2018 Château Fontenil, Fronsac

Critic score

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  • Region & country
    Fronsac, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2021 - 2035
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château Fontenil, Fronsac


Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Fontenil struts out of the glass with confident black plum preserves, black cherries and mulberries scents plus suggestions of underbrush, Indian spices, violets and mossy bark. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited, it has a solid, plush frame and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)

This is good quality, it'll take its time to come around and not as seductive as some in the vintage, but this is a lovely Fronsac with lift and kick. There is lovely purity to the fruit here with gorgeous violet reflections, and despite being pretty austere on the opening, and closing in through the mid palate, it has real precision to the black fruits.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)

This is so tight and polished with a degree of depth and beauty I have not seen for a while. Medium body and beautiful, silky tannins that buttress the lovely, focused fruit.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)

The 2018 Fontenil is a real standout. Sweet floral notes add brightness to a core of red berry and blood orange fruit. There is plenty of depth and overall texture, but at the same time the 2018 has a good bit of brightness as well. The 2018 is a gorgeous Fontenil. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)