the 2017/2018 graduating class were excellent: 98% of the apprentices received their degree, and 83% were awarded the Certificate of Excellence. This certificate recognizes apprentices who demonstrated exemplary professionalism and excellence in both their area of expertise, their soft skills, and their affinity with the luxury industry. The placement rate is 80%, either in jobs in the métiers studied or ongoing training to perfect initial skills. Some 60% of the graduates have found jobs with LVMH or its outside partners. 

The ceremony also provided an opportunity for the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence to announce several new partnerships:

  • Centre Européen des Professions Culinaires in Paris in baking, pastry, cooking and catering;
  • Politecnico Calzaturiero in Capriccio di Vigonza (Veneto region) in women’s shoes;
  • Académie du Savoir-faire Berluti in Ferrare (Emilia Romagna region) in men’s shoes;
  • Università Ca’Foscari Venezia in Venice, with the Master in Luxury, Customer Advisor retail sales program, organized by the Ca’Foscari Challenge School and taught entirely in English.

Following launches in France in 2014 and in Switzerland in 2016, the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence inaugurated its Italian headquarters at the Palazzo Pucci in Florence in November 2017. This expansion establishes the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence as the only European network of vocational schools specialized in craftsmanship, creative and retail skills, spanning from fashion, leather goods, shoes, watchmaking, jewelry, winemaking to the culinary arts.

LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence – key figures:

  • 500 apprentices in 2018 – 300 alumni and 200 new apprentices
  • 15 partner schools, including 2 universities: in France with the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, the Haute École de Joaillerie in Paris, Avize Viti Campus, the Centre Européen des Professions Culinaires, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Ecole Duperré Paris, EMASUP Paris and EIML Paris; in Switzerland with the École d’Horlogerie LVMH, and in Italy with Polimoda, Politecnico Calzaturiero, the Académie du Savoir-faire Berluti, For.Al and Università Ca’Foscari Venezia and the  Ca’ Foscari Challenge School.
  • 20 work/study training tracks, ranging from CAP vocational certificate to Master 2.
  • 32 partner LVMH Maisons in our five business sectors.
  • 80% placement rate either in jobs in the métiers studied or ongoing training to perfect initial skills; 60% of graduates have found jobs within the LVMH Group or with its outside partners (provisional figures).

Designer – Fashion House Tandem

On one side, legendary fashion houses; on the other, a pool of creative talent. Between the two, a delicate equation, a subtle alchemy.

© Sophie Carre