Château Fombrauge is one of the several châteaux owned by the incredibly dynamic Bernard Magrez of Château Pape Clément. The name Fombrauge actually comes from two words: fons brogiera, which means - source surrounded by heather and bushes. The sources that gave Fombrauge its name still exist, which is why you'll find a wash-house at the heart of the vineyards. The history of the property started as early as 1679 and has passed through the hands of several owners over the centuries. Fombrauge received a new life when it was purchased by Magrez in 1999. While its main production remains red wines, the property also has 3 hectares planted to white, including a smattering of the lesser seen Sauvignon Gris. Magrez is known to be incredibly immaculate in his winemaking and Fombrauge is no exception. As many as 50 workers scan and sort the grapes before they go into the vat de-stemmed but not crushed. A long soak takes places before fermentation and once it has turned to wine, it is aged in 50% new oak for 18 months and then bottled without filtration. In addition to Fombrauge’s main red, the estate also produces a special cuvée called Magrez Fombrauge, made from incredibly low yielding grapes, as well as a second wine called Cuvée Cadran de Fombrauge.