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“Magnificent rich, complex nose with ripe, exuberant fruit. Dense, profound and beautifully fleshy palate with solid tannins and huge potential”. La Revue du vin de France, June 2007
“Strawberry, oak, round, supple and nicely soft palate, a little hard on the finish but with appealing fruit. Nicely controlled extraction, good craftsmanship promoting fruit. Slightly pronounced oak influence”. Le Point, May-June 2007, Jacques Dupont
“Chateaux Fougas and Fougas Maldoror are one and the same property. They are located on an alluvial fan with a varied sub-soil comprising sand, clay and gravel. Château Fougas Maldoror, which came on-stream in 1993, is the finest offering from these vineyards and is aged in new casks. Fougas spends twelve months in casks with a one third renewal rate. The wines are some of the most expressive in the Côtes de Bourg, retaining the appellation’s highly distinctive character. Their tannin structure has become more silky and refined and the wine, particularly the Maldoror label, boasts substantial length and aromatic charm. The wines: the 2006 seems highly successful with lovely charm on the palate and robust substance. The 2005 delivers lovely mellowness and wonderful concentration. The 2004 is an earlier drinking bottling”. Les meilleurs vins de France 2008 ( page 152 )
“There are just 17 ha under vine here, planted to Merlot (50%) and equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The site is surrounded by 2 streams which provide excellent natural drainage from its alluvial soils. Each parcel of vines is vinified separately after cold maceration, and the wines spend a small period on their gross lees. The special cuvée Maldoror is sourced from the best individual plots on the property. Both wines will stand a little age and the richly textured, dark plum and spice Maldoror demands 2–3 years to integrate the not inconsiderable high-toast oak”. (DM)
Château Fougas Maldoror Côtes de Bourg ****-“Wine behind the label 2008”. David Moore
“This wine estate extends over an extremely diverse sub-soil of blue and red clay, limestone, gravel and sand. This is perhaps why it always produces balanced wines that have been awarded the Judges’ Favourite accolade several times. The 2006 Maldoror is a deeply coloured wine with an intense nose recalling cooked plum and smoky oak. The savoury palate is structured by tannins that are still a little astringent, making it a good wine for laying down for the next decade. The 2006 Prestige label has a nose that is still a little barrel-like. Supple and round on the palate, it gets a mention”. 2009 Guide Hachette des Vins
“One of the top Côtes de Bourg estates, Fougas-Maldoror consistently turns out chocolaty, black cherry-scented and flavored, medium-bodied wines with plenty of spice and character. While the 2006 may not be one of their finest vintages, it is still a very good wine to enjoy over the next 3-4 years”.
Robert Parker The Wine Advocate February 2009
„Mittleres Granat. Dezentes Bouquet mit Pflaumen und Schwarzte. Im Gaumen bei mittlerem Körper mit feinsandigem Extrakt und etwas weniger Fruchtdruck als in den Jahrgängen 2007 und 2008, dafür aber vielleicht mit dem etwas grösserem Alterungspotenzial“. 16/20 2011 – 2024
Tasting by René Gabriel (WeinWisser newsletter), June 2009
This is one of the oldest properties in the Côtes de Bourg, bought in 1976 by Jean-Yves Béchet, the son of a family of Bordeaux wine merchants. The 17 hectares of vines surround the chateau and have been under conversion to organic since 2007. Two streams provide natural drainage at each end of the property. Since 1983, Jean-Yves Bechet, who is never short of ideas, has revived an ancient custom used by Bordeaux wine merchants and offers his customers the chance to lease vines and buy the crop whilst still on the vine. The 2006: deep ruby in colour, lots of concentration and power in this very modern wine with compact, tightly-wound tannins. Substantial extraction reveals plum and chocolatey notes. Bettane & Desseauve (page 308), Le grand guide des Vins de France 1010
“Chateaux Fougas and Fougas Maldoror are one and the same property. They are located on an alluvial fan with a varied sub-soil comprising sand, clay and gravel. Château Fougas Maldoror, which came on-stream in 1993, is the finest offering from these vineyards and is aged in new casks. Fougas spends twelve months in casks with a one third renewal rate. The wines are some of the most expressive in the Côtes de Bourg, retaining the appellation’s highly distinctive character. Their tannin structure has become more silky and refined and the wine, particularly the Maldoror label, boasts substantial length and aromatic charm. The wines: in the bottle, the 2006 confirms its substantial grip, full and sappy palate with rich substance and tannins poised to mellow”. Les meilleurs vins de France 2009 (page 158) Olivier Poussier, Antoine Gerbelle, Olivier Poels.
“Colour: very dense, deep ruby with a crimson rim. Nose: full with refined oak, very complex with roasted coffee notes of mocha then aromas of cedar, liquorice, candied black cherry, mild tobacco and spices such as cardamom and pepper. The palate shows impeccable harmony combining freshness, fullness, moreish character, elegance and substantial length with a refined, liquorice-driven persistence”. Paris gourmand Sep 2009, Lifestyle web magazine on Paris.
“Beautiful nose of blackberry and mild spices with a heady edge. Very beautiful structure on the palate driven by sensations of crème de cassis with fairly powerful yet closely-integrated tannins and intense fruitiness. On the finish, the oak is slightly noticeable along with a trace of fruit in brandy. A beautiful wine”. Stéphane Vilette www.buveursdetiquette.fr 17/20
“Its potential is mentioned in our En Primeur commentary. Ten years later, this wine does not disappoint! It displays a splendid colour that is still dark and young. Fruit expression is energetic, very fresh and shows no signs of secondary aromas. Its palate is splendid, intense and reveals a civilized tannin framework. Great grip. Drink now or keep. Rating: 17/20. La Revue des Vins de France N° 597, December 2015/January 2016
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