Oeno-File, the Wine & Gastronomy Column

by Frank Ward

Emile Peynaud (1912-2004) – Giant of Oenology

Posted by Frank Ward on April 8, 2008

Emile Peynaud, who died recently in Talence at the age of 93, wrought enormous changes in the world of wine. It is hard to think of any other discipline in which one man exerted so much influence. In 1987 I was commissioned by the New York based magazine Connoisseur to write an article on Emile Peynaud. My two long meetings with him – facilitated by Michel Delon, the late proprietor of Château Léoville Las Cases – took place in his study in the Bordeaux suburb of Talence and at Las Cases itself. 

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