Valerie Lavigne

Valerie Lavigne

About Valerie Lavigne

Valérie Lavigne is a research fellow at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology on secondment from cooperage firm Seguin Moreau. Her main research fields are varietal aromas, controlling reduction in white wines during the wine making and ageing processes and studying premature ageing in white and red wine aromas. She has published approximately 30 papers in international scientific journals and at conferences. She lectures on wine tasting aptitude at the Faculty of Oenology and runs a course on the aromatic typicity of dry white Bordeaux wines for the Bordeaux Wine Council.

October 2018

Are Sauvignon aromas incompatible with oak?

2019-10-01T09:45:28+02:00October 2nd, 2018|Sauvignon Committee|

Sauvignon has long proved elusive to winemakers seeking to add complexity and ageability to wines through oak. Valérie Lavigne, researcher at the Seguin Moreau cooperage seconded to ISVV, studies ways in which wood can be used judiciously. While some white grape varieties, such as Chardonnay and Semillon, are particularly well suited to barrel maturation, others, [...]

May 2014

Premium Sauvignon blanc and oak ageing: paradoxes and prospects

2019-10-01T11:56:12+02:00May 15th, 2014|Sauvignon Committee|

A conference organised by the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon on April 10, 2014 in Bordeaux reviewed research work by Valérie Lavigne into ageing issues for Sauvignon blanc and the influence of various types of tanks and barrels. The research was presented by Denis Dubourdieu and Valérie Lavigne, along with Franco-British journalist Sharon Nagel. Presentation by [...]