The Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët Group has announced a change in structure for its two Champagne houses.

While Didier Mariotti was today (23 May) promoted to the post of 'Chef de Cave' at Mumm, the group has also added Mariotti and Hervé Deschamps, fellow Chef de Cave at Perrier-Jouët, to its management board.

"One of the Pernod Ricard's strengths is an ability to identify and develop talented individuals within its organisation," Lionel Breton, president of the Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët Group, said. "We're delighted to announce the appointment of Didier Mariotti. He is a very talented young winemaker with a bright future and his appointment will ensure a smooth continuity of excellence at Champagne G.H. Mumm.

"The appointment of Hervé Deschamps, 'Chef de Cave' at Champagne Perrier Jouët, to the management board is also recognition of his creative skills in hand-crafting every 'cuvée' produced by the House of Perrier-Jouët for almost 23 years."

Mariotti, 35, began his career at Moët & Chandon, then moved to Nicolas Feuillatte, where he became Chef de Cercle at the age of 28. He joined Mumm as assistant Chef de Cave in 2003.

"Building international brands is central to the group's premiumisation strategy, and it's also the only sensible way for us as Champagne makers to add value to our 'cuvées' in the longer term," Breton concluded.