During the reign of King Louis XIV, the current vineyard of Château Fonbadet was already entirely planted with vines, as was the case all along the river in Pauillac. Further from the river, the land was essentially given over to cereal crops or heath. At the beginning of the 18th century, many of today’s most reputed vineyards were not yet planted, in particular around Batailley, Mouton, Carruades, Grand Puy or Moussas. It was only during the 19th century that this land was planted with vines.
These old maps show that the Château Fonbadet terroirs have been constantly planted with vines for three centuries, from the Great Winter of 1709 to the present day. This continuity in the presence of vines is the hallmark of great terroirs, as only such terroirs are able to regularly produce elite wines.