Château Fombrauge


  • The greatest care is brought to the vine to increase the quality of berries: only mannual work
  • Famous enologist consultant: Michel ROLLAND
  • Buy a Saint Emilion who enjoys the same care as his famous brother Château Pape Clément
  • In order to make the Château Fombrauge shine again in France, again important investments are made on the technological and cultural level
  • Conscious of the reality of the market, Bernard MAGREZ has significantly lowered its prices
  • A property always in search of excellence: introduction in 2014 of a drone flying over the vineyards

The history of Fombrauge is linked to 3 families, the Canolle, the Dumas, and the Taffard. It is in 1466 that Jacques de Canolle, first Lord of Fombrauge, buys the property. Dumas de Fombrauge puts into practice, often empirically, very modern techniques for the time in the selection of parcels, encépagement, work on the vine, and vinification. All of these practices will be successful, including commercial success. In the 18th century, the wines made by Dumas de Fombrauge are mainly sold in England, Holland and Germany. At the time, the property of Fombrauge was part of the 10 crus Saint-Emilion and had a certain notoriety. In 1987, the castle is sold to a large Danish trading house. For 12 years, the wines are sold exclusively on the Scandinavian market, and unfortunately became less famous on the French market. In 1999, Fombrauge was acquired by Bernard Magrez, who set up in the spring of 1999 a renovation and reorganization plan for the estate (garden, winery, vineyard).

The domain covers 75 hectares of which 58 hectares are planted with vines, on the exceptional terroir of the wines of Saint-Emilion. The castle extends over the municipalities of Saint-Christophe des Bardes, Saint-Etienne de Lisse and Saint-Hippolyte (communes of Saint-Emilion). The red grape variety consists of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. The management of the vineyard is traditional and all operations are done manually. An identity card has been created for each plot to know its strengths and weaknesses in order to make the most of it.

At the tasting, Fombrauge is revealed as a voluminous wine, which gives off a beautiful impression of freshness.

Their Team

  • Owner: Bernard MAGREZ
  • Oenologist: Michel ROLLAND