Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru Saint-Emilion AOC, Bordeaux, France, 2016


Absolutely fantastic value for money here! For less than £25 the quality of fruit in this wine is often seen in bottles £40+. It's a fairly classic right bank blend, dominated by Merlot with the other supporting varieties adding structure and complexity. Long juicy finish, oaky complexion, robust, elegant, and smooth tannins. A lovely bottle of Bordeaux for the price.

Château de Fonbel is situated on Roman vineyard sites, but in the modern era, life started in 1971 when it was purchased by Alain Vauthier. The Vauthier family are famous for also owning Château Ausone, one of the most iconic and prestigious wine estates in Bordeaux. The Fonbel vineyards are at the bottom of a slope, not far from Ausone. One interesting fact is that Château de Fonbel has one of the largest plantings of the minor grapes Carmenere and Petit Verdot in all of Bordeaux, hence the strong appearances in the wines.

2016 Vintage.

Producer: Château de Fonbel

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Grapes: Merlot 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Petit Verdot 7%, Carmenere 3%

Alcohol: 13.5%

Status: None