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  • Writer's pictureMona Elyafi

Charles Heidsieck Appoints Its First “Cheffe De Cave”

Elise Losfelt makes history as the first female cellar master for the iconic Champagne House.

It’s a done deal!

Charles-Heidsieck has appointed a new cellar master.

Elise Losfelt will continue the Champagne Charlie tradition replacing long time chef de cave Cyril Brun.

In an Instagram post, the famed champagne house made the official announcement:

Elise Losfelt named Cellar Master for Charles Heidsieck Champagne.

Cyril Brun hands over the reins for continued “Charles Style”!

For seven years, Cyril Brun built on the work of the House’s greatest Cellar Masters and wrote several magnificent pages of the House’s contemporary history himself.

Under his winemaking stewardship, the House continued its strong growth and recognition throughout the world. Charles Heidsieck Champagne blends are regularly fine-tuned and enhanced to perpetuate the House style. Among other achievements, Cyril blended the new Champagne Charlie, an iconic House cuvée that enjoyed a great renaissance in 2022.

It is with great emotion that we say "Cheers... & Charles" to Cyril. 🥂

Welcome, Elise Losfelt, to this new chapter in our history!

Stephen Leroux, CEO of Charles Heidsieck shared: “Throughout his career, Cyril has been highly appreciated by our teams and our distributors, customers, our journalist friends, all over the world. He wrote a chapter in the long history of Charles Heidsieck, and we thank him for his contribution to the House, for his involvement and for his communicative good humor. We wish him full success in his future endeavors.”

“As for many people, the Covid period and confinement have been opportunities for reflection, questioning my past and future career. And after 30 years spent in groups in the field of distribution and within Grandes Maisons de champagne, I made the decision to start a new adventure. Charles Heidsieck has a very clear direction, the team in place is solid, the style and identity of the wines are unique and recognized. I leave with exceptional memories, with immense respect for this House and its teams both in France and abroad. I am happy to be able to pass on the key to style and cellars to Elise. I wish him every success and moments as exhilarating as those I myself experienced,” says Cyril Brun.

An agricultural engineer graduated from AgroParisTech, holder of a Master’s degree in Vine and Wine coupled with a National Diploma in Oenology, Elise Losfelt, 36, has been devoting herself to champagne for 10 years, through various positions held at Moët & Chandon.

First communicating oenologist, then Head of vinification at Maison Moët et Chandon, she worked in this capacity with the cellar masters of Maisons Moët et Chandon, Mercier, Ruinart and Dom Pérignon. Elise has deepened her expertise, guaranteeing the final quality of the wine at each key stage of the champagne manufacturing process: from harvest to disgorging.

Elise cultivates a 6-generation family winemaking fiber on the estate of Château de L’Engarran, in the Languedoc. Married and mother of 3 young children, the new Cellar Master of Charles Heidsieck is passionate about sports such as tennis, skiing, windsurfing.

“I have great respect for the creativity and high standards of my predecessors, and I wish to be consistent in the continuity of the House style. With humility and enthusiasm, I join passionate men and women, and together we will continue to forge the destiny of this great House” adds Elise Losfelt.

Cyril and Elise, along with the House's oenology team, will work together to ensure the transmission and continuity of the Charles style. Effective March 1, 2023, Elise Losfelt officially takes on the role of Cellar Master. She will carry the vision of the Charles style in the next blends, guaranteeing the unique typicity of the wines of the House.

A champagne toast is in order!

Congratulations to Elise Losfelt. Cheers to continued success.


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