2009 - Ch de Fonbel St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Fonbel
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2014 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
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2009 CH DE FONBEL ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Fonbel
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2014 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £320.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2014

    Brilliant ruby colour. This relatively unsung St Emilion owned by the Vauthier family of Ch Ausone has delicious sweet plum fruit aromas, with a lovely broad volume of juicy ripe fruit flavours in the palate. This has subtle depth without being power-packed, and a refreshing touch of acidity on the finish. Good, long and a fine reminder of how rewarding St Emilion wines can be.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2012,
    Score: 89

    Made by Ausone’s perfectionist owner, Alain Vauthier, Fonbel is a sleeper of the vintage in 2009. Raspberry and black currant notes intermixed with incense, camphor and a note of crushed wet/rock steeliness offer up a complex set of aromatics. That is followed by a dense ruby/purple wine with excellent texture, fruit extract and an overall harmony among its various elements. Drink it over the next decade or more.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2010,
    Score: 87-89

    Made by Ausone's proprietor, Alain Vauthier, this attractive, round, pretty wine is soft and generous, with loads of blueberry and raspberry fruit as well as hints of incense and crushed rock. It should drink well for a decade or more. Drink: 2010 - 2020

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2010,
    Score: 15

    Clean, fresh, fruit-driven. Good value as always for early to mid-term drinking. Drink 2013-2022.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2010,
    Score: 88-91

    Pretty Cabernet Franc aromas of crushed berries and some milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins. Long sweet fruit on the finish.

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Producer

Château de Fonbel

Owned by Alain Vauthier of renowned Château Ausone, Château de Fonbel's vineyards lie directly below those of its most illustrious neighbour. The same care is taken into its vineyard management and winemaking which is discernible in its wine style. Yet, it is a mere fraction of the price making it very good value year-in and year-out.

Region

St Emilion

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.