The renown of the Médoc Great Growths went beyond the borders in the 18th Century and their consumption expanded on all the continents.
Aware of the wealth of their soils, the vineyard owners took pains to perfect the maintenance techniques in the vineyards, to restore them, to improve the soil and to create a new vision for the cellars.
As soon as Renaud and Laurent Mommeja acquired Château Fourcas Hosten in 2006 they joined this dynamic of improvement in order to allow the soil and the men and women who work it, to produce exceptional wines for wine lovers all over the world.
For the grape harvest each year of the 47 hectares, 70% is done traditionally by hand, by trained grape pickers, and 30% is done mechanically. (See fiche technique!)
Just before the start of the harvest, a harvesting plan is drawn up, varietal by varietal, plot by plot.
Every ripe bunch of grapes is rigorously sorted before being sent to the vat room.
The organisation of this plot- by- plot follow-up is found throughout the different steps of the wine-making process by the appropriate fermentation for each quality of grape. In the vat room, which was reorganised in 2001, each thermo-regulated vat allows the very precise extraction of all the qualitative elements desired.
Then barrel-ageing takes place over 12 months – a third of the barrels are renewed each year – which is necessary for the Château Fourcas Hosten wines to fully express their quality.
Twenty percent of the second wine, Les Cèdres d’Hosten, is aged in oak barrels, the rest being refined in vats.
A whole team of professionals concentrate their efforts in order for the wine to reach a constant quality every year and to bring real tasting pleasure to its drinkers. The international and national professional press underline the rigour of the winemaking process and the wines’ exceptional taste.
The complete harvest is bottled at the Château which represent 250 000 bottles of the first wine, Château Fourcas Hosten, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur. Les Cèdres d’Hosten generates 60 000 bottles which are sold nationally and internationally.
Renaud and Laurent Mommeja have chosen to entrust the entire annual yield to the Bordeaux wine merchants on the wine marketplace so that their wines can be sold throughout the world.