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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.
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.
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)
Young 2023 - 2035
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Young 2026 - 2037
Ready 2018 - 2025