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phe. En lui succédant en 1985, son fils, Patrice Pagès, conserve le même état d’esprit : minutie, savoir faire et passion. Ainsi, les vins du Château Fourcas Dupré n’ont pas cessé de progresser au cours des 30 dernières années. Reconnu par ses pairs, le Château Fourcas Dupré est membre de l’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, de l’Académie du Vin de Bordeaux et de la Commanderie du Bontemps Médoc et Graves, Sauternes et Barsac.
phe. En lui succédant en 1985, son fils, Patrice Pagès, conserve le même état d’esprit : minutie, savoir faire et passion. Ainsi, les vins du Château Fourcas Dupré n’ont pas cessé de progresser au cours des 30 dernières années. Reconnu par ses pairs, le Château Fourcas Dupré est membre de l’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, de l’Académie du Vin de Bordeaux et de la Commanderie du Bontemps Médoc et Graves, Sauternes et Barsac.
phe. En lui succédant en 1985, son fils, Patrice Pagès, conserve le même état d’esprit : minutie, savoir faire et passion. Ainsi, les vins du Château Fourcas Dupré n’ont pas cessé de progresser au cours des 30 dernières années. Reconnu par ses pairs, le Château Fourcas Dupré est membre de l’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, de l’Académie du Vin de Bordeaux et de la Commanderie du Bontemps Médoc et Graves, Sauternes et Barsac.
The Vertical Tasting of Château Fourcas  Dupré from 1970 to 2008

1970: Vintage of anthology at Fourcas Dupré.  Depending on the bottle storage one can find real gems.  These days it outshines a certain number of classifed growth of the time.

1971: A reasonably acid framework; made with grapes from old vines. The 1971 from Fourcas Dupré holds nice surprises, depending on the bottles.  In a blind tasting in February 2010, the bottle tasted was remarkably fresh, and round in the middle of the mouth. 
A very emotional moment.

1972, 1973, 1974: Not much to be ecstatic about.  These vintages were not great.  The 1973 is the best of the three: made with a large proportion of grapes from young vines, we find wines that weren't really made to last.  The last vintage is, however, pleasant but the other two should have been drunk a while ago.

1975 : A great vintage, fairly acidic with a very tannic structure that has allowed this wine to evolve and age well up until now.  It took a little time to open up.  It also has a panel of earthy aromas marked by leather
and game.  Fourcas Dupré proves, with this vintage, the capacity of its wines to age well.  Give preference to the magnums.

1976: A vintage that should have been drunk rapidly, like all the wines from Bordeaux.  Our 1976 is no exception.  The magnums can sometimes hold pleasant surprises.

1977: A vintage to forget.  It should have been drunk a long time ago.

1978: Pleasant surprises in the magnums.  Reasonable vintage suitable for ageing.  For amateurs of old wines.

1979: This vintage is considered as lesser than 1978.  The wines of Fourcas Dupré still last remarkably well thanks to a level of acidity that allows the wine to resist against time.  From experience, the magnums delicately decanted for at least two hours are very impressive. 
An experience not to be missed.

1980: A weak vintage.   The wine should already have been drunk.

1981: A very nice "old wine".  1981 was made to age graciously and it has done so.  Nice surprises in store for a classical framework (bouquet and complexity).

1982: A great Bordeaux vintage.  Some very good bottles, even though it must be admitted that the results vary from one bottle to the next.

1983: A sunny vintage and meaty wine.  1983 is one of the good vintages.  It is one of the best bottles to open at the moment. 
Don't wait too long to drink it.

1984: A weak vintage and the wines, if they have been drunk, merited
to have been so.

1985: An anthological vintage at  Fourcas Dupré.  Whether in bottles
or magnums, this wine is full of divine surprises.  Easily matches
up to a good few "crus classes".  In the Top 5 Fourcas Dupré wines
of the last 40 years.

1986: Another very good Fourcas Dupré vintage.  Though in the shadow of the 1985, it is an excellent alternative.

1987: A weak vintage and the wines, if they were good, should have already been drunk.

1988: A vintage that wasn't promoted very much but for which you find some good bottles.  Though very classical (complex and refined),
our 88's are delicious.

1989: Offers wonderful moments.  This vintage had more structure and density than the 1990.  It is also in the Top 5 Fourcas Dupré wines. Surprises you with its freshness.


1990: Great vintage and very impressive since two years. It shows amazingly younger and fresher these days. Sumptuous bottles,
others a little more fragile.

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994: Vintages you should have drunk as they
don't offer any potential for improving with age.  The 1991 and 1994 are the two that come out as being the most competitive.

1995: Great vintage and success at Fourcas Dupré.  This rather masculine wine can still age gracefully and already has the aromas
of well-aged wines.

1996: Impressive these days.  Though less publicised than the 1995,
the 1996 is not a lesser wine.  It's also in the Top 5.

1997: The eternal survivor.  For the last 10 years one has heard that
this average vintage should be drunk rapidly but whether in bottles
or magnums, the wine is still delicious.  We held a tasting here
to show the ageing potential of our wines, even with "lesser vintages". We had a very pleasant time and the price is very reasonable (top 3 when it comes to good value for money).

1998: A great vintage, very classical and very complex.  A great wine. Will continue to age well.

1999: This vintage has substance and a meaty side to it that we particularly like.  Is tasting particularly well at the moment. 
Will continue to age well. (In the top 3 regarding value for money).

2000: The tannins of Fourcas Dupré 2000 will allow it to last a lot
longer.  We recommend decanting for about 2 hours.  To drink now
and to lay down.

2001: Fine, subtle, complex, the 2001 is delicate whilst developing aromas of violets.  Tasting well now.  Will last a further 5 - 6 years.

2002: Best to wait.  Already developing advancing aromas and offers
a good complexity, supported by a good acidity.  (In the top 3 regarding value for money).  To drink now or to lay down a further 6 - 7 years.

2003: You can't go wrong with this vintage; it pleases everybody. 
There is a slight smoky finish, typical of our soil.  We recommend
this wine at the beginning of a meal as it's a great charmer, generous, rich and deliciously fruity.  It still has a good few more years to go.

2004: While 2003 has a complex and subtle character, 2004 is
the wine that we would recommend serving after the 2003.  The 2003 seduces immediately, the 2004 takes you further in terms of complexity and finesse.  A wine for connoisseurs and aesthetes.  Tasting well
at the moment.

2005: The great vintage of the moment.  The wine is starting to open up but will be even better if you wait a little to discover a superb grain, chopped fruit and charm with a remarkable balance.  A great wine. Obviously part of our Top 5.  Will age another 10 to 15 years without
a doubt.

2006: The Merlot vintage (over 50% in the final blending) starts off particularly fruity and smooth with very mellow, melting tannins. 
This vintage also presents an exceptional minerality in the middle of
the mouth, an expression of Pyrenean gravel soil.  It's one of
the distinctive characteristics of Fourcas Dupré, one of the rare
châteaux in the Medoc to benefit from this type of soil.  The maturing
in oak barrels (33% new wood) underlines and structures the finish. 2006 will be a great wine to lay down.  We recommend waiting another
1 or 2 years.

2007: One can already find a richness and roundness.  The fruit is dashing and brilliant, the colour a deep ruby.  The rich wholeness will become a wine of very good performance and company.   In a year
or two it will reveal all its complexity and minerality.  It's an excellent vintage to have before the 2005 or the 2009 for example.  Should peak
in about 3 - 4 years but is already good to drink now.

2008: A vintage made from a reduced production (less than 40 hl/ha)
in which the Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend.  It offers round, smooth and complex tannins:  Everything that one likes.  Good vintage.
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