Tradition and a filial bond, since 1931
The second son in a family of small-scale farmers from the highlands in the Corrèze region, Jean Moueix moved “up” to Paris in the 1920s, where with his wife Adèle he opened a first cheese and dairy produce shop; he subsequently established many more. Several years later, they bought Château Fonroque where they settled for good. The decades that ensued sealed the attachment felt by Jean and Adèle, and later by their son Jean-Antoine, for the lands of Fonroque. The oldest records show that Fonroque has always been a wine-producing estate.
When Jean-Antoine died in 1979, the firm Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix (a family-owned, Libourne wine trade firm) was entrusted with the running of this estate.
The vineyard was managed on the basis of a programme of regular replanting and drainage work. The method of green harvesting, especially for young vines, is used systematically.
In the wine storehouse, the introduction of extremely careful management of barrels and efficiency in blending techniques are key contributions to quality. Considerable investments were made in 1993 which financed the construction of a second barrel storehouse, a bottling room and a tasting room.
Vine growing methods that take into account the fundamental balances of nature provide the foundations for vinification that produces wines of premium quality.
Alain Moueix was appointed to manage this family estate in 2001. Each generation makes its mark, and Alain clearly adheres to this tradition.