2010 Chateau Fontenil (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Fronsac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88-91
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 89-92
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine


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"Lightly firm toast frames the dark currant and blackberry fruit, followed by a smoky, medium-weight finish." (WS)

"The home estate of Dany and Michel Rolland, Fontenil is consistently one of the best Fronsacs of the appellation. The 2010 Fontenil offers abundant black raspberry, licorice, incense and crushed rock characteristics, medium to full-bodied flavors, excellent purity and a moderately tannic, lusty, heady finish. It should drink well for a decade or more." (WA)

"(100% merlot; 14.5% alcohol) Dark ruby-red. Musky aromas of redcurrant, strawberry, mocha and white pepper. Then silky and suave in the mouth, offering an excellent balance of sweet strawberry and more herbal-peppery flavors. Finishes long and smooth, with a peppery nuance and a very intense strawberry presence. The best Fontenil I can recall at a similarly young stage of development. Unfortunately, I was unable to taste the estate's luxuy cuvee Le Defi, as it had not yet finished its malolactic fermentation." (IWC)

"A long and exciting finish to this, with blackberries, blueberries and minerals. Full body. Beautiful polish to the tannins.$$" (JS)