As the Director of Rémy Martin Estates & Oenology, Vincent Géré is ultimately responsible for all the cognacs made by the company: their supply, their production and their style. His role is unique in the region of Cognac and ensures that Rémy Martin continues to encapsulate the “heart of cognac”itself.
Vincent Géré is a native of the Charente region, the home of Cognac. His father was the director of the INAO in Cognac and cellarmaster for three Chateaux in the Médoc (Lafon-Rochet, Malescasse, and Pontet Canet).
Having graduated from the famous Montpellier University (historically the world’s most reputable school for oenology) with a master’s degree in agronomy and a Ph.D. in both viticulture and oenology, Vincent Géré promptly launched his career as a flying winemaker. Over a period of 13 years, Géré specialised in terroir selection in the Languedoc region of France; acted as technical consultant at Domaine de l’Orpailleur in Canada; oenologist at Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau de Fargues; winemaker for Rémy Australia; manager for Seguin Moreau Cooperage in Australia; and consultant to Rémy Hong-Kong and China for their joint ventures in Tianjin, Fuzhou and Shanghai.
From 1987 to 1998 Vincent Géré was general manager and chief winemaker of Australia’s Blue Pyrenees Estate which, under his guidance, grew ten-fold in ten years, and is now a multi-award winning property. Once a member of the Wine & Brandy Corporation of Australia, the Australian Institute of Management, and President of the Australian French Chamber of Commerce, Géré is also known for his regular publications, seminars, and speeches.
In 1999 Vincent Géré returned to Cognac to take up position as Director of International Product Communications and to have an active role working alongside the Cellarmaster developing both new products and new ways of serving, tasting and appreciating Rémy Martin Cognac. It was during this period that Rémy Martin saw the relaunch of blends such as X.O, the creation of rare heritage blends such as Vintage 1965 and Coupe Shanghai, new ways of discovering through food pairings, signature drinks and serving temperatures all the facets that Rémy Martin Fine Champagne cognacs have to offer.
In 2003 Vincent Géré became Director of Rémy Martin Estates and Cognacs. As a result he is ultimately responsible for the supply, production and above all, style of all cognacs made by the company, from the world famous VSOP Fine Champagne to Louis XIII de Rémy Martin “the King of Cognacs”.
The Cellarmaster, the Estates, the eau-de-vie purchasing, the research & development and the international ambassadors' departments report to him.
Géré is 48 years old and lives in Echebrune, in the vineyards at the heart of Petite Champagne, with his wife Pauline and children Camille and Raphael. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, golf, windsurfing and vintage cars... when he can afford the time!