history of the wine estate
A family affair
1943… the beginning
In 1943, Suzanne the Parisian arrives at Les Mayons to marry Pierrot from Marseilles, a French soldier her parents had taken in when the French army collapsed.
Pierrot was a woodcutter, but in 1945, people no longer wanted to heat with wood as it was a new time with fuel or electricity. They then had to find new outlets for the wood: the sawmill and pallets.
As a result, Pierrot went looking for pine trees to harvest.
He found the most beautiful ones in the Maures between Les Mayons and Gonfaron.
One day in 1946, after prospecting, Pierrot announced to Suzanne: “I bought La Fouquette”. “Oh, good” replied Suzanne, “but what are you going to do with it?”. Pierrot answered her “become a peasant.”
And so, the adventure began. First, after the wood came the strawberries, then the Burlat cherry trees, the peach trees, and even the chickens.
1967… the second generation
In 1967, Michèle, one of Suzanne’s three daughters, married Yves, a young student who wanted to become a physics teacher but who also decided to “become a farmer”.
Yves’ dream project was to plant vineyards and make his own wine.
When you have to start from scratch with minimal means, it borders on recklessness, but if there is one quality that comes first at La Fouquette, it is work and perseverance.
The first planting rights were granted, and the planted vines also served as firewalls (clever when you know that the fire risk is prominent in the Maures massif).
The first harvests happened, and the construction of the first Cellar began.
In 1975, the first vinification (in a completely traditional way), and in 1979 the first bottling of the Domaine de la Fouquette took place.
First known for producing robust red wines with round but assertive tannins, the Estate quickly developed techniques to deliver fresh and fruity rosés with the arrival in 1994 of the consultant oenologist Bruno Tringali.
2004… the next generation
In 2004, the retirement bell rang for Yves and Michèle. But what should be done about the Estate ?
Their daughter Isabelle, a Medical Sales Rep, who decided to undertake vocational retraining.
After a leave of absence for complete her Wine and enology diploma, she started her new career in this rather masculine line of work.
With her husband Jean-Pierre, a Postgraduate in Chemistry and ten years in biomedical research, they too became “farmers”.
They then contunued developing the Wine Estate: new cellar, new plantations, fermentation thermoregulation, inerting of the juices and wines.
But above all, as of 2010, the conversion to organic farming became a straightforward matter of course, and the utmost priority to respect the natural environment rich in biodiversity of the Maures massif
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