Chateau de Fonbel - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru - red - 2011 - 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“A stylish, elegant, understated St.-Emilion, the 2011 Fonbel reveals plenty of dark berry fruit, crushed rock and acacia flower characteristics. This pure effort requires some introspection, but it is a very good, well-made wine. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
The vineyard of Château de Fonbel is located in the plain of Saint-Emilion, installed on some 16 hectares. The soils are sandy-gravelly and 4 grape varieties coexist here: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Petit Verdot (10%) and Carmenère (5%). Alain Vauthier and his daughter Pauline (Châteaux Ausone and Moulin St.-Georges) have significantly raised the level of this property using the same methods as for Château Ausone. They put all their expertise in this property to achieve a very large Saint Emilion Grand Cru. The average age of the vines in the vineyard is 20 years and the harvest is done manually. The fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats and the aging takes place in barrels of which 30% are new for 12 months.
Grape varieties: 63% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere
Ageing: aged in 30% new oak
Surface: 16 hectares