May 10th 2017
This is a new discovery for us. We bought a parcel of the delicious 2009 last year which has become a go-to drinking claret for us. It was with great pleasure, therefore, that we discovered the 2016 stood out as a highlight amongst its peers at the Union des Grands Crus tastings. At £130 a case it offers excellent value as a drinking claret, with classic left-bank structure and style.
Neal Martin praises it: “The 2016 Fonreaud is certainly a Listrac that is worth checking out. The bouquet is very well defined with supremely well-integrated oak that allows the terroir to show through. There is a subtle Margaux-like floral scent coming through.” 91-93 points.
It was both Jancis Robinson and Neal Martin’s highest scoring Listrac, and is one of the great bargain wines of the vintage.
Ch Fonréaud Listrac Médoc 2016
£130 per 12 bottles (12x75cl) IB
£140 per 6 magnums (6x150cl) IB
£215 per 3 double magnums (3x300cl) IB
£127 per imperial (1x600cl) IB
This is a first for us to offer this wine en primeur, having come across the brilliant 2009 vintage it was vital to seek it out this year, and what a joy it is. Shining purple, full of violets and summer fruit aromas. This is beautifully complete, everything that one expects: balanced, poised, sweet with medium tannic structure and length. Excellent in every way. Drink 2023 – 2033, Goedhuis, 91-93 points
The 2016 Fonreaud is certainly a Listrac that is worth checking out. The bouquet is very well defined with supremely well-integrated oak that allows the terroir to show through. There is a subtle Margaux-like floral scent coming through. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins and a very good backbone. This Fonreaud is one of the most precise that I have tasted and there is tangible tension all the way through to the refined finish. This Listrac has produced some very fine wines recently and this 2016 could be the best yet. Neal Martin, 91-93 points
Deep crimson. Rather gorgeously ripe and glossy on the nose. Very sweet black fruits on the palate followed by really quite a charge of ripe tannin. Maybe not the longest-laster, but overall well done! A delicate touch. Jancis Robinson MW, 17 points