The name of Château Fombrauge derives from "Fons Brogiera", meaning "source surrounded by heather and bushes". Vineyards have been planted in the valuable soils of this former Carthusian monastery -Saint-Emilion's largest Grand Cru Classé- since 1466. It was in 1867 that the estate's voluptuous wine was awarded gold at the World Fair in Paris.
When acquired by Bernard Magrez in 1999, a complete restoration was undertaken to preserve its period style. The generous single-floor mansion slumbers at the end of a long gravel drive, flanked by stately topiary gardens. A long terrace overlooks 300-year-old tulip trees and a seemingly infinite expanse of vines, which stretch out over 58 hectares.
One of the five cellars, brimming with 900 barrels of resting wine, features bottles from 1871; another is presided over by a large antique clock. Bernard Magrez’s passion for collecting antique timepieces is revealed throughout: in the cabinets of the tasting salon with their silver clocks, and on the château’s grounds, in the veins of a sundial dating back to 1679, which was ordered by the previous owner of the estate, Jacques de Canolle.
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