2020 - Ch Fonbadet Cru Bourgeois Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Fonbadet
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ PV / Malbec
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH FONBADET CRU BOURGEOIS PAUILLAC - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Fonbadet
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ PV / Malbec
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
In Bond
Case price £130 – £155
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    he 2020 Fonbadet has a fresh, vibrant bouquet of blackberry, cedar and light minty aromas, all quite gentle, and a light seaweed scent that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, a little oaky on the entry but that will be integrated with time. Touches of dark chocolate and vanilla appear toward the finish. This is a fine Fonbadet, but they need to watch that level of new oak to check it does not impede the fruit once in bottle. Drink 2026 - 2040

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 88-90

    Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Fonbadet opens with fragrant notes of kirsch, black raspberries and red roses, plus suggestions of tobacco leaf, graphite and redcurrant jelly, plus a hint of bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and refreshing, offering a solid backbone of firm, chewy tannins, finishing savory. Drink 2023-2035

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Fonbadet opens with a burst of inky dark fruit, spice, leather and licorice. That initial exuberance doesn’t totally carry through to the palate, where the wine feels a bit austere. It will be interesting to see if the 2020 fleshes out a bit more during élevage. I like the energy, but the wine feels a bit compact. Drink 2026 - 2040

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 93-94

    A young red with depth and firmness. The ultra fine tannins are firm and formed, already giving this wine impressive energy.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    Juicy, crisp and fresh with firm tannins, medium-body and loads of sweet crémé de cassis, flowers, tobacco and coffee bean notes for you to enjoy. The wine is complex, and bright, with a lingering, red currant finish. Give it 5 years of age or more if can you can wait and enjoy it over the next 15-20 years with ease.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16

    Blackish purple. Very opulent nose but it still manages to be refreshing. There may be a hint of spicy oak here but it's reasonably classic red bordeaux with an overlay of a particularly warm summer. Dry but not drying finish. This may eventually please the budget-conscious. 15%.

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021

    Always a terrific wine, especially over the past seven to eight years, the 2020 Château Fonbadet offers a rich, mouth-filling, medium to full-bodied style delivering lots of classic darker currants fruit, a touch of flowers and floral nuances, plenty of background oak, and wonderful purity of fruit. I love its tannins. This is unquestionably going to be an outstanding Pauillac that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and have 20-25 years of overall longevity.

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Producer

Château Fonbadet

Region

Pauillac

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.