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Bruno Borie was born into a very peculiar family, his mother is Monique Rochette, one of the oldest winemaking households in the Medoc area, owners of Ducluzeau, an iconic Château that dates to 1700. And his father was Jean-Eugène, owner of no other than the esteemed 2nd growth, Ducru-Beaucaillou.
Bruno has continued his parent's work and taken the reins of Ducru-Beaucaillou and Ducluzeau.Both Châteaux are today at the top of their games.
Since 2009, he took the leadership of the 3rd family Château, Fourcas-Borie with one goal in mind: “to improve the quality of the wine, to contemporize without changing the wine’s true nature or disturbing the purity of the flavors found in the Listrac terroir. To share the wines of this underestimated region with wine lovers around the world.”
Listrac is one of the 6 communes of the Medoc appellation. The estate is located about 15 miles away from the Atlantic, overlooking the Medoc peninsula. The 86-acre vineyard is planted on a gentle rise, where half of the soil is gravel on a clay base and the rest is clay-siliceous soil on a base of limestone. The vines (mostly Merlot, Cab Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot) are of 25-year-old average.
This is an exceptional Merlot-based wine that’s loved by some of the major wine critics in the world. A well-structured, cheerful wine, filled with stunning black fruit aromas and flavors, and amazing cellaring potential.
Aging: 12 months, 20% in new oak barrels, and 80% in one-year-old barrels.
Tasting Notes: 68% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
The palate is pure, polished, and richly textured. It has a good grip in the finish. ~92-94 The Wine Doctor
Deep dark ruby garnet, opaque core, subtle lightening of the edges, ripe cherries, smoky spiciness, delicate graphite, fresh tangerine zest. Firm, crunchy, sweet plums, firm tannins, sticks well, pleasant extract sweetness in the finish. ~92 Falstaff
The 2016 Chateau Fourcas-Borie is a blend of 68% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, matured for 12 months in 20% new oak and the remainder one-year-old. I found more precision and intensity on the Fourcas-Borie compared to Bruno's other Listrac, Ducluzeau, quite floral with cassis and blueberry aromas developing in the glass. The palate is sweet on the entry with noticeable new oak at the moment, though that prudent 20% is totally in sync with the fruit. This is very sleek, and silky to the touch with a slight graininess developing on the finish. It has great potential, although it deserves several years in a bottle. ~90-92 Robert Parker
A bright array of wild red fruit on the nose, as well as cassis and tobacco, leads to the palate that has a fresh dark fruit core with the 15 percent petit verdot adding grip at the punchy finish. Try from 2021. ~91 James Suckling
Bold black fruits give this wine great richness and density. It has plenty of power, with a balance between the tannins and ripe black-currant flavors. The juicy aftertaste comes from the unusually high 15% of Petit Verdot in the blend. ~91 Wine Enthusiast
Ripe nose, pure with fine oak in the background, classic notes of dark cherry, plum, and cassis with fresh sage and mint. Medium weight with dense fruit, youthful but polished texture with good grip and freshness, pure and long finish. ~91 Andreas Larsson
The nose is fruity, and fresh and offers a small concentration. It reveals notes of blackberry, cassis, and small touches of small wild red fruits associated with a hint of flowers as well as very discreet hints of spices. The palate is fruity, juicy, and well-balanced and offers a good definition, suavity, a small fat, silkiness, a good definition, an acidulous frame as well as a good structure. On the palate, this wine expresses notes of fleshy/juicy blackberry, juicy cassis, and more slightly wild raspberry associated with small hints of cherry, small wild red fruits as well as discreet hints of tonka bean and toasted/oak. Tannins are fine, elegant, and well-built. An easy-drinking wine. ~91 VertdeVin
Appetizing blackcurrant and raspberry aromas augmented by admirably softened oak. Intense and vivid, with ripe tannins and fine-drawn fruits. ~90 Decanter
~90 Tim Atkin
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