4 plots of character!
The estate surely gains its notoriety thanks to a balanced combination of natural components (diversity of soils, climate, grape varieties and innovative blends) and human factors related to the professionalism of the team that surrounds and accompanies the owner, Fergus Fitzgerald, on a daily basis.
The 4 plots
The estate is divided into 4 blocks in the historic town of Vacquiers:
Domaine Fitzgerald benefits from a rich variety of grape varieties:
● Négrette 6,7 hectares
● Cabernet Franc 2,2 hectares
● Gamay 2,2 hectares
● Syrah 0,9 hectare
● Côt 0,86 hectare
● Alicante Henri Bouschet 0,83 hectare
● Cabernet Sauvignon 0,7 hectare
● Mérille 0,4 hectare
● Merlot 0,14 hectare
To sustain its production, Fergus strives to diversify crops according to an annual plantation renewal plan.
Thanks to its age, the vineyard benefits from a good balance guaranteed by 40-year-old vines which were supplemented by 4 hectares planted in 2020.
Indeed, the years when the vines suffer from heat and drought, multiply and a necessary adaptation of the vineyard to global warming naturally involves a varietal structuring of the vineyards.
Faced with the major issues of our time such as climate change, the need to reduce inputs, the growing pressure on the use of water... it is essential to anticipate the future by encompassing all these developments while promoting a return at the sources.
With this in mind, 50 ares of Négrette were planted this year on the estate.
In the future, Fergus wishes to develop new vines to produce white wine, in particular by relaunching the Bouysselet grape variety, once strongly established in the Frontonnais which no longer officially existed on its terroirs.
Finally, Fergus wants to practice sustainable agriculture (HVE) and plans to switch to organic conversion.
Between tradition and innovation, the Domaine FITZGERALD wishes to contribute to carrying high the colors of its wine region which has also become its second homeland.
Plot of 1.3 hectares of sloping vines with an excellent terroir rich in graviers profonds.
Domaine Fitzgerald benefits from a rich variety of original grape varieties that Fergus wishes to perpetuate and develop such as:
La Négrette plantée sur 6,7 hectares :
There are no less than 190 different strains of Négrette, which attests to its ancient origin and its adaptation to the different vineyards where it was planted.
Le Cabernet Franc planté sur 2,2 hectares :
On the nose, the wines are fruity, with nuances of liquorice in Bordeaux, aromas of raspberry and cherry in the Loire Valley.
The mouth is revealed for these wines round, fruity, balanced by a slight freshness.
Le Gamay planté sur 2,2 hectares :
Banished from Burgundy in the 14th century by Philippe le Hardi, Gamay was moved to Beaujolais where it became the emblematic grape variety. It is also well developed in the Loire, the Center (Côte-Roannaise) and Auvergne (Côtes-du-Forez).
Wines made from Gamay have a ruby color with purplish reflections which takes on garnet nuances after two or three years.
On the nose, these wines give off aromas of strawberry, raspberry, even English candy, sometimes with mineral undertones.
The mouth is fruity as hell, it leaves an exceptional feeling of freshness.
La Syrah palntée sur 0,9 hectare :
According to legend, Syrah originates from Shiraz in Persia. More plausibly, this cousin of the Mondeuse Savoyarde would have been planted by the Romans on the steep hills of the northern Rhône Valley.
The color of the wines is purplish black, which takes on an orange hue over time.
On the nose, the wines have powerful aromas of violet, blackcurrant and liquorice.
Le Côt (ou Malbec) planté sur 0,86 hectare :
Red wines made from Malbec have a dark garnet color with bluish reflections when young.
The nose for these wines exudes blackberry, blueberry and black cherry, to which can be added a note of bitter almond.
L' Alicante Henri Bouschet planté sur 0,83 hectare:
Of Spanish origin, Alicante spread to France thanks to Louis Bouschet de Bernard, researcher and experimenter from Montpellier.
Le Cabernet Sauvignon planté sur 0,7 hectare :
The red wines made from this grape variety have a purplish black color when young, which becomes garnet with age.
Cabernet Sauvignon gives wines aromas of cedar and blackcurrant. With age, the aromatic palette of these wines becomes even more complex, with nuances of blond tobacco and almond.
Le Mérille planté sur 0,4 hectare :
Le Merlot planté sur 0,14 hectare :
Wines made from Merlot have a very dense, almost black purplish hue, which evolves towards garnet over time.
The nose is relatively complex, made of blackberry jam, black cherry and prune, with some sweet spices.
The mouth leaves an impression of roundness and fat. Merlot wines fill the mouth well and are easy to taste when young.