posted on February 28, 2015
In 1880, Camille Mathellot, cofounder of the School of Vine Growing of Cadillac, bought the ancient Château du Juge. This was just after the plague of Phylloxera destroyed so many of the vineyards of Bordeaux. By 1898 his wines were taking gold medals in Paris, while others were still struggling. His great-grand nephew Pierre Dupleich and his wife Chantal are the current proprietors. Pierre Dupleich studied Agriculture at Blanquefort, as well as Oenology at Bordeaux, but considers his time "on the ground with the vines" to be his best teacher. The estate produces fewer than 6,000 cases from its holdings of old Semillon (for the rare moelleux wines), younger plantings of Sauvignon (for the whites), and the now, thirty-year-old plantings of Merlot for the reds. Chantal's brother-in-law, the renowned Bordeaux oenologist Denis Dubourdieu oversees the vinification.
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