The Chief Winemaker
Guillaume Roffiaen seems to be a man forever on the move, tasting glass in hand, in constant reflection. And it would be true to say that his two main motivators – the continued quest for excellence and a thirst for discovery – leave him little respite.
Together with his highly-attuned senses, Guillaume is a true visionary. He has an in-built global culinary culture that he compares to an endless seam of gold; an infinite source of inspiration. For this talented intuitive, an open-mind is priceless, and the Champagne vineyard is a rich playground for human invention. Once again emphasising that Champagne is an opportunity for its makers to allow the splendour of this unique region to truly shine.
In his view, the greatest successes are founded on human relationships. Beyond its cultural significance, Champagne symbolises celebration and conviviality.
“Champagne is an important part of all our lives. It is shared and appreciated. It is the greatest evocation of life and exchange. Beyond any social conventions, it symbolises freedom, one bubble at a time.”
Guillaume Roffiaen’s passion for wine began at an early age. Having studied agricultural engineering and agribusiness, his passion led him to Reims, where he qualified with a National Diploma in Agriculture (DNO) in 2002. Champagne became his inspiration and work experience at the Centre Vinicole alongside Jean-Pierre Vincent, the Chief Winemaker at the time, would be a turning point in his exceptional career. In March 2014, he returned to Nicolas Feuillatte as Director of Winemaking and Quality. Through his unstinting, meticulous approach, he was appointed Chief Winemaker in 2017.