2018 Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru St-Emilion

Quite deep and dark, notes of burnt earth and tapenade. Nice violet character and cherries on palate with good tannins, and real breadth. Mineral on the finish, well put together. A good buy - very good value.

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  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2031
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru St-Emilion


Made up of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carménère, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Fonbel gives up spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of warm red and black cherries, mulberries and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has wonderful freshness and a soft, creamy texture supporting the vibrant red and black fruit preserves flavors, finishing with a peppery lift.

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

Always one of the more accessible of the Vauthier range, this is really good in 2018. It's rich and lyrical, with lovely aromatics and great clarity to the raspberry and redcurrant flavours. It has firm but flexible tannins, and is altogether rather delicious. Touches of spice reveal themselves on the finish. Harvested 24 September to 8 October with a 30hl/ha yield. 30% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)

A juicy and rich young wine with lots of fruit and density. Round and soft tannins with hints of freshness at the same time.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)

The 2015 de Fonbel is a gorgeous entry-level wine in the Vauthier family's range. Plush, succulent and inviting, the 2018 radiates with striking fruit density. Soft curves and silky tannins give the wine's its pure appeal. Sweet floral and spiced notes add complexity, but more than anything else, Fonbel stands out for its glorious fruit and allure. Exotic spice and black pepper notes from the Carmenère are laced into the finish I loved it.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)

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