Parisian wine merchant
Bargaining – Master Superior
Banking – Master
Bureaucratics – Master
Melchior du Bois inherited his family’s small Guyenne vineyard on the death of his father in 1602. A wine producer for the archbishop of Bourdeaux, du Bois (b. 1576) maintained the family vineyard but also added speculation in both Bordeaux and Spanish Tempranilla wines to sell in Paris as well as in England and Holland. Over time he became one of the leading importers in the city and a member in good standing of the city’s wine merchants’ guild. He is backed by a number of bankers and investors, including Faquin and Turcaret.
Du Bois is also a treasurer for the Black Cross.
He married a Spanish woman who produced two children, a son who is learning the father’s trade and a daughter for whom du Bois hopes to arrange an advantageous marriage.