Château des Fougères, Graves Rouge 2011
Stéphane Derenoncourt, Bordeaux
“It is fashionable nowadays for winemakers to talk of putting terroir into the bottle but the instinctive Derenoncourt is more convincing than most that he actually does it.” Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages of JancisRobinson.com May 2004
Stéphane Derenoncourt began working in the vineyard at the age of 19, becoming proficient in all aspects of vine work. When he became the cellar master at Château Pavie-Macquin, he was able to put his vine knowledge to use by making exceptional wines. He also acted as a consultant for many leading properties, as he continues to do today, with great sensitivity and a belief in the sacrosanct nature of wines to evoke their own specific terroir and individuality. Stéphane’s consultant venture ‘Derenoncourt Consultants’ embodies a new generation of consultancy in viticulture and wine-making. Their philosophy is that there is no such thing as a ‘petit vin’. With a broad palette of clients, a huge amount of investment and a great deal of hard work, they are able to showcase many lesser-known terroirs, producing exceptional wines, each with a distinct personality. Stéphane’s personal property, Domaine de l’A, is a 10 hectares estate planted to Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc (20%) at Sainte-Colombe, to the east of St Emilion in the Côtes de Castillon.
Graves Rouge ‘Château des Fougères’: 12.5 hectares property near La Brède, with vines ageing 10-30 years planted on gravel soils. 85% planted to red grapes. All vineyard work is manual. 14-16 months in French oak barriques.
Enticing smoke, earth, kirsch, blackberry, plums and morello cherry aromas. Stunningly elegant with fine-grained tannins, medium body and complex, lingering finish.
Grapes: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc