2016 Ch de Fonbel St Emilion

Ch de Fonbel St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Fonbel
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2022-2030
Case Size
12x75cl
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2016 Ch de Fonbel St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Fonbel
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2022-2030
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Later

In Bond
Case price

£155.00 (Ex. VAT)

Qty
(10+ in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 88-89

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). 2019-2028

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Region

St Emilion, Red Bordeaux

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.

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