Château Fourcas-Borie was created when Bruno Borie (owner of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou) purchased Fourcas-Dumont in late 2008. The property originated from the union of the estates of Clos du Fourcas and Moulin du Bourg, which are among the oldest vineyards of the village located on the north end of Listrac-Médoc. Château Fourcas-Borie aims to produce an elegant top-quality wine, and great efforts are made regarding both the cultivation of the vineyard and the elaboration of the wine to achieve this.
Location of Vineyard
The 74 acres (30 hectares) of vineyards are planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot on a terroir of clay and limestone The hilltops of Moulin du Bourg and Fourcas stretch out over 37 acres (15 hectares) on the north edge of the château and have shallow gravelly soils on clay subsoil. The other half of the vineyard lays on a claylimestone soil. On average, the vines are 30 years of age and due to the differing plots (27 in total) and soil structures, plant density varies between 2,670 and 4,000 vines per acre (6,600 and 9,900 vines/ha).
After sorting and destemming, the grapes are put in stainless steel vats with daily pumpovers. The vats range in size from 1 to 7.8 tons (30 to 220 hectoliters) to allow for a parcel byparcel vinification. The wine is aged for 12 months in 30%- 50% new French oak with various degrees of toast. The skills of five coopers were used to give the final wine its aromatic complexity.