Château de Fonbel

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

8.9234 ratings
9.019 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Blend of Merlot with 5% Carmenere and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep Ruby with aromas of red berry fruits, floral and spice notes. On the palate flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry with dried flower and baking spice. Fine tannins on medium finish ending with a fruit character, good to drink now!

Blend of Merlot with 5% Carmenere and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep Ruby with aromas of red berry fruits, floral and spice notes. On the palate flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry with dried flower and baking spice. Fine tannins on medium finish ending with a fruit character, good to drink now!

Jun 25th, 2022
David Kline

Kirsch-y chocolate, wet violets, espresso, star anise, Saigon cinnamon, seared steak on butter, broken stick cinnamon, biomass is rain, and baked cinnamon apple smells. Subdued in comparison to its nose, the earthy and herbaceous entry features smoky soils, marinated mushroom, dusty oak, dried bing cherry, cranberry sharpness, black olive, date, and dried black currant. Lightest burnt rosemary almost refutes mention.



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Kirsch-y chocolate, wet violets, espresso, star anise, Saigon cinnamon, seared steak on butter, broken stick cinnamon, biomass is rain, and baked cinnamon apple smells. Subdued in comparison to its nose, the earthy and herbaceous entry features smoky soils, marinated mushroom, dusty oak, dried bing cherry, cranberry sharpness, black olive, date, and dried black currant. Lightest burnt rosemary almost refutes mention.



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Feb 9th, 2022
Stefan Dolhain

2015 vintage. Owned by the Vauthier family (Ausone, Moulin Saint Georges and La Clotte). A blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and interestingly 5% Carnenere and 5% Petit Verdot. Seriously reduced, I wildly double-decanted the wine, and struggled with the nose for over an hour before it finally started to shine. My patience was rewarded as the beast miraculously turned into some kind of a beauty. Ripe red fruit, violets and a mineral touch.

2015 vintage. Owned by the Vauthier family (Ausone, Moulin Saint Georges and La Clotte). A blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and interestingly 5% Carnenere and 5% Petit Verdot. Seriously reduced, I wildly double-decanted the wine, and struggled with the nose for over an hour before it finally started to shine. My patience was rewarded as the beast miraculously turned into some kind of a beauty. Ripe red fruit, violets and a mineral touch.

Sep 22nd, 2021
Tobin Trevarthen

Definitely a classic Bordeaux. Still developing. Bing cherry. Black fruit.

Definitely a classic Bordeaux. Still developing. Bing cherry. Black fruit.

Mar 20th, 2018
Richard Rosensweig

Classic Bordeaux structure, taste and feel, with some lovely notes of violet, wet stone and purple fruit. Still somewhat austere and tannic. But developing nicely. The bouquet opens quite a bit after about an hour. Will probably peak in a few years.

Classic Bordeaux structure, taste and feel, with some lovely notes of violet, wet stone and purple fruit. Still somewhat austere and tannic. But developing nicely. The bouquet opens quite a bit after about an hour. Will probably peak in a few years.

1 person found it helpfulDec 17th, 2016
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.2

Smooth criminal

Smooth criminal

Dec 23rd, 2015
Ivonne Nill

All around very pleasant, still vibrant fruit, well balanced and very food friendly.2006 vintage.

All around very pleasant, still vibrant fruit, well balanced and very food friendly.2006 vintage.

Jul 25th, 2015
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.0

Alain and Pauline are the best. It ain't ausone but it'll do. Very nice for a 2011 and always a great value

Alain and Pauline are the best. It ain't ausone but it'll do. Very nice for a 2011 and always a great value

Jun 2nd, 2015
Chris Chan

Smell strong n taste dry. Medium body. Great value. Good to drink with or with food.

Smell strong n taste dry. Medium body. Great value. Good to drink with or with food.

Jan 8th, 2015
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director, Red Lion Inn

9.1

Yum. Not too complex. But drinking great right now.

Yum. Not too complex. But drinking great right now.

Apr 24th, 2014