Château Fontenil

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0151 ratings
9.215 pro ratings
Fronsac, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Dan R
8.1

Lean and drying, but with good acidity and structure. Animal notes emerge on day 2.

Lean and drying, but with good acidity and structure. Animal notes emerge on day 2.

Mar 6th, 2019
James Forsyth

Spending Valentine's Day with a big boy. No, Cara hasn't undergone some major change. Rather, this Fontenil packs a punch... black and blue (fruit that is). An overt and tasty offering from Michel Rolland.

Spending Valentine's Day with a big boy. No, Cara hasn't undergone some major change. Rather, this Fontenil packs a punch... black and blue (fruit that is). An overt and tasty offering from Michel Rolland.

Feb 15th, 2018
Chris McClellan

Tart, plush blueberries, chocolate and med + acid. Slight earth, but certainly earth driven. Some oak appreciated on the nose. Opened up over hours.

Tart, plush blueberries, chocolate and med + acid. Slight earth, but certainly earth driven. Some oak appreciated on the nose. Opened up over hours.

Nov 24th, 2017
Daron Watson

violets, damson, fig, black cherry, blackberry, spice cake & cigar box ~ rich soft licorice tannins

violets, damson, fig, black cherry, blackberry, spice cake & cigar box ~ rich soft licorice tannins

2 people found it helpfulJan 26th, 2016
April Wang

Medium plus ruby. Prunes, blueberry, smoke, spices, fine tannins. Medium plus acidity, medium sugar

Medium plus ruby. Prunes, blueberry, smoke, spices, fine tannins. Medium plus acidity, medium sugar

2 people found it helpfulJan 20th, 2016
Michael Solway

Outstanding effort from a challenging vintage. The "cool" clay soils of Fronsac prevailed in this scorchingly, hot, dry year.

Outstanding effort from a challenging vintage. The "cool" clay soils of Fronsac prevailed in this scorchingly, hot, dry year.

2 people found it helpfulMay 23rd, 2015
Aaron Rankin

Poured Bdx and Napa for some novices, to demonstrate stylistic differences. Wasn’t a fair comparison, per varietals and age, but directionally right nonetheless. This was showed very well IMO. Nice complexity and still plenty of structure for aging. I gave it 8 hours of slow ox.

Poured Bdx and Napa for some novices, to demonstrate stylistic differences. Wasn’t a fair comparison, per varietals and age, but directionally right nonetheless. This was showed very well IMO. Nice complexity and still plenty of structure for aging. I gave it 8 hours of slow ox.

1 person found it helpfulAug 5th, 2018
Aaron Rankin

Give it 30m in a decanter and you'll be rewarded.

Give it 30m in a decanter and you'll be rewarded.

1 person found it helpfulMay 20th, 2017
Alara Buyukcinar

Fig, black cherry blackberry tones. Beautiful wine

Fig, black cherry blackberry tones. Beautiful wine

1 person found it helpfulFeb 14th, 2017
John Zuzek

Wine #6: Now we're getting somewhere. Typical Rolland traits. Lots of extraction, delicious wine.

Wine #6: Now we're getting somewhere. Typical Rolland traits. Lots of extraction, delicious wine.

1 person found it helpfulMay 2nd, 2016