The nature of the geological base of the terroir of the first two historic Crus Classés of Pauillac, Latour and Lafite-Rothschild, is therefore very different, serious Mindel II for Latour and severe Mindel I for Lafite-Rothschild. In this ensemble, the northern part of the Château Fonbadet terroir is adjoining Château Mouton Rothschild, the central part near Pauillac adjoins Château Lynch Bages, and the southern part is bordered by Château Latour and Château Pichon Baron de Longueville.
The 20 hectares of Château Fonbadet vineyard benefit from traditional grape varieties in the Médoc, with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and a further 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec. In Fonbadet, the harvest is done in the tradition: by hand. The duration of the harvest varies according to the degree of maturity of the different grape varieties. It can range from 15 days to a month. A troop of about fifty pickers, faithful to the cru for the majority, begins by returning first the merlots, then the cabernets and finally the small verdots.
Eric Boissenot, in association with Pascale Peyronie, proceeds to this difficult but nevertheless fascinating and fantastic adventure of the final assembly. The descent into barrels will be done later to a barrel park renewed with 50% of new wood. With this rotation to two years, the estate retains at best the original identity of its great terroir and its old vines. The passage in barrels, lasting a maximum of 18 months, will give roundness, silky and elegance to the wines of Château Fonbadet.
20 hectares (divided into 3 separate entities: 4 hectares around the property adjoining Château Latour and Pichon Comtesse, 3 hectares in the center of Pauillac alongside Lynch Bages and 13 hectares north of the appellation surrounded by the vineyard of Mouton Rothschild)