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Chateau Fourcas Borie History, Overview
Chateau Fourcas Borie, which comes from the Listrac area of the Haut Medoc appellation is one of three wines that share the name Fourcas. The others are Fourcas Dupre and Fourcas Hosten. Chateau Fourcas Borie is the creation of Bruno Borie. If the name of Borie sounds familiar to you, that is because it should. Bruno Borie is best known as the owner of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou in St. Julien. The Borie family purchased the vineyards that make up Chateau Fourcas Borie in 2009.
However, the property has a history in the Bordeaux region that dates well before the Borie era. Chateau Fourcas Borie was previously sold under the name of Fourcas Dumont. The estate was originally created when two properties came under the control of a single owner who merged Chateau Clos du Fourcas with Chateau Moulin du Bourg. 2009 was the final vintage for Fourcas Dumont. From that point forward, the Borie family were clearly in charge.
Under the direction of Bruno Borie, Chateau Fourcas Borie made its debut with the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. In 2011, Bruno Borie changed the label of the wine to its current, modern, brightly colored, attention seeking design for Chateau Fourcas Borie.
Chateau Fourcas Borie Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 30 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Fourcas Borie is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot on a terroir of clay with limestone soil. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,600 vines per hectare to 9,900 vines per hectare in 27 separate plots. As the property was created when two estates were joined together, it’s understandable the vineyards occupy two separate types of terroir. The soils consist of gravel and clay on the hillsides and clay with limestone on the flats.
To produce the wine, Chateau Fourcas Borie is vinified in a range of temperature controlled stainless vats that vary in size from as small as 30 hectoliters all the way up to 220 hectoliters. This allows for a parcel by parcel vinification. Chateau Fourcas Borie is one of the few wines in its class to be able to do this. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Chateau Fourcas Borie is aged in 30% to 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. There is a second wine, Chateau Moulin du Bourg and a third wine, Hautegrave Tris. The production of Chateau Fourcas Borie is slightly less than 18,000 cases per vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Fourcas Borie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Fourcas Borie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. The wine of Chateau Fourcas Borie is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Fourcas Borie is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
If you’re looking for a great value Bordeaux wine from the Medoc, that does not require age, yet it offers good character, style and charm, Chateau Fourcas Borie, with its up front easy to like personality is one of the best wines in that class. Bargain hunters seeking well priced, tasty Bordeaux should be all over this wine!
Chateau Fourcas Borie was not the first purchase for the Borie family in the Haut Medoc appellation. The Borie family also own Chateau Ducluzeau, which is also located in the commune of Listrac, not far from Chateau Fourcas Borie. Chateau Ducluzeau has a vineyard with old vines that is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Fourcas-Borie Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
Ripe black cherry and wild strawberry aromatics, lush, silky tannins, medium bodied, and with a supple, fresh, plum and cocoa note in the finish.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 665 Views
2015 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
With fresh dark cherries, thyme and a hint of cocoa on the nose, the medium bodied wine is soft, fresh and forward with loads of dark chocolate, sweet, plums and spice in the open, easy drinking finish. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2016points - Tasted 801 Views
2014 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
With licorice, chocolate and boysenberry on the nose, this wine has good color and soft, sweet notes of ripe, round, spicy fruits. It is hard to find a better Medoc wine for this small amount of money. 88-90 Pts
Apr 21, 2015points - Tasted 1027 Views
2013 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
Easy to like and to drink, the wine showcases polished textures and notes of black cherry, licorice and earth. This is not a wine for aging—drink it in its youth. 85-87 Pts
Apr 23, 2014points - Tasted 1096 Views
2012 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
Formerly sold under the name of Fourcas Dumont is from Bruno Borie of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. From a Merlot-dominated blend, licorice, black cherry and jam notes are in the forefront. Light and forward in style, this is an easy-to-drink, crowd-pleasing style of wine that should drink well on release. The wine is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aging in 30% new, French oak barrels. 86-88 Pts
Apr 23, 2013points - Tasted 1141 Views
2011 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
Easy drinking, forward styled Medoc, with a good nose, palate presence and it sells for a fair price. Uncomplicated and already open, this is a wine to drink over the 5 few years. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot.
May 20, 2014points - Tasted 1630 Views
2010 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
Fourcas Borie opens with cassis, spice and dark berry aromas. Round, filled with charm and pleasing to the wallet, this will be one of the top value wines from the Medoc in this expensive 2010 Bordeaux vintage. The wine was produced from a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Jul 12, 2013points - Tasted 3587 Views
The second vintage of Fourcas Borie, which was formerly sold under the name of Fourcas Dumont is from Bruno Borie of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. Filled with juicy ripe, spicy cassis, blackberry and earth, this charming, crowd pleasing wine will offer a lot of bang for the buck in the under $20 category. 88-90 Pts
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 3589 Views
2009 Château Fourcas-Borie ( Listrac-Médoc)
Licorice, boysenberry, milk chocolate and cherry, medium bodied, with an open, soft, lush personality that drank well the day it was released. This is an outstanding Bordeaux value wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. For close to $20, it's going to be hard to find a better wine!
Mar 29, 2012points - Tasted 1646 Views