Chateau de Bonhoste
Overlooking the Dordogne, Château de Bonhoste's vines cover 44 hectares of excellent quality clay/limestone soil. Approximately 45 km to the east of the city of Bordeaux and 6 km from Saint-Emilion, the chateau is situated in the 'Entre-Deux-Mers' region.
70% of the vines for the red wines are Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, whilst for the whiltes 55% are Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon and 5% Muscadelle.
Château de Bonhoste uses traditional viticulture in its vineyards, and practises « la lutte raisonée », using chemicals only where strictly necessary. They focus on the selection and management of vines to achieve excellent quality in the wines with a belief that this gives the wines authenticity and a better expression of the terroir in which the vines are grown.
One of the distinctions of Château de Bonhoste is the aging of their wines in underground cellars of natural stone. Effectively quarries that were used to build the city of Bordeaux several centuries ago. The atmoshere of the underground cellar at almost 100% humidity and almost no variation of temperature throughout the hot summers and cold winters make it a perfect place to store wine. The wine is kept in bottle in the cellar, and when it comes to despatching it, the bottles are cleaned and labelled. A relatively expensive process, but worth it to the Fourniers who believe that no compromises should be made in producing excellent quality wine.