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After the Belle Epoque of 1900, the last edition of the Féret before the First World War was published in 1908, a year of unrest and crisis in the winemaking world. Château Fonbadet,owned by Bernard Coudert, was ranked among the top Crus Bourgeois Supérieurs of Pauillac. In the aftermath of the First World War, the Bordeaux wine trade would never be the same again. The short-lived recovery of the 20s came to a bitter end with the 1929 crash and with prohibition in the United States.
Château Fonbadet was classified as a Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur in 1932, confirming its position as one of the very best unclassified Pauillac growths, according to the 1855 Classification.
The continuity of the Cru de Fonbadet over the centuries is particularly noteworthy in a context where many other leading Pauillac growths disappeared, taken over by neighbouring Grands Crus.
In the 1868 edition of the Féret, at the time of the Clarke and Chancel widows, Fonbadet, a Cru Bourgeois, produced 60 to 80 barrels. After the death of the Clarke widow, the Chancel widow owned the estate alone, before it was inherited by the Larose family. Like many old noble families who owned vineyards before the French Revolution, the de Larose family gave up due to the vineyard disease crisis.
Reconstituted between 1885 and 1898, the Fonbadet vineyard covered an uninterrupted area of 30 hectares, as emphasised by Féret the Younger in a special note accompanying the 7th edition (1898).