Château Fougas « Le plaisir et la terre se partagent »
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Château Fougas Maldoror

Terroir Surface : 22 Ha.

Ground : Located on a plateau naturally drained by two little streams on a lower level.

Hydro-wind colluvials composed of ferruginous clays smectite type on a limestone bedrock.

Grape Varieties  Merlot 64% - Cabernet Sauvignon 29% - Cabernet Franc 7%.

History Owner : Jean-Yves Bechet.

The introduction of the Château Fougas dates from the XVIII century. A lovely watercolor from a surveyor of the period shows the Château surround by his land in a single piece, where already appear the vines.

Philosophy « For our wines, we want to have a Terroir expression, we are seeking for the violet rather than the tar and the refined more than the concentrate… Far from the trends but close to the land, we are attached to the authenticity who gives soft fine and elegant wines, full of beautiful spices and fruits aromas… ».

Vineyard Certified in Organic and Biodynamic farming Appellation Côtes de Bourg

Vinification Careful sorting of the grapes when they arrive to the vat. Piecemeal vinification with a Burgundian cap-punching method. Into stainless steel vat under temperature control.

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Millésime 2019

Blend 75% merlot 25 % cabernet sauvignon.
Visual A deep black cherry color.
Olfactory Open nose, bright, blackberry, blackcurrant, with a refined toasted wood.
Gustatory Bright mouth, expanded, with a lot of fruit, gourmet and a tasty balance.
Cellaring potential 10 to 15 years.
How to serve 18°C decant in a carafe with aeration when it is young…
Mature, bring it to room temperature for an hour or two, decant without aeration.
Food and wine matches Young with braised red meat. Mature on little game animals in a sauce.

 

The nose is fruity and offers a small intensity. It reveals notes of juicy/pulpy cassis, wild strawberry, small notes of blueberry associated with fine touches of violet, crushed blueberry as well as fine hints of nutmeg. The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers a good definition, gourmandize, juiciness as well as a small concentration. On the palate this wine expresses notes of juicy cassis, blackberry, small notes of raspberry associated with small touches of blueberry as well as hints of violet, nutmeg and tobacco. Good length. - Vertdevin - June 2020 - (92/100) / (16/20)

- Gold Medal 2020 - Bordeaux Aquitaine Wine Competition

 

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Millésime 2018

Blend 75% merlot 25 % cabernet sauvignon.
Visual A deep black cherry color.
Olfactory Open nose, bright, blackberry, blackcurrant, with a refined toasted wood.
Gustatory Bright mouth, expanded, with a lot of fruit, gourmet and a tasty balance.
Cellaring potential 10 to 15 years.
How to serve 18°C decant in a carafe with aeration when it is young…
Mature, bring it to room temperature for an hour or two, decant without aeration.
Food and wine matches Young with braised red meat. Mature on little game animals in a sauce.

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Gold Medal Concours de Macon 2019
Gold Medal Concours Expression des Vignerons Bio Nouvelle Aquitaine

Lisa Perrotti Brown Wine Advocat Note: 88/90+ ( Notation Primeur)

James Suckling Note: 89/90 ( Notation Primeur)

"The wine is full-bodied, and deep, letting the ripe plum, blackberry and earth sing out. Rich, sweet and fleshy, there is freshness in the end, giving the fruit its much-needed lift Jeff LEVE The Wine Cellar insider Rating 91 (90-92)"
Read more at: https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=Ch%C3%A2teau%20Fougas%20Maldoror

"A nice braised and toasted appearance appears on the nose to give the wine its silky and velvety "high" character. Its consistency in the mouth highlights both structural and delicious potential, which surrounds the maturity of the grape. A cuvée which will flourish as it ages"
Médaille d’Or Concours Expression des Vignerons bio Nouvelle aquitaine

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Millésime 2016

Blend 75% merlot 25 % cabernet sauvignon.
Visual A deep black cherry color.
Olfactory Open nose, bright, blackberry, blackcurrant, with a refined toasted wood.
Gustatory Bright mouth, expanded, with a lot of fruit, gourmet and a tasty balance.
Cellaring potential 10 to 15 years.
How to serve 18°C decant in a carafe with aeration when it is young…
Mature, bring it to room temperature for an hour or two, decant without aeration.
Food and wine matches Young with braised red meat. Mature on little game animals in a sauce.

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Gold Medal: Competition “Expression Wine growers Bio of New Aquitaine 2017"
Silver Medal Mundus Vini Biofach 2018

"Hot flint notes and spices recall the youth of the vintage. The charm of the wine opens in the mouth with the generosity of an opulent and full-bodied tannin that frames sensations of ripe fruit, prune and fresh leather. Its finish is graceful and balanced."
Concours “Expression Bio des vins de nouvelle Aquitaine 2017"

Score 90/100 "Deep nose of black berries with a touch of mint and licorice, the dense and powerful mouth ends on the eucalyptus."
BETTANE et DESSEAUVE

Score 88-89/100 “A juicy wine with a pretty core of fruit and firm tannins. Medium body, fresh acidity and a juicy finish. Delicate for a barrel sample.”
James SUCKLING

Score 86-88/100 “Ruby dark fruits, some spices, anise nose, blueberries.  Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, blueberries, spices, anise, bit woody finish.“
My wines and More - Christer BYKLUM

