Changes to the vineyard

Château Fourcas Hosten

A niche in nature

Listrac village is located at an altitude of 43 metres (141 feet) between the Gironde Estuary and the Atlantic, and fully deserves its nickname “roof of Medoc”. The surrounding woods bring significant bio-diversity to the area, serving to focus everyone’s attention on nature.

In this privileged environment, the Fourcas Hosten estate lies partly on the Listrac plain with its clayey limestone soil and partly on the Pyrenean gravels that make up the Fourcas plateau.

Listening to the terroir

Since 2010, the property’s 50 hectares (124 acres) have been subjected to a massive replanting campaign implemented over about ten years. An extensive soil study that has produced detailed maps of the estate has made it possible to match the best suited grape varieties with each plot. Merlot vines and white wine varieties are thus concentrated on clayey limestone areas, while the stony parts of the estate host Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the last variety to be planted at Château Fourcas Hosten.

Château Fourcas Hosten

A white is born!

Starting in 2012, Sauvignon blanc and Sauvignon gris vines were planted, followed by Semillon. This was to get the best out of the property’s terroir, while reviving the historical Listrac white wines. This two-hectare (5-acre) plot is cultivated entirely organically and requires close attention from the winegrowers, continuous learning and the implementation of new knowledge.

In the winery, all the operations are driven by gravity alone, thereby protecting the fruit and capturing its magnificent aromatic richness.