- Château Fonbadet
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ PV / Malbec
- Case size
- Available Later
Neal Martin, June 2020,
The 2019 Fonbadet is dark purple in colour. The nose is understated at first, but disarming in terms of purity with blackberry, blueberry and graphite aromas, pretty and nicely focused. The palate is fresh on the entry with a slightly grainy texture, very harmonious and bright, almost sorbet-like with fresh citrus notes towards the graphite infused finish. This is a high-quality offering from one of Pauillac's less well-known crus, though this 2019 is potentially their best wine to date.
Antonio Galloni, June 2020,
The 2019 Fonbadet is racy and so inviting. Plush fruit and soft contours give the 2019 a fabulous sense of immediacy. An infusion of black cherry, plum, licorice, spice and lavender wraps around the palate as this sumptuous Pauillac shows off its alluring personality. There is so much to like here.
Wine Advocate, June 2020,
Score: 90 - 92+
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Fonbadet slowly unfurls to offer suggestions of Black Forest cake, mulberries and preserved plums with a core of blackcurrant cordial, cedar chest, pencil lead and clove oil. The palate bursts with vibrant black berry flavors accented with loads of savory nuances and backed by a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins, finishing with great length and freshness.
James Suckling, June 2020,
This is another beautifully crafted barrel sample with blackcurrant and mineral character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and a pretty finish.
Decanter, June 2020,
Good Pauillac typicity here from the first mouthful, as the tannins step up to the plate and enrobe the savoury black fruits. Has that lovely acid backbone that Pauillac does so well, and feels like there is real architecture to hang the fruit off. Great quality from Fonbadet in this vintage, recommended. Harvest 23 to October 11. A yield of 55hl/ha. 40% new oak. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040
Wine Cellar Insider, June 2020,
Chocolate covered blackberry and cassis is the top note to the perfume here. Full-bodied, chunky, herbal, fresh and spicy, with juicy berries, chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Give it 7-9 years in the cellar before pulling a cork. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot.
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.