Organic and biodynamic viticulture in Médoc: Château Fourcas Hosten

Château Fourcas-Hosten is one of our favourite châteaux in the Médoc. Lovely, classic Bordeaux wines at a price you wouldn’t have thought existed anymore in Médoc. One reason is that the chateau happens to be in Listrac, an appellation that doesn’t have the possibility to charge the same high prices as the more famous Pauillac, Margaux etc. A few years ago, Fourcas Hosten started working organically and is now experimenting with biodynamic farming.

Sophie Solnicki-Thierry is the marketing director and she says that they introduced organic farming step by step on the 48 hectares of the château. They started with the small plot of white grapes and the white Le Blanc de Fourcas Hosten will be certified for the harvest 2020. The red grapes have been in conversion since 2018 so Château Fourcas Hosten and the second wine Les Cèdres d’Hosten will be certified organic in 2021.

“We started experimenting with biodynamic farming on 16 hectares in 2018”, says Sophie, “and we continued with the same plot in 2019”. The work now continues on the whole property under the guidance of the newly appointed General Director Eloi Jacob.

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The barrel cellar at Chateau Fourcas-Hosten, Listrac, Bordeaux

The barrel cellar at Chateau Fourcas-Hosten, Listrac, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

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