Chateau Fontenil Fronsac 2000 1.5L


SKU 202338


The 40-year-old vines of Château Fontenil are on a slope with a southerly aspect, looking down on the river Isle (a tributary of the Dordogne) and the town of Libourne. The wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged for 12 - 15 months in 60% new French oak barrels and is a serious and complex wine. Open, rich and opulent, it has very ripe, concentrated, black fruits and coffee on the palate with fine tannins on the long, silky finish. This château is owned by Michel Rolland and typifies his nature to work against the odds to bring the best out of a relatively lowly appellation.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Fronsac
Brand Chateau Fontenil
  • wa91

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.

Robert Parker, April 2003
  • st90

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.

Stephen Tanzer
  • ws89

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.

James Molesworth, 2016