The French agronomist and oenologist Dr. Jean-Michel Boursiquot (*1958) comes from a family of winegrowers in the Département of Charente (the cognac sector). He studied at the University of Montpellier under the famous ampelographer Pierre Galet (1921-2019), whose successor he became. As scientific director of the "Français de la Vigne et du Vin" department, he taught and published in the fields of ampelography, including genetics and breeding, rootstocks, interspecific hybrids, and French and international grape varieties.
Mr. Boursiquot has held important positions such as Vice-President of the OIV (2001-2003), President of the Viticulture Commission (1997-2000), President of the Expert Group on Genetic Resources and Vine Selection (2004), member of the National Wine Committee of the INAO and National Expert of UPOV. He has been honoured several times for his many achievements, including the "Ordre du Mérite Abgricole" (2003) by the French Ministry of Agriculture and the "Medal of Merit" (2005) by the OIV. In collaboration with the University of California, he was instrumental in the parentage clarification of many French grape varieties by means of DNA analyses from the 1990s onwards, with particular mention of the numerous Pinot varieties plus offspring. He works closely with Dr. Carole Meredith and Thierry Lacombe.