Chateau Fontenil Fronsac 2010


SKU 07338


The 40-year-old vines of Château Fontenil are on a slope with a southerly aspect, looking down on the river Isle (a tributary of the Dordogne) and the town of Libourne. The wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged for 12 - 15 months in 60% new French oak barrels and is a serious and complex wine. Open, rich and opulent, it has very ripe, concentrated, black fruits and coffee on the palate with fine tannins on the long, silky finish. This château is owned by Michel Rolland and typifies his nature to work against the odds to bring the best out of a relatively lowly appellation.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Fronsac
Brand Chateau Fontenil
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Fontenil displays loads of crushed rock and floral notes intermixed with raspberries, red currants and some darker fruits such as blueberries. It is medium to full-bodied, with relatively soft tannins but good acidity, ripeness and focus. It should drink nicely for at least a decade.

Robert Parker, February 27, 2013
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorFresh and racy, with a very direct beam of black cherry and red currant fruit, gently laced with tobacco and sage hints that glide through the inviting finish. Not as grippy as the best, but shows lovely purity and balance, with deceptive length. Best from 2015 through 2023.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013
  • we90-92

Wine Enthusiast90-92 New wood aromas, and a tight palate, very toasty in character. Blackberry juice is under the wood, with the relief of final acidity. Barrel sample.

Roger Voss, June 25, 2011