Chateau Fontenil Fronsac 2000 1.5L
Wine AdvocateThe outstanding 2000 is the finest example I have yet tasted from this estate. The wine, a sleeper of the vintage, has a dense ruby/purple color and a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis intermixed with raspberries, wet stones, and flowers, and a hint of subtle oak. It is elegant yet powerful, medium to full-bodied, yet light on its feet. It is a beauty, with some moderate tannin to shed in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015.
International Wine CellarGood medium ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines blackcurrant, blueberry, violet, mocha, espresso, roasted nuts and pungent oak spices. Silky, thick and layered, with highly perfumed, almost exotic flavors of dark berries, coffee and game. This has an impressively consistent texture and a rich, lingering finish. Very 2000 in style.
Wine SpectatorMore sedate plum and cherry fruit notes are now allowing mulled spice and black tea flavors to emerge, with a hint of roasted vanilla. The finish has softened for the most part, but there's an obvious roasted cocoa note that still clings.-2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases made.