The Dubourdieu family were already cultivating vines in the area of the Graves wines just after the French Revolution. Evidence of this can be found in the village of Cérons as far back as 1794.
It was only in 1924 that Georges Dubourdieu was finally able to purchase an 1855 cru classé : Chateau Doisy Daëne.
His youngest son, Pierre, successfully ran it from the late forties up until 2003. Pierre progressively also took on his father in law’s property in Barsac, namely Chateau Cantegril.
Thanks to him, French viticulture benefited from numerous innovations and breakthroughs which greatly improved both the quality of the wines as well as working conditions in the field.
The new generation - Pierre’s only son, Denis and his wife, Florence, both from old Bordelais winemaking families, at that time had embarked on other projects : namely the purchase of Chateau Reynon in the Côtes de Bordeaux in 1976 and the creation of Clos Floridène in the Graves in 1982.
In the early 2000’s they acquired and developed a13 hectare vineyard in the Graves to make red wines - Chateau Haura
Helped by his wife Florence for the day to day management of these two estates, Denis was able to take on two other brilliant career paths : Professor researcher as well as a Consulting Oenologist to more than 70 properties in France and abroad. He initiated the establishment of the ISVV (Institut des sciences de la vigne et du vin) which is situated south of the Bordeaux metropolis.
Up until 2016 Denis Dubourdieu was the CEO of this institute which dealt with every aspect of vineyard management and wine-making.
The fourth generation, Fabrice and Jean Jacques Dubourdieu joined this family adventure in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
A regrouping of all the estates took place in 2003 when Pierre Dubourdieu’s retired. In 2004 this group of estates, controlled exclusively by the family, was named - Denis Dubourdieu Estates. It covers in excess of 135 hectares, divided into more than 300 portions of land spanning 5 villages.
In 2014 the family purchased a second cru classé, Doisy Dubroca in Barsac, neighbouring Doisy Daëne.
The annual production of these 6 estates is about 600,000 bottles of which 60 % are exported to more than 40 countries.
At the premature death of Denis Dubourdieu in July 2016, the task of continuing this wine-making project which his ancestors had initiated, and he so brilliantly developed, was left to his sons.
The French world of wine mourns his death to this day. The family estates still produce vintage after vintage, honouring his exceptional and talented career path dedicated to the cultivation of vines and wine-making.
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