Château Fourcas Dupré: Vineyards

Heading south on the Médoc on the D1215 (a less romantic but rather swifter route than the D2, the famed Route de Châteaux), the road passes straight through the centre of Le Fourcas, Le Tris and Listrac itself. It is a last gasp for the inner vineyards of the Médoc; there are vines on the southern side of the village only as far as Castelnau-de-Médoc, after which they give way once again to rough scrubland (more common than vines this far inland), fields full of solar panels, and eventually the suburbs of Bordeaux.

Château Fourcas Dupré

It is impossible to miss Château Fourcas Dupré. The buildings straddle the road as you enter Le Fourcas, the old cellars on the right proudly bearing the name of the estate for all to see. The vineyards are notable for sitting at an altitude 43 metres, the Médocian version of Mount Everest. I have heard that some locals feel light-headed as they drive through this hamlet, as they head north to their jobs in the vineyards of grand châteaux.

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