Score 16+/20  ”Very dry end but very sappy and exciting start even if it falls off a little on the end. You have to admire the ambition! And it’s very obviously not a St-Émilion. Actually tastes more like a leftbank wine."
Drink 2021-2026 - Jancis ROBINSON

Score 16-17/20 “A slightly herbaceous nose, elegant, iris, a little reduced too. Juicy, flavourful, tasty for a mouth full of density in elegance and sweetness. Massive and perfectly executed.”
GAULT & MILLAU

Score 88-89/100 “Floral, with red and dark cherry, plum and licorice on the nose. The wine is medium/full bodied, fresh, earthy and bright”.
The Wine Cellar Insider

Punkte 89-92/100 "Eine recht intensive Kirschfrucht und leicht aldehydige Noten. Weich am Gaumen, sandiges Tannin, ausgewogen und adrett – ohne besonderen Tiefgang, aber solide und in seinem mittelgewichtigen Stil recht klassisch. Erscheint durchaus bewertbar, die leichten Oxidations zeichen verschwinden im Glas.  Dennoch mit leichtem Vorbehalt."
Weinverstand - Ulrich SAUTTER

Score 90/100 "A slightly herbaceous nose, elegant, iris, a little reduced too. Juicy, flavourful, tasty for a mouth full of density in elegance and sweetness. A massive and perfectly executed coast. Real guard potential."
Falstaff  (Dégustation Primeurs Avril 2017) - Peter MOSER

Score 17/20
L’EXPRESS Supplément  - 7 juin 2017

Score 16.5/20 "Garnet dress with a nice nose of a great frankness. The wine is very elegant kept by a fine merlot of great finesse, the wine has charm, the tannins are light and fine. A beautiful success in a delicate and refined style. This wine of great regularity was elaborated with 95% of merlot and 5% of cabernet –sauvignon."
Dégustation Primeurs Millésime 2016 - Bernard BURTSCHY

""Château Fougas Maldoror in biodynamics reveals aromas of peony and a mouth summoning blueberries and exquisite cocoa notes. One of the great successes of the appellation Côtes de Bourg.“
Sommeliers International - Été 2017

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Millésime 2015

Blend 75% merlot 25 % cabernet sauvignon.
Visual Dark robe with deep purple.
Olfactory Beautifully perfumed with black fruits and violet.
Gustatory Liquorice, woody, expanded mouth, fruity, juicy, straight and long.
Cellaring potential 10 to 15 years.
How to serve 18°C decant in a carafe with aeration when it is young…
Mature, bring it to room temperature for an hour or two, decant without aeration.
Food and wine matches Young with braised red meat. Mature on little game animals in a sauce.

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Gold Medal: Gilbert and Gaillard Guide - Tasting 2017

Score 88/100 "Deep robe, young garnet. Heady, grilled woody nose with fresh fruit (blackcurrant, raspberry) and flowers. Flexible mouth, with the tender, seductive material, which lets the fruit flow pleasantly. Final more tannic showing good potential."
Gilbert and Gaillard Guide - Tasting 2017 - https://fr.gilbertgaillard.com/chateau-fougasmaldoror-vin-221954

Score 16/20 "This wine of great regularity consists of a pretty balanced field with a tight dense wine, beautifully made. A beautiful success. 3 to 8 years."
Le Figaro of wine - Bernard BURTSCHY

Score 87-89/100 “Ruby, dark fruits, some spices, blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, spices, juicy, woody finish.”
B My Bordeaux - Christer BYKLUM

“Trotz kräftigen Holzeinsatzes zunächst reduktiv. Dunkle Schokolade. Mit Luft Kirsche und Grüntee. Seidig und saftig am Gaumen, nicht im Übermaß weich, mit reifem, mürbem Tannin und würzigen, ganz leicht Paprika-artigen Gaumenaromen. Appetitlich ausgewogen, salzig mit gut integrierter, milder Säure.”
Weinverstand - Ulrich SAUTTER 

Score 88/100
The Winepatriot - Antoon LAURENT

Punkte 89-91/100 “Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung, zart balsamisch unterlegte Nuancen von Dörrzwetschken, kandierte Orangenzesten. Mittlerer Körper, frische Kirschen, gut integrierte Tannine, frisch strukturiert, Noten von Zwetschken im Abgang, ein lebendiger Speisenbegleiter.”
Falstaff - Peter MOSER - https://www.falstaff.ch/pd/w/chateau-fougas-2015-chateau-fougas-maldoror/

"Of the wealth but absolutely no heaviness. Ultrapromising !"
EXPRESS - Pierrick JÉGU - 20 September 2017

“Follower of the biodynamie, Jean-Yves Béchet made of his property one of the references in Côtes de Bourg. To make the most of his vineyard, he distributes the fruit between three vintages of increasing ambition. Good named "Maldoror" represents the heart of its production and gives the example of an accomplished wine and without ostentation. This wine doubles his refinement by a delicious nature and a dynamics of expression in his measure."
La feuille de vigne, www.lafdv.fr - Mohamed BOUDELLAL - 12 December 2017 

Score 90/100 “The burnt-orange and plum aromas are enticing. The medium to full body gives the firm and silky tannins a nice balance. Tight and focused. Give it two years to come together. Drink in 2020."
JamesSuckling.com

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