2020 Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru St-Emilion

From the Ausone stable, Fonbel is an excellent source of good value right bank Bordeaux. The 2020 is punching above its weight, with a refinement yet exuberance that's not normally seen at this pricepoint. It points to the quality of the Vauthier winemaking.

Critic score
89/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£19.78
Case, 12 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£237.36

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    65% Merlot
    20% Cabernet Sauvignon
    8% Cabernet Franc
    7% Carménère
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2037
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

This is a little tight on the opening, bright fruit running underneath but clear austerity to the tannins, and touches of tobacco leaf and redcurrant fruits that feel a little strained. Enjoyable coffee smoke as it opens, and there is delicacy. First year of conversion to organic farming. Harvest September 14 to October 1.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
89/100

Juicy and fruit-driven with considerable freshness. Red- and dark-fruit notes. Touch more concentration due to yield. Light but finely etched tannins. Simple but pleasing. (JL)

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
16/20

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