CH DE FONBEL ST EMILION GR CRU 15
Chateau de Fonbel is owned by the Vauthier family, who also own Ch. Ausone, and the 16 ha vineyard and winery is found just below Ausone and Moulin St Georges in the famous right bank appellation of Saint Emilion.
Now run by Alain Vautier, the wine benefits from all the associated positives of its link to the highly regarded Ausone and is seen as one of the rising stars of the appellation, consistently offering solid wines of high quality.
The vineyard is unusually planted with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% petit verdot for the St. Emilion appelation. These two varieties give the wine structure andqualities whilst also add layers of complexitiesmcomplimentary to the Merlot component which makes up 70% of the blend. the balance is made up by 3% carmenere, and the wine spends 10 months in oak (30% new), producing a wine with long ageing potential - up to 15 years.
"The 2015 Fonbel has a delightful bouquet with raspberry and blackberry fruit and hints of pencil lead that I did not notice out of barrel. It's quite tight at the moment and will require bottle age to open. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, caressing opening. There is a mixture of red and black fruit here with graphite and allspice, a finely proportioned Fonbel with quite a sustained finish. Very fine. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2032."
Score: 91 - Neal Martin, March 2018