Georges COUDERC was born in Aubenas (Ardeche) the 14th May 1850. He attended several literature and science studies such as special mathematics in Paris, geology and mineralogy at the ‘Mineralogy School of Paris’. During a trip in Montpellier, he attended the Phyloxerra’s courses of Professor PLANCHON. After that he dedicated all his energies against this tremendous bug (Phyloxerra). At his Chamfleury propriety he worked with others famous scientist as FOEX, VIALA, MILLARDET, GRASSET, PLANCHON, in founding a solution against this flea.
His Vitis collections were so globally known that many scientists visited them. From 1875, he started to hybrid several rootstocks that still today are utilized all around the World, such as COUDERC 3.309, COUDERC 161-49, etc. Thanks to those rootstocks, he is considered as the ‘Sauveur des Vignobles Français’ (French vineyard saviour). He made several hybrids like Couderc 7120, Couderc 13, etc, used during cold periods.
During his life, he made several studies for other plants like chestnuts and oranges. He died in 1928.
Max COUDERC succeeded to his father George in 1928 continuing the researches and the company. He dies young in 1953 leaving two orphans. One of them, Avrelle, married François MORISSON and together restarted in 1960 the grafted vine family nursery.