Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wine of the Week - Château Julia Pauillac

Sophie Martin, owner of the smallest Château in Pauillac, has challenged the notion of what Bordeaux from this traditional region of Bordeaux should be. Other than the origin, Chateau Julia, which is made of 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, has little in common with others wines from Pauillac which tend to be more Cabernet based. Styled more like a Saint-Emilion, Martin highlights the Merlot’s softness, leaving the finished wine rich and smooth with plenty of velvet. She produces 3500 bottles using sustainable agriculture. The wine macerates for five weeks then sees 12 months in oak barriques, 30% of which are new. 

Sophie Martin, the young owner and winemaker at Chateau Julia, purchased her first pieces of land in 2008 – 0.5 hectares in Pauillac and 3.5 hectares in Haut-Médoc, and her first solo vintage in Bordeaux was in 2009. In a region that doesn’t see a whole lot of new faces, Sophie is making headway with her passion and spirit. She wants to continue to make new wines (her Haut-Médoc is forthcoming) and also to convert entirely to organic viticulture. The challenges, like going out on her own, finding good workers to hire, vine cultivation etc. serve only to stoke her ambition going forward. She is a trailblazer in Pauillac, helping to bring innovation and modernity to the region.


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