2015 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Revisiting the Professor of Bordeaux

At his multiple estates, Denis Dubourdieu shows how far the region's dry whites have come
2015 Bordeaux Barrels Diary: Revisiting the Professor of Bordeaux
Educator, researcher and vintner Denis Dubourdieu's work on vinification and aging helped revolutionize how white Bordeaux is made. (Deepix Studio)
Apr 20, 2016

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.

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