Why is wine good? Paul Coulon explains…

ur eminent colleague Paul Coulon was awarded last year the IFBC Diploma of Honour.

Outgoing Vice President of the IFBC for the South of France, this former Grand-Master of the Echansonnerie des Papes has, for more than 30 years, managed his family estate in Beaurenard, covering two famous Rhone Valley appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Rasteau.

He has set up a winegrower’s museum presenting a fine collection of old tools.

He has now handed over to his son Frédéric as Grand Master of the Echansonnerie des Papes and for the management of the Beaurenard estate.

With his wife Régine, he has taken part in many international IFBC congresses where his experience and knowledge of wine were greatly appreciated.

The quintessence of his experience can be found in the book he published a few years ago, entitled Pourquoi un vin est-il bon ? (why is wine good ?)

Good question, one would like to answer. Because it depends on so many factors: terroir, weather, grape variety, winemaking technique… And the result is sometimes so surprising…
The interest of this book is to look systematically at all these factors (99 were identified, 88 taken into account), evaluating them by a score for each vintage produced, to finally obtain a score to be compared with the evaluations of professional tasters.
The very high correlation obtained between the two series of scores (0.87) demonstrates the relevance of the analysis.

We recommend it to all those, amateurs or professionals, who want their wine to be even better.

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