LYON, France — Georges Duboeuf, a significant figure in the world of wine and viticulture, passed away on January 4 at the age of 86.
The French wine merchant — dubbed the “Pope of Beaujolais” for his contribution to growing distribution and appreciation for Beaujolais — established Vins Georges Duboeuf in 1964 and is credited with revolutionizing traditional winemaking practices in Beaujolais. He was also instrumental in creating the festivities surrounding the annual Beaujolais nouveau release.
Duboeuf was among the first clients of Montreal-based wine importer, Dandurand. “I’ve lost a dear and faithful friend,” says Philippe Dandurand, founder of Dandurand. “’I’ve always had profound admiration for this great men. He was an innovator and an incredibly hard worker. He made his mark on the history of Beaujolais wine, but always remained humble.”