It had been more than four years since I caught up in person with Denis Dubourdieu, 67, a prominent consultant in Bordeaux and owner of châteaus Doisy Daëne, Cantegril and Reynon, as well as Clos Floridène. He has been fighting a brave fight against cancer, but was in good spirits following the '15 vintage and smiled at the prospect of walking the vineyard, even on a cool, windy morning.
"All is OK. The yield is good. The vintage is really good. There are no complaints," says Dubourdieu, a longtime teacher and researcher at the University of Bordeaux, whose work helped modernize white wine production in the region.