Château Le Bon Pasteur

Despite the global renown of its proprietor, Château Le Bon Pasteur is not an ancient estate with a history stretching back into the Middle Ages or beyond. Indeed, the story only begins in the early years of the 20th century, when the land that was to form the nidus of the modern-day estate was acquired by two peasant farmers named Hermine and Joseph Dupuy. This was sometime around 1920, and the vineyards they acquired straddled three communes, these being Pomerol, St Emilion and Néac. As this predated the formation of the Pomerol, St Emilion and Lalande-de-Pomerol appellations (and indeed the appellation d’origine contrôlée system as a whole), initially the vineyards were all managed and harvested as one, and were referred to as Bon Pasteur. It was said by that famed proprietor – none other than Michel Rolland – that the name Le Bon Pasteur, which translates as The Good Shepherd, was chosen on Good Shepherd Sunday (the fourth Sunday of Easter in the Catholic liturgical calendar) by Hermine Dupuy, who was presumably a woman of some religious conviction.

Château Le Bon Pasteur

Despite the estate today being a well-recognised member of the Pomerol pantheon, the wines were not actively commercialised in these early days and were instead largely sold in bulk. With time, however, this – and many other features of the estate – would come to change.

The New Bon Pasteur

One of the most significant changes came with the introduction of the appellation system, as this carved the Bon Pasteur vineyard into three.

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