The Decanter Power List 2013

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36 Jacques & Eric Boissenot (–)
Consultants, Laboratoire Boissenot
The father and son team may be the most discreet consultants in Bordeaux but they have probably more influence over the style of blue-chip Bordeaux than any consultant. Jacques began working with Lafite in 1976 and Margaux in 1987, and has built a 180-plus client list that includes all the first growths (except Haut-Brion) Pichons Baron and Lalande, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville-Barton, Brane-Cantenac – and many more, including consultancies in Spain and Greece, managed by his son Eric who has worked beside him for the last 20 years. How do they manage to keep such a low profile? ‘Good wine is team-work,’ Jacques has said.