Château Fougas dates back to the 18th century. A charming contemporary watercolour by a surveyor shows the chateau surrounded by an unbroken stretch of land which was already home to vineyards.
Jean-Yves and Michèle Béchet have striven to produce a quality wine showing unmistakable sense of place.
Château Fougas Maldoror, created in 1993, followed by Château Fougas Forces de Vie in 2010, are living testimony of this. The two wines combined now account for virtually all of the château’s production.
Introducing organic viticulture in 2007 then biodynamics in 2009 has brought two added advantages to the wines: they are totally pesticide-free and have a heightened sense of place or ‘terroir’ effect. Their violet-driven nose, which was already noticeable in the wines back in 1993, prevails. On the palate, amazing minerality adds to the complexity of flavour.
Vineyard area : 21.25 ha
Varietals : 64% Merlot, 29% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
Appellation : Côtes de Bourg
Varietal range : 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
Average vineyard age : 36 years with regular field blends
Vine density : approximately 5,000 vines/ha
Harvesting : by hand or machine, followed by two sorting tables, the first before destemming, the second after.
Wine making : single vineyard selection with Burgundy-style punching of the cap, in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Ageing : the wines made according to organic and biodynamic standards are aged in casks for 18 months.
Annual production : between 90,000 and 120,000 bottles.
Certified organic FR-BIO-01 for the entire property by Ecocert
Certified biodynamic by Demeter
A member of the « La Renaissance des Appellations »
A member of Biodyvin