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Born To Fly. Émile Peynaud: The First One to Go

23.03.2021, Persona Author: Alexandra Bantysheva

Genius marketer? Virtuous technologist? Or simply a magician? The flying winemaker – who is he?

One cannot believe it: On one day, this genius of oenology managed to “fly around” about one and a half dozen wineries. It was Émile Peynaud, the French professor of oenology, who “invented” the work of a wine consultant. He advised the iconic Bordeaux wineries such as Château Margaux, Château Leoville Las Cases, Château Lagrange and Château Pontet-Canet. Peynaud accounted for over 70 companies. And look at those. For example, in Italy, he worked with Antinori to create the first “Super Tuscan” Solaia and Tignanello wines, while in Chile he consulted Concha y Toro.

Émile Peynaud, the French professor of oenology, “invented” the work of a wine consultant and advised iconic Bordeaux wineries.

Peynaud entered winemaking as an ordinary teenage handyman, and during his nearly century-long life he managed to conquer incredible career heights. Émile Peynaud published his first scientific work at the age of twenty, and his book “The Taste of Wine”, published in 1980, became a bestseller. Famous winemakers in Italy, Spain, Greece, Mexico and Chile attribute the glory of many of their wines to the insights of Peynot.

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He wrote more than 300 works on tasting and winemaking. By sampling young wine from barrels, Peynaud could tell its evolution for 20 years in advance.


It was Émile Peynaud who was one of the founders of the classification of wine aromas: He identified ten classes of aromas, creating the aromatic school of wines of the 20th century. Its basis is the influence of fermentation temperature on wine flavor. Now, according to his method, sommeliers are taught. “He has made such a huge contribution to the philosophy of French wine, that no other resident of France has managed to make,” said Hugh Johnson about him.

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