Château Fonbel 2016

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Also from the Vauthier stable comes another Saint Emilion Grand Cru, this time in the form of Château Fonbel, which quite frankly is a steal and comes highly recommended @ £155.00 per case...

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Score: 91

Jane Anson - "Rich autumnal hedgerow packed with ripe blackberry fruits and overlaid with a fresh, herbal, spicy edge that pulls the mid-palate inwards and allows it to expand on the finish. Expertly done and very enjoyable. 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere. From the Vauthier stable."

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James Suckling

Score: 90-91

A balanced and fruity wine with an almost Burgundian mouthfeel and balance. Medium body and a juicy finish.

James Suckling

Neal Martin

Score: 88-90

The 2016 Fonbel is a blend of 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere picked from 29 September until 18 October at 50 hectoliters per hectare. It has a pretty cranberry and blackcurrant-scented bouquet, quite transparent and terroir-driven with nicely integrated oak (30% aged in new oak). The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a lively and breezy Saint Emilion, not the most complex you will find but full of personality. The freshness suggests that this will drink early, and that Carmenere just gives it something different (although Pauline Vauthier mentioned that she will regraft some of those vines).

Neal Martin