The Decanter Power List 2013

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26 Stéphane Derenoncourt (33)
International consultant, 50
Derenoncourt, who in 1982 hitchhiked to Bordeaux ‘on a whim’, has become one of the world’s top consultants. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s from his work at Châteaux Pavie Macquin and Canon-la-Gaffelière. Although a critical mass of his clients continue to be in Bordeaux, Derenoncourt now works with more than 60 wineries in Austria, India, Italy, Lebanon, Spain, Syria, Turkey and the US, including Inglenook in Napa and Boxwood in Virginia. He owns Domaine l’A in Castillon, and the Derenoncourt California project, which sources grapes from AVAs in Napa and Sonoma. For all his celebrity, he insists on his dedication to terroir.