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Boiseaumarié Pierre

The French lawyer and viticulturist Baron Pierre Marie Gabriel Le Roy Boiseaumarié (1890-1967) was a fighter pilot in the First World War from 1914 to 1918 after studying law. He married Emma Bernard Le Saint, the heiress of Château Fortia in the southern Rhône, in 1919. In his new role as winery owner, he was confronted with major problems in the Vaucluse département. The ravages of phylloxera had caused a decline in wine quality. Adulteration with grapes from other areas, such as the Département Gard, was the order of the day. As early as 1923, he defined an area which, according to his analyses (today one would say according to ecological ones), was best suited for viticulture. His criterion was the wild plants thyme and lavender that grow together here. For this area, he determined the grape varieties that are still valid today, which are best suited due to soil type and climate. He is thus the founder of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, which was not classified until 1935.

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