Georges Duboeuf, “The Pope of Beaujolais”, died, around 6 p.m., this Saturday, January 4th, after a stroke. He was 86 years old.
Georges Duboeuf, “The Pope of Beaujolais”, died, around 6 p.m., this Saturday, January 4th, after a stroke according to Le Progrès, a regional daily newspaper based in Lyon.
Duboeuf was the founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, one of the largest and best-known wine merchants in France. The company is known for its production and popularization of Beaujolais wines, leading to Duboeuf’s nickname of Pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais).
He was born in 1933 in the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation in Burgundy, near the village of Chaintré. Dubouef was raised on a farm, bearing only few acres of Chardonnay vines. Through Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, Dubouef built a wine empire that now produces more than 2.5 million cases of wine annually.
He is recognized for almost single-handedly popularizing the Beaujolais nouveau phenomenon in the 1970s.
Duboeuf is survived by his son Franck Duboeuf who now oversees Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.