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Château Fougas Maldoror 2006

Gold Medal Bordeaux Competition Wines of Aquitaine 2008
Silver Medal Challenge International of Wine 2008
Silver Medal Mondial of Bruxelles Challenge 2008


La Revue du Vin de France – June 2007

« Magnificent rich, complex nose with ripe, exuberant fruit. Dense, profound and beautifully fleshy palate with solid tannins and huge potential. »

Le POINT – Jacques DUPONT – May/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. »

Best wines of France 2008 p. 152

Score 16/20, 1* « Châteaux 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. »

Wine behind the label – David MOORE – 2008

Côtes de Bourg **** « 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. »

Guide Hachette des Vins 2009

1* « 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. »

The wine advocate – Robert PARKER – February 2009

« 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. »

Newsletter WeinWisser – dégustation de René GABRIEL – Juni 2009

Punkte 16/20 « 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. 2011 – 2024 »

2010 France’s wines Great Guide p. 308 – BETTANE and DESSEAUVE

Score 15/20, 1BD « 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. »

Best wines of France 2009 p.158 – O. POUSSIER, A. GERBELLE, O. POELS

Score 16/20, 1* « Château Fougas and Fougas Maldoror, who make only one, is situated on a cone of eviction, with a diversity of the basement compound of sands, clays and grave. Château Fougas Maldoror production of which began in 1993, represents the best of this terroir and is raised in new barrels. Fougas passes twelve months in barrels with a renewal by third party. These wines are today among the most meaning of the Côtes de Bourg, preserving the character typified well by the naming. Their tannic structure won in silk manufacturer and in delicacy, and the wine, in particular in the vintage Maldoror, is endowed with a lot of length and aromatic charm. Wines: in bottle, the 2006 confirms its full dress, ample and séveux, with a rich subject and tannins brought to merge. »

Paris gourmand, web-magazine of lifestyle in Paris – September 2009

« Deep ruby in the purple, very dense. Nose ample and finely wooded, very complex with roasted notes mocha, then aromas of cedar, licorice, crystallized black cherry, light tobacco and spices (cardamom and pepper). Mouth of a perfect harmony, combining the freshness, the scale, the greed, the elegance and a beautiful length in the obstinacy finely licorice. » – Stéphane VILETTE

Score 17/20 « A beautiful nose of blackberry and soft spices, with an intoxicating side. The structure in mouth is very beautiful, on sensations of cream of blackcurrant, tannins rather powerful but coated well in fruity one intense. In final, the wooded is a little bit perceptible, as well as a point of fruit in the brandy. A beautiful bottle. »

La Revue des Vins de France n° 597 – December 2015

Score 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. »


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