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Ribéreau-Gayon Pascal

The French scientist and university professor Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon (1930-2011) came from a family of oenologists, His grandfather Ulysse Ribéreau-Gayon worked in the 1880s as assistant to Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), his father Jean Ribéreau-Gayon is next to Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) as the founder of the modern oenology at the University of Bordeaux. Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon undertook pioneering research on the anthocyanins or. phenols generally in grapes, different cellar techniques with especially the processes of alcoholic and malolactic ones fermentation as well as the qualitative difference between hybrids and Vitis vinifera vines, which in total contributed to the quality improvement of the wines worldwide. He also developed a very simple method of analyzing the malic acid in the wine.

In addition to his teaching duties at the faculty of oenology in Bordeaux he was also extensively active as the author of numerous books and treatises on the ology. Among his best known works are "L'oenologie à Bordeaux - Louis Pasteur à nos jours" and the two-volume "Handbook of Enology" with other authors. He held numerous posts, including as a member of the Institute of Appellations of Origin, President of the Commission of Oenology in the OIV and member of the Academy of Agriculture. In addition, he was also called consultant active, among other things for the wineries Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier, For his merits, he received numerous honors, including in 1995 he was appointed officer in the Légion d'Honneur (Legion of Honor). Among his students were his successor as head of the Department of Oenology Denis Dubourdieu (* 1949) as well as the well-known Flying Winemaker Michel Rolland (* 1947).

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