Fon du Berger
- Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Chateau la Fon du Berger was started in 1983 by Gerard Bouges with 4 hectares of vines in Saint Sauveur, which is just next to Pauillac, 3 kilometers away. Today, Gerard’s son Vincent has joined him and they have 25 hectare of vines. Most of the vineyards are in the Haut-Medoc, which has a terroir very similar to Pauillac with deep gravel and sand, well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. The notable difference is that the soil is a bit heavier with more clay, giving a rich texture and forward fruit to the wine.
Today, the vines average 35 years old, with mostly 60% Cabernet Sauvignon planted, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. The vines are planted densely, naturally lowering the yield. The winery follows sustainable farming in the vineyards – with no herbicides or pesticides. Wines are vinified in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels.
Château la Fon du Berger has Cru Bourgeois status. Today, the Cru Bourgeois includes over 250 wineries from the Medoc region from the appellations of Medoc, Haut-Medoc, Listrac, Moulis, Margaux, Pauillac, Saint Julien, and Saint-Estephe. The Cru Bourgeois is a union of growers that guarantees a high quality wine from the Medoc. Since 2010, there is a blind tasting each year to determine which wines will have the Cru Bourgeois status. Unlike the Classified Growths of 1855, a winery could be included or excluded from one vintage to the next, determined by a professional tasting panel.