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Former Veuve Clicquot cellar master dies aged 75

Former Veuve Clicquot cellar master, Jacques Péters, died last week aged 75 after a long struggle with brain cancer.

Jacques Péters holding a bottle of Veuve Clicquot thought to date from 1839, found on a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic in 2010

Péters, known as Jacky among his many friends, is credited with the creation of Veuve Clicqot’s non-vintage rosé and the producer’s Rich Réserve demi-sec cuvée, and oversaw as many as 42 vintages in Champagne.

Described by Champagne expert and wine writer Michael Edwards as “one of Veuve Clicquot’s greatest chef de caves,” he is remembered not only for his immaculate appearance, but also bringing much winemaking talent into the famous Champagne house where he spent so many years, before retiring in 2006.

Péters was the born into a family of growers from Mesnil-sur-Oger, and spent his entire life living and working in Champagne.

Recalling his experience of Péters, Edwards said he was “a warm and compassionate gentleman to those of us who have had the privilege of knowing him well.”

His funeral takes place today at 2pm at the Basilique Saint Rémy, which Edwards described as “Reims’ most beautiful church”.

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