Chateau Fonbadet 2001 - Pauillac - 750 ml
To the north of the little
village of Saint-Lambert, the ChÃ¢teau Fonbadet vineyard boasts a choice
location, amidst the most reputed estates of the Pauillac Appellation, ChÃ¢teau
Mouton Rothschild, ChÃ¢teau Latour, ChÃ¢teau Lynch Bages, ChÃ¢teau Pichon Longueville
Comtesse de Lalande and ChÃ¢teau Pichon Baron de Longueville.
Fonbadet, the place that gave its name to the estate, is a typical place name in the MÃ©doc terroir, a combination of the Gascon words meaning fountain (fon) of the little valley (badet). In the Middle Ages, the estate was part of the ChÃ¢teau Latour domain and all the evidence dating back to that period shows that vines were planted very early on.
The vineyard was subsequently owned by families whose names are still remembered by the inhabitants of the region today. At the beginning of the 19th century, it was purchased by Pierre de GÃ¨res de Loupes, son of the Lord of Camarsac, who was the Vice-Prefect of Lesparre and Justice of the Peace in Pauillac, and was then owned by the Clarke and Chancel widows at the end of the Second Empire.
A century later, the other MÃ©doc growth owned by the Clarke family, ChÃ¢teau Clarke in Listrac, was linked to the Rothschild name. In fact, destiny was to link the Peyronie family to that legendary name on several occasions.
The 20-hectare vineyard of ChÃ¢teau Fonbadet is planted with the traditional MÃ©doc grape varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and an additional 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec. The wines are aged 18 months in barrels, with 30% new oak.