Jacques Boissenot, wine consultant to four of the five First Growths, was named Winemaker of the Decade last night in a ceremony at Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux.
The award was given by Chíng Poh Tiong of the Chinese Bordeaux Guide to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the publication.
Poh Tiong, also author of a just released book on pairing Chinese food with wine www.108chinesepairings.com , said on giving the award, ĎWinemaker of the decade may be a bold award, but I feel very confident because have tasted his many wonderful wines again and again. And it is impossible to achieve greatness if you are not genuine, and nobody would doubt that about M. Boissenot.í
Boissenot, who today works alongside his son Eric, has been a consultant in the Medoc for over 40 years, and trained under Emile Peynaud. He works with around 180 properties (90% on the Left Bank of Bordeaux) including Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Leoville-las-Cases, both Pichon Longueville and Pichon Comtesse, Leoville Barton, Gruaud Larose, Cos díEstournel and Rauzan Segla. Despite having played a role in many of the most celebrated wines of the past four decades, he is renowned for his low-key, understated approach, and is little known outside of Bordeaux.
Jacques Boissenot said afterwards (understated as ever) ĎItís a great honour, and very moving, for an old man on the verge of retirement.í
I have just written a profile of both Eric and Jacques for the July issue of Decanter magazine, in the Bordeaux supplement. I have also written a shorter profile of him on http://www.newbordeaux.com/documents/jacques_boissenot.html