Really Sad News

Sundays around here are usually a time for a bit of frivolity as I recount an utterance or action by one of my children (usually Sebastian). But today I woke to some really sad news: Georges Dubœuf died yesterday as the result of a stroke at the age of 86.

I was fortunate to have met the person that many called “the Pope of Beaujolais” first in New York a few years ago and then at his home in Romanèche-Thorins this past summer. Of all things, we spoke mostly about cycling–Georges was a big cyclist in his youth, with hopes of becoming a professional cyclist at one point.

Ultimately, he joined his family business of winemaking, first in Pouilly-Fuissé and then eventually transforming how the world saw the wines from Beaujolais. I will be writing more in the coming weeks about Georges and his wines, but for now, I send my deep condolences to Franck and Anne Dubœuf and the rest of the Dubœuf family.

Beaujolais has lost its brightest star.

Georges Dubœuf in his home in Romanèche-Thorins.


About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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4 Responses to Really Sad News

  1. beth says:

    sounds like a huge loss to the wine world –


  2. janowrite says:

    So saddened to hear. Condolences ….


  3. wineismylife says:

    I had not heard this yet. Thanks for passing it along.


  4. lulu says:

    I look forward to learning more.


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