From the Vauthier stable comes this Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Château Fonbel, which quite frankly is a steal and comes highly recommended at £120.00 per case... The ’08 is regularly selling at £150.00.
Robert Parker - The 2014 Fonbel, from the Famille Vauthier of Ausone, has a pretty bouquet with fragrant red berry fruit laced with peony and potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, slightly chalky tannin. There is moderate weight in the mouth, a Château de Fonbel that is classic in style and whilst some might hanker for a little more flesh on the finish, I appreciate the focus and tension in this wine. Drink over the next four or five years.
Neal Martin on Apr 1st, 2015
Château Fonbel was purchased in 1971 by Alain Vauthier, owner of Châteaux Ausone and Moulin St Georges, and is considered as St.Emilion’s best winemaker. The plantings at Château Fonbel are unlike any other Bordeaux producer as the percentage of Petit Verdot (Around 7%) and Carmenère (Around 3%) are higher than most others. The rest of the blend is predominately Merlot (Around 70%) with some Cabernet Sauvignon (Around 20%).
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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