Champagne Henriot welcomes Alice Tétienne to the family and thanks Laurent Fresnet for 13 years of crafting luminous Champagne
NEW YORK, January 15, 2020 – Champagne Henriot, one of the last remaining family-owned Champagne House with more than 200 years history, is excited to introduce its new Cellar Master, Alice Tétienne, who will start on April 1st and succeed Cellar Master Laurent Fresnet after 13 years with the House.
Tétienne comes to the House from Maison Krug where she was responsible for vineyard relations and a member of the Tasting Committee. She is one of the Champagne industry’s most highly-specialized winemakers, with qualifications including a Master of Vine and Terroir from Institut Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin Dijon, a National Diploma of Oenology from Les Unités de Formation et de Recherche (UFR) Reims, a Master Wines and Champagne qualification from University de Reims Champagne Ardenne, and experience working in various wine regions under her belt.
“We are very happy that Alice Tétienne is joining us,” says Gilles de Larouzière, President of Maisons & Domaines Henriot and 8th generation of the Henriot family. “A brilliant and talented woman, she will contribute to growing the influence of Champagne Henriot, thanks to her culture of excellence and her strong spirit of collaboration with our partners in the vineyard. By appointing her, we also have a special thought for another talented woman, my ancestor Apolline Henriot, who founded our House in 1808.”
Born in the Champagne region and driven by a desire to acquire an overall understanding of the vineyard, Alice Tétienne began studying the vine growing field in order to understand the raw materials and the influence of the terroir on both the vegetative development and the quality of the grapes. Tétienne holds a Bachelor’s in Vine Sciences, and a Master’s in Vine and Terroir. During her studies, she worked at several wine estates and research centers where she developed a vision that is both field-based, but also scientific.
In order to be capable of building both the value and image of Champagne, Tétienne then sharpened her communication skills and experience, while obtaining a Master’s in Wines and Champagne, and joining the Marketing Department of Champagne House Laurent Perrier. There, she finally focused on oenology, obtaining the National Diploma of Oenologist and was awarded for her oenological innovation and received a prize for her dissertation.
Tétienne joined Centre Vinicole Nicolas Feuillatte in 2014 as an oenologist, supporting winegrowers on grape pressing and winemaking and finally Maison Krug in November 2015.
Through her experience, Tétienne has acquired knowledge of all the critical steps to craft Champagne wines, starting from the raw materials, its selection and understanding, to blending and winemaking. She has also acquired excellent interpersonal relationship skills and solid knowledge of the Champagne vineyards as a whole.
About Maisons & Domaines Henriot America
Established in New York City in 2005 by the Henriot family, Maisons & Domaines Henriot America is an import company specializing in the distribution, sales and marketing of high-end wines produced by wineries which are references in their own region. Representing centuries of family winemaking expertise, the portfolio includes the Henriot family brands, as well as leading producers from Oregon, Italy and France: Champagne Henriot, William Fevre (Chablis, Burgundy), Bouchard Père & Fils (Burgundy), Château de Poncié (Fleurie, Beaujolais), Beaux Frères (Oregon, CA), Tenuta di Ghizzano (Tuscany, Italy), and Château des Bertrands (Provence, France).