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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (J)
Johnston, Raoul


The Johnstons are among the most long standing négociants in Bordeaux, established in 1743 on the Quai des Chartrons in Bordeaux, then in the English cellars on the outskirts of Bordeaux, and after the second world war, they divided into two separate companies namely Maison Nathaniel Johnston & son based on the Quai des Chartrons, in Bordeaux and the Maison Raoul Johnston based on chateau Malecot at Pauillac in the Médoc.

The family is Scottish in origin and since its arrival in Bordeaux in 1720 has been involved with wine. In the beginning dealing in cereals, they added a range of wines to their catalogue, and the wine itself rapidly became one of the major activities of the company. The wines most in demand were the houses wines, the claret whose development has been painstaking and which represents the pride of the establishment, its best kept secret. There were also the important crus, Hermitages, Graves, Médoc and Sauternes.

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