12 winemakers to watch in Champagne

Floriane Eznack (34)

Growing up in Charente, Floriane Eznack could have pursued a career in Cognac rather than Champagne. The daughter of diplomat parents, she studied at the Lycée in London before returning to France to complete a masters in oenology at the University of Reims, during which time she cut her teeth in the Champagne world via an internship at Moët & Chandon.

A stint at a cooperative in southwest France followed, though the lure of Champagne proved too strong and she returned to work at another house within the LVMH stable – Veuve Clicquot – where she beavered away as a winemaker for four years until the end of 2010.

Joining Jacquart as chef de caves in January 2011, Eznack plays a pivotal role in the creation of the house’s blends, from its brut non-vintage all the way up to its new prestige cuvée, Cuvée Alpha. “My work is very seasonal, which makes it rich and versatile,” she says, adding, “It’s impossible to influence the style of a Champagne once it has been bottled, so the ability to anticipate the evolution of a wine while you create it is key.

This process requires a lot of humility and forces you to question yourself. It’s a demanding job that I am constantly learning from,” says Eznack. In terms of the wine she is most proud of, Eznack flags up her brut non-vintage rosé: “It’s the most challenging wine to create as it has to be consistent in style and colour,” she says.

One Response to “12 winemakers to watch in Champagne”

  1. Stan Brody says:

    While no doubt each of these talented wine makers, merit some mention, I note with interest, even perhaps some disappointment, that this article follows the “Wine Spectator philosophy”… the great the bucks spent on advertizing… the great the ratings… a smatttering of credit to the contribution to Champagne of the winemaking abilities of the very sensational small grower producers would have been appreciated.

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