The French oenologist Prof. dr. Denis Boubals (1926-2007) is one of the most important figures of the 20th century in viticulture. After graduation he studied at the University of Montpellier, graduated in 1948 oenology and Agronomy and received his doctorate in 1958 in Science with a dissertation on the genetic transmission of the phylloxera resistance, First, Boubals was in the INRA (National Institute of Research Agronomique) as the director of the research department. In 1975 he was awarded a chair in viticulture at the university department "École Nationale Supérieur Agronomique" in Montpellier.
He founded a research station in Villeneuve-les-Maguelone in the Département Hérault and led his groundbreaking research into the causes of fungal diseases, real and false mildew. Phylloxera fighting and the DNA (Genetics) of the grapevines. As part of the modernization of viticulture, he advocated the replacement of old local varieties by Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc. Merlot. Chardonnay and others, which earned him the nickname "Apostle of the Cabernet Sauvignon".
As part of his work, Boubals also visited many wineries worldwide. His analyzes led to qualitative improvement in production (eg in China. Thailand and Uruguay ). He became internationally known in the 1960s when he identified the Chardonnay vine in New South Wales when no one had suspected the presence of this variety in Australia. As in the 1960s by professionals of the University of California the use of the underlay vine AxR 1 warned in the US, he warned in vain. His predictions about the insufficient resistance to phylloxera were unfortunately fully confirmed in the early 1980s in California. In early 2000, he proved that the Syrahreben already after 10 to 15 years degenerate and recommended a method which the full earnings even after 35 years secures. From 1977 to 2005 Boubal was editor and publisher of the prestigious journal "Le Progrès Agricole et Viticole". Boubals held important public functions during his long career, for example, he was a member of the French Academy of Agriculture and vice president of the OIV (Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin).