Cellar - 2016 Chateau Fourcas-Hosten

Cellar - 2016 Chateau Fourcas-Hosten

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Château Fourcas Hosten is a French wine estate situated in the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux. The château focuses on the production of Merlot-dominant Bordeaux blends from its 47 hectares (116 acres) of vineyards in the heart of Listrac-Médoc.

The estate can trace its history back to 1810 when Mr Hosten sold his vineyard holdings to the Saint Affrique family, who established Château Fourcas Hosten. Part of the vineyards occupy the Le Fourcas area of gravelly soil, which provide ideal growing conditions for the château's Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The remaining vineyards sit atop chalky, clay-rich soils that are perfect for the cultivation of the estate's Merlot grapes.

The grand vin and the second wine – Les Cèdres d'Hosten – are both red wine blends dominated by Merlot and supplemented by smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. The grand vin is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, while much of the Les Cèdres d'Hosten wine spends approximately 12 months in wooden and concrete tanks, with just 10 percent aged in two-year-old French oak barrels.

The estate released its inaugural Château Fourcas Hosten Blanc vintage in 2014. This white wine is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, with a small amount of Sauvignon Gris. The vines that supply these grapes average three years old and are planted on 2 ha (5 acres) of clay and limestone soils. Harvest is carried out by hand and the wine is aged for around five months in French oak barrels.

From 2006, Château Fourcas Hosten has been owned by Renaud and Laurent Momméja. Together, they have invested heavily in the renovation of the estate's wine production facilities and vineyard plots.