The church in Fronsac
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Marcel Durant|
|15.29 km2 (5.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||75/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||1–84 m (3.3–275.6 ft) |
(avg. 30 m or 98 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The commune is situated in the Fronsadais and is bordered on the south by the Dordogne River and on the east by the Isle River, which separates it from Libourne. Fronsac is 40 km northeast of Bordeaux and 5 km northwest of Libourne and the Saint-Émilion and Pomerol appellations.
Fronsac's mound owes its history to its privileged position. It was the site of the Gauls' market, the Romans erected an altar there, and Charlemagne built a fortified camp on the mound ("Franciacus") in 769, where the Basques led by duke Lupo came to pledge allegiance to the Frankish King after Aquitaine's submission. In 849, Fronsac was pillaged by Hasting, the chief of the Vikings. The Marechal of Richelieu had a "folly" built there, to an extravagant architectural design, where he held courtly entertainments. As word spread of these events, the renown of Fronsac's wines was carried with it to the Court of Versailles. In the 18th Century, the names of Fronsac and Canon Fronsac enjoyed a very good reputation. It was at this time that the concept of "cru" first appeared in the Libournais.
|1983–present (re-elected in March 2008)||Marcel Durant||UMP||Retired farmer|
|Earlier data are not known|
- Saint-Martin's Church, which is classed as a Monument historique, (historical monument).
- Guillaume-Sanche de Pommiers, Sire of Pommiers, Viscount of Fronsac
- Joachim Rouhault de Gamaches
Situated on the right bank of the Gironde River, the commune is an appellation in itself, as well as a sub-appellation, Canon-Fronsac AOC.
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