Denis Dubourdieu, French winemaker, Died at 67


Denis Dubourdieu was born in 1949, and died on July 26, 2016, in Bordeaux.

He was a French winemaker and professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux.

Denis managed or co-managed several properties in Bordeaux, including Château Reynon, Château Doisy Daëne, Château Cantegril, Château Haura, and Clos Floridène.

Dubourdieu also consulted at Château Cheval Blanc.

Denis’s father and grandfather were winemakers, specializing in white wines

He served as the director of l’Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin de l’Université de Bordeaux (English: Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of the University of Bordeaux).

The Institute was a multi-disciplinary research center where experts from the University of Bordeaux, l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (English: The National Institute of Agronomic Research) and l’Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs des travaux agricoles (English: The National School of Engineers of Agricultural Work) work together to assist wine producers with the state of the art in technology, technique, and economic modeling.

And also White wine from Clos Floridene was owned by Denis Dubourdieu and his wife, Florence.

Denis Dubourdieu was an expert in winemaking processes for white wines, and has been called “wine’s most famous scientist”.

Dubourdieu played a leading role in the improvement of white Bordeaux wines, in the late 1960s were sweet and of low quality, to become “serious, potentially profound dry whites”.

And for Innovations proposed by Dubourdieu include organic farming, oak barrel fermentation with extended skin contact, and improved bottling techniques.

He died due to brain cancer.

Denis Dubourdieu passed away at 67 years old.