The Decanter Power List 2013

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34 Denis Dubourdieu (37)
International consultant, 62
Dubourdieu has dozens of consultancies – in Bordeaux (Châteaux Cheval Blanc and d’Yquem to name two) but also Burgundy, Rhône (Château Grillet), South Africa, New Zealand… Generations of students who have taken his courses at Bordeaux University wouldn’t call him shy: he is renowned for his soundbites and his Bordeaux vintage reports are gospel. Dubourdieu made his reputation with aromatic whites, but is now equally renowned as a red winemaker. He owns five properties, including Doisy-Daëne in Barsac and Clos Floridene in Graves.