In the long-standing tradition of passing the baton from one cellar master to the next, Tom Tiburzi, senior winemaker for Chandon, has handed his winemaking responsibilities to Pauline Lhote.
A Champagne native, Lhote honed her skills working with Tiburzi, just as he learned his craft by working with Dawnine Dyer, Chandon’s winemaker from 1975 to 1999.
Tiburzi joined Chandon as a lab enologist in 1989, and was promoted to winemaker in 2005. During those years, he gained experience and skill with the guidance of Dyer as well as Edmond Maudiere and Richard Geoffroy of Dom Perignon, preserving the traditional methods and winemaking knowledge handed from winemaker to winemaker for centuries.
During his tenure, Tiburzi took part in the growth of Chandon from a three-wine production to a rich portfolio of sparkling and still wines, including the winery’s newest sparkling cuvée Sweet Star.
“Making sparkling wine in the traditional method is a team process,” he said. “Because of the extended time spent aging, many of the wines in progress outlive any one winemaker’s tenure. As sparkling winemaker, I finished wines blended by the two sparkling winemakers before me, just as the wines that I have started will be finished by those that follow.”
Chandon Estate Director Susan Caudry adds, “We offer Tom our deepest gratitude for his loyalty. He will always be a part of our team.”