In an unexpected turn of events, Stanislas Henriot, the president of Champagne Henriot, has resigned all his responsibilities within Group Henriot.
Henriot's father, Joseph, currently runs the company. Joseph took over the family Champagne house, founded in 1808, when his father died in 1957. He expanded the company's holdings into the Burgundy region, purchasing Bouchard Père & Fils in 1995 and the Chablis estate of William Fèvre in 1998.
Stanislas, 39, had appeared to be the heir apparent to run the group's interests. He joined the family Champagne business in 1999 and was named president in 2004. He also ran the group's U.S. subsidiary, Henriot Inc., and was president of Lejay Lagoute, a crème de cassis producer based in Dijon that Group Henriot acquired in a partnership with the Japanese company Suntory.
I learned the news from a small entry on the website of L'Union L'Ardennais that stated Henriot was quitting Group Henriot to pursue a personal project. Henriot later confirmed to me that he left the group. Joseph Henriot could not be reached for comment.
